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Rockstar Mayhem Festival: 7/5/14 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca

The 7th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival kicked off in San Bernardino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheater on July 5th, 2014. The lineup for this year was somewhat different than the previous years with more of the metalcore bands making an appearance instead of the bigger and well-known bands. Some of the bands that were on the bill included: Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Suicide Silence, Body Count feat. legendary rapper Ice-T, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and headliners KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold.

By the time I made my way into the area where the side-stage bands were performing, Suicide Silence was performing. I’m not familiar with their music so all I did was look on with their performance. The crowd seemed into them as they moshed away and headbanged. Suicide Silence seems to be doing well with their new singer, Eddie Hermida formerly of All Shall Perish whom replaced the late Mitch Lucker.

After them, Body Count featuring Ice-T took the stage and legendary rapper Ice-T put on a show to prove that he can also rock out. The crowd reacted well as there were mosh pits the whole time and crowd surfers started to appear once Body Count started to play their hit, Cop Killer. I’d never heard of Body Count until they were announced to be at this year’s Mayhem Fest and they were definitely and interesting addition.

Once Body Count finished, the first band I was looking forward to came on. The biggest-selling death metal band, Cannibal Corpse! They played a blistering set that kept the crowd going to where at one point I was being thrown around by two different mosh pits going on around me. They started their set with my favorite track from their newest Torture album, Scourge of Iron. The rest of their set included hits such as: Make Them Suffer, I Cum Blood, Stripped, Raped, and Strangled, and their most famous song, Hammer Smashed Face. As always, frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher made us laugh by cursing at us, the people standing around, the crowd that was watching from up the hill instead of being in the front with us, and by telling jokes. They are definitely a fun and brutal band to see live and I’m looking forward to their new album in September!

Video recorded by my friend/concert partner, Kanon Madness:

 

After all the main stage bands were finished, I made my way to the main stage where Trivium had started to perform. I’ve heard of Trivium for a long time now but I’ve never listened to them so this gave me chance to check them out and see what they’re all about. I could tell there were fans of their within the crowd from either singing along or they were wearing their Trivium shirts. As for the music itself, I wasn’t really impressed. It’s either because I just didn’t know their music or because there’s nothing that really stood out that made me want to check out their music and become a full on fan. Oh well, I tried.

Asking Alexandria was next and I’ve heard plenty about this band. They were the band that I asked myself, why are they on the main stage instead of Cannibal Corpse? I’m sure the majority of people there were wondering the same thing. During their performance, I looked around and saw little to no reaction from the crowd. I saw the occasional person going wild, but it could’ve been just random people going crazy for no reason, or an actual fan of theirs.

KoRn was the first of the headlining bands. Clearly there were a ton of KoRn fans since once the lights went out signaling their arrival, the crowd erupted in a huge roar louder than anything I had heard all day from being there. They wasted no time in pumping up the crowd as they opened with the crowd favorite, Falling Away From Me. Being the first night of the tour, I could tell they were freshly energized compared to the 2 previous times I’ve seen them since they were way more active and frontman Jonathan Davis brought his A-game and sounded the best out of the 3 times I’ve seen them. They played mainly hits during the night which included: Never, Never, Shoots and Ladders, Twist, Love & Meth, Here to Stay, and they premiered the song Hater live for the first time which will be released as a bonus track for the upcoming re-release of their album, The Paradigm Shift. They also played their most famous song, Freak on a Leash. Both Jonathan Davis’ and bassist Fieldy’s sons came out to rock out with their dads and it was fun seeing them have father and son moments right on stage. Seeing guitarist Brian “Head” Welch back in the band after being gone since 2005 made the band feel complete. KoRn finished their set with Jonathan Davis saying it’s been 20 years since the release of their self-titled debut album and proceeded to end the night by playing Blind, the first track off of that album. I always enjoy seeing KoRn live and will continue to do so.

