My Ticket Home: What Happened?

My Ticket Home has released two new songs on their Myspace:
Desertion
Deadweight (Ft. Caleb Shomo)
Normally I’d be overjoyed, but the songs surprised me a bit, and not in a good way. This band used to have a unique feel to them in the post-hardcore genre, but then something bad happened to them.  Caleb Shomo.

Who is that?” you may ask. I’ll tell you. Caleb Shomo is the current screamer for Attack Attack. “The bad one?” Yes, the bad one. 

Caleb’s reputation for his studio scream may have provided him with incentive to go into music production. Perhaps he is aware of the very negative feedback that is becoming common after Attack Attack shows:

They suck live!

Well, to be fair, he sucks live. He’s a good guy, but the truth hurts. Anyway, he is going to producing My Ticket Home’s new album , “The Opportunity To Be”. God help us.

I am not an Attack Attack hater by any means, even though their last album is a direct result of the bad things that can happen when bands try to go all “tough guy hardcore.”  I don’t even hate their scene fan base which seems to be a close second to Justin Bieber for angry attacks on metal related youtube videos.  
Shomo is now producing their album and their two new songs posted on their myspace reflect this.  Both songs sound close to the new Attack Attack! sound. The MTH clean  vocals from before are now gone and replaced with vocals that sound almost exactly like Johnny’s vocals in the new Attack Attack! album, which to be quite frank, suck.  His massively auto-tuned vocals in Someday Came Suddenly are much better, and that should tell you something.
Something I will point out right now is that I have seen some people allege that Attack Attack actually copied My Ticket Home’s  (MTH) style and that the close friendship of the lead singers of both bands is one of the reasons behind the similar sound. In further support of that argument is the fact that Attack Attack’s self titled album came out after MTH put up their new songs on their myspace.  My argument against that is the sound of the old MTH EP vs. the sound of these two new songs produced in part by Caleb Shomo. The fact that have recently signed to Rise Records is something else to consider as well. 
To Caleb and MTH’s credit, these two new songs don’t sound overproduced, something which is becoming all too common in the overarching metal scene.
Overall their two new songs, Deadweight, and aren’t all that bad, but there is now a distinct similarity in sound to Attack Attack. Let’s hope MTH’s new album doesnt suck as bad as Attack Attack’s new one did.

Deadweight  and Desertion can be downloaded through mediafire. Their EP, Above The Great City and a relatively new single, Refuge In Purpose, can also be downloaded through mediafire.  You can download their whole new EP, The Opportunity To Be at mediafire.

Domination – 4 track release. ( A band in the St. Louis metal/hardcore scene)

Band: Domination
Genre: Hardcore/Death Metal
Label: Unsigned
Sounds Like: TAS, Monsters

RATING: (3.50/5)

So far the current songs in this Domination upload include:

1. Malevolent Decimation (Intro)
2. Reinforcements (Feat Clint from Battalion)
3. Highrise
4. This Means War

The St. Louis underground scene apparently has something new to offer the Hardcore scene by the name of band called, Domination.  While the name is incredibly original, the music isn’t anything that hardcore listeners haven’t heard before.  From the start, I’ll say this; This band is very breakdown oriented.

Easily the best band that St. Louis’s metal scene has to offer. Make sure to add these guys on MySpace and let them know what you think of the music,” according to uploader WatchMeRise on ILikedYouBetterDead.

It would be alot easier to judge this statement if I and others were more aware of the existence of metal bands in the St. Louis scene. This is the first I’ve heard.

To sum it up, the best song by far on this four track release is the song “Reinforcements”. This may be in part due to the recording quality of the song which seems to be better than the other three. This is a song which has alot of fast but heavy blast beat breakdowns mixed in throughout. There are plenty of breakdowns, but surprisingly they are not overused. The very slow breakdowns are a bit too frequent in this song though. That and I hate slow breakdowns for the most part.

Overall this song makes me want to put on a flat brimmed hat, put on a jersey, and do some cartwheels in a pit ticking off bystanders on the edge of the pit who don’t like seeing swinging arms and fists coming within inches of their faces. Well, anyway, you get the idea.

