The weekend hails upon So-Cal and with only a month’s notice, we are graced with the presence of Richmond’s beloved Municipal Waste. Recently I was able to catch this spectacle with the Mr. Pickles tour opening for the Bay area’s, Exodus which was nothing but a fantastic show. This evening in particular was just as epic. I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve witnessed a room go completely ballistic and its a sight to behold every time. My take on this show is best described as complete madness and in the best way possible. Alongside MW were 3 opening bands: The Trappist, Savage Master, and Despise You.
Savage Master: Though as usual being in the LA area I always have the hardest time catching the opening band which was ‘Despise you’ I was lucky enough to walk in as ‘Savage Master’ took the stage. Ive seen this band on a smaller stage a few months back and since then have been in touch with catching them on future gigs. Like most Women fronted bands you adhere to a certain type of vibe, however, SM is able to deliver in a crowding venue as the seconds go by. With bangers such as “With whips and chains, “Burning Leather” and “Ready to Sin” they’re able to keep the crowd growing and chanting. These hellions are best fitted into the traditional heavy metal scene with pounding fists, leather and chains being the way they represent themselves and their music. Truly heavy and worth catching on any future shows.
Setlist: Black Hooves Vengeance Is Steel With Whips and Chains Satan’s Crown Looking for a Sacrifice Burning Leather Dark Light of the Moon Ready to Sin The Ripper in Black Death Rides the Highway
Now, I’m one for being open minded through and through because I feel that its the best way to enjoy anything and everything. This band surprisingly made me consider that statement just a tad bit. Definitely won’t say anything negative on their behalf since they of course have their own unique style of doing things. The best way I can describe ‘ The Trappist’ would be speedy gutter grindcore. Don’t quote me on that exact label, but to me it’s what fit best. With a few tunes that were literally only about 5 seconds long and what appeared to be off tempo rhythm. I am definitely sure I heard one song played about 3 times. This band can bring a crowd together as well as make’em move. I can see that half of the people were into it while the other were just as confused as I was. This does not mean they aren’t any good, it just goes to show that there are times when these kinds of bands aren’t worth bringing to this sort of lineup. Nonetheless; If I do happen to catch them live again I’m sure it would be with their extreme types of bands playing alongside.
No Soldier Left Behind
This Means Wort
Victims Of A Bomber Raid
Wolves In The Taproom
Waiting In Line (played 3 times)
Giving The Boot
To The Pint
You’re The Reason
No Corporate Beer
Now, the main reason why this house was entirely full, with fans out at the front door asking anyone and everyone who had a spare ticket at a fully sold out show. After announcing that 100 tickets were left and in a few short hours being completely gone, there’s only one thing you’d have to expect at a show like this. The only predicament I fell into when taking photos during the Wastes set was that there was little to no room you could consider “safe” especially for a camera lens. With fists flying and legs kicking high up in the air and what looked like 20 people up on the center stage simultaneously, the venue was engulfed entirely with angst and rage. Heavy hitting jammers such as “Unleash the Bastards”, “Beer Pressure” and “Slime and Punishment”, the room echoes with chants and screams from all the die hards shouting alongside Tony Foresta’s lyrics. Crunchy rhythms and ripping bass tones are what give MW that signature speed metal punk sound you just love to get active to. The band currently has one show itself in the states before heading over to Canada and then to partake in a number of festivals overseas. Besides MW, the band members are also playing a few shows in their other bands ‘Bat’ and ‘Iron Reagan’. Make sure you check them out as well, as far as performance goes. This band always delivers a party wherever they land!
The Metal Alliance tour was phenomenal. This took place at the world famous House of Blues in Hollywood, Ca. The lineup consisted of thrash metal legends Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail.
Due to the show starting so early and obviously short on time from coming home from work from a traffic jam because of an accident plus driving to LA which there was another accident on the road,
I missed all the bands except for Exodus and Anthrax. Right when I entered the House of Blues, Exodus was just barely opening.
The whole time the crowd was jumping, moshing, crowd surfing, etc. Exodus was tearing it up and played greatest hits.
