Concert Photo Review: EYEHATEGOD – November 16th 2018

EYEHATEGOD recently performed at The Blue Lamp on a co-headlining trek with CRO-MAGS. Canon shooter Zoran Theodorovic was there to capture the excitement.

The tour dogs in EYEHATEGOD returned to the road with their comrades in CRO-MAGS for a two-week West Coast tour to close out the year. The trek began, November 7th, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and ran through November 21st in Ventura, California. The band’s latest journey follows their recent live excursion through South America.

EYEHATEGOD, who are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary this year, released their self-titled full-length in 2014 via Housecore Records in North America. The record broke the band’s decade-and-a-half gap since their previous studio album and marked their most successful release to date landing at #82 on the Billboard Current Album chart, #92 on the Top 200 chart, #26 on the Rock chart, #4 on the Hard Rock chart and #12 on the Indie chart upon its first week of release. Orders for EyeHateGod in North America can be placed via Housecore Records HERE. For digital orders, go HERE.

 

Concert Photo Review: Tigerchrist at Holy Diver – November 23rd, 2018

Sacramento’s Tigerchrist recently performed at Holy Diver supporting Wednesday 13 and Davey Suicide. Nikon shooter Jennifer Black of Black J Photo was there to capture the excitement.

 

 

 

Jennifer Black Gets Shocked At Monster Energy Aftershock

The 7th annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, once again took place this month and our roving reporter Jennifer Black was there to witness the fun.

Monster Energy Aftershock Closes 2018 Festival Season Expectations were high for Danny Wimmer’s seventh, and fourth straight sold-out, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival on October 13 and 14 in Discovery Park in Sacramento. Early Saturday, Hyro the Hero’s energy and overall rock rap performance won over the primarily hard rock and heavy metal crowd. Soon after, Jose Mangin of SiriusXM hosted Aftershock’s celebration to honor Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vincent (Vinnie) Paul Abbott’s life a metal all-star tribute featuring members of Korn, Godsmack, Shinedown, Deftones, Gwar, Act of Defiance, and others. The highlight of the set for most Vinnie Paul fans was hearing Pantera classics performed live. While some reveled in “A New Level”, others were mesmerized by Sully Erna of Godsmack and Jonathan Davis of Korn performing Pantera’s “Walk” with its unmistakable riffs that resonated across the festival grounds.

 

Immediately following the Vinnie Paul tribute, Sevendust blew fans away on a different stage. I particularly loved hearing Jonathan Davis perform his first Black Labyrinth single, “What It Is” live again. Fan favorites Shinedown and Godsmack consistently got rave reviews from fans, 311 was solid, Gwar entertained all who watched them perform, and Deftones captivated Aftershock once again. To say that Aftershock 2018 started off strong would be an understatement. In addition to great, live music, Aftershock offered the F.Y.E. Fan Experience and The Music Experience, which sponsored Aftershock artists meet and greets and signings.

The Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue and Heavy Grass booths provided break time options for animal and weed lovers. The trees and festival grounds were sprinkled with art, and Aftershock always offers food truck choices. I decided to try the renowned Cousins Maine Lobster truck this year—the lobster bisque and lobster roll were to die for. Sunday, which sold out rapidly due to System of a Down headlining, closed the festival as it began, with a mix of genres. Amigo the Devil made my morning with his surprisingly dark lyrics that truly do complement his folk rock sound. Fans couldn’t get enough of Dorothy, Black Veil Brides, Bullet for My Valentine, and Seether, but Slash won the Sunday afternoon crowd with his guitar mastery. Incubus, Alice in Chains, and Everlast did a great job thrilling the swelling evening crowd, but the overwhelming festival favorite was System of a Down, who slayed. I’ve seen them headline our arena and headline Ozzfest, but the energy of Sunday night will forever mark my memory. What more could we ask for?

 

 

Photos and words by Jennifer Black

 

Concert Photo Review: Mushroomhead at The Boardwalk

MUSHROOMHEAD, performed at The Boardwalk in Orangevale on Tuesday, September 4th as part of The Summer of Screams tour, presented by Scream Factory and Dread Central. Nikon shooter Jennifer Black was there to capture the action.

All photos courtesy of Jennifer Black @ Black J Photo.

MUSHROOMHEAD came together when drummer Skinny formed the band as a side project. The band wore masks to go unrecognized, but after only a few shows they developed a rabid and loyal fan base in Cleveland. They released their 1995 self-titled debut album independently and it went on to became an underground hit, which was history in the making because the band really had no proper distribution at the time. Superbuick followed in 1996 and M3 in 1999, all released via an underground street effort. After the band felt its image and hyper-melodic, heavy style of music was being diluted by other bands jumping into this space, the band started to change their look to reflect nothing out there.