The Malevolent Decimation (Intro) sounds like well, an techie space feeling drug induced and/or dazed state up until about the last 30 seconds which is a cool sounding, but typical breakdown. The two other songs have your traditional hardcore, hit someone, feel. Think a chuggish The Acacia Strain’s Wormwood mixed with Monsters, except with more breakdowns, and usually slow Oceano type ones at that. 

If your looking for something to pump you up, workout to, or just punch your pillow to because of personal problems, give it a listen.

Listen to all four songs at their Myspace.  If you wish to download the tracks in this post, you can at mediafire. Album upload courtesy of uploader WatchMeRise at ILikedYouBetterDead on Sept. 18

SINGLE: For The Fallen Dreams = Strange Faces (Pre-Prod) [2010]

For The Fallen Dreams has released, or leaked, to be more accurate, its newest work since Relentless (2009) in the form of a single called Strange Faces.

Strange Faces continues in the style and feel established by the last two For The Fallen Dreams (FTFD) albums. The melodic feel is still there in all its glory, but the song does seem to be a bit heavier then what you may have previously heard from FTFD.  The song also includes a surprisingly catchy clean vocals chorus sung two times throughout the song which probably combines for about a minute worth of this three minute song.

Simply put, this is a step in the right direction for FTFD and may be an indicator of what seems to be “good stuff” to come with their upcoming album. 

While this is only a Pre-production of the song, the quality is quite good. My most important pet peeve, loud distinct double bass, is also fulfilled and met in this leaked track. 

The leak can be found at I Liked You Better Dead.  A 320 Kpbs quality copy of this song can be downloaded through mediafire.

Questions? Comments? Please post any feedback you may have regarding my review of this song and/or your opinion of it.

The Cool Tour

The Venue: The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

The Cool Tour this year consisted of headliners, As I Lay Dying and Underoath

– Bless The Fall
– Between The Buried And Me
– The Acacia Strain
– Architects
– War Of Ages
– Cancerbats

Cancerbats :

I only saw a few songs from their set. Honestly, I was expecting something completely different in hearing them for the first time. I had gotten the impression that they were some sort of punk band because I had heard about Tom Delonge from Blink 182 helping them out. Turns out they are some sort of heavy punk alternative band but with screaming. Most of my friends hated them though.

Live, they had a good sound.

War Of Ages :

They are a newer band to the metal scene and still have yet to really build much of a following.

Live they weren’t necessarily anything special, but I noticed they didn’t mess up at all in any of their songs. Their stage performance was made better by their vocalist who really tried to get the crowd pumped.

My only gripe, and its one of my usual ones, is that their Bass mike wasnt loud enough so that I couldnt hear their double bass clearly.


Architects
:

I had never even heard of or seen Architects before. In my opinion they have a very generic hardcore sound.

Their live sound wasn’t good. Either their tech guy, if they had one, didnt know what he was doing, or they don’t have their live sound worked out yet. I could barely hear the rhythm guitar, the bass was too loud and drowned everything else out, and their double bass might need to be replaced with click pads or something of that nature.

They did have a decent stage presence though.

BlessTheFall
:

They led off with 2.0 and followed it off with What’s Left Of Me. Most of their set was songs from Witness.

My only gripe was that their rhythm guitar wasn’t loud enough and Beau’s mike could have been louder considering that he was sick and was having some problems singing to his full capability. Beau was actually pretty sick during Bless The Fall’s set, but he put one hell of a show. He went into the crowd and crowd surfed on his back while singing into the mike. Toward the end of the set he actually puked on some girl near the front.

He might not do 40 foot stage dives like Craig Mabbit, but I was impressed with his desire to go through with the show even though he really wasnt feeling well.

The Acacia Strain:

These guys had a very interesting start-up. For the most part it was filled with F bombs and “If you have something to prove, hurt some tonight.” Alot of “hurt” did indeed take place. The upstairs balcony provided a good view of their pit made up almost completely of hardcore dancers and wannabe tough guys beating the crap out of each other.

TAC also kept using the word “negativity” and kept mentioning how negative they were and that the world and people are horrible.

Live wise, their sound was fantastic. Heavy, precise, and completely clear. Everything was perfect. Their vocalist is a bit different live wise with his screams then on the album, something that impressed me. He actually has more vocal range then the albums let on.

Their set mainly consisted of songs off Wormwood and The Dead Walk.


