Photographer - Molly Kinnunen
On Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2018: Born of Osiris represented with Tanzen, PORTALS and Alethia at the Durty Nellie's in Palatine, Illinois. Molly Kinnunen photographed the event; search @kinnunenphotos on Facebook or follow the link: 'MK Photography.'
Born of Osiris | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
Born of Osiris will release their fifth studio album, 'The Simulation' on January 11th, 2019 through Sumerian Records. Their single & first MV, 'The Accursed' is out now!
Tanzen | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
Tanzen presents an MV for "Left Swipe" from their 2017 EP 'Shizoku' - watch below; the MV was directed, filmed, & edited by Alex Zarek; out via Everything Is Noise.
The progressive metal band from Chicago previously released an EP: 'HEX' in 2014.
PORTALS | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
PORTALS released the EP, 'The Empty' in 2015 and introduced a collaboration single, 'God Complex' [ft. Duncan Bentley of Vulvodynia] in 2016; streaming below.
Alethia | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
On Dec. 4th, Alethia announced an MV titled, "Guilty;" the debut is above. Their EP 'The Spirits Within' is available now and out since 2017.
Author & Photographer - Ian Urquhart
An emotional roller coaster would be the best way to describe the event that occurred at the House of Blues in Boston, MA on October 2nd , 2018.
With much anticipation, the Gravity Tour stopped in Boston, MA bringing Bad Omens, We Came As Romans and Bullet For My Valentine to Landsown Street. Each band brought its own unique flavor of metal to the stage. Bullet for my Valentine and We Came as Romans have frequently visited the House of Blues in Boston however this was Bad Omens’ first time playing across the street from Fenway Park. And although each band’s fans associated themselves which each creative group that night, there was a unique feeling inside the venue.
Prior to the start of the Gravity Tour, We Came as Roman’s lead vocalist Kyle Pavone suddenly passed away on August 25th , 2018. With many questions up in the air, many We Came as Romans fans were unsure if the band would continue without Kyle. To everyone’s surprise, they decided to dedicate this tour run to Kyle and his family and decided to keep their commitment to the Gravity Tour.
Bad Omens | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
We Came As Romans | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
Lead vocalist, Dave Stephens, took this responsibility on for himself. And if you closed your eyes and listened, you could barely notice Kyle’s absence. The energy weaving throughout the crowd was filled with tears, smiles and harmonizing choruses. Not a note was missed. And with the help from each crying voice, Kyle’s passion was felt. Dave Stephens then took a moment at the end of their set to talk about the Kyle Pavone foundation they had set up to support Kyle’s family while thanking the crowd and show his appreciation.
Bullet For My Valentine | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
Taking a mental breather, Boston prepared for a momentum switch before Bullet For My Valentine came out. Touring their latest album Gravity (2018), there was great anticipation to see what would be played and what wouldn’t (with regards to their older songs). Right out the gate, “Don’t Need You” off Gravity (2018) broke the metaphorical ice with a gloomy and eerie instrumental backtrack-intro.
This lifted the spirits of those watching, quickly. But such is the case with every band who has been around for quite some time, you will find yourself amongst a group of those who “want the old stuff.” Knowing this, BFMV did not disappoint.
Concluding the set, Bullet went back-to-back-to-back-to-back with older tracks off of The Poison (2007) and Scream Aim Fire (2008). Have you ever seen an entire general admission section turn into a circle pit before? Go to a Bullet for my Valentine show and stay until “Waking the Demon” off Scream Aim Fire (2008) rips.
Events occur in life that leave many with unanswered questions. These events may be heartbreaking or filled with joy. Regardless, everyone needs something in life that brings happiness. Or at the very least, a momentary distraction from negativity. What was seen at the House of Blues on October 2nd , 2018 was
just that. A momentary distraction from grief.
Music has been told to be one of the, if not the strongest universal language in the world. The amount of support felt in Boston, MA for We Came As Romans was nothing short of romantic. Music is romantic. And to have bands surrounding you like Bad Omens and Bullet For My Valentine, one could assume it helps make grieving a little less miserable.
Go to concerts. Escape reality for a couple hours. Cry with strangers. Lose your voice. Remember those who couldn’t have joined you but also live in the moment. Music glues a broken heart back together.
