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In Flames and Trivium: Live in Denver

Seeing In Flames and Trivium live is nothing new for me. This was my 5th time seeing In Flames and my 8th time seeing Trivium. I’ve seen Veil of Maya before but not Kyng, and they were opening the bill. They’re style didn’t quite fit the rest of the bands, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are a lot of influences within their music, a lot of classic rock and stoner influence, as well as the grit of old Black Sabbath and other classic rock bands. They put on a decent show, a good way to warm people up. On a side note, we were near them during In Flames set, and those dudes were ROCKING OUT! It was cool seeing a band out with the crowd and loving every second of it, they seemed like really down to earth dudes.

After Kyng, the PA was buzzing with hip-hop. This continued until Veil of Maya hit the stage, and they hit it hard. The deathcore/djent dudes really have their live show down and the the crowd really erupted over the course of their set. The band played a few new tunes on their upcoming album and they sounded great. Their new album Eclipse is out February 28th on Sumerian Records.

Up next were Trivium. People can say what they want about these guys, but they put on a great live show. Opening with “In Waves” the guys really got the crowd into it. With how many people you see talking shit about them online, there wasn’t a hater to be seen at the show. They played five tracks off of In Waves which all sounded killer, as well as “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr”, “Departure”, “Down from the Sky”, and “Like Light to Flies”. Matt came out into the crowd for his solo on “Like Light to Flies” which ended up directly in front of me which was way cool! Bassist Paolo soon told the crowd in honor of Cliff Burton’s 50th birthday the band had a special song they wanted to play. They then broke into a cover of Metallica’s “Four Horsemen” which had the crowd in a frenzy. It was apparently a last minute thing, and Matt didn’t know it on guitar so they had their guitar tech come out and play the second guitar part. Matt was way cool and took that time to talk with some fans and take a couple pictures. The band closed with “Throes of Perdition” and really set the bar high for In Flames. This was the second time seeing the band with (not so new) drummer Nick Augusto, and I gotta say again how much tighter the band sounds with him. They are an absolute machine right now, and soooo much fun to watch.

I’ve seen some awesome In Flames shows, but the last headlining show I saw from them was very disappointing, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. They opened up with the first three tracks off last year’s album Sounds of a Playground Fading, which translated very well live. The band played seven tracks off their latest album, and was heavier towards their last three albums. Anders told the crowd “If you don’t know this next song, then you don’t know your metal” and the band went in to “Trigger”. They played a few other older tracks including  “Swim”, “The Hive”, “Cloud Connected”, and “The Quiet Place”. The band was the polar opposite of the last time I saw them. They seem rejuvenated, excited, and genuinely happy to be performing, and they sounded dead on. While some of the newer material doesn’t have the same “ooomph” there older material does, they really breathe new life into it in their live show. Another must-see show if you get the chance!

-Chris


Dan’s top five biggest disappointments in 2011!

Even though I shouldn’t have to say this, based on past accounts I feel I should. This list is to be taken only semi-seriously. While I was certainly disappointed by each of these five events (because they aren’t all albums), the reality is that there was enough good throughout the year that this list is really inconsequential. My biggest disappointment about all these was really only that these five things failed to be non-disappointments. So, don’t get your shorts in a twist over these! And without further adieu…

1. Chimaira- If I had a category such as “my heroes always let me down,” Chimaira would go in that category for 2011. In truth, if all they had done was release The Age of Hell I’d just say they made a painfully boring album and look to the future. However, The Age of Hell follows the slightly more interesting Infection and coupled with the band losing all but one original (and permanent) member, I think Chimaira are done for. Sure, there may be another album or two that is released under the name Chimaira, but it won’t be the same band. That band, the one that wrote The Impossibility of Reason, that wrote the killer track “Six,” that band is dead and gone. Thankfully, I’ll always have the memories.

2. Trivium; In Waves- Honestly, this album only ranks so high because my expectations were so high. Shogun has gone down as one of my favorite albums EVER and I’ve seen Trivium more than any other band, EVER. So, you can imagine how stoked I was for In Waves. It’s not a horrendous album, especially considering some of the other albums that were released this year, but it felt like such a back step. It’s catchy as hell and the songs are still well written and aptly performed, but all in all, I’ve listened to the whole thing like five times. Maybe, five. Considering every other Trivium album has had that many spins in the first week of release, (yeah, even The Crusade), this makes In Waves really disappointing.

3. The Famine breaking up- Considering how much I talked about this band and Architects of Guilt this year, you can imagine how sad I was when I found out they were breaking up. No national tour in support of Architects of Guilt, only one video, and barely any acknowledgment of their end in the press. It all feels so, undeserved. I sincerely hope the best for the band members and know that they probably made the best decision for themselves, but as a music listener and avid fan, this just bummed me out. Best of luck guys!

