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Sentenced to Life: Power of the Riff w/ The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, Mammoth Grinder, Wartorn, Black Breath, Early Graves, and Obliterations @ The Echoplex/Echo, 8/9-10/13

The Power of the Riff shows have become something I look forward to every year; it is my taste of the festivals I bypass all over the world all summer long. This is much more my speed: an intimate setting filled with bands old and new spanning multiple dark corners of the metal genre. The […]

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Feast of the Damned: SXSW 2012 – Black Breath, Shining, Audrey Horne, Nachtmystium, Trash Talk, Gypsyhawk, Intronaut, The Atlas Moth, Hull, Holy Grail, Early Graves, Pallbearer, The Black Ryder, Speedwolf, and more

My previous two years of SXSW coverage have taken you on my journey show by show…but this year was a little atypical for me. Instead I’m gonna combine it all into one highlight reel. Before I begin, here are a few general thoughts about SXSW 2012: > Every year it seems like things are more […]

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Goner: Early Graves and New Lows play Scion Metal Matinee @ The Roxy, 10/9/11

It’s 3pm on a Sunday. I imagine that most of America is doing something religious or family or sports-centric. We are dressed in black, jetting down Sunset on our way to a metal show. This is our religion, it is our sport, and we are surrounded by our family. I had been wanting to experience […]

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I Am Beyond: Power of the Riff with Pentagram, Eyehategod, Winter, Black Breath, Pelican, Trap Them, All Pigs Must Die, Black Cobra, Acephalix, and Early Graves @ Echo and Echoplex, 8/13/11

People often ask me what HardRockChick is. It’s not exactly a music blog- I don’t do record reviews….my live show reviews aren’t even really reviews. I try to explain to people that HardRockChick is pretty much my diary that has followed the story of my life for the past almost five years now, and how […]

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Mini Review: Early Graves, The Funeral Pyre @ Annie's Social Club, 8/26/09

I rolled out of the apartment at 10:30p…that should be enough time to catch half of the middle act and headliner of a 3 band billing that starts at 9pm, right? WRONG. HRC fail, Annie’s Social Club- or as I like to call it, the Anti-Social Club- fail- they switched the order of the bands. […]

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