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The final act of the night was Avenged Sevenfold. Some people were all for them and couldn’t wait to see them, others wanted nothing to do with them and stated to leave after KoRn’s set. I’m a fan of theirs so I stayed. Once again, the lights went out and the crowd got on their feet and yelled and screamed as Avenged Sevenfold made their way to the stage. They started off with the first track off of their newest Hail to the King album, Shepherd of Fire. A7X had the best and biggest stage set-up. They had steps on the sides so they could go up and down as they please, a church-like backdrop with 3 screens showing the band perform from different angles as well as cartoons/music videos, pyros and fireballs that shot out matching the guitar solos, and of course the giant skeleton king statue. A7X had an impressive setlist dishing out the usual songs they play live as well as new ones I didn’t expect them to play. Their songs included: Nightmare, Bat Country, Seize the Day (tribute to their late drummer, Jimmy “the Rev” Sullivan), Burn It Down (rarely played), Afterlife, and of course, Unholy Confessions. I love how they use their pyros on stage, whenever certain guitar parts/solos would come on, pyros would shoot out from the back of the stage and go from left to right or just randomly shoot out from everywhere depending on what was being played but it was a beautiful sight. Guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance are amazing guitar players with their dual guitar playing and sounded spot on from the albums. Singer M. Shadows sounded awesome and had no trouble singing live with his wide range of vocals. Arin Ilejay served as the band’s new drummer following the death of original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and he did an amazing job on the drums.

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Seeing the type of music I mainly listen to, it’s a bit out of the ordinary for me to say I love bands like KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold, but they were some of the first bands I listened to so they’ll always have meaning to me.

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Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Expands To Two Days In 2013

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Meanwhile in Jacksonville, the third annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Festival is expanding to a two day event down in Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 27th and 28th. Stop me if you’ve heard these names before in the the minor festival circuit this year. Day One gets you Alice In Chains headlining ahead of Limp Bizkit, Stone Sour, Popa Roach and Bullet for My Valentine along with Three Days Grace, Halestorm, Escape The Fate and more. Day Two you get your Freebird on with what’s left of Lynard Skynyrd, 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Buckcherry and more. Look how far down Filter is on that lineup. You don’t think they’re better than freaking Steel Panther for fucks sake? Because this guy sure does. Anyway, you know what part comes now: Any additional information needed head over to the festival’s Official Website Here.

Welcome To Rockville 2013 Lineup:

Alice In Chains

Limp Bizkit

Stone Sour

Three Days Grace

Papa Roach

Bullet For My Valentine

Halestorm

Asking Alexandria

All That Remains

In This Moment

Escape The Fate

Pop Evil

Otherwise

Young Guns

Gemini Syndrome

—–Day Two—-

Lynard Skynyrd

3 Doors Down

Shinedown

Buckcherry

Hollywood Undead

Skillet

Steel Panther

Device

Filter

Motionless In White

Saving Abel

Thousand Foot Krutch

Nonpoint

Red

Girl On Fire

 

Rocklahoma 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

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Another good day for festivals as Rocklahoma 2013 has announced it’s lineup. Alice In Chains, “Guns N’ Roses” and Korn with the backwards “R” represent your headliners May 24th through the 26th if your the type of person to choose to hang in Oklahoma for 3 days. Other acts playing sets that don’t suck entirely: Cheap Trick, Bush, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach and Clutch. And stop me if you’ve heard these words before, but for more information check out the festival’s official website

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Carolina Rebellion Festival brings Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Deftones And More

Carolina Rebellion Fest

Another day, another festival announcement. For the third time, the Carolina Rebellion Festival will serve as Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival around and May 4th & 5th it will return to  Rock City Campgrounds in Concord, North Carolina. The big names are Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and the Deftones. Papa Roach, Bush, Rise Against and Bullet For My Valentine are other notables. For more information on tickets and all that jazz, head over to the official festival website. For a full list of announce acts, check below.

