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Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch & Tribulation Concert Review, March 23, 2016

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Quick and easy review for last night’s show.

I was mainly there to see my buddies Tribulation.  They only had a 30 minute slot and there crowd really hadn’t rolled in yet.  Nevertheless, they played a great set and got a good response.

Skeletonwitch was up next.  I’d seen them a time or two before and just like last night they pretty much put me to sleep.

Bring on Matt Pike and High on Fire.  I’ve seen them a few times as well, the last time being a bit of a mess as he was dealing with some personal issues.  He looked healthy last night and they were enjoyable even though I’m not much of a fan.  Good energy from them and the crowd.

Abbath was in Immortal.  I’ve not listened to either band for more than 3 minutes at any given time as I don’t really care for black metal that much.  That said, I did enjoy it for the spectacle last night.  The band was solid and the show at Emo’s was sold out.  For last night that meant that the front half of the room was filled as Emo’s had the curtain divider in place.

The best part of the night was hanging out with the Tribulation guys after the show was over.  Great dudes and I look forward to seeing them again next month, even though they’re playing with Ghost.  :/

Enjoy the fotos below from Erik Bredthaur and NecroBlanca Photography.

Motorhead, Saxon & Crobot Concert Review, Austin, TX, September 1, 2015

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“Heart of a lion fight to the end
Run like the wind
Champions of champions, best in the land, you always win

Don’t fade away, don’t fade away
Run with your dream right to the end
Your spirit flies on eagle’s wings
Never coming down”
Fallen Heroes by A.S.A.P. (Adrian Smith)

Since last night this verse has been running in my head.

We all know the story by now that Motorhead stopped during their 3rd song, Metropolis, and that was it.

I’ve seen them 7 times in the last 12 years and each has been just a little more depressing than the previous.   I noticed in 2003 that his hand was shaking when not holding a jack and coke or playing his guitar.  It was more than just the shakes.  It looked like Parkinson’s disease to me, not that I can diagnose anything on anyone.  Lemmy’s health in recent years has been spoken of often…pacemaker, diabetes, altitude sickness, etc.  He has looked awful and in the last 5 years has gotten so skinny and more frail than ever.

There was tension in the air before the came on stage.  Anticipation of what was coming next based on recent events with the band in Salt Lake and Denver.

The band hits the stage and Lemmy gingerly walks on stage playing a few notes…”Alright?”  The crowd is excited…”We are Motorhead…”  Roars from the crowd.  “…and we play rock and roll!”  He sounded so weak…and old.  He’s 69 and looks every bit of it and more.

And then they went in to Damage Case.  It was slow.  So slow.  Lem’s voice was quiet.  He was barely playing the chords.  Stiff.  He looked like he was in pain.  They played Stay Clean next.  Phil and Mikkey more animated than normal, likely trying to draw attention from the elephant in the room.  Both songs were about 20% slower than recorded.

Then Lemmy is announcing Metropolis.  He mentions that he’s been sick.  Before the second verse started, Lemmy stops playing and says, “I can’t do it” and the band quickly exits the stage.

There were cheers for the band but there was also a hush over the crowd.  Chants of “Lemmy” and “We love you” were started.  A few minutes later, Lemmy comes out and says, “You are one of the best gigs in America, and I would love to play for you, but I can’t… So please accept my apologies. Next time, all right?”  Class act all the way.

Until next time is right, Lem.  Hopefully Saturday in Houston.

By the way, Crobot and Saxon also played.

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September 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Tesla Concert Review, Austin, TX, January 28, 2015

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TESLA_3x5_logoHappy 2015 everybody.  Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve written.  There just haven’t been that many touring shows since December but that all changed starting last night.

Tesla.  To be honest, and I’ve stated it before, I’m not a fan.  While I like Modern Day Cowboy and Heaven’s Trail, I just don’t get into them at all.  A big part of it are the vocals.  Just a bit too whiny for me.  So why did I go?  Free tickets!  Good enough reason to go and to hang out with some friends who were going.

