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The Top Five Jay Porks Concert Experiences of 2012

Top Five Jay Porks Experiences of 2012

The end of the year brings us empty wallets, fat stomachs and most importantly larger egos than we had the year before. It’s because of these egos that people like me put together these year end “best of”  lists. Although as you know, here at Concert Confessions we do things a little differently then other sites. We don’t have a Top Albums list, Top Artist list, Male and Female Rookies of the year list we do top Concerts of the year. Personally, I’ll trust all of you readers enough to go ahead and listen to all those albums of the year you’re listing-You’ll let me know what’s good. You’re nice people right?

Anyway, more self branding: Every year I set a personal goal of going to more shows then the year prior. In 2011, we had ourselves 23 Jay Porks Experiences. In 2012, money was a bit tight, schedules fluctuated and goals were not reached as 18 shows were only attended. But don’t worry, they were some memorable ones that will most definitely fill the void in my heart that sits beneath my wretched soul (Alright it’s not that bad, but it’s good copy!).  Below, you can view the list of the Top Five Jay Porks Experiences of 2012.

  #5 Orion Music + More Festival (Bader Field – Atlantic City, NJ) June 23rd – 24th

 

Heading to the lovely Detroit in 2013, this year brought this guy to his first ever “festival” experience. Sort of. And it turned out to be way more than I was actually prepared for. When you think festival you think a few things: camping, shower trucks and people lying overdosed in mud puddles while folks from LA Weekly takes photos. But Atlantic City brings  casinos, thousands of hotel rooms (lots of them luxurious), and no camp ground. The idea is to get a room for the weekend, they had room packages with some tickets, I chose to go off course and book my own room accommodations and take a cab over and back each day. Was a solid plan going in.   The list of acts seen was immense, including Metallica (curators of the Festival) headlining the two night stint. The first day I got to see Baroness, Roky Erickson, Fucked Up, Cage The Elephant, Modest Mouse and Arctic Monkeys before Metallica turned me into a fan playing Ride The Lightening in it’s entirety.  Skin was turned powdery white to beat red after the full day (sunscreen something I rarely carry) and the dreadful Flagship Hotel had a less than desirable internet connection. Day Two brought me the likes of A Place To Bury Stangers, Ghost, Gary Clark Jr, the waste known as Best Coast, The Black Dahlia Murder, Eric Church and Titus Andronicus before Metallica hit the stage to remind me why I was never that big into them in the first place when they played the The Black Album…. backwards. Okay. Then on this night the return to the hotel room brought me with the dilemma of having NO internet at all at the again, dreadful Flagship Hotel whose front desk said the services were down. So I walked myself to Bally’s Casino w/ bags packed with all the towels, soaps and ashtrays I was able to fit in there and awaited the 4:30AM bus back into New York City. Had to catch Childish Gambino in Central Park the next night after all. Sounds like a pain, and looking back it kind of was but at the same time, those two days spent AT Bader Field  (while the music was playing )were absolute  magic.

#4 Local H (Bell House – Brooklyn) October 18th

 

This show was epic for so many reasons. In my 2nd time seeing the band this year (plus the Scott Lucas and the Married Men Mercury Lounge pit stop in June), and 1st time since the release of their latest record “Hallelujah! I’m a Bum”, which is an absolute masterpiece, I found myself leaving the Bell House that night feeling way more blown away then I could have ever predicted. Take into account the spot in the back of the room where we were able to survey the entire place instead of getting hit with cups full a beer down front. The energy Scott Lucas brought to the table that night was one of a man on a mission, and tons of great songs got played off the new record. I usually hate when a band tries to shove new songs down my throat at shows but this record is one that people need to hear. It’s too good to get lost in the shuffle. Ended the night covering TV On The Radio‘s “Wolf Like Me”, which was like the cherry on an awesome sundae.

 

 

#3 Kasabian (Terminal 5 – New York City) March 22nd

 

 

It was something out of Biblical times. On March 22nd 2012, Kasabian hit New York City with the entire world watching via YouTube and left every ounce of their fiber and being on that stage that night. Every song was like another chapter in a great novel I was having someone read to me. I wouldn’t say the man, myth and legend Reverend Justito and I like tons of the same bands, but this is one of the few he pointed to me and I was instantly a super fan. They burned Terminal 5 down to the ground that night, and everyone who was there is a changed person today. It’s a shame I didn’t have a good camera when I went to this gig, or I would’ve had some cool ass pictures. Well, none of my pics would’ve been better than Mick Rock‘s anyway, did I mention he was there? Google him. The video below from that evening at Terminal 5 is courtesy of The Bowery Presents because this show happened when this guy was still rocking a $50 camera. Dear Kasabian: PLEASE COME BACK TO AMERICA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6dCRduf8Wk

 

#2 Foxy Shazam (Bowery Ballroom – New York City) May 16th

 

 

With Ween breaking up, they weren’t able to snag their normal spot as my #2 show of the year in 2012(as they had in 2010 and 2011). Having seen Foxy Shazam already kind of/sort of blow The Darkness  off stage in February – when a show was announced at Bowery Ballroom where they would headline I had to get in on that action-let’s see what the whole shebang brings to the table. And Oh Lord was I heeled with the Holy Touch with an evening of their finest numbers, funky vibes, and Eric Nally eating the cigarette I threw on stage!

