Hitting smaller markets this time around, Amon Amarth, Sabaton and Skeletonwitch team up for one hell of a lineup that combines some contrasting styles in a very solid package. Ditching work early, we made our way to Santa Cruz with enough time to spare in order to hydrate for the show. The sign outside the venue promised a very interesting lineup: Amon Amarth / Aaron Carter in the Atrium. Luckily for us, the Metal show had the bigger stage and all the grown up teeny bopers had a tiny section of the venue for their show.
After moving to the Bay area, we have been delighted to see the amount of shows that we can potentially attend. We finally jumped at the opportunity of covering one of the most anticipated tours of 2014 featuring ReVamp, Sabaton and veterans Iced Earth. Being huge fans of Sabaton and curious about seeing Floor Jansen with ReVamp, this was a very good opportunity to check out the facilities at Slim’s.
Closing our weekend of excessive drinking and live music, we had Anathema, Alcest and Mamiffer delivering one of the best shows we have seen in Denver, Co in the last few years. While the Anathema / Alcest combination might sound weird for some, being huge fans of both bands we were pretty psyched about this live show.
While making our way through our bucket list of Metal/Extreme Music festivals to attend in our lifetime, we always passed on Roadburn due to its non-traditional schedule being in April. However, all the stars aligned in 2013 for us to be able to attend. Coincidentally, the festival also had one of their best ever line-up’s (in our opinion) with almost half the bands playing being very high on our musical lists.
Marking the beginning of our 2012 holidays in Germany, we decided to swing by Holland and visit one of the premier indoor festivals: Eindhoven Metal Meeting. Having seen the line-ups from previous years, we jumped at the opportunity to see bands like The Devil’s Blood, Sodom, Dark Tranquility, and Brujeria among many others.
Making the ‘short’ two-hour drive for one of the highly unusual Metal shows in Montana was a complete no-brainer since the always fun Korpiklaani was going to be in Billings, MT, with Moonsorrow, Týr, and Metsatöll. With the doors opening at 5 pm (wtf!), we managed to get out of work early and drive at a leisurely (and legal) speed to get to Billings in time.