My Music Story – Chugcore

It all started about 2 years ago.

I was bored one day, and wanted to chat to some people through the internet (yeah, sounds stupid). I joined this forum called DarkDemon. No idea why… cause… it was a stickman animating forum. LOL. So yeah, I was really active, and talked to a few people. A friend of mine from there introduced me to As I Lay Dying. At first I was like, “ew wtf is this?” but gradually it grew on me.

I listened to As I Lay Dying on youtube, and I saw some other related bands, like Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, etc. You know… those kind of metal bands haha. Over time, I heard about A Day To Remember

 from that same forum. I really liked ADTR because I thought they were ‘so original and unknown’. When I listened to ADTR, I went to the Victory Records website and looked at the shit they had there.

From there, I listened to post-hardcore bands and rock bands a lot. My favourite post-hardcore band was probably The Devil Wears Prada. I went to my local record shop to buy a TDWP album, but found out Meshuggah. I heard a bit of Meshuggah but didn’t like them, but for some reason I bought their album ‘obZen’. It was a pretty damn good album

A few months later I found out what metalcore and deathcore was. At first I was like “pfft. stupid names”. But I regret that. I listened to August Burns Red and really, really liked the song ‘Composure’. So I went and bought that CD, too haha. After listening to August Burns Red, I fell in love with metalcore music, and through metalcore, I started to love deathcore.

Deathcore was the music of my life. Some people may not see why, and I’m not sure myself, but the pure aggression and energy put into each song is overwhelming. The lyrics are so brutal and blunt –  it really relates to me.

Now, I’ve become a vivid part of the deathcore community and love every single aspect of deathcore.

My favourite bands from each genre:

Post-Hardcore: My Ticket Home, I The Breather, After Me the Flood, Casino Madrid, Halfway to Winter, Inspiration Isn’t Cheap, Lower Definition (broken up, unfortunately), Sirena, Woe Is Me, Sirens And Sailors

Metalcore: August Burns Red, Breakdown of Sanity, For Today, Get Up Texas, The Plot In You, Motionless in White (new album), Of Blackest Oceans, Crystal Lake, Counterparts,

Deathcore: Emmure, Oceano, Suicidal Massacre, As She Dies, xDoomedx, Myself My Enemy, The Baby Lottery, Garden of Stained Graves, GrenadeFace, Sensory Amusia (kind of djent-y), Spiritual Ravishment, The Wrath of Vesuvius, And Hell Followed With, Atrophy, Beheading of a King, Bermuda, Cognitive Atrophy, The Compliance Process, The Contortionist (old album), Defiler, Doom Cannon, He The Deceiver, Her Name In Blood…

Too many to name.

Please, if you haven’t checked out these bands, please do.
I’m new to this blog, so expect more from me :]


Elysion Fields and In Fear And Faith lose vocalists.

Sometimes bands have members depart rather amicably, while others simply don’t.  Vocalist Tim Sheridan from the Illinois native metal-core outfit, Elysion Fields, has left the band to start another band called “Autonomy”. Not much is known about this band yet except that its still trying to recruit a guitarist and a bassist. Sheridan was and still is on good terms with the band after the departure.

His replacement is Chris Fernandez an ex member of Thyateira.   I must however point out the benefit Chris has done for himself by getting away from yet another drag and disappointment upon this local metal scene in the essence of The Black Dahlia Murder wannabes, Thyateira.

During Tim’s last show with EF on December 11th, EF drew over 40 people to the venue of note, The Oasis, and put on a spectacular show playing almost every song they have written. Chris combine with Tim during the last song of their set for a remarkable vocal assault.  Expect good things from this band, as it remains one of the last bastions of talent and semi-originality in the local Wisconsin and Illinois scene.

Both Elysion Fields and Thyateira will be playing at this years “20 Band’s Of Christmas” on December 18th which will also host national acts Within The Ruins, The Crimson Armada, The Plot In You, For All Those Sleeping and other local bands, so be there.  This will probably be one of the biggest shows of the remaining year.   Last year there was about a thousand people in attendance, and if you get tickets now, it’s only 13$. I’ll be there, so if you’ve ever wanted to punch me in the face or trample me in a wall of death, this show is your chance to do that semi-legally.