Until next time, cheers!
Good Charlotte's Generation RX Tour Visits The Riviera Theatre With Special Guests The Dose, Knucle Puck and Sleeping With Sirens
As Good Charlotte’s Generation Rx Tour comes to an end, we were fortunate enough to recently catch this tour at the Riviera Theatre on November 4th, 2018 with special guests The Dose, Knuckle Puck, and Sleeping With Sirens. This show was surely one to remember due to the perfect build up each band produced leading into Good Charlotte's set.
The Dose | Generation RX Tour | The Riviera Theatre | 11.04.18
The dynamic duo, Indio Downey (Vocals, Guitar] and Ralph Alexander (Drums, Bass), The Dose started off the night right as they hit the Chicago with their hard style grunge-ish sound. The Dose is definitely a band you do not want to sleep on as they know how to get crowd going! If you are unfamiliar with The Dose, check out their new music videos above and below!
The Dose | Generation RX Tour | The Riviera Theatre | 11.04.18
As The Dose wrapped up their set, punk-rock stars Knuckle Puck took the stage. With it being Knuckle Puck’s hometown show in Chicago, they gave us their best set hitting the crowd with their chart-topping hits and punk attitude. Joe Taylor (Lead Vocals), Kevin Maida (Lead Guitar), John Siorek (Drums), Nick Casasanto (Rhythm Guitar) and Ryan Rumchaks (Bass) collaborate to perfection, which lead to the Riviera Theatre turning into like a day at Warped Tour! Check out their videos below to see how their high energy can light up any venue.
Sleeping With Sirens | Generation RX Tour | Riviera | 11.04.18
With Knuckle Puck wrapping up their special home town set, the transition was perfect as the night lead us to Sleeping With Sirens. Being our first time covering this band, we were nothing
but impressed. Band members Kellin Quinn (Lead Vocals), Gabe Barham (Drums), Justin Hills (Bass), Jack Fowler (Lead Guitar) and Nick Martin (Rhythm Guitar) have all been playing together for about six years now and it shows during their performance.
They go off of each other’s strengths extremely well live, which results in an unforgettable show. Lead vocalist, Kellin Quinn, is quite an artist to witness as his vocals will blow everyone away as the set continues. In addition, their set is the perfect combination of songs that gives their fans everything they could ever want. Check above to see how these guys rocked Chicago!
Good Charlotte | Generation RX Tour | Riviera | 11.04.18
As Sleeping With Sirens finished with their set, the anticipation in the Riviera Theatre was at an all time high as everyone couldn’t wait to see the boys of Good Charlotte. It is known that Good Charlotte hasn’t toured in a while, leaving the 1990 and early 2000 kids with only a dream that someday Good Charlotte will be at a venue near them.
Well, for the fans in Chicago that day was the day it all came true as Good Charlotte took the stage and wasted no time going into their new album, Generation Rx, as they dropped their hit “Self Help”. From the very first song till the final encore Good Charlotte had the venue going crazy as they took us down a trip down memory lane.
One of the things that they do very well, is before each song they announce the year it was released, and they ask the crowd one simple question, “Where do you picture yourself when you first heard this song that year?” The Madden brothers, Benji and Joel, allow the crowd to live fully in the moment while allowing the crowd to think back on the good times they had when they first heard the songs like: "The Anthem" (2002), "The River" (2007), "Girls; Boys" (2002), "Lifestyles of the Rich; Famous" (2002), "Little Things" (2000), "Hold On" (2002) and many more!
Joining the brothers Benji and Joel are their band of rockstars Paul Thomas (Bass), Billy Martin (Guitars) and Dean Butterworth (Drums) who all contribute to the party as they are all artists that are a must see as well, due to them being in Good Charlotte since the 1990’s except for Dean who joined in 2005.
If there is one thing that we are telling you from this, its that Good Charlotte is a must see live and that any chance that you can see them take it! Fortunately, as Good Charlotte explained after the show, Benji and Joel stated, “We have something big that’s planned for 2019 so just be ready!” Could this possibly be another tour!? Keep Good Charlotte on your radar and hopefully we will find out very soon!
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