This little piece about the Halloween Show at The Oasis is only about a week or more late, but I blame that on Sioum and just how hard it is to describe how incredible their music is. It’s like trying to describe to a beautiful sunset without words to someone who has no clue as to what your frantic hand motions and awestruck looks are trying to communicate. Oh, and yes, I know that new Underoath and A Day To Remember leaked, and I’m in the process of giving it and new Oceano my three step listening procedure.
Well anyway, for the Halloween show on Saturday night, kicked off its celebration of its Halloween party with plenty of metal to dazzle those in attendance. Participants, audience, and the onlooker there had now been given and excuse to dress up in the sluttiest outfits possible while banging their heads, throwing their arms, and getting a few “oh” glances in return. Yes, how typical.
Hails from Rockford. I was hard pressed to hear any of the actual vocals unfortunately which deems a fair evaluation of the band’s performance almost impossible. I’m leaning more toward the opinion that these guys are very generic and kind of suck to be honest
Their music gives off a happy sort of feeling which leads me to suspect some Pop Punk influences, but of course comes back to mix that with the traditional angrier hardcore elements that one would expect to hear from a band in this genre.
These guys are nothing special unfortunately. Most of their songs sounded the same, but I suspect that the inability of the sound techs contributed to this. When you could hear the vocals, you heard the usual call to the crowd, “I want to see you go nuts!”
Well, right after this, some people did go nuts. Steve Mrozek flailed his arms and legs like a man on fire scaring nearby onlookers into keeping their distance and holding up their arms in protection.
I would advise against seeing this band until they get their live sound till an actually acceptable level, and I’ve taken into account the incompetence of the sound people in saying this. I honestly hope this isn’t the best the Rockford scene has to offer.
Who? At first I thought a bunch of 10 year olds had gotten up on the stage, and I thought some sort of gag thing was going to take place. No, these guys were for real. The average age of these fellows is probably about 15. My first impression of this band is that they had some sort of happy 80s power metal/pop punk feel. The power metal feel was limited to that first song of theirs though.
The next few songs had kind of a skank punk feel to them and even included some backup vocal screams at a few certain parts. Their set in general was composed of happy pop punk feeling songs with fast paced punk riffs that would have reminded you of early Blink 182 a bit, except more on the technical side.
These kids were a pleasant surprise. Further, I must admit, these kids are quite good for their age. They are pretty damn good “shredders” already. I’d have to see more before I declared them child prodigies with a big future ahead, but I’m leaning in that direction. With a few more years under their belt and better equipment they could be really good. One could go as far as to say that their composition skills are pretty good considering the flow of their songs. The normally hated and despised solos are really catchy.
The vocals consisted primarily of the guitarist/singer who had a vocal style similar to that of Derricky Whibbly of Sum 41, as well as a small metal element to it as well. The lyrical composition of the set doesn’t depart from the “My girlfriend broke up with me and now I’m mad and depressed” that we are used to hearing in most music nowadays, but thats’s not too surprising considering the age of the band.
Sioum: (The Good and Surprising)
People stood around. Kids asked “what do these guys sound like.” Another lame instrumental band? Nope. These guys are talented. Epic and not like Epic Movie. Now Sioum has a pretty good reputation around the area including being Swing State veterans and instrumental experts, as well as being pretty damn good live. Well this show was no exception.
Now its a bit different when I use the word “talent” coming from someone who doesn’t play an instrument like myself, but nevertheless this band is talented. I’m not talking about mad shredding skills either. I’m talking about excellent musical composition, good guitar work, and a flow that would make any other metal band extremely jealous.
Something I feel I should point out is that the keyboard is an important and essential part of this band, and is very well done. This was clearly demonstrated live. These guys aren’t your average instrumental trio by any means. They drown you in emotionally and imagination driven compelling music. No, don’t associate this with emo by any means.
What did you miss? An epic soundtrack feel for every song that left everyone nodding their head in approval and wondering where these guys have been all their lives. Sioum also brought out some older folks. Yes, old folks that were definitely above the age of 30, which we usually don’t see at any punk/metal shows. I suppose its unfortunate, but is it our fault if anything beyond The Rolling Stones, Toto and Rick Astley is too loud, fast, and brutal for their ears?
