SHOW REVIEWS2018-09-02T16:20:57+00:00

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Periphery/Veil of Maya/Covet – Portland, Oregon – September 28, 2019 – Hawthorne Theater

I’ve seen Periphery quite a few times, but sadly I hadn’t picked up the new album yet.  Every single time I looked at the tour flyer or the merch on site, I saw "HAIL SATAN."  That is what my brain saw every time. So when Veil of Maya cleared the stage, I saw “HA IL” on the left side of [...]

By |September 30th, 2019|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Dorothy, and Diamante Review – September 21 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater – Ridgefield, Washington Review

The debate on the way home between my-self and MIRP co-founder and photographer Jer was who was better: Chevelle or Three Days Grace.  I was Team Chevelle, he was arguing for Three Days Grace, but I think Breaking Benjamin actually won. As always, we were provided with amazing seats just a few rows back from the stage.  Warm enough not [...]

By |September 29th, 2019|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Incubus – 20 Years of Make Yourself and Beyond Tour – September 20, 2019 – Portland, Oregon – Keller

  New York’s Dub Trio opened the show with a mix of nearly every type of music.  Technically great, this instrumental trio gave a worthy performance opening up for Incubus.  Combining rock, punk, jazz, experimental, ambient, electronic, and heavy metal sounds, they did a nice job setting the tone for our beloved Incubus…but truth be told, we were really just [...]

By |September 29th, 2019|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Disturbed/In This Moment – Show Review – Moda Center Portland, OR

Disturbed In This Moment Moda Center - Aug 3, 2019 “This is where my people are -- metal heads and rockers! This is where I feel at home.  Nearly everyone is wearing their favorite band shirt in black; It’s a sea of black. People just seem to be happy. Whenever I’m at non rock/metal shows, I tend to feel [...]

By |August 8th, 2019|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Twins of Evil “RockFest” Show Review – August 2, 2019 – Portland, Oregon – Moda Center

I’d never seen Marilyn Manson before. I knew the hits and was well versed in Marilyn Manson history because my God Daughter was a huge fan. She’d show me DVDs of Marilyn Manson; I’d show her Pantera. You know that feeling that you have of a band…that perception?  Well, until I’d met John 5 a few years ago, I [...]

By |August 4th, 2019|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Gojira Show Review – July 30, 2019 – Portland, Oregon – Roseland Theater

First, just let me say that seeing Ligature Marks live is always a pleasure.  But seeing Gojira and Ligature Marks…well, it was a fantastic evening for sure.   Gojira, hitting Portland on a one-off show the day before Seattle’s Pain In The Grass, was truly unbelievable.  I’d seen them many times before (and they are one of my all-time favorite [...]

By |August 1st, 2019|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Judas Priest and Uriah Heap, June 22, 2019 – Moda Center – Portland, Oregon

Few shows are as nostalgic as Judas Priest and Uriah Heap.  I remember being barely a teen and hearing “Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)” for the first time, standing in the laundry room of my childhood home.  That was a defining moment for me, and helped to define my life-long love affair with metal.  Back in the 1980s, [...]

By |June 24th, 2019|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Combichrist, Show Review – May 14, 2019 – Hawthorne – Portland, Oregon

Combichrist’s "One Fire World Tour" made a stop in Portland, Oregon, and it was nothing short of amazing.    One notable difference was the absence of Joe Lentz.  However, it wasn't that noticeable.  Normally the drumming duo are front and center performing their drumming skills with a side of antics in full costume. I was worried how the new [...]

By |June 12th, 2019|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Children of Bodom, Swallow The Sun, Wolfheart Show Review | Portland, Oregon | March 30, 2019

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Janne of Children of Bodom prior to the show.  I also am possibly Portland’s biggest Wolfheart fan.  So, prior to arriving, I stopped at the local store to buy some fresh Oregon products for both bands.  I decided on Rainer Honeycrisp apples, and Moonstruck chocolates.  I awaited Janne in the bar, [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Show Reviews|0 Comments

In Flames, Smash Into Pieces Show Review | March 14, 2019 | Roseland Theater | Portland, Oregon

To say I was excited for this show is an understatement.  I love In Flames. In Flames is a band that seems to walk alongside me, providing the soundtrack of my life.  They supply the vehicle that allows me to show others how I'm feeling or what I’m going through (and their music just plain rules!)  It’s the perfect [...]