A little history.  Back around 1990, the metal band I was in wanted to play Love Song.  I was completely against it.  NO BALLADS!  I was happy sticking with the heavier covers we were doing and not pussing out to wimp rock, and this song qualifies as wimp rock.  I’m pretty sure it was because of the bassist we had who had a new girlfriend and he was all goo-goo over her.  The rest of the band didn’t seem to mind playing that song but I was adamant about not playing it.  I had to maintain some integrity after all, yes?  After the second or third practice of them trying to introduce the song and me bucking against it, someone stated that it was time to find another drummer.  DONE AND DONE.  I packed up my gear and rolled on.  No muss, no fuss, no hard feelings.

We got there right as the opening band was going on and quickly went out to the patio.  We stayed out there for most of the second band, too.  To be honest, they weren’t memorable enough for me to care about their names, but hey, they were up there and I wasn’t, so good on ’em, eh?

Tesla comes on and opens with a song from their latest album, Simplicity.  They ran through most of their catalog and the crowd responded accordingly.  They played pretty much everything you’d expect to hear.  We stayed near the back of the venue and I was quite surprised as to how many people were there.  The venue holds about 1700 and there were roughly 1200 in attendance.

The band was tight and Jeff Keith’s vocals were hanging tough (sorry, I had to).  Frank Hannon is a beast of a guitarist.  Brian Wheat’s bangs were in full effect, too.  Holy cow!

This was a great show for people watching, too.  Saw some sights that I’ll never un-see, that’s for sure.  Overall it was a good time and it felt great to catch another live show and to spend some time with good friends.  It’s also nice when a show ends earlyish (1130PM) since I have to get up early for work.

Lots of things in the hopper in the coming months like Uli Roth, Doro, Krokus, Alice Cooper, The Who and Bob Seger.

GWAR Concert Review, Austin, TX, October 25, 2014

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I love seeing GWAR live.  I’ve seen them several times since the 80s and I think they peaked at the Scumdogs album.  Nevertheless, I do try to go and see them still.  They still crack me up.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Dave Brockie died earlier this year.  He was the voice and personality behind the Oderus Urungus,  Dave was a funny guy and cool the few times that I met him.  I have an interview I did with GWAR in 1999 that I need to get uploaded.  It’s hilarious.

The band is now using multiple members as singers and it works with their new storyline of having an epic battle to see who will become the new leader of the band.  Included in that mix was my buddy, Brent, who replaced Corey Smoot on lead guitar after his untimely death a few years ago.  He’s Pustulus Maximus.  I’ve known him for about 10 years from other bands he played with back in Virginia.  Awesome dude and it’s always great to see him.

The band hit the stage during the second annual Housecore Horror Film Festival and there was a video message on the “magic mirror” from Oderus.  It was all strange, but it worked.  He disappears into another dimension or something and all of the new singers bash it out.  The show was enjoyable and Brent’s guitar playing was awesome.  He sang a song or two as well.  Way to go, Pustulus!

It’s always fun watching people get soaked in the pit at their shows.  This past Saturday night, I got hit with a blood cannon.  Totally unintentional but it made me laugh nonetheless.  Good fun all the way around, especially their cover of West End Girls.  I also ran into a guy I knew from Virginia that I hadn’t seen since about 2000.  He was touring with a guitar company that he works for. I also ran into the VoiVod guys who remembered me from a SxSW show a few years back when I got my head cut open by a stage diver.

This show marked the 6th in a row since Monday night.  I was absolutely exhausted by the time it was over.

The aftermath

The aftermath

Pustulus

Pustulus

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October 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Kreator/Accept/Swallow The Sun Concert Review, Austin, TX 9/30/12

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I guess it was 1981 or 1982 when my brother Robert (RIP) came home with Accept’s Breaker on cassette.  I thought it was pretty cool but they catch my ear like Priest, Cooper, Sabbath and the other bands I was into at the time did.  It wasn’t until hearing Balls to the Wall (BTTW) in 83 on the radio that I sort of got in tune with Germany’s.  I’d never call myself a hardcore fan but I enjoy pretty much all of their stuff from Russian Roulette on back.  Restless and Wild and BTTW would be my 2 faves.  I didn’t listen to them at all throughout the 90s and 2000s until I ad read somewhere that TT Quick’s Mark Tornillo had joined Accept.  I LOVE TT Quick’s  Metal of Honor album…LOVE IT!  Thanks to Big Bill for turning me on to that one in high school.  The 2 albums with Mark are really strong and he sounds great with them.  He is a perfect fit.  While he’s not Udo, he has a similar style that works quite well.  I met Udo back in 2000.  He was standing next to me while Raven was on stage.  Nice enough fella.

