Rings of Saturn are dropping a new record this month and they hit us with a new taste via a lyric video for the tune "Parallel Shift". Right now we're a week out of the new record dropping and I couldn't be more excited. Especially considering Ian and Aaron have shared our photos of them over the last couple weeks. That makes the sweat, the driving over an hour to the venue, and the fact that I did the show that these photos are from by myself so worth it. Check it out below and make sure to check them out on this year's Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Ocean, Origin, Lorna Shore and more!Read More
Everyone who has a deep appreciation for the healing power of music will get on board with a few bands from their area and latch on, hard. For me, one of those bands is Bloodlined Calligraphy. I have a deep love for the past and present incarnations of the band. I used to watch them in Ypsilanti at Mr. Muggs and The Elbow Room and Woodruffs and various spots all over Michigan. In the 2000s this band was my Michigan hardcore heroes...Read More
Lorna Shore is one of the heaviest bands I have ever heard. I first got a hold of them (late as fuck I know) earlier this year before their record "Flesh Coffin" dropped. I was approached about shooting their stop here in Michigan in March. They played with Despised Icon, Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Fallujah all at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. I fell in love with this band during their set. I have highlighted Austin's drumming a few times this year and the dude is a fucking beast. The rest of the band equate his energy, musicianship, and talent. This is a solid heavy as fuck band that will more than likely be melting faces for years to come.Read More
This band man... Lorna Shore... For fuck's sake. So at the beginning of the year, I was like Emmure will probably have the heaviest record of the year for me. And I was wrong. The fucking brutal Deathcore stylings of Lorna Shore combine Technical Death Metal, some of the heaviest Deathcore breakdowns ever, Symphonic sounds, and one of the fastest most belligerent and ridiculous drummers in all of metal.Read More
"WHAT THE FUCK SOMEONE THREW A BRICK INTO MY TV!"
Oh, this takes me back to a simpler time. When I still drank, smoked shittier weed, and still partied like I was dying before 30. 2008 Was definitely a weird year. At this point in time, I'm over a year out of doing narcotics and smelling the roses of post-raver life as a dropout burnout drunk and a wonderfully treated regular at my local watering hole. This was the end of those times and was leading into a darker period emotionally, what I can say is before shit got dark again, it was a gigantic party similar to this. In a little ass town with a bunch of pothead drunks getting wild to stupid music. It wasn't even close to this video's party, but it was a hell of a time. That's what these TBT's are all about. A look back into what life was through the music of that time period. Deal with it homey, I'm a soft bastard. Dead to Fall hasn't put out a record since but if this is their fucking Swan Song, then fuck yeah man. This shit still rips and the video is one of my favorites to this day!Read More
Eighteen Visions are back and they signed to Rise Records with a newly formed lineup and some brutal production. Joining James, Keith, and Trevor, is one of our favorites in all of hardcore, Josh James of Stick To Your Guns and Formerly of Evergreen Terrace and Casey Jones. He to me signals the seriousness of the rest of the band. Josh tends to be brought in and gives an element that always seems to be what that band is missing.
I am stoked to hear the rest of the record and am down as fuck with this new video for "Oath". 18V and crew enlisted Mick Kenney to produce the record and one of the songs "Live Again" has been confirmed to be written about their friend and a member of 18 Visions Mick Morris who passed away from a heart condition in 2013. The money is definitely still on the table baby and I think Mick would love this new tune. Check out the video below.Read More
Fucking intense, evil, dark as fuck, and of course, brutal. Carnifex laid waste to the Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan and I had front row for them to melt my face clear off. From the depths of hell Scott, Buddah and crew ripped the crowd apart with their brand of deathcore that sent chills down my spine. I am so fucking stoked to see them this summer.
Carnifex is also one of the heavier bands to grace the stage at this year's Vans Warped Tour.
