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Romance and erotica author Sharita Lira believes that love conquers all. Writing sexy stories of people who might be complete opposites, but somehow make a lasting connection that often leads to a happily ever after. Happily married and mother of two, Sharita never allows complex plots to deter her from writing the story. Inspired by heavy music, attractive people she’s seen in person and on the internet, Sharita always has a tale on her brain. In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is a freelance author, blogger, and an editor at the heavy metal ezine FourteenG. For more information, please visit http://www.thelitriad.com and if you’re a fan who would like exclusive updates on her writings and chances to win prizes, sign up for the newsletter!

Forged in Fire Tour – Hellyeah In Flames

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With Christmas just around the corner, it seemed apropos that we’d get to see Swedish metallers In Flames along with HellYeah as support. What better way to let out some aggression around the blasted holidays than catching two of the loudest bands on the planet? I say that with love of course.

The venue was packed to the rafters for this event and both bands brought their “A” game. HellYeah was supporting their newest release, Undeniable. The band was in top form, with lead singer Chad Gray rousing the crowd with his antics, highlighted by bassist Kyle Sanders spitting fake blood in his singer’s face! Chad had inspirational messages for his followers between each song; where he remarked how heavy metal saved him and urged that we’re all in this together. I suppose his words were in response to the election three weeks ago. Nevertheless, the crowd appreciated his sentiments and appeared to be into the set from beginning to end.

In Flames was up next and the headliners made sure they kept the energy going. In support of their latest disc, Battlers, my third favorite Swedes entertained the masses with their signature Gothenberg Sound. We also learned bassist Peter Iwers was leaving the band to pursue other interests. Lead singer Anders Friden made the announcement and many in the crowd, including me were shocked. Of course, we’re well aware of his brewery and restaurant he has back home which seems to have taken off, meaning he needs to drop one of his passions. Beer or Metal?  For a metalhead, seems like a pretty tough choice to me. Still, Peter is a staple in the band and he will be missed.

Despite that bit of bad news, the band put on a good set as always, leaving the capacity crowd happy they came out to give Peter a proper send off.

We at FourteenG wish Peter Iwers the best and look forward to a new incarnation of In Flames for 2017 and onward!

 

Setlist

Bullet Ride

Where the Dead Ships Dwell

Leeches

The End

Alias

Only for the Weak

Play Video

Cloud Connected

The Truth

Through Oblivion

The Quiet Place

Paralyzed

Deliver Us

Take This Life

25 Years of Pigface 11/25/2016

 

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Industrial music.

When you hear that genre many acts come to mind. KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Ministry, and of course, Pigface. Pigface was basically everyone in industrial/metal music. If you look up all its members, many familiar faces pop up for their band roster. They were a Wax Trax staple, releasing 18 albums and now after almost a quarter of a century, they’re still a household name for industrial music. The reunion started with an art show here in Chicago that ended up being a hit. So much so, that leader Martin Atkins decided to do a show and donate the proceeds to a music charity. Thus, Pigface 25 performance was born.

They brought in the whole gang as it were and fucking it up as only they know how!  

Being an industrial fan myself, I couldn’t wait to see this show. I’d never caught Pigface live, but I knew many of their songs. And so is the case with many industrial fans. We know the music, but might not know the band behind some of the classic ditties unless they were big like KMFDM, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails just to name a few. Pigface is one of those bands that might remain a mystery to many, but it doesn’t take away any of the appreciation you have for the band.

During this almost four plus hour show that went into the wee hours of the morning, we caught many familiar faces playing their hits from the golden years of industrial. It might’ve been the biggest collection of bands I’ve seen on a stage at once with a headcount of well over 40+ musicians trading instruments and sharing mics. It looked like the kind of party we’d all want to be a part of. It was a spectacle. The crowd was attentive, singing and bouncing throughout the set, albeit on Black Friday, which seemed quite appropriate.

There were guest appearances from Gravity Kills frontman Jeff Scheel, and others as well as performances from Frankie of Thrill Kill Kult and En Esch, formerly of KMFDM who ironically played “Godlike”, a KMFDM classic. All in all, Pigface had one awesome show which is rumored to be their last. They went out with a bang and we were there to witness it firsthand.

Fuck it up Pigface!

High on Fire/Meshuggah

 

 

High on Fire has always been a favorite of mine. The doom metal genre isn’t, but I always appreciated Matt Pike’s lyrical ability and musicianship. This evening he wowed the crowd playing tracks such as “The Black Plot”, “Rumors of War”, “Turk” and “Fertile Green”.

