Melodic Metal Memorial Day: Dark Tranquillity, Threat Signal, Mutiny Within @ Slim's, 5/31/10

6:05pm: “Come to the back door.” 6:10pm: “Where is it?” 6:15pm: “It’s around the back, in an alley.” 6:16pm: “Off Folsom?” Ring ring. “Jamie- how do you not know where the backstage entrance is to Slim’s? Go around the side”. “Oh.” I walk up to the backstage door and am greeted by my friend Jeff […]

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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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Hammer Smashed Face: Cannibal Corpse, 1349, Skeletonwitch @ Slim's, 5/5/10

“Mercury, the planet of communication, turns retrograde in Taurus on April 18, 2010. Usually Mercury retrograde means communication delays and mishaps. We need to prepare for glitches with computers, electronics, emails, files, and friends and business associates not responding promptly. There are often delays in getting contracts or agreements signed. It is a time to […]

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Faster, Slower: Earth, Wolves in the Throne Room @ Slim's, 4/16/10

It was the kind of day where the music addict in me took over, tried to do multiple crazy things, and failed to get it’s fix. On Thursday, it was leaked that Soundgarden would be doing a secret show Friday night in Seattle. I was thisclose to hopping on a plane with no idea of […]

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Shuffle Your Feet: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Slim's, 3/10/10

Time won’t save our souls Time won’t save our souls Time won’t save my soul…no I’m walking down the street towards Slim’s, fully aware that a) I am exhibiting full blown addictive behavior and b) this absolutely certifies me as having BRMC stalker status. This would be my 3rd BRMC set in 30 hours. But […]

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BRMC Birthday – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Whigs @ Slim's, 3/9/10

I inadvertently added 3 hours to one of my least favorite days of the year by flying home from the NYC Alice in Chains show on my birthday. Then I had to get in a fight with someone. But just when I thought I might star in The Bridge Part 2, Mel arrived, the clouds […]

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I Scream, You Sing: Epica, Threat Signal, Blackguard @ Slim's, 2/17/10

I arrived early for my interview with Threat Signal, and enter an empty Slim’s. I’ve never been in this venue when it’s empty…it seems much bigger that way. I’m led down to the dressing room- the belly of Slim’s is a cavernous place. I was told that the band might prefer to do the interview […]

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Miscellaneous Metal: Between the Buried and Me, Cynic, The Devin Townsend Project @ Slim's, 1/18/10

I was ‘on call’ for this show. I have read so many love letters from my fellow bloggers about these three bands that I knew I needed to check them out. I’d seen Cynic before and disliked them, but that was a year ago, so I thought maybe things had changed. I tried to get […]

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Heavy Enlightenment: Behemoth, Septic Flesh, Lightning Swords of Death @ Slim's, 1/17/10

I’m driving back to SF from LA on about 5 hours of sleep, which is actually pretty normal for me, but nonetheless it led me into a long span of introspection on the open road. What am I doing with my life? I’m on the final countdown for an age milestone….and I’m following bands around […]

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The Devil's Company: DevilDriver, Suffocation, Goatwhore, Thy Will Be Done @ Slim's, 1/8/10

It would be my first show of the year, and if this set the tone for the rest of 2010, I’m buckling up now because it’s going to be one hell of a ride. We left off in December, which was a tumultuous month with great shows that were bittered by loss, and I spent […]

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