Heres a link that I hope works to the 20 Bands Of Christmas Event as well as Last.Fm which should have directions to the “venue”


Anyone remember In Fear And Faith?  Yea, they are still around but haughty, snooty, and arrogant vocalist Cody Anderson isn’t anymore.  At first I thought this was their clean vocalist, but it’s actually their once screamer.  Last week it was announced by IFAF that he had left the band. To be honest, I’m sad to see him go as he was actually an excellent vocalist both live and on the album, which can’t be said of their high pitched creepy emo dressing clean vocalist/keyboardist.  Before I rip on him too much, one nice thing I’ll say that is also true is that his annoying vocals on each of their albums is much more tolerable live.

Cody on the other hand continuing his in-person deuchebaggery from Warped Tour 2010 essentially quit the the band during the “This Is A Family” tour, but I suppose this shouldn’t have been a surprise. We still don’t know exactly why he quit the band. All he left was a facebook status that is strongly reminiscent of a high-school breakup gone very bad:

“I have left In Fear And Faith. I will not tell you why because it’s none of your business. Nice meeting you all. Buy whatever CD they come out with next. Scott [Barnes] has a better voice than any of these other shitty bands out there. If you live in SD lets hang out. Please don’t talk shit cause it’s a pain to go to your home page and delete you”

Wow. He may be trying to avoid drama, but I’m tempted to friend him just to do some trolling after a status like that. After posting something like that, I really suspect he had a fight with the band.

“Buy whatever CD they come out with next.” No. Not after a release like Imperial.

“Nice meeting you all.” It appears that came from the bottom of his heart.

Anyway good riddance, even though I liked his vocals. Let’s just all try to remember the good times of the band. We can actually anticipate more live stellar performances by the band and realize that these guys may still be headed somewhere if they can revisit their roots.


Net Neutrality? COICA? Strikegently and mediafire could be doomed!

Usually I dont post about things political in nature because I suspect that most of us, like myself, listen and talk about music to get away from the real world, so to speak.  You get tired of the political BS, the promises of “change” and all the other nonsense. However, we must pay close attention nevertheless.

I however, am worried because the sites I watch, cherish, and enjoy such as Strikegently, mediafire, fastpasstv, and other are in real danger of suddenly being seized by the government at any time.  I encourage everyone to watch carefully for the signs of the government using it’s heavy hand at the bidding of certain favored parties to force ideas such as net neutrality, copyrights and piracy legislation, and the like.

Anyway to get you in the same angry mood I’m in, I suggest listening to the following Whitechapel songs while you read through the rest of this rant.

Wired posted a troubling article yesterday. Apparently the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill which allows the attorney general to “shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime.” 

This bill will essentially allow the Attorney General and any other over-zealous government cronies to turn off a website on the suspicion that it may have as much as a link to something that is “copyright.”  Say goodbye to Strikegently, ILYBD, mediafire, and every site with a similar nature that you have come to love.  There will be no trial and no verdict concerning the sites in question, because the Attorney General and whatever Sauron like minions he may have don’t need one in this bill.

The “Combating Online Infringment and Counterfeits Act” dubbed COICA is much scarier then any of us may realize.

 …But the law’s critics do not believe that giving the federal government the right to shut down websites at will based upon a vague and arbitrary standard of evidence, even if no law-breaking has been proved, is a particularly good idea. “

The really scary part here is the kind of track record the government holds when it comes to dealing with and/or rectifying mistakes. If you’ve mistakenly over paid in taxes, good luck getting that back. It takes months to get something as basic as a FOID card or even a reply from the government about why your 2 year old relative can’t possibly fulfill his or her mistaken jury duty summons.  If your site gets shut down by mistake, good luck getting it back on.   So for all you love and hold dear OPPOSE INTERNET CENSORSHIP and the hideous idea of government enforced NET NEUTRALITY.

You might not have anything at all illegal on your site.  You may just simply post links to material hosted elsewhere. You may however have something as innocent as a link to that youtube video of a recent concert which a record label decided to claim as copyright and find out the next morning that access to your site has been blocked and/or that your site has been shut down because of that little link.  The most interesting part is that some of our most prominent politicians have been screaming about China’s censorship, but somehow that same kind of censorship isn’t only acceptable here, but necessary. 
Does anyone actually expect this to force people to buy their music, their movies and their software? To the music industry I say this:   I for one won’t buy an album till I’ve gotten a copy of it first, listened to it, and made up my mind as to if its worth purchasing. If that privilege and advantage disappears, I for one simply won’t bother to purchase anything from the band who doesn’t have a majority of their music available for free download.

