A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
By the narrowest of margins, Metallica emerged victorious in its blood match against Black Sabbath, but there were no losers, except perhaps the disk between vertebrae C6 and C7.
Last night’s Clash of the Titans at Empire was serious headbanging. (The Google search words of the day are: “maximum dose of ibuprofen.”)
Yesterday afternoon, we disparaged Metallica as the lesser of the two bands. By the evening’s end, however, we stood corrected. Our hearts still belong to Sabbath, but as one audience member said last night, “I forgot how fucking awesome Metallica is.”
That’s the danger of living in a post-Black Album world, we reckon.
In any case, the members of Falls of Rauros and Superorder helped salvage the legacy that Lars and the gang are so determined to poop upon.
And Clubber Lang, the band that represented Sabbath, has earned a spot on our Christmas list. So very, very heavy. (Clubber Lang was joined by Salli Wason, of Hessian fame, who filled in for bassist Jason Marshall.)
Tonight, metalheads invade Empire once more. Beginning at 10, it’s Dead by Now, followed by Eastern Spell and Purse.
575 Congress St.
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Despite all this, we’re not monsters.