Iron Reagan Rock Arkansas

Iron Reagan

As you have heard me bemoan before, being in law school and working fulltime is a suckfest. One of the side effects of this lifestyle is that I hadn’t been to a concert in almost a year. Luckily I broke the cycle of abstaining from live performance and went to see blackened thrashers Occultist and […]

Orphaned Land In A Land Down Under

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I’ll be honest, I completely forgot about this gig by the time it rolled around. I only managed to go by a complete stroke of luck — a friend of mine won a double pass, texted me saying, “Hey, wanna see Orphaned Land?” and took me. Justin, I love ya. Anyway, Voyager opening meant this […]

Absu, Portal Dazzle Fans In Australia

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Seeing as I missed Absu last time they were in Australia, I was determined to see them this time, and when Portal were announced as their national support, I knew I had to go. But I’ll be honest, here; I was kind of hoping Portal would play last. No band can follow Portal’s example, ever. […]

Iced Earth Deliver Masterful Set For Australian Audience

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Ever since it was announced, I was looking forward to seeing Iced Earth return to Australia. I’d seen Iced Earth at their first-ever Australian show in 2012 and it was amazing, so I knew what to expect. Unfortunately, the universe conspired against the bands playing and resulted in a performance that musically wasn’t top-notch, but […]

Mastodon, Gojira, Baroness Blast Aussies

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I know, I know, this one’s late too. Uni’s crazy already and I’ve been at Obscene Extreme all weekend, so now that I have time I’m churning this out for you all. So, Mastodon, Gojira, and Baroness: that’s probably one of the best lineups I’ve ever heard. And I knew as soon as it was […]

Gwar, Amon Amarth Deliver Down Under

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First off, I know this is a bit late. Last week was pretty crazy, gig-wise, and now I’m back at university, so I have less free time. Anyway, when I heard about the lineup for a new Soundwave sideshow, I was a bit confused. Gwar, Amon Amarth, Satyricon, and The Black Dahlia Murder? That makes […]

Warriors of the Great White North: The 3 Inches of Blood Tour Doc Delivers

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One of the biggest controversies in the metal scene today is the usage of crowd-funding campaigns. Chris has been incredibly outspoken about his disfavor with them; I myself am sort of undecided on the matter, but I lean towards thinking they shouldn’t be used by bands already signed. Double-dipping into your fans’ pockets is kind […]

Review: Rotting Christ Desecrate Australian Crowd

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Heavy Mag celebrated their second birthday in spectacular fashion this year, bringing Rotting Christ out on their first ever tour to Australia, with some of Australia’s finest black metal bands to open. The crowd was excellent. High energy, high enthusiasm, the works. A few pits, even. I’ve never seen pits at black metal gigs before, […]

Under the Radar — Plaga

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This week, we’re taking a trip to Poland in our Under the Radar segment to have a little peek at some black metal. No, not the first couple Behemoth albums, you twits — Plaga! Plaga’s debut album, Magia Gwiezdnej Entropii was one of the best black metal albums of 2013, and was in my honorable […]

Grave, Wehrmacht Destroy Australia

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Grave touring is an instant “yes” in my book. After seeing them destroy some crappy bar in Chinatown a year ago, I knew that they were one of the most prominent Swedeath bands for a reason. It kindled a love affair that — when I read they were touring with Wehrmacht and Primate in Australia […]