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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.

The crowd was pumped at the soon-to-be torn down Roseland Ballroom for a night of both new and classic metal. Huntress lead the way with the sexy Jill Janus in a tight 20 min set warming up the crowd for the legendary Testament. The band was tight, but it was MA-based Killswitch Engage who seemed to rule the night with tons of crowd surfing and crisp vocals by frontman Jesse Leach.