Fresh off the set of Law & Order: SVU, Ice-T made a fast getaway from the filming of next season’s popular crime drama, on which he has played Detective Sgt Fin Tutuola since 1999, and traded in his NY badge for his iconic black LA baseball cap and black work gloves. From PD to OG, Ice-T is many things…Predictable is not one of them, but being a grand showman certainly is.
Ice-T lit up the Marquee stage with long-time collaborator Ernie C. Together, in 1990, the two formed the controversial LA thrash metal band Body Count. While the band is most famous…or rather INfamous…for their controversial 1992 self-titled album release, Body Count has successfully produced five additional studio albums: Born Dead (1994), Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997), Murder 4 Hire (2006), Manslaughter (2014), and Bloodlust (2017). Even though most of the band’s set list was comprised of their more popular hits from the 90’s, their subsequent releases such as their 2017 Bloodlust cover performance of Slayer’s “Raining in Blood” is consistent with the Body Count feel and sound that made them famous and fit right in among the BC classics all the way back to 1992’s “There Goes The Neighborhood”.
The show opens with sirens and the Body Count title track, including the 9-1-1 “Smoked Pork” dispatch conversation voice-over introduction and the call to order that is the “Body Count Anthem” and “Body Count’s In The House”, both found on the same album. But while in the past the band has focused more on certain people groups, today the message is a bit more refined, pointing fingers at humanity in general. It’s everybody’s fault: #NoLivesMatter. Ice-T picks on every subject from racism to economics. Nothing is sacred. No one is safe. He says what he wants. He makes no apology. He’s not wrong, but at least he sings it to you in a way that makes you want to smash along with him. Body Count is a thrash metal band, and as such may seemingly lack some of the pleasantries and fine-tuning of modern metal music. This is no-frills, straight-up, old-skool. The sound may be raw and the message reality, but there is no shortage of talent in the band’s ranks. Straight outta Compton, Ernie C is still the band’s lead guitar, and he’s anything but typical. Growing up in LA, he was never impressed with the lack of showmanship found in the average R&B artist. He was influenced by bands like The Isley Brothers, but he wanted to live the adrenaline that only rock ‘n’ roll can provide. Now nearly 30 years later, through the iconoclastic anti-establishmentarianism that is BC, Ernie-C’s slick fingers still deftly noodle through Ice-T’s profanity-riddled “Talk Sh*t Get Shot” pimp lyrics like a knife through hot, face-melting butter. It’s melodic, but at the same time it’s mayhem….kinda like his hair. And even though the guitar players are usually the famous guys in the band (next to the lead singer) Body Count wouldn’t be Body Count with the same amount of impeccable rhythm and groove driving the low end. For many years now, Vincent Price has been the Tiffany lamp shade hanging in the fight club barroom that is Body Count…He really ties the room together. First he’s on one side of the stage, then he’s on the other. He’s looking at you, then he’s pointing at me. Encouraging a sing-a-long and shmooving along to the music in love songs such as “KKK B*tch”, nobody goes to a rock show to stand still and be bored, and Vincent Price makes sure you are neither. Over the years, the Body Count line-up has changed slightly. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a BC show, you’ll notice their new guitar player, Evildead’s Juan Garcia, who joined the band in 2013, and Ill Will on drums since 2009. But somebody’s gotta hold down the fort, as they say, and that is the same Sean E. Sean…the man behind the curtain (even though he’s right there on stage), working magic and running the samples for every song as he’s done since the very beginning. Every show ends with a bang, and Ice-T makes sure to finish everyone off with the heart-wrenching ballad “Momma’s Gotta Die Tonight” followed by the one track that scattered all the record execs back in the day and put the band on the map….”Cop Killer”.
Despite his hardcore presence, Ice-T has always invited others to share his stage and his spotlight. In the video single for “All Love Is Lost” off the Bloodlust album, Ice-T features SVU co-star Kelli Giddish, who also plays Det. Rollins on the show. Co-starring in tonight’s performance was Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta with his side project “Jasta”, with a surprise performance by former Killswitch Engage front man Howard Jones. Ice-T and Body Count appeared at The Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ before shipping off on their European tour to support their latest album.
