Theater of the Living Arts

Philadelphia, PA

December 17, 2016

on tour with Children of Bodom

Dark Sermon

The Coffin Dragger Tour
Thy Art Is Murder, Rings of Saturn, Fit For An Autopsy
Gamechanger  – Howell, NJ

I’ll start by saying that it’s been awhile since I’ve seen an audience so enthralled with an on stage performance like the one Tampa, FL soul-crushers Dark Sermon displayed May 14 in New Jersey.  Half the crowd seemed to be unsure what to make of the band, half were embracing the massive mosh pit, and at least the front two rows were outright terrified. 

Dark Sermon vocalist Johnny Crowder becomes a vessel for voodoo and most definitely likes it that way, at least while on stage.  He belts out the most hellacious metal lyrics while fixating on a skull jaw bone. He leads his band of brothers through note after brutal note while “blessing” the crowd with some kind of burning, smoking incense shit.  He slays the crowd while blowing through a ram horn.  And even shrouds himself in a pagan-esque veil.

Musically the band crushes, currently playing cuts from their latest offering “The Oracle”, and the Jersey metal freaks blew the doors off the joint with a huge pit and rows upon rows of fists in the air.  Fans in the front were talking to one another saying how Crowder “scares the hell out of me” and from what I could see the majority of the crowd was waiting to see what unholy display was going to happen next.

Very solid musically, completely entertaining on stage Dark Sermon tore shit up in New Jersey!

Swallow The Sun

Starland Ballroom

Sayreville, NJ

March 11, 2017

on tour with Overkill


Starland Ballroom

Sayreville, NJ

March 11, 2017

on tour with Overkill


Abysmal Predator tour opening for

The Black Dahlia Murder &  Napalm Death

Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA

November 12, 2016

Death metal beasts Abnormality  came to the Underground Arts in Philadelphia Saturday night as they opened for The Black Dahlia Murder and Napalm Death.  Supporting their sophomore release this year "Mechanisms Of Omniscience" the Massachusetts squad came to decimate their fans, new and old. 

Fronted by Mallika Sundaramurthy, Abnormality took the stage and got the early crowd fired up for a night of heavy, heavy tunes.   Playing songs from "Mechanisms" as well as their 2012 release "Contaminating the Hive Mind"  the band wasted little time in getting the point across that they are badass and brutalizing.

Though Abnormality only had time for six songs, each one was pulled off with surgical precision and was giving resounding applause from the Philly crowd.

Abnormality  continue on this tour until the end of November.

Set List:

Hatred Relentless


Chaos Reserved For Giants

Mechanisms of Omniscience

Cymatic Hallucinations

Fabrications of the Enemy

Abnormality is:

Mallika Sundaramurthy: Vocals
Jay Blaisdell: Drums
Josh Staples: Bass
Sam Kirsch: Guitar
Jeremy Henry: Guitar

Amon Amarth

Jomsviking US Tour 2017


TLA, Philadelphia, PA

The Trocadero
Philadelphia, PA
4/20/ 2017
"The Last Tour"

Epic!  That's how I sum up last night's Corrosion of Conformity set in Reading, Pa at the Santander Arena.  Opening a night of hard rock that was headlined by Lamb of God and included Clutch, COC tore it up, pleasing the hardcore COC fans while no doubt making new ones. 

The set started with bassist Mike Dean and drummer Reed Mullin taking the stage first and laying down a sludge groove that turned into "Paranoid Opioid" once guitarist Woody Weatherman and singer/guitarist Pepper  Keenan joined in.  As good as COC tunes sound on cd/vinyl they sound bigger and fuller live.  The guys had a short set but damn it if they didn't knock it out hard and heavy.  It amazes me every time I hear "Albatross" live just how epic that song is and big it goes over with the crowd.  For a song that was written by Mullin and Keenan over 20 years ago (and which was dedicated last night by Keenan to the guys from Clutch) "Albatross" still blows minds.  As does the song that closed the COC set, "Clean My Wounds".  An extended version of the track had everyone singing and gave Keenan time to introduce the band and promise the Reading fans that the band was writing a new album and would be back around in 2017.

Upcoming tour dates include Corrosion of Conformity performing at the inaugural Rock 'N Derby in upstate NY. 

