Whitechapel have just announced dates for their Spring 2012 headline tour of the United States. Tickets for the trek which will feature support from artists including Miss May I and After The Burial will go on sale December 18th, 2011. When asked about the tour, Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade commented:
“We are really excited to announce our headliner “The Recorruptour” that will be taking place Spring 2012. We love to headline because not only do we get to put a lot of time and effort into creating an awesome live show for our fans, but we get to take out our friends as well. The lineup for this tour is a selection of our good friends and great bands and we are stoked for them to be joining us on this run. We are also excited for the involvement of Rockstar Energy Drink and Alternative Press Magazine with the tour. See you next spring on The Recorruptour!”
Dates for the trek are below:
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and ALTERNATIVE PRESS present THE RECORRUPTOUR
With special guests: After the Burial, The Plot In You and Struc/tures
03/10 Memphis, TN Newbys
03/11 Knoxville, TN Valerium
03/13 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/14 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
03/15 Springfield, MO Outland Ballroom
03/16 Kansas City, KS Beaumont
03/17 Wichita, KS The Scene/ary
03/20 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
03/21 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
03/22 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
03/23 Fresno, CA Retro
03/24 Tucson, AZ Rialto
03/25 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock
03/27 Farmington, NM Top Deck
03/28 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/29 McAllen, TX El Rey
03/30 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
With special guests: After the Burial, The Plot In You and Within the Ruins
Metal Blade Records was celebrating their 35th anniversary as one of metal’s biggest record label. For the occasion, the label gathered a few bands and put them on a tour for the anniversary. The bands included in this tour were Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon. One of the many stops on the tour was the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California and metal fans were eager to see a lineup like this even on a Wednesday night.
Goatwhore is a extreme/blackened death metal band from Louisiana, USA. Plenty of fans could be seen in attendance sporting the band’s merch, so it’s safe to say there were one of the main bands that metalheads came to see. Goatwhore came out and started the show with An End to Nothing and in classic metal style, fans started moshing to some pretty extreme metal. The band was lit up with some beautiful lights to give the band a very appealing appearance, but the stage itself was rather dark so quite often it was difficult to see the band.
Frontman Louis Benjamin Falgoust II was very energetic during the band’s performance as he would actively run around on stage and interact with fans. Other songs included on the setlist were Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult and Sky Inferno. The mosh pit was wild during the band’s performance and it only got faster and crazier as Goatwhore performed one of their popular songs, FBS (Fucked By Satan). Since they were an opening band, it was time for them to call it a night. The band was set to finish the show with Apocalyptic Havok, but guitarist Sammy Duet ran into some technical problems with his guitar so after a quick switch, the band went into full frenzy with the finishing song and the mosh only seemed to get bigger. Goatwhore finished up the show and made room for the next brutal band of the night.
Cattle Decapitation is a death metal/deathgrind band from San Diego, California. They were another one of the bands that fans were there to see. Despite their rather grotesque and disturbing band name, their songs protest the mistreatment and consumption of animals, the abuse of the environment, and touch subjects such as misanthropy and genocide of the human race. Cattle Decapitation came out and started the show with Manufactured Extinct, the opening track from their newest album, The Anthropocene Extinction. Right away, you’ll notice that frontman Travis Ryan’s vocals are some of the highest shrieks you’ll hear from any singer. It made for some truly brutal singing and fans in the mosh pit stayed active the whole night. The next song was played was The Prophets of Loss followed by the fan favorite, Your Disposal.
The band had a very energetic presence as the band was active on stage and would run around. Ryan has a peculiar way of entertaining the audience. He would shoot snot from his nose then lick it back up from his hand. It gave the band a sense of humor which the fans got a kick out of. Other songs included in the band’s setlist was We Are Horrible People, The Burden of Seven Billion, and Forced Gender Reassignment. Since they were also an opening band, they had a rather short set time. Fans were sad to see them go, so Cattle Decapitation made sure to go out with a blast. The final song on their set list was Pacific Grim. Cattle Decapitation gave it their all and the fans gave it their best in the mosh pit. Cattle Decapitation finished the show and left the stage.