Between The Buried And Me
:

They put on an incredible set. They only seemed to play about 5 songs or so, but that’s not surprising considering how long some of their songs are.

Live wise, everything was perfect. They didnt sound off in anyway. I felt like I was hearing some of the tightest ambient music I had heard, while then hearing some well put together technical feeling riffs. This band seems to have it all.

If you want to see a good set, well this is a band that will deliver. I cant think of anything negative about their set.


HEADLINERS:

Underoath:

They took about 20 minutes to get the stage ready for their set. They had a projector displaying a video that they used during their set along with quite a few lights and stage lights which kind of surprised me.

Before they got started they tried to counter TAC’s message by saying things like “We’ve heard alot about negativity, but we are all about being positive and having fun.” (When I told this to liferuiner off of ILYBD he told me they said this because they are pussies.)

They led off with Breathing In A New Mentality which is probably one of their heaviest songs in my opinion. I might be mixing up the order of the next two songs, but I believe they then played Desperate Times, Desperate Measures and then Its Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door. (That was the only song off of Their Only Chasing Safety they played during their set.)

Their live performance and sound was absolutely flawless. You could hear everything perfectly. The crowd went nuts for Its Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door, which was played quite well. I was worried that with the departure of Aaron, the song wouldn’t be as good as it once was, but their guitarist did a good job of making sure that the chorus would still be as good as it always was.

Their set consisted mostly of songs off of Lost In The Sound Of Separation and Define The Great Line. The whole set felt like a party, except I was moshing my brains out and I never stopped jumping.

Writing On The Walls may have been their best song of the set.

As I Lay Dying:

As I Lay Dying took a while to set up and filled the whole stage with gigantic posters and curtains based off of art from their newest album, The Powerless Rise.

They led off their song with 94 Hours, which was flawlessly played. They continued with Andonyne Sea and a few more songs off the Powerless Rise.

Live wise the first part of their set was perfect. Toward the latter half of their set it seemed like someone messed with their equipment. Maybe the sound guy screwed up, I’m not sure. Their kick mike seemed to go down as did their main guitarist.

Their drummer did like a 3 minute solo which was quite impressive.

I was disappointed with the fact that they DID not play Parallels. Seriously, how could they not play Parallels? That was their single off of The Powerless Rise. (Probably the best song on the album)

Overall Id rate the Cool Tour a 4.5 out of 5.0

A summer worth of Insane Concerts

This summer I saw the Cool Tour, Thrash And Burn, Warped Tour, plus several local tours and shows throughout the Chicago-land and Milwaukee areas.

I saw 3 shows at the Rave, one at Mad Maggies, a whole day at Warped Tour in Milwaukee, and several local shows at Swing State and The Oasis.

I’ll tell you all about the bands I saw and what I thought of them.

Bands that I saw include:

The Cool Tour:

-Headliners

* As I Lay Dying
* Underoath

– Bless The Fall
– Between The Buried And Me
– The Acacia Strain
– Architects
– War Of Ages

Thrash and Burn Tour:

-Headliners

* Asking Alexandria
* Born of Osiris

Support Acts

* Kittie
* Stick To Your Guns
* Impending Doom
* Through The Eyes of the Dead (first half)
* Greeley Estates
* Periphery
* Motionless in White
* Chelsea Grin

Vans Warped Tour 2010

– Confide
– In Fear and Faith
– Parkway Drive
– The Word Alive
– Emmure
– Attack Attack
– Pierce The Veil
– Hey Monday (first 3 songs of the set)
– Bring Me The Horizon (last couple songs of the set)
– Reel Big Fish
– Sum 41 (first 3 songs of the set)

Mad Maggies:

– August Burns Red
– Mychildren Mybride
– Elysion Fields
– Lookout! Giants

Will update later with all the information and performance of the bands…

Miss May I, August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada – July 2, 1010

It was somewhat of a hot day at Summerfest in Milwaukee on Friday July second. The bands however helped make up for the hot weather of the day. The CoolTV Rock stage where the bands played was right next to the entrance gate of Summerfest allowing the group I was with to get to the stage right away and hear the music. This would be the best show that I have ever been to in terms of atmosphere, the crowd, stage performance, and the quality of the music that the bands would produce.