4. Labels pulling out of Spotify/Spotify itself- Spotify has become my go to for streaming music for a few months now. However, if metal labels keep pulling out of the service, I will jump ship. Rdio still has most Century artists, Prosthetic artists, etc. and of course, Grooveshark is most of the time reliable. I really want to support streaming services because I think the idea is cool, but if my musical tastes aren’t met by the service, I will go somewhere else. Also, Spotify’s lack of transparency and abysmal rates they pay artists is troubling. 2012 will no doubt see many of these issues dealt with and resolved (I hope). Labels; this is the future, so get on board! Spotify; become transparent and stop sucking on the teats of the majors! We can all benefit if we just work together (lame statement, I know).

5. Morbid Angel; Illud Divinum Insanus- So… this. Morbid Angel is not my favorite death metal band ever, but there are some albums that are just classics to me. Domination, Gateways to Annihilation, Altars of Madness etc.  that news of new Morbid Angel was kind of exciting. Besides, the track record for founding death metal acts releasing great albums in recent years has been good enough that I thought this would be as well. I wasn’t really prepared for how bad this album was going to be, and while Lulu is most certainly worse, I think we all expected that. I did not expect this and as soon as I heard “Radikult” I knew that there was no redeeming this album. The worst part though, we’ve still got a remix album of these songs on the way in 2012. Looks like Morbid Angel are set to disappoint two years in a row. Thankfully, Erik Rutan released a killer Hate Eternal album this year, so we at least know that it’s only this present  incarnation of Morbid Angel that sucks, and not any of the past members.

Batman's reaction to the latest Morbid Angel


In Flames and Trivium Announce Co-headlining Tour!

The good touring news just keeps coming this week! Trivium and In Flames will begin a North American co-headlining run in January in support of the bands 2011 releases. Dates are as followed:

1/12 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
1/13 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
1/14 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
1/15 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
1/17 – The Ritz Ybor – Ybor City, FL
1/18 –  Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
1/20 – Warehouse Live Ballroom – Houston, TX
1/21 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX
1/22 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
1/24 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
1/25 – Burton Cummings – Winnipeg, MB
1/27 – Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
1/28 – MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
1/31 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/1  - Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
2/2  - Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
2/3 –  Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
2/4 –  Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
2/6 –  The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
2/7 –  Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
2/8 –  The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
2/9 –  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
2/10 –  The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/11 –  The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
2/13 –  House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/14 –  Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
2/15 –  Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/17 –  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
2/18 –  Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
2/19 –  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
2/21 –  House Of Blues – Chicago, IL

I didn’t get a chance to catch In Flames at the Mayhem Festival this summer, but Trivium have never sounded tighter than when I saw them at the same show this summer…and I’ve seen my share of Trivium shows! From my friends who went to check out In Flames on the far stage they said they sounded a lot better this time around than when we saw them previously, headlining with All That Remains. The two bands also toured together a couple of years ago and it was a great show. Start saving your pennies or write your letter to that fat dude up North, because the winter tours are coming fast! Meanwhile check out In Flames latest video for the song “Where Dead Ships Dwell” below:

-Chris


Trivium abducted. Machine Head swarmed.

Hey! More new music videos! Between working 14 to 18 hour days this week at work, I have had absolutely no time to write anything worth reading for the site. Not wanting to go an entire week without posting, the metal gods have given me the gift of new music videos, so I too can fall prey to “Lazy Journalism.”

First up Trivim have released the video for their single “Built to Fall”, the second video in what is at least a three part film. I’m still not entirely sure what is going on in the story, except now Matt Heafy and crew have been captured and abused by some kind of alien people:

Machine Head have finally unleashed their first music video off the amazing Unto the Locust, and it’s pretty sick. With how good the songs are, they could film just about anything and this would still be an epic video, but they did a really good job. Some of the individual band shots in the CD came from the video (or vice versa) but yeah, good job once again Machine Head!

Trivium just wrapped up their tour with Dream Theater and Machine Head will begin their European headlining tour in November. There once was a time Dan and I saw both bands on tour together, and it was epic. I’m thinking that needs to happen again in 2012.

-Chris


It’s acoustimetal day!

Well, it’s not really, but a couple acoustic jams that might be of interest to metal heads are out there making the rounds.

First up, we’ve got Matt Heafy performing Trivium’s “Built to Fall” acoustically on a rooftop in Paris. Seriously, I am not kidding. It sounds pretty much as you’d expect it to and I’m undecided if I like it or not (never mind that “Built to Fall” is probably my least favorite track off In Waves). Nevertheless, here it is. Should get at least a few 16 year-old girls in a tizzy.

