• Best Albums of 2011 (so far)

    Mag 22 2011, 20:31

    1. South of Salem by Witch Mountain
    2. Murder the Mountains by Red Fang
  • Best albums of 2010

    Gen 11 2011, 7:13

    1. Marrow of the Spirit by Agalloch
    2. Ecallies de Lune by Alcest
    3. Sungrazer by Sungrazer
    4.Lunatic Soul II by Lunatic Soul
    5. Metal Swim
    6.III by The Kings of Frog Island
  • Bands I've Seen Live

    Gen 5 2011, 20:48

    -Yob x3
    -Alice in Chains x2
    -Nine Inch Nails
    -Rush x3
    -Dark Castle
    -Witch Mountain x3
    -Billions and Billions
    -Danava x2
    -Nether Regions
    -Wizard Rifle
    -Porcupine Tree x2
    -Buckethead x2
    -That 1 Guy x2
    -Acid King
    -Premonition 13
    -Velvet Revolver
    -Agalloch x4
    -Orphaned Land
    -Gogol Bordello
    -Allan Holdsworth, Pat Mastellotto, Tony Levin, Terry Bozzio
    -Worm Ouroboros
    -Ariel Ruin x2
    -Christian Mistress
    -Atriarch x3
    -Federation X
    -Mongoloid Village
    -Mercy Fall
    -Johnny Winter
    -B.B. King
    -Canned Heat
    -Them Crooked Vultures
    -Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
    -John Mayall
    -Walter Trout
    -Taj Mahal
    -Tu (Pat and Trey of King Crimson)
    -J.J. Grey and Mofro
    -James Cotton Band
    -John Butler Trio
    -Dream Theater
    -Bill Rhoades
    -Hubert Sumlin
    -Pinetop Perkins
    -Amber Asylum
    -Chevelle x2
    -Black Light Burns
    -Robbie Laws Bigger Blues Band
    -Ellen Whyte Big Band
    -Phillip Walker
    -Sherman Robertson
    -Andrew Jones
    -Jimmy "Duck Holmes
    -Greg Koch & Malford Milligan
    -Sonny Landreth
    -Randy Chortkoff & Frank "Paris Slim" Goldwasser
    -The Legendary Shack Shakers
    -The Mannish Boys
    -Oregon Jazz Orchestra with Delvin Phillips and Mel Brown.
    - Portland Cello Project
    - Experience Hendrix Tour: Mitch Mitchell & Billy Cox of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Gales, Buddy Guy, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jonny Lang, Chris Layton (Double Trouble), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Mato Nanji, Noah Hunt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Hubert Sumlin, and Brad Whitford (Aerosmith).
  • Ludicra, Christian Mistress, and Atriarch live at Mississippi Studios

    Gen 3 2011, 1:03

    Sat 1 Jan – Ludicra, Christian Mistress, Atriarch

    At first I wasn't to sure about this show, I was familiar with Ludicra but I'd never see them live so I didn't know what to expect. This was their second show in over a year, and during their last tour their guitarist went into the hospital with a burst appendix. The first show they played was in Seattle on NYE playing along side Neurosis, Yob, and Tad Doyle's new band Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Aesop told me the show went a little rough considered that was the first time they'd even been in the same room together since their last tour. But what ever rustiness they had trouble with the first night had been stripped off and they ended up playing a killer set including my favorite song of theirs Path of Ash. They sounded much better live than they do on record, and Aesop's drumming completely blew me away. I'd never seen some one do blast beats that well with out using a double bass pedal! Normally I keep my eyes on the guitarists hoping I can learn something, but my eyes were glued on the drums as I watched Aesop tear it up from the balcony.

    The first two bands were also great, Atriarch had an interesting sound. Doom influenced, but not exactly doom. I don't know how to describe them, you'd have to see them to understand. As far as local bands go, they were great.

    Christian Mistress was amazing. I was chatting with Aesop before and I asked him about CM and if they were any good and he said they are one of his favorite newer metal bands and that their debut album is killer. They can be described in the vein of New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands, except they aren't from the 80s and they aren't from England. The female fronted Seattle band was reminiscent of the days of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, and they definitely looked the part. Their set was like time traveling back to the days of dual lead guitar solos, long hair, and denim jackets. Great band, I strongly suggest people to check them out.

    All in all the concert was well worth the 12 dollars I paid for tickets, and the money I spent on gas to get to the show.