All posts by Amanda DiGioia

No remorse, no regrets: A night with Primordial, Fen, and Crom Dubh

On March 31st, I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Primordial, Fen, and Crom Dubh show at the Underworld in Camden. Accompanying me was a fellow metal music academic, composer, and Primordial fan Bill McGrath.

The Underworld is a suitably named venue. You descend almost immediately after entering, and are placed into an intimate venue that has a capacity of 500. I was thrilled to see Primordial in this setting: prior to this, I had only seen the band at festivals. Because both Bill and myself are staunch believers in seeing opening acts, we arrived at The Underworld in plenty of time to see all three bands. Continue reading No remorse, no regrets: A night with Primordial, Fen, and Crom Dubh

Bibles and Banging Heads: Dr Charlotte Naylor Davis and Striker/Thunderstone/Sonata Arctica

After trekking to the North of England for the day to see an academic presentation on heavy metal music and a gig, I can now say, without reservation, that the perfect gig pre-game is to attend a Biblical Studies paper.

The said Biblical Studies paper was presented by Dr Charlotte Naylor Davis, at the Ehrhardt Seminar, hosted by The University of Manchester. Continue reading Bibles and Banging Heads: Dr Charlotte Naylor Davis and Striker/Thunderstone/Sonata Arctica

A Night With the Alex Skolnick Trio

Have you ever been to jazz club that is in the basement of a Pizza Express? Have you ever been to a jazz show where audience members proudly donned Judas Priest and Megadeth shirts? I have, and it was great!
The occasion where these worlds met was, or course, the Alex Skolnick Trio gig at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London.  The band consists of Alex Skolnick (on guitar),  Nathan Peck (on bass), and Matt Zebroski (on drums). Continue reading A Night With the Alex Skolnick Trio

From The Land of the Ice and Snow: An Evening with Insomnium, Barren Earth, Wolfheart, and Dr. Ville Friman

Insomnium is one of Finland’s prominent melodic death metal acts, whose tracks often incorporate aspects of doom metal, progressive metal, and black metal. This winter, Insomnium is on the road with supporting acts Barren Earth and Wolfheart, to play their latest album: 2016’s Winter’s Gate. Prior to the show, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Ville Friman, who, along with being a lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, is a guitarist in Insomnium, Continue reading From The Land of the Ice and Snow: An Evening with Insomnium, Barren Earth, Wolfheart, and Dr. Ville Friman

Extreme Music: Hearing and Nothingness Conference Recap

On December 1st and 2nd 2016, the research group The Performance of Everyday Living at SDU welcomed a variety of scholars to ‘Extreme Hearing and Nothingness’. Conference Chair Cynthia Grund and Vice-Chair Vitus Vestergaard organised a wonderful event, uniting scholars across various disciplines to present on various types of extremity in music and sound. Continue reading Extreme Music: Hearing and Nothingness Conference Recap

The Musings of an Egghead Metal Head at an Amon Amarth/Testament Gig

When I attended a sold out Amon Amarth/Testament gig in London on November 4th, I was fully prepared to take of my academic hat, and to enjoy the gig as a fan. 15 minutes into the show, I was made fully aware that this was not going to happen: unfortunately, my academic brain does not turn off so easily.

Testament @ Roundhouse, London 4 November 2016
Testament @ Roundhouse, London 4 November 2016

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