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Review and Gallery: Lacuna Coil & Cilver live in Orlando, FL

Lacuna Coil concluded the North American leg of their current tour supporting their latest release Broken Crown Halo last week at the House Of Blues in Orlando, FL. It was nothing short of a great evening that started with a phenomenal opening set by New York’s Cilver.

Cilver
If I had a list of band’s to watch out for, you can bet that Cilver would be on it. The band delivers quality and energetic hard rock with stellar performances by each of the members. In a digital age with a music industry in decline, it’s increasingly important for a band to rely on drawing a crowd with memorable live performances and stage presence. The crowd reception goes to show that Cilver is a band that gives it their all live and can succeed because of it; they are on the rise with no sign of slowing down.

Lacuna Coil
Lacuna Coil followed suit with their own amazing set. As soon as the venue went dark the crowd roared and only got louder when the band hit the stage. The Italian hard rockers went on to give a fantastic fifteen-song performance that consisted of a varied mix of songs from their catalog. “Heaven’s A Lie” being the only cut from Comalies, the remainder saw the band exploring material from Karmacode through to their latest release Broken Crown Halo. It showcased their diversity and how far the band has come since their breakthrough. Though it has been nearly ten years since I’ve seen the band live they continue to put on a great show that demonstrates the kind of band chemistry that a group of friends doing what they love.

A night with The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, & Alterbeast in Tampa, FL: Review & Gallery

Chaos. The only way to describe this beast of a tour is with that word or any combination of words that convey the idea that what you’re about to experience is going to be a hell of a show. The ongoing tour – with 9 stops remaining – featuring The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, and Alterbeast was a full course of extreme metal with a serving of technical death metal, deathcore, and death metal. I can’t speak for other cities but Tampa fans were incredibly receptive to the bands, moshing throughout the night in a frenzy as if unable to control themselves.

Alterbeast were on first and delivered a tight set that would make you think the California quintet were seasoned veterans – the band formed in 2013. Their novice status didn’t show at all with vocalist Monte Barnard commanding the stage like the most capable of frontmen. The technical precision of guitarists Rusty Cornell and Andrew Lamb was unbelievable and on point throughout their set, but that didn’t overshadow the rhythym and low-end of drummer Gabe Seeber and bassist Michael Zamora. This is a band that is most certainly on the rise and one that I would most certainly catch live again, here’s hoping the organizers of the Mayhem Festival have been made aware of these guys because they certainly deserve a spot on the festival.

What followed was a stunning performance by Salt Lake City deathcore outfit Chelsea Grin, a definite force to be reckoned with. Though a lot of their songs aren’t necessarily fast, they are most certainly heavy and in no way did they discourage moshing. The fans loved it and at the instruction – it was certainly not a request – of vocalist Alex Koehler parted the floor for a wall of death. My first time seeing these guys live, definitely not my last.

Suicide Silence followed with and impressive set spanning their career up to this point, playing tracks from The Cleansing, No Time To Bleed, The Black Crown, and their latest You Can’t Stop Me. By this time you would think the crowd would have slowed down but they did not waver and continued to mosh and headbang like they knew nothing else. Suicide Silence fed off it, giving just as good a performance as any I’ve seen from them. Even though it’s been nearly two years since the passing of frontman Mitch Lucker the band are as strong as ever with new vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida fitting right in. Their performance that night made one thing clear: this is a band that is not and will not be slowing down any time soon.

The closer for the night – a personal favorite of mine – was The Black Dahlia Murder who played a set consisting mostly of older track chosen by fans as well a few more from their most recent releases Ritual and Everblack. I’ve seen The Black Dahlia Murder perform several times over the past decade and they’ve never let me down. Time and time again they deliver a blistering execution of their own brand of death metal. They are a band at the top of their game that are relentless in their live assault. They fuel the crowd with their energy which in turn leads to pit after pit of mayhem, resulting in an evening of non-stop madness. The crowd response in turn feeds the band and makes them go that much harder in what I can only assume is a quest to destroy the venue.

The night was hands-down a memorable one. Each band brought their A-game and gave the audience 110% in a display that continues to remind us all that metal is alive and well. With passionate, dedicated, and driven musicians like these, metal will without a doubt continue to thrive and inspire the next generation.

ALTERBEAST

CHELSEA GRIN

SUICIDE SILENCE

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER

All photos by: JoshDoeVisuals

A Decade of Guilt North American Tour in Orlando, FL: Arsis, Allegaeon, and Exmortus gallery

Exactly one week ago Arsis concluded their North American run of their tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut A Celebration of Guilt with Allegaeon and Exmortus. I definitely feel privileged to have had the opportunity to attend and capture the evening because it was one hell of an experience! One band after another delivered an impressive performance that goes to show that metal is alive and well with no signs of slowing down. I highly recommend checking out each and every one of the bands that participated on this tour and if you have the chance to see them live take it. You will not be disappointed.

All photos by: JoshDoeVisuals

Serpents Unleashed in Tampa, FL: Skeletonwitch review and gallery


All photos by: JoshDoeVisuals

This past Monday, September 15th, I was privileged to see Skeletonwitch perform on their current North American tour with Ghoul and Black Anvil. The night was a complete success with each band delivering stellar sets. Local Tampa band From The Embrace were also present but unfortunately a missed exit and traffic kept me from enjoying the set from the progressive death metal outfit. A quick set change and before you knew it Black Anvil took the stage and delivered a crushing set of black metal. The New York quartet were relentless in their assault, laying down heavy guitar riffs and thunderous drums.

Ghoul was on next and they brought with them a performance that I did not expect. Up until then I had only heard of the band but not their music or anything regarding their live show. I was beyond impressed by California metallers who brought on stage an array of characters that would make GWAR proud – I hope these two bands tour some day if they haven’t already. The crowd was incredibly receptive to their antics and track after track of thrashing riffs; all bets were off as moshing, headbanging, and stage-diving all ensued.

Then, it was time, one final change of gear and banners – major props go out to the crews – before the lights went dim and it was time for Skeletonwitch to destroy! As soon as they hit the stage the band were unstoppable playing tracks covering their entire discography from Beyond The Permafrost to their latest release Serpents Unleashed. A huge fan of the band I was definitely pleased to hear some of my favorite tracks performed. Needless to say the following days involved much soreness in my neck after a night of hearty headbanging and windmilling. Skeletonwitch are a force to be be reckoned with as they continue to deliver both in their releases and on stage. I don’t know about you but I, for one, will take every chance I can to catch this great band live.

In Memorium: Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus of GWAR

The 5th annual GWAR-B-Q has come and gone. The event took place at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, VA and was kicked off with a memorial service for late frontman Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus on the Friday, August 15th and the event going down yesterday, August 16th.

The memorial service included a viking funeral for Brockie which saw the frontman set ablaze in full Oderus gear. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe spoke at the event and took to Instagram with a picture of Brockie and some very kind words:

Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave's costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool's Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad. But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just "left us"- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.

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“Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave‘s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool’s Day.
I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad. But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just “left us”- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames.
I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.”

If you ever saw GWAR live you know that Oderus was one hell of a frontman and someone that really knew how to put on a show and entertain a crowd. As a tribute to our fallen brother in metal, here is a gallery of Oderus pictures.

Note: Please forgive how basic this gallery came out, it’s my first one. I’ll work on making a better one.