Demolisher signs to Century Media

More hate! Just what the scene needs!

 Well the band that you lovers of hardcore, unlike me, might blast on your car stereo, air drum on your steering wheel to while the shocked old folks in the car next to you watch in horror, and punch your younger siblings to seems to have taken the next step in their career. I wasn’t aware that bands even wanted to sign to a label anymore, but clearly I’m wrong, as the Illinois natives in Demolisher have just signed to Century Media as of last friday. Their hunt for finding shows to play at this time is now most likely over.

 Let me throw there facebook status that described it in there for good measure:
So we know its been a long time coming, but we would like to announce that we have signed a deal with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS! We will have a press release from them very soon as well as, a new layout, promos, new song, and tour dates! We will be hitting the road this March all over the east coast! Expect big things from us this year!!!”   

Layouts? Who even uses myspace that much anymore? But if you really want to: Demolisher
 I’ve seen Demolisher plenty of times, and their live sets should draw plenty of two-stepping hate moshers to their shows which will now be bigger and over the diverse landscape of the US.

If you haven’t checked out Demolisher, or even heard of them like several people on The Daily Mosh forums, you might like what you hear, if you’re looking for some “2-step, down tempo, hardcore” music to smash the air with.   (I’m not even exactly sure what that genre even is or means.)  If your looking for some technicality and even a remotely low level of shredding and sweeps, all that good stuff in mainstream metal-core, then this is most certainly not for you.  Demolisher is a band you want to see live, as that’s where the fun is.  Now let me say this before I go on; I have nothing against Demolisher or any of its members, the following is merely my opinion.  

To be honest, I’m surprised they did get signed over some of the other bands in this area.   The question that remains to be seen is if their kind of hardcore is going to be a phase that will go somewhere for a while, or die out very quickly.

They seem to have caught the 2-step, down-tempo fad in the middle of its popularity stride. I’m going to predict right here, right now, that there won’t be too many bands still around like this.  When people use the cliche “All the songs sound the same.” to talk about mainstream metal-core, deathcore, hardcore, screamo, ect, this couldn’t be more true of a band like Demolisher.

Deathcore as we all know is starting to die out in popularity, and the whole 2step-hardcore trend, or genre, whatever you prefer, will probably have a lot less of a lifespan. Demolisher may be “the heaviest band on earth” but for how long?

On this note though, I wish them luck, and will come out to any shows they have in the area. (Its hard to top the kind of footage you will get at a concert like theirs elsewhere)

Unique Surprises? The Island of Misfit Toys

Swingstate was packed. There were several bands scheduled for that night, some of which had played, and others that hadn’t. Everything seemed to be backed up. All available Hookah’s were taken.  The combined smoke from hookahs, cigarettes, and cigars in the shrouded the surrounding area with a mixture of extravagant smells.  (Nothing smells better then the person blowing out some Pomegranate and Blueberry flavored smoke into the are around you.)  The music had started, and the sounds I was hearing attracted my attention toward the stage.

I got up and slowly made my way to the mid front area of a packed Swingstate as the sound from the band playing on the stage drew my attention. I didn’t know who they were, but I was shocked by what I was hearing.  So were the other people around me. As I squirmed my way through the tightly packed isle to the mob of people standing near the stag and soaking up the music, I partook in something which almost seemed divine.   

I watched the puffs of smoke evaporated around me as I sipped some of my coffee and took in a new and distinct sound. I watched as their vocalist seemed to pour his heart out, both psychically and lyrically as his vocals changed from one perfect tone and tempo to yet another. Instead of seeing a beautiful sunset, I was watching one. No, I am serious.

As their set progressed, the harsh truth set in. I was a toy, a misfit toy not fit enough to rightfully enjoy what I was hearing.  It was a gem. Earlier I had noticed Anthony, their lead singer, who at the time I only knew as the man at the table that looked like Zach Galifianakis a bit.  

You know its a good thing when you just can’t figure out how to describe exactly what a band sounds like. It’s even tougher to name bands that they sound like, because frankly, they are a sound of their own.  There are plenty of elements of music you might be familiar with in their songs, but its played in a way you probably haven’t heard anything like. 

