Monday, February 27, 2023

Lamb of God @ Olympia, Paris - February 27th, 2023

After a shot of of tradition with the old-school thrash titans Kreator, the next generation of sonic offenders proceeded to put the Parisian audience out of its misery. Lamb Of God delivered a devastating set that took aural brutality to another level.

Kreator @ Olympia, Paris - February 27th, 2023

Even though they haven't had the commercial success of their American counterparts, Kreator just might just be the ultimate Thrash band: they have Slayer's intensity, Megadeth's progressive song structures, Metallica's sense of melody and Exodus' gnarly-ass riffs. Their triumphant return to Paris, after three years of postponements, in a sold-out Olympia packed to the brim with metal maniacs, was an event not to be missed.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Napalm Death @ la Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris - February 26th, 2023

Grindcore legends Napalm Death have been around in one form or another for over forty years and even though their line-up hasn't included an original member since around 1985, the spirit and the ethos have remained unchanged. On the musical front, time thankfully hasn't dulled the band's edge: they remain as aggressive and abrasive as ever.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Listen to Durand Jones' first solo single here

Durand Jones is the frontman and one of the main songwriters of Durand Jones & the Indications, the best  classic Soul outfit to have come out in the past decade. We saw them play at the Trabendo a little over three years ago and they were absolutely fantastic.

Listen to Elegant Weapons' first single here

Elegant Weapons is a new Heavy Metal supergroup comprised of Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest, Voodoo Six), Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords of Black), Davey Rimmer (Uriah Heep) and Christopher Williams (Accept). Their mission is to take the classic sound of 70's and 80's Metal and drag it kicking and screaming into 2023.

Listen to Steel Panther's new record here

The mighty Steel Panther has just released their new album On The Prowl, and if you know anything about the band you know what to expect and what not to expect. Do NOT expect melancholy, poetic, politically correct songs about unrequited love, climate change or marriage equality. But do expect a healthy serving of sophomoric humor and face-melting Heavy Metal.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Guns N' Roses announce Paris date for the summer of 2023

Guns N' Roses have announced a new European tour, and they will return to the Paris area for the first time since 2018, when they played a killer set at Download Paris Festival.

The American will be playing at La Défense Arena on July 13th.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10:00 AM local time at the link below.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Jesse Malin @ la Boule Noire, Paris - February 18th, 2023

Has it really been twenty years since Jesse Malin released his debut album The Fine Art Of Self Destruction? That's what my calendar says. But then why is that record still so vital and so relevant today? Because, like all great rock n' roll, it's both timeless and of its time. Imagine a cocktail made up in equal parts of Mike Ness, Nikki Sudden, Bruce Springsteen and Mike Scott with a dash of Johnny Thunders and Frank Sinatra...

Friday, February 17, 2023

Eagle-Eye Cherry @ la Maroquinerie, Paris - February 17th, 2023


Eagle-Eye Cherry has always been pretty popular here in France, so perhaps it's no surprise that la Maroquinerie was sold-out for his first concert in the French capital in nearly four years. In fact, there was barely any room to move around the club: the audience was squeezed in, shoulder to shoulder, bu no one was complaining. That's because it's quite a privilege to see such a popular artist in such an intimate setting. 

Listen to Transatlantic's new live album here

Neo-Prog supergroup Transatlantic (Neal More, Pete Trewavas, Mike Portneoy, Roine Stolt and Ted Leonard) played an epic set last summer in Paris (check out our photos and review of the gig HERE) and they've hinted that it might very well be their last-ever concert. Thankfully, it was preserved on record and Blu-Ray.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Fantastic Negrito @ Café de la Danse, Paris - February 11th, 2023

Fantastic Negrito's latest record White Jesus Black Problems is a concept album about his slave ancestors, and the lyrics and interludes tell a story so vivid and so immediate that it almost feels like a movie for the ears. But Fantastic Negrito also produced a 45-minute film about that same story, and the evening started with a screening of that film.

Friday, February 10, 2023

Friday's Playlist: R.I.P.B.B.

It was announced yesterday that the great composer Burt Bacharach has passed away at the age of 94. His association with lyricist Hal David has produced some of the most popular and enduring songs of all time. Literally hundreds of hits for artists like Jackie DeShannon, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, B.J. Thomas, the Carpenters...

Monday, February 6, 2023

Tarja Turunen @ la Cigale, Paris - February 6th, 2023

We've lost count of how many times this concert was postponed, but thankfully things are returning to a semblance of normalcy. This tour sees Tarja promoting her 2019 album In The Raw, backed by a stellar band comprised of Christian Kretschmar on keyboards, Max Lilja on cello, Alex Holzwarth on drums, Alex Scholpp on guitar and superstar Doug Wimbish on bass.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Robert Jon & the Wreck @ la Maroquinerie, Paris - February 5th, 2023

Robert Jon & the Wreck are back in Paris, a mere 16 months after their last show in the French capital, and once again they brought the house down with their brand of funky, sun-drenched Californian classic rock with Southern accents.

Meghan Parnell & Dave Barnes from Bywater Call @ la Maroquinerie, Paris - February 5th, 2023

Bywater Call is a blues/rock septet in the vein of the Tedeschi/Trucks Band. Travelling with such a big ensemble can be quite costly, especially when opening for someone else so the band has deputized its vocalist and guitarist to tour as a duo.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Listen to Robert Jon & the Wreck's new single here

Robert Jon & the Wreck have released a new single which you can listen to HERE or in the embedded player below. It's a great blend of soul, classic rock, Southern and Californian influences.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Trivium @ Olympia, Paris - February 1st, 2023

Crushing set by the Floridans of Trivium who manage to remain melodic (well, somewhat melodic) while delivering absolute heaviness and brutality...

Heaven Shall Burn @ Olympia, Paris - February 1st, 2023


Punishing set by the German Deathcore band, who ignited the first of many Walls of Death of the evening...