Combichrist with William Control at Respectable Street, W. Palm Beach… May 9, 2014

Usually going into a concert, I have a perfect image of what I want the setlist to be. After you see a band 2 or 3 times and hear most of their back catalogue you kinda lose that desire. I have seen Combichrist maybe 4 or 5 times now so to me I really didn’t care what they played. It’s probably a good thing since most of the songs were newer even though they did play a few favorites like Blut Royale and Shut up and swallow. The best part about some of these smaller venue shows is the camaraderie amongst fans. Everyone really seemed into the show and was having a great time. It was quite crowded but not too ridiculous. The opener was William Control who used to be in the band Aiden. Ironically, he sounds nothing like he does as a former member of that band. In this case, it’s a good thing.  I have been following his music for the past year or so and really enjoyed it. He put on a good show and was a great opener 🙂

Unfortunately I was having too good of a time to take any great pics.. oh well!?!?

SETLIST:

  1. Encore:

RATING: 8/10

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Lacuna Coil at Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale… May 7, 2014

Lacuna Coil… I have seen them twice before. Once in 2002 and then again in 2006. Their album Unleashed Memories has always been one of my favorite metal albums. I love the back and forth of the male/female vocals. Other bands in this genre would be: Nightwish, Theatre of Tragedy, Paradise Lost, Anathema, and Tristania. Christina Scabbia has a beautiful voice even after 20 years!!!

I will admit after Comalies, I am not too familiar with their work. They have put out 4 albums since then. As far as the show went, they sounded great. My main disappointment is the set list. Like I mentioned, I just did not know the newer material and was hoping for them to play just old stuff, which I understand is quite bias on my part. I mean I understand as a band they want to get the new material out to the public but I’m just being selfish 🙂

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SETLIST:

 

  1. (Live Premiere)

RATING: 7/10

Ghost at Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale… May 7, 2014

So the night after seeing the Faint perform to an amazing set, Ghost performed at Revolution Live. Now, Ghost isn’t a band that has been around too long but they do have a very loyal cult following. Once again another band that doesn’t really fit into a genre but because I will attempt it they are in the “progressive metal meets classic rock” genre? Ghost’s members include lead singer, Papa Emeritus II and the unnamed ghouls ie, the band lol. They are a very thematic band with all satanic lyrics. In fact, while waiting for them to come on stage everyone was chanting Satan, Satan, Satan. LOL, I’ve been to a lot of shows but never heard people chant that 🙂

As far as the musical aspect goes. Ghost does not disappoint. Very, very talented Swedish musicians with amazing riffs and super catchy choruses. I have always been curious if the members were in any other famous swedish metal bands before. The singer is actually Italian and has a beautiful voice, which I guess you wouldn’t expect from a dude in skull makeup and pope’s wear. The only thing I did not enjoy about this show is the crowded factor. I felt like a salmon in a sardine can but it doesn’t take away from the rating for this show. Having only 2 albums they played everything you would wanna hear including my favorite, Ritual!

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  1. (The Beatles cover)
  2. (Roky Erickson cover)
  3. Encore:

RATING: 9/10

The Faint at Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale… May 6, 2014

Finally a show worth talking about. It has been awhile since I last posted a review but due to the awesome concert mania going on these past few weeks I decided now is a better time then never. The Faint is a band that has been around since 1995 which originally featured Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes as a member too. Go Figure! .. I must admit I didn’t hear of them till around 2001 when Danse Macabre came out. I don’t really know how to describe their style but its a mix of pop/electro/indie rock? All I do know for a fact is that their music is fun! And guess what! Their show is even more fun!

I have heard a lot of great things over the years about the great live show so going into this I had built up much hype. Thank satan’s bunny rabbit that they did not disappoint one bit. In fact I would rank this as one of my favorite shows ever at Culture Room a long with Gwar in 2006. The crowd was into it, smiling and dancing the whole way and the setlist was great. Many old favorites including my 2: The Geeks Were Right and Glass Danse for the final song!!! It was high energy and non-stop! If you ever get a chance to see this band live please don’t hesitate! 10294321_10152023562966496_2975517607372366011_n 10320267_10152023563126496_2110173854473295854_n

I think this setlist is correct!

  1. Animal Needs
  2. Encore:

RATING: 10/10

Books, Books, Shows…?

Hi all,

Been kinda not in the mood to post concert reviews lately. Well also since I’ve only been to a few this year I just really haven’t had much to say. I did finally get to see Carcass as well as Skeletonwitch and Enslaved who opened for Amon Amarth. So that’s definitely some bands off my bucket list that I needed to see in the land o METAL. Other than that I’ve been spending a lot of my free time doing 1 of 3 exciting things in boredom. I’ve either been reading, watching tv series on netflix or watching shitty horror or martial arts movies.