I’ll take a shot though at trying to describe their sound. You experience a flurry of varied vocals, both male and female. You’ll hear things that remind you of Radiohead, a tad bit of older Say Anything, and even Cat Stevens (Ruby Love)and SilverSun Pickups . This is band that you’ll need to experience and hear live to fully appreciate them. Forget examining the quality of their studio work, instead go check out their live videos on facebook, which in my opinion, sound better.

Stage performance seems to be something they have perfected. It’s as if all the fun they are having on stage is being transferred to you. I watched as their two drummers which took turns on their respective drum sets beating out compositions I’ve never heard before.

At one point their singer grabbed a pair of drum sticks and hit cymbals with an intense furry of passionate smashes as one of their songs progressed to its sad, but well timed finish.

They even featured a Melodica, which is an instrument I’ve never even heard or seen of until now. I’ll post a picture here of what one looks like:

Kind of like an Accordion, except with a hose.

I chatted a bit with Anthony after their set and when I asked him about his favorite thing when they played, he responded, “The way everyone’s personality comes through in the way they play…  No one seems bored.”  I guess this is one of those times when that statement is spot on.

The Island of Misfit Toys is a band filled with members who love what they do and are devoted to bringing you some of the best shows and performances, as well as some of the most unique music in our scene. If your looking for something a bit different, yet good, I highly suggest this band.

August Burns Red set to record 4th album

Giants August Burns Red are gearing up to go into the studio in February. Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For a Cowboy, Trivium) will be teaming up with August burns Red yet again to record their 4th album. Suecof recorded ABR’s latest release- Constellations and that album received excellent ratings.

That is a very small picture of Jason Suecof and a random chick.

“We can’t wait to get back to Florida to start recording with Suecof,” says guitarist and songwriter JB Brubaker. “We’re just about finished writing and it’s shaping up to be a huge sounding album. I can’t ever recall feeling this excited to get started when getting ready for past albums.

Here’s some tour dates:

May 30 – Moscow, Russia @ Tochka Club
May 31 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Glav Club
Jun 1 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
Jun 2 – Hassleholm, Sweden @ Siesta Festival
Jun 7 – Athens, Greece @ Kyttaro Club
Jun 8 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Balans Club


-Chugcore (Aaron Kim)

A packed house at the Oasis with moshers abounding!

It was a packed show at the Oasis. In fact it was probably the most packed show I’ve seen at the oasis for this year and the last year.  Probably about 150+ people showed up for the show, including some of the more “despised” faces in our scene. “Cough” Jazz “Cough”

Nothing tops off a more successful show then someone getting punched in the face, or at least I’m told. If they aren’t moving, show them no mercy, 12 year olds included. I took footage for most of Cain and Abel’s set, as well as Kingmakers set. There were plenty of angry hate-moshers there, some friendly hardcore pits, and foolish bystanders and onlookers knocked to the sides like bowling pins.

Cain and Abel:

 They weren’t on the flier and they appeared to have landed this show just before it started.  Okay, what seems to be some a ragged band of highschool kids start setting up and get on stage. The first thing I notice are the mullets. Mullets? Really? Well don’t let the mullets throw you off, these guys can put on a show.

Their two mullet clad vocalists took turns, as well as syncing and harmonizing their screaming. One had a pretty damn decent mid-range scream, and the other a much higher paced sort of shriek that was very effective.  What I heard was a series of fast paced and tempo riffs with some quick snare beats and quick high screams mixed in. 

What I really liked about these guys were the ruggedness of the riffs mixed in with what almost looked like quick finger tapping and riffing.  It worked very well all mixed together. Their breakdowns were surprisingly fresh feeling and hard hitting when mixed in with some of those dirty sounding southern metal riffs that my ear picked up on.

The bass riffs were a nice surprise as well, especially since you could actually pick them up!  There was a weird and unusual,  but  I can’t forget the awesome bass solo mixed into a series of pumping breakdowns toward the end of their set, possibly the last song which I think was called “Your Answer”

Overall they were very surprising, and very very good.  After hearing their show, I looked to find their album for download over mediafire, which took me forever to find. What can I say, I’m poor!) It was well worth it. This may be one of the best bands in the Wisconsin and Illinois area. I won’t necessarily bring up the word original, but I felt as if they had their own nice twist, which they managed to do well.  Also don’t confuse what I just said with Miss May I.

Go to their facebook and give their music a listen and you’ll know what I’m talking about. In fact, I’m so impressed with these guys, that I’m doing a separate post all about them.  If you were down to 4$ in your bank account like I was until last Friday, here’s a download of their newest album Successor on mediafire. If you can buy it, please do so.