I was sitting next to some people I met outside who were nice enough to pass along a pipe to me as I was filming “I Like It” . Snagged the spot upstairs balcony. Cannot beat it. Check the video for yourself. But if you told me before I went to that show that it would end up being the #2 show on my year end list I would have never ever believed you. The band is just that good. Nailing a spot supporting Slash on his Fall tour was a great job by him. Glad Slash has good taste in music. That was  Another show I attended. So three times I’ve been baptized into the Church of Rock & Roll this year… And I Like It.

 

#1 Mike Watt & Friends (Le Poisson Rouge – New York City) May 2nd

 

Mike Watt has tons of friends. When this purchase is made, the only thing known is that the Minuteman will team with J Mascis and Murph from Dinosaur Jr to play tonight and that Mike Watt will be interviewed on stage before the show. I got to tape the interview but the questions are raised. So what songs are they going to play? Dinosaur Jr songs? Minutemen songs? Who’s singing? Well there was no mic set up in front of J, which is indication this isn’t a Dinosaur Jr kind of night. Out walks Don Fleming (from the band Gumball) and they play The Stooges “Real Cool Time”. Then I remember who the active bass player in the Stooges is: Mike Watt! So here we are playing Stooges songs all night with a revolving door of guest singers. John Petkovic came out, then one of my freaking heroes Thurston Moore(of the recently divorced Sonic Youth), then Sharon Von Etten, then Kurt Vile. And Thurston reappeared at least two more times, and they had Steve Shelly (also Sonic Youth) in there on drums on some songs too along w/ Byron Coley (who did the interviewing earlier) and John Maloney. I couldn’t have missed any names, because Mike Watt tweeted over the set list the next day with all the names of the parties involved and what songs they played on. That show was something I’m never going to forget. That’s the closest I’ll ever come to seeing the actual Stooges.

The Jay Porks Favorite Read Of 2012 on Concert Confessions:

And last and certainly not least, I’ve added a new section to this top shows post. That portion is Top Concert Experience of 2012 NOT attended by me. We have lots of contributors, lots of varied acts getting written about. But one gig really hit close to home when out pal Reverend Justito went and saw my pals the Meat Puppets at the closing of the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, California. I can guarantee that I enjoyed reading this one as much as most of the attendees enjoyed living it.

Dethklok Announce Fall 2012 North American Tour w/ Machine Head, All That Remains & The Black Dahlia Murder

Dethklok Announce Fall 2012 North American Tour w/ Machine Head, All That Remains & The Black Dahlia Murder

 

This is one bad ass tour. Dethklok (who as you may recall was supposed to hit the road with Lamb of God) have announced dates for a fall 2012 North American Tour. The trek will tour coast to coast and features support from Machine Head, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder. Check out all the dates for yourself down below.

10/30 – Norfolk, VA/ Norva
10/31 – Philadelphia, PA/ Electric Factory
11/02 – Silver Spring, MD/Fillmore
11/03 – New York, NY/Roseland Ballroom
11/04 – Worcester, MA/Palladium
11/05 – Montreal, Quebec/ Metropolis
11/07 – Toronto, Ontario/Sound Academy
11/08 – Pittsburgh, PA/Stage AE
11/09 – Columbus, OH/LC Pavilion
11/10 – Detroit, MI/Fillmore
11/11 – Grand Rapids, MI/Orbit Room
11/13 – Fargo, ND/ The Venue
11/14 – Minneapolis, MN/ Myth
11/15 – Milwaukee, WI/ Rave / Eagles Club
11/16 – Chicago, IL/ Aragon Ballroom
11/17 – Kansas City, MO/Midland
11/18 – St. Louis, MO/The Pageant
11/20 – Denver, CO/Fillmore
11/21 – Salt Lake City, UT/Great Salt Air
11/23 – Seattle, WA/Showbox SODO
11/24 – Portland, OR/Roseland Theater
11/26 – Oakland, CA/Fox Theater
11/27 – Hollywood, CA/Palladium
11/28 – Phoenix, AZ/Marquee
11/30 – Dallas, TX/House Of Blues
12/01 – Austin, TX/Stubbs
12/02 – Houston, TX/House of Blues
12/04 – Orlando, FL/House Of Blues
12/06 – Chattanooga, TN/Track 29
12/07 – Charlotte, NC/ Fillmore
12/08 – Atlanta, GA/Tabernacle

Orion Music + More Festival Day Two Recap 6/24/12

Orion Music + More Festival (Day  2) – 06/24/12

Bader Field – Atlantic City, NJ

Words/Photos  by Jay Porks

Orion Music + More Festival Day Two Recap 6/24/12

Orion Music + More Festival- Day Two: Running later than yesterday because the alarm didn’t go off it was just a mere coincidence  to have drank enough fluids on Day One that a built in  intestinal alarm clock  was installed as a back up. That was a dodged bullet there wasn’t it? That could have been so much worse. Maybe not wake up at 4pm and miss out on Ghost! Or The Black Dahlia Murder! Well luckily, in the 72nd edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series, I made it to Bader Field on time, here in the beautiful Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Fuel Stage to kick today off with A Place To Bury Strangers.

You see an editors note on yesterday’s recap about me writing this review at the show. That’s true. With memory card space and battery life on my mind, instead of filming all I can I’m taping one song per set, therefore leaving me more time to take little notes and stuff.  Hence why some of the wording seems as if it’s happening live. It was at the time.