Secondly, we’ve got Greg Puciato from Dillinger releasing a cover of a track from Oupa. The song is called “Driving” and it’s him singing over a piano. You can listen to Greg’s version at his soundcloud page, or the original (and better version, I think) here.

Well, see you Thursday!

-Dan


Trivium – In Waves

In 2004, four young kids from Florida released a metal album. The album, along with the group’s relentless touring cycle caused quite a stir in the metal world. While many people hopped on board, the group had plenty of detractors. No one could doubt these kids could play, but many people seemed to take pleasure in hating them. Over the last seven years, Trivium  have released four albums including In Waves. Each album showcased different elements of the band’s abilities, but being young and admittedly influenced by others at times, the group’s albums while strong, seemed to sound as if they were pleasing others more than themselves. Shogun was a great departure from The Crusade and the group’s sound had really developed. With In Waves, you finally hear Trivium where I think they hope to be at stylistically.

After the build up of the intro “Capsizing the Sea”, the title tracks erupts with Matt Heafy’s perfected scream and a gunfire of guitars and drums. The song moves effortlessly between the heavier portions and the melodic verse and chorus sections. The third track “Inception of the End” picks up the pace as some brisk guitar and drum work are accompanied by Heafy’s screams. The momentum of the music isn’t tainted at all by the melodic sung chorus and new drummer Nick Augusto’s talents are showcased as the first blast beats on the album make their appearance. The addition of Nick on drums has really seemed to cement the group’s sound. Throughout the album and even live, they sound so much tighter as a band. The next track “Dusk Dismantled” is one of the heaviest tracks, and along with “Chaos Reigns” showcase Matt’s screaming vocals at their strongest. Some of the deeper screams are absolutely brutal. The solos and bridge of “Dusk” sound killer with the tremelo riffing with the acoustic layering over top. “Watch the World Burn” is a rather anthemic track, with a very easily accessible sound. This is one of a number of songs that seem to be fit for radio play. Tracks like “A Grey So Dark” and “Built to Fall” are really accessible and super catchy songs.

Trivium have never been a band to skip the guitar solos and this album is packed full of great pieces by both Heafy and Corey Beaulieu. “A Skyline’s Severance” showcases both great verse and solo work by both members, and the solos throughout fit really well within the framework of the songs. The longest track “Caustic are the Ties that Bind” features a solid minute of solo’s by both members as they continue to grow each album. The song also features Matt Heafy’s strongest melodic vocal peice to date. He really seems to have found his voice, both with his scream and singing. The vocal experiments seem to be over, and his part during the mellow interlude is something I don’t think he could have (or would have wanted) to incorporate in previous Trivium songs, but he sounds solid. Of all the tracks on the album  this one seems to have the most “Epic” feel to it. The track “Of All These Yesterdays” has a similar feel to it as well.

The accessibility of this album is sure to open many doors for the group. After the heaviness of Shogun, this album can be a bit of a let-down. The heavier tracks on the album are the band’s heaviest to date, but the more straightforward  tracks easily outnumber them. Although simpler, they are full of hooks and catchy as hell. There is alittle bit of something for everyone on In Waves. There will still be plenty of people who will hate on them, but they have been overcoming that since the beginning and continue to grow stronger. Let’s see how far they can go with In Waves!

-Chris


This just in: New Belgium’s Clutch is delicious!

So remember awhile back when I spoke of New Belgium’s new beer Clutch!? Well, it came out this week and being the Clutch loving, beer drinking dude I am, I promised to let you know how it is.

Like I said before, Dan and I (and everyone else in Fort Collins) are really spoiled when it comes to beer. New Belgium have already created a few of my favorite brews, and bands such as Trivium and Amon Amarth have praised their beers during shows in Denver, so it only made sense that they would be the brewery to end up working with a band on creating a beer. The story on New Belgium’s website about how the process came about is actually really cool; talk about a dream for brewer Eric Salazar!

Anyway the beer is delicious. The “Dark Sour Ale” isn’t bitter at all.  It has a great aroma and the chocolatey malt flavor is rich and strong, but far from overwhelming. It’s only available in 22oz bottles as part of the brewerie’s Lips of Faith series, but is 9% alcohol and worth every penny! Oh yea, and it looks really cool too! Now if only the band could make it back to Fort Collins for a show for us all to properly celebrate the beer!!! Make it happen New Belgium!