Set List

Paranoid Opioid

Broken Man

Seven Days

The Door

Vote With A Bullet


Clean My Wounds

on tour with AMON AMARTH

Jomsviking US Tour 2017
TLA, Philadelphia, PA

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 Maryland rockers CLUTCH continue to tour as they promote their most recent smash album "Psychic Warfare".  The band's eleventh studio album debuted #1 on the Billboard Top Rock album chart and #11 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

On May 8th Clutch (singer Neil Fallon, guitarist Tim Sult, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster, and bassist Dan Maines) came to the Santander Arena in Reading, PA along with headliners Lamb of God and openers Corrosion of Conformity.  Needless to say the night was packed solid with incredible rock music!

Tonight the guys focused on tunes from "Psychic Warfare", opening the set with the lead single from the album, "X-ray Visions".  Fallon's approach to the song is powerful and live he amps it up to full throttle.  Thanks to the song we now know he's a Scorpio and man when he screams those lyrics in concert it's bone-shattering!   Next in the set list was another "Psychic Warfare" track "Firebirds!"  which continued the  power rock and led into the killer track "Crucial Velocity" from 2013's album "Earth Rocker.  Three stellar songs to kick off their set which also featured "Psychic Warfare" songs "Sucker For The Witch", "Your Love is Incarceration" and "Our Lady of Electric Light" (a song that when I interviewed Fallon late last year I compared to "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals). 

The Reading, PA Clutch fans were dancing and digging the whole set which included two more highs of the night, "Book, Saddle and Go" and the tremendous "Mob Goes Wild".  And just like every Clutch performance I've seen, watching Fallon's expressions and intensity on stage is only matched by Gaster's energetic and animated drumming.  Watching these two perform shows just how much fun top tier musicians like Clutch have when they are on top of their game.

Corrosion of Conformity

May 8, 2016

Reading, Pa

Opener for Lamb of God and Clutch


Decibel Magazine Tour

TLA Philly

April 15, 2017

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Theater of the Living Arts

Philadelphia, PA

December 17, 2016

on tour with Children of Bodom

Battle Beast
The Trocadero
Philadelphia, PA
4/20/ 2017
on tour with Sabaton


The Pursuit of Vikings
As Loke Falls
First Kill
The Way of Vikings
At Dawn's First Light
Cry of the Black Birds
Deceiver of the Gods
Free Will Sacrifice
Destroyer of the Universe
Death in Fire
Under the Northern Star
Father of the Wolf
Live for the Kill
War of the Gods


May 8, 2016

Reading, PA

on tour with Lamb of God and Corrosion of Conformity

Good Charlotte

April 18, 2016

Philadelphia, PA

The City of Brotherly Love welcomed all it's viking friends to the Theatre of the Living Arts Monday night May 8th as Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH took over the city for the night.

Johan Hegg and crew of the "Jomsviking US Tour" headlined with only one supporting band....GOATWHORE!

Amon Amarth performed an epic set with their signature viking ship (at least the bow of one) adorning center stage.  It's always a great night when your favorite tunes are played and for me hearing "First Kill", "Deceiver of the Gods", "Cry of the Black Birds", and "Death in Fire" made this Monday night show killer!

The Tardy Brothers are back in town!  Don and John Tardy and their band OBITUARY took apart Philadelphia on April 15th on the last night of the Decibel Magazine Tour with Kreator, Midnight, and Horrendous.

Last time I saw Obituary in Philly they opened with their smash "Redneck Stomp".  Surprisingly tonight not only did the band NOT open with "Redneck Stomp" but they didn't play it at all.  And guess what?  It didn't matter.  The band put on a crushing set and Philly fans ate that shit up!!  Not even a snare drum issue could stop Don and the guys tonight .

With 10 studio albums  in their catalog it's not hard for Obituary to put together a sick set of tunes.  Hearing their latest songs "Sentence Day" and "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" played alongside  "Internal Bleeding" and  "Slowly We Rot" (from their debut album) you can see where the band has gone musically.    They continue to be loud and heavy with maturity in their guitar riffs and drums that bash your head in.

It's early in the year and here's hoping that after a break OBITUARY hit the road yet again!!

Set List:

Internal Bleeding

Chopped In Half

Turned Insideout

Visions in My Head

Sentence Day

A Lesson In Vengeance

Find The Arise

Ten Thousand Ways to Die


Til Death

Don't Care

Slowly We Rot


Theater of the Living Arts

Philadelphia, PA

December 17, 2016

on tour with Children of Bodom