I’ve never heard these guys live before, or any of their posted tracks, but I was impressed what what I heard. They sure know how to bring out a crowd, even if those include some hate moshers. (Any band who brings out crowds to shows is band bringing something essential to the scene.) 

They sound like a heavier Stray From The Path and may remind you just slightly, and I mean slightly of Kids previously known as “Lake County Kids)

I believe it was during their set that most of the moshing went down.  I’m very surprised that a fight didn’t break out, though I’m sure the 13 year old girl getting punched by Jazz isn’t going to retaliate back, especially with the skin-headed crew around him in and near the pit.

Upon hearing some them live, and then checking out the songs posted up on their facebook, I’ve downloaded to the demo which they have so courteously put up for free download through mediafire and have been richly rewarded when I listened through it.  The quality isn’t the greatest, but the raw feel makes up for it.

 They have this same raw, in your face feel live. If you were looking for a band to come out and mosh to, this was the one.

Oh and here are two of those videos, I recorded, though the footage is raw an unedited. (I may do some video editing in the future:

(During this video about 14 seconds in, you can see someone get in the face by a hardcore dancer. I’m jealous.)

A big intimidating fat dude shows his skills and ability to knock down and send the smaller kids nearby flying. (around 1:30)

Ephesus: I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I feel as if I completely missed their set, which is odd, considering I was there for it, and really wanted to see these guys. I’m pretty sure they were the first band, but I can’t seem to recall.

Buried By The Ocean: I missed their set, though I heard they took almost 40 minutes to set up. Anyone care to confirm that? 

Elysion Fields: I was planning on recording their whole set from a nice little spot on one of the amplifiers behind their guitarist, but I was instead convinced by Tim to go to Buffalo Wildwings. There I was fortunate enough to overpay for crappy food, and battle a snow-storm on the way to Tim’s house. Translation: I should have stayed for Elysion Fields set.

Jonny Craig goes on idefinite hiatus!

Deuche? Worn out wannabe man? You decide.

 Well, he may be hated by some, but now he is probably dead to plenty of others.  Without almost any advance notice, he has suddenly decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. I already see people blaming this on Rise to an extent, but theres plenty of drama to go around. One rumor, which no one knows the autenthicy of according to one twitter post is:

“Jonny has quit music to pursue the filming of his documentary i’m still here 2 bitch”

No here is what he posted via his twitter about 11 hours that started this whole thing which Alt Press seems to have finally picked up on:

“I’m sorry everyone but I’m going to be taking a very very very long hiatus. All my tours and CDs are cancelled. Thank you and goodnight.”

Now, I’m neither a Jonny Craig lover or hater, but leave it to a ginger right? (oops, my Cartman is coming out.) He’s essentially screwed over both Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance.  What I’m wondering is why bother to rejoin both those bands if you’re going to pull something like this? Fans of both bands are going to be very pissed off with the expectations for the upcoming year set by Craig.  

 Normally someone quitting might not create such a stirr, but the key thing here is how he quit in that first twitter post of his. Some of his die-hard fans are hoping it may be a publicity stunt, considering his attention whoring, but that’s low even for him.

Several hours later he tweeted again:

“I never thought I would give up but I fucked up and he doesn’t deserve to be taken down like this. I love you dude……

I have no idea what he’s talking about, but it looks as there may be something else going on. A recent twitter update though from indicates he is going to finish the tours with Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa, which is the nice thing to do:

“Ok so Iv decided to just put my solo cd on hold. I will be playing out the tours with DGD and emarosa. As for writing music I’m on HOLD..”

From what I’m hearing both their plans for recording a new album are probably on hold. Also on hold is Craig’s solo album and work, which isn’t something I’m going to lose any sleep over. Dance Gavin Dance is supposed to play Warped Tour this year as well, though I’m sure they will probably find a replacement by that time.

I suppose it’s good that Craig will be out out of the picture very soon, because in my opinion, besides being overrated he wasn’t that great of a vocalist, something which a lot of people have complained about concerning his live performances. 

His most recent twitter post indicates that he will post a lengthy explanation as to why hes quitting and what’s going on:

“If you want further info I’ll be writing a blog at thank you to everyone who supports me”

Stay tuned I guess. By the way I’m still looking through all that footage from the Oasis on Saturday. (I got am awesome shot of some guy getting hit in the face. His pain, our entertainment I guess.