-Chris


Review: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

For the last couple of summers, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has been quite an impressive tour. While many of the headlining bands have never really been my personal favorites, the tour always manages to bring on at least five or six bands I really want to see. The setup was what I really liked about the show. Three stages made for a day on non-stop music. While Fiddler’s Green…..excuse me, the Comfort Dental Amplitheatre has never been my favorite venue, it always worked well for this tour set up, until this year. Instead of having side by side stages, you were almost forced to pick which second stage bands you wanted to see, as the stages were on the opposite block from each other. Between all the funneling back and forth through the narrow path the festival had made for you, we eventually decided to stay at one stage, missing some of the bands. Regardless of the terrible set up, we got to see some good performances.

Straight Line Stitch had me reminiscing of that terrible time I had to see Wicked Wisdom live. We got in late  thanks to the venue opening gates an hour late, but missing this band didn’t make us to upset. After funneling through the street, we had a pretty bad vantage point for Kingdom of Sorrow, but they put on a great show. They sounded great, and Jamey Jasta seemed to be having as much fun as he always does in the live setting. After seeing All Shall Perish slay last year on Summer Slaughter, we were stoked to see them again. With a setlist focusing on their heaviest old material and a couple of new tracks, they really had the crowd going. Guitarist Francesco Artusato really shined with the band, and his playing really elevates the rest of the group. Everyone loved Suicide Silence except me. Next up for us was Unearth. Fresh of the release of Darkness in the Light, the group began by shotgunning a couple of beers, and blasted into “Watch it Burn”. As always, the band sounded great. Between the speaker jumping, air horns, and a kid crowd surfing in a Sponge-Bob costume, they put on a very memorable performance. Having a great spot at the Jager stage, we elected to stay for Trivium. In Flames began playing afew hundred yards away on the other stage, and it really sucked to miss them. According to a friend, they were much better than last time we saw them play. As the echoes of In Flames faded, Trivium soon washed away any doubt that we had made a bad decision staying put. Opening with their new title track “In Waves” the group blistered through a brief but epic set. Having seen these guys all but one time they have played in Denver, I can say they sound so much tighter as a band now with new drummer Nick Augusto. The guys really set the crowd off as well, and it was a great way to end the second stages out. Machine Head opened the main stage with “Imperium” and played their new track “The Locust” which sounded great. I wished they got to play a longer set! Megadeth was next and after brief sound issues in the beginning, Mustaine and company put on a hell of a show. They also played a song off their upcoming album Thirteen, which seemed a bit watered down, but I’ll wait to hear it in a non-live setting before I make any real judgement! The group also filmed the performance for a yet-to-be-determined release! Godsmack was next, and although I don’t like their music, they sounded good, and all the mall-boppers seemed to have a good time. Disturbed headlined the festival and with their internal problems now made public, you could definetely tell it affected thier performance. They didn’t seem to care much, and just went through the motions, sounding absolutely TERRIBLE for the….three and a half songs we stayed. After seeing 20,ooo other people loving every second of it, we suddenly felt very out of place, and elected to beat traffic home. Solid decision.

Overall, the performances of Unearth, Trivium, Machine Head, and Megadeth made up for the mostly lackluster day. Hopefully next year will bring the old layout back and either a stronger line-up or longer set times!

-Chris


Trivium post “live” footage of “In Waves.”

This isn’t exactly live footage per se. I mean, it is performed live, but it’s in a studio so it only half counts. Anyway, it’s a brief taste of what Trivium sound like live these days and I must say it’s pretty good. The band sounds tight, crystal clear and doesn’t miss a beat. I almost thought there was some studio trickery involved and then Paolo started singing during the chorus. There is no WAY that studio trickery is involved when you sound like that! Definitely “lulz worthy” as the kids would say, but he does harmonize well with Matt, so it’s not totally funny. Anyway, In Waves the album, comes out August 9th which is just about a month away. I’m pretty pumped to hear it, which if you’ve followed this site for any amount of time should not surprise you. Apparently Hot Topic.com will be streaming the song “Inception Of The End” tomorrow, so you all should go check that out tomorrow, I know I will! Take a gander at Trivium playing everyone’s least favorite track they’ve released yet below.

