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

 

Nervosa/Suspended Reggies August 19th 2016

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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Leprous 101

An interview with Norway’s progressive metal band Leprous. The entire band was kind enough to sit down with FourteenG, on their stop in Chicago. Just part of a mini North American tour, right off the heels of their slot on this year’s ProgPower. Dare we call them avant garde but as their album covers suggest, each is a bottled time capsule of their progression as seasoned musicians. So, why haven’t we heard more of them?! Maybe after this little stint of the U.S., the secret will be out and they won’t be our underground cult favorite anymore. Wait… maybe that’s a good thing! Without further ado, here’s a fun “getting to know you” piece of prog’s unlikely likely rock stars.

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Oi! It’s Riot Fest eh!

It is a pleasure to have guests grace our pages but no truer words were ever uttered than having Samm Waatsen (ex-punk rocker/pre-law) write a quick synopsis of this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago. His flare for storytelling is epic! His “as if you were there” delivery is humorous yet heartfelt. Please, enjoy! 

Last year, on a grim November morning, I jumped in my wife’s car, popped in an unofficial Deathside discography, and hauled royal keister down to a West Loop rehearsal space called “the Garage.” My mission? To buy pre-sale vip tickets to Riot Fest… which would occur 10 months later.

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The Devil’s Rejects

It was February 6th 2011 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. Hangin’ with the usual suspects. Good times were afoot. Libations were had. Getting ready to sway to whatever DevilDriver was about to spew forth. We take our spot, stage right, next to the speakers. It begins…

“Um, where the fuck is Miller?” 

Jonathan Miller, the bassist. The dude we meet on DD’s first tour in the early 2ks. That dude who helped lay down that rhythmic foundation since the beginning of their conception. That full steam ahead, 5-ton truck, ready to assault your ear cavity. The one who didn’t treat us women in the industry like a piece of ass in shoes?! Yeah, that dude. He was gone.

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PREPARE FOR HELL TOUR

GRAMMY AWARD®-winning group Slipknot has just released the official music video for their new single, “The Devil In I.”  The clip which was directed by the band’s very own M. Shawn Crahan (Clown) can be viewed http://www.TheDevilInI.com.  “The Devil In I” is featured on “.5: The Gray Chapter” – the fifth studio album from the world renowned rock heavyweights – which is currently available for pre-order on the iTunes Store, with all pre-orders receiving instant downloads “The Devil In I” as well as “The Negative One.” “.5: The Gray Chapter” arrives in the US on October 21ST.