The 8th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival Made its second stop at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on June 27, 2015. On this surprisingly not-so-hot and cloudy day, metal music fanatics gathered to mosh to the bands on stage, gather together for drinks and fun, or both. I was given the opportunity to photograph the Victory Records stage which was the only side stage for this year. The Victory Records stage featured primarily deathcore and metalcore bands which, depending on your music taste, you’ll either be happy to see the bands or would rather show up later for the main stage bands as you could tell from the plenty of empty seats and lawn area even halfway through the day. For this review, I will focus on the last four bands on the Victory Records stage.
The first band I got to see was the deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder and they come all the way from Sydney, Australia. They were out starting to support the release of their third album Holy War which was released on June 30th, 2015. Thy art Is Murder came out on stage to be greeted by a huge crowd that had gathered to either see them or were just there to check them out. Thy Art Is Murder knows how to get the crowd going as even when they opened with the first song Reign of Darkness, the crowd went into a frenzy and mosh pits broke out and crowd surfers followed soon after. By the third song, frontman Chris “CJ” McMahon noted that he counted a total of six mosh pits going on at once. There were so many mosh pits that a cloud of dust was hovering over the area and you could see people covering their faces or walking out covered with dust. CJ let the crowd know about the new alum being available at their merch stand ahead of its release date so fans could pick up their copy and meet up with the band for signings. Thy Art Is Murder finished their five song set with the track Holy War from the new album of the same name and took their leave and fans got a chance to catch their breath for the next live act.
The next band up was Whitechapel, a deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee. This marks the third time that Whitechapel has played at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival so they are no strangers to the event. Whitechapel released their newest album Our Endless War on April 2014 and were still actively out on support for it. There were lots of their fans in attendance because as soon as they started their set with The Saw Is the Law, the crowd once again went completely insane with people shoving every which way and a huge mosh pit broke out in the middle of the crowd. Whitechapel’s music consists of very aggressive guitar playing which would get anyone that’s calm or standing around suddenly let out whatever frustration they’re holding in and let loose letting you know that they have a very intense stage presence. Frontman Phil Bozeman’s vocals are traditional deathcore vocals in that it’s very deep growling to match the guitar playing and you could tell he puts a lot of work into his singing as his face would turn red and you could see veins popping out of his head. As Whitechapel prepared to play This Is Exile, Phil told the crowd “I want to see a Southern California wall of death!” and ordered the floor to be split in half. The song reached a point in the intro and the wall of death closed as fans clashed against one another and eventually the mosh pit turned into a huge circle pit that went around the sound check tent in the middle of the floor. Whitechapel finished their set with I, Dementia and kept the crowd going with the circle pit as well as having crowd surfers making appearances while they still could. Once their show finished, it seemed almost everyone left the Victory Records stage in order to see the first Main Stage act, The Devil Wears Prada.
Up next was the masked goremetal band Kissing Candice from Long Island, New York. They released their newest album Blind Until We Burn on June 29, 2015. They wore outfits and masks on stage depicting horror characters. They came on stage to a much empty area, but once their set started, people started to gather back to the stage as a bare-footed frontman Joey told the crowd to come to the stage and get crazy with them. Much of the floor was empty, but a good sized crowd still gathered so they could form a small mosh pit and still have fun. The band had a very energetic stage presence as Joey sang and ran around on stage like a maniac which fit his butcher-like outfit while the other members of the band all ran around too to be sure they could keep their energy alive. Kissing Candice finished their show and made their way backstage as fans once again left the Victory Records stage to see the next main stage act, Hellyeah which features Vinne Paul (ex-Pantera, Damageplan) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne).
The final band on the Victory Records stage was the melodic metalcore band, Feed Her to the Sharks from Melbourne, Australia. This is a special occasion for this band because this is their very first time touring in the USA. Signing with Victory Records allowed the band to release their third album Fortitude which was released on February 15, 2015. There were quite a few of their fans in attendance as they wore their shirts and had their signed CD’s on hand. Feed Her to the Sharks came out on stage and were greeted by the medium-sized crowd that had been waiting for them. A mosh pit quickly broke out and I’m sure the band felt welcomed by it. Frontman Andrew Vanderzalm sang using traditional metalcore vocals while the rest of the band played their instruments with passion as you could tell they were very happy to be playing in the USA. The mosh seemed to calm down in the middle of the band’s set, but still energetic enough to be noticed by anyone on the floor. Feed Her to the Sharks finished their set, thanked everyone for coming out and told them about their merch stand and to come out and say hi to them. Afterwards, the remaining crowd headed over to the main stage to witness the Danish heavy metal legend King Diamond followed by the headliners and kings of thrash metal, Slayer!
