Playing in front of a massive crowd of 13 people, Marasmus opened up the show with fury in their hearts because they ripped it up their entire set. This local death metal act has come along way since I first saw them in early 2008. Creating technical brutality and maniacal drum work, these guys play together quite well and are phenomenal on stage.
Trent Reznor and Co. are making their rounds on their first tour since Nine Inch Nails‘ “Haitus”. Since then, Reznor has done a few things and won some awards, so I’m sure he is finally glad to be back to doing what made him big in the first place: Being in NIN and playing moody dark industrial for the masses. I was ready too as this would be my first time seeing them and I’ve often heard of nothing but good things when it came to NIN’s live setting. The production is especially good but the set list left me wanting more.
Rob Zombie’s show has always been as much fun to watch as it is to sing along those familiar spooky songs we’ve grown up listening to. However, this time around, he has changed some things and the production, in my opinion, was turned up one more notch. Continue reading
One of the biggest death metal shows of the year hit the tiniest possible venue in Kansas City, MO. The Riot Room hosted the “Despise the World” tour with Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn, Adimiron and Troglodyte. I walked into the venue right as Troglodyte began their song “No Beast So Fierce” and it was the perfect way to begin the night. Was The Riot Room going to be able to handle all of this metal in one night? Well, continue reading to find out.
Hate Eternal jumped on the Fear Factory tour and Kansas City, MO was their first night of the tour. J.J. explained “If I fuck up, don’t hold it against me.” Joking aside, this was their first stop of the tour for them and they absolutely destroyed The Riot Room. The maximum occupancy of 240 was at maximum tonight and Hate Eternal fed them all the only dose of death metal we would hear for the night. A weird combo having Hate Eternal open for Fear Factory, yet this went really well as the crowd moshed and thrashed about.
If you happen to live in the Kansas City metro area, you’ve might have heard of In The Shadow already. They are a straight up metal band with heavy and melodic riffing, screams as well as singing and pummeling bass guitars and drums to make you headbang pretty damn hard. Everytime I see them I just enjoy myself and drink a few PBR’s. It’s my little tradition. They were one of the opening acts for Orgy and they brought true metal to the stage that night. It was fun and each and every time I see these guys they just get better and better. A very tight playing group, In The Shadow seem to be exactly what Kansas City needs at this moment.
So it’s a nice and cool Saturday night in Merriam, KS and I’ve only seen local bands jam here at The Aftershock(No moshing? Seriously?). So to see 90′s mega rockers Orgy headline a show here surprised me. They been on this tour this time around with Davey Suicide and Vampires Everywhere! tearing up smaller bars/venues all over the US. Well I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to cover the show and see something different from the usual metal show I go to. Also, I wanted to take my lovely wife to see a band she’s loved since Candyass was released. Orgy came with lights, fog and a good sound, they still play tight and get the crowd going just like it was 1998 all over again. Was I out of my element/comfort zone? Yes. Did I manage to enjoy myself and dig the show? You betcha!
No this is not a joke. I’m a father and a husband. I can’t just go to every metal show in town. It’s time to start hitting up the kid friendly shows that start swinging by the Kansas City, MO area. My wife picked up some tickets for the Wednesday night grand opening to Disney On Ice at the Spring Center! I honestly was nervous, this was my first time seeing anything “on ice” and well….I’m a big metal guy. I have no business in these places. Long hair, black shirts (even my button up ones) and facial hair….I was definitely out of my element. But when my family and I got settled down and the show began, we all had a blast!
Headlining for their 20th anniversary tour with a two hour long set, Nile came to the pretty small venue known as The Firebird. They have played bars all the way to Wacken sized festivals, so I’m sure they didn’t mind the small amount of heads that came that night. I mean it was a Sunday night on St. Patties Day, it was an awkward night to have people come see your show. However, the die hard fans showed up and we all had a great time. I mean I drove 4 hours just to go see them play and I had work the next day! What was your excuse for missing the show?