Crossed out one more entry from the list of things I need to do in my life — saw legendary Kiss live =) I’m not a true fan, I won’t be able to name all their albums or something like that but, nonetheless, I know and love a bunch of their songs and… this is Kiss, after all!

Must admit, a concert at a venue with capacity ~14k people was an interesting experience. And, of course, Kiss are super professional. The lighting, effects, everything was second to none. They played all the songs the crowd wanted to hear, did all their famous stuff (Simmons breathing fire, spitting blood, etc) — I definitely wasn’t disappointed =)

The question whether Paul Stanley was lip syncing is a subject for future discussions. If he was — well, their sound engineers were great, the transition between the recorded voice and his own, when he was referring to Toronto, was super smooth. I think he sang partially live, partially — just danced behind the mic. Whatever. Simmons is a monster though! This guy is 70 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to play until all the end of the world.

The warming up show with a guy painting something on stage was questionable at best though.

P.S. setlist!

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We got two good thrash albums in a row. Last week Death Angel released “Humanicide”, and this record sounds exactly like everyone would expect to (and it’s been like that with their 3 or 4 latest albums). Today Xentrix reminded us that they’re still alive, know how to create songs and play them — “Bury the pain” is pretty cool. Wish there was a music video but, well, Xentrix are not Metallica or Rammstein to make 10 videos in the albums’ support.

Yesterday we saw Mudmen live for the second time and that second time was even better than the first concert. It appears that Irish music, bagpipes and beer are meant to be enjoyed together. “The Night That Paddy Murphy Died”, “Dirty Old Town”, “Drink & Fight”, “Whack for the Lassie” and 5 or so bottles of Keiths’ beer made the atmosphere relaxing and friendly and we ended up being involved in a small talk and even dancing a bit, madness.

Kind of amazing and sad that at the beginning of their career Mudmen release music videos and people would catch their songs on TV and radio. I think they deserve more than just playing in small clubs all over Ontario.

Children of Bodom — Hexed

Laiho and Co. released a really solid album! Who would’ve thought I’d say something like that. Maybe I’m getting older and their pop melodic riffs touch something deep inside or for whatever other reason but I listened to “Hexed” (hehe, “whatever other reason” when talking about something with such a title) 3 or 4 times yesterday and my body is ready for a couple more times. ArchEnemy, Children of Bodom, what’s the next step — In Flames?!

The music videos that came out before the release are so-so but could’ve been worse.


One More For the Road

This song became one of my favorites and proves that latest Dio’s albums are as good (almost) as his famous Holy Diver or The Last In Line. I’m singing all those “Cold day, we can make a fire, burn another liar, can witches ever die?” all day long =(


Seems that Alex Staropoli single-handedly can make any line-up to sound like Rhapsody. I still miss Fabio Lione a little but this song is not bad, due to power metal standards at least =)