I will admit that I download alot of music and a bill like this would make it much harder for me to find free music to download.  But thats just a small concern when looking at the future. Sites that posts download links to bands such as ILYBD are the reason that I have even bothered to go to shows, to buy merch, and to go out and buy a bands album.  I know I am not the only one in this situation.

– Posted by: SyKo | 11/19/10 | 12:10 pm  On top of that, the few things I have purchased in the way of media in the last 10 years: almost everything was something I had previously seen online streamed or downloaded. I haven’t purchased any music or movies I can think of off hand IN YEARS that I didn’t check first to see if it was worth buying.”

I’ve seen some good points brought up by commenters on this story:

– “Now, on another note, WITHOUT shutting down the internet entirely, you’ll never stop people from receiving warez or .mp3s or .avis or any other file type. No one can prevent me or anyone else from receiving an encrypted, compressed file over a chat client like Skype. I have friends all over the world, and this will stop nothing. It’s not like they were going to get any money from us to begin with, so pfft at their claim of losses.”

 We aren’t China or Iran yet, but we are following them at an alarming speed with bills like this. What makes any of us think that this won’t be used in the future to shut down sites that the government doesn’t like? What makes us think they won’t simply label material on websites as “dangerous to Americans”, or my personal favorite “hate speech”?  The next Suicide Silence album for all we know could be branded hate speech

We need to fight this bill in every way possible. I hate to ask you, but please, call your senator, your congressmen, you know the drill. I plan on calling that sneaky lying Durbin myself and telling him just what I think of his “yes” vote on this.  There is a petition going around which I encourage you all to sign. (You all know how skeptical I am of anything with the word “progress” in it nowadays.

 So I encourage you to watch for the signs of the government using it’s heavy hand at the bidding of certain favored parties. Watch, cherish, and enjoy sites like Strikegently, mediafire, fastpasstv, and others, because they might suddenly be seized by the government the next day.

Gwen Stacy Breaks Up

Well yet another good band goes down. Looks like Solid State will lose another band. I’m sad to see these guys go.  Yea a little late, but I just found out about this a few moments ago while doing some web browsing. I could speculate on various reasons, but I’ll just post up what they put on their myspace regarding the breakup:

“After six years, nineteen countries, countless US tours, two albums, and an EP, Gwen Stacy has decided call it quits. We feel like now is the best time to end the band and pursue other options and directions in life. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the bands career over the years. 
“There are too many people to thank everyone individually, but we would like to send a special thanks to past members TJ Sego, Cole Wallace, Bobby Oakley, Josh Rickard, Mike Bryant, and Chris Suter, our manager Mark LaFay, Carl Severson and everyone else at what was Ferret Music, Once Nothing, Life In Your Way, Poison The Well, Haste The Day, Vanna, and every other band that we’ve been able to share the road with.
“Thank you as well to anyone who came out to a show, bought a shirt or cd, sang along, let us crash on their floor, or was just supportive in any way.
“A few of the members will be starting new projects and we will be updating our pages as these projects start to unfold. We want to assure everyone that we are splitting up on good terms. We’re all excited to see what everyone has in store for their future endeavors. Be sure to keep checking back to follow up with what everyone is doing.
“Our last show will be Saturday November 20th at Rhino’s, 331 S Walnut St. Bloomington, IN. Please come out and get gross with us one final time.
Well, I am glad that the ADTR and Underoath show I went to made up for this sad news. This does get me thinking though, all good things must end. Life is short I guess.  There last show is Saturday in Indiana. Anyone interested in going? 
Anyway one of my favorite songs from Gwen Stacy from a couple years back:

A Day To Remember Album Release Show at The Rave Sells Out!

Update: It’s been almost 8 years since this show and it’s still one of my favorites.

I’ve never seen The Rave sell out, but it sold out about 30 minutes before the show started.  This may have been one of the sickest shows I’ve ever been to and might be tied with the seven thousand people who showed up for August Burns Red and The Devil Wears Prada at Summerfest back in July.

The lineup for the show was Close Your Eyes, The Word Alive, Underoath, and A Day To Remember and the day was Tuesday the 16th of November, the very same day that ADTR would “What Seperates Me From You” finally hit the store shelves.

Now this is a show where if you chose to stand anywhere on the stage floor, you were stuck there. We were tightly packed together, body pressing upon body.  Also this is The Rave, which is a pretty big venue.

Now what did you miss?