Updated 03/05/12: The mystery artist has been unveiled and it is MOTORHEAD!
Thrash legends Anthrax will headline the festivals Jagermeister Side Stage. Also appearing on the second stage are the above listed acts not rotating onto the main stage, Whitechapel, High On Fire and the Jagermeister opener.
The 26 date trek is currently scheduled to kick off in San Bernardino on June 30th. Tickets go on sale April 6th, 2012. A complete list of dates and venues for Mayhem 2012 can be found below.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival dates:
Jun. 30 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Jul. 01 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
Jul. 03 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater
Jul. 04 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater
Jul. 06 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
Jul. 07 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
Jul. 08 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
The Summer Slaughter Tour 07/22/11 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito
If I ever have a moment where my life flashes before my eyes, I look forward to revisiting July 22nd, 2011. I ran into Grace Potter on the streets of Hollywood. I got a bunch of great vinyl from Amoeba Records and I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the kickoff of the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour. Yes, July 22nd was much better than the day where a bee sting put me in the hospital or the time that one gal broke my heart into a million pieces.
I made it to the House of Blues a few minutes before Oceano was set to take the stage. I was ready to head inside but then life threw me a curveball that I just had to hit out of the park. Yes, I really wanted to see Oceano and As Blood Runs Black and I’m bummed to have missed them. However, when you are presented the opportunity to enjoy happy hour with some of the performers higher up on the bill, you take that opportunity and run with it. I did make it into the sold out venue as Powerglove was wrapping up their special halftime performance. Being the only power metal video game theme cover band on a death metal festival, the crowd was clearly showing the love for Powerglove. That could have been fun, maybe next time?!?!
The only time I have seen Dying Fetus is when they woke up on my couch in Sherman Oaks, CA about a decade ago so there was no way I was missing the bands 25 minute set of death/grindcore goodness. On a pure technical level, Dying Fetus in my opinion was the most impressive band that I saw. Not to take away from anyone else on the bill, but to watch these guys (especially guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher) pull off these complex parts and schizophrenic tempo changes in person is a treat. Highlights of the brief set included “Shepherd’s Commandment” “Praise The Lord (Opium of the Masses)” and the final number “Your Treachery Will Die With You.”
Six Feet Under
Another legendary group I finally get to kick off my bucket list. I was actually at their Key Club show in 2006 (maybe 2005?) and had to leave early which I still regret to this day. The band opened with the Cannibal Corpse classic “Stripped, Raped and Strangled” as the very young crowd erupted into a massive swirling pit. Barnes kept banter between songs to a minimum instead choosing to crush the capacity crowd with classics like “Revenge of the Zombie” “Seed of Filth” and “Human Target.” The 30 minute set (which felt much more like 12 minutes at best) wrapped with another Cannibal classic “Hammer Smashed Face.” Perhaps it was Barnes announcing that he would be at the t-shirt stand outside after the set, but as soon as Six Feet Under left the stage, so did much of the crowd.
I knew nothing about Darkest Hour walking into the House of Blues on a night where LA had below average temps and rather clean air. Clinging to my small piece of rail above the club I noticed that when they began they had the smallest crowd I had seen all day and after watching their set I think I see why. Based off thirty minutes with these guys it feels as if are having an identity crisis. The older songs like “The Sadist Nation” felt like Death Metal. Some of the newer songs (including songs being performed live for the first time) felt as if there was a lot more melody. Not a melodic metal say The Black Dahlia Murder, but it almost felt as if it wanted to be a heavy 90’s fuzz rock melody but was afraid to go there. Imagine Hum playing Death Metal, that’s what it felt like to me. As I said earlier, I don’t know anything about this band, so if I am way off my rocker on this one, let me know via the comments below.