The 15th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival hits Worchester, MA April 19th, 20th and 21st. Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies and Opeth lead the way headlining the three nights of madness. Anthrax is said to be playing a “Amongst The Living” set (at least that what the poster says anyway). If you don’t want to zoom in and decipher the band names through the cool font, never fear. All the announced artists are listed below. If changes are made, we’ll keep you post. Or keep tuned to the festival’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Update As Of 1/23/12: Artists have been added and they include Dillinger Escape Plan, Allegaeon, Trapped Under Ice, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon.
Artists Playing New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013
After The Burial
Alpha & Omega
Ark Of The Covenant
Born Of Osiris
Dead By Wednesday
Death Before Dishonor
Fit For An Autopsy
I Declare War
Mother Of Mercy
Those Who Fear
Within The Ruins
This was my first time seeing the American heavy metal band, Lamb of god. This was their 3rd show since the one month incarceration in the Czech Republic of singer, Randy Blythe. The show took place at the world-famous Hollywood Palladium on the sunset strip in Hollywood, California.
The opening bands were Sylosis, Hatebreed, and In Flames. Sylosis put on a good show to get the crowd warmed up, once Hatebreed hit the stage the crowd started going wild with mosh pits. In Flames also put up a good show and people still weren’t slowing down with mosh pits. Once Lamb of God hit the stage, all hell broke loose. There were people crowd surfing and mosh pits everywhere. The whole band sounded great and had an impressive light display. They opened with the first track off of their newest album, Resolution, called Desolation followed by the next track, Ghost Walking. After that they played hits from other albums so they mixed it up well instead of songs from their newest album. We thought the show was over until they came out for an encore set which included: In Your Words, Laid To Rest, Redneck, and Black Label. During the final song, Black Label, the entire floor opened up to do a Wall of death which I’ve never witnessed before so it was definitely a sight to see. All 4 bands did a great job and I cannot wait for Lamb of God to come back again and kick our asses!
Update 08/08/12: This cruise has been cancelled. Click here for more information
Good news metal heads, cruises are no longer just for your out of touch parents. From the fine folks who bring you the annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, it’s the Mayhem Cruise. Departing for the Bahamas from Miami on December 7th, 2012 the four day trek will feature performances from many of your favorite heavy metal acts. Some of the musical highlights include Lamb of God, Anthrax and Hatebreed. In addition, the cruise will feature DJ sets from JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot).
Ticket packages start at $699 and payment options are available. For more details, check out the official site by clicking here.
07/20/10 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: Maryland Heights, MO
Videos by BeeZnutZ
Days after catching Tom Petty Axeman Mike Campbell fainting on stage, BeeZnutZ brings to us a ton of footage from the Maryland Heights, MO stop of the 2010 Mayhem Festival. Check out all of the footage below.
First, many thanks and gratitude to Justin and Mr. Robertson for getting me that “precious” photo pass (and may this not be the last time I get it lol). I am a huge fan of Hatebreed but I am not that big on the “deathcore” scene, still I had a blast at this show, and after all i’m becoming a fan of Born of Osiris and Unearth. I used 2 digital cameras plus an old but trusty 35mm cam. I was the only one at the photo pit during Hate Eternal, Born of Osiris, Unearth and Cannibal Corpse then 4 other photogs showed up for the Hatebreed set. I met Erik (Hate Eternal) after his set on the lobby, also I saw a few of the guys from osiris going in and out of the venue early in the day. I had a greet and meet with Hatebreed after the show. there were 20 of us “die-hards” for the M&G. Hatebreed signed anything that you wanted, pictures albums, posters, at one point I asked Waynne if he had a guitar pick on him and to my surprise he did and I got it, YEAH! this was a great show for me to finish this 2009 concert season in style thanks again to Justin. this is my last confession for 2009. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all.
W/ Dirge Within, Hate Eternal, Born of Osiris, Whitechapel, Unearth, Chimaira, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium & Hatebreed
The Palladium – Hollywood, CA 11/28/2009
Words/Photos/Video by Reverend Justito
While many used Thursday to feast and give thanks, I managed to wait till Saturday to truly celebrate Thanksgiving. Armed with two comp tickets and a fancy photo pass (thanks KM), I hit the Palladium in chilly Hollywood, CA for a day long metal festival. With a lineup featuring rising acts like Whitechapel, legends such as Cannibal Corpse and Hardcore Superstars Hatebreed closing, how could I not be thankful? So enough with the stuffing, let’s get to the action:
Guys, I enjoyed watching your last song from the back bar. It was solid and left me wanting more. Shaun, it was very nice to meet you, granted I didn’t say much so you probably don’t remember me at all. I do apologize that we got in late, but some box office issues, its Hollywood you know how it goes. Next time!