Monsters releases Self Titled Album

Monsters? You’ve been invited to see a show at some venue that you’ve never been to. There’s been some talk by your friends about how crazy the show will get, but you assume this can’t be anything too drastic. You’ve been  to Ludacris, Boys Like Girls, and whatever local indie band you’ve seen in the area, so you’ve essentially seen it all.

Wrong. You arrive at the venue, some band called Monsters gets on stage, with their members all clad in black. Instead of the emo vocals you were expecting, the lead vocalist belts out a deep low scream which is responded to by the crowd going nuts, fighting invisible ninjas while doing windmills with their arms, and lashing out at anything near them. 

A similar thing happened to me when I first saw Monsters at the metro. What I found out that Monsters is best heard live. If you want a show with an angry crazed crowd of tough-guy hardcore bro-moshers in jerseys who are supposedly straight-edge but are smoking blunts between throw-downs, then this is the band for you!

 If you are intimidated by the pits, which you probably will be when you see the huge tall hardcore dancers in them, the back is always a safe option. The front may be closer to the action, but do you really want to be spit on by the lead singer? I suppose anything goes to spice up the image nowadays, especially for one of Chicago’s finest.

Admit it; that looks epic.

Don’t be worried about people saying they have changed their style, cause they really haven’t. This newest self-titled album, EP, whatever, still has their heavy toughguy hardcore feel to it, so don’ t worry about crazy shredding, insane sweeps, or ambient riffage, because it’s not there.  In my opinion, it’s actually better then “The Righteous Dead” even though their are more clean rap style vocals in the mix throughout the album. Everything seems to sound better from the chug riffs, the breakdowns to the rap/clean vocal choruses and the quick palm riffs. If you want something to pump you up, this is it.

In fact forget The Acacia Strain, and how “heavy” they supposedly are, which doesn’t make up for the absolute boring nature of Wormwood, no matter how many tattoos Vincent has on his arms.  Monsters is a much better option, discounting rumored personal interactions with the band, specifically Frankie. 

Overall the quick catchy chug riffs in this album make it something I can really get into, something that their previous EP just couldn’t do.  I’m even surprised that the songs aren’t as repetitive as I expected. My advice though is to skip the first two tracks and listen to the rest of the album. The two best songs on the album in my opinion are “The Ugliest Joke” and “Sin Spitter” which is a song that is a plausible candidate for repeat a few times.

If your like me, too lazy and too poor, though I have a good excuse as to why, ILikedYouBetterDead has made their newest self-titled album available to the general non-paying and/or unemployed scenesters through mediafire.

I decided to do a quick webcam clip of spouting things regarding monsters, so feel free to laugh or get very angry when listening to “Monsters” when looking at my face.  Online punches are always accepted forms of currency.

Is the next big band out of Northwest Illinois “I, Artificial?

We’ve heard good things about  I, Artificial, and frankly some bad things.  I’ve been told that they can’t do live any most of the synthesized elements on their studio tracks, as well as that their clean vocalist is bad live and can’t match the former one.

I’m not going to pass judgment on the fore-mentioned rumors, as I unfortunately have yet to see I Artificial live. There’s no way I’m going all the way to Bartlett or Elk Grove for a local show, unless I really want to see a certain band there, and yes,  I’m ashamed about it. (I try to support the local scene as much as I can, but gas prices and car drives over an hour somewhat temper that enthusiasm.) 

I Artificial has essentially been handed a gift when it comes to landing shows.  I’m still not sure how they landed their first show playing with The Ghost Inside, but props to them for that.  I don’t know if they or someone else gave the tracks “Hopes Of Reality” and “Perfect Perceptions” to one of the uploaders at ILikedYouBetterDead, but free promotion is promotion after all.

 – Now for a quick side rant, some bands in this area are still too stupid to realize the value of putting up their music for free download. The exposure is essential. Think of it this way; more people will end up listening to the whole EP and possibly going out to the shows, buying merch, ect, than those who might not actually bother to buy the EP because they don’t want to fork over cash based on just a few sample tracks.  

“Cough” The bad economy, unemployment, half the scene spending their money on weed, ect.“Cough”  So having said that, be smart, and put up your music for free. (Since when is there really any money left in studio work anyway? Just ask the record labels.)