Once Anthrax came on, the energy level rose even higher. On this tour, Anthrax was celebrating the release of their album, “Among The Living”, which is one of the greatest metal albums of all time by playing it in its entirety. They immediately started playing the entire “Among The Living” album which since I know it completely, I started singing along right away(I’m the man with the power, Among The Living! Follow me or die!). Then guitarist Scott Ian started the 2nd track, Caught In A Mosh,
which in my opinion is the ultimate song to mosh pit to. Obviously the mosh pit was insane during that song and it being my favorite Anthrax song, I was screaming my voice out(what is it? Caught In A Mosh! What is it? Caught In A Mosh!).
Throughout the night there were a few surprises, such as when they did a cover of AC/DC’s “T.N.T”, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash, came out to play with them.
When they finished with Antisocial, we thought they were finished but they had 1 more surprise. Scott Ian introduced another guest and it turned out to be Public Enemy singer, ChuckD.
They did a cover of “Bring The Noise. A rapper singing with a thrash metal band? That was something to see to believe but it turned out sounding awesome. Who knew a rap song covered by a metal band would sound so…
….metal. This was an awesome night, anyone that was gone to any of the shows will say the same thing.
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
Municipal Waste and Napalm Death was a night of non-stop metal. They rocked us out to a jam-packed venue at the world-famous House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.
The opening bands were Attitude Adjustment, the death metal band Exhumed, and the hardcore punk band, The Dwarves. All opening bands did a great job in keeping the crowd wild and intense.
After them came up the 32 year veteran extreme/grindcore band from Birmingham, England, Napalm Death! They started off with the first 2 songs off of their new album Utilitarian. They continued to play songs from their new album was well as classics like “Suffer the Children” and “Scum”. The crowd was wild as there were mosh pits and people crowd-surfing the entire time.
The night’s headliners were the mighty thrash metal band Municipal Waste. The crows didn’t seem to be tired from Napalm Death as they continued to mosh pit and it was chaos the whole time Municipal Waste was playing. They were touring for their new album, The Fatal Feast and they played a few songs from that album but also did a good job of mixing it up with songs from their other albums. Highlights included “Mind Eraser,” “Beer Pressure” and “Thrashing Is My Business…And Business Is Good.” During “Born to Party”, one fan went as far as to climb up one of the speakers on the side of the stage and dove into the crowd for an epic stage dive. This was an intense night and exceeded my expectations as to how good it would turn out to be. My ears were ringing for days after the last note rang through the PA.
To view a playlist of Napalm Death and Municipal Waste videos from this show, click here.
Municipal Waste & Napalm Death Announce Fall 2012 North American Tour
This past February, Napalm Death released their latest record Utilitarian. The lads from England have just announced a tour of North America to support the critically acclaimed effort. They will team up with Municipal Waste for the trek (as well as Exhumed on most dates). Bands like Dwarves, Dayglo Abortions and Repulsion will open on select dates. You can check them all out down below.
NAPALM DEATH tour dates feat. MUNICIPAL WASTE, EXHUMED with VEKTOR
Oct 26–Springfield, VA–Empire
Oct 27–New York, NY–Gramercy Theater
Oct 28–New London, CT–El N Gee
Oct 29–Boston, MA–Middle East
Oct 31–Montreal, QC–Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov 1–Toronto, ON–The Opera House
Nov 2–Austin, TX–Fun Fun Fun Fest**
Nov 3–Chicago, IL–Reggie’s***
Nov 4–St Paul, MN–Station-4* with DAYGLO ABORTIONS
Nov 5–Winnipeg, MB–Osborne Village Inn
Nov 6–Regina, SK–Riddell Centre
Nov 7–Edmonton, AB–The Pawn Shop
Nov 9–Vancouver, BC–Rickshaw Theater with ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT
Nov 10–Seattle, WA–Neumo’s, with MARTHA SPLATTERHEAD’S REVENGE
Nov 11–Portland, OR–Hawthorne Theater
Nov 13–San Francisco, CA–DNA Lounge
Nov 14–Santa Ana, CA-Observatory, with REPULSION
Nov 15–Hollywood, CA–House Of Blues, with DWARVES
Nov 16–Tempe, AZ–Rocky Point
Nov 17–El Paso, TX–House Of Rock* with SPEEDWOLF
Nov 18–Ft Worth, TX–Rail Club***
Nov 20–Nashville, TN–Exit In
Nov 23–Richmond, VA–Kingdom
Nov 24–Charlotte, NC–The Casbah
Nov 25–Knoxville, TN–The Valarium
Nov 26–Birmingham, AL–Zydeco
Nov 27–New Orleans, LA–Siberia
Nov 30–Atlanta, GA–Terminal West
Dec 1–Tampa, FL–Orpheum Theater
Dec 2–Miami, FL–Grand Central, Barge To Hell Pre-Party**
Dec 3-7–Barge To Hell**
* = NAPALM DEATH, MUNICIPAL WASTE, EXHUMED only
** = NAPALM DEATH, MUNICIPAL WASTE only
*** = NAPALM DEATH, EXHUMED only
Judging by the name this should be a good time. Fun Fun Fun Fest is set to return to Austin Texas from November 2-4th 2012. The lineup is pretty incredible seeing as how it is topped by a reunited Run-D.M.C. One must assume with the 10 year anniversary of the death of Jam Master Jay the ground-breaking rap group may be going the hologram route much like Dre and Snoop did with 2Pac at Coachella 2012.