Next time was this time as I was finally able to witness a Hate Eternal set. I missed these guys a few years ago with The Black Dahlia Murder at the Key Club (RIP) because of work/traffic, so finally getting to see them was a treat. The short set of crushing death metal did not disappoint. Front man/guitarist Erik Rutan had a great command of the excited and eager crowd. He was all smiles as the young audience went crazy for songs like “I, Monarch”. What truly stood out the most was the energy of Rutan. While the music may be dark, his smile is so big and contagious you couldn’t help but have your own spread across your face.
Born Of Osiris:
It would be very easy for me to make fun of this hot topic Nintendo death core band from the Midwest. I mean, they have a hype man who when not laying down Legend of Zelda grooves on his lil Casio keyboard, is singing along with no mic while shaking his cute lil boy emo haircut in time to the music . I noticed that their bass player tripped at least three times and while I wouldn’t rush down to the store to buy a record, I would watch these guys over the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade any day of the week. Besides, while I couldn’t confirm anything on Wikipedia, I am pretty sure their singer is that kid reporter from that Kate Hudson flick – “Almost Famous”. Feel free to check out some video of their song “Now Arise” to form your own opinion of the Midwestern mall rats that did a fine job of warming up the crowd for bigger and better acts. (Update March 2012. With Summerian Records having our original YouTube channel removed, we will no longer post their video. I was going to link you to a video where their owner Ash Avildsen talks about piracy, but it appears he took that down. My guess is he took it down because the fine folks at The Gauntlet called him out for being a pirate himself. Check it out here.)
Whitechapel is a band that I have heard the name of, but had never heard musically. Over thirty brief minutes, these guys were very intense and quickly made a fan out of me. With a dirty and distorted three guitar attack, these guys simply pound you into submission riff after riff. Add a thick rhythm section with the gravel gargling vocals of Phil Bozeman and you have a perfect concoction of beefy brutality. Songs like “Eternal Refuge” and “Father of Lies” very well could have been highlights if not for the bands closing stunt – The Wall of Death. Using the title track of their latest record This is Exile, the band parted the cavernous dance floor like Moses parted the red sea. While many in the eager audience were unable to wait for Bozeman’s starting signal, when the front man did let it rip, the results were pure carnage must to the delight of both the band and fans.
Out of all nine bands on the bill, Unearth is the only act I have seen multiple times. What keeps me coming back to see this five piece is their perfect mix of buffoonery and brutality. When not tearing up songs like “Endless”, guitarist Ken Susi is consuming ice cold brews via a lengthy beer bong. With their 30 minute set, the band focused more on brutality, mixing songs like “Crow Killer” from their recent release The March with earlier fan favorites. While I didn’t feel the energy of their set this past June with Testament at House of Blues, it’s impossible not to move your body while watching these guys. With vocalist Trevor Phipps instructing the crowd to go crazy, huge pits swelled for their devastating take on “Sanctity of Brothers”. With the promise of a headline tour in the spring, the Massachusetts metallers closed their oh so brief set with the fan favorite “Black Hearts Now Reign”. With one last chance, the crowd went crazy giving Unearth undoubtedly the second largest response of the entire event.
I have basically ignored Chimaira over the last decade. No reason really, they have just never stood out to me. When it was their turn for 30 minutes of metal, I listened with an open mind. They were pretty enjoyable. I really couldn’t tell you much, I know they played the songs “Severed” and “Pure Hatred simply because chatty front man Mark Hunter said so. Same goes for “Power Trip” which on a personal level proves that you can successfully drink a $9.50 Monster/Vodka and help contribute to the YouTube live music community. While they got 30 minutes as did most of the acts, Chimaira’s time on stage felt short and I found myself wanting more, which makes me wonder if perhaps I should not have ignored the Cleveland Ohio natives?!?!?!
