Tour Reviews

Live Review: Alter Bridge, Nonpoint And Weapons Of Anew In Silver Springs, Maryland


Alter Bridge, supported by Nonpoint and Weapons Of Anew played close to a sold out show at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD on Friday night. This has been my go-to concert venue for many years now but I have never seen it more crowded than the other day. In regard to Alter Bridge and Nonpoint, I have been following their music for some time now and have been waiting to catch them live. This Friday night was the night for that and I was super excited about it.

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Live Review: UDO, A Sound Of Thunder, Mind Maze In Baltimore, Maryland! [Photo Gallery]



Article & Photos by: Guest Contributor SoundShooter. SoundShooter is a talented metal loving photographer turned writer currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland.

Last Thursday legendary heavy metal vocalist Udo Dirkschneider descended on to the Baltimore Soundstage to play a plethora of songs from his days with Accept. I discovered German metal bands quite late in my life, only after I relocated to the USA for graduate school. Spotify opened a whole new, wonderful world of phenomenal metal bands to me, that had the rest of the metal heads of the world in a rage during the eighties, but had eluded me so far. I was not going to miss an opportunity for a concert like this one, especially because I had not seen either Accept or Udo in the past. The last time Accept toured the USA, I was traveling abroad and thus missed their show. So when this concert was announced sometime during the Fall last year, I made a promise to myself that I was going to attend this show. My excitement for this show was off the charts.  Continue reading

Live Review: CROWBAR, GOATWHORE & LILLAKE In Johnson City, Tennessee!


Sammy Duet (Goatwhore) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar)

It’s not often that you get to see two iconic New Orleans bands together in a small intimate venue. This night had several extraordinary factors. The co-headliners were none other than the all mighty Crowbar and the ferociously aggressive Goatwhore. The two bands have not only similarities in geography but have also had intermingling members in the bands or side projects. Goatwhore guitarist Sammy Duet was a member of Crowbar from 1998–2002, and was an integral part of Crowbar’s iconic album ‘Odd Fellows Rest’. Crowbar drummer Tommy Buckley and Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust are also members of the band Soilent Green together. So of course the bands have a great camaraderie. Of course these weren’t the only bands that would grace the stage on this heavy metal showcase. The opening band Lillake formed in 2015, so they are just beginning their musical journey. However, the members of this band are by no means new to the metal world. Drummer Eric Moore is one of the most revered drummers around. Both Eric Moore and Lillake vocalist/guitarist Nico Santora were members of Suicidal Tendencies. Eric Moore was in the band from 2008 – 2015, and Santora was in the band from 2012 – 2016 and left the band to focus his time on Lillake. Continue reading

Show Review of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” Tour


TransSiberian Orchestra 2016:

Al Pitrelli – Guitar

Andrew Ross – Vocals

Angus Clark – Guitar

April Berry – Guitar

Asha Mevlana – Strings

Autumn Guzzardi – Vocals

Ava Davis – Vocals

Bart Satto – Vocals

Bryan Hicks – Storyteller

Chloe Lowery – Vocals

Chris Caffery – Guitar

Dave Z – Bass

Derek Wieland – Keyboards

Dustin Brayley – Vocals

Babriela Guncikova – Vocals

Georgia Napolitano – Vocals

Jane Nangini – Keyboards

Jeff Plate – Drums

Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals

Jodi Katz – Vocals

John Brink – Vocals

John Lee Middleton – Bass

John O. Reilly – Drums

Kayla Reeves – Vocals

Lisa Lavie – Vocals

Mee Eun Kim – Keyboards

Natalya Rose Piette – Vocals

Paul O’Neill – founder/guitar

Philip Brandon – Storyteller

Rob Evan – Vocals

Robin Borneman – Vocals

Roddy Chong – Strings

Russell Allen – Vocals

Vitalij Kuprij – Keyboards

Tran-Siberian Orchestra is the brainchild brought to fruition by the genius of writer/guitarist/producer/etc. extraordinaire Paul O’Neill. Growing up in New York City, O’Neill was exposed to everything ranging from Broadway musicals, to Motown to singer-songwriter greats like Jim Croce and Harry Chapin. As he got older, Paul began playing guitar in the touring band for Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair before being brought on with the management company, LeberKrebs in the later portion of the 1970’s. With clients such as Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, AC/CD, Def Leppard, The Scorpians, The New York Dolls and a plethora of other A-List bands, O’Neill’s influences and influence gained a huge market share, putting him at the top of the promotional game. After a stint as a major concert promoter in Japan during the 1980’s, he returned to the States to write and produce full-time.

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Review Of The “Winter Warriors Tour” With Battlecross, Allegaeon And Necromancing the Stone



Sunday, December 4th, 2016. Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL. Metal Blade Records’ artists Necromancing the Stone, Allegaeon and Battlecross take the stage for an evening hammering down some of the most engaging and hard hitting Metal around. This is the third such outing for headlining act, Battlecross, on their annual Winter Warriors Tour where veterans are allowed free admission to the shows and a portion of all proceeds land in the coffers of local veteran charities. The Metal community has no heart and is just a bunch of Satan loving hooligans wearing black t-shirts and leather jackets. Psh! No matter where I go, you people are the biggest hearted group, supporting our military vets, children charities and each other at every opportunity. Hell, there was a Metal show down the street from Jack Rabbits set up by local promoters and bands in support of a wonderful family that recently lost a child. I am truly honored to call each one of you brothers and sisters, even if we have never met! Thank you! In addition to the music, when it comes down to brass tacks, our solidarity is what grows the genre.

