Artist: Within Temptation Title: “Black Symphony” Label: Roadrunner Records Release Date: 9/23/2008 Genre: Symphonic Gothic Metal Rating: 5/5
Within Temptation are one of the true sensations in the world of Gothic Metal or Symphonic Metal depending on how you choose to view them and while incredibly popular in the European territories, the US region was never able to easily enjoy them without purchasing super expensive imports. Roadrunner Records’ signing of the band and subsequent release of “The Heart Of Everything” found their new music reaching hungry existing fans along with an army of new ones and by remastering and reissuing two of their classics would serve the drastic need for back catalog. This brings us up to the “Black Symphony” concert which is a fantastic CD/DVD release that captures the band performing for a sold out arena crowd with a 60 piece classical orchestra joining them as they deliver the best tunes from their latest and previous releases. The version which we had for review was the single CD and DVD edition so we decided to focus the nature of our commentary on the video portion and will touch upon the audio side after that. Let’s continue.
I can safely say that I am a big fan of the live music scene and based on this attend a numerous amount of concerts. That makes my sitting down to enjoy them in the privacy of my own home something tricky because it’s not always the same thing. As far as concert films go this one kept me glued to the couch like few others have ever done before because it was not only dramatic in its delivery but it was also very intense in how it presented the wonderful colors that the band paints with their material. Visually the production was stunning and awe inspiring based on just how massive it appeared to be on the screen. In the live sense this must have been a sensory overload to the audience that was lucky enough to be present for the show. The full orchestra is positioned behind the group who performs in front of them with the electric guitars, bass and drums while Sharon sings and often adds interesting dance moves and gestures to her vocal lines. It’s great that she is not just standing still and instead is getting into it as much as everyone else in the band. She also doesn’t seem to stop smiling for the entire show and I guess this is something that is totally possible when performing for such a loving home based crowd. For those who have enjoyed Within Temptations music in the past you already know how well it works with the symphonic elements but to see it done live in front of your eyes was just majestic. Clearly the Metropole Orchestra was the perfect choice for the musicians to raise the bar of many already excellent Within Temptation numbers. The orchestra while 60 musicians, is also comprised of a 20 voice choir that adds more depth to those tunes that required such things. Continue reading “Black Symphony” by Within Temptation→
“Gigantour” was coming at you live from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and PiercingMetal.com was on point as early as possible to catch all of the bands. That show was documented and discussed in full on THIS LINK; Now please enjoy the photos taken during Life Of Agony’s set.
Artist: Megadeth & Dream Theater – “Gigantour” Venue: The Mid-Hudson Civic Center (Poughkeepsie, NY) Opener: Symphony X, Nevermore, Fear Factory, Life Of Agony, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dry Kill Logic Label: Capitol Records Date: 8/21/2005
When I was offered the opportunity to cover the “Gigantour” it was a goal of mine to try and do this in a venue that I had never been to previously. Of course The Jones Beach Amphitheatre or the PNC Arts Center would have been an easier commute and travel but this is Metal and raising the bar a notch is what I am all about. I opted for the performance that would be held at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie NY. As many Metal heads know by now the “Gigantour” is the brainchild of Megadeth’s mastermind Dave Mustaine. The show is colossal and features a number of varied and very interesting Metal acts. The roster for the show I would attend would be as follows: Bobaflex, Drykill Logic, Symphony X, Nevermore, Life Of Agony, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fear Factory, Dream Theater and of course Megadeth. Not as numerous in line-ups as the Ozzfest, but in all honesty I prefer a festival to not be overblown either. It loses some of its appeal if there is too much going on and makes it very difficult to report on. Continue reading Megadeth & Dream Theater: “Gigantour” @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center (8/21/2005)→
Artist: Mudvayne Venue: Roseland Ballroom (New York, NY) Opener: Life Of Agony, American Headcharge, Bloodsimple Date: 4-12-2005 Label: Atlantic Records
I really don’t know why the term Nu-Metal is hated by some and loved by others but that is pretty much the case. Tonight would be the night where several such bands would take over the stage for an evening of kick ass music. Mudvayne would be performing a headlining show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and they would bring a solid line up with them. Supporting the group for the tour would be would be Life Of Agony, Blood Simple and American Head Charge. While Blood Simple would be the first group to perform, I would not arrive in time to catch them. Instead my evening began with American Head Charge. This is the second time in about two months that I would catch the AHC and seeing them on this tour was indeed a good thing. Lead singer Martin Cock was definitely enjoying himself up there as they delivered their brand of industrial metal to the hungry fans. Sadly, AHC would only be able to play 5 tunes. While a brief set, it did include a couple of my favorite tracks from their release “The Feeding” (those tracks being “Dirty” and “Loyalty”). I am happy to report that the audience was very receptive to them in this packed venue. After the show I ran into the drummer who was walking around enjoying the Life Of Agony set and having some pasta salad. He told me others in the venue had seen him and wondered where he managed to get that, and he replied “Oh it’s from catering”. They returned “there’s catering!!!?” for they did not immediately realize he was one of the nights performers. It was amusing to hear this little story, as it makes the night more interesting. I last saw AHC with Otep and feel this is a better gig for them as they will reach a larger audience quicker. Especially since Mudvayne has a new release and is getting geared up for Ozzfest. Continue reading Mudvayne @ Roseland Ballroom (4/12/2005)→