-Dan


Wasted Wednesday- Vocalist’s who do THIS

I realize being a vocalist in a band isn’t easy. Between having to sing/scream your lyrics and interact with the crowd, I’m sure it’s a hell of a workout. But have you ever been to a show where the vocalist is just a little off???? Where you KNOW they are perfectly capable of singing the lyrics at the exact moment they sing them on the album, but for whatever reason they wait that half of a second, and then spit the words out quickly so they don’t completely ruin the flow, but make you wonder, “WHAT THE FUCK!?!?! I’ve heard plenty of bands do it. Some shows they sound perfect, others there is this annoying little delay. From Trivium and Iron Maiden, to Metallica, Protest the Hero (bands I LOVE).  To All That Remains or Korn, and a ton of shittier band’s I’ve had the “pleasure” of seeing, it is one thing that drives me absolutely INSANE. I know I’m not a vocalist, and never could be. I don’t even like the sound of my OWN voice singing. I don’t expect things to be perfect when I hear bands live, but for fuck’s sake can we avoid the vocal delay please?!? I know this is stupid, and that I’m totally just bitching….but I’d much rather have you not run around as much and sing the song than spew forth your lines in this hurried manner. Thank you in advance. Now enjoy a video of “Guns N Roses” and Axl Rose completely slaughter the song that got him famous.

-Chris


Trivium walk through a swamp; play “In Waves”

It’s been  about two weeks since Trivium released the song “In Waves” off their upcoming album In Waves, and now they have a video for…guess what? IN WAVES! I’ve already let you all know what I think about the song, so take a look at the video:

So apparently this is part of an at least two part video. I remember Matt mentioning releasing a three or four part video for their song “Shogun” off the last album, and with that not happening maybe this is their new attempt at an epic cinematic adventure. While the water shots are pretty sweet, not much goes on in this video so it will be interesting to see what happens next. Trivium’s new album is out August 9th on Roadrunner Records.

-Chris


Machine Head and Trivium give us some new music.

Machine head have released an advance mix of a new song, title “Locust.” All I have to say about it is, FINALLY! That and it is awesome. Not quite sure if it tops anything off The Blackening, and I didn’t quite get that floored feeling of awesomeness like the first time I heard “Imperium” or “Davidian” but there were a couple of “that’s bad ass!” moments which resulted in some personal headbanging. Basically, this is a great Machine Head song, total quality, ripping guitar work and some fantastic melody. In fact, the melodic chorus section may just be my favorite one the band have written. The as-yet-untitled album will drop September 27th (hopefully) and you can purchase “Locust” on iTunes. Or just listen below. Or both. I would advise both.

Trivium have also teased some new material from their new album, In Waves, over at Guitarworld.com. It’s a slowed down section of a song called “Inception of the End” and it sounds pretty promising. I’m liking the riff and of course the solo section is fantastic. I’m hoping the rest of the album goes in this direction musically, as it sounds pretty metal. Not that “In Waves” was a bad track, but it wasn’t exactly “bad ass” either. Watch the vid at the link above and weigh in with some thoughts.

-Dan

 


My thoughts on Trivium’s new track “In Waves”

So unless this is the only site you ever read for news, you’ve probably heard that Trivium have released the track “In Waves”; our first taste of their album due August 9th on Roadrunner Records. Also, if you’ve read our site with any regularity, you know that we are huge fans of the guys. I’ve enjoyed watching this group grow and we’ve been fortunate enough to really see them at just about every stage of their career. They’ve provided some amazing stories from the numerous times we’ve seen them live, and just all-around have been super cool at shows. I’m a bit biased I must admit.

I thought Shogun was excellent, and I thought “Shattering the Skies Above” was a bit repetitive, but a rippin’ track none-the-less. I liked the direction the band seemed to be going, things were really melodic still, but with the addition of drummer Nick Augusto the band had a heavier dynamic. With “In Waves” I hear progression, but at the same time I’m a bit surprised with how simplistic the track is in comparison. Matt and Corey (and Paolo) have come up with dozens of awesome riffs on previous albums and it was a bit surprising to hear the break down so prominent throughout the song. That being said, I still like the track. You can still hear a progression with the band’s sound. The solo’s are still top-notch, and the changes within the song aren’t mind-blowing but flow well and the parts don’t seem to have that “look what I can do!” feel through the entire song. At the same time, I can’t tell whether this is a toned-down Trivium from here-on-out, or if this is simply one song on a diverse album. Either way, I’m excited to hear the rest of this album!

On another note- I love reading all the comments on other sites about these guys and how much they suck. I’ve been reading them now for six or seven years now and it never gets old!

-Chris


A Spattering of News II….

Damn! Life has been crazy lately. Dan has been finishing up his first year of grad school and I have been moving when I’m not working my wonderful property management job. As we grind along in life, the metal world kept turning and some pretty big events have happened over the last week or so. So instead of posting things separately, we’ll give you a run down of some of the bigger things going on this past week.