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Two Days Of Density In Indy: The DOOMED & STONED Fest Wrap-Up (Day 2)



As fantastic as Day 1 of the inaugural Doomed & Stoned Fest at The Fifth Quarter Lounge in Speed City Indianapolis had been, things were about to ratchet up with the unfurling of Day 2’s roster of bands. Continuing the previous day’s ongoing audio onslaught of heavy, powerful acts from within the national musical underground, this day would only double down on things with the fantastic amount of kick ass sonics we were about to experience. So without further ado, settle in and allow me to summarize that line up for you here and now..and perhaps turn you on to some band or another that you are not yet familiar with. And hopefully that will change…. Continue reading

Review Of Flotsam And Jetsam, Helstar, And Hatchet Show At Jack Rabbits In Jacksonville, FL



Man! When we first got wind that Flotsam and Jetsam, Helstar and Hatchet were hitting the road together, all of us here at MN (particularly Dragon and me) were praying this would stop somewhere within striking distance. Not just to see this collection of top shelf bands but also to get this match made in heaven available to our loyal readers. Who wouldn’t want to see this? Love Hatchet. Been listening to them for since around 2013 when Dawn of Evil hit. Helstar. Hell, I have listened to them on and off for the better part of thirty years. Don’t even get me started on Flotsam and Jetsam. They have ranked among my favorite bands consistently since Doomsday for the Deceiver way back in 1986. Saw them on their tours supporting No Place for Disgrace and Cuatro at Bogarts in Cincinnnati and one other time in Indianapolis in the late nineties. I have relentlessly listened to them even with my long hiatus seeing them live. While I like some of their releases better than others, Flotz is one of those bands that apparently cannot put out a bad album. I can only think of a couple of other bands that I hold in equal regards. To say the least, this was a dream show for me and was elated to find that it was coming to Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL; just minutes from my house! So, you ask: “How was the show?”…

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Live Show Review: Queensryche, Armored Saint, Midnight Eternal, Rhythm Of Fear – Jacksonville



Tuesday night in Jacksonville, Florida, was anything but a typical weeknight this week!  On the 29th Mavericks at The Landing hosted an amazing line up of bands, with none other than Queensryche headlining the show!  This is the eight stop on the current leg of Queensryche’s Condition Human Tour.

Kicking off the night was hometown group Rhythm Of Fear.  This band is a fusion of thrash and hardcore metal, and have a high-energy stage presence.  Rhythm Of Fear is made up of vocalist Jay Santiago, drummer Logan Miano, guitarists Stephen Todd and Cody James and a bassist listed as Fresh Meat.  It has been a busy week for these boys having also opened for Flotsam and Jetsam just a few nights prior.  Overall a great set for Rhythm Of Fear, they made the most of the limited space on stage and showed the crowd what they had to offer with a fast paced, dynamic show.  They released their first full length album in March of this year titled “Maze of Confusion” be sure to check it out. Continue reading

Two Days Of Density In Indy: The DOOMED & STONED Fest Wrap-Up (Day 1)



The months had withered away slowly as a few of us from the Metal Nexus staff awaited the arrival of the inaugural Doomed & Stoned Festival in Indianapolis to manifest. But alas, November 18th had come and we had loaded up and were on our way there, making good time getting there with plenty to spare and immediately meeting organizer Melissa Collins and contributor Suzi Uzi upon disembarking. I soon finally met the other members and/or components of D&S, Billy GoateLeanne Ridgeway, and others, all folks I felt like I already knew somewhat prior to this event thanks to our online associations. Anyway, Indy’s Fifth Quarter Lounge was to be ground zero for 2 days of density as 23 bands from all over the U.S. were to take the stage and display their sonic wares for those in attendance. The more than respectable roster of relentless hard rock and doom acts were an unequaled amassing that would represent every sub-genre one could name including ones like Psyche-Doom, Stoner Rock, Retro, Drone, Progressive, Experimental, and much more. So without further ado, let the bullet hit the bone while I tell you all about Doomed and Stoned. Continue reading

THE OBSESSED/KARMA TO BURN/RHIN Live In Morgantown, W.Va. 11-25-16


I made my first trek ever to Morgantown, West Virginia on Friday, Nov. 25th for the amazing bill of The Obsessed, Karma To Burn, and Rhin at 123 Pleasant St. that night, a historic one at that. The historic aspect was due to it being the official live debut of the newest incarnation of the iconic ScottWinoWeinrich-fronted band The Obsessed. Most people know that the band has recently been recording its first new studio album since 1994’s The Church Within, tentatively titled “Sacred” and due for release from Relapse Records in March 2017. Most followers of the band also know that there were some recent, somewhat unexpected changes in the band’s line up that saw the exit of bassist/co-vocalist Dave Sherman and the addition of two new members in his stead. Though newbies to the band, bassist/co-vocalist Bruce Falkinburg and second guitarist (yes, a second guitarist!) Sara Seraphim are not new to the music scene in anyway whatsoever. Bruce is Wino’s former bandmate from the fantastic project The Hidden Hand and Sara was most recently slinging axe in Hatchetface and they, along with powerhouse drummer Brian Costantino and of course Wino, are The Obsessed circa 2016. You can read, hear, and see more about these recent changes in this article’s companion piece, my exclusive interview with all four, The 2016 Interview With The Obsessed that Metal Nexus will be publishing soon. Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get down to the business at hand, shall we?
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