  • You missed a show where the whole stage floor was a semi-quasi-moshpit for basically three hours. I was continually pushed around as were the people around from all directions so I kind of constantly swayed with the crowd. In fact at one point I picked up my feet and let the 3 huge guys near me pretty much carry me around for a few minutes. It was that tightly packed.
  • You missed a show where you actually couldn’t fall down. There were so many people packed close together that you could lean your whole body weight on the people around you and be propped up.
  • You missed around 20 or so fights that broke out
  • Even when music wasn’t playing you still got pushed and shoved around, as did the people around you. Too much excitement in the air I guess.
  • You missed great sets from Underoath and in particular A Day To Remember.  ATDR played several songs from For Those Who Have Heart and Homesick. 
  • You missed one of the best shows all year in this whole Wisconsin and Illinois area. I’ve rarely seen this kind of energy at a show before.

At times the whole floor turned into one giant pit from side to side, front to back, especially for Underoath and A Day To Remember. When the breakdown from My Life For Hire kicked in, the whole floor was a giant pit and you got pushed into and slammed into from every side. It was like a constant domino effect.  I and alot of people around me got pushed from the back to the middle to the front, and back to the middle during Underoath’s set.

 I was on my feet for almost 4 and half hours and I couldn’t sit down, nor could I get out of the front area of the crowd because of how tightly packed it was.  The pits were very aggressive and people were tossed around like ragdolls specifically because of the amount of people around them.

If you were on the stage floor you were constantly being pushed into by people from all sides who had people pushing into them from all sides. It was insane. It was exciting. It was incredible. When every one starting jumping for Plot To Bomb The Panhandle, the floor shook. By the way, these are the sickest pits I’ve ever been in, as well as that I’ve seen in person.

Close Your Eyes opened up, but for some reason I think they sounded somewhat better a few weeks ago at Clearwater. They put on a great show though considering how packed the place was.  They got some great crowd participation for “Song For The Broken”, which they seemed to do the best out of their set.

Now you can usually tell when The Word Alive is playing. There is alot of “We love you” and “F*ck this place up,” shouted by the lead vocalist. Apparently flurries of F-bombs make your breakdowns more badass.  Nevertheless, this is the best I’ve seen The Word Alive play by far.

A majority of the fights broke out during their set, as plenty of tough guys had something to prove. One guy who accidentally hit one of the hardcore dancers tried to reconcile with the guy, but he just put his fist up and shouted at him indicating that he would hit him if he said anything more.  Some people can throwdown but just can’t handle someone else throwing down into them.

Their last song Epiphany was probably the craziest of their set. I actually saw someone do some sort of weird break-dancing backflip ‘esqe multiple spin kick into some guy and a fight broke out a few seconds after it. The move the guy did probably could have won him a showing on America’s Got Talent, it was that awesome.

Underoath would get up and add to a show that just kept getting better and better. They led off with a song of their new album which I can’t recall, although it may have been In Division.  Things started to heat up at this point.  A bloody shirt somehow fell on my face, not sure how, several people lost their shoes, including my friend who came with me who lost her shoe toward the end of the set, and I got hit   in the head a couple times including having some guys elbow jammed into me for at least 5 minutes. I tried to move his elbow off my stomach but it was too tightly packed around me to even change how I was standing/forcibly leaned into the guy next to me.

Underoath played all the classic songs we know and love, as well as I think two other songs off Disambiguation.   For all of you who worry about Underoath without Aaron, “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” was performed perfectly, though the incredible amount of crowd participation singing out the chorus certainly helped and made it feel all that more epic.

They concluded with “Writing On The Walls”, which I will take credit for since I called it realizing it was the only other big song that they hadn’t played yet. When the breakdown kicked in it seemed like everyone suddenly lost it and went nuts. If only you had been there!  The one thing I’m realizing about Underoath is that you can look forward to an amazing intense show and excellent live sound every time they play a live show.

A Day To Remember opened up with “2nd Sucks” and people went nuts. Elbows, knees, and plenty of body squishing took place immediately, several of which made contact with my back, ribs, gut, you get the picture, as well as pretty much everyone else around.  I spent the rest of the show being squished around like a tomato.   Luckily someone had their video camera going up on the balcony to capture this epic kodak moment:

ADTR would continue with several songs from FTWHH as well as several Homesick and one of their earliest songs, “You Should Have Killed Me When You Had The Chance”. I love that they did this because too often bands who release a new cd make the mistake of playing way too many songs off of it that the crowd won’t know. This was the album release show, but I’m pretty sure over half the people at the show had already downloaded the leaked album.

