Vans Warped Tour 2010
06/27/10 – Seaside Park – Ventura, CA
Words/Photos & Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
When it comes to Warped Tour, as great as it is to seek out new and exciting sounds, the main reason I hit the event is for heavy music. Be it punk or metal I attend North America’s longest running festival tour (now in it’s 16th year) for the release from these oh so soothing sounds. So let’s discuss some of the metal that went down at Seaside Park as part of the 2010 Vans Warped Tour.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
It was bound to happen at some point. In two previous trips to Seaside Park in Ventura, CA I had avoided the nightmare traffic jam that occurs when the venue hold shows. This year, we left a bit later than usual and as a result missed the first four songs by main stage openers – The Dillinger Escape Plan. To be honest, I fell out of touch with the New Jersey based act after Miss-Machine, but having seen the band live multiple times in the past, I was shocked at what I found. There was a pit, but the problem was that no one was in it. Just a big open space where a pit should be. By the time the band was closing with “Farewell Mona Lisa” it appeared that they were just as upset by the lack of response from the crowd as I was. Guitarist Jeff Tuttle jumped into the crowd trying to get some kind of movement going. As you can see in the video below – he failed. TDEP left the stage, and I assumed that most of the metal fans were simply still trying to get into the venue. Turns out I was totally wrong.
I headed over to the Altec/Lansing stage simple because I have heard some hype about Parkway Drive. With a band name like Parkway Drive (terrible band name in my honest opinion) I assumed I would get some lame Emo mall-core garbage that would send me away faster than you can say Confide. I admit I was wrong. Parkway Drive not only breaks the trend of metal bands by not wearing all black all the time – but they fucking rock. The band also solved the mystery of where everyone was during The Dillinger Escape Plan set. With five times the amount of fans crammed into the picnic area of Seaside Park (where the Altec/Lansing stage was located) – it is clear the next generation of metal is here. I caught three songs, including “Carrion” and “Boneyards” and really found them full of life and good energy. I know I wouldn’t miss a set by these Australians if we were to cross paths on a package tour sometime down the road.
Last Turkey Day weekend, Whitechapel made me a fan with their brutal set at the All Day All Ages Metal Fest held within the Hollywood Palladium. There was no way in hell I was missing their Warped Tour appearance. Just the site of the bands pre-show huddle as “Of Legions” played from the PA was enough to cause my arm hair to rise. With fans as far as the eyes could see, the group hit the stage hard with the thunderous “The Darkest Day of Man.” For the next thirty minutes, the group performed a mix of classic Whitechapel tracks as well as songs from their recently released Billboard Top 50 album – A New Era of Corruption. After “The Darkest day of Man” rocked the sun soaked crowd, some older Whitechapel songs found their way into the set. Highlights included a bone crushing take on “Possession” and a treat for the hardcore – ”Vicer Exciser” from the bands 2007 debut The Somatic Defilement.
I have to assume that many in the crowd were new to Whitechapel. “Eternal Refuge” and “Breeding Violence” seemed to have much rowdier pits then the closing “This Is Exile.” I mention this because Exile is the point in the show where lead vocalist Phil Bozeman splits the crowd for the Wall of Death. Bozeman tried not once, but twice to part the Warped crowd, but for whatever reason the youth of Ventura couldn’t grasp the concept. In closing, Whitechapel owned and I am sure made many new fans, even if those fans can’t follow the simple directions requesting that they separate into two sides only to run and beat the shit out of each other.
Bring Me The Horizon
I had walked away from Bring Me The Horizon’s main stage set after two songs because the United Kingdom’s leader in Metalcore had once again failed to captivate me. I have to think perhaps it’s something wrong with me? The first time I saw these guys was during the 2009 Taste of Chaos tour and I was fortunate enough to watch them from the flippin’ stage. I felt nothing. This Sunday at Warped, I was blessed with a photo pass, and while I stuck my lens inches from their sweat soaked faces, I found myself bored. Hell, even tonight I had coffee with a world-class musician who has toured the world multiple times, and he was singing the praises of these guys. So what am I missing?
I even caught the tail end of the set walking to another stage, excited that the final song was named for Hunter S. Thompson’s suicide note. Explain this to me. How can you have a song called “Football Season Is Over” from an album called Suicide Season and have it NOT be about the greatest writer in American history?
When I started this site, the goal was to have fans review the music they love. I wanted this, because any time I read a concert review in a newspaper or magazine, it seems that the journalist is out of touch and does not understand the band and their music. So instead of taking the easy road and saying fuck these generic jerk-offs who are more about being scene then creating something pleasing to the ears, I have a request. If you are a fan of this band, and you happen to come across this review contact me. Sign up for the site, or send me an e-mail . Hell send me your review of these guys via messenger pigeon if you must. I want to know what you feel when Warped hits your town, and you are running across a parking lot engulfed in the WALL OF DEATH that takes place during “Football Season is Over.” Tell me why you love BTMH, because despite being blessed to see them from photo pits and on stage, I simply do not grasp what the big flipping deal is about these lads.
I had a choice. Go watch Suicide Silence, or get snuck back stage. I think you can guess which choice I made. Suicide Silence made a huge impression on me at the 2009 Golden Gods Awards. Yet, I never followed up. I like what I have heard, but when I see the record at Target, it’s always been left behind with claims of maybe next time. I need to get my ass to Target, because really these guys are onto something. Thankfully, after a looooooooooong day at Warped Tour, my crew hung right behind the side stage where the Southern California band was performing. The last band on that stage on this third stop of Warped, I layed down upon a lush lawn and stared into space as the band just killed it. Perhaps it was the exhaustion, or trips to the beer garden but with muffled sound and unable to see the band we still managed to correct. You know what, it was not the exhaustion, and it was not the beer. It was the simple fact that good music will always sooth the soul. Suicide Silence, I am coming for you, and next time around we will do it right.