Now the rumor is that Aria was talking on the phone with someone from The Artery Foundation which is an artist management “company” that has huge names on it like TDWP, Our Last Night, Whitechapel, Impending Doom, Miss May I, and plenty of others.  For some reason Aria seems to be able to attract attention to his band, just like he and his bandmates did with Catastrophe Beneath The Heavens.  (Probably would have gone big if they hadn’t broken up.)

Their next show is at Clearwater with Born Of Osiris and Rosaline (Damn good post-hardcore that I was recently introduced to) on January 22nd. If you want to go, get tickets ahead of time cause BOO usually sells out Clearwater.

Anyway I’ll put up the link to the two I, Artificial songs which you can get through mediafire in case you missed it earlier. (I’ll take the links  down if requested) Courtesy of Mediafire: Perfect Perceptions and Hopes Of Reality Check em out. Their studio stuff is probably some of the best “metal” around in the area, at least quality wise.  So far, I’ve really liked what I’ve heard from them so far.

Oh and I almost forgot, They’ve got some videos up on youtube:


Victory Records Sign Dr.Acula

Well known record company Victory Records add party band Dr. Acula to their roster.

The band accumulated much success after many DIY tours and albums. Tyler Guida, one of Dr. Acula’s frontment said “I’m very excited to be a part of Victory Records and I know this is a great opportunity for us. As a band growing up we listened to VICTORY bands. We are looking to make the best record that we can make while satisfying our current supporters as well as reaching out to new music fans.”

Dr. Acula is a deathcore/grindcore/”noisecore” (as Victory records puts it) band. Their lyrical themes are of partying, sex, drugs and “party life”. Many consider them a joke band, but evidently due to their new signing those thoughts have been diminished. Personally, I don’t like them, but just looking at this new event I can tell they’ll go far in the music industry.

Never heard of Dr. Acula? Listen to them here. Want to buy Dr. Acula merch? Click here

Tragedy temporarily knocks out With Life In Mind in traffic accident.

Well sometimes bad things happen to good bands who are tearing things up. For those of you who don’t know, Hardcore/Metal/Progressive outfit, With Life In Mind (CI Records) suffered a nasty accident only a few days ago early on December 28th.  They were just starting out in the early stages of a small tour called “A Metal Christmas” headlined by Texas In July accompanied by other bands including Like Moths To Flames, A Hero A Fake, Destruction Of A Rose,

I was lucky to see these guys live, but I’m guessing no one else will be able to see them live for a while. None of them were hurt in the accident, but their ability to play and make music, as well as provide audiences with a means to go crazy is now very improbable, and essentially impossible. (They won’t be playing any shows anytime soon.) 

From what I’ve gathered, they were either hit by an 18 wheel tractor or collided with one.  Apparently the accident was the fault of whoever was driving the tractor, so insurance may help pay for some of the losses which With Life In Mind has just occured. This includes their van, trailer, and most of their equipment which was trashed in this unfortunate accident.

I’ve also heard that they are either looking for jobs, or that some of them have attained jobs in order to save up money to purchase new equipment before they can start touring again. If you ordered merch from them, you may have to wait a bit, as they do not currently have access to their trailer though they have promised to get orders as quickly as possible, as well as reimburse items that were either destroyed or lost in the accident.

I would encourage those of you who like these guys to go out and buy some of their merch. Just make sure its not in their trailer if possible.  On a side-note; would buying their CD actually help them out or CI Records?

An epic show in December: 20 Bands Of Christmas.

If you weren’t at the 20 Bands of Christmas, you missed a great show that demonstrated some of the local talent and exposed the wannabee, the unoriginal, and the just plain weird and creepy bands who were all just thrown into the mix.

Now this took place about two weeks ago, and I’ve been super busy, but I’ve been slowly compiling this mega post up until now. Christmas and New Years get in the way a bit. 

Well, like any scene, there are some good bands, and well some bad ones. I’m a bit impressed then I thought I would have been though. Anyway, I’m just going to mention the bands who’s sets I remember in as best and order as possible.
Adrian and The Spidelles:
This is seriously some of the weirdest and creepiest music I’ve ever heard. My eardrums were assaulted by a synthesizer filled with tones from an 80s horror film. I found their music strange, but not in a good way. They come close to the vibe, feel, and sound of the Allison’s band in Yes Man. Perhaps even weirder.  Let me say this as well; I usually like music like this.