Kreator has been to Austin at least one other time since I’ve lived here but I didn’t see them.  I’ve never really been a fan.  I don’t dislike them, I’m just indifferent about them.  They had some great album covers back in the 80s, though.  However, when Tommy Vertelli from Coroner joined their ranks, they got my interest.  I do like the 2 albums he did with them, Outcast and Endorama; mainly because I can hear Tommy’s influence and I love Coroner.

When this show was first advertised, I made it a point to keep that date open as I really wanted to see Accept.  So…ticket bought and away we go.

If you’ve been paying even minor attention to this site, you know my obsession with getting The Booksigned when opportunity presents itself.  I had nothing to do yesterday afternoon and decided to just go to the venue a few hours before the

doors open and see what I can get done.  *cough* NERD *cough*  I was able to park right next to the buses and I just hung out for a bit and Kreator’s drummer, Ventor, came off of the bus and sat on the curb to smoke a cigarette.  I got out of my car, sat down next to him, introduced myself and talked to him and one of the roadcrew for about 15 minutes.  He signed the book and joked on the picture of himself.  I asked him if Mille was available and he said he was sleeping on the bus.  Cool.  No biggie.  After this I went back to my car for a bit.

King’s X’s tour manager was walking around the parking lot and he’s a good pal of mine.  He was looking for Kreator’s manager and the Accept guys as he’s friends with both.  “Accept’s plling up shortly.  Did you bring the book?”  They know me so well, eh?  A cab pulled up and Herman Frank, Wolf Hoffman and Mark Tornillo got out.  My friend was talking to them for a few then he waved me over and introduced us all.  I cracked open the book to the TT Quick page and Mark signed my CD cover and the page.  We spoke briefly about that record and I mentioned how much I loved it.  He said it was nice to see someone bringing that stuff to the shows.  Herman was up next and he saw the picture of Accept with Jorg Fischer and said, “”I’m prettier than that other guy. I’ll sign here.  Maybe over his face?”   He was obviously a fun loving  guy and was joking around with us.  I talked to him a bit about my love of his other band Victory.  “Oh, you’re the guy who bought that record?”  haha.  Wolf saw the photo and said, “Man, I had hair!”  A few moments later another car pulls up and Peter Baltes and Stefan Schwarzmann came over.  They said their hellos to my friend and Peter asked about the book.  I opened to his picture with Accept and said, “I’m still pretty” and laughed.  I told him about seeing him on tour with Dokken in 1991.  “Holy shit, you saw that?  How were we?”  Accept’s drummer, Stefan, has been around the block playing with Running Wild, Udo, X-Wild, Krokus and Helloween.  I had him sign the Running Wild page, shook hands with all of them and off they went to the bus.  Right place, right time and patience paid off.  I’m glad I had the time to hang out.

The doors at Emo’s East were supposed to be at 7PM but they didn’t open until 8 and Swallow The Sun was on at 8:10 with only a few people in the venue.  That sucked for them.  I waited a while outside with some friends to let the line go down and ended up only catching their last 2 songs in person.  They were alright.  Solid, mid-paced death/doom.  I used to own their debut album but it didn’t stick around long.

Up next was Accept.  They came out and just rocked.  The whole band looked like they were having a great time.  Herman, Peter and Wolf were pretty much smiling the whole show.  They played many of my favorites including Breaker, Metal Heart, Princess of the Dawn, Restless and Wild, Fast as a Shark and, of course, Balls to the Wall.  I was hoping to hear London Leather Boys, but oh well.  Their newer material sounded great live and was very well received by the crowd.  About halfway through the set, the place really filled up.  It was definitely a crowd where the majority was there to see Kreator.

And then there they were.  They hit the stage and just went into hard and heavy.  They were extremely tight and their lead guitarist was quite enjoyable to watch.  I stayed through 5 or so songs.  I did get to hear Enemy of God and a song from Endorama, Phobia, which I liked a lot.  Ventor is a beast on the drums, holy crap.  The crowd was totally into them, too, which was great to see.  But it was almost 11:30PM and I was tired.  I had to get up at 6Am for work today so I bailed out.

