Live Photos & Reviews

Photos and reviews of live events around Kansas City and Lawrence.

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The Infernal Resurrection: Skeletonwitch live in Kansas City, MO 10/19/16

In 2014, Skeletonwitch was poised to take over the world. A year into support of their fifth album Serpents Unleashed and fresh off the heels of supporting heavy metal giants Amon Amarth and numerous headlining tours in Europe and at home in America, the blackened thrash metal group from Ohio seemed unstoppable. Then, due to […]


No Aceptan Imitaciones: Brujeria live in Kansas City 10/09/16

Unfortunately, it seems like heavy metal and extreme metal have always had barebones representation when it comes to south of the border. Sure, Brazil was put on the map by Sepultura and made way for legions of underground metal bands in South America, but what about Mexico? Enter Brujeria in 1989. With an unflinching attitude […]


Prayer of Transformation: Wolves in the Throne Room live in Kansas City, MO 09/22/16

Black metal is a strange genre. It either relies heavily on the minute changes in the undercurrent of songs to slowly build to the song’s release, or it pounds your face into dust with unrelenting riffs and blastbeats. The former kind, the less-aggressive yet still-menacing kind, is one of the most popular forms of underground […]


Welcome to Creepsylvania: Ghoul Live at the Riot Room in Kansas City 08/08/16

Moments before Ghoul’s set at the Riot Room Monday night, stagehands placed trash bags over the monitors on the stage. It was an omen of what was to come – a blistering hour of death-tinged thrash metal with full Gwar-esque stage props, characters and more fake blood thrown out into the audience than watermelon chunks […]


Golden Number: Ghost Bath live in Kansas City, MO 07/20/16

Here’s an interesting question to ponder: in a post-Sunbather world, can post-black metal still flourish? Deafheaven’s monumental and underground-defining/dividing 2013 album changed the extreme metal landscape and it seems the groups that took particular influence from the album are now making their own ascent in the scene. Enter depressive/suicidal five-piece Ghost Bath, hailing from just […]

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This Mortal Coil: Carcass Live in Lawrence, KS 07/17/16

Just under two years since they last played the Granada in Lawrence, UK goregrind pioneers Carcass returned to the scene of the crime Sunday night to kick off their latest tour, bringing along yet another stellar group of extreme metal bands to thoroughly put the Kansas crowd through the meat grinder. Opening the show was […]

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Helnorsk Svartmetall: Taake live in Kansas City 06/04/16

For the 2nd time in the first half of 2016, Norwegian black metal mainstays Taake unblessed Kansas City with their presence, this time bringing along blackened doom outfit Wolvhammer and locals Stonehaven for a night of Trve Norwegian Black Metal. Just like in February, opening the show was Kansas City’s own black metal horde Stonehaven. […]


Review: Middle of the Map Fest 2016 – Thursday Recap

Middle of the Map is back again for 2016 and the lineup is better than ever. Featuring a huge roster of top-quality local bands and multiple fantastic national (and international) acts make this year’s edition maybe the best one yet? Here’s some of what happened on Thursday, day number two of the festival: Psychic Heat […]


Battles In The North: Abbath Live in Lawrence, KS 04/06/16

One of the most consistent heavy metal tours year in and year out is the Decibel Magazine tour. In the past, it’s featured heavy hitters such as At The Gates, Converge, Carcass and Behemoth. However, 2016′s edition may have outdone every past iteration. This varied-yet-unbearbly heavy tour landed at the Granada in Lawrence on Wednesday […]

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Death Walking Terror: Cannibal Corpse Live in Lawrence, KS 02/25/16

The only things guaranteed in life seem to be death, taxes and solid performances from Florida death metal bands. Seminal extreme music group Cannibal Corpse, no stranger to the area, led a bill stuffed full of death metal to a near-capacity crowd at the Granada in Lawrence on Thursday night. One of America’s longest-running death […]


This Is The End My Friends: Black Sabbath Live in Kansas City, MO 02/17/2016

There’s something to be said about a band that can pull together a ginormous crowd in Kansas City on a Wednesday night – 46 years after they literally re-invented popular music. Black Sabbath brought their signature riffing and catchy-yet-dissonant songwriting to the Sprint Center and a large crowd of headbangers, young and old, sang every […]


Massive Cauldron of Chaos: 1349 Live in Kansas City, MO 1/21/2016

From the frozen depths of Norway, veteran black metal group 1349 made a triumphant return to the similarly snow-covered Kansas City on Thursday night and brought as much Satanic riffing and blasphemous blastbeats as they could. Formed in 1997, 1349 has been pretty much a mainstay in the black metal scene since the release of […]

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