Jul 13, 2016
Metalachi and Mac Sabbath are currently two of the best cover/parody bands around. So what's better than seeing each band on their own show? How about back to back at a good-sized venue? That's right. These two popular bands got together for a night of debauchery, mariachi, and fast food deliciousness. One might think how bands like these play out their music. Well, if curiosity has gotten the best of you, then read on and venture into their world. The Observatory in ... Read More
Jul 9, 2016
Sublime w/ Rome & Dirty Heads - 07/08/2016
PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
Back in the swing of things tonight at the glorious PNC Banks Arts Center to catch Sublime w/ Rome and Dirty Heads tear up dirty Jerz on a Friday night. Doors scheduled for 6:30 but a thunderstorm rolled through so we waited it out in the car and walked in shortly before 8. That was after an extensive search at the door, which included metal detectors, ... Read More
Jun 14, 2016
Taake is a legendary black metal band from Norway formed in 1993 by singer Hoest. Taake is the old spelling of the Norwegian word meaning "fog". In 2014, Taake played their first USA show at the Maryland Deathfest. This year they embarked on their first west coast tour and on June 11th, played in Los Angeles for the first time ever. Many metalheads and especially fans of black metal were more than excited to see one of the best black metal bands ... Read More
May 30, 2016
Clutch is a rock band from Maryland, USA. Active since the 90's, they have released eleven studio albums including their newest album Psychic Warfare in 2015. Clutch joined Lamb of God on their current USA tour which proved to be an interesting choice given the two different types of music. Clutch came out to an already packed venue and were greeted by fans. They started the show with Sucker for the Witch from the new album. Given Clutch is a rock band, ... Read More
Apr 19, 2016
Los Angeles-based punk rockers NOFX launched their Hepatitis Bathtub tour for punk rockers in a number of US states. With twelve studio albums out and 8 million records sold worldwide, they are one of the most successful independent bands of all time. Along with the tour dates, the band was also offering signing sessions at bookstores for their new book, The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories. One of the first stops on the tour was the Belasco Theater and with the show ... Read More
Apr 19, 2016
Bro's, let's start with the shitty news, shows cancelled. The good news is Fred Durst might still drop by for a pack of smokes and a mountain dew, if he can make it over. Sounds like he really wanted to play, below is a text from obviously F. Durst himself.
People were doubting the show was real, then these showed up. They were gonna totally miss out.
The show was real, turns out the Sunoco couldn't handle the awesomeness that was about ... Read More
Apr 19, 2016
At some point, every kid who picks up an instrument fantasizes about making it to the Big Time. Everybody has a song about the journey to shooting stardom and what it takes to be a jukebox hero, and if you're two guys from Akron, OH, you keep that dream alive.
I remember the first time I saw Red Sun Rising. I walked in the gate at Carnival of Madness at the Time Warner Amphitheater in Cleveland. There was a band playing off to the ... Read More
Apr 17, 2016
Jewel - April 16th 2016
Music Box @ The Borgata - Atlantic City, NJ
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
Atlantic City is known for many things. Casinos, Casinos that closed down, Buffets double stocking trays of food in fear of visits from the Governor, people wondering when new Casinos are going to open and lots and lots of folks walking down the street grubbing cigarettes. Tonight Atlantic City has one thing happening worth my time, and that's an evening with Jewel at the Borgata.
Before the night ... Read More
Apr 15, 2016
An Evening w/ Ween - April 14th 2016
Terminal 5 - New York City
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
For the first time since 2011, Ween is back in the Big Apple and they'll be slaying the stages of Terminal 5 for the next couple days. Ween is back are words that I wasn't sure I'd ever have the opportunity to type again but after almost 5 full years the hiatus is over and the boognish has yet again risen. These Terminal 5 shows are listed with ... Read More
Mar 20, 2016
Disturbed returned to their fans after a five-year hiatus. Along with that, they brought their first new album since 2010 titled, Immortalized. Disturbed announced a short run of tour dates and one of those stops was The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. With the show sold out months ahead of time, this was set to be an unforgettable night!
After dealing with the venue's terrible/non-existent air conditioning system the whole night, fans were getting restless and were shouting the band's name prior to ... Read More
Mar 17, 2016
This April the US gets a taste of something that's been missing from it's pallet for a while and that folks would be The Darkness returning to America! It's no secret we here at Concert Confessions are HUGE fans of the UK's own mythological rock gods as we've covered them most recently here along with reviews happening here , here, and of course here. They're too much fun to miss when they come to town.
“If music and good times are in your soul, come see ... Read More
Mar 11, 2016
California's own Mac Sabbath made their way to Florida to deliver their Drive-Thru Metal to a very appreciative Downtown Orlando crowd.
Mac Sabbath is a solid, Black Sabbath tribute band with a decidedly twisted twist. They change all of the song titles and lyrics to tributize fast food. Take Iron Man, it's called Frying Pan. Fairies Wear Boots is, Cherries Are Fruits and well, you get the picture.