My second favorite Swedes. Who are the first you may ask? Click the link to find out. But yes, Meshuggah are definitely a close second. To appreciate a Meshuggah performance, you might need to get plenty of rest beforehand. Not because they are boring, oh no. Instead, it’s because the hard driving rhythms, killer riffs, and time changes will exhaust the hell out of you. Mind you, I wasn’t in the pit. I was off to the side with other press people, taking in the sight and having some libations, watching the melee unfold while the band were on stage playing their asses off. To say the crowd wasn’t totally into it would be wrong. They were, and although the performance was on the same night as the Cubs playing a world series game at home, the people in attendance cared little about what was going on in the outside world and gave all their energy and attention to Meshuggah.

And rightfully so. They played quite a few of their best songs as well as some off of their latest disc Violent Sleep of Reason which, in my opinion, was the best album of 2016. Meshuggah’s performance was one for the ages, cementing their place as one of the top bands in metal right now. The show and the disc will be talked about for years to come.  

SETLIST

Clockworks

Born in Dissonance

Sane

Perpetual Black Second

Stengah

The Hurt that Finds You First

Lethargica

Do Not Look Down

Nostrum

Violent Sleep of Reason

Dancers to a Discordant System

Bleed

Encore:

Demiurge

Future Breed Machine

Psychic Warfare tour Clutch/Zakk Sabbath 10/25/16

Psychic, more like psychedelic. When putting a veteran band like Clutch along with guitar virtuoso, Zakk Wylde, who on this tour was playing Ozzy Osbourne, you get some funky rhythms, classic riffs, and a whole lot of second hand smoke. And no, I’m not talking cigarettes.

Needless to say, the name of the tour was appropriate considering their style as well as the promotion of their latest album. Listening to Zakk and his Sabbath along with Clutch might’ve put you on some spiritual trip. I love old Black Sabbath and Zakk’s awesome guitar playing made up for the fact he was trying way too damn hard to sound like Ozzy. Paying homage is cool. Every form of impersonation is flattery, but I don’t have to hear the second coming of the great Oz himself. There can only be one of him, and that’s plenty, thank you very much.

On the other hand, Clutch was just, well Clutch. Although I’m not one of their biggest fans and really, you shouldn’t care that I am, they have always put on a good show. Some of the highlights were “Animal Farm”, “Immortal”, “The House that Peter Built”, as well as a new song called “Sucker for a Witch” from their latest album. You don’t have to be a big Clutch fan to appreciate the musicianship of the band because they are just that talented and once again, they entertained the masses in Chicago.

 

Review – Opeth At the Riviera Theatre 10/09/16

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Going to any live show is a big event, especially when it’s a band you’ve admired and followed for a long time. I’m not overly hard to please, but a lot of acts haven’t lived up to my expectations when they perform. They seem lackadaisical, not interacting with the crowd, or maybe they’re hyped but their music sucks ass. Unfortunately, that’s happened more than I care to remember.

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Nervosa/Suspended Reggie’s CHICAGO 8/19/2016

 

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For some odd reason, stupid people want to reverse women’s rights. The outcry from some politicians, namely right wingers is fucking gross. Taking away a woman’s right to abort, to use condoms, even vote. I mean, really? What century are we living in?

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This Metalhead loves her Duran Duran

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Let me preface this by saying I’m a big fan of Duran Duran. Ever since I was nine, the eighties version of the fab five ruled my cassette tape recorder as well as my bedroom walls. I recall when Sing Blue Silver came out in 1985 and my mother, who begrudgingly agreed to watch it with me, claimed that Andy Taylor looked high because his eyes were glassy. I argued and cried that they were good guys and that they’d NEVER do any drugs. In my eyes, alcohol was okay because I’d seen my parents drink it after a hard days’ work, but no way could they be into drugs.

NO NO NO.

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Are Metal Festivals Making a Comeback?

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Since the days of Ozzfest, metal festivals in some parts of the US are a rarity. We can’t really count Lollapalooza or Riot Fest since it encompasses every genre. There is still Maryland Death Fest, but that’s on the east coast. In fact, I’ve noticed many of the fests either happen on the East or West coasts, leaving fans here in the Midwest with very little. For years I’ve wondered why, because the local metal community would definitely support a show completely dedicated to heavy music. Could it be the money it takes to produce such a show, the issues it presents like security, the venue, and what it would take to get enough heavy hitters on the bill to make such a festival a draw for loyal metal fans? All these are valid points, but I believe given more thought, a major fest would be successful here. Thankfully someone had the forethought to give it a try and create Open Air. Continue reading Are Metal Festivals Making a Comeback?

Prong – Bada Brew May 23rd 2016

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The cries from old… ahem more mature metalheads like myself might suggest metal or hard rock music is dead. The influx of newer metal acts, save Ghost, just doesn’t excite me all that much and my wish is that musicians start returning to the sound of old. Yep, I’m definitely showing my age, but that’s okay. The bands I listened to coming out of high school and college had more promise and in my opinion, still kick more ass than any of these so called newer generation acts do. And hey, I’ve got bands like Prong to back up my claim.

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