Artist: Tarot Title: “Suffer Our Pleasures” Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: 2004 Genre: Power Metal Rating: 7/10
The name Tarot inspires a sense of mystery and power right off the bat when you hear the word. Metal power is most certainly the case from this band with the same name. Their release entitled “Suffer Our Pleasures” will immediately appeal to fans of the band Nightwish for their very own Bassist Marco Hietala performs these duties and sings lead on the tracks. On the guitar is his Brother Zachary and the combination is truly a tasty piece of music. Marco is very impressive on lead vocals, and for those who have seen Nightwish they know he provides a large amount of the backup for Tarja Turunen and does a great job of it as well. It is nice to see him able to sing full numbers for a change. Some of them are damned good. Continue reading “Suffer Our Pleasures” by Tarot→
Artist: King Diamond Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY) Opener: Nile, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder Date: 4-20-2005 Label: Metal Blade Records
The King Returns!!! Long Live The King!!!! It has been over a year since King Diamond last made the rounds to the City that never sleeps and for two sold-out nights B.B. King Blues Club was the place to be. Joining him would be a truly killer lineup for not only did he arrive with Metal Blade label mates Black Dahlia Murder but also Nile and the mighty Behemoth as well. All bands would be delivering the metal goods this evening. Initially I was surprised that King Diamond, a more “traditional” metal performer would travel with three Death Metal bands, but it all worked out very well in the end. Continue reading King Diamond @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/20/2005)→
Artist: King’s X Title: “Live All Over The Place” Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: 9/2004 Genre: Progressive Hard Rock Rating: 7.5/10
I am happy to report to you that King’s X still sounds the same as they did when I first heard them about 20 years ago. It’s truly amazing how Doug Pinnick’s bluesy and passionate voice has not lost any of its luster after all this time. Jerry Gaskill’s drumming is still rock solid and Ty Tabor’s guitar work is as clean and effective as ever. Since every member of the band provides more vocal harmony the level of this part of the music is just as strong as the instrumentation they do. The live CD entitled “Live All Over The Place” has been culled from shows that took place over the last couple of years. Showing the band at its peak, this is a very straightforward and rocking live album. Fans of the band will definitely view this as a worthwhile purchase for not only is it chock full of their finest material but it is also the groups first live release in the entire span of their career. Continue reading “Live All Over The Place” by King’s X→
King Diamond’s performance at L’Amour from our King Diamond @ L’Amour (11/7/2003) can be viewed via the photos that were captured below. He was supporting his latest release on Metal Blade Records, “The Puppetmaster”.
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Artist: King Diamond Venue: L’Amour’s (Brooklyn, NY) Opener: Label: Metal Blade Records Date: 11/7/2003
I have to start this off by saying that although I have been a fan of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate for many years that I never ever went to see him perform live. Last night I finally got the chance, and boy was I glad I did this.
Atmospherically, the stage was loaded with amps and each had bones strewn across them. The Road Crew laid a small white casket with the name “Abigail” on it (a popular character theme that has been maintained through many of the King’s albums). Across the casket, several black roses. I think that this was an tribute to his early days band that was called “Black Rose” as well as a suitable stage decoration but I could be wrong. Following the theme of his new CD – “The Puppetmaster”, there was a large puppet onstage. Continue reading King Diamond @ L’Amour (11/7/2003)→