By |March 28th, 2019|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Soulfly and Unearth Show Review – Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, Oregon – February 24, 2019

The excitement surrounding Max Cavalera and his band Soulfly was audible on this very cold February night in Portland, Oregon.  I’d interviewed Max previously and it was the greatest mistake in my journalism career.  It was a fantastic interview…one of those organic and inspiring interviews…and the recorder failed.  When I got home, I plugged in my trusted recorder, and the [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, Weedeater, Mothership – Show Review – Portland, Oregon – Hawthorne – January 31, 2019

I love Corrosion of Conformity.  I love Crowbar.  Both bands got me through some rough patches in my life and I will forever love them.  To this day I can only listen to America’s Volume Dealer and Odd fellows Rest in their entirety.  I’ll pull over in a parking lot to let them finish once started.  I was thrilled to [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Show Reviews|0 Comments

KISS “End of the Road” Tour – February 1, 2019 – Moda Center – Portland, Oregon

Witnessing the first USA date, in Portland, Oregon, for KISS’s “End of the Road” farewell tour last night was nothing short of amazing. We arrived timely to get our credentials and were stunned to see that no one had been let in yet.  The buzz in the line was that the stage had been held up in customs from the [...]

By |February 3rd, 2019|Editorials, Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Krisiun, Visceral Disgorge Show Review – November 3, 2018 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, Oregon

Extreme musicians...really nice guys.  It was another fantastic lineup by Presents.  It was a night of old friends, new friends, and amazing metal in a zoo like setting.  Lola's room is a beautiful room in the belly of the historic Crystal Ballroom.  The main part of the venue was designed with a floating floor designed in 1914 for ballroom dancing.  [...]

By |December 1st, 2018|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Gwar, Hatebreed, Miss May I, Ringworm Show Review – Portland, Oregon – Roseland Theater – October 18, 2018

The house was packed for a Thursday night in Portland, Oregon, but it was Gwar and Hatebreed after all! Up first was Cleveland’s hardcore punk band, Ringworm.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dirtier looking band, but they absolutely came out with a vengeance, which started the night off well with their super aggressive set.  Watching vocalist James "Human [...]

By |October 22nd, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Dying Fetus, Incantation, Gatecreeper, Genocide Pact and Why Won’t You Die – Portland, Oregon – Bossanova Ballroom – October 3, 2018

Trey Williams, drummer for Dying Fetus, was my first ever metal interview, so besides being an awesome old school death metal band, they hold a special place in my heart, and I see them every time they come to Portland. As the second oldest old-school death metal band on the bill, Dying Fetus, pummeled Portland, Oregon just as you’d expect:  [...]

By |October 15th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Revocation, Exhumed, Rivers of Nihil, Yautja, and Rank and Vile – Dantes – Portland, Oregon – October 6, 2018

My friend Amir and I arrived at the venue early because I had been granted interviews with the three main bands:  Revocation, Exhumed, and Rivers of Nihil. Rivers of Nihil was the first interview of the day, and the first question I asked guitarist Brody was is it Nih hill or Nile; it’s Nile. Just after Revocations’ soundcheck, Brett Bamburger [...]

By |October 14th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Wolfheart Show Review and Interview – Paris Theater – Portland, Oregon – October 10, 2018

The bill was full with European metallers Carach Angren (Netherlands), Mors Principium Est (Finland), Wolfheart (Finland), and Empyrean Throne (California). I’m a huge Wolfheart fan.  2017’s “Thyjyys” is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard.  So, when I found out I had the interview with Tuomas Saukkonen I have to admit I was both excited and nervous.  I've done over [...]

By |October 14th, 2018|Featured Home Page Banner, Show Reviews|0 Comments

Shinedown, Godsmack, Asking Alexandria – Portland, Oregon – October 11, 2018 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum

It was a brilliant line up.  Smart; showcasing heavy hitters of hard music from the 90s – today. England’s Asking Alexandria opened the show with polish and poise, showcasing vocalist Danny Worsnop amazing voice.  Guitarists Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell provided the movement, often spinning around in circles while they played.  As the youngest band on the bill, they quickly and easily proved [...]

By |October 13th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Lauryn Hill – The 20 Year Anniversary of The “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” – September 12, 2018 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, Oregon

It was a brutal evening with a sparkly ending.  A DJ void of excitement opened the show, and ended up being 75% of the entire show.  While she was likely there to get people to their seats (and that was the end of the agreement) she ended up playing for nearly two and a half hours after Santigold and NAS [...]

By |October 13th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Garbage Show Review – September 30, 2018 – Roseland Theater, Portland, Oregon

I felt very lucky to attend this sold-out show at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Sold out shows are always amazing because the energy is usually off the charts with the maximum amount of people, and this night was no exception. I found my spot in the back of the venue and quickly befriended other excited concert-goers ready for [...]

By |October 8th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

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