It has been a little over a year since I saw Whitechapel at the Vans Warped Tour. While an entertaining performance, a new drummer mixed with an early afternoon set in the food court of a county fairground is not the ideal condition for these Knoxville based deathcore heroes. House of Blues on a Friday night is a different story. With this being my third Whitechapel live experience I was caught off guard at just how devastating the band was. From the opening notes of “Breeding Violence” to the closing “This Is Exile” the six piece band made you feel as if you were stranded at sea in the storm of the century with only an inflatable raft to hold. The triple guitar attack lead by Ben Savage sent the crowd into frenzy. The kids surrounding me were banging their heads and bouncing up and down in furious fashion during “Possession” and “End of Flesh” that I feared the balcony could collapse. It wouldn’t be a Whitechapel show without the band closing with a massive Wall of Death during “This Is Exile.” While the Ventura version was full of fail, on this Friday night in July the kids of Hollywood did not disappoint. Watch out America, Whitechapel is in the zone right now and with an entire tour ahead of them it’s scary to think just how destructive they will be at the conclusion.
The Black Dahlia Murder
I have said it before and I will say it again. The Black Dahlia Murder is the best metal band to emerge from America over the past decade. These guys get it. They are brutal, but can laugh at themselves. They fit the Concert Confessions format because like us they are fans. Where kids went and grabbed merch or water between acts all night, from the second Whitechapel left the stage to the moment The Black Dahlia Murder took to it the floor was packed. It was the main event and the masses were ready.
It made sense that the band kicked off an hour of madness with the opening track from the just released album Ritual. With the opening lyrics “Let us go out this evening for pleasure for the night is still young” “A Shrine To Madness” got the crowd moving despite the fact there was no room to move. A triple shot of classics including “A Vulgar Picture” and “Nocturnal” followed. It didn’t matter if it was a new song such as “Malenchanments of the Necrosphere” or a classic like “Miasma” the place was going nuts. Shout out to the wook in the mini skirt and polka dot underwear. Everyone up top got a good laugh at your crowd surfing antics.
One thing I have noticed about shows with The Black Dahlia Murder is that the energy from the band is fueled by the energy of the fans. The last two shows I saw had no guard rail and fans were free to get on stage and jump back into the crowd. On this night there was a large gap separating the fans and the band. All through the night you could see front man Trevor Strnad reaching for the crowd, greeting crowd surfers as they were escorted back to the pit by a hard working security crew. That need to connect that effort to reach each other was felt by all inside the house and I am still not sure if that struggle helped or hindered the music.
Personal highlights of the set include “Statutory Ape” “I Will Return” and “Funeral Thirst.” When it comes to The Black Dahlia Murder, the guys never disappoint which is why I see them again and again. The 2011 Summer Slaughter tour was an amazing day. If you are a fan of metal and it’s hitting your town you don’t want to miss it. Quick set changes, great bands and I believe all of the dates are inside so you don’t have to stink of sunblock.
Dates for the fifth annual Summer Slaughter tour have been announced. The month long trek will kick off in West Hollywood, CA on July 22nd before wrapping on August 21st in Dallas, TX. Concert Confessions favorites The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel are set to headline the package tour. Also included in the trek are Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Powerglove.
Dates and venues are listed below. As always keep your eyes on the official site as dates/venues may change.
Summer Slaughter TourDates:
Jul. 22 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Jul. 23 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Jul. 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Jul. 26 – Seattle, WA – King Cat Theatre
Jul. 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Jul. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jul. 30 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jul. 31 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue Scottsdale
Aug. 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Aug. 04 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
Aug. 06 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Aug. 07 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Aug. 08 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Aug. 09 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Aug. 10 – Montreal, QC – Olympia
Aug. 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug. 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Aug. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Aug. 20 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Aug. 21 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
Words/Photos by Barney the Purple Dinosaur (and his ghost writer Reverend Justito)
For those who are not a member of my immediate family, allow me to give you a brief history on the family tradition that is Barney the purple dinosaur. I was in my early teens at the height of Barney-mania. As a gag gift, my parents threw a Barney Doll (marching band outfit, filled with bubble mix) into the stockings of my brother and I. My brother and I took great offense to “the purple one” in our Christmas loot, and our anger brought many laughs from the older generation. The next year on Christmas Day, my brother and I each had a very large box. We were instructed to open them last, and after getting through tons and tons of packing peanuts we each discovered that my parents had given us the same Barney once again. I made sure to grab both Barney’s and the following year we got revenge upon my parents. The following year, my brother and I got revenge upon our Aunts as they received packages with the dreaded Dinosaur.
