Throughout my life, metal has continued to evolve and mature (one of the few music genres that hasn't gone stagnant imo). As new takes on old styles emerge, new blood enters the scene and...well, some just continue to kick major ass! While from the outside things may seem violent and negative, for the most part, this is far from the truth.
Being a metalhead means that you belong to a worldwide family of people that all share a deep emotional bond with this music. One of main draws to metal is that it is an extremely empowering entity in our lives. Have a bad day? Metal is there for you. Going through a breakup? Metal is there for you. Feeling completely alone and lost? Metal is there for you, letting you know that there are others out there that have/are going through the same thing and understand. It is this bond that I feel is unique to this genre. On the flip side, it can just be a damn good time to listen to/experience. Through this brotherhood (and sisterhood), I can't count how many times I've gone to a show and just struck up a random conversation with someone I've never met before, as if I've known them for years.
Now, for the real reason of this post:
As you can see, the first image I included in this post is indeed a tour poster! I will be heading out Friday night to see the mighty Amon Amarth, Enslaved and Skeletonwitch! If you checked out my previous post on Mead Making, you would have recognized the Swedish viking metal masters Amon Amarth. They are headlining the tour to support their latest and ninth full-length album, entitled:
The band giving them directly support will be Enslaved. They are another veteran group of viking metal warriors from Norway, but with a different direction to their music. Using a unique blend of progressive elements and extreme/black metal they have garnered fans from many different directions. They are another band very highly regarded for their musicianship. They will be touring in support of their twelfth studio album entitled:
p.s. I'll try to remember to take some pictures/video so I can give you guys an update/review of the show.