Chimairaath! After the departure of keyboardist/effect dude Chris Spicuzza, and drummer Andols Herrick and the former departure of Jim LaMarca on bass, Chimaira announced new members in an online chat last week. Chimaira have added Daath members Emil Werstler on bass, and Sean Z on keyboards/samples. They have also added Dustin D’Amond (formerly of Bleed the Sky) on drums. I’m pretty amped about this lineup. Emil Werstler is a BEAST of a player, and the band said he has already recorded some guitar work as well for the new album. But the thought of Chimaira having more intricate bass work is really intriguing! At the same time, Daath’s last offering was nothing short of AMAZING, and this will definetely put a delay if not an end to new Daath music…not cool.

All Shall Perish have announced the title of their new album. This is Where it Ends will be released July 26th on Nuclear Blast records. The band hasn’t leaked out any more music since “Divine Illusion”, but that track in itself is enough to get excited about. The band have mentioned they are bringing back the brutality; so the crisp, clean, sweep-filled, fret fest that was Awaken the Dreamers may take a backseat to something more along the lines of The Price of Existence, either way it will be a win/win!

Trivium have released a trailer for their new album, which can be viewed below. While I love me some Trivium, this trailer doesn’t really give us anything. Theres some film school looking imagery, but not much else. I can only imagine how things sound watching them play, but all we get to here is a cool little blues guitar. If that itself makes it on the album though, I guess I wouldn’t mind. The yet-to-be-titled album will see a release late summer/early fall on Roadrunner Records. This whole thing reminds me of Sons of Anarchy and I don’t know why…

-Chris


2011 Mayhem Festival details revealed…

Well, I could have told you this a week ago, but thought there may be some changes in the lineup; so I waited for the “official” press release, which turns out is basically the same.

This year’s edition will feature Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Trivium, In Flames, All Shall Perish, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom of Sorrow, Unearth, Suicide Silence and Red Fang. A couple dates will see Testament and Dethklok fill in for Megadeth, and other lineup details can be viewed HERE.

Dates are as followed:
7/9 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/12 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
7/13 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
7/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
7/17 – Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
7/19 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/22 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
7/23 – Montreal, QUE @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/24 – Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
7/27 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
7/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/30 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/31 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater
8/3 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
8/5 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/6 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/9 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
8/10 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
8/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/13 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre
8/14 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater

There will be all the people (including me) that will complain about not as many “extreme” acts on the bill; but in the end, half the people going will be there to stare blankly at the second and third stage bands, then go inside to rock out in their hot topic shirts to Godsmack and Disturbed. With In Flames announcing earlier on their facebook page that recording was complete, hopefully we can hear some new stuff from them, as well as possibly hearing new stuff from Trivium, maaaaaybe Machine Head, and Unearth, not to mention All Shall Perish and Megadeth are still playing! At least we can beat the traffic home much like Korn allowed us to do last year!

-Chris


New Songs. New Videos.

Whats up with Wednesdays and videos being released? Im not complaining by any means, especially when it involves the newest Trivium song, “Shattering the Skies Above.” The video isn’t anything special, but since Dan and I love Trivium, consider it done. The song appears on the God of War EP out now. In other cinematic metal adventures, Demon Hunter released a video for “Collapsing” off their album The World is a Thorn out next Tuesday, March 9th. The song features Bjorn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork fame, who looks remarkably like Demon Hunter vocalist, Ryan Clark. Since I’m on the same page as Dan on the new DH album, we”ll give you the link to view it HERE, if interested. Katatonia have also released a video. The track “The Longest Year” appears on their latest album Night is the New Day as well as the upcoming EP The Longest Year, featuring a previously unreleased song as well as remixes and alternate versions of a couple other tracks. The Longest Year EP is out March 15th; in the meantime check out their newest video below…

-Chris


Into the Mouth of Hell We Marched.

Wednesday was a busy night for shows in Denver. Norma Jean’s “Explosions Tour” was in town, as well as All That Remains and “The Napalm and Noise Tour”. What drew us to Denver though was Trivium, Chimaira, White Chapel, and Dirge Within on board the “Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour”……tour.

This show was a bit surreal. In 2004, Dan and I were front row for Machinehead, Chimaira, 3 Inches of Blood, and some band named Trivium. What we thought were crew, soon turned around and unleashed the fury that is Trivium LIVE. Over the past six years, we have watched this band grow from a promising young talent, into a talented group of (still young) musicians at the top of their game.

Dirge Within opened the show. Not much to say about them. They fit the mold of your typical metalcore band, and for some reason had us reminiscing to the days we listened to…Spineshank. Whatever akward memories we had were soon washed away with a beer and White Chapel. We’ve heard both positive and negative things about this band live, and seeing that we were stuck in line at Mayhem Fest during their set, we were pretty stoked to catch them this time around. The band puts on a damn good show and will definetely be worth seeing again.