Perhaps I will get some grief for saying this, but I have always viewed Cannibal Corpse as a joke. As my friends in high school discovered their music and took it seriously, I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous they were. While enjoyable, I just couldn’t take a band with barking vocals about amputations, sores and rotting flesh seriously. I have always wanted to see the band live (having failed twice in the past for various reasons), and my expectations were high. Thankfully the band did not disappoint as they blasted through an energetic 45 minute set. While I didn’t recognize the first few songs, I was excited when the death metal legends started busting out some classics. With bassist Alex Webster lying down wicked detuned grooves; “I Cum Blood” got a thunderous reaction from the mostly male crowd. I was actually surprised how comedic front man George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher is with his banter between songs. When not giving the audience the impossible challenge of out-head banging him, his dedicating “Fucked with a Knife” to the 20-30 female fans in the crowd was actually kind of sweet.
While two bands may have followed, the true headliner of the all day metalfest was Cannibal Corpse. Not only did Cannibal perform to the biggest crowd of the night, it was the rowdiest crowd of any band. The pits were the largest and most ferocious the venue saw all day. Crowd surfers drifted over the rails and into the arms of security guards waiting to bring them to safety. The main floor finally looked full for their set, and when Cannibal ended things with “Hammer Smashed Face-> Stripped, Raped and Strangled” fans begged for more. When the realization sank in that the set was over, at least half of the crowd decided it was time to head home.
I have one good thing to say about “co-headliner” Trivium. Of the 20-30 earlier mentioned females inside the Palladium, Trivium brought in about 19 of them. They also brought in a lot of men with flowing long locks of hair and large breasts so please keep that in mind. For as crappy as their set was this past March at The Forum with Slipknot, this was time around was a new level of pain upon my ear drums. Sure, I wasted some battery videotaping “Pillars of Serpents” (make sure to check the first user comment I got, an ignorant racist attack from what I now believe is a typical Trivium fan) but by the time these tools were butchering the Sepultura song “Slave New World” I decided my time would be better spent conducting an experiment. Could I curl into a fetal position below the stage right bar in the northwest corner of the venue and take a power nap? The answer was yes. With nothing else of importance to say about these guys, I would like to close with an observation. Two separate tours combined into one festival on this particular Saturday in November. Various bands mentioned earlier shows in San Francisco and how the crowd in the town of my birth went off much harder than Hollywood. The only band to say the opposite was Trivium, which further proves my philosophy that So Cal crowds blow, and Bay Area music fans know the real deal from the fakes.
I can’t lie, I feel bad for Hatebreed. With at least 20 female fans and a good chunk of the man tittie committee leaving after Trivium, the festival headliners took to the stage to less than 1000 fans inside the 4000 capacity auditorium. Having seen the band this past April at the equally dissapointing Golden Gods Awards, the lack of audience didn’t stop the band from exploding onto the stage and giving 100%. The band jumped all over their catalogue playing songs from their debut in-between more recent numbers such as “To The Threshold”. When not covering Slayer, the Jamey Jasta lead hardcore group was keeping their fans happy with songs like “Defeatist” and “Tear it Down”. For as excited as I was for the chance to see the Connecticut band, I ended up leaving early. Tired and hungry, watching the band perform to the empty room was depressing after what was a rather amazing day of music. I don’t even think I saw one single hardcore kid doing karate moves in the pit, and the few dudes who did make up the pit seemed to be there more out of habit than passion. Perhaps even having one other hardcore bill would have brought out more fans, perhaps Hatebreed’s time has come and gone. Whatever it was, having my fill of metal and thankful for a wonderful day I decided to meet up with my female companions a few blocks away at K24. It wouldn’t be a night at the Palladium without a post meal at our favorite diner in Hollywood. The perfect ending to a perfect fall day.
(Photos used only by permission of concertconfessions.com)
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
This past Tuesday night, I headed to Club Nokia here in Los Angeles to check out the first annual Epiphone/Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Honda Fury. I met up with our contest winner Jeff (cool guy) and fellow talesfromthepit.net user Cheryl (a.k.a. Krazy For Korn/also very cool) to check out the whose who of heavy metal (the show even included a black carpet instead of the traditional red). Despite the fact that the winners list leaked on blabbermouth.net a few hours before the show, it is not my goal to tell you about the winners here You can simply watch the show on MTV2 on May 2nd who won the rather unique awards.
