Joe Harkum (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Baltimore’s reputation has taken a hit over the past year or so due to a recent spike in violence and crime in the city. Friday night, I got to witness first-hand how music can bring people together and help us to be bigger than our problems at Baltimore Soundstage thanks to Maryland’s own Pasadena.
Hate performs at Baltimore Soundstage on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Jamie Langley)
The Polish death metal group from Metal Blade Records graced Baltimore’s grungy streets recently, and I was all for it. They stopped by Baltimore Soundstage as a part of the Devastation on the Nation Tour and ravaged their way through a grueling set. It was a perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the bands on this tour, including Incantation, Belphegor, and Dark Funeral. Continue Reading
Nitzer Ebb performs at Baltimore Soundstage on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
The Baltimore Soundstage swelled to near capacity recently as Nitzer Ebb prepared to take the stage. And the crowd throbbed in time to the angry industrial dance that propelled Nitzer Ebb to the spotlight in the ‘80s and continues to sustain them.
Nitzer Ebb (left to right: David Gooday, Simon Granger, Bon Harris, and Douglas McCarthy) (Photo courtesy the band)
Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy reformed Nitzer Ebb last year and announced a tour, which includes a stop at Baltimore Soundstage on Wednesday, May 15.
Combichrist performs at Baltimore Soundstage on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
The powerful electro-industrial metal band Combichrist stopped at Baltimore Soundstage recently while on their “One Fire World Tour,” and I was there taking photos and rocking out. Combichrist, led by Norwegian vocalist Andy LaPlegua, played an intense set of songs consisting of hard-hitting male aggro-infused industrial beats, electronic mastery, and plenty of punk rock attitude and nightmarish theatrics.
Phosphorescent performs at Baltimore Soundstage on April 18, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
As I stood outside the door of Baltimore Soundstage recently, Matthew Houck and Jo Schornikow strolled past us and their touring bus, children and a nanny beside them. Simple smiles sparked, little laughs swelled; they meandered away, or maybe to a different entrance, barely a glance behind them.
Theirs is an easy grace now, and like all graces, tenuous but suffused with contentment. It looked like happiness.
Lords of Acid perform at Baltimore Soundstage on March 15, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Belgian/American group Lords of Acid brought their odd blend of electronic/dance/acid house/hard rock/industrial music to Baltimore Soundstage recently. I was there to photograph the show!