Caroline Rebellion Festival 2013:

Soundgarden
Alice In Chains
Limp Bizkit
Rise Against
Bush
Deftones
3 Doors Down
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Bullet For My Valentine
Buckcherry
Volbeat
Halestorm
Asking Alexandria
All That Remains
Steel Panther
Device (with David Draiman)
Hollywood Undead
Sick Puppies
In This Moment
Escape The Fate
Pop Evil
Nonpoint
Otherwise
Aranda
Thousand Foot Krutch
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
Tracer
American Fangs
Heaven’s Basement
Monstro

Rock On The Range 2013 Features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains & Smashing Pumpkins

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No matter what year it actually is right now, this Rock On The Range lineup for 2013 is indeed super awesome. Upon a Google search trying to see Soundgarden‘s set list from last night in New York City, we stumbled upon this line up of past, present and future heroes and wondered how exactly one would bring themselves to actually go to Ohio. Headliners include Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. Some may say “What is it 1993 or something?”, but those people might not be aware that all three of those bands released new, critically acclaimed records in the past two years. Korn (can’t type the backwards R), Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Swedish Rockers Ghost, Middle Class Rut and Heavy Metal favorites Sevendust are among the notables.

It’s all going down May 17th through 19th at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. And tickets are on sale February 1st and you can head to the festival’s official website for more details on everything that is Rock On The Range. This one looks like a lot of fun. The full lineup as released so far is listed below.

Rock On The Range 2013 Line Up:

Soundgarden
Alice In Chains
Smashing Pumpkins
Korn
Bush
Stone Sour
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Cheap Trick
Bullet For My Valentine
Volbeat
Lamb Of God
Skillet
A Day To Remember
Buckcherry
Halestorm
Hollywood Undead
All That Remains
Device (with David Draiman)
Steel Panther
Sevendust
Sick Puppies
Asking Alexandria
Pop Evil
In Flames
Clutch
In This Moment
Black Veil Brides
The Sword
Ghost
Motionless In White
Red
Deuce
Middle Class Rut
Big Wreck
Oleander
Otherwise
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
Thousand Foot Krutch
Mindset Evolution
Tracer
Beware of Darkness
Heaven’s Basement
American Fangs
Love And Death
Gemini Syndrome

2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Artists Announced

2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Artists Announced

Now in its 5th year, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has just announced what bands will be performing for 2012. Slipknot and Slayer will headline the main stage this summer, and will be joined by a third mystery artist to be named on March 5th. The main stages fourth slot will rotate between As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria and The Devil Wears Prada.

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

Jul. 10 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Jul. 11 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Jul. 13 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre

Jul. 14 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Jul. 15 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center

Jul. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre

Jul. 20 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jul. 21 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Jul. 22 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Jul. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Jul. 25 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Jul. 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center

Jul. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

Jul. 29 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live

Jul. 31 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Aug. 01 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake PAC

Aug. 03 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

Aug. 04 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

Aug. 05 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre

 

 

 

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“Guns N’ Roses” at Izod Center 11/17/11

The band currently touring under the moniker of Guns N’ Roses hits the Izod Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in Dirty Jersey tonight for the 61st edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series. The Izod Center: Home of the… well, actually no pro sports teams play here anymore since the Devils moved to Newark and the Nets are moving to Brooklyn (when the NBA Players Association caves and takes that deal). So upon walking in after 8PM the banner hanging from the ceiling was commemorating Bruce Springstein’s 50 consecutive sold out shows. It’s New Jersey, that banner should say “Will be sold out for the rest of life”. Anyway, you may have noticed my “touring under the moniker” pun back there. We all know the story, I shall not bore you with it once more. Axl is touring, performing the hits of Guns N’ Roses with no Guns, and the lone Rose being himself. The only remaining member of the band besides Rose is Keyboardist Dizzy Reed-or who I like to call “The Man Who Killed Rock & Roll”. Doors were at 7PM, and show was listed at 8PM We got to our seats in section 206 Row 20-and let’s look on the bright side, at least we weren’t in the last row! (we were 5 rows away from it). Those steep steps were a killer. But finally at our seats little after 8, let’s do this-it should be interesting to say the least.