I finally fell over when the breakdown from “My Life For Hire” hit and the floor turned into a massive pit.  When ADTR played “I’m Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of”, Mike from The Devil Wears Prada got on stage, did some sort of crazy stage dance, and screamed out his part like a greek god, which brought the show to a whole new level and made the hardcore dancers look like they were trying to escape angry villagers.

When their set ended the crowd, including me, screamed for an encore, and we got it. They played three more songs before the night was finally over.

For those of you who might not like any of the bands that played, this is one of those shows where the atmosphere, the crowd, and the energy and excitement made up for anything you may dislike or hate about the bands or the band’s music itself.  Plus A Day To Remember played tons of their old stuff which made this show something of epic proportions.  Tuesday night for all those who experienced will be a day to remember forever.

P.S, if your looking to download A Day To Remember‘s “What Separates Me From You”, I’ve found it on mediafire for you, again courtesy of ILYBD. Audio quality is VBR.

I would encourage all ADTR fans to buy this album, as buying it will help it gain media exposure, and I’d really like to see a band like ADTR break into the mainstream. Shockhound currently is selling the album download for 6.99$!  (Not become mainstream.) Anything with doses of screaming in it and breakdowns that gains media exposure is good for exposing hardcore and metal to the rest of the music world.  ( I will be buying this album myself on Friday when my paycheck comes in.)

Johnny Franck leaves Attack Attack!

Well, I didn’t see this coming. But then again I sometimes don’t see a lot of things coming. No homo.  I really thought the band was doing just fine, but this goes to show that you don’t always know whats going on behind the scenes since that is only made public knowledge when they want to pump up awareness for an upcoming album.

 Attack Attack! in all of its Post-Crabcore glory, as this band has been so lovingly labeled my lovers, and well mostly haters, may have been dealt a reeling blow. Johnny Franck who provided mind blowing technical guitar work and cleaned vocals auto-tuned to perfection for adoring high-school girls has decided to leave the band.  His reasons are listed in a recent news article by Alt Press (AP)  and in the you tube video made and released yesterday, so I won’t go into them.

This could be problematic as it leaves Caleb Shomo doing clean vocals as well as screaming, and not a lot of us were particular impressed by his screaming vocals which are sub-par to say the least. I’ve even heard accusations that his screams were auto-tuned on Attack Attack’s new album, but I’ll leave that up the to experts to determine.

A silver lining here is possible, although most of us wouldn’t think so, or even hope so,  for all you somewhat justified haters out there. Perhaps Caleb might stick with the clean vocals and give up the screams to someone who can actually scream well live without appearing to lose his breath or completely miss notes.  Just think of the possibilities of the band with a real screamer and not the current fat one in skinny jeans.

I know some people hope this will be the demise of Attack Attack for all the auto-tuned and generic atrocities they have committed over time, but perhaps some redemption might be possible. We or probably just me and a majority of high-school girls can hope for something good to come out of  this for Attack Attack.

Let me quickly admit it: I have a guilty weakness for old Attack Attack. It’s catchy and a great listen. No, its not the most technical thing in the world, and probably isn’t really metal, but I still like listening to it. Also they aren’t dead to me just yet. I’m willing to wait for their next album, as I know plenty of fans voiced their disapproval for their horrid attempt at a wannabe tough guy hardcore sound. If you sound good the way you play, leave it, and improvise a bit rather then changing your sound completely.

I do have this sneaking suspicion that the other band members might have something to do with Johnny leaving, as it did with Austin, but we all know Austin isn’t exactly the greatest “people” person. Anyway, I’ll let Johnny talk for himself about why he left Attack Attack!

The Halloween Show: The Oasis: The Good, The Surprising, The Bad

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. 
Valiant:  (The Bad)
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. 
Unoxidized (The Surprising) 

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. 
Elysion Fields: (The Good)

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 Made You Myself:  (The Surprising)
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. 

Looking to go to a show? Bands to avoid and Bands to fight to death to see!

Now before I begin, I consider bands to be good based on their live performance and sound, not by their genre. If they put on a good show and sounded awesome live, I’m letting you know. I’ll give you three bands in both categories that I’ve seen in the last six months. I avoid mentioning big bands like ABR, TDWP, BMTH, Underoath, ect. due the fact that a good live performance by them is usually assured.