The rest of the lineup is down below. Three day passes are set to go on sale at 10:00 am CST on July 12th. Click here to check out the festival’s official website.
As previously reported here at Concert Confessions, Riot Fest in Chicago has a pretty sweet line up and prices. But fear not, for the festival will lend itself to a few other cities leading up(and past) to the Sept 14th-16th main event at Humboldt Park and the Congress Theatre.
Update(As Of 7/13): Riot Fest Philly has been postponed. In a statement released the festival has this to say: “We are truly sorry for those of you who were planning on coming out. This one hurts, but, a rescheduled show is in the works. More information about the new date will be made available soon.”
Refunds are now available at the point of purchase, and you should hold on to that doe, in case the reschedule sooner rather than later.
Then, a few months later the city this writer used to call home, Brooklyn will get it’s own taste of the festival. “Riot Fest Brooklyn” will take place on September 8th at Williamsburg Park and some of the highlights there include Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx and Screaming Females.
September 9th , Riot Fest will take itself to Toronto, with the home towners Fucked Up leading the way along with Descendents, Hot Water Music, NOFX, and Andrew W.K. at a place called Fort York: Garrison Commons.
Then, finally on September 22nd, “Riot Fest Dallas” will welcome Rise Against, Descendents, The Gaslight Anthem, The Sword, Andrew W.K., Fever Dreamer,Less Than Jake,Messengers,Mouth Of The South,Municipal Waste,Not In The Face,Off With Their Heads,Teenage Bottlerocket,The American Heist,The News Can Wait,The Sword,Venomous Maximus and others to the Gexa Energy Pavilion.
And of course as previously mentioned, you can check out our original post with the full Chicago line up here. Any other inquires about the festival or the mini-festivals, head over to the OFFICIAL RIOT FEST WEBSITE here
GWAR Announces Spring Leg of the Return of the World Maggot Tour
GWAR is about to awaken from their winter hibernation and return to the road for a spring leg of their Return of the World Maggot Tour. The trek will kick off with a special tribute for fallen guitarist Cory Smoot (AKA Flattus Maximus) at the National Theatre in Richmond, VA on March 16th. All proceeds from the Smoot Family Fund. From there, the tour will hit such exotic locations as Toledo Ohio, Lincoln Nebraska and Magna Utah before wrapping up April 11th in Ft. Collins Colorado. Municipal Waste, Ghoul and Legacy of Disorder will join GWAR on various points of the tour.
Personal slave to Oderus and Slave Pit spokesman Dave Brockie had this to say about the upcoming tour…
“All the years of doing GWAR could never have prepared us for what we have been through, and I want to thank the metal community and the extended GWAR family for all of your support. Finishing that last tour was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and we still have about half of the country left to hit. We will continue as a four-piece, with the special tribute to Flattus at the end of the show, in order to give our fans a chance to say goodbye to our fallen Scumdog brother in true GWAR fashion-covered in blood and rocking the fuck out! After this tour is over we can start looking to the future and begin to put this tragedy behind us. But for now we are still in “Hail Flattus” mode!”
GWAR Spring 2012 Tour Dates
3/16: Richmond, VA @ The National
3/17: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
3/18: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/20: Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
3/21: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
3/22: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
3/23: Toledo, OH @ The Omni
3/24: Lexington, KY @ Buster’s Billiards and Backroom