They could have been that band, and you might not have known the difference. The female vocals aren’t something to be particularly fond or jealous of either, as they sounded kind of hoarse, and very very undesirable. Essentially think the opposite of Taylor Swift, except even worse. On the other hand, this could be the result of those kinds of vocals being completely intentional.   I was told by the promoter that these guys attracted a fair amount of people, which I’m still wondering exactly how.

There were plenty of surprises at this show, and here are some of the good ones:

When “The Composure” started playing, I instantly knew I was hearing something that wasn’t just yet another crappy pop punk indie rock band who couldn’t sing and perform live. In fact they were the opposite.  Their vocals were excellent. I felt like I was listening to an edited track in a studio, and that is always a good sign for the live sound of any band.  It reminded a bit of early Boys Like Girls and The All American Rejects, except much more epic.

  The vocals weren’t plauged by an annoying high tenor didn’t have a  particularly high tenor (“Cough” Hawthorne Heights, Alesana, A Skylit Drive “Cough”) but had a well balanced vocal range that sounded just about perfect.  I literally saw the basist move back and forth from the mike to vary the effect of his vocals.  He actually knew the perfect range from the mike at which they would fade, vs. going to far from the mike that no one would hear them. That in itself is something I’ve never seen done by any other vocalists in this area…. ever.

I haven’t this impressed with an indie punk rock band that has played in this area in a very long time. Their vocals had a mix of incredible harmonization as well as great backup vocals.  Its too bad that they will probably only treat this area to a small amount of shows at best considering they hail from Pittsburgh. .

The good news is that these guys intend on touring, and actually have two members of Punchline in the band, hence their similar sound to them. Look for these guys if your ever in a pop-punk indie rock mood, you won’t be disappointed.

 Cries Of Deception:  I’ve seen them a few times, but this is the best they’ve sounded live, and I think that is because they’ve improved. Despite crappy equipment I can now better make out actual riff changes and hear that the song involves a chubby baby.

Now the last time I saw them was at Mad Maggies which has a much better sound system then Just For Fun where they played on Dec. 18th. Even though the Mad Maggies Show that I saw them play had a bad sound tech, the sound system their is very good. Now contrast that with the sound system at Just For Fun. Yea, they have definitely improved in every way live, and this show was evidence of that.

I would even venture to say that Anthony’s screams have improved as well. I noticed his vocal range was alot better, and his high’s really impressed me.  (His highs remind me alot of Mike’s from TDWP, and that’s always a positive in my opinion.) The clean vocals have also improved quite a bit since the last time I saw them. Keep an eye on these guys, they will be a band that makes going to local shows an hour or two away worth it.

Brave Refrain: They hadn’t played in months, according to what their vocalist said, but these guys were a great surprise. He might have some of the best clean vocals in our entire scene.  The vocals sounded perfect and weren’t plagued by most of the problems our wannabe clean vocals are in this scene such as a high tenor, consistently being off key, not being able to hear them at all, ect.  not high. 

To sum it up, their set had a very metal-core feel to it, though the clean vocals gave it a bit of a softer catchier alternative rock feel which was a surprise. Has a mix feel of it with metal-core. Did I mention the screaming range was good? I was getting a bit sick of the really high or really low screams…

I really hope these guys get back at it, as they are one of the better bands that I’ve seen in our area.

Seeking Zero: One of the heavier bands of the night, but surprisingly good. They took a bit of a departure from the riff, sweep, chug and then breakdown routine.  This could be a band to keep watch of if you want to hear something heavy, but a bit different from our scenes hardcore and deathcore bands.  Don’t pay any attention to their crappy recording on facebook, as they certainly sounded better live. (Good surprise eh?)

Oath To Order also put on a good show Who? Remember What Lies Beneath? Well this is them now.  Played before Elysion Fields.  Filled with ABRish feeling riffs, they put on pretty damn decent set. If only I remembered more about their set…
Now heres a list of the bands who I had some solid expectations of which they mostly fulfilled:
Elysion Fields: Drew plenty of people, and sounded good live. Only complaint is their kick drum which they have yet to fix the sound of. (DL is still not working, as most sound guys simply dont know how to accommodate them.) The horns were proudly displayed by EF’s new vocalist  Chris who pumped up the crowd as they began their set.


