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Song Of The Week: Caligula’s Horse – Dark Hair Down (live)


A seriously good live recording by a seriously incredible band. 

Down
It was his neck or her wrist
Clean nails on iron fist
Dreams of peace beyond the wall
She’d cry out for mercy but she had no voice at all

Here
Here and now it ends
This quiet victory
Her promise she would make amends
He lay not yet cold on the ground
This day of all days she would wear her dark hair down

This time the wheel has come around
Free of her cage she crows with a fearless sound
“Your fists can’t hurt me now”
A fearless sound
She’ll wear her dark hair down

Down
And blood brought the answer that time could not provide
Scars that read like home could hide
Her prison swallowed everything but piercing open eyes
She proudly bore the mark
Where his brand had met her head
She spat “The coward could not kill what was already dead.”

Dark hair down
This time the wheel has come around
Free of her cage
A fearless sound

Stand and fight
This is my salvation
Blood for blood my love

With a fearless sound
“Your fists can’t hurt me now”
A fearless sound
She’ll wear her dark hair down

Blood for blood my love

Concert Review: The Sword


017A couple of months ago, I caught wind of a cool show…co-headlined by The Sword and Clutch.  If you are into that particular style of music I think you would find it to be a worthy show to attend.  They happened to be passing though Denver; my (only) choice of cities for concerts and I planned on attending.  However, when I was at Death Angel on 7 Nov, I heard that The Sword was performing in Fort Collins instead of Denver.  I thought maybe this was a one-off show to occupy a day off, but when I did the research, I realized that Clutch and The Sword split the Denver date in two…The Sword in Fort Collins while Clutch still played as scheduled.   Needless to say, based on the title of this article, I chose to see The Sword in Fort Collins which just happened to be an hour closer to home.  Also performing were Fort Collins natives Bronze and Boulder, CO natives Black Acid Devil.

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Video of the Week – Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio


Why single out one video when you can get an entire concert? This week, I was trolling around YouTube looking for new things wondering why I can’t hear anything and in the process came across Iron Maiden Rock in Rio. If you haven’t experienced the splendor of a Maiden concert you are missing out. I have only seen them once and it saddens me I have not seen them more often. So, for now enjoy this concert if you have a couple of hours to kill. Strangely enough, I cannot get any sound out of YouTube. I get sound everywhere else, but nothing out of YouTube. I sure hope this video sounds good because it does look good.  Never mind, I figured out the sound thing…silly me.  It does sound good!

Concert Review: Opeth/Katatonia


094It was another affair with Opeth, my second, this time at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado 20 May 2013.  It was not surprising that Katatonia were on board to open the show seeing how both bands are very good friends and tour together often.  This was also my second time seeing Katatonia, but this evening was provided more Katatonia than I have ever seen, since the first time was at a festival…and a 25 minute set doesn’t do much justice for most bands.  And before you read on, no there was no special set of Bloodbath afterward…though that would have been very cool. Read the rest of this entry

Video of the Week – A Fair Judgement


Recently, I had a small sliver of time to myself at home.  This is something of a rare event since I do have a wife and kids so the likelihood of house being empty is slim.  My kids went to their summer enrichment program and my wife went to Ireland for the day.  So, I had the house to myself…for three hours.  What’s a guy to do?  Well, I worked.  Boo!

Ya, I know I took leave from my military job so my wife could go to Ireland only to end up working for my teaching gig.  I had some papers to look at and grade which leads me to my next point.  I needed some good music to listen to while working.  I figured listening to brutal Thrash or Death metal wouldn’t enhance my criticism of the written word; I needed something a bit more tame and soothing.  I remembered a while back I made an Opeth mix of my favorite “slower” songs from them which brings me to my next point – the Video of the Week.

On that CD is a song called A Fair Judgement…a killer Opeth song and turns out it was pretty cool for grading papers along with the other “slow” songs on that CD.  Need I say more? Instead of doing this for the song of the week, I figured I would use it for the video because this live clip is so well-recorded and worth watching. Here is a live clip of that song from Opeth’s Lamentations DVD.  Have a great Week!

Concert Review: Download Festival (Sunday Only)


Another Download Festival came and went…this year marking the 10th anniversary of the famed UK metal festival.  Here is my review of my one-day pass for Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 with Black Sabbath headlining and closing the event.   Before I talk about my day I want to note that this is most likely my last Download Festival for the foreseeable future.  Later this year I will move back to the United States and if this is in fact the last Download Festival I ever see, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more out of a one-day ticket.  The icing on the cake was the fact that it was sunny.

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top Shows of 2011


2011 was a great year for concerts, in my humble life anyway.  I had the pleasurable experience seeing so many of my favorite bands and several new ones.  I feel fortunate enough to live somewhere (for a while) where I can pick and choose which shows I want to see.  I didn’t always have an opportunity like I do here living fairly close to London.  After 9 concerts and 24 bands, I have narrowed my favorite shows to seven.  Here is the pool of candidates:  Black Label Society, Godhead, Overkill, Destruction, Heathen, After All, Children of Bodom, Ensiferum, Machinae Supremacy, Amon Amarth (twice), Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax (Big Four), Iron Maiden, Trivium, Septic Flesh, As I Lay Dying, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Cake, Machine Head, Bring Me The Horizon, and DevilDriver.

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Concert Review – Machine Head – London, 3 Dec 11


It was a hungry crowd at London’s Wembley Arena on 3 Dec 2011.  Metal is what they wanted and metal is what they got.  Machine Head with special guests Darkest Hour, DevilDriver, and Bring Me The Horizon brought an old and new style of metal to the London audience.  Some of it was highly appreciated and some of it wasn’t.  I will get to that later.  I was happy to be part of the experience, though my ear drums are paying for it today and probably for the next few days.  It was one of the loudest shows I have experienced in the last several years.

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Iron Maiden – Concert Review – London, 6 Aug 2011


The final show of the Final Frontier World Tour may as well have been the last show on Earth.  If someone told me that this was the last concert I would ever see; I would say that it was a great run and it couldn’t have ended better!  Iron Maiden shattered all of my expectations.  Maiden is probably the one band I have wanted to see for 20+ years and my wishes finally came true.  I just never had the chance to see them before and to see them on their home turf in London made my Maiden experience that much more special.

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Album of the Week – Chimaira Coming Alive


This week I am choosing Chimaira to represent album of the week, but with a little twist.  The Chimaira “Coming Alive” CD is also a DVD set.  I chose Coming Alive because not only am I a fan of Chimiara, but this set is so well done, that I feel the need to tell you about it.

The DVD/CD set is live from Cleveland, OH on Chimaira’s annual Christmas show (how nice of them).  The production value is one of the best i have every seen, the CD sounds great, plus there are hours of additional footage of the band back stage, etc.  This is a great set and not entirely too expensive either.  The set list is a great representation of the band, not too heavy on one particular album, so you get a good sample of their long career.

Unfortunately, in recent news, Chimaira’s bassist has left the band, but Chimaira says they are going to move on.  I look forward to the next release and hope to see them on the road.  Their live show is well worth making the effort to get to the venue.  Enjoy!

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