Check out the gallery below and give them some love on their links too.Read More
Motionless in White is a band that I always saw in magazines but I was honestly a dick about. I just lumped them in with who they looked like instead of being a decent fucking human being. I made Warped a point to be a change in my mentality and attitude towards music and people in general. I won't ever lose my cynicism or my brash bluntness so many of you have come to hate, but I can at least say that I gave a bunch of bands a shot that day and no one was disappointing, or fucked up, or not completely on point. "Motionless" chants from the crowd came as the 6 member band came out on the stage and ripped right into "Reincarnate" and immediately the crowd bounced ala 70s English Pogo. I didn't even know what to say when Ghost was right in front of me staring me in the eyes dressed as Regan from the Exorcist with pea soup vomit and all, I realized I was wrong. I fucked up. This band is great and fucking brutal and bassy with synth sounds all to their own. I really enjoyed this set and furthered my knowledge of completely being wrong and sleeping on artists for years. Bands like this make you a better photographer and writer and critic. Admit when you're wrong, it's fucking freeing you bastards. Check out the gallery below.Read More
Fallujah is an extreme metal band from San Francisco. I fucking loved photographing them. They were brutal, technical, and photogenic. Their set was on point and I am looking forward to photographing them again in the future. They released their third studio album last year "Dreamless" and it is fucking gnarly. Get it, listen to it on repeat and run on a treadmill or punch a dishwasher or whatever the fuck you need to do to blow off steam. European friends, make sure to check their websites for details on their 2017 summer tour. They are surely not to be missed.
Check out the gallery below and give them some love on their links too.Read More
Aliencore! lol. Rings of Saturn fucking slayed the Crofoot Ballroom. As a musician, this show really opened me up to how lacking I am in musical instrumentation and overall musicianship. These dudes are fucking unreal. As a die-hard Deftones fan, every time I see big fucking 7-8-9-10 string guitars I fucking get lost in the sound waves. Of course, a lot of bands won't give it up for Stephan but plenty do. I always like to mention it because he was the first to put the shit out there at scale for everyone to hear. His influence can be felt more in tones than in the insane technicality that is Rings of Saturn.
Anyway, check out the photos from Rings of Saturn's set from March 21st 2017 at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan.Read More
In March I was sent an email with Lorna Shore's new video for "Flesh Coffin". I get a lot of PR emails for all sorts of genres of music, but the video name resonated with me. This was one of the first ones in a while that was purely death metal. Some of the craziest guitar instrumentation I have ever heard is coming from this band. If only to keep up with their drummer Austin who's drumming playthrough videos I watched after "Flesh Coffin" just to understand how anyone can play drums that fast. Even as a drummer I couldn't wrap my head around it. Giving all the musicians in the band playthrough videos made me appreciate them so much more.
March 21st, I drove an hour to Pontiac to shoot Lorna Shore's set and the venue was packed. I have shot at the Crofoot Festival ground but never inside the actual venue so this was a first for me. I had no idea it had been seven years since Despised Icon had been to the Detroit area. This alone brought a lot of people to the venue. I got up front and awaited Lorna Shore to come on stage and eventually the lights went dark and they blasted into some of the most brutal death metal I have ever heard in my life.
My expectations of a band I just found out about were incredibly high, and they smashed them, repeatedly for the next 30 minutes. Needless to say, I became a fan of LS before the tour got to Michigan, but seeing them live, even with missing their bass player, they made a fan for life with me. The full-length album will rival every death metal to deathcore record in 2017. So let's get to the gallery already!Read More
Let's get to the tour dates already!
So last week Tool announced that there would be select dates released this week for a limited tour run in the US and Canada. And well, Tool didn't disappoint us in the Mid-West. All tickets go on sale on St Patricks Day except for the Chicago date that goes on sale on the 15th....
Well, what is there to be said about Whitechapel that their music doesn't say already? It's heavy, intricate, brutal, and riot enticing. The first shit I heard by Whitechapel that made me realize this was a band that no one is going to be able to fuck with was "Vicer Exercisor" and it is still to this day one of the heaviest songs ever written.