This band has more soundtracks in them then John Williams has left. These guys could have been the perfect replacement to the bad musical soundpieces that plagues films like recent films such as Saw, Red, Due Date, Life As We Know it, and Secretariat.
The first part of their set made me feel like I was in an aggressive 80’s sci-fi move, but without Arnold, so no Runnin Man. As they progressed into their set you could see yourself running for you life after being stuck into Friday the 13th with everything flashing before you, but in slow-mo. Impressed yet?
I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful their well composed melodies were. That tad heavier version of God Is An Astronaut had arrived along with all the heavy, dark forbodding, yet epic feeling riffs that I had dreamt of. Toward the middle of the set their ambient brilliance was brought to fruition by some incredible lead ins with the guitar and keyboard working perfectly together.
Here a few other feelings that their music gave me:
– I was in a horrifying and creepy horror film where somebody is on the run being chased by a ruthless killer, namely me. Help.
– I’m doing something crazy and insane in a very dangerous place. Furthermore I’m on acid, LSD, and you are coming off a high from Shrooms for the first time. To top it off, I’m not dead yet from a first time drug overdose.
– The last song made me imagine that I was walking through a field in a thunderstorm as the rain poured down on me. Toward the end I feel as if someone has died in front of me in slow motion during an epic battle charge into an unseen oblivion. Yea, it felt that epic.
As soon as their set ended their was a buzz of people talking about just how good they were. “One of the best local bands I’ve heard in a long time” , said Metal lover Scotty Georgeson of Elysion Fields in his praise for Sioum.
If your looking for something with an inspiring sound to write the next Harry Potter, finish homework, or just get a taste of something that will drive your imagination wild, I highly recommend this band. Oh, and do pick up their CD. It’s worth it every penny.
As usual, these guys put on a great show both in sound and performance. The only thing that dampened their set was the incompetence of the sound board fools who prevented the kick drum from actually being miked correctly messing it up and doing a disservice to the overall sound of Elysion Fields (EF) on Saturday. Yes, yet another reason to diss The Oasis.
Even though Elysion Fields wasn’t headlining they nevertheless, drew a crowd of their own. They are starting to draw small crowds of their proving how good and how serious they really are. This may be due in part to the fact that this band actually does promote a great deal.
A smoke machine complimented part of the set drawing a tad bit of attention, and a shout of “Let’s see some movement” from vocalist Tim Sheridan did just that.
Strong vocals and a pretty damn good stage presence by lead vocalist Tim Sheridan helped to contribute further this privilege for their set. Elysion Fields would become the first band of the night to actually get a pit started, something that is hard to do in a venue like The Oasis considering their attitude toward moshing, two-stepping, anything psychically fun.
Their set contained the familiar metalcore feel that audiences are used to, but with a catchy and technical side perfectly mixed in. When venues can refrain and stop themselves from messing up the sound of Elysion Fields, you will hear a perfectly synced set, such as the Oasis heard on Saturday.
These guys are playing a big show tomorrow at the Clearwater theater with Arsonists Get All The Girls, And Hell Followed With, Within The Ruin, and Structures, so if your looking for metal show with a technical edge, you should be in for a treat.
I detect early Silverstein influences. These guys went from The Devil Wears Prada wanabees to something that gives them a unique style that I haven’t heard in any other band in the area.
It’s a bit hard to describe what they sound like because of their style, but I’ll do my best. Think of a heavier Silverstein, with more screaming, but think of a grungier feeling Underoath as well that bombards you with a flurry of mixed vocals.
Their sound was a bit off as well, and I believe that his is finally due to the abilities of the sound board fellows. Overall these guys had a refreshing sound that departs from the traditional breakdown formula we are used to in this scene. Catchy choruses gave their set a great feel.
They have an EP coming out soon, so I will have to wait before I can compare their studio work to their live shows. This is a band to keep an eye out for.
They are definitely a band that can boast of having a unique sound in our local metal scene. Hopefully they can continue to improve their live sound. Better equipment would aid them in attaining that sound. I’m really impressed with these guys, and I only see better things for their future.