Watain and Destroyer 666 – The Pandemoniac Wolf March North American Tour 2018 w/ Revenge – Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
The band’s twelve song set, covering material from Rabid Death’s Curse (2000) all the way through Trident.Wolf.Eclipse (2018), was by far the most darkly majestic and atmospheric of the night. The Palace’s old theatre aesthetic and semi-circular layout made it the ideal venue for a black mass of this kind, and the congregants gazed at the hellish spectacle with rapt attention, mesmerized. To be honest, I expected a wilder crowd at a black metal concert. While there was some moshing, all in all, Watain’s Calgary fans were pretty tame.
In hindsight, I should have realized before going to the show that extreme metal bands with a combined sixty-two year history between them (Revenge, founded in 2000, being the youngest) would have racked up their fair share of controversy, some of which I myself am uneasy with. That said, I write concert and album reviews on behalf of Metal Master Kingdom, not investigative journalism. I am not in a position to confirm or deny the veracity of various allegations. I haven’t been able to find set lists or lyrics for all bands that played on this bill. I am not an enforcer for the moral police. I therefore encourage readers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions regarding what particular bands do or do not stand for. Think a band’s songs, views or behaviour are objectionable? Then don’t support them, and be the change you want to see in the world.
Enslaved, Wolves In The Throne Room, Myrkur, & Khemmis - The Decibel Magazine Tour 2018 - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
Overall, it was a really good night as all the bands played extremely well. Khemmis are a group to watch out for and I would be happy to see again. There were, however, a few things that could have been done a little better. Everyone was looking at black shapes on stage from the smoke, aside from a few times when the lighting was just right and we could see the musicians' faces. I also felt that some of the set times were a little short, particularly with Enslaved playing a seven song set. That being said, it was still a great night. Decibel Magazine put together an amazing tour with four incredibly strong bands that I hope to see again.
Dirkschneider - Back To The Roots Part II - Farewell To Accept Tour 2018 w/ Elm Street - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
A few fans I spoke with explained how special the show was, as it was the last time they’d hear Udo perform Accept songs. Their passion, combined with the performance, was extremely endearing and made me appreciate being there even more. There’s still roughly a month of tour dates left for this tour. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Accept, I would suggest checking out this show. In addition to both Dirkschneider and Elm Street’s engaging performances, I learned a lot about the metal scene, and talking to the fans about their passion for Dirkschneider was definitely a highlight of 2018 for me.
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