2016 was a great year for people like myself who love seeing the opposite ends of the spectrum of music. On what stage I'm seeing The Story So Far, Real Friends, 3OH3!, on another stage I'm seeing Whitechapel, Every Time I Die, and Motionless In White. The variety from 2016 made me a very happy camper. So it's funny to say that there are probably photos of me photographing Whitechapel with a gigantic smile on my face. Check out these other photos from Whitecapel's set at the Auburn Hills stop of the Vans Warped Tour 2016.Read More
I will admit, I wasn't a fan when 3OH3! came out, and I believe that was all about me being too hardcore or too into "real dance music" like drum and bass or techno to appreciate them. I decided to say "fuck it" and shoot their set at Warped Tour. I had a fucking blast. It made me feel like such a fucking prick. It's just house party music.Read More
Atreyu is one of those bands that has lasted two decades and is still kicking. I would expect to see them in their 50s still going. Seeing them at Warped Tour brought back so many memories of seeing them at the Shelter and St Andrews on what seemed like a regular basis in the early 2000s.
They perfected their stage presence and live show, while their instrumentation has done nothing but grow. Atreyu is still one of the best bands in heavy music and easily one of the most fun bands to go see live.
They came out and ripped through their 30 minute set and had the Warped Auburn Hills crowd losing their shit. Here are the photos from Atreyu's set.Read More
They like it fucking loud. Sleeping With Sirens played in the middle of the day, I was sweating my tubby butt off, I was a little high and a little dehydrated. Younger siblings of the band were tossing t-shirts and towels into the crowd. Drink slingers were dumping their coolers full of ice water on people in the crowd and I think to myself "apparently they like it fucking hot." I chuckled and feedback hit and the band took the stage to a cheer of "Kellin, Kellin, Kellin".
They ripped through "We Like It Loud" and then one of my favorites "Kick Me" and into "Do It Now Remember It Later" and all of a sudden a security guard grabbed me to be escorted out of the photo pit. The best sets go by so quick and a lot of times, it's just incredibly hard to stay the course when it's someone you listen to regularly. You want to sing along, and there is nothing wrong with that, but you can tell my festival shots lack on the sets that I probably got a little too into.Read More
Chelsea Grin is one of the heaviest bands I have ever heard. Deathcore to me is nothing without one band, and if you can't feel that influence from that one band, then it doesn't seem like Deathcore to me. That band Chelsea Grin definitely pulls influence from is On Broken Wings. It's even more advanced and intricate and the songwriting brings progressive styles into an otherwise only brutal as fuck genre. I fucking love when a band goes in on every song like it's the last one they're going to put out. This alone is why I was so fucking stoked to photograph these dudes, the even cooler thing is I get to do it again this week in Detroit.
Chelsea Grin came out with middle fingers up and gave us the sonic jump kick to the face. They make it easy to photograph them simply by being so animated and involved with their fans and the photographers in the pit too! I was a fan of their work before this set, but this sealed it for me. I'm now all about this band and am in full support of their latest record "Self Inflicted". Detroit, check them out Thursday at the Shelter with Ice Nine Kills, Gideon, Enterprise Earth and Clarity. I believe this is an early show. Doors I think are at pm!Read More
had the esteemed pleasure of photographing one of the longest running festivals around. In its 15th year, Dirt Fest brought in thousands of fans of the harder types of rock music. I photographed most of the main stage bands throughout the sweltering 100-degree day in Pontiac, Michigan.
The next gallery is from metalcore godfathers, Killwswitch Engage. I fucking love this band man. I really do. These dudes have some of the best stage presence to go along with some of the best music, songwriting, and production in all of heavy music. This was a bucket list set for me as a photographer and it was so hard not to stop and just take it all in.Read More
I had the esteemed pleasure of photographing one of the longest running festivals around. In its 15th year, Dirt Fest brought in thousands of fans of the harder types of rock music. I photographed most of the main stage bands throughout the sweltering 100-degree day in Pontiac, Michigan.
The next gallery is from Asking Alexandria with Denis Stoff. One of his last performances before being replaced by former singer Danny Worsnop.Read More
I had the esteemed pleasure of photographing one of the longest running festivals around. In its 15th year, Dirt Fest brought in thousands of fans of the harder types of rock music. I photographed most of the main stage bands throughout the sweltering 100-degree day in Pontiac, Michigan. The next gallery is from hardcore legends, Hatebreed. Half of the three songs I photographed I kept thinking to myself "Is this really happening?" and "Remember wanting to destroy your bedroom to Satisfaction is the Death of Desire?" This was one of those moments in my career that made me really accept that concert and music photography is just where I belong. Here's the photos from this brutal Hatebreed set.Read More