A Place To Bury Strangers

Who’s the one who told me to check this band out like 3 years ago? Anyway, thank you whoever you are, because they ain’t too shabby.  You’d think with a name like A Place To Bury Strangers, they come and rip your heart out with the death grips of metal. I mean, they’re loud as fuck, and quite heavy-but the elements of distortion (I don’t if that’s an effects box on the drum set or what), they’re more “alternative-ty”. They kicked off at 1pm and a few songs in I’m thinking “wow these dudes are wrecking shit up, what time is it now?” It was only  1:18pm.  I caught maybe 6 or 7 of their songs before I headed cross the field to the Orion Stage to get a good spot(behind the empty VIP area) for Ghost.

Ghost

Yesterday, Lars and Kirk introduced  a few of the bands that they said they were fans of. Well, Ghost got that same treatment today, only from James Hetfield. I was chatting it up with a fellow rail rider and a security guard in front of us. Kid next to me mentioned that they changed from all black to all white for this tour “so they look like Klan members”. The security guard happened to be black, so I said to him “so don’t run when you see them!” jokingly. It was all fun and games- even when Ghost came on. These guys definitely have a sense of humor. The costumes, the whole thing. When they walk out you can’t help but chuckle. I was no longer afraid, but intrigued.  And they don’t seem to me to be this “heavy death kill your face” metal as assumed.

Ghost rocked. We got that cool ass “Here Comes the Sun” cover, and I think that last song was called “Ritual”. I noticed their drummer was kicking up something wicked over there. Awesome band- now go take those outfits off boys it’s hot at hell out here

Gary Clark Jr

 Fuck yeah! I had and still have no idea who this guy Gary Clark Jr. is, and you know what, that’s a bad job on my part. Shame on me.  Apparently I was the only one  who was new to dude, because the crowd really packed in for this one. If you’re a fan of awesome  bluesy crazy guitar work- emphasis on awesome-then you need to see check this guy out. The solos were freaking epic- some take you to space type stuff.  Kirk Hammet introduced him as “one of my new favorite guitar players” and praised his interesting sound. Well, as Kirk watched from the side of the stage the riffs from Gary Clark Jr were hitting me in all the right places song by song. I got the name of one cause the lyrics were easy “If You Love Me Like You Say”. Seriously, where’d this guy come from? Does Jack White know about this guy? Because I can guarantee once he hears him they’ll form some sort of awesome side project for Mr. White.

Best Coast

Yesterday saw the indie acts the likes Modest Mouse and stuff. Today leans more towards the metal side of things- therefore, more drunk metal fans, hence peaking my interest to see Best Coast  get stuff chucked at them. While I walked over I heard Soul Rebels doing a jazzy version of “Enter Sandman” wish I could have caught that. But instead I was catching these wusses. With their soft, boring music. How old is that chick like 14? They’re like emo kids who heard a song with a distortion pedal and started a band with their parents money. I’m chatting it up with this female security guard as they play.  Forget these losers. Such uninteresting songs I could write in my sleep.

The Black Dahlia Murder

Ghost and The Black Dahlia Murder are the two acts of Orion that Reverend Justito has been in my ear about. I’m on the rail at 4:46( their set is at 5:15) and as they’re setting up at the Damage Inc. Stage one of the guitar players screams to the crowd “Take off the glasses so I can see your eyes!!”. These guys have a sense of humor they were joking around with fans the whole time they set up, and between songs.  Once they started, it was the fastest played instruments I’ve ever seen in my life. THIS band, is the first band at this festival with the exception of Metallica that I’d hear one second of and immediately say “metal”. The lead singer has the full growl going, I don’t know how that can be done night in night out without killing your voice box. Few songs in dude tells the crowd he wants to see the biggest circle pit of all time. So this, already rawkus crowd with some epic crowd surfers just got a tad more violent. Awesome. Thought I enjoyed the band, not sure if it’s something I can do full albums of.  I got out of there 10 minutes to 6, I have to find a spot with some shade.

Eric Church

 Back to the Orion Stage and another act introduced by James Hetfeild, this one being Eric Church. I’m giving it the blind listen for the first 2 songs, I found an shaded spot where I can sit on the floor behind the handicap seating( I need a breather!). I can say this much- I didn’t need Hetfeild to tell me this dude is from Nashville,  because from the first lyric he sang his voice conveyed  the sounds of he south. He said “We’re from Tennessee, we just wanna drink and party like you guys”. Sweet. His voice would fit in well with country music- but his band sounds like they belong at a place like this. Songs I didn’t hate, even if it is country music. Church mentions he drinks “94 proof, single barrel Jack Daniels” while holding up a red cup and says “I wrote a song about it, for those who won’t remember all this in the morning.. called Jack Daniels”. Did I mention there is no liquor on sale here? Just beer and I saw wine. With this crowd, probably a safe idea.

Titus Andronicus

While everyone heads over to the Fuel Stage for Avenged Sevenfold, a band I tried so hard to get into but couldn’t, I figured I’d check out Titus Andronicus at the Frantic Stage. Of course now that the sun is setting I’ll make my first trip to the tented stage. I know Titus did one of those covers on that Spin magazine Nirvana Nevermind tribute album that I didn’t hate. So there’s one I’ll know if they play it.

Once they started I’m thinking: “Now this is more up my alley”. Three guitar players, front man who’s looks like his girl friend dumped him and they’re here to tell you about it type of band. Slightly whiney, but I can’t blame them they’re from  Jersey and they get loud enough to make up for it. They’re more punky than anything else. Really enjoyed their set, it was fun- made me bounce. Towards the end the lead singer is like “Metallica is up next.. never thought I’d be saying that”.

