Artist: Mayhem Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: Keep Of Kalessin, Hate, Abigail Williams, Woe Date: 11/3/2011 Label: Season Of Mist Records
Tonight the nefarious Mayhem would return to New York City and be the lead off show into what was being called “The Metal Suckfest” that was happening here at the Gramercy Theatre all weekend. If this is a mystery to you then you should know that this was a NYC only showcase of mass Metal proportions that was being held by the guys that run the Metal Sucks website. A prior commitment for the weekend was going to find me only being present for the lead off show but that is alright because one cannot be everywhere at once even if you try hard to do that. The closest I had come to that was the recent shows by both Doro Pesch and Arch Enemy on the same night but I digress. The bands joining Mayhem this evening would be an interesting grouping of players and of course all very heavy bands in their own right with the genres keeping to both the Black Metal and Death Metal formats. There was no misplaced Funk or Alt-Metal band to distract you from the sinister vibe at this show and that was a very good thing. The evening began with Woe and here is how the show went for those that did not attend. Continue reading Mayhem @ Gramercy Theatre (11/3/2011)→
If you have been observing the releases that came upon us during 2008 then you will agree that this was a tremendous year for Metal. We’ve noted in our editorial that it felt like the year of the comeback as much as it delivered new bands that we hope will shine far into the future. The multi-faceted genre that makes up our Metal not only delivered quality music releases but also DVD’s, Books and Concerts that left you sore and with that in mind we are lining out some of the best stuff that we felt was delivered. In this installment I will only be giving the tip of the hat to the best albums for 2008 since I liked a lot of them. Doing it like this lets us all keep a proper focus. Here we go.
The Best Albums Of 2008:
Eluveitie “Slania” (Nuclear Blast Records): Pagan/Folk Metal of resounding proportions. I loved this one and played it quite a bit.
Meshuggah “Obzen” (Nuclear Blast Records) – Reminding us with every groove and spine crushing riff that they are one of the most powerful Metal bands on the planet. If this is news to you, then get with the program.
Journey “Revelation”(Columbia Records): New singer, new album, new versions of classic material & a DVD concert all in one package? Truly this is a standout release from the Rock legends.
Whitesnake “Good To Be Bad” (SPV Records): It’s as if no time had passed by and this CD came out after the juggernaut self-titled album from the eighties. Great work guys.
Def Leppard “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge” (Universal Music): I haven’t liked a Def Leppard album in years and was set on giving them up entirely until this one came out and showed us that they still had it in them.
In This Moment “The Dream” (Century Media Records): I knew I was seeing something special when I first caught them as an opener for Kittie, and this release shows musical and compositional growth from their killer debut that raises the bar. A must have album that offers much for wider scopes of fans. Trust me.
Origin “Antithesis” (Relapse Records): Clearly one of the most powerful Extreme Death Metal records released this year. This is smoldering stuff that moves at break neck speeds.
Keep Of Kalessin “Colossus” (Nuclear Blast Records): A band that has chosen to walk in the path of Dimmu and see what storms they can cause themselves is a worthy addition to the Metal collection. Killer stuff here.
Fish “13th Star” (Chocolate Frog UK): A return to form for the singer who once fronted Marillion. His strongest release in years and a must have.
Black Sabbath “The Rules Of Hell” (Rhino Entertainment): Collecting the four albums that Sabbath recorded with Dio and remastering them after many years of waiting, this was a must have release. Nicely packaged and eventually released individually for those fans who didn’t want the complete set. Continue reading PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2008: The Music→