As far as books, which has definitely been my passion in the last few years since I am just so sick of the state of the Hollywood movie industries decision to choose quantity over quality and special effects over a good or original story. I mean how many remakes can be made? Why ruin something that’s already good. I can count on my one hand the remakes that I thought were any good which would include: The Thing, The Blob and um…. that’s about it. Why remake Robocop? Why remake Nightmare on Elm Street? I don’t get it. They always suck. You can’t remake a classic piece of cinema. Why can’t these studios create original stories? Oh I know why. Because people are fucking idiots and want remakes and special effects. Fuck that shit.

Anyways, as far as books… I finally got into A Song of Ice and Fire, which to those who do not know is the turned into a HBO tv series “Game of Thrones”. I attempted the book a long time ago but was very intimidated by the amount of characters and the fact I’m just not that into high fantasy with knights, dragons, etc.. So I did watch the first 3 seasons of the show and really enjoyed it. It took awhile to get into especially since the first season and first book is all political basically and about character development. The final 25% of the book and show is pretty awesome. I just started the second book and hope to finish all 5 current books before starting the 4th season which airs in a few months. Besides that book series I am also loving the “Pines” series, “Wool” series and I just finished the “Divergent” series as well.

As far as shows go I am in the middle of season 5 of Sons of Anarchy and near the finale of Twin Peaks on Netflix. I need to find some new amazing series to watch next. I’m gonna try House of Cards, and hopefully some other awesome shows after this. I really love a good quality series. It allows for plenty of character development and huge epic stories which most movies in 90 minutes just don’t have time for.

The Virus at Churchills Pub Miami… November 15, 2013

Honestly, I am not really a big punk fan. I mean yes I love Rancid, The Clash and the Misfits but for fast current “punk” music I am not a fan. It all just kinda sounds the same and gets annoying after awhile. I had no clue who the Virus was is a week before this show. I do enjoy a good show and I love Churchills so I decided to go. After 4 horrible local punk bands opened, The Virus went on at like fucking 1230am!  Like seriously? The show didn’t even end till 2am. The music was mehhhh alright. The punk fans are a bunch of asses. They all smell and are extremely rude and immature. Metal fans not much better have a lil more decency in the way they go about things. I won’t say I had a horrible time but it wasn’t really a show I need to see again.

RATING: 2/10

GWAR at Revolution Ft. Lauderdale… November 4, 2013

After seeing a band more then once or twice that I was super excited to see I normally am not uber excited to see that said band again. However, going to a Gwar show is no ordinary concert experience. Anyways, before the show my friend who is friends with the band met up with us at an Irish Bar. We were introduced to David Brockie aka Oderus Urungus aka lead singer of Gwar. We hung out, had a few drinks. Super cool guy. White Chapel opened the show. I like White Chapel. They are a deathcore band that I have seen twice before. My friends on the other hand were not too into them. Kinda just watched from the side. They only played like 30 minutes.

OK, back to Gwar!  So Gwar’s music is ehhhh ok when you listen to the albums. The exciting part about Gwar is their live show. For some reason the music just makes more sense and actually sounds good lol. They all wear these crazy costumes and have different characters and other weird shit on stage. The fun thing is all the fake blood and ooze that gets onto you. You literally get covered in cold wet stuff. Its part of the experience and if you don’t know that going into a Gwar show.. you are gonna be in for a super surprise. Every time I get sprayed in the face with that fake ooze I had a huge super smile on my face. This is the third time I’ve seen them and it doesn’t get old.

Their show is sooo much fun. People bouncing around. Crazy fun stage show with decapitations of fake popes, Justin Biebers, Hitler, etc… I cannot not recommend going to see Gwar atleast once. I will see them again and again and again…

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  1. Encore:
  2. (Billy Ocean cover)
  3. (The Who cover)

RATING: 9/10

Winter Is Coming…

OK I have been totally overrun by concerts this month and going into the next 2. This Saturday I am seeing Sleigh Bells. I can’t really describe them but they mix metal riffs with electronics and pop but not really? They are just something you have to hear to understand. The guitarist was originally in one of my favorite local hardcore/screamo bands, Poison The Well. So I am really looking forward to that show tomorrow.