It was brought to my attention via Twitter en route to Izod Center that a band called “Asking Alexandria” was to open tonight. Found some post that mentioned the band was “Handpicked 24 hours prior to the show by Guns N’ Roses”. Not for nothing, the Axl Rose interview on That Metal Show-whatever show they were at had Buckcherry opening, we get saddled with some band from England I’ve never heard of.

I kept an open mind up until about they went on after 9-then I heard their songs. Oklahoma got Hinder as an opener-now that’s pretty bad, but halfway through this second song I’d kill for Hinder right now rather than this craptastic fiasco. I don’t understand a word this dude is saying besides his greeting to the crowd, which me and Pam interpreted as “Hello New York”. I sure hope we heard that wrong. Anyway, with all the screaming the lyrics were incomprehensible. I don’t get the whole deep voiced screamer lead singer thing that’s become a trend in bands people surround me enjoy. Just vocal wise let’s take Mastodon for instance, (not comparing their sound other than the screaming)Mastodon I’m not into because they’re a little on the heavy side for me. But Mastodon opened for Alice In Chains and Deftones-Mastodon opened for Soundgarden at the Gorge in an inconceivable for that band sandwiched between the Meat Puppets and QOTSA. Shit , Reverend Justito and even Cris Kirkwood for that matter speak highly of the band. They have acclaim critically and socially. What does Asking Alexandria have? Axl Rose likes them?? If this is what Axl is into then I never wanna get a hold of his iPod. Pam and I discussed if Axl picked a band this band to ensure that his band looks good. But that can’t be, the “GNR” reviews from this tour have all been positive. To make a long, really horrific story short-Asking Alexandria, I can make better music than your band. If this was a Tweet, I’d add a hashtag right before the word ‘fact’ to end that last sentence.

They went off a little before 10 and now we have the wait… the infamous “Will Axl come out?”. The ambiance of this band is it’s tendency for the unexpected. They were once labeled the world’s most dangerous band.. then they (Guns N’ Roses) morphed into He(Axl) and he became a recluse spending 15 years on a secret album with 2 good songs on it after all that. Who knows if this lunatic loses a contact lens before the show and freaks out or something? What if he looks in the mirror on his way out to stage and says “Holy Sh!t I’m Kid Rock” and lights himself on fire? It was an interesting HOUR, but at 11PM the lights went down and it was time to see what we had on our hands-ladies and gentleman, the band currently touring as GUNS N’ ROSES!

They had some AWESOME pyrotechnics going on.. and a stage equipped with this staircase… Kicked it off with “Chinese Democracy” which is the title track from the latest effort(the one that took 15 years to make) and its one of the two songs I like, so I taped. Next was “Welcome to the Jungle”, which I purposely wasn’t in record-mode for because I wanted to experience this one hands free, you know, like a regular person(besides I know video will turn up- there’s a guy a row in front of me with a camcorder-not a little camera, I’m talking screen folded out and all. And he’s not even using the hat on his head to block!). Now I don’t know if it’s the acoustics in the spot I was sitting, or maybe the three guitar onslaught is just overwhelming-but I wasn’t hearing his vocals that loud. I hear the band loud and clear-and hey give em credit, no one ever called them bad musicians.. they rocked that sucker out… when they jumped into “Mr. Brownstone” after “It’s So Easy”, I was taping and growing frustrated, I hear myself turn to Pam and say “I can’t hear this mother f#%ker!”. They got into “Sorry”, and continuing into the next two I’m watching this band like “Wow these guys are tight as hell” then looking over at Axl Rose thinking “What a douchebag”. Then it occurred to me, I probably only like 6 or 7 “Guns N’ Roses” songs.. what the hell am I doing here? I’m no die-hard. I was hoping for a train wreck-and they’re not complying with my expectations. I think I’m more of an oddball than Axl at this point, being upset about being impressed by the guitar work of “BubbleFuck” and DJ Ashba(shouldn’t it be Guitarist Ashba?). But as technically impressive as anyone can be-hell, you could put Eddie Van Halen and Clapton up there-just stop calling it Guns N’ Roses. And I don’t want to do this..do the whole “it’s not GNR without Slash and Duff”.. but if I’m going to get lectures on Sublime w/Rome not being real Sublime and Alice In Chains w/ Duvall not being the real Alice In Chains-then EFF all you people I’m gonna give that same lecture when given the chance-especially when those two bands have more original members in them then the current band I’m watching. The essence of “cool” that is Slash cannot be matched by “Bucketfoot” or whoever you bring in there.

