• Origin -- Lawrence, KS -- January 16th, 2014

    21 Jan 2014, 19:01 by mankvill

    Thu 16 Jan – Origin, Species, Troglodyte, Confined In Flesh, A Plague in Faith

    It was very comforting to see a good-sized crowd filling out the Granada in Lawrence on a freezing Thursday night for what was to be a raucous homecoming for one of Kansas' most prized possessions in music, rounded out with some of the best of the local metal scene.

    Kansas' own Origin might just be the biggest musical export from the state in decades. The band has a storied history that includes tours with extreme metal bands such as Immolation, Nile, Vader, Arch Enemy and Necrophagist, just to name a few. The band has toured all over North America, Europe and Asia and is on the cusp of releasing their sixth album on Nuclear Blast records - quite a feat for what started as just some guys from Topeka in 1997. Despite all that worldwide recognition, there might not be a crazier crowd for Origin than with a hometown show. Jason Keyser, the recent addition on vocals, is a master of showmanship, constantly interacting with the crowd…
  • Origin -- Lawrence, KS -- May 18th, 2012

    19 May 2012, 07:18 by mankvill

    Fri 18 May – Origin, Aborted, Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Troglodyte

    Tonight was the final date of Origin's headlining Occupation Domination 2012 tour, and it was one of the craziest shows I've ever been to. If you missed this tour, you missed one of the most impressive packages to hit the road in the metal scene in a very long time.

    First band of the night was good ol' Troglodyte. It's been a minute since I've seen them, but they still never fail to impress. The sound in the Granada was very very good all night long, and Trog was no exception. They only had about 20 minutes, but they ripped right through the set. They played a few new songs, and they are hard at work on the new Trog album. If the other songs are as half as good as the new ones they played tonight, it'll be a ripper for sure. Great stuff, as always.

    Loculus was added to this show after Decrepit Birth dropped off ( :( ) and they were really awesome! They had a great…
  • Hate Eternal -- February 29th, 2012 -- Kansas City, MO

    3 Mar 2012, 07:23 by mankvill

    Wed 29 Feb – Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, Fallujah, Troglodyte, Gornography

    I had a work meeting that would've kept me from leaving until 6:00, but it got out a bit early. I made the trek to KC and saw the opening band which, to my surprise, was Decimation from Manhattan, KS. I hadn't seen them in forever. I only caught the last song and a half from them, but they sounded really tight. I hope they get on more shows in the future!

    After them was Gornography. Featuring the durmmer for Troglodyte and the vocalist for Diskreet (check them out!), they play really catchy brutal death metal/grindcore. The vocalist was all over the place. He even tripped over and fell from the amps, but hopped right back up and went back in the song.
    Super fun. I can't wait to see them again.

    Good ol' Trog was up next. Their set was as blistering as ever, and they played a new song! It had a crazy solo in it, so I'm already looking forward to the new stuff. …
  • Ghoul -- Merriam, KS -- October 15th, 2011

    18 Oct 2011, 21:32 by mankvill

    Sat 15 Oct – Ghoul, Troglodyte

    That old-school death/thrash style seriously makes for some of the best live music. You know, that Razorback sound. Along with Exhumed, Ghoul does that style fantastically and tonight was no exception. On a rare headlining date from the upcoming GWAR tour, the foursome from Creepsylvania brough all of its metal to Kansas. Literally! They brought out Killbot, a giant metal dude with a spiked fist and a pincer (or a clamp for Futurama fans) and would bonk Ghoul on the head and even "attacked" the audience. They also brought out Baron Samedi during "The Mark of Voodoo" who bit off the head of a chicken, but since the venue didn't have any plastic or anything down, no blood. And last but not least, Destructor made an appearance and also beat around Ghoul and the audience. But other than the silly costumes and stuff, Ghoul can actually rip. No filler, all killer. The sound was spot-on and the band were really on their A-Game, interacting with the crowd while they shred. …
  • Exhumed -- Merriam, KS -- July 21st, 2011

    22 Jul 2011, 18:19 by mankvill

    Thu 21 Jul – Exhumed, Cephalic Carnage, Origin, The Roman Holiday, Troglodyte

    Okay, so my only complaint about the night is that parking at the Aftershock completely sucks. Their lot isn't nearly big enough and we ended up parking 3 rows deep so the cars in the middle were SOL if they had to leave early. But aside from that, Aftershock's biggest show yet was absolutely awesome.

    First band up was The Roman Holiday from Independence, and they were surprisingly good. I've seen them evolve and get better and better with each performance, and this was by far their best-sounding show. Too bad they weren't around 25 years ago, or they would be Cannibal Corpse. Can't wait to see them again at Hammerween II!

    The only disappointing band of the night was Upon The Wake. It was their last ever show, but they were so disjointed and looked so nervous up on stage that it looked like it was their first show. Their vocalist ruled, though.

