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Children Of Bodom @ Hammerstein Ballroom (10/9/2008)

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Artist: Children Of Bodom
Venue: Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Testament, Black Dahlia Murder, Between The Buried And Me
Date: 10/9/2008
Label: Spinefarm Records

If you looked at tonight’s roster of performing bands you might pause for a moment and think that you had seen all of them over at least once over the last couple of months. It wouldn’t be weird for this to be the state of mind you were in because you are definitely correct in this assumption if you attend a lot of show because every one of these acts had trampled the streets of New York and New Jersey on behalf of the Metal way very recently before this gig. We’ll touch upon each of these visits as we go along but based on this totally smoking roster, it was without question that the Hammerstein Ballroom was going to be an incredible place for music this evening. The show would start off with Between the Buried and Me and here is how the event went down in case that you missed out for some odd reason.
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Black Dahlia Murder @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (6/26/2008): Summer Slaughter 2008

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Artist: Black Dahlia Murder
Venue: Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Kataklysm, Vader, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Despised Icon, Aborted, Born Of Osiris, Psycroptic, & Whitechapel
Date: 6/26/2008
Label: Metal Blade Records

I have to admit that when they announced that this year’s edition of Ozzfest was only going to be a single performance and that the show would be nowhere near my geographic location that I hardly felt the slightest amount of disappointment in my Metal heart. Yes, Metallica would be one of the event’s headliners but the larger part of the lineup assembled for it came off as a big ho hum to me and there were just too many other amazing tour packages to be excited about for me to worry about getting over to Ozzfest. The summer of 2008 launched with the first ever Paganfest USA and this event delivered four outstanding bands who had never been on our shores before and then we had Progressive Nation continuing the greatness with Dream Theater and Opeth. The lineup for the Summer Slaughter tour only stood to prove that we were going to get a righteous dose of head banging Metal for a really affordable price and the all day affair would take place inside the Fillmore NY. There would be a total of ten bands on this bill and while many are known to the larger fan bases across the world there were a number of up and coming acts that one should pay mind to. The headliner for the gig would be Black Dahlia Murder and immediate powerhouse support would be coming from Kataklysm, Vader and Cryptopsy. The earlier start-off acts would come by way of Whitechapel, Psycroptic, The Aborted, Despised Icon, The Faceless and Born Of Osiris. Ten bands are a lot to absorb and get the point across about so I chose to briefly lineout some of the performance highlights as I am sure that each of these talented groups will be on other bills where a longer set can be enjoyed. Here is what happened in case you missed out, and shame on you if you did.
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Black Dahlia Murder @ B.B. King Blues Club (1/16/2008)

Black Dahlia Murder was in NYC for a headlining appearance at B.B. King Blues Club and was bringing Hate Eternal along for the ride. The night was full of edge of your seat drama and unpredictable situations and should you want to learn more, just scroll past the logo below to see our item.

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Artist: Black Dahlia Murder
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: 3 Inches Of Blood, Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth
Date: 1/16/2008
Label: Metal Blade Records

The Black Dahlia Murder would invade New York City once again and this time around it would be as the headliner and find them supporting their latest Death Metal masterpiece – Metal Blade Records “Nocturnal”. The appearance would also feature the bands 3 Inches Of Blood, Hate Eternal and Decrepit Birth so you knew very early on that this was really going to be a brutal Metal evening no matter what. It was also a continuation of the recent practice of finding more than one powerhouse band being presented on the same bill and this fact made the price of entry totally worthwhile. The four band roster would once again be at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, a venue that has pretty much made it a point to deliver quite a few quality Metal shows over the past couple of years. I find that when you compare them against other venues of this type there really haven’t been any others that come as close in getting your Metal hunger fed better than B.B. King’s. Given the number of bands this evening the show was set to start earlier than an event that featured only two or three acts and everyone who would be attending believed it to be a 7:00pm first band hitting the stage sort of thing. Doors for such an event are usually an hour before the first band comes on and for the most part while there are always early entrants, the larger part of the crowd often waits until just before the first band hits. Now before I lose you there is a reason for me explaining all of this stuff. The hungry Metal legions who arrived at the dot of 7:00pm and rushed the barriers against the stage would find an already performing Decrepit Birth in the middle of their very brief set. If the group played for twenty minutes it would have surprised me but my own dinner plans found me missing them entirely. My goal was to begin the night of Metal with Hate Eternal, a long-revered Death Metal act but new signing to Metal Blade Records and the sudden movement of times was based on the band finding themselves in a bit of a dilemma a couple of states away. Earlier in the day it seemed as though the Hate Eternal guys got into a little bit of a fender bender and it looked as though they would not be making the appearance tonight. The announcers tonight remained hopeful but it really seemed unlikely that their gig would happen. Based on all of this I arrived to see a kick off by Roadrunner Records 3 Inches Of Blood who were now the second band on as opposed to Hate Eternal.
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King Diamond @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/20/2005)

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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.
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