The next show after that is actually on Monday. It is GWAR with White Chapel. Both 2 awesome live bands who I have seen. White Chapel is a deathcore band. Actually one of the best in the genre. GWAR probably puts on one of the best live shows ever. This will be my 3rd time seeing them. I don’t really care for their music but the show alone is worth it. Plenty of fake gore, decapitations and red food colored water sprayed on the audience. It’s complete madness!

After that December 7th I get to see Morbid Angel for the third time. (This year is full of seeing bands 3x 🙂 )  They are performing Covenant in full because it is the freaking 20th anniversary of that album! Morbid Angel is my favorite death metal band. Trey Azagthoth is also one of my favorite guitarists ever.

The next show is December 10th. It is The Devil Wears Prada with The Ghost Inside, Volumes and Texas In July. I have seen Devil Wears.. a few times. They are amazing live and their new album kicks ass. I am also really excited to see the 3 openers since I am a fan of them and have never seen any of them live.

For this year thats about it. Next year I know Amon Amarth is here with SkeletonWitch and Enslaved. Gonna be an epic metal show there!

Nine Inch Nails at BB&T Center… Sunrise FL

Hello to all my friends and people who might actually look at my pointless blog 🙂 It’s been a few months since I last posted anything. I have actually seen atleast 5 or 6 concerts since then but just have not had the time or the want to rant about them unfortunately.  However, after last nights show I feel the need to speak once again.

This show was an unexpected thing. I have seen NIN twice before and although I wanted to go I had no desire to pay $115 for a ticket coming off seeing Depeche Mode, which was a super expensive ticket in September. The first time I saw the band was a great experience. It was at a huge festival outdoors and NIN closed the show. They played about 15 songs but they were all good. The second time I saw NIN was not that great. They opened for Janes Addiction for some weird reason, it was still daylight and their setlist got cut quite short and I wasn’t too impressed by their stage show that time.

This time was NIN just by themselves finally in an indoor arena. They played over 25 songs and they had absolutely one of the best visual show setups I have ever seen. Just phenomenal. I would’ve given the show a lower rating due to the very biased song selection towards the new album but because of the actual stage setup I didn’t mind seeing any of the songs performed. Also, we were dead center about 10-15 back from the stage so we had a great spot the whole time. Definitely the closest I’ve ever been for NIN.

  1. Encore:
  2. (with Gary Numan)
  3. (Gary Numan cover) (with Gary Numan)
  4. Hurt

RATING: 10/10

Warped Tour at Cruzan Amphitheater … July 21, 2013

This is my third venture into the hell that is Warped Tour. I’ve only started going to these in the last few years as I noticed more and more “metal” like bands on the bills. Warped Tour is a great chance to see many bands over a one day period, which is a double-edged sword. Yes, there are 150+ bands but they only play 30 minute sets. So, this can be a good and bad thing depending on if you really wanna see a whole show. I feel it’s kinda a sneak-peak at what a band is capable of live. Over the years I have seen many bands on Warped Tour then I went out to see their full live shows else where. Anyways, this year there must of been 20 bands I wanted to see. The day started out pretty typical. Extremely hot waiting to get in, extremely hot and humid until about a few hours in and all hellstorm of cold, windy rain hit us for about 1.5 hours. This meant all the bands had to stop and when it resumed the entire schedule was thrown off-kilter and a few bands didn’t even get to perform. I missed out on Woe Is Me who didn’t perform and Silverstein who performed way later then they were supposed to and I didn’t feel like sticking around cause I was exhausted from these conditions from 10am-8pm.

I ended up seeing 10 bands which included: Hawthorne Heights, Oh Sleeper, While She Sleeps, Like Moths To Flames, Sleeping With Sirens, The Amity Affliction, Blessthefall, Defeater, Architects, Upon A Burning Body, The Chariot and I saw part of The Used set too. There were a few other bands I loved but had to miss due to weather, time sets or the fact that I’ve seen them already including: August Burns Red, Chiodos, Bring Me The Horizon, and Memphis May Fire. Out of all the bands I saw, I was most surprised by Blessthefall. They were one of the bands I really wanted to see and they really put on a great interactive, energetic set. The Chariot also kicked ass especially for being the first band on one of the side stages.

Every year I go to Warped Tour I just say I’ll never go again. It’s super hot, humid, sticky, sweaty, dirty, disgusting and overpriced but due to the fact that there are normally somany bands I wanna see, I always end up going again 🙂

Upcoming shows: Very exciting! In September I am going to see Wintersun Sept 3, Rancid Sept 6 and my favorite band Depeche Mode on Sept 15! Then October Sigur Ros..yayz!

RATING: 6/10