Ronald Osborne delivers a very Ozzy performance, but in a Ronald McDonald clown suit. Lead guitar ... Read More
Feb 21, 2016
I have really mixed feelings about posting this because there’s an unspoken code in my family regarding recipes. Basically, you never tell anyone the whole truth when it comes to cooking because the best meals are improvised and you couldn’t tell it on paper anyway. You have to adjust on the fly, using your senses—your eyes, your nose, your experience, and most importantly your mouth. If it looks and tastes fucked up then it is fucked up. Basically, if you ... Read More
Feb 20, 2016
British extreme metal band and masters of the darkest arts and crafts Cradle of Filth released their eleventh studio album titled Hammer of the Witches on July 10, 2015. Cradle of Filth launched their first US tour in 5 years because their previous 2013 tour was cancelled due to visa issues. Now that they released their new album, Cradle of Filth were more than ready to make their return to US soil. With them, they brought Butcher Babies and Australian progressive death ... Read More
Feb 6, 2016
South Carolinian technical death metal masters Nile released their eighth studio album titled What Should Not Be Unearthed on August 28, 2015. Nile is known for their music and lyrics which are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft. With the release of their newest album, Nile embarked on a US tour in support of it. One of the many stops was the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California. ... Read More
Jan 10, 2016
Steel Panther has been making themselves widely known these past couple of years. The release of their third album All You Can Eat has raised them in popularity to where you've heard their name, but may not be familiar with their music. Steel Panther is a glam metal band whom are known for their profane and humorous lyrics involving drugs, sex, women, celebrities, and hookers. All in true 1980's lifestyle. It might sound a bit odd to have lyrical things like that, ... Read More
Nov 15, 2015
Legendary Danish heavy metal king King Diamond announced another USA tour after just being on this year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival. To make this occasion extra special, King Diamond performed the entire Abigail album which is one of his greatest accomplishments. Along with him he brought thrash metal legends Exodus to add even more metal to an already amazing night. The previous night sold out within days and so day two was added and I was given the opportunity to attend.
Exodus is a ... Read More
Nov 11, 2015
Space Lemon is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. Their music combines alternative rock with hard rock and grunge. Fans of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam will find themselves drawn to their music. All four band members are graduates of the Musician Institute from around the globe. The band members are: Tommaso Gimignani (vocals) from Italy, Ignacio Zas (guitar) from Uruguay, Felipe Archer (bass) from Brazil, and Ale Robles (drums) from Mexico.
Space Lemon had a show at ... Read More
Nov 2, 2015
The metal fest known as Knotfest hit the desert plains of San Bernardino, California for two days of non-stop metal devastation! Someof the biggest names in metal were in attendance as well as some newer band and the Coldcock Whisky winners. I was fortunate enough to get access to both days of the festival and photograph bands to my metal heart's desire with the exception of both day's headliners Judas Priest and Slipknot. The festival also saw many attractions besides bands which ... Read More
Oct 20, 2015
Chris Cornell w/ Special Guest Hemming - October 19th 2015
Beacon Theater - New York City
Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks
A question often floated in my direction is "Well you go to a lot of concerts, what's the best show you've ever been to?" For a while now I've been saying the same thing: Chris Cornell Solo Acoustic Songbook tour that I saw at Town Hall a few years back. There, I saw one man with a guitar put on the best show I've ... Read More
Oct 14, 2015
New Jersey natives Symphony X and Overkill teamed up for a rather diverse night of two different styles of metal. Overkill being one of thrash metal's best bands and Symphony X being progressive metal band (a blend of progressive rock and heavy metal). It would make for an interesting night giving two different metal genres to expand their fanbase. The Regent in Los Angeles, California would make a fine place for this fine metal night.
Thrash metal giants Overkill released their seventeenth studio ... Read More
Oct 8, 2015
When it comes to some of the greatest metal bands of all time, German heavy metal band Scorpions will be one of the topics. With the release of their 18th studio album Return to Forever, Scorpions is here to stay and embarked on their 50th anniversary tour. Along with them they brought heavy metal veterans, Queensryche! The Forum in Inglewood, California was filled with three generations of Scorpions fans and they weren't about to be disappointed!
Queensryche is a heavy metal band from ... Read More
Oct 2, 2015
Earlier this week, thenaturalstoner and I had what we would consider to be a perfect day in Seattle. We were in town to catch Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell at Benaroya Hall, a stop on his solo acoustic tour. After driving across the state of Washington that morning, we spent the afternoon in downtown Seattle doing all the typical tourist stuff like buying Hawks gear at the Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop, snapping photos in front of the Space Needle while making obscene gestures, ... Read More
Sep 20, 2015
Five Finger Death Punch's Got Your Six tour is one of the biggest rock/metal tours of the summer. This tour featured and impressive lineup consisting of the up and coming rock band From Ashes to New, the female-fronted metal band In This Moment, rock veterans Papa Roach, and of course headlined by Five Finger Death Punch. One of their tour stops was at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. I was given the opportunity to photograph some of the bands ... Read More
Sep 1, 2015
As of 12:15PM, it has been announced that Phases of the Moon is officially CANCELLED. The festival is citing a number of unforeseen obstacles including road closures. See below for more info.
Here are some of our favorite replies on the official Phases of the Moon Facebook page:
BELOW IS OUR ORIGINAL POST PRIOR TO OFFICIAL WORD COMING OUT FROM THE PEOPLE AT PHASES OF THE MOON.
All it took was one post. One post to stop productivity in workplaces across the Midwest for hungry ... Read More
Aug 29, 2015
Sometime during the year 2013 folk singer-songwriter Todd Snider was talking with one of his good buddies Dave Schools, who also happens to play bass in a band called Widespread Panic, about his love for jam music and wanting to do something like that one day. Snider says he never expected it to come to fruition, but Schools said he was interested. Snider contacted keyboardist Chad Staehly from Great American Taxi and told him that Dave Schools was on board. By the ... Read More