Provoking the Ritual of Death: Goatwhore, Son of Aurelius @ The Blue Lagoon Santa Cruz, 5/26/10

I sped through the rain-soaked, foggy Santa Cruz mountains watching the sun disappear. With the stereo cranked high, I tried to drown out the sound of myself, but my mind continued to race as fast as the car. I have a lot on my mind. Is it possible to be the happiest you’ve ever been, […]

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Fire In The Sky: Hypocrisy @ DNA Lounge, 5/16/10

With 5 minutes to spare, I walked into the much more sparsely crowded, heavier atmosphere of the DNA Lounge to see Hypocrisy. I was supposed to see Hypocrisy last year with Ensiferum, but due to visa issues, they had to drop off the tour. They were actually supposed to do the tour with Children of […]

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Accentuated: Bullet For My Valentine, Chiodos, Airbourne @ The Regency Ballroom, 5/16/10

The dreaded Regency Ballroom security. I remembered to remove the pack of gum and the pen from my bag, but I forgot my meal replacement bar, since, you know, I don’t eat dinner when I’m at these shows. They made me throw it away. I laughed at the ridiculousness, shook my head, and then the […]

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Death Clock: Portal, Sanguis Imperem @ Thee Parkside, 5/15/10

The walk from Slim’s to Thee Parkside was cold and windy, yet eerily quiet. To your average concert-goer, this would be seen as going from one metal show to another. But really, they were very, very different. From the speed at Slim’s, to the death/doom that awaited me at Thee Parkside, it seemed as if […]

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Heavy Breathing: Coalesce, Touche Amore, Black Breath @ Slim's, 5/15/10

It was a pretty metal day. First, I semi-fainted having blood drawn at a clinic. Then I watched something with pretty graphic beheadings in it. Then I took a bath, which is totally not metal, until my cat decided to fall in the tub…. Then I went up to Slim’s and interviewed Black Breath. Then […]

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HardRockChick interviews Black Breath

I spoke with members of Black Breath before they took the stage last night in SF, opening for Converge. Topics included their band name, Mexican tacos, an epileptic roadie, and their upcoming slot at Maryland Death Fest. HardRockChick interviews Black Breath from hardrockchick on Vimeo.

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This Is Exile: Whitechapel, Son of Aurelius @ Thee Parkside, 5/13/10

“I haven’t seen you here in awhile” says the guy at the door. I’ve been neglecting shows at my neighborhood dive bar over the past month. Thee Parkside is about the closest thing I have to Cheers….except for maybe Slim’s….or DNA…..hmmm. I ran into my friend Thrasher Amy at the door, and we spent a […]

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8 x 8: Mastodon, BTBAM, High on Fire, Baroness, Priestess, Valient Thorr, Black Cobra, and Bison B.C. @ The Fox Theater Oakland, 5/8/10

8 bands. 8 hours. Mastodon. Bison. Black Cobra. At the Fox Theater. Baroness. Priestess. Thor(r). Fire. And one other thing that didn’t fit. These are the kinds of connections my brain was making in the down time between sets at The Missing Link show. This one-off show, where two tours collided, was a monstrous metal […]

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HardRockChick Interviews Dan And from Bison B.C.

Dan And of Bison B.C. stops by before their opening slot for Mastodon in Oakland (alongside BTBAM, High on Fire, Baroness, Priestess, Valient Thorr, and Black Cobra) to talk about touring, his creative process, and criticism for having “too many good riffs.” HardRockChick Interviews Dan And from Bison B.C. from hardrockchick on Vimeo. The Decibel […]

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And You Heard the Sparrows in the Gutters: Red Sparowes, Fang Island, Oxbow @ GAMH, 5/7/10

No matter how many times I go to Great American Music Hall, I am always taken aback by the stark contrast between the beauty within and what lies outside her doors. In the neighborhood that is the epicenter of everything sad about San Francisco, it is only fitting that the experience that lies inside should […]

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