Chimaira were up next. This was Chimaira show number nine for me, and once again I was not dissapointed. When The Infection came out, I was a bit baffled by its simplicity compared to other Chimaira albums. After seeing these songs in a live setting twice now, I completely understand and love that album even more. The songs are CRUSHING live, and with a good mix of songs from other albums. Chimiara could have easily headlined this size tour. Some people even left after Chimaira’s set. For them to take a support spot on this tour, to me, says alot about how cool these guys are.

Ending the night was of course, Trivium. Opening with “Rain” the band tore through their set with a fire and precision that you rarely catch live by ANY band. The band is offering MP3 versions of their shows for ticket holders and I began to wonder if that was extra incentive for the band to play a little harder than normal. We have seen them live six times and while they have been one of the better live bands Dan and I have seen, they completely blew away any of their previous performances. Between the rippin’ solo Matt played in the middle of the floor during “When All Light Dies”, to the even faster version of “To the Rats” Trivium delivered throughout the night and even did so with a fill-in drummer!

People can say what they want about this band. Call them posers, “false”  metal, Metallica wanna-bes, sellouts, whatever…This band has fed off negativity, creating some awesome music, and  gaining hords of new followers along the way.

Near the end of the show Matt Heafy said the band has already written songs for the new album and that the band will begin recording the middle of next year. Get your Trivium fix now, because unless you live in Europe, these boys wont be around for quite some time. Dates HERE.

I now give you an actually decent, live youtube video of “Like Light to Flies” from the Denver show. Thanks to the dude in the balcony recording!

-Chris


“Caliban’s Revenge” vid posted and Trivium go on a pretty heavy tour.

German metalcoreists Caliban, have posted the video of their recently released sixth album, Say Hello to Tragedy. You can watch the vid below.

CALIBAN – “Caliban’s Revenge”

Also, in what will no doubt be a damn fine tour of sheer heaviness, Trivium have announced the dates for their worldwide headlining tour, dubbed the “Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour,” uh, tour. The line up includes, Chimaira, Whitechapel and Dirge Within as support. You know Chris and I will be there!!

The second leg of tour dates are as follows.

October 29 – Atlanta GA – The Masquerade
October 30 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
October 31 – Towson MD – Recher Theatre
November 1 – Norfolk VA – Norva Theatre
November 6 – Worcester MA – The Palladium
November 7 – Philadelphia PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
November 8 – Hartford CT – Webster Theater
November 9 – Montreal QC – Le Medley
November 11 – Quebec City QC – Imperial
November 12 – Toronto ON – Sound Academy
November 13 – Detroit MI – Clutch Cargo
November 14 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
November 17 – Chicago IL – House of Blues
November 18 – Minneapolis MN – Cabooze
November 19 – Winnipeg MN – The Pyramid
November 20 – Saskatoon SK – Odeon Events Centre
November 21 – Edmonton AB – Edmonton Events Center
November 22 – Calgary AB – Macewan Hall
November 24 – Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom
November 25 – Seattle WA – Showbox
November 27 – San Francisco CA – Warfield Theatre
November 30 – Tempe AZ – Marquee Theatre
December 1 – Albuquerque NM – Sunshine Theatre
December 2 – Denver CO – Gothic Theatre
December 3 – Kansas City MO – The Beaumont Club
December 4 – St Louis MO – Pops
December 5 – Tulsa OK – Cain’s Ballroom
December 6 – Dallas TX – House of Blues
December 7 – Houston TX – House of Blues
December 10 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing
December 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
December 12 – Orlando FL – Club Firestone

-Dan


Monday’s Metal Scraps

Well-Oiled Machine Head crushes an already Limp Bizkit

An internet war of words was finally put to rest Sunday when Machine Head played directly before Limp Bizkit at the U.K. Sonisphere festival. Machine Head initially dropped off the festival due to unknowingly being bumped down a slot in favor of Limp Bizkit. A day before the show, front man Rob Flynn vowed on the bands message board to “fucking CRUSH LIMP BIZKIT!”
After the festival, the war of words continued as Limp Bizkit’s DJ Lethal tweeted/twitted/twatted: “Just finished playing at Sonisphere festival in London with NIN and METALLICA…as for (MACHINE HEAD), hahaha, the only thing crushed was your egos. Lol…Suck it!!!!”

