Danzig @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (10/17/2005)

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Artist: Danzig
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square (New York, NY)
Opener: Behemoth, Chimaira, Mortiis
Date: 10/17/05
Label: Evil9

Labeled the “Blackest Of The Black” tour this show would have Glen Danzig taking to the stage once again and New York’s brand new Nokia Times Square Theatre would be the place to be. He would also have some very interesting Metal with him as Mortiis, The Agony Scene, Himsa, Behemoth and Chimaira made up the rest of the touring roster. I will speak on the venue separately a little later. Given the early start time I am sad to report that I missed both The Agony Scene and Mortiis but I did manage to catch a good amount of the Himsa set. They are not that bad from what I saw and while most of their material leans to the Metal-Core edge there is a sufficient “traditional” vibe being displayed in some of there songs. The crowd was not as good yet in terms of numbers but that was slowly growing and the shiny new floors of the club were soon to be scuffed by the moshing audience. Behemoth came up soon after and this would be the 3rd time that I will have seen them and I can attest that you do not have to be a Death Metal fan to enjoy the power and brutality that this band brings to the table. They are both impressive and imposing and tonight I felt they would be a hard act to follow no matter who was on the bill. They primarily showcased material from the CD “Demigod” and despite one technical glitch in the middle of the set they simply assaulted the audience note after note. Nergal is a great front man and in addition to the corpse paint that Behemoth already sports he comes out dressed as the Demigod late in their set. It adds a larger sense of drama to the performance and makes them a good choice as opener for Danzig and the material he lays down. Some of the tunes they performed were “Sculpting The Throne ov Seth”, “Demigod”, As Above So Below”, “Conquer All”, and “Anti-Christian”. I felt Behemoth knocked most of the people attending for a loop. This was the biggest US crowd that I had seen assembled for them and they performed accordingly.
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Krokus @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/11/2005)

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Artist: Krokus
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club
Opener: The Lizards
Date: 9/11/2005
Label: Reality Entertainment

On a day that is not always easy to get a New Yorker to do anything I decided to attend the appearance of Krokus at B.B. King Blues Club. I felt it would be a good way to find some amount of positive on this sad Memorial. It would also be good to lend some support to a band that has not been to our Country in 18 years. The band Krokus had a number of hits in the big 80’s Metal heyday and with their release of the live CD “Fire And Gasoline” they had reunited and planned some touring. Since that time however, guitarist Fernando Von Arb had decided to retire from the touring world and this show would see Krokus with a completely different line up that would be entirely new to this US crowd. Singer Marc Storace really has held his voice up over the years and can still belt out the notes, but I will address this in a few minutes. I want to bring a little bit of information on the opening band first.
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“Ghosts Of Christmas Eve” [DVD] by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Title: “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve”
Label: Lava Records
Release Date: 11/13/2001
Genre: Holiday Rock
Rating: 7/10

The Holiday Extravaganza that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra have given fans their very first DVD movie. Now before you go any further please be aware that this is not a full live concert performance but instead a stand alone film that features the group and its music. Entitled “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve”; the DVD is perfect family fare and can easily stand alongside any Christmas program collection. It was filmed in a restored theatre in Jersey City, NJ and tells the tale of a runaway girl (Allie Sheridan) who comes upon a closed theatre for shelter. Inside she meets The Caretaker (veteran actor Ossie Davis) who takes her on a magical journey into the world of Christmas and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Ossie also provides some narration as the film plays out. It is well-done and very heart warming for both its message and spirit for the Holiday Season. Primarily featuring the music from the first two TSO albums the film is enjoyable to watch from start to finish. Joining the TSO are Atlantic Recording Artists Michael Crawford and Jewel who contribute their fine vocal styles and add a level of star power to the release. Crawford is outstanding in his delivery of “O Holy Night”, but you really cannot expect any less of a singer of his caliber. Before this was issued on DVD it was aired on television around holiday time and by having the popular singers would have guaranteed more viewers.
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Jon Oliva’s Pain @ Brooklyn Music Terminal (9/16/2005)

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Artist: Jon Oliva’s Pain
Venue: Brooklyn Music Terminal
Opener: Chris Caffery, Beyond Fear
Date: 9/16/2005
Label: SPV Records

The walls were set to rumble at the announcement that Jon Oliva the mighty “Mountain King” would be returning to Brooklyn with his band “Pain”. This “Metal Insurgence Tour” would be partnering him with Chris Caffery and Tim “Ripper” Owens. As everyone knows Chris Caffery performed with Jon as a member of Savatage and Owens is currently the front man of Iced Earth. Combined this would prove to be a great night of Heavy Metal power. Local talent Operatika and Brooklyn’s own Gothic Knights would set off the night for this particular show. Operatika, who have recently set their demo recording “Dream World” on the world performed a very short set of only three songs. I am not sure what transpired but it could not have been fun for the band. Gothic Knights were up next and this would be the first time on stage for them in over a year. After the release of the “Up From The Ashes” CD, the group had split with LMP and also had some lineup changes. Even after so long an absence they sounded very good and it’s nice to see Power Metal is not reserved as a European export. I look forward to seeing more from them in the near future.
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“20th Century Masters: The Video Collection” by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “20th Century Masters: The Best Of KISS – The DVD Collection”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 3/30/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 1/10

I love KISS and there is no question about it. Yet in all that love of everything, or almost everything that bears the brand that I can possibly buy – this particular item goes down as perhaps the most sub-par of the entire batch of what one can own on video. I come to this conclusion based entirely on the minimal amount of content that we are given for it is quite ridiculous. Releasing five KISS videos all from what seem to be an album apiece this DVD is not a collection by any means and instead a mere handful. Perhaps there was some legal issue with Universal releasing a larger and more content rich product but I feel this was done without KISS’ blessing or approval. I do know that a lot more KISS videos exist even from the time frame that this piece supposedly covers. In that I can’t recommend this for any fan of the group in any fashion whatsoever and as a matter of fact I watched a friend’s to even review it. That is how much a disappointment I had felt it was. If you are wondering that if by passing on this you be kept from owning these videos then you will be happy to know that all are available in some fashion on KISS licensed releases. You are better served by purchasing either “KISS Exposed” or KISS X-Treme Closeup” for they have these clips and a whole lot more. Leave this on the shelf at all costs and save your money for something else. You will thank me later, I just know it.

Track Listing:
1. I Love It Loud
2. Lick It Up
3. Heaven’s On Fire
4. Tears Are Falling
5. Crazy, Crazy Nights

Official Web site: www.KISSOnline.com

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