Earlier this year Within Temptation was voted “Best Live Band” at the Metal Hammer Awards, and if you have ever been to a Within Temptation show it is easy to see why! Within Temptation brings some serious game when it comes to their live performance. They really go out of their way to make the night special for adoring fans. Vocalist Sharon den Abel mentioned they brought more gear then ever before to the United States in order to give fans the best show of their lives. Within Temptation hit the road with Amaranthe to promote their 6th studio album, Hydra. We had a chance to see their epic set in September at the famous Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA.

For metal-loving Southern Californians, The Battle of San Bernardino was this Summer’s hottest event. On a lucky Friday the 13th (August), seven heavy bands, Warbringer, Overkill, Sabaton, Testament, Anthrax, Megadeth, and headliner Iron Maiden performed at a venue well-known for its big outdoor festivals. Testament and Anthrax played extraordinary sets, Megadeth shined, but it was the headliner, Iron Maiden, that blew minds. A killer set highlighting the ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ album, it was classic Maiden, playing in top form.

While Yukon Blonde performed at Ottawa’s 2011 Bluesfest, they returned to do something a little different this year, being performing at Ottawa’s 2012 Folk Fest! No matter where they play, they always draw a huge crowd and give a stellar performance (they are even returning once more this year to perform alongside The Sheepdogs as part of a massive Canadian tour in November). One thing is clear – Ottawa loves Yukon Blonde!