Overkill @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/14/2005)

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Artist: Overkill
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club, NYC
Opener: Sonata Arctica
Date: 4-14-2005
Label: Spitfire Records

I have to admit that my personal excitement was at a very high level for this show and there are a couple of reasons for this being the case. Not only would Overkill be returning to home turf to lay down the metal in support of their latest Spitfire Records release “ReliXIV” but this show would also feature Finnish Power Metal kings Sonata Arctica. What made it extra special was the fact that this Sonata was going to be in NYC for the very first time. Originally, they were set to open for Nightwish but that tour had been mysteriously cancelled for the US Dates. Fans of Sonata were up in arms for now what were going to be the chances of seeing them play over here. Luckily Overkill placed them on some dates and they also grabbed a festival or two. The other great aspect of this night would be that instead of sitting through five bands, we would only have these two super groups. In this you would get lengthier sets from both groups. Mind you, I enjoy when all 5 bands are kick ass, but that is few and far between. B.B. King Blues Club was again the venue for this appearance and it would never be the same again. Metal would be present in a united front that took pioneers in thrash from the USA and put reigning European kings of power on the same stage. The show was completely sold out, and proves to those that say metal music is dead that they should keep their mouths shut. The venue hold about 1100 people and selling this out is no feat to be scoffed at.
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“The Phantom Agony” by Epica

Artist: Epica
Title: “The Phantom Agony”
Label: Transmission Records
Release Date: 3/9/2004
Genre: Symphonic Goth
Rating: 8.5/10

For many years the Heavy Metal world was missing the presence of talented women vocalists. Of course we had the wonderful Doro Pesch and Lita Ford but they were clearly few and far between. However, the past several years have seen this void filled to a very satisfying capacity. We can now count on the existence of bands that are fronted by these amazing singers who add both beauty and grace to music as powerful and complex as their voices. Joining the ranks of Tarja Turunen (Nightwish) & Floor Jansen (After Forever) is Simone Simons of Epica.
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Kreator @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/3/2005)

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Artist: Kreator
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club – NYC
Opener: Vader
Date: 4-3-2005
Label: SPV Records

Kicking off the first night of their US Tour was Germany’s own Kreator and this would be a show to remember. The venue was a jam packed B.B. King Blues Club (or as I like to now refer to it as the place were every show seems to be happening these days). What was great to experience was the level of excitement for I felt out of all my most recent adventures out to the club that this show had a higher level than most. Kreator has not played in the States for awhile by my recollection and not only would this show mark off the US Tour but it was also in support of their latest release “Enemy Of God”. According to my label contacts this new CD had scanned in sales more than the last couple of records, so definitely these people were hungry for this band. I remember talking to one lovely head banger chick who told me that she first had driven almost two hours only to then take a train for the same amount of time just to be at this show. That was how deep her love of Kreator music was and I tend to admire this level of dedication. It is important to metal as a genre to still have this kind of effect on people especially when you are stuck with American Idol everywhere you turn. The band roster was Autumn Offering, Pro-Pain and Vader. Of the first up players I missed Autumn Offering entirely and only caught a couple of the Pro-Pain songs. They did sound nice and heavy and I do know they have been around for a while. An interesting site to observe that while the Kreator fans surely ruled in number there was also a large amount of support for Vader. These veteran kings of Death Metal from Poland did not seem to play any longer than 45 minutes but the audience definitely enjoyed themselves. Personally I am not a tremendous fan but I totally get into the vibe of the audience when it is affected in this manner. It makes it such a better time.
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Backyard Babies: Live Photos @ North Six (2/5/2005)

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The Backyard Babies were rocking in the USA Brooklyn style and the performance was documented in a posting that you can read HERE. These photos by Skeleton Pete Parrella will allow you to be a part of the excitement from your computer desk.

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Backyard Babies in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)
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Backyard Babies in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)

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Odd Zero: Live Photos @ North Six (2/5/2005)

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Odd Zero was leading off the night for The Backyard Babies who were rocking at The North Six and the performance was documented in a posting that you can read HERE. These photos by Skeleton Pete Parrella will bring you up close and personal to some NYC Punk Rock.

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Odd Zero in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)
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Odd Zero in Concert by Pete Parrella (2005)

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