The following year, Barney went to the next level. Actually, he went to Portland, Las Vegas and Chicago and was passed along with a hilarious photo album. Since that time, Barney dolls have gone onto such locations as Yosemite, Japan, Bosnia, London and Tom Jones house. While one of the two dolls has “gone missing” Phishing Barney came into play in 1998. Barney had returned to Portland and witnessed a Phish concert so grand that the band released it on compact disc. As part of the gift, a tiny Barney with full fishing attire was presented with the photo album. In 2009, Phishing Barney gave his family live updates from Festival 8 with Phish. Having caught the bug, below you will find what Barney did in 2010 as an assistant to Concert Confessions founder & spiritual guru Reverend Justito. Thank you for checking this article out and sharing in my families holiday tradition. I hope it brings you as much joy as it brings the seven of us on Christmas Day.
The goal was simple. Take a bunch of Barney photos with celebs here in Los Angeles. Then it occurred to me that I don’t want to be that guy. When you see Marsha Cross eating lunch with her family, the last thing the Desperate Housewife needs is me bugging her for a photo with Barney. So after a conversation with the fine folks in Whitechapel, the plan changed from Barney with celebs to Barney rocking out with some of the best live acts of 2011.
The first artist Barney met was Joseph Arthur. I apologize to Mr. Arthur that the photo came out so poorly.
In June, Barney cruised up the coast to Ventura. There he spent the day at the Vans Warped Tour. It was on this day that Whitechapel just suggested he take a photo with them on stage.
As you know, we got busted by a YouTube user in the act.
The highlight of the day was Barney meeting the lead singer of Angry Samoans – Metal Mike. A fan for 15+ years, it was a dream come true.
A few weeks later, Barney hit up the Cool Tour. While it may have had a terrible name, the package tour had some great bands. That day, Barney rocked hard with…
The Acacia Strain
Between the Buried and Me
As I Lay Dying
Barney tried real hard to get a photo pass for Phish. He was denied, but that didn’t stop him and his pal Cookie Monster from rocking out for three days at the Greek with his favorite band.
A few weeks later, Barney was handed a photo pass for another favorite act – Coheed and Cambria. Sadly at the Wiltern, the photo pit is 25 feet from the stage. So ummmmm maybe next time Claudio.
In October, Barney hit Amoeba to check out an in store with Alain Johannes. Not only did he get to watch the man perform songs from his debut album, but he got to meet him as well.
As an added bonus, Barney ran into his old friend – comedian Steve Agee.
Shortly after Halloween, Barney snuck into the Key Club where he watched Helmet close out their lengthy North American tour. Barney and Helmet main man Page Hamilton were able to discuss how disgusted they were with the 49ers after the show.
Barney’s magical tour of 2010 ended on a high note. Sold out in under an hour; Phishing Barney snuck on stage with Mike Gordon of Phish at the intimate Troubadour.
All in all, 2010 was a great year for Barney. Who knows what 2011 has in store?!?!?!
Sub Pop records- 20 some odd years later they still have some real deal quality on their roster… Okay people, what the hell goes on? We’re here coming to you for the 37th episode of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert series brings us to Webster Hall, to see Glasgow’s finest: The Vaselines. After an extended break ( about 20 years) Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee are back in the saddle, on tour in support of their latest release, ” Sex with an X” . I caught them once before, in May 2009 as they set fire to the Music Hall of Williamsburg– completely killing a 20+ song set of their entire catalog. Now, with like 12 new ones in hand, it’ll be interesting to see what songs make the cut tonight. Also be interesting to venture out to Webster Hall again.. Did not enjoy my last few concert experiences there if I remember correctly I saw the Melvins here last year and Local H back in November of 2008. Made it in time for the 5:10 ferry into the city- ticket says doors at 8 and show is at 9.. Should be fun. So let’s take a stroll on yet another Jay Porks Experience shall we?