Bands to see live: 

Those machine gun sounding double bass beats aren’t just something that is reserved for the studio. They have a loud  punch which will help to shake the room a bit each time the pedal is stomped on.  So you can count on hearing every breakdown being executed smoothly and clearly from the end of it to the beginning. What you hear on their studio albums, you will hear live. Did I mention the incredible pits that form when the first breakdown from “It’s Not Safe To Swim Today” hits? 

The clarity of their sound will make sure that each song of their set is epic. It will be so epic that it has enough possibility to bring Chuck Norris to tears.

I usually don’t expect much from bands that sound like they do, if that tells you anything. They define themselves as partycore? Well, I suppose they call themselves partycore for a very good reason; their sets feel like one hell of a party. You can expect to jump up and down, nod your head in sync with the pounding base rhythms and quick catchy guitar riffs, and to do and say crazy, insane things that you never would have thought you could.  

So plan on bringing a friend who puts “Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” as their first and foremost principle.  Plan on hearing music so catchy and an atmosphere with such a party feel to it that you that the setting in the music video of “Get Low” is a possibility. 

Don’t get too drunk either. You might forget or might not be able to remember the ridiculous amount of fun you will have at their set. Trust me, you will want to remember this. Oh, and by the way, these guys are another band which sound so much better and are so much better live then they are in the studio. 

For a moment, ignore all the hate you have for these posers, auto-tuners, and generic “crap” that this band stands for or whatever you may believe about them. Granted you have expectations that they will probably sound nothing like their studio version music.

You would be right. Asking Alexandria (AA)actually sounds better live then they do on their album. The autotune that you are used to on that album is almost unnoticeable live. Perhaps some long overdue vocal improvement has been accomplished by these fellows. 

You can expect to experience a situation that has the feel of a dark nightlife party crossed with the feel of an angry moshpit. If your a high-school guy and your single, this is also a great place to meet girls, considering they make up a substantial part of AA’s fan base. 

Below are Bands that you really dont want to see. You will be so depressed and humiliated that you won’t even have the will to demand your money back! So DONT GO!

Of Apollo:  Your in for a surprise. It’s not the kind of surprise you want to experience either. You won’t find out that cool twisting surprise that Bruce Willis is dead.  Instead you will find out just bad a wannabe Deathcore band that attempts to mix in melodic ambient riffs with breakdowns in that constant  and repetitive order truly is. 
Who is this? Its a crappy self described “melodic hardcore band”   from Wisconsin who is relatively unknown due to the fact that they suck live, have horribly written music, and  a set so boring that napping is always  imminent. Most people would consider them deathcore due to the fact that the melodic nature of their music doesnt exist. 
At the end of their set they will encourage you to buy their EP and to buy merch. Perhaps you would, if they didn’t suck so bad live.  Perhaps they could gain the possibility of “potential” if they would actually write their own music rather then trying to copy everyone elses.  Long hair and cool tatoos alone don’t make a scream any better, something you will realize in its entirety if you see this embarrassment to metal live. 
Let’s assume your a guy. You expect plenty of manliness and a bad ass performance that throws you back into the all too memorable high-school pissing contest. Your ready to start hardcore dancing and you are intent on refusing to duck, budge, or show any sign of pain to nearby observers. You are for all intensive purposes, Chuck Norris
 You’re pumped. The first song on the set starts. STOP.
You’ve been conned,duped, and mislead. These “founders of hardcore” are disappointing impostors. The harsh truth then hits you; this band live is worse then a full episode of Desperate Housewives. I mean that. It’s even worse then watching a few scant minutes of Sex And The City.  
The vocals are off. You can’t hear the majority of the drums, and you can’t hear the keyboard in the slightest. You realize you would have been better off staying at home and watching Mean Girls for the 9th time by yourself. Your manliness has taken that much of a hit. 
Let’s assume your a girl. You’ve heard Architects on their album. Century Media has reaffirmed thatArchitects is the greatest thing to come out of Britain since BMTH, so your expectations are high. The band gets up. You hear an awesome British accent and your attention is now full invested in their lead vocalist Sam Carter. 
Instead your confronted with vocals that are drowned about by a bass so loud that you thought that the neighborhood hip hop rapper wannabes had taken over the sound stage duties.  You can’t hear the clean vocals at all. Its just depressing. Sure their studio stuff sounds great, but this? 
Perhaps improvements to their live performance may be made, but do you want to take the chance of risking your money to that’s been confirmed?