The Summer of Screams tour line-up:
MUSHROOMHEAD
Powerman 5000 (9-2 to 9-15)
The Browning
Psychostick (8-17 to 8-31)
Kissing Candice
Unsaid Fate
Voodoo Terror Tribe (8-17 to 8-30)/Earth Caller (8-31 to 9-15)

The Summer of Screams remaining tour dates:

9-8 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
9-9 Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
9-11 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
9-12 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
9-13 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
9-14 Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
9-15 Chicago, IL – Patio Theater

Concert Photo and Video Review: Gemini Syndrome @ Holy Diver

Gemini Syndrome @ Holy Diver in Sacramento, California on Summer Slaughter 2018

All photos courtesy of Jennifer Black @ Black J Photo, all video Zoran Theodorovic. Continue reading

An Evening With John 5 In Sacramento, California – April 15th, 2018

On April 15th 2018 John 5 returned to Sacramento accompanied by supporting act Hero Jr. This was my second time seeing John 5. The first time was in 2015 on a headlining tour with Doyle. The show took place at Harlows. Right away you can see the dedication of the fan base as it was raining lightly but that did not stop people from standing in line. It amazes me that a performer such as John 5 can bring an amazing musical experience without any vocals. The show was amazing as always, filled with many surprises. Hero Jr. was a refreshing new take on rock n roll with some growls mixed into the high points of the songs. They are a 4 piece hard rock outfit from Indiana. I was very curious as to what their sound was going to be because very rarely do I discover a new rock n roll band. Especially one that is original and brings a totally new sound to the cemented rock genre. About 40 seconds into their first song the whole crowd was moving and bobbing their heads. The guitar work was amazing. Fast licks and a range of vocal work. A lot of groove and a lot of talent. I was glad that this was the only band that opened for John 5 as we got to see a lot of great material from Hero Jr.

John 5 came out in a slow foggy atmosphere, which quickly turned into a battle of shredding. Its as if he tries to top himself every time. There was a few slow songs which showcased his more personal side to the music and complimented the shredding of the whole show. It was a beautiful performance. The highlight of the night was special guest, Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt joining John 5 for an amazing cover of Enter Sandman. It was amazing to see that in such a small venue. Truly powerful the way the entire crowd sang along to it. Personally i lost my voice after that. John 5 then closed the set with a beautiful medley of songs. Everything from Iron Maiden to Van Halen. It was great seeing everyone enjoy the music and live in the moment. There was a special encore of John 5 performing the Rage Against The Machine classic “Killing In The Name Of”, and then of course his cover of beat it by Michael Jackson. We were all left wanting more. Visually and musically an amazing show. John 5 always delivers. No filler, all talent.

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Author: AJ Guzman

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Concert Review: Facegrinder 4 – Richmond, Virginia

Hey everyone, I have been to many shows in the past but this one is the first of 2018. FaceGrinder 4, which has the tag line of all the heaviest bands in Virginia. And they are far from wrong and I’m here tell you about my experience.

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9:00pm and the crowd shuffles up the stairs of one of Richmond VA’s best bars in town, McCormacks Irish Pub, and the energy is set on high in anticipation for this show. Smoke was billowing from the stage with bananas everywhere. Monkey sounds that made you feel like you were at the Zoo. Suddenly excitement arose as a band of Apes took over the stage.

Bananaslama.
Bananaslama is not to be missed! This brutal monkey slam band. These 3 pissed off apes slam your face off ;Hairy Garcia (Gorilla guitars/growls/art/props), (Paul Gibbon: (Gibbon brown notes/screeches) and Orangubang (Orangutan, bangs and clanks), are very cool characters and work together very well. The ape sounds work perfectly with the music that they play. They are hilarious and I loved that they actually thrown bananas in the crowd. Check out Bananaslama’s music video Simientropy here.

Voarm
The sound of darkness swept the crowd as a band of men cloaked in black and adorned with animal bones approach the stage. The lead singer kneels upfront of this alter made of bones and lit incense . The sound coming from their instruments felt as if the Yb were summoning the dark lord. Whenever song picks up the lead singer unleashes a deep screeching growl that seems inhuman. The guitarist is slaying the crowd with the rhythm and lead guitar and the bass was pounding us in or guts as the drummer beat the drums like a March out of hell. Needless to say they are one of my favorite death metal bands I have heard since coming to VA.

Slamfeld
This is no joke, there is a brutal death metal band dedicated to Seinfeld. They are fucking sick. They open with the signature bass intro, and have intermittent sound clips of the show, to tie it all together. One of my favorites is SOUP NAZI, the killer sound of the band as a whole, plus the fact that they play in honor of their favorite show delighted me today the least. There is NO SOUP FOR YOU if you don’t check out this Band.

Rotting Obscene
This band is a great technical death metal band. I loved how the singer went into the crowd instead of being on stage. The crowd went crazy as the music amplified the energy in the room. Very powerful sound all in all and I would like to see them play again.

Hatefuck
HateFuck is a grindcore band, that face ducks you, with the long dick of hate. They definitely deserve their name. They have a lot of aggression to unleash, judging from their shredding sound of the guitars, bass and the blast off of the drums, set a first background to the vocals, of the lead singers deep guttural growls. They moshed together onstage and riled everyone up.

All in all this was a great way to start off 2018. This show was amazing. if you are ever in RVA check out Between 2 Beers show line ups they always have the best shows just like this one. Go have a beer at McCormacks and definitely keep an eye out for these bands. Please keep following Capital Chaos TV and myself, Nikki Knight for your music news and reviews.

