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Of Sins and Shadows: Symphony X, Iced Earth, Warbringer @ Emo’s East, 2/28/12

I recently watched the Metal Evolution series. I’m a huge fan of Sam Dunn’s anthropological lens that he brings to music, which is in line with how I like to think about things. I watched him uncomfortably learn about some genres he wasn’t super into – glam, nu-metal- and thought about what subgenres of metal […]

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Severed Reality: Warbringer, Lazarus A.D., Landmine Marathon @ Key Club, 9/3/11

“Descending! Into madness Sanity falling away Nothing remains from the world you have known Enter the realms beyond the gate” For as long as I can remember I’ve been really into genealogy and the idea of nature versus nurture. Before the internet and Ancestry.com, I used libraries to do research on where I came from. […]

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Accessory to Murder: Killfest| Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile, Woe of Tyrants @ The Regency Ballroom, 4/18/10

“There is a correlation between hotter weather and more murders in nearly every US city.” It was the warmest day San Francisco had seen in 2010. On my way to the venue, an unusual number of shady characters catcalled and said unrepeatable things to me. I was filled with murderous intentions. Upon entering the venue, […]

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Far Beyond Driven: Vader, Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, The Amenta, Augury @ DNA Lounge, 11/25/09

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving… I had anxiously been waiting for Vader- the other Polish metal band- to come to town after becoming obsessed with Behemoth this summer. However, when the show was downsized last week from the Regency Ballroom to DNA Lounge, I began to expect a drive by performance- a small crowd, a […]

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