God presenting an award to the Rainbow Bar & Grill
Part of the advertising in local street papers and the internet that made me excited for this show was a DJ set by Corey Taylor of Slipknot. I have a lot of respect for Taylor and thought watching him DJ would be a real treat. No disrespect to Taylor, he picked a great mix of metal (everything from Priest and Black Sabbath to White Zombie and Pantera) and punk (Minor Thread anyone?). I however expected him to spin vinyl, not play songs from his IPOD. “Spinning” from the venues soundboard, Taylor was kind enough to take photos with fans and seemed to be having a blast. Most important, he got the crowed pumped up for the evening, one classic at a time.
Corey Taylor - Golden Gods 09: Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA
The first musical performance of the evening was Killswitch Engage. I was somewhat shocked that they opened the show, but looking back, you want a big opening for television and they definitely can fill those shoes. The band opened with the Guitar Hero hit “My Curse”. As the crowd simply stood and watched like it was a Tuesday night in Silver Lake, guitarist Adam D taunted the crowd, calling them names the censors will have to remove from the broadcast. Up next was a new song (name unknown) that very well may have been making its live debut. Just my impression – it felt very light and I hate to say it but an attempt at a commercial hit. The band closed their three song set with their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.” About ½ way though the song, the venue opened up the second section of the three tiered lower floor. Many including myself moved up to be closer to the action. As front man Howard Jones belted out the classic, Adam D continued to call the crowd another word for cats. The band thanked the crowd and left the stage, seeming disappointed by the lack luster response.
The second performance of the night was by Riverside Grindcore up and comers Suicide Silence. I had never heard the music of this five piece band and all I have to say is this. Heavy fucking elephant tits. Wow, these guys were amazing. The band wore typical sneakers and tight black jeans, but up top the band had on white button up shirts, black ties and nice suit jackets. As the band played their four song set, the nights first circle pits got going up on the front of the floor. These guys won me over big time, and I will be seeking them out again for sure.
Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
I don’t recall what award he gave out, but Hatebreed front man (and this decades Rikki Rachtman) Jamey Jasta warned the crowd that he expected to see EVERYONE moving during his bands set. When they hit the stage a few minutes later, the the audience did not disappoint the Connecticut hardcore band. They opened the set with “Destroy Everything” which the fans took to heart. Many were upset that they were stuck on the second tier of the lower floor (the front section of the floor was limited to 100 people who got paper bracelets allowing them access up front) and decided to simply hop the rail. This continued into the second song “To The Threshold” as the circle pit in the front grew larger and larger. Jasta was very talkative during the brief set. In between shout outs to Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog (who was in the circle pit wearing a Black Label Society leather vest) the front man reminded the audience that they were on TV and that they were to get crazy. Hands down, Hatebreed (who I have never seen, but always wanted too) played the most high energy and brutal set of the night.
Hatebreed @ the 2009 Golden Gods Awards: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
The fourth band of the night was All That Remains. A lot of people in the section I was in seemed very upset that they were the next to last band. Another band I don’t know much about, the first song they played was not only very out of place, but rather terrible. Front man Philip Labonts vocals sounded weak and powerless. If Godsmack is Alice in Chains on their worst day, All That Remains is Godsmack after their worst week ever. As the crowd booed between songs, (something the crowd did a lot over the night. Metallica, Protest The Hero, and Atreyu front man Alex Varkatzas were all booed) the band shrugged it off and kept rolling. I will say this, each song (they played three total) seemed to get better, but really that’s just me trying to find something positive to say.
All That Remains - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
The night closed with a set that left many deaf (myself included) by Megadeth. The three song set list was voted on by fans. The legends opened with “Peace Sells”. With the bass line that doubles as the into music for MTV News, the band launched into the 1986 classic as many in the house went crazy. The song went right into the bands second number – “Sweating Bullets.” The band sounded tight as pits swirled and Mustaine sang the psycho vocals with his signature growl. The band closed their set with “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. This is one of my favorite Megadeth songs, and for the first time all night I wish I could hop the rail to get into the main pit. The band killed it as it cranked out the legendary thrash number. As fast as they came, the band left the stage much to the disappointment of many fans who paid expecting a longer set. With that, the first ever North American metal show came to an end. Make sure to check it out May 2nd on MTV2. Look for me bootlegging in the Lamb Of God t-shirt :)
Megadeth - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09
Megadeth 04/07/09 – Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
Corey Taylor of Slipknot DJing Before The 2009 Golden God Awards
Corey Taylor – Golden Gods 09: Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA
WWE Wrestler CM Punk Introducing Killswitch Engage 04/07/09
Killswitch Engage – Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09