I got on line before 7, roughly an hour before doors were said to open.. There two lines, one for the Vaselines and one for “The Studio at Webster Hall” located downstairs-where they host DJ sets and that kind of stuff. I know, I also just threw up in my mouth a little bit. It gets worse: downstairs in the ‘Studio’ tonight at 11:30 is the ” Built to Spill After party” (following their Highline Ballroom set which will be going on I’ll assume at an adjacent time to the Vaselines tonight). I wouldn’t wanna go see Built to Spill’s concert, lead alone attend an after party for it. Why can’t the club and concert scene be two separate entities? I hear these club goers chatting on line, and they think the random sounds of noise they listen to is music- ITS A BUNCH OF RANDOM SOUNDS! I freaking hate techno/house/freestyle music freaks with a passion known like no other. To put it short-I do not want to be near “those people”.
As I’m standing on line waiting for 8 o clock, word came via text from my father, telling me that Doc Halladay just no hit the Reds in Game 1 of the division series… Now there’s a team I definitely do not want to see in the World Series as a Yankee fan.
About 8:20, after the doors finally opened and I grabbed a beer, made my way towards the front and I found myself perched on a foundation thing putting me about 3 feet above where I’d be viewing if I was standing on the floor- this is such a win.. And if event staff tells me I can’t stay here my bag is sitting on the stage, ensuring my back up spot.. And once this place fills up I don’t see how event staff will be able to reach me to stop my videos. So suck on that SubPop records for not answering my email requests for a photo pass.
Jeffery Lewis came out around 9 and as oppose to last tine I saw him when he opened for Dinosaur Jr at the Brooklyn Bowl back in January(2010)..That night it was just him and a projector with a sheet hanging up and he plugged in an iPod as his back up band.. Tonight :Jeffery Lewis and the Junkyard! Lewis on Guitar with a Bass player, Drummer , a girl on Violin and a horn player.. It was alright I must say.. He made me not hate him anymore.. We had to sit through 2 video/ history lessons he likes to do with the projector. His into cartoon stuff I noticed, as he was selling his own comic books at the merch table for $2.50 a pop. . The first slideshow was about the fall of the USSR and the other had to do with the French revolution.. Other than the screen slide shows accompanied with music- everything else about the set pretty cool.I got a little head nod going through a few of these songs.. Safe to say a much needed improvement for his act.. Check out the vid I have up on my YouTube page.. At 9:23 they said they had time for 2 more.. Went off near 9:30 right after they ended the set with Jeffery Lewis’s “Ganster Rap about killing Mosquitos” . I should’ve taped it, it’s actually pretty funny..
Special shouts to the two people who held my spot as I went to smoke a cig. I gave them my business card- let’s hope they check out the site.. Crystal Stilts is the band set to come on at 9:45…
Cystal Stilts were ten minutes behind schedule, not kicking off til about five minutes to ten.. They had a keyboardist up there with a bass, guitar drum set up and the lead singer sans instrument.. halfway through the set the piano player-who is like 10 feet from me because by now I have my feet up on stage and as the kids say these days, I’m chillaxing- he says anyone know the score in the Yankee game? Of course I did, so I screamed out “3-0 Twins Bottom 5th!”.. he looked at me and said “Really?” I was like “Yea I got wifi in here!”. Bowery Presents provided WiFi access for us the entire night, and to that I’m grateful. As they’re playing I can see into a window upstairs were I see Eugene Kelly sitting watching the room.. Coolness.. And few songs in, Crystal Stilts ( Brooklyn’s own), was winning the crowd over with their jingle jangle hard pop they played.. Sound like they take some cue from the Vaselines- who wouldn’t? Most of their tunes seem to be clocking in at under 2 and a half minutes- as nothing seem to drag along far passed a second break in song.. They went off at 10:20…
And the wait begins.. 10:49 comes and still no Vaselines on stage.. I told one of the roadies I’d give him 5 bucks for the setlist he taped to the stage..he said after the show.