“Better” is also off the new record, and the other one of the two that I like from it (so technically this new Axl band is two for two on stuff they recorded tonight). I taped it, and at this point of the night I really think it’s me being a mile away in the 200 section causing harm to the vocal acoustics, because it is skewed as hell up here-and everyone’s tweeting about an awesome time. It has to be me. I mean I loved “Rocket Queen”.. but these little instrumental jams they do with each individual band member leading into some cover of another song does nothing for me. I got an idea Mr. W. Axl Rose, why don’t you come out and sing “My Generation” instead of Stintson? Do that little “hey-hey-hey-yea-ya” thing you do, you know, the one you ruined “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” with. Dizzy Reed on keys doing leading “Baba O’ Reilly”? Imagine Axl screaming the lyric “Out here in the fields!” in that Axl Rose voice-wouldn’t that have been awesome? But no, instead this is sort of killing time while Rose continuously runs off stage to change cowboy hats. He had two white ones and two black ones at least.

I mean, they didn’t go off til 1:20AM or something, that’s 2 hours and 20 solid minutes before the encore, which neither Pam nor I were interested in. So yes, most likely pushed a 3 hour set there-but everyone on stage is a professional musician who I had no doubt would make it through the show, everyone besides Axl. If they would’ve played 20 minutes it would’ve been marked as a Win. Axl Joked midway through the set “Yea, I know how you feel I was hoping I’d make it here too” or something to that effect. That’s funny? Tell that to the 10 thousand plus fans with tickets starring at them all day hoping you don’t freak out and move to South America in search of ‘yage’ or something. I thought there was no chance this tour made it to the tri-state area, a miracle in it’s own right.

Tonight at Izod Center was an absolutely amazing night for Die-Hard Axl Rose fans. You know, women in their 50’s plastered up with make-up attempting to hold on to their youth with their Harley riding husbands right by there side. And hey I’m glad to have say I at least saw it.. so I know to like.. make sure not to go next time.

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Party Like It’s 1999 – Epicenter 2011 Moves to Orange County

Party Like It's 1999 - Epicenter 2011 Moves to Orange County

In 2009, an exciting and new rock festival hit Los Angeles County. It was called Epicenter, and with acts like Alice in Chains, Atmosphere and Tool rocking a packed Fairplex in Pomona, it was clear the festival had a bright future. In 2010, the festival moved out to San Bernardino County where upwards of 50,000 watched the festival take the next step as a two day festival featuring exciting performances by Eminem, Blink 182, Rise Against, Bad Religion and reunion performances from House of Pain and Bush.

So you ask what the next logical step for the Epicenter Festival is?!?!?!?! Apparently it is a step back to 1999. With it’s third county in three years (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Orange County) Epicenter returns looking for at least 16,000 folks still rocking backwards red baseball caps.

That’s right Epicenter 2011 will rock Irvine, CA on Sept 24, 2011. In addition to a headline performance by Limp Bizkit, the lineup includes Y2K favorites like Staind, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd and P.O.D. You can’t make this shit up people.

Who cares when tickets go on sale, unless you want to be up front our advice is to wait for Live Nation to have an “oh crap” fire sale sometime in August.

 

 

 

Unearth 10/16/10 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

Unearth/All That Remains/Asking Alexandria 10/16/10

House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

Words & Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

When a last minute invite came my way to check out the next to last Unearth show of 2010, I knew I couldn’t turn it down.   Having just celebrated my beloved San Francisco Giants beating the Phillies in game one of the 2010 NLCS, I made it inside the venue just in time to catch the massive Massachusetts metal band perform way too early on a bill of bands that I struggle to find nice things to write about.  But enough with this useless introduction, it’s time to share with you the tales of another insane evening in which I was treated like a VIP for the simple fact that I registered a domain name.

