Madball will perform at BT51 with support from Death Before Dishonor and many more. Come early and stay late.
These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.
Crimson Glory: “Astronomica” Deluxe Edition (Metal Mind Productions)
The masks were gone and the sun had risen on former singer Midnight with the arrival of Wade Black. Yet despite the changes, Crimson Glory remained a supremely powerful Melodic Metal force. Astromonica was a great release that showed they were not all image but instead musically proficient players. The remaster includes a bonus CD of rarities (live & demo) with expanded liner notes. A must for fans of the genre when it was still new and boundless. With reunion material pending, this is a great jumping on point for those who only heard about their legend from others who lived through those early years.
Cruachan: “The Morrigan’s Call” (Candlelight Records)
If Korplikanni gets you kicking and Finntroll finds your fancy then it’s high time to “go Irish” with Cruachan who show you how it’s done on the Emerald Isle. Rich Folk melody with a truly Irish twist will get the blood and the Guinness pumping as you rock to this one. Dark Metal elements and traditional instruments join together and deliver high-energy tunes that will turn a rousing jig into a swarming mosh pit. Points on this CD make you feel like you are in a concert hall while others have you in faraway lands on open fields with good friends. Brilliant!
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PiercingMetal.com went Hardcore Punk for a night as the mighty Sick Of It All headlined over at The Highline Ballroom. They would bring with them Wisdom In Chains, Bloodclot, The Unseen and Death Before Dishonor and while I love a good show, my purpose for being there primarily was to take photos for Metal Edge magazine. There was a writer from the magazine on assignment somewhere among the crowd & I knew that in the end I would report about it just the same since keeping readers amused is why we do this. To learn more and see a lot more photos than the magazine used just scroll past the logo below.
Artist: Sick Of It All
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Wisdom In Chains, Death Before Dishonor, Bloodclot, Unseen
Label: Abacus Records
If you ever are thinking that you are running out of things to do with your time and are an open minded fan of heavy music perhaps you should look into one of the many Hardcore shows that seem to be happening in the Big Apple. Tonight I would get my own chance to dig into the genre more than I normally would as the legendary Sick Of It All performed at The Highline Ballroom down on West 16th Street and suffice it to say this would be one blowout of an event. As I approached the venue I saw a line unlike any I had ever seen at this same venue and while other shows here have sold out, I just was not in attendance for them. It was great to see this kind of turnout and the fans that got their tickets early were in for a treat as there would be four other bands to enjoy as well. Scheduled to appear on the bill was Wisdom In Chains, Death Before Dishonor, Bloodclot and The Unseen. I had to admit that I was really going into this one blind having been much more of the Metal head than anything resembling a Hardcore Punk fan. Wisdom In Chains would come up first and the show would start rather early based on five bands hitting the stage tonight. Here is how it went down.
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Artist: Death Before Dishonor
Title: “Friends Family Forever”
Label: Bridge 9
Following in the footsteps of Hatebreed comes Death Before Dishonor from Massachusetts. They are a band that serve up a no nonsense blend of old school Hardcore mixed with skull punching Heavy Metal and the result is a rather raw and primal piece of music. The drive remains close to that of any typical Hardcore group in such that it follows along with one steady time signature, which allows it to be perfect for any circle pit mayhem. It might seem a tad repetitive to the outside listener, but for those entrenched in the scene it is perfect. The band is comprised of Dan (drums), Dave X (guitar), Frankie (bass), and Bryan (vocals). Beginning to end this is solid and angry music, which is capped off by an intense live set, captured at one of the Hardcore shows at the legendary C.B.G.B.’s club in New York City. The live set makes the overall CD worth investigating especially since it was done at this now closed institution for this genre of music. The only downside I found to this part of the CD was the unequal mix on the vocals. It makes them overshadow much of the musical intensity. If Hardcore that tastes a little like Metal is your cup of tea then you will enjoy this.
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