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NIGHT DEMON / BLOOD STAR / TOMBKICKER – Toronto (Concert Review)

NIGHT DEMON / BLOOD STAR / TOMBKICKER – Toronto (Concert Review)

…..and only Darkness Remains. What a night…Demon that is! Being newer to the Night Demon camp than I probably should be, this was only my second foray into their live set. I have a friend who goes on tour with them to Germany and across the US. I’ve done that with bands. And will do again. I could see myself trailing Night Demon….especially seeing as I already have my Frost & Fire Festival ticket for…

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ARMORED SAINT – Symbol of Salvation Toronto (Concert Review)

ARMORED SAINT – Symbol of Salvation Toronto (Concert Review)

OMG! I’ve finally seen the light! The salvation I suppose one could say. It’s taken awhile but it finally happened. The albums never famously got along with me. I’ve seen Armored Saint 3 or 4 times in the past but still didn’t take to them with a rabid passion. So many friends speak so highly of them and I always wondered what I was missing. I mean, how can you go wrong with a vocalist like…

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ROSS THE BOSS – Rockpile Toronto (Concert Review)

ROSS THE BOSS – Rockpile Toronto (Concert Review)

This is a bit of an elusive event for me. Knowing the day I had laid out before the concert, I expected I may not make it. For the second time. I was on target to see ROSS THE BOSS at Legions of Metal in May of 2017. That day didn’t pan out either and I departed the venue prior to his headlining set. Never the less I find myself on the Toronto subway heading…

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DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots Part 2 Tour Back To Back Toronto/Ottawa!

On April 6, 1952, 65 years ago a man was born. This man would become a stalwart figure in heavy metal. Udo Dirkschneider rose to the metalhead’s eyes and ears as frontman for the 1970s formed German band Accept. The band impressed audiences and issued a six-album catalog before Udo departed in 1987 to form his solo project U.D.O. a few years later Dirkschneider returned to Accept for a three album package in the mid-90s…

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ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Burn It Down (Album Review)

ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Burn It Down (Album Review)

ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Band Anthems In Ashes is a four piece hard rock band “brought together by their love of music that is both heavy and high energy“. This band from Toronto has played some of the best venues in the city and won the Jack Daniels Supporting Act Competition.  Last year, they recorded their debut EP with Juno Award Winning Producer Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios.  The band also released the music…

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SAVAGE MASTER – Creature of the Flames/Toronto (EP & Concert Review)

SAVAGE MASTER – Creature of the Flames/Toronto (EP & Concert Review)

Galloping out of the fires of Hell (Louisville Kentucky), Savage Master charge upward, riding hard and fast. The full on leader of female fronted occult heavy metal. Their blend of NWOBHM tinged, speed-laden, thrash-influenced metal hits hard. Relatively new, Savage Master began life in 2013 and have risen quickly in establishing a name for themselves. With a roster of Adam Neal (guitar), Larry Myers (guitar), Brandon Brown (bass), John Littlejohn (drums) and Stacey Savage (vocals) they…

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The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion was in full force this week in Toronto as the Saxon/UFO co-headlining tour rolled through. This was a dream bill for me personally. That’s the only way to sum it up. The names of both Saxon and UFO appear in my full sleeve tattoo depicting a guitar case “stickered” with the logos of some fave bands. Both bands have been with me in listening rotations for years upon years. Both bands are…

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XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

Xandria from Germany brought their first headlining North American tour to Toronto at The Garrison May 13th, 2017. First hearing Xandria in 2014 with their release of Sacrificium I was able to catch them open for Delain and Sonata Arctica. That was a tease with Xandria only playing 5 tracks as the opening band. This time around Toronto was able to see a full set and over an hour of Xandria. First up on this…

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LEAVES’ EYES – Live at the Opera House Toronto (Photo Gallery)

LEAVES’ EYES – Live at the Opera House Toronto (Photo Gallery)

Leaves’ Eyes is a Symphonic/Viking/Pagan/Folk Metal formed by Norwegian lead singer Liv Kristine in 2003.  I found this band with the release of their 2013 album Symphonies of The Night and became an instant fan. In 2015, thanks to AFM Records, Leaves’ Eyes released their 6th studio album King Of Kings. This was my #1 album for 2015. As good as the album was, Leaves’ Eyes decided it was time to switch things up. In April 2016 the…

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Talking to CHARLOTTE WESSELS of DELAIN (Interview)

Talking to CHARLOTTE WESSELS of DELAIN (Interview)

And so began the first date of the Delain/HammerFall North American Tour right here in Toronto. The energy shot through the late afternoon air like electric blue lightning that you could almost see. The excitement level was so elevated that you couldn’t help but be carried away as if riding in a hot air balloon. At least that’s how we felt anticipating our chat with Charlotte Wessels of Delain. Arriving at Toronto’s Opera House ahead…

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