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Danzig @ The Spirit Club (3/1/2005)

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Artist: Danzig
Venue: The Spirit Club NYC
Opener: Trivium, Kataklysm
Label: Evil 9 Records
Date: 3-1-2005

Metal Icon Glen Danzig returned to New York for a show at the Spirit Entertainment Center, a totally cool club in New York that I have not attended until this particular show. The show would prove to be chock full of surprises to say the least. For not only was Type-O-Negative drummer Johnny Kelly handling the chores on the drum kit but it was also disclosed that the show would feature another very special and historic musical guest.

Kicking off the evening was Trivium, a Roadrunner act who was promoting their latest piece of metal. I enjoyed them more this time around than when I first saw them opening for Iced Earth last year. Lots of old school feel in the Nu-Metal styling of these guys. Worthy of a look see. Just before Danzig was the band Kataclysm, who while proclaiming themselves a Death Metal band did not impress me as much as the previous weeks show of Behemoth/Suffocation. They did everything right in the Death Metal sense, however, there was not as much presence as I had recently absorbed.
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Dimmu Borgir @ L’Amour Brooklyn (12/12/2003)

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Artist: Dimmu Borgir
Venue: L’Amour’s (Brooklyn NY)
Date: 12-12-2003
Opener: Nevermore, Children Of Bodom, Hypocrisy
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

The Dark Gods Of Norwegian Black Metal brought their brand of mayhem to the capacity crowd of L’Amour’s in Brooklyn New York this past week. Believe me this was a night to be reckoned with, I had only been exposed to the music of Dimmu Borgir very recently so my knowledge of the set list would be quite limited for this performance. One of the great things about seeing a band like Dimmu Borgir at L’Amour is the chance to be in very close proximity to the group. The venue itself has undergone some interior remodelling and there are areas where one can be a single foot away (and I dont mean this from the front alone).
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The Screening Of: KISS “Symphony: Alive IV” @ Regal Cinemas (9/9/2003)

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Artist: KISS
Venue: Regal Theater’s (New York, NY)
Event: “Symphony: Alive IV” Theatrical Presentation
Date: 9/9/2003
Label: Sanctuary Records

It was only a few months earlier when I had found myself on line at a Best Buy in the city to not only purchase a copy of the newest CD by KISS, but also to get a chance to pose for a photograph with them. I still laugh at how much of a fan boy I become when it concerns anything about this band but they have always been able to remain one of my favorites for many, many years. Who could blame me about this because when the fans had purchased the CD they would be able to get their copy signed as well, or at least what we found out when we did this was that the signed inserts were given to you as you hit the cash register. By now all the readers and KISS fans around the globe are aware that the album “KISS: Symphony Alive IV” captured the band in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the CD kicked many different levels of ass when it came down to it. It is a sure fire recommendation to any existing KISS fan and even those who just want a superb live album. That event was discussed HERE for the interested to observe.
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Painmuseum’s “Metal For Life” Listening Party (11/20/2004)

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Painmuseum CD Release Party News:

The setting on this dark and stormy night was the “Cup Complex” in Linden New Jersey where guitar shredder extraordinaire “Metal” Mike Chlasiak and his band “Painmuseum” held their CD Release party. The new CD entitled “Metal For Life” was the reason for us all gathering that night and at the organization of Rich and Toni of “Thatssometal.com” and Metal Mania, the evening was filled with fun conversation, cool giveaways, music and a helluva lot of beer drinking.
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Otep @ The Knitting Factory (2/25/2005)

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Artist: Otep
Venue: Knitting Factory NYC
Opener: American Head Charge, Candiria, Blood Simple
Label: Capitol Records
Date: 2-25-2005

American Head Charge performed an electrifying set at their appearance at the Knitting Factory last night supporting their latest CD Release entitled “Feeder”. The band was the main opener for Otep and this combination was the perfect mix of quality songs as well as stage intensity. The Knitting Factory is a cool place to see a show, and according to the staff this well known Jazz club has been featuring the heavier music for some time. However, the tricky part is navigation and room. The stage is a little smaller than you would expect if you had a decent amount of equipment. This was painfully the case when AHC hit the stage. The band is 6 members strong, and not only had a full drum kit, but also a keyboard rig. The guys seemed to be almost tripping over one another, yet it did not get in the way of their performance at all. Playing what seemed to be just under an hour’ time, the group proved that their material is strong and will be interesting to see the future developments of the band.
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