PHOTOS: Gojira, TesseracT, Car Bomb—October 17th, 2016 @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI & October 23rd, 2016 @ Terminal 5, New York, NY

In a strange pairing, France’s metal behemoth, Gojira, in all their massive, whale-wailing glory, took to the road across North America alongside the UK’s djent giants (djiants?) TesseracT. Though many of us weren’t keen on either Gojira’s [review] or TesseracT’s [review] latest releases, a live performance is a different matter,…

PHOTOS: Leprous, Earthside, Binary Code, Dissona—October 8th, 2016 @ Reggies, Chicago, IL & October 12th, 2016 @ Red Room, Vancouver, BC

Two years ago, we here at Heavy Blog is Heavy had the privilege of sponsoring the first ever North American tour by Leprous. The band took to the road solo, grabbing local acts as support along the way, where we grabbed photos and video. That same year, Ihsahn dismissed Leprous…

PHOTOS: Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried and Me—September 23rd, 2016 @ House of Blues, Chicago, IL

It’s been almost seven years since Between the Buried and Me and Devin Townsend Project last toured together. At the beginning of 2010, both of these bands hit the road with the ever-so-airy Cynic soon after they had released Traced in Air. Between the Buried and Me themselves had unleashed…

An Evening With Andrew Bird At The Jay Pritzker Pavilion [September 7th, 2016]

After getting over the initial shock of my words “No, I haven’t heard of him before,” my fellow photographer quickly assured me that this should would not leave me disappointed. For a moment, he paused and set aside his own duty of being at the show to review it and photograph it like I was. He began to tell me the history, from start to finish, of Andrew Bird. So many details of Mr. Bird’s talent in whistling, use of instruments and stage personality. He promised me that I would walk away thoroughly impressed as a new fan. I readied my camera and caressed anxious excitement to my waiting.

PHOTOS: Beyond Creation, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, Roman Ring—July 21st, 2016 @ Reggie’s, Chicago, IL

If you’ve ever needed a night full of technical death metal, this was absolutely the tour to catch. The Montreal-based Beyond Creation leading the charge with riffs and leads galore, their proficient presence filling up each stage with precision and concentration. Backing them up was the equally powerful Rivers of…

PHOTOS: Ne Obliviscaris, Black Crown Initiate, Starkill, AngelMaker—July 19th, 2016 @ Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC

Just five months ago, Ne Obliviscaris did their first North American tour, opening for Cradle of Filth [photos]. As they promised (if we supported them), they would come back soon. I don’t think anybody really expected it to be this soon though. In less than six months the band have…