Metallica

Now let me preface this following paragraph by saying I think it’s really cool what Metallica did here with this whole “inviting bands outside the genre of Metal” to a festival thing, and I loved it. Orion Music + More was something I’m going to remember.

 

They’re set to hit the stage tonight at 8PM tonight as oppose to 9PM, it is a Sunday after all. Once their set started I received three texts from three people who shall remain nameless (thenaturalstoner, Mr. Sparkly, and I made up the third one it was only two) asking me if Fuse is running a repeat of last nights show on the stream. Add an hour more of daylight, and I kind of felt the same way. They went with  “Ecstasy of Gold”,  “Hit The Lights” and “Master Of Puppets” to kick it off again. Last night I played the role of “first Metallica show” guy. The guy who’d never seen the band before and I just sat back and really was able to take it all in. . But can you tell me something? What the hell guys?? What the hell? If you exchange “Ride The Lightning”  with “The Black Album” tonight was basically almost a carbon copy set of last night.  Okay, at 8:42 we got “Fuel”, I’ll give you that-it was freaking awesome. But even the way Hetfeild worded everything exactly the same way as he had did the night before, as if he had all that stuff memorized. He keeps saying stuff like “Orion and Metallica are family” and making us chant it, as if he’s taking this Orion Music + More brand and trying to pitch it for next year already.  First of all you’re Metallica, if you wanna have a festival I’m sure you can afford to have one every single year. And second off , dude, if you book good bands, we’ll come back again-stop forcing it on us.

I was really happy to be able to grab footage of Metallica doing my favorites though, even if they were played last night. This new camera is such a beast. Last night my battery died before I could get pics of any of their pyrotechnics fireworks explosions that started with “Enter Sandman” (on both nights that’s where the bombs went off).

‘Unforgiven’ was epic, thank the sweet lord they didn’t play versions II and III.  It wasn’t til after 9Pm when we got into the Black Album-backwards. I don’t listen to albums in reverse order unless I’m trying to find out if Paul is dead, so what the hell is up with that? They did the same thing last night. And don’t call me a noob, because  when I got in the cab after the show and I asked the people I shared it with if they stayed for the entire encore, the answer was a quick “No way they played all the same songs”. And don’t talk my word and the word of someone I asked for it, as the Concert Confessions peeps who were watching the stream and had their own thoughts:

Jakob:

-“They could at least switch up the intro! Don’t do the Ecstasy of Gold two nights in a row at your festival”

-“It’s your own festival! Switch it up! Jesus christ”

TheNaturalStoner:

– “Are you shitting me right now???? apparently Metallica still has some shit to learn about playing multi night stands”

-“Seriously… did we get last nights feed? this is weird”

-” Jesus christ they got like 15 albums of songs, why they gotta do this?? If Phish did this all hell would break loose”

Mr Sparkly :

-“Just play a two-hour long Enter Sandman…call it a night.”

-” Yes, James…you are at Orion and your band is Metallica.”

-” Alright, playing the Black Album was cool and all, but there was so much more they could have done with the second night.”

-“A wasted opportunity”


Ooooo look they’re encoring with “Seek And Destroy”.  Yeah, like a lot of stuff  during this set, I got this last night. During that encore I was heading towards the exit. Tonight Metallica set was kind of a let down all things considered. Last night they seemed like cool guys, like changed men. Tonight all I see on stage is a band looking at a sea of about 22,000 fans while calculating profits in their heads.

At least I saw Metallica two nights in a row-I mean in the general scheme of things having never seen them before this weekend. But I do have one last question. Metallica has a song called “Orion” right? This is Orion Music + More festival right? Why not play that song, do you guys think it sucks? Then why name you’re festival after it? But besides a 2nd night headlining let down, the whole weekend was really great and I got to branch out my musical tastes a little bit from stage to stage, set to set. First “festival” I’ve attended was a success, even catching that 4:30AM bus back to NYC at Ballys.

Notes: The Medical staff gets all the blame when shit goes wrong, well let’s slurp them when shit goes well. Their were tents everywhere if you were feeling even the least bit dehydrated or anything. Drunken passed out people on the floors were quickly scoop up brought into the tent and revived in time for Metallica.

Must See Acts, Set Times for Orion Music + More Festival

Must See Acts, Set Times for Orion Music + More Festival 

Bader Field – Atlantic City, NJ June 23rd & 24th

On Saturday June 23rd, Atlantic City’s own Bader Field will be taken over by the legion of Metal-Heads as Metallica’s  Orion Music + More Festival will kick off.  You may have heard over the weekend that Phish just did 3 nights at this same “field”.

When you hear someone say “Hey, I’m going to that Metallica festival” it’s immediately interrupted as something that would be titled “Death Metal Fest” or something like that(and in pour the comments about the differences between death metal and black metal). But au contraire friends, this isn’t the typical festival(line-up wise) at all you would expect for Metallica to be curating. The two day festival is bound to bring not only fans of the Metal or thrash genre, but the pseudo-intellectual hipsters will flock to this thing too, as some of their favorite Indie acts like The Gaslight Anthem and Best Coast  have been invited to this festival along with the other 30+ ,  eclectic to say the least,  acts set to appear. We’ll get to the full list of the acts at the bottom of this post when we map out which bands will be appearing at what times on which of the four stages this festival will have, but for now, let’s get into the  Jay Porks Top Five Must See Bands at this Orion Music + More extravaganza this weekend June 23rd and 24th.

