About Kirkland

Photographer, drummer, coffee drinker. Attending Old Dominion University in pursuit of a degree in Sports Management and a certificate in Cybersecurity.

TRIVIUM, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, BAD OMENS In Johnson City, TN [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Trivium

Released on October 20th of 2017, “The Sin And The Sentence released by Florida’s Trivium has made waves across the Metal community from night one I’d release up until now and foreseeable beyond as they have embarked on a massive world tour for their 8th studio release and surely their best one yet. TSATS world tour made a stop in Johnson City, Tennessee at Capone’s to wreak havoc on the sold out, rowdy East Tennessee crowd, and we’ve got everything you need to know about this fun little packed out sow. This leg of the tour involves opening performances from Bad Omens and Fit For An Autopsy that got fans moving and ready for Trivium’s loaded setlist. Continue reading

Review: BLACK COFFEE – ‘Take One’ [Official Video]

 

Does anyone here miss the way classic rock sounds? There is a new wave of young artists in Rock and Roll today keeping the traditions of classic artists alive, such as Greta Van Fleet, Joyous Wolf, etc. Notably, Columbus, Ohio rockers Black Coffee burst on to the scene in April 2017 with no signs of slowing down. The Ohio young bloods released, ‘Take One,’ as an independent release this past April and with one listen all the way through it’s clear that the chemistry and musicianship displayed by these guys is unlike a lot of up and coming artists in today’s day and age. Continue reading

BOURBON & BEYOND Festival 2018 Announces Music Lineup, Celebrity Appearances, And Complete Event Details

This year, Bourbon & Beyond returns bigger and better than ever! Between the craft bourbon, celebrity chefs, amazing artists, and all additional experiences provided by the fine folks at Danny Wimmer Presents, what’s not to love about this big September get-together? Artists such as: Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller Band, Paul Rodgers, Band of Horses, and more. Fans who attended the inaugural festival have waited all year for the lineup to be announced, and the names on the list are nothing short of spectacular. This is the second year of the bourbon-fueled extravaganza, taking place September 22nd and 23rrd at Champions Park, and we have everything you need to know. Continue reading

TRIVIUM Bassist Alludes To ‘Shogun’ 10th Anniversary Tour!

Big news for Trivium fans, and even better news for fans of the ‘Shogun’ album: if you haven’t got a chance to see the Florida rockers yet in 2018, they’ve added even more dates to their 2018 schedule this Fall with the announcement of the ‘Shogun’ ten year anniversary tour. If you weren’t able to experience the ‘Shogun’ era almost a decade ago, you’ll be able to go through this span on the band’s career all over again this Fall 2018! Continue reading

American Safari Tour: Rest, Repose, Drewsif Stalin, & More [Review & Photo Gallery]

Rest, Repose

Fayetteville, North Carolina is mostly known as the home of Fort Bragg and its historic sites around the city, and, for music lovers, the scene is only continuing to grow with time; hosting genres from the likes of bluegrass to indie, and from metal to country, there’s something for everyone who lives here to enjoy. At the end of June, the American Safari Tour presented by Distrokid swung into town at the Drunk Horse Pub and brought out all of the hyper energy and excitement that Fayetteville had to offer. The bands on the tour were Seattle, Washington’s Drewsif Stalin, The Home Team, and Rest, Repose. Continue reading

Bristol, Tennessee Rockers THE BUDDZ Release Video For “Crazy”

Ambitious Bristol, Tennessee Alternative Rock outlet, The Buddz, delivers a single nothing short of spectacular with the feel of an early 2000’s rock feel that is sure to please all listeners. The song is the single off of their latest album, ‘Burn Down.’ “This album represents everything we are as a band; a spark ready to ignite burning down everything around it. We will make our mark!” – The Buddz Continue reading

PRIMUS, MASTODON, ALL THEM WITCHES In Nashville, TN [Review & Photo Gallery]

Primus

The city of Nashville, Tennessee has always been a household name for famous music cities around the globe; as a matter of fact it may just be the music CAPITOL of the world. Legendary venues such as the Grand Ole Opry have hosted some of the most famous names in music like Johnny Cash and Chet Atkins, but there’s no shortage of Metal in the country music capitol of the world. On May 15th, 2018, the Primus rolled into town on their summer tour with support from Mastodon and All Them Witches at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The tour started on May 6th in Denver, Colorado and ends on July 7th in Phoenix, Arizona.

All Them Witches

Getting the night started off the RIGHT way, All Them Witches didn’t hesitate to make their presence felt early. As an opening band, you don’t have a lot of room on stage to perform, but for these three gentlemen, space was not an issue. Sludgy, muddy guitar tones and thunderous drums roaring throughout the venue set the tone for the rest of what was an incredible bill to be a part of. Their set was incredibly well received for an opening band, and if you weren’t a fan going into the show, you definitely were when you left.

Mastodon

Rolling into the second performance, the mighty Mastodon showed Nashville why they are some of the masters of their craft. Intelligent songwriting, cut throat guitar and bass tones, and the bouncing vocals of all the members roar through the speakers and bring Nashville off their feet. Their set was diverse, containing songs from multiple records released through their storied career. From the ominous chimes on the intro of the opening song, “Sultan’s Curse,” to the heavy outro to the final song, “Steambreather,” both off their new record, ‘Emperor of Sand,’ Mastodon proved why hardships in their personal lives served as fuel for them to continue on to make music that pleases them and all their fans, and they proved it with a murky stage presence. Mastodon are veterans of the road and made sure Nashville left this concert with a new favorite artist.

Primus

The headliner of the evening, Primus, brought that of what you expect from a band of this stature. Opening their set with, “Too Many Puppies,” every voice in the auditorium was singing along with Les Claypool and moshing along to the complex rhythmic patterns of Primus’ music. At this point, it’s hard to not love this band, or at least heard of them. Technical difficulties on Ler’s end at one point couldn’t even stop them from performing. An impromptu bass solo from Claypool along with comedic stories kept Nashville enthused the entire night. The stage presence of Tim Alexander is astounding even behind his mountain of drums, along with in your face rhythms that are the core part of Primus’ music. All the fans were engaged throughout every song, and even at lower points of the evening, the cheery Nashville crowd were involved with every set, singing along, moshing and pushing, proving why their city is THE music capitol of the world even for this genre.

Review: THE ELEPHANT PARALLAX – ‘Loam & Sky’ [Tracks Streaming]

Loam & Sky,” the forthcoming release by San Fernando Valley, California prog outlet, THE ELEPHANT PARALLAX, is the follow up to their May 2010 self titled release. This EP ‘Loam & Sky’ is taking all of the elements of their first release and maximizing them in prolific fashion; combining aspects of funk, sludge, and progressive instrumentals, THE ELEPHANT PARALLAX aim to bring genre defying, mind opening melodies that will have you at attention the entire twenty four minutes you listen to it.

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Review: ZAO – ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ [EP Stream]

 

‘Pyrrhic Victory’ the latest EP release (November 3rd, 2017) by the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Metal band Zao, (Observer Recordings) is their latest outstanding showing of gritty, hostile sound that is helping create a name for themselves in the underground metal scene. The EP was recorded and mixed by Dave Hidek at Treelady Studios and The Church Recording Studio. This EP is the follow up to their 2016 album, ‘The Well-Intentioned Virus’. After being together for more than 18 years, they are still bringing heavy doses of abhorrence and animosity. Continue reading