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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Upcoming show: Hate Eternal/Goatwhore

Hate Eternal returns to the Kansas City area headlining for the first time in a loooong time on February 29th at the Beaumont Club! Along with them are great blackened death metal dudes Goatwhore, which were actually the very first metal band I ever saw live! Opening the show are two bands that fit perfectly on the bill, Troglodyte and Gornography.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Upcoming show: Sabaton

A pretty fun power metal band from Sweden, Sabaton will be at the Beaumont Club on April 19th! Come get your wargaming on! Opening is Ancient Creation and Obliterate The Apex.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Upcoming shows: an awesome low-dough local show and a great progressive band!

Do you want to get the most bang for your buck? Then come to a Low-Dough show at the Riot Room! This edition takes place on February 10th, and the lineup is Troglodyte/The Roman Holiday/Marasmus/Chaos Interval. All four are amazing death metal bands from the area and you should go support them! Entry is $2 so you can spend your cash on merch or at the bar, both help out the local scene!


A few days before at the Riot Room, on February 7th, is instrumental progressive metal band Scale The Summit. I'm not entirely sure, but this might be their first KC-area show, and they are great! Check em out!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Touche Amore -- Lawrence, KS -- December 11th, 2011

One of my favorite live bands performing one of my favorite records of the year (spoiler alert) and it was amazing. A Touche Amore show is just as much a crowd participation event as it is a concert. And I mean screaming lyrics into the mic and bodies upon bodies swimming over eachother to try and get on stage.

The band themselves were great. I think they have a new rhythm guitarist, but he handled backing vocals as well and did them great. The drummer is still a beast, and Jeremy still leaves his everything on the stage, but he makes everyone in the crowd give there all as well. I screamed along to all the songs from "Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me" as well as a few oldies like "Cadence" and everyone's favorite "Honest Sleep". What was really awesome was how the crowd was. Yes, everyone was jumping on eachother to sing into the mic, but everyone had huge smiles on their faces while they did, most of all the band themselves. Just an all-around amazing experience.

Although Touche Amore has one more date left in Las Vegas, tonight's show was the last for Baltimore's Pianos Become The Teeth. These guys probably had the most energy of the night, along with the handful of incredibly passionate fans that were right up against the stage for them. I thought the vocalist was really good as well. They definitely had the most aggression of the night.

The first touring act was Seahaven from Los Angeles. Although I liked them enough, they play a brand of indie rock with just a tinge of post-hardcore. Definitely a supremely different kind of music than the other bands on this tour. No harsh vocals at all from them, just singing. Again, not bad, but didn't belong on this tour.

Opening the show was local band Drought Years. They were pretty fun, although I thought the vocals were much too low in the mix. More of a kind of melodic hardcore band than post-hardcore, but still lots of fun!

Art Official
The Great Repetition
And Now It's Happening in Mine
Throwing Copper
Face Ghost
I'll Get My Just Deserve
I'll Deserve Just That
Method Act
Honest Sleep
Home Away From Here

Touche Amore: 9.5/10
Pianos Become The Teeth: 8.5/10
Seahaven: 7/10
Drought Years: 7.5/10

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2012 update

Hey all! Thanks for sticking with the blog. I was getting some year-end stuff taken care of, so I'll try to be updating more regularly now.

I was going to attend the Rites of Darkness fest (feat. Antaeus, Zemial, etc.) in San Antonio, but that fell through. My last concert of the year will be Sunday, December 11th at the Jackpot in Lawrence: Touche Amore! Also appearing: Pianos Become The Teeth and Seahaven!

A couple last-minute 2011 shows:

As I Lay Dying returns to Kansas City to the Beaumont Club on December 8th. Opening is a whole bunch of bands, including The Ghost Inside, Of Mice And Men, iwrestledabearonce and Sylosis.

Also on the 10th (this coming Saturday) at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City is BLACK LABEL SOCIETY! I doubt you'll get a chance to see these legends in such an intimate setting ever again. Opening is Texas Hippie Coalition and Hammerlord!

Now onto 2012 concerts so far:


The movie Slow Southern Steel is going on tour, and with them are the bands Hail!Hornet (sludge/stoner/doom supergroup) and Zoroaster (one of the loudest bands you'll ever see) and it's stopping at the Beaumont Club on February 1st! The movie plays first, then Zoroaster slays, then Hail!Hornet kills!


Returning to the Granada theater after years of absence will be Children of Bodom! They'll be appearing on February 6th along with Eluveitie, Revocation and Threat Signal!


Sad that In Flames and Trivium canceled their Kansas City appearance this year? Well fear not, they'll be returning to the Beaumont Club in KC on February 11th! Along with the two bands will be Veil of Maya and Kyng!


And now for something a little different. Scott Kelly, frontman of Neurosis and frequent Mastodon collaborator, will be bringing his acoustic tour to the recordBar in Kansas City on February 21st. Eugene S. Robinson opens.


Get ready progressive/power fans, the tour of the year is on February 26th at the Midland by AMC in Kansas City: Iced Earth & Symphony X! It looks like it's a co-headlining show with Warbringer opening. Awesome!


And now for the show in 2012 that's been announced that I'm super excited for:

Killfest 2012 will be coming to Kansas City on April 26th! This legendary thrash band is bringing along a ton of awesome bands to open: Belphegor, Aborted, Suidakra, System Divide, and Diamond Plate! THRASH!


And that's it! I know of a few more shows happening, but they haven't been announced just quite yet. But safe to say, when they are, they will blow your minds.