#5 Metallica ( Headlining both nights ‘Orion’ Stage)

I know what you’re thinking: “How can Metallica NOT be number one here?!?” . Well, truth be told, I personally am not the biggest Metallica fan. Putting all the differences aside like when Lars and the boys got angry about fans downloading the bands music from Napster, all and all I’m lucky to see the band. And hey at least they’re playing the Black Album and Ride The Lightening in their entirety, because those are the only two albums that contain the Metallica songs I like.  I’m happy to be able to cross them off the bucket list of bands to see, and I appreciate them putting on a festival like this with such diversity. But there are 4 other acts I’d rather see perform at this thing.

#4 Ghost (Sunday, ‘Orion Stage’ 2PM-3PM)

Here’s all I know about Ghost: they scare the living fuck out of me. Seriously, have you seen their cover of “Here Comes The Sun”? The people (Fine authors like Reverend Justito and Jakob Ross  to name two)I know who seem to know music speak very highly of the Stockholm band, and with nothing conflicting (and hopefully carrying a change of underwear) I will be sure to check these dudes out on the Sunday at 2 in the afternoon.

#3 Roky Erickson (Saturday,”Frantic” Stage 2:45-3:30PM

Before I explain myself let me remind everyone that every act on the bill was invited by Metallica to perform. But holy shit, I get to see  Roky Erickson! I’m over joyed . Pioneer of  the psychedelic rock movement with the 13th Floor Elevators back in the day, Roky has be cited as the influence for a number of acts, from the Meat Puppets to obvious Metallica. If that’s not cool tits right there, I don’t know what is. Above is a video of Mr. Erickson jamming with the aforementioned Meat Puppets at SXSW last year.

#2 Arctic Monkeys (Saturday,8PM-9PM ‘Fuel Stage’)

I don’t remember when it was, but I know it was some random Pandora radio station I had created back in the day. I was trolling some bands message board arguing with people for reasons I forgot 5 minutes later, a song called ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ came on and I immediately stopped to find out who the hell these guys were.  Such an interesting sound, so unique in so many ways-these guys just opened up a Arena Tour for the Black Keys . That show (though pricey I was still going to attend) sold out on me faster than you can make a premature ejaculation joke. I’m so freaking ready to watch these guys rock out the ‘Fuel Stage’ before Metallica closes out Saturday with ‘Ride The Lightening’

#1 Modest Mouse (Saturday 7pm-8pm ‘Orion Stage’)

And leading that pack of  aforementioned pseudo-intellectual hipsters will be this guy right here, hopefully riding the rail for Modest Mouse’s set. Hell, I’ve even grab a few Tao Lin books and spend two days in a garage errrrrrr I mean an “art space” in Williamsburg watching Russ Meyer flicks to gear up for this one.  I freaking LOVE this band. The only thing I would question is why have Arctic Monkeys and these guys on the same night? One of them should be playing Sunday before Metallica. Anyway, I’ll hopefully be “Doin’ The Cockroach” with some festival groupie chicks to whom sober is 26 miles in their rear view mirror.

Honorable Mentions: Cage The Elephant are a really cool band, and had I wanted to do a Top six they were next-promise.  If all goes according to plan, Metallica fans storm the stage and trample Best Coast for being such wusses. That’s one band that’s gonna get killed at this gig, seriously. Back when Dinosaur Jr came to Terminal 5 and Rollins interviewed them on stage and that douche bag stole a snippet of my full 18 minute video, an opener that was sorta over looked in the aftermath was Fucked Up. So I’m interested to check out their festival set and see what they’re all about. And either Jim Florentine or Don Jamieson  I guess I’ll have to check out to. I wonder if “That Metal Show” will do an episode remote from the festival. Probably not, but here’s hoping.

Below, you can find humongous screen shots of the festival’s stage schedules and all the bands playing when and where. TheNaturalStoner hooked that up because I’m an idiot who was gonna type it out individually.


There are two slots in these photos labeled TBA. The Saturday 1PM at Orion Stage is Baroness, and the Sunday, 5PM on the Fuel Stage is Volbeat. They were the last two bands added to the line-up. You’d think the festival’s website would have an updated version of this. Oh well. Come find me at the Flagship Resort as that’s where I’ll be staying since Atlantic City has closed my favorite hotel/casino the Trump Marina (that had a sweet buffet and a Hooters). Seriously, come find me, I’m looking to freaking party. Besides the time at Bader Field, and the hour after that I’m writing the experience up-I will be wasted. The Jay Porks After Party. Don’t act like I WON’T do that.  See you all there, I’ll be the one in the shirt that says “Your Favorite Band Sucks”(or my Blood Half Moons tee shirt).