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Concert Review: Hallucination Realized, Bandit, Triac and Chepang at Lakeshore Tavern

Hey, Nikki Knight here to tell you about my last show to go see in 2017. This was a great night full of friends and great music. I was floored by the bands I saw. Unfortunately I missed the first death grind band Tomb Warden but I assure you if you check out their page you wouldn’t be disappointed. They are a DC/RVA band that will shred and grind you to your core!

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The next grindcore/ death horror band was Hallucination Realized from Rochester NY. They got the crowd moving, when their high energy and epic aggressive sound, penetrated the pit and gave us a huge rush. The lead vocalist pushed back at the mosh pit, making sure it kept going, as the rest of the band, provided the burst of sound that vibrated again, with the bodies in the pit pushing and stirring the delicious pot of an awesome time.

Now the next band, scared the shit out of me for a minute. Bandit, (grind core/gutter punk band ) from Philly tore it up literally! I loved every second of it (except for one karate kicking head punching audience member who didn’t know how to mosh ) I did not know what to expect. The violent sound, supported the crazy aggressive lead singer, who roughly shredded through the pit, till he caused him self physical injury to his arm and head. He kept on going for the full set, and I was floored by his passion for the music he and his band play. I would make sure you go to one of their shows, and please be prepared to stand your ground or to be listed past your limits. They are amazing.

Next was Baltimore grindcore band Triac came on stage as a fearsome force of mayhem. Blasting through their set with a great sound and stage presence brought a lot of joy to the crowd of people looking to bash away the new year. They had the audience in the palm in there hand. They are definitely an awesome band that you need go check them out.

Now this headlining grindcore/hardcore punk band Chepang from Nepal brought a fierce and hardcore sound bringing the crowd into a musical feeding frenzy. The lead singer stepped up on a chair like he was watching everyone as he brought killer vocals with the rest of the band playing perfectly. They really made me a big fan of the way they sound and shake people up creating a wild night and one of the best nights of the end of the year. They are a strong presence not to be underestimated.

This was a perfect way to end 2017 a show full to the brim of great bands, vigorous moshing and good times with friends. Thank you to all the bands for providing and awesome night. Check out Lakeshore Tavern here in RVA for good drinks, good food and most importantly killer bands. Please stay tuned for my next article on first show of 2018! Support your local scene and follow us as we review and give you the news on all things hardcore punk and metal music.

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Concert Review: GWAR at The National in Richmond, Virginia

October 20th here in Richmond, hundreds of Bohabs flocked to The National for Gwars start of their ‘Blood of the Gods” tour. This is the same day as the release of their album, of the same name fans, were anxiously clamoring for. For those of you who have never been to a Gwar show, or are patiently awaiting their ticket date in their city, I’m here to paint you a very bloody picture.

US Bastards start off the show. The lead singer is Gwar slave Brent Purgason. They were high energy thrash punk and had a way of keeping the pit going. I was a part of that pit and it did go crazy. They are a definite must see and are on the rise here in Richmond. California friends please check them out.
Doyle came on the stage right after. The band is named after the guitarist that was formerly a member of the Misfits. This was my first time seeing them play onstage. I was shocked to see, Doyle himself was not the lead singer, but nonetheless they had a great set. Many were disappointed, that there were too many slow songs and no Misfit covers, but I had a fun time listening and watching them play.

Now Ghoul truly entertained me. I was sucked into their story line, which now is kinda blurry to me, since I had a few pre-show beers and a few hits of a weed oil vape. In spite of that, Ghouls characters were amazing, and their deaths were even better. There is no wonder why they were invited, to play before Gwar. I suggest you catch a Ghoul show whenever you can.

Now for what all you bohabs are waiting for. Gwar’s set started off with a video playing on two screens on stage, talking about how America has finally found a way to best Gwar. Two soldiers come on stage, looking to ensure that they have finally killed Gwar, and of course they did not. They were quickly beheaded. I won’t give too much away, but they are introduced to a new boss from Glomco, and had to fight a series of villains. I must say many of the songs, I did not like as much in my last review, were much better with the visuals onstage. Blowthar (Michael Bishop) did great, and though my heart yearns for Oderus (Dave Brockie), and his deep and sexy voice, I can appreciate Blowthar. The song that hit me the most is Phantom Limb, a song dedicated to Oderus. It was a great night. You are in for a bloody treat.

All in all Gwar did a great show. Mike Derk’s Balsac the Jaws of Death is fighting a serious bone marrow disease and doing what he loves the most to get through it. Please show your support and register to donate bone marrow and donate money for medical help at this site. Show your support. He’s been playing for the fans forever and I wish him the fastest recovery and better health. Nikki Knight

Set List: War on GWAR, Hail, Genocide!, I’ll Be Your Monster, Death to Dickie Duncan, Saddam a Go-Go, Womb With A View, Crushed by the Cross, Viking Death Machine, Bring Back the Bomb, El Presidente, Swarm, Meat Sandwich, The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo, Mr. Perfect, The Morality Squad, Fuck This Place, Phantom Limb, If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

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Catch Gwar on the remaning dates coming soon to you’re town!

10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live