  • Albums Aquired In 2011 (always updated)

    26 Jan 2011, 05:08 by combustion07

    Shred Scare- Hesh Law Tape
    Insect Warfare/Carcass Grinder- Split 7"
    Magnum Force- Self Loathing 7"
    Bone Fragments- Too Gruesome To Be Real
    Hiroshima Vacation- EP
    Entrenched- Preemptive Strike (Death Metal)
    Stoic Dissention- Senium Demo (Black Metal)
    Sikfuk- Shitfisted Superman: The Man Of Stool (tardgrind)
    Disfigured- Amputated Gorewhore (Brutal Death Metal)
    Troglodyte- Welcome To Boggy Creek (Death Metal)
    ReZistoR- Beware the Silent (Thrash)
    FrostHammer- Winter's Embrace (Black Metal)
    FrostHammer- Imagery Of the Forgotten Realm (Black Metal)
    FrostHammer- The Cold Wind Of Eternity (Black Metal)
    Terminate- Demo 2011 (Death/Thrash)
    Absconder- Demo 2011 (Death Metal)
    Forbidden- Twisted Into Form tape (Thrash)
    Ana Kefr- The Burial Tree (II) (Prog Death Metal)
    Carcass- Swansong (Death Metal)
    237- Dead Risen (Groove/Thrash Metal)
    Derek Spear- Shine (Groove Metal)
    Scaremaker- Burning Inquisition Demo tape WH release (#25/250) (OSDM)
    Scaremaker- What Evil Have They Summoned... LP (OSDM)
  • CD's I've Purchased In 2011

    13 Jan 2011, 22:20 by mankvill

    Type O Negative - Life Is Killing Me
    Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
    Fugazi - 13 Songs
    Khanate - Khanate
    Tyler, the Creator - Goblin
    Anaal Nathrakh - Passion
    Root - Hell Symphony
    Root - The Temple In The Underground
    Root - The Book
    Root - Zjeveni
    Tribulation - The Horror
    Sanctification - Black Reign
    Maim - Deceased to Exist
    Havok - Time Is Up
    Rhapsody of Fire - The Cold Embrace Of Fear - A Dark Romantic Symphony
    Weedeater - Jason...The Dragon
    Boris - Heavy Rocks (2011)
    Touche Amore - Parting The Sea Between Darkness And Me
    Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
    Origin - Entity
    Melt-Banana - Bambi's Dilemma
    Shrinebuilder - Shrinebuilder
    Sleep - Dopesmoker (2xLP Vinyl)
    Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
    Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
    Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich
    Saviours - Death's Procession
    Troglodyte - Welcome To Boggy Creek
    blink-182 - Neighborhoods
    Mastodon - The Hunter
    Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
    Skeletonwitch - Infernal Damnation (Green Splatter vinyl Ltd. to 500)
  • HAVES: KC/Lawrence (& more) Music: L-Z

    18 Nov 2010, 02:59 by thisisahiijack

    1. This is a journal containing bands and albums I have recordings from on my computer. Though I try to support local music as best as I can by attending shows and buying albums, not all of this music I am in direct physical possession of through purchase.
    2. Not all of the bands below are directly from the KC/Lawrence area. Other cities and towns I keep in this collection are Topeka, KS, Columbia, MO, Wichita, KS, Warrensburg, MO, Manhattan, KS, and a few other, more rural areas of the region. Essentially, it contains everything east of and including Wichita in Kansas, and everything west of and including Columbia in Missouri.
    3. In addition to the previous point, you will notice that not all of the bands here are current residents of the region. Many bands (Mates of State, White Rabbits, etc.) unfortunately decided to move away to a larger metro area. Others (The Appleseed Cast, Namelessnumberheadman), were started in different regions and then relocated here at some point, usually early in their career. …
  • Hammerween 2010 -- Kansas City, MO -- October 30th, 2010

    31 Oct 2010, 07:17 by mankvill

    Sat 30 Oct – Hammerween 2010

    Absolutely one of the best nights I've ever had, and it was by far the best performances I've ever seen of every band tonight. There were a ton of people there and it was so much fun.

    Opening the show was The Cast Pattern. Last time I saw them was opening for Hate Eternal and The Black Dahlia murder and I really didn't like them, but my tastes have expanded since them and I found them much more tolerable this time. Parts of their set totally sounded like current good hardcore bands, like Terror, but it was still a bit too breakdown-y for my tastes. They had great energy, though!

    The next band was Koktopus and they pulled out a great set. The vocalist was dressed as Jesus (only the beard was real!) and the bassist had a costume on as well. They went through stapled like Old Man River and Deathbed and another fantastic cover of Venom's Witching Hour. They ended their set by putting on Kiss masks and doing a Kiss cover and I am totally an…
  • Troglodyte -- Kansas City, MO -- September 6th, 2010

    7 Sep 2010, 07:18 by mankvill

    Mon 6 Sep – LOW DOUGH SHOW w/ Troglodyte!

    Happy Labor Day!

    First band was Chaos Interval. They're a three piece grind band with no bassist, and they definitely don't need one. Their sound was really clear and the drummer and the guitarist have some serious skills. The singer did a great job too and he was all over the place. A really fun band to watch, I hope to see them play more than a short opening set some day. 8.5/10

    Set included:

    Entrails Of A Dead Era

    The last time I saw Marasmus was back in January opening for Nile, and they're still as heavy as ever. The vocalist sounds great and as a band, they sound a bit like Cannibal Corpse, but it's all fresh and heavy. They should open up every death metal show! 8.5/10

    Set included:

    Drowning In Whiskey
    Gnostic Decimation
    Shitting Teeth

    The one let-down of the night was definitely Serated. It seems they have quite a following in and around Kansas City, but I don't get it. …