I had never seen this band before, even though I have heard of them. To be honest, they were the best band of the night in their live performance. Everything was crystal clear. I’ve never seen harmonization of vocals like theirs before.  They even sounded better live then they do in their music videos on youtube.

Best band of the night!

I’ve rarely seen pop punk of this caliber. Its too bad these guys don’t tour anymore, and don’t play shows for the most part. They actually used to tour with Fallout Boy until, as I understand it, Fallout Boy turned their back on them and nabbed all of the spotlight. They actually have some music videos on youtube, and I’ll post one so people can get an idea of them:

Kudos to George for putting on this show. The guy is proving to be a great booking agent, who has been nabbing a variety of bands. I’ve seen him promote at various shows around the area, so he puts effort into getting promotion for shows, something that is hard to come by nowadays it seems.

For All Those Sleeping:  
They were only able to play five songs, something which really pissed me off, considering were one of the bigger bands there. They however played several of my favorites including “Janice It Ain’t Funny” and “Favorite Liar”  I’m really surprised that a fight didn’t break out during their set, which almost happened several times.
One major gripe I had is that I couldn’t  hear their main vocalist almost at all for his clean vocals, and most of his screams, even though his vocals sound much better live then they did on the album which kind of have a whiny high tenor sound to them.  This and more technical issues would plague bands further into the night, possibly due to someone messing up the cable wires on the floor which had been covered and pressed down with duck tape. I somewhat blame that fiasco on the wires being too close to the pit.
The Crimson Armada: 
I never knew a short middle eastern looking dude could scream so well and so powerfully, but then again, I had never seen these guys before.

Their drum monitors weren’t working for some reason, but that didn’t seem to impact their epic performance of of a cover of PODs  “Alive” which everyone sang out loud, even a superbly drunk Mike Benette.  In fact, I saw Mike Stowell throw down during their set, something I’ve never seen him do. If only I had a camera to take pictures of it.

I should mention that this is when the fight took place that night.  For those of you who don’t know Anthony Hauser, he is one of the very cool and friendly hardcore dancers at shows. Essentially hes like a teddy bear, except very slim and cool.

Unfortunately that didn’t stop a hate mosher from picking on him. This particular hate mosher pushed him pretty damn several times in the middle of throwing down. I’ve rarely seen Anthony get mad, but he at one point was ready to attack the guy.  Well finally someone did something about it. Jon Shiffley, who is actually friends with both me and Anthony got in front of the guy and pushed him away.  The response was a punch in the face from the guy who knocked off shiffleys glasses which ignited the fight.  The hate mosher threw a few punches at him, as well as other people trying to break up the fight.

Finally a literally huge and wide security guard tackled the guy full out, Brian Urlacher style. As the guy tackled him, there were probably about four people including Shiffley and Hauser punching and kicking the guy as he went down. I usually don’t like it when people get beat up, but when you hate mosh people, I feel that you have it coming, which is exactly how I felt about this guy.  I had first hand view of it to. If only I would have had a camera.


Somehow, someway, they landed a spot second to last for the show, but they didn’t disappoint even though I was sure that they would. I’ve used Thyateria as a punching bag as to why the Death Metal in our scene sucks and have compared them to The Black Dahlia Murder wanabees. No longer though. 

They were surprisingly good live and their guitarist who does the clean vocals was incredible. His vocals not only astonished me, but others there.  He may have just turned this band into a serious contender in our local metal scene.  Even if you don’t like their particluar style of metal, I strongly suggest going to their live shows, as excitement is guaranteed, and there are plenty of friendly moshers at their sets. 

Within The Ruins

These guys were solid, and sounded as good as they did the last time I saw them at Clearwater, if not a bit better. Things seemed relatively calm during their set, which was surprising. I was a bit exhausted and in pain after having been at the show for about 12 hours when they started playing, so I took off toward the later end of their set.  I wish I had stayed around a bit more though.

Did I mention that I had never done as much throwing down as I did at this show? Overall, this one of the best shows of the year. I’m looking forward to more for 2011, specifically Underoath in February!

One downside to the show was that several bands advertised for the event didn’t show up. This includes Sleep Serapis Sleep, I Made You Myself, Buried By The Ocean, The Plot In You (Their van broke down), and a few others whose names I’m forgetting.