Jay Porks Orion Schedule:

Saturday

1PM Baroness-Orion Stage

2:45PM Roky Erickson-Frantic Stage

4PM Fucked Up -Fuel Stage

5:15PM Jim Florentine-Frantic Stage

6PM Cage The Elephant-Fuel Stage

7PM Modest Mouse-Orion Stage

8PM Arctic Monkeys-Fuel Stage

9PM Metallica (Ride The Lightening)-Orion Stage

Sunday

1PM A Place To Bury Strangers -Fuel Stage

2PM Ghost-Orion Stage

3PM Gary Clark Jr.-Fuel Stage

4Pm Best Coast – Orion Stage

5:15Pm The Black Dahlia Murder – Damage Inc. Stage

6PM Eric Church-Orion Stage

7PM Titus Andronicus- Frantic Stage

8PM Metallica (The Black Album)- Orion Stage

Nile/The Black Dahlia Murder 04/05/12: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

The Black Dahlia Murder w/ Nile, Skeletonwitch & Hour of Penance 04/05/12

House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better way to spend Good Friday Eve then with a quadruple shot of detuned death metal action. The line for the sold out House of Blues Sunset show wrapped around the block long before the doors opened with fans ready to mosh the night away. Once doors opened, the building buzzed with anticipation as fans slammed beers and discussed which of the night’s artists they were most looking forward to experiencing live.

Hour Of Penance

While the venues website stated that the music was to kick off at 8pm, the evenings first band Hour of Penance actually hit the stage at 7:30pm. Hailing from Italy (Rome to be exact) I know I was not alone in not knowing much about the four piece band. Likewise I was not alone in being instantly converted as a fan by the time they left the stage. For 25 minutes the band brought  it hard as circle pits formed and fans went nuts. New songs like “Ascension” mixed well with older material like “Slavery In A Deaf Decay” and the set closing “Misconception.” I was very impressed and get the vibe that by the next time they make it to America they won’t be the first band performing on the bill.

Skeletonwitch

Skeletonwitch made it clear from the second they hit the stage, they were there to drink beer and rock the fuck out. Mission Accomplished as the Ohio based band did exactly that. The set drew heavy from last year’s four star effort Forever Abomination. “This Horrifying Force (The Desire To Kill),” “Reduced To The Failure Of Prayer” and “Shredding Sacred Flesh” beat the capacity crowd into submission. I did have one major problem with the bands set and that is the fact they only got 30 minutes. I know they were second on the bill, but I assumed with the early start time they would have played for at least 45. Sadly that was not the case as the band said goodbye before launching into a spectacular version of “Within My Blood.”

Nile

Despite quick set changes, fans were ready for Nile the moment Skeletonwitch left the stage. With singer/songwriter Ryan Adams having already shared with me via Twitter that Nile was “intense” I was damn excited to finally see a band that has been making groundbreaking death metal for nearly 20 years. The group opened their main support set with the thunderous first track from their 2009 release Those Whom The Gods Detest. With it being Good Friday Eve, “Kafir!” was the logical opener as it gave the sweaty masses on the packed floor a chance to scream in unison “There Is No God.” Not even lead guitarists Karl Sanders Marshall Amp cutting in and out could stop the destructive onslaught Nile was brining onto the West Hollywood hot spot.

Nile did an outstanding job of interacting with the crowd while cranking out a seven song career spanning set. Vocalist/guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade had fans scream in their best death metal voice before launching into a devastating version of “Sacrifice Unto Sebek.” Other highlights included tight versions of “Ithyphallic” and “Sacrophagus.” Much like Skeletonwitch, my only complaint was how short the set was. 40 minutes of Nile is simply not enough. After the band wrapped the set with “Black Seeds of Vengeance” fans chants for one more song were unfortunately not granted. While a few were seen heading for the exits, most crowd members just grabbed another beer of complimentary cup of ice water in a hope to hydrate before the night’s final act.

The Black Dahlia Murder

It was shy of 9 months ago that I caught my 5th performance by The Black Dahlia Murder and I was no doubt excited for round 6. Kicking things off with the 1-2 opening punch from their most recent studio effort Ritual; “A Shrine To Madness” and “Moonlight Equilibrium” took what had already been an insane pit and somehow managed to make it bigger and faster. For the next hour, the Michigan based melodic death metal heads played a career spanning set much to the delight of the crowd. “What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse” and “A Vulgar Picture” took it back a few years but it didn’t matter as fans react to all eras of The Black Dahlia Murder with equal enthusiasm.

I believe it was during “Conspiring With The Damned” that I thought of the perfect title for the set. It was A Night of 1000 First Bumps. Lead vocalist Trevor Strnad found a way to sneak in an even heavier dosage of arm raising fury than usual as the band blasted heavy hitters like “Den of The Picqurerist,” “Miasma” and “On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood.” Known for not playing encores, the set ended with a song from their debut album Unhallowed. “Funeral Thirst” gave fans one last chance to go bonkers in the pit and one final chance for Strand to raise his fists in the air while serving as the perfect exclamation point for an outstanding night of death metal mayhem.

 

The Black Dahlia Murder Announce Canadian Ritual Tour Dates

The Black Dahlia Murder Announce Canadian Ritual Tour Dates

We have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Michigan and Washington are no longer members of the United States. The good news is that The Black Dahlia Murder will be visiting all of those territories on their upcoming Canadian Ritual Tour. The trek kicks off May 11th in Madison Wisconsin and wraps June 2nd in Detroit Michigan. Support on this tour will come from Exhumed and Fuck The Facts. You are probably not even reading this, just looking at the pretty tour poster above. We are cool with that. If you are reading this, check out our past reviews of The Black Dahlia Murder here, here and here.