I will say that if Kreator makes their way back around here, I’d try and go see them again.  Accept is playing the South Texas Rock Fest in October in San Antonio, but I don’t think I’ll make it.

If you like any of these bands and can make it to the show, you won’t be disappointed.

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October 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hello Killdozer, goodbye Emos

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Simple review.  Killdozer was how I remembered them. Not great, but not shitty.  Last time was 1994 in Newport News, VA. 

The main story tonight was the closing of the downtown location of Emo’s.  Not my favorite venue but I saw some good shows over the years…valkyrie, Pentagram, hammerfall, Celtic frost/tryptikon, buzzov*en, and lots more.  It’s really the beginning of the end of our beloved Red River District.

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December 31, 2011 at 3:03 am

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Triptykon – Austin, TX 10-29-10

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My history with Celtic Frost goes back to about 1986 as noted here.  I am a fan.  While Monotheist is probably my least favorite album, it’s not bad.  A year or so ago Tom G. announced that Celtic Frost was done and he had a new project called Triptykon…which uses the Frost script in one their logos.  Tom seems to have some deep seeded issues with carrying on as Frost.

No matter.

Triptykon was announced to play Emo’s and I was in.  I mean c’mon.  It’s Tom G!  I bought the meet and greet pass mainly to get his signature in the book.

Per my normal routine I walk to the venue early and happen to catch Tom G. walking the streets.  I talked to him for just a few moments and headed over to the venue.  The pre-sale  on this show was 60.  SIXTY!  I was able to get in early via a friend who worked there and got to catch the soundcheck.  They did Usurper and for whatever reason, Tom was smiling and laughing the whole time.  This was the last show on the tour as they canceled the Houston show.  It is my understanding that the tour attendance had been pretty light.  Last night’s show had Triptykon playing before the headliner.  The tour included Yakuza (Chicago) and 1349 (Norway) on the bill.  Local band Mammoth Grinder opened but I missed them.

At the end of soundcheck Tom G was asked if he needed more monitor.  Tom G responded with, “I can hear myself enough.  Doesn’t matter, we’re just playing Austin.”  Ouch!  C’mon Tom G!  Show a little love!

Tom G signs the book.

After soundcheck I hung outside talking with a few friends before the quick meet and greet.  Only 7 people (including me) bought the pass for it.  Two guys drove up from Monterrey, Mexico for this.  That was cool.  They brought each member of the band some gifts from Mexico which mainly consisted of tequila.  Very cool.  I had Tom G sign the book which got the usual reaction from bands…”What the hell is this?”  He read through the Celtic Frost section and signed it.  We all snapped a few pictures and that was it.

I left there to drop the book off back at the house and went to a bar for a beer.  I missed Mammoth Grinder and caught most of Yakuza’s set.  Not my cup of tea at all.  Sort of avant-garde metal with lots of saxophone.  Their slower mellower stuff was alright as background music but they aren’t something that I would want to listen to regularly.

Triptykon cam on next and I was glad to see the place fill up a little.  There may have been 150 people there but I think that’s pushing it.  They opened up with Frost’s Procreation of the Wicked.  This band is tuned

Eyes as black as his soul! Tom G!

down a bit and it’s weird hearing this song in a lower key.  Overall they were good, solid.  Tom G is no guitar wizard by any stretch of the imagination, but he does write good riffs.  The Triptykon stuff sounds like where the music from Monotheist left off.  Slow, plodding, dark.  I enjoyed the show quite a bit, though.  How many more times are we going to see Tom G in the states, ya know?  They also plays Circle of the Tyrants and Usurper with the singer for 1349 handling vocal duties.

I was tired and didn’t stick around for 1349.  I’m really not that big of a black metal fan.  I saw what I wanted to see.

Setlist:

  1. Crucifixus (Intro)
  2. Procreation of the Wicked
  3. Goetia
  4. Circle of the Tyrants
  5. Abyss Within My Soul
  6. The Usurper
  7. Synagoga Satanae
  8. The Prolonging
  9. Winter (I think they did this)

Ugh!

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Love the H. R. Giger guitar!

My shitty vids from the show.  The lighting was terrible.

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October 30, 2010 at 8:17 am