Apr 2014 23

Empire, Springfield, VA, 04/16/2014
 
CZAR - Live @ Empire, 2014

 

Even before its renovation and rechristening from its former moniker of Jaxx, Empire has been a haven for some of the finest underground and independent musical performances to pass through the DC and Northern Virginia area for many years. While Wednesday nights may not be the most ideal to garner a packed house, there was much to be enjoyed by those attending the venue on the evening of April 16, 2014 as the progressive metal onslaught of Chicago’s CZAR played alongside two of the local metal scene’s hardest up-and-coming acts, Möbius Strip and Drugs of Faith. [..]

Apr 2014 23

Seattle, WA, El Corazon, 04/11/2014
 
Mindless Self Indulgence - by Kaley Nelson, Live in Los Angeles, 2014

 

Mindless Self Indulgence has been traveling the USA for what the band recently announced was one final tour before taking a long hiatus. MSI has been busy the last couple of years with US and UK tours, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and the latest release of How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence. Despite all this, fans were eager for more from the derisive electro/punk group and no one wanted to miss seeing the band before the long break; certainly not the Seattle fans who packed El Corazon on the night of April 11. [..]

Apr 2014 23

Underworld, London, UK 03/30/2014
 
Prong - Live in London, 2014

 

Although Prong never really ceased to exist (sans the period of uncertainty and hiatus), it seems that it is now that Tommy Victor and his creation have found a new and hopefully inexhaustible surplus of creative energy. The 2012 album Carved into Stone returned the band to its raw instrumental roots and gave the fans a surprising gift in the form of 11 new songs that marked Prong’s first new material since 2007’s Power of the Damager. What was not apparent at the time, which is obvious now, is that Tommy and his industrial/metal colossus are here to stay. [..]

Apr 2014 23

Underworld, London, UK 02/20/2014
 
Aesthetic Perfection - Live in London, 2014

 

None of the artists that set out to demolish Camden’s Underworld on the surprisingly warm night of February 20 are newcomers to the scene; in fact, they all come with a hefty baggage of scenic experience. What transpired in London was a precise, calculated, and powerful electro blitzkrieg that benefited immensely from the sheer force of the combined sonic boom. Both Aesthetic Perfection and Faderhead were promoting their latest, fresh off the press releases, while the Spanish Terrolokaust was still celebrating the success of last year’s Spit the Poison Out, making this night exciting and unpredictable with the all time favorites and the brand new tracks mixed together like a fine, fiery musical Molotov. [..]

Apr 2014 04

Baltimore, MD, Rams Head, 03/20/2014
 
MSI - Live in Baltimore, by Jessica Jastrzebski

 

Ever blurring the lines between genres, Mindless Self Indulgence is perhaps the quintessential crossover act. From blistering electronics to scathing punk rock abandon, topped off with irreverent lyrics, MSI is quite simply one of the most uniquely successful entities in modern music. [..]

Feb 2014 22

The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD, 2014/02/11
 
Skinny Puppy - Live in Silver Spring, 2014

 

Situated on the same block where the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center resides, The Fillmore stands as one of the DC area’s current top venues, and with good reason given its spaciousness and, as this writer would discover by the evening’s end, rather excellent sound and lighting system. It was the perfect location for one of industrial music’s most influential and longstanding acts – Skinny Puppy – to deliver its nightmarish warnings of life in the criminal age on the band’s Shapes for Arms tour. [..]

Feb 2014 21

Center Stage, Atlanta, GA, 2014/02/04
 
Skinny Puppy - Live in Atlanta, 2014

 

Between the back-to-back snow storms that shook the Southeast, Atlanta was taken by a storm of a different nature: an electro/industrial storm over 30 years in the making by the name of Skinny Puppy. The Vancouver legends had stomped their way from West to East since the end of January, swapping out DJMREX for label mates Army of the Universe for the February leg of the tour, beginning at the Center Stage in the heart of Atlanta. After the previous week of weather-imposed house arrest, the citizens of metro Atlanta were more than ready for the ruckus, filling the large venue from the very start of the show. [..]