 

 

The Black Dahlia Murder Announce 2012 Spring US Tour Dates

The Black Dahlia Murder Announce 2012 Spring US Tour Dates

Having already performed to sold out across the nation as the headliner of the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour, The Black Dahlia Murder are set for another round of US Tour Dates in support of their most recent release Ritual. The trek kicks off in the band native Michigan on March 24th and wraps on 4/20 with a headline appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA.

The tour will feature main support from Nile with Skeletonwitch and Hour of Penance rounding out the bill. Complete dates for the tour are listed below.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NILE, SKELETONWITCH, HOUR OF PENANCE
Mar. 24 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Mar. 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club
Mar. 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
Mar. 27 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Mar. 29 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Mar. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Apr. 02 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Apr. 03 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Apr. 04 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Apr. 05 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Apr. 06 – Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
Apr. 07 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Apr. 09 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar
Apr. 10 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Apr. 11 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Apr. 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Apr. 17 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Apr. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
Apr. 19 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA – New England Metal & Hardcore Fest at The Palladium

 

 

Summer Slaughter 07/22/11: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

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?!?!

Dying Fetus

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.

Darkest Hour

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.

Whitechapel

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.

 

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

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

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The Black Dahlia Murder Bring an International Flavor to The Roxy Theatre

The Black Dahlia Murder (w/ HateSphere, Augury & Obscura) 03/06/10
The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
Words/Videos/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

After two weeks of non-stop action up the coast in Vancouver, the close of the 2010 Winter Olympics has sent me into a downward spiral of depression. No longer can I turn on the television and watch global goliaths face off in events like Curling and Ice Dancing. Gone were underage girls drinking and smoking cigars, a Ginger on a snowboard and that ice-skater guy on LSD. For those like myself, hopelessly addicted to friendly yet fierce international competition, this week has not been kind. Thankfully, the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA understood the post Olympics withdrawals and helped ease the pain with a four-nation demolition derby of death metal. With heavy wind and rain splashing down upon the Sunset Strip, hundreds of fans waited in line for hours to get into the sold-out event. Featuring a triumphant return to the historic venue by headliners The Black Dahlia Murder, the melodic metal band handpicked three international acts to show their skills off to an eager stateside audience. With all three support acts unknown to me, I found myself with an opportunity to experience new music from exotic lands before one more round with Waterford Michigan’s best metal band.
HateSphere (Denmark)

As fans wrung out their wet clothes in the venue’s restroom, HateSphere took to the stage. Right out of the gate, the five-piece Danish act commanded the attention of the 60-70 fans in front of the stage. As many more rushed in, the band belted out a quick and energetic set, filled with groove-heavy trash/death metal. The riffs, while heavy, were rich with melody, instantly setting them apart in my mind from countless other opening bands I have seen over the years. Front man Morten “Kruge” Madsen (a recent addition to the group after the departure of Jonathan “Joller” Albrechtsen) did an outstanding job of getting the crowd worked up into a frenzy as guitarists Jakob Nyholm & Peter “Pepe” Lyse Hansen chugged along in unison behind him. Towards the end of the brief opening set, a circle pit formed as cold and wet fans bashed and banged into each other, signaling their approval. As my drink flew out of my hand from a wet mosher crashing into me, I didn’t even have time to mind. With it being the final few moments of their first show in the great state of California (The band is touring North America for the first time), I was going to enjoy every second instead of crying over spilt Red Bull and Vodka.

Augury (Canada)

Hailing from Montreal, Augury was a perfect mix of random geeky band traits that I adore.
Hilarious Stage Banter – Check
Appreciation of Conspiracy Theories – Check
Crazy & Random Momentum Changes That Catch You Off Guard and Take You Places You Never Planned on Going – Check

Augury simply blew me away. Much like HateSphere, the four-piece band was playing with new members. I am unsure of who was playing bass before, but it’s hard to imagine it getting much better than fill-in, Christian Pacaud. This man is a monster who effortlessly lays gargantuan riffsdown upon his 6 string bass. In between heavy, technically progressive riffs and growling vocals, Patrick Loisel cracked jokes with the now over-capacity crowd. With a set that drew heavily from their recent release, Fragmentary Evidence, the band had the crowd right where they wanted them the entire time. Of the three opening acts, there is no doubt that Augury easily won the gold.

Obscura (Germany)

All the way from Munich Germany, Obscura took to the stage just after 10pm. Hitting the crowd hard with their relentless jackhammering riffs, while not terrible, I know I failed to connect with the band and it seemed as if other members of the audience felt the same. While decent, the songs lacked emotion and failed to make a lasting impression on me. Perhaps that is what some search for, but not I. At one point towards the end of their set, guitarist and lead vocalist, Steffen Kummerer, did his best to get the audience involved questioning if the American metal scene was still alive. It fell upon deaf ears as a majority of the crowd was ready for the main event. This was further proved by the loud chants for the headliner after Obscura had left the stage.

The Black Dahlia Murder (USA)

At 11:00pm sharp, the curtain rose for the final time to reveal the evening’s main attraction — The Black Dahlia Murder. Having rocked the same room for free two months earlier, the five-piece band returned to a hero’s welcome as they opened their headlining set with the song “Funeral Thirst.” Passing out high fives to rowdy fans, vocalist Trevor Strnad paced back and forth across the front of the stage, screaming bloody hell into his microphone. Over the next hour, the band played a brutal set of metal that spanned their four Metal Blade releases. One of the best things about the live Black Dahlia Murder experience is that the crowd goes off no matter what. It does not matter if the five-piece is destroying the stage with a classic like “Statutory Ape” or a new song like “Black Valor” (from the band’s most recent release Deflorate); the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd is exactly the same.