Miss May I

– Around 5PM, Miss May I played. Mixed among the crowd were over a thousand high school and college age students, along with many onlookers curious as to what the buzz was about.

– The stage was surrounded by multiple storied bleachers on both sides as well as bleachers in the middle. This of course made moshing quite hard because of the room there was to work with, but those in attendance still found a way. They turned the whole entrance passage way into a 100 ft long moshpit, as well as the small section on the right side of the stage into one as well.

– Their vocalist didnt have his mike turned up loud enough, but he put on a good stage performance and his screams were still right on the mark.

– Miss May I put on a good show, but they were quite sloppy it seemed as they messed up on a quite a few songs. (The drummer missed several times and their singer didnt have his mike up loud enough.) Miss May I however is well worth seeing live. You will be well satisfified when you hear them.

August Burns Red

– Around 7:30 PM, the CoolTV Rock Stage started to pack in anticipation for August Burns Red who was playing at 8PM. A few minutes before August Burns Red started, there were over 3 thousand people in the bleachers and in the sections between them. August Burns Red opened up with “Backburner” off their album, Messengers.

– Quite a few curious onlookers wandered between the bleachers wondering what the excitement was about. Unfortunately for some of them, especially some of the older folks, they were standing right where the 15 ft wide by 200 ft long moshpit would open up. As soon as the first breakdown from Backburner hit, the crowd in the passageway between the bleachers went nuts and the moshpit opened up.

The bleachers I was in started to shake as people started jumping and moving. A few security guards tried to get into the moshpit and break it up, but immediately withdrew after one of them took a few hits to the face from two-steppers who went into them. The pit was total chaos. In fact one African American Gentlemen tried to stand in the middle trying to prevent the pit as well, but was crashed into and subsequently ran for his life out of the area. A voice in the background could be heard saying, “This is isn’t a Ludacris concert.

– August Burns Red was flawless. Every instrument could be heard well, and even my personal pet peeve, a loud, noise deafening double base, was satisfied. They sounded so good that I felt like I was listening to the album, except there were three thousand people around me going nuts.

– They were probably the best band of the night. Definitely worth seeing. Anywhere. If you can see them, go. Even a 6 hour trip to see them would be worth it. They are that good live!

-(I actually had the privileged of meeting their guitarist, Brent, while me and a few friends were in a line for food. He was incredibly nice.)

The Devil Wears Prada

Around 10 PM, The Devil Wears Prada started. Around the time they went on, the temperature in the air was quite hot, even though it was around 10 PM at night.

– They played over an hour long set and they kicked off the set with “Danger: Wildman” As soon as Mike, the lead singer of TDWP, screamed out the lyrics “I know a ghost… ” , the crowd went nuts and the moshpit kicked off again.

– The moshpit for TDWP was a bit more brutal then for August Burns Red. I saw a very hot girl go into the pit and get hit in the face by a hardcore dancer. She fell back and almost look like she had fainted. A few of us picked her up and after about 10 seconds, she went right back in. Another fellow had to be carried out of the pit as he seemed unresponsive. Security put one guy in a headlock, but they had to back off as they were being surrounded by angry hardcore dancers who looked as if the were about to attack the security guards there.

– After TDWP’s set, I saw a guy come out with blood streaming down his face, a guy being shouldered up by his two friends with some sort of broken foot, and another guy with a bleeding back. The sight of ambulances outside wasnt exactly a comforting thought after the thrill that I had just gotten from TDWP set.

– If you go to a larger venue where either August Burns Red or TDWP plays, make sure you dont wear glasses or have fragile items with you if your anywhere near where the moshpit takes place. At some venues the whole crowd ends up moshing and the area around the stage turns into one large pit.

-TDWP played their new song, Outnumbered, which is probably one of their heavier songs. Their set was flawless. (They had the kick drum mike jacked.) Simply put their set was incredible. The feeling it gave you as well as the atmosphere of the crowd around made their set one you won’t forget.

– The atmosphere in the crowd really made a difference compared to other concerts Ive been to. The flashing lights, large screen TV on the stage which showed the band, and the music echoing out from all around the stage gave the concert an “epic” feel. Most of the crowd sang along with Jeremy’s vocals, especially when TWDP played “Louder than Thunder”

– If you ever get a chance to see TDWP live, take it. If you have to call in sick to work, do it. One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.