The Vaselines hit the stage a couple of minutes before 11 and they got the party started with ” Oliver Twisted” and completely began to set fire to everyone’s face; quickly. You could feel the power of all three guitars melding into singular melodic tones from strand one… They had a slight light show going, and. best news of all-I have maintained my spot perched above everyone else, and I’ve got the tape rolling on this whole show- no event staff in sight. Being right in front naturally compromised the vocals slightly (or maybe it’s the sub par Webster Hall sound), but it wasn’t to a point where you couldn’t hear.. ” Monsterpussy” was up next and I’m noticing the band maybe slowing things down a tiny tiny bit as compared to the normal pace of their songs, lyrics wise anyway.. Hardly noticeable to the naked ear, but when singing lyrics I was streets ahead of them. One of the new singles, ” I hate the 80’s” followed.. Frances was talking to the crowd a bit between each song as Eugene tuned up…hard to make out what their saying through the thick Scottish accents, but Frances said that her children asked ” Mommy, why do they play the shitty one on the radio” referring to the chorus lines: “I hate the 80’s cause the 80’s were shit!”.. That was followed by ” The Day I was a Horse”, which is a song about taking LSD and pretending to be a horse. You got to love this band- all their songs are about drugs or sex and they know how to keep a sparkling sense of humor to keep it all tasteful. Well, maybe not tasteful but everyone should cherish the cheerful smut the Vaselines throw at you while performing live. It’s a scene man. Then came the title track of the new record ” Sex With An X”.. Next came a familiar strum, and before they were done tuning up, I got ready to record tonight’s version of “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam” which was met to a huge hand from the crowd. What a moment in time.
The continued on to rip through songs off the new record like “The Devil Inside me” and then Jeffery Lewis was invited up on stage to play bicycle horn on ” Molly’s Lips”. Everyone loves Jeffery Lewis tonight as he got a huge hand.. Next came ” Such a fool” and holding the set list in my hand, it seems they had ‘Whitechapel’ listed and then crossed out in pen with Such a fool penciled in. Interesting. I wonder what the reason for that change was. “Slushy” and “Let’s get Ugly” followed- amping up the crowd for the next level of awesomeness, when they played “Son of a Gun”. We all really got into that one. “No Hope” and “Rory Rides Me Raw” came before my favorite song off their new record, and that song is “Ruined”. It’s the first track on the album, and it completely smacks you in the face-it’s consistently heavier than the rest of the record.. I like the lyrics too, lots of quotable lines-like lines you would use in a Facebook status update to describe your mood.. Another one off the new record followed “Mouth to Mouth”.. The new record “Sex With An X” is a must buy-go find it..
The Eugene says to Frances “Do you wanna tell them?” and Frances says “Well I don’t want to tell them either” and then she sighs, leans into the mic and says “This is going to be our last song of the evening”. She said “We have tons of stuff to do!”..”Dying for it” was the song, and then they ducked off stage-but the mains didn’t come back on so you knew they’d be out for a few more.. I saw the roadie dude I had asked for the set list before they went on. I was like “Dude! Your my man wit the list right? You got me right?!” He reached in his pocket and handed me a copy! And I didn’t even have to pay him for it.. Sweet! Thanks dude, hope you find this blog… Anyway, they came back out and played two songs “You Think Your A Man” and “Dum-Dum”… Vaselines show over about 12:05AM…
Amazement, joyfulness , sheer delight-all of these phrases could describe my mood as I walk down the chilly NYC streets headed towards the X1 express bus.. I had a great time, saw the legendary Vaselines and I got to see 2 other pretty cool bands as well in ‘Crystal Stilts’ and ‘Jeffery Lewis and the Junkyard’ .. Hope everyone enjoyed this little stroll through the Jay Porks Experience, and I hope you’l; be back in a few days to catch the full scoop from Gorillaz ‘Escape from Plastic Beach Tour’ when it hits the Garden this coming Friday.. We’ll be there in full effect, and I heard though the grapevine some special guests may be in order-but I don’t want to jinx anything.. I catch you all there-LATE
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.
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.
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