“Evil Or Divine: Live In NYC” [DVD] by Dio

Artist: Dio
Title: “Evil Or Divine: Live In NYC”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7.5

Released as a direct companion to the CD of the same name is Ronnie James Dio’s “Evil Or Divine: Live In NYC”. This sold-out live concert performance DVD was filmed at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom. The Roseland can be a great place to see a Metal act depending on who it is. I saw it as such for there have been times I attended and hated the place, while the week later returned and loved the experience. The love of metal and its elder Statesman Ronnie James Dio was apparent as you watch the show. The tour was in support of “Killing The Dragon” his most recent release at the time. The members of the band were Jimmy Bain (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Doug Aldrich (guitar).
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Judas Priest: Live Photos @ PNC Bank Arts Center (6/10/2005)

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Judas Priest was commanding the Metal Legions with their show at the PNC Bank Arts Center and that great event was discussed in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy the photo gallery that was captured during the allowed time.

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Judas Priest by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Judas Priest by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Judas Priest @ PNC Bank Arts Center (6/10/2005)

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Artist: Judas Priest
Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Opener: Queensryche
Label: Sony Records
Date: 6/10/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal

As much as I enjoyed the teaser set at last year’s Ozzfest, there was little that could bring down my level of excitement when I found out that Judas Priest would be touring the States again as a reunited band with Rob Halford leading the charge. As an added treat they had decided on Queensyche as their opener for this tour. It was a smart choice as Queensryche is always good live, however I felt Priest would have been better served by some promising up and coming Metal band. As one can expect Queensryche is continually good in live performance. Geoff Tate walks the stage with such a regal presence, he always has. Guitarist Mike Stone was sporting a greased up Mohawk this time making him appear to fit in more with a Blink or Charlotte band more than The ‘Ryche and he really rips of the guitar. Scott Rockenfield is using two bass drums once again which I am pleased to report and he is also showcasing his “RockenWraps” product. Every drum on his kit had them and it’s an interesting concept in customization to say the least. Eddie Jackson and Michael Wilton continue to impress me to this very day. Seasoned professionals all around. While it is a shame that Chris DeGarmo never returned for any of these killer shows (the live “Mindcrime” presentation last year and now the Priest tour), it seems as though the audience is no longer affected by it. Tate has also commented recently that the door is closed on that return at this point.
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“Live From The Full Throttle Saloon” by Jackyl

Artist: Jackyl
Title: “Live At The Full Throttle Saloon”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 9/28/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 7/10

Recorded live at the Sturgis Biker Rally, Jackyl has delivered to us an energetic set of their classic numbers. The piece is a pretty standard live album with little bantering between the singer Jesse James Dupree and the audience. This leaves more time for the music but also makes the piece run very quickly. The tracks selected are perfect for the seasoned fan of the group as well as someone who would like to give them a try. I was never more than the casual listener this CD worked for me as I viewed it more of a greatest hits live piece. Since it included all of the songs that I knew I was able to enjoy it a little easier.
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“Elegy” by Leaves’ Eyes

Artist: Leaves Eyes
Title: “Elegy” EP
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 6/28/2005
Genre: Atmospheric/Gothic Metal
Rating: 7/10

The music of Leaves’ Eyes is easily something that will draw you into a new world of musical enjoyment from the first time that you listen to them. This great mixture of Atmospheric and Gothic Metal is not only heavy at points but sets an incredible mood that builds up and down as you listen to the albums. At present the group only has two other releases in “Lovelorn” and “The Vinland Saga” (each reviewed elsewhere on these pages) and this EP that focuses on the single “Elegy”. Besides the edited single for the track and full album version the group brings you a worthy EP by including 3 non-album tracks and a demo for “Solemn Sea”. I love the “Elegy” track as it is very “radio friendly” and should bring the group a nice audience for those who get to hear it. Showcasing Liv Kristine Krull’s angelic voice; the fans she has held from her days with Theatre Of Tragedy will enjoy the more melodic heaviness of this band as opposed to the straight Gothic edge of her previous work. I did not notice much of a difference in the demo of “Solemn Sea” as opposed to the album track other than it being a lesser production.
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