After dedicating the number to all the drinkers, the band launched into an intense version of “I’m Charming” that saw the pit swell so large it became impossible for security to keep the mob from overflowing into the fire aisles. While “What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse” gave the bloodsuckers in the crowd their chance to go off, I was more enthralled by new guitarist Ryan Knight. In the two short months since I last saw the band, he seems so much more comfortable on the stage and within the music. Hell he outright owned songs like “A Vulgar Picture” and “Miasma.”Really, the entire band owned the entire night, which is the reason I keep coming back for more. While intense, The Black Dahlia Murder shows have a wild and crazy edge that makes them feel more like a large house party than a concert. The bands fun loving energy is contagious and it is fucking impossible to not have a great time with them.

Hours after the band had made themselves accessible to fans, standing in the crowd during the sets by HateSphere and Augury, the show came to an end. While closing with a new song can often kill the momentum of an otherwise great set, this is not the case when you are the Black Dahlia Murder. Skipping an encore, the band gave the beyond capacity crowd one last chance to go nuts with “I Will Return.” An appropriate title, as it completely sums up how I feel after every single show I see these guys play. As long as they keep performing, I will keep coming back to see the most exciting band in melodic death metal. Here is to hoping that The Black Dahlia Murder won’t keep Southern California waiting too long for a rowdy round three within the legendary walls of The Roxy.


42 Minutes Of The Black Dahlia Murder – Free Of Charge

The Black Dahlia Murder 12/03/09

The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos/Videos byReverend Justito

Thanks Scion For The Free Show

A few years before I was the concert confessing cubical warrior who hangs at Hollywood hotspots with Tom Morello and that dude who gets paid to beat the snot out of people, I drove various video tapes around in a highly decorated Scion XB.  While there were many terrible things about making $9.00 to deliver digital betacam’s with Judge Judy episodes or Lexus commercials, there were some experiences that I truly miss.  While many aspects of the Scions we got were stripped down, my boss made sure to get the good CD player/speakers.  I often was expected to drive like a maniac (some execs often confuse video tapes with hearts in coolers going to transplant patients) and I can’t tell you how many rush hours Miasma by The Black Dahlia Murder helped me survive.   Having seen the Waterford, Michigan melodic metallers a few times in the past, I had high hopes to catch them in support of their most recent record – Deflorate.  I am sure you can imagine my excitement when my former road rage machine maker Scion brought the band to The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA for free.

Brian Eschbach - The Roxy 12/03/09

Oddly enough, I actually had more fun waiting for the show than inside the show.  I hit the sidewalk with fellow concert confessions user God Frank around 6:45pm, and found the line to already be rather long.  In the 105 minutes that we waited in line, we watched some kids (who were cool enough to go buy us beer without us even asking) pay a 53 year old homeless man $15 to have a dance off with them.  For those interested in the results, the cash heavy early had better overall moves, but dragon breath at 30+ years older busted some serious split.   I was personally invited to participate in group sex act with 15 year olds boys, and when I looked to the father who was the chaperone for the night, he just smiled and seemed real proud of his flock of braces, acne and hated of the Raiders nation.  Perhaps most important we discovered the first known North American MexiMetalMullet wook #17 as he walked up and down Sunset Blvd no less than 38 times.  Sometimes the soul just needs laughter and on the first Thursday night in December, we were blessed with some very awesome temporary friends.

 

With a very slow entrance process into the venue being the worst part of the night, we ended up being some of the very last people allowed into the venue.  Having already missed the opening band Revocation, we didn’t even have time to use the restroom and grab a drink before The Black Dahlia Murder hit the stage.  As the curtain went up with a wall of feedback, the club erupted into pure chaos.  With no guard rail, the very young crowd charged from the circle pit onto the stage, looking to jump back into a sea of their peers.

 

The band used its 42 minute headline set to pack fan favorites in with a few choice new songs.  When fronmtman Trevor Strnad was not encouraging the crowd to get naked with him, he controlled the all ages crowd with a steady mix of screams and over-exaggerated hand motions.  While the uneducated ear may pass it off simply as screaming, Strnad’s vocal range is rather remarkable.  He made sure to show it off during songs like “Black Valor” and “A Vulgar Picture” hitting high shrieks and thunderously low growls.  With more than one stage diver offering the Wayne/Garth “We’re not worthy” bow down to drummer Shannon Lucas, it was guitarist Brian Eschbach who protected them by getting into multiple fight with the one security guard who tried to stop the onslaught of fans upon the stage.

Trevor & Brian from The Black Dahlia Murder 12/03/09

Really, at 42 minutes, the show was over before I felt the band had even really got started.  To be fair, it was free, and the band needed to get to LAX to catch a flight to South America.  It’s just that knowing what these guys can do upon the stage it wasn’t enough.  Being one of the last ones in, I was on the opposite side of their new lead axe slinger Ryan Knight, which prevented me from watching him only improve an already technically solid musical machine.  All the more reason I will do my best to check them out the next time they come through LA I suppose.  So as the curtain came down before the band hardly had time to break a sweat, we hit the strip once again, this time meeting up with some real friends.  As I clutched my free pair of Scion socks, I realized that with a few small changes, Scion has a pretty cool thing going here, let’s hope we will be fortunate enough to get plenty of free metal from the auto maker in 2010.

 

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