All That Remains

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Walking into House of Blues, I was aware that All That Remains was top dog on an akward bill that featured mediocre mallcore and Unearth.  I admit, I missed the bands set (which as I am told featured Unearth guitarist Buz McGrath performing butt naked) and I am fine with that.  Having met a few members of the band, I must say they are a class act, and very generous.  However, when it comes to their music, it is not my thing.  I have heard albums,

I have seen the band live

and while not bad it is just not my thing.  Best wishes to them (rumor has it their just released album will have a very solid debut on Billboard) but on this particular evening, I chose friends over watching you do your thing. 

Asking Alexandria

***Updated July 2011***

8 months after I posted one video of Asking Alexandria, Sumerian Records had my YouTube account with over 700 bands deleted. I wanted to share with you below all about how select members of this band were looking to sodomize underage girls post set, but figured I would take the high road instead. As the world knows, the founder of Sumerian Records was a former video game pirate who REALLY HATES when folks steal from his business. So hey, delete the one video I had up HELPING your band, but leave all that awesome footage of your band acting like a bunch of drunk dicks in Seattle up

As I sit and write this, I wish I was Perez Hilton.  The things I could tell you about these guys and how they acted backstage – pure tabloid delight.  Instead, I will just say this.  I am a 31 year old man who loves rock music.  Asking Alexandria is nothing more than a boy band with regrettable tattoos and BOSS Metal Zone distortion pedals.  The music is designed to give young girls their first sexual thought, not to stimulate the mind of an individual who is rapidly losing his hair.  With that said, I will tell you the same thing I told bassist Sam Bettley back stage when he asked my thoughts on the show.

 

The energy was good.  Los Angeles crowds are usually jaded and uninterested, but on this night the kids were going insane.  Huge pits, group sing-a-longs and a fan base eager to please any request by lead screamer Danny Worsnop.  So that’s the nice thing I have to say.  I will now give you the pleasure of imaging all the nasty things I really want to say.

Unearth

Two years and two days after Unearth released their most recent record “The March” I was lucky enough to catch the bands next to last show in support of the brutal yet masterful collection of songs.  I was lucky enough to catch the band at the same venue when they supported Testament, and also managed to see the band Thanksgiving weekend at the All Day All Ages Metal Fest at the Hollywood Palladium.  I have to confess, the whole set was a bit of a blur for me.  I made my way down to the photo pit just as the bands pre-recorded music began to blast from the PA.  It was fucking Journey.  I really fucking hate Journey.  I really fucking hate the fact that my beloved San Francisco Giants have adopted that fucking terrible Journey song as the theme for the 2010 post season run.  So despite my love for Unearth, I was hurt that the band would choose such a cheap and pathetic way to get the crowd pumped up.

Once the band actually started playing, I forgot all about the terrible into music.  I suppose that’s the actual beauty of Unearth.  On one side of the coin, you have hard hitting metal anthems, and on the other you a gang of jackasses decked out in Dr. Dre T-shirts and lewd sexual acts drawn upon their arms.  The short but sweet set drew heavily from “The March” but had plenty of older songs to keep the crowd moving.  Songs like “My Will Be Done” and “This Glorious Nightmare” mixed together perfectly.  When not playing class clown (not to mention kicking me in the head to reach the rail that separates the crowd from the band) guitarist Ken Susi is a master of his craft shredding solo after solo with a giant shit eating grin upon his face.

 

It really felt as if I had blinked and the bands set was coming to an end.  As with the last two shows I have seen the band destroy on this two plus year journey, the night ended with “Black Hearts Now Reign.”  Front man Trevor Phipps did a phenomenal job of getting the crowd to form a huge circle pit while his brothers created a loud wall of powerful heavy metal behind him.  The best news of the night came at the very end of the set.  The band is about to record a new album, and promised a return to Southern California next year.  See you then!

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