In response, Mr. Flynn posted the following:

“Tonight was one of the biggest ego boosts we’ve ever had! Not that we had shit to do with it, but it was funny how the crowd chanted ‘MACHINE FUCKING HEAD’ in between every song that LIMP BIZKIT played tonight, and they didn’t say SHIT about it onstage except ‘MACHINE HEAD is hard, and their fans are hard.’ Now that their they’re away from our crowd and our stage, now [DJ Lethal's] an Internet tough guy. And this is coming from the guy wearing a MACHINE HEAD shirt ONSTAGE tonight… hmmm… NICE!
“By the way, we had 21 circle pits today!! That is a new record for the U.K. Our previous record at [U.K.'s] Download [festival] was 12 circle pits.
“Today we made fucking history, Sonisphere!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!
“If there’s any doubt, footage from both sets will appear sooner or later.”

In the end, Machine Head did the only thing they needed to do; play a concert. There’s no need for the internet grumbling back and forth, the music speaks for itself. Machine Head are on top of their game, Limp Bizkit is old news. It makes both bands look stupid for arguing over the internet and makes Machine Head look almost worse for continuing the typing war. In the end your playing for the fans; and in this case, the fans quite obviously let it be known who’s side they were on.

Let the Fall touring begin!

Mastodon and Dethklok will co-headline a North American tour with support coming from High on Fire and Converge. Dates here.

Trivium have also announced headlining dates with White Chapel, Darkest Hour, and Dirge Within supporting. Dates here.

-Chris


Rockstar Mayhem Fest, a review.

Mayhem Fest; July 19th, 2009 Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green.

Mayhem Fest rolled through the country this summer, bringing a much heavier roster than the previous year and of course, we couldn’t pass up the chance to see so many great bands in one venue.

Getting to the venue an hour and a half early wasn’t nearly enough as we missed both White Chapel and The Black Dahlia Murder. From what others told us, and from what we heard, The Black Dahlia Murder killed it, pretty disappointed to miss them, though.

The first band we made it inside to see was God Forbid. The band did an awesome job of mixing in songs from all 4 releases. The band really didn’t miss a beat without former guitarist Dallas Coyle, but fill-in guitarist Matt Wicklund (ex-HIMSA) didn’t seem quite comfortable enough to move as much as the rest of the band did, although he played great. With how much of the singing Dallas did on Earthsblood, all the new songs sounded great live without him.

Job for A Cowboy was the next band up and they more or less left us wanting. While they played great, their set was marred at first by the horrible clicking of bass drum triggers that were obviously too high in the mix. The sound issue was eventually resolved and what followed was a 30 minute set of roughly the same sounding song. A track off of the “Doom” EP got the crowd moving, as did “Embedded,” however, neither one of us found much to rave about in their set.

All That Remains may have been the most disappointing band on the tour. They played well, sounded great, the crowd loved them, but the song selection really left us wanting more. With a 30 minute set, and a radio friendly album out, the band played “Forever in Your Hands” and “Two Weeks” and “Chiron” off their new CD Overcome. Opening with “This Calling” may have been the highlight of the set. The bands high energy show gets slowed down with the newer songs and without playing a single song from This Darkened Heart or heavier favorites “The Weak Willed” or “Indictment” they really seemed like a completely different band from the last time we saw them.

Behemoth began their set in typical epic fashion with a symphonic intro as the band members walked out to the chanting, expectant crowd. Behemoth ripped through their 30 minute set without a moment to waste, with some personal highlights being “At the Left Hand Ov God” and “Ov Fire and the Void” off their forthcoming album. When their set was finished, the crowd reaction was so massive that the band returned to play one more song, with singer Nergal adorned in a horned demon mask, while the rest of the band dripped blood from their mouths and eyes. If Behemoth isn’t metal, we don’t know what is.

Trivium was outstanding as usual. Only getting to see five songs from this band was quite disappointing. Nothing gives this band justice until you have seen them headline a show. The band opened with “Rain” and from the opening riff till the music stopped the band was hidden in a cloud of dust from the ever-growing mosh pit. The band played “When All Light Dies”, “Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr”, “Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation” and the latest single “Throes of Perdition”. This band more than ever thrives off the crowd, and they definitely appreciated all the movement, even if all they could see was dust.

Cannibal Corpse were the last band to appear before the main stage and while they appropriately ripped through their set, and vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer provided some nasty, but amusing banter, there wasn’t much else to say. They were virgin tight as expected and very heavy, but the intensity of the previous acts left us kind of used and abused by the time the Corpse boys made their way to the stage. However, such favorites as “Hammer Smashed Face,”

Killswitch Engage opened the main stage for us (food and beer were more important than Bullet for my Valentine). Opening with crowd favorite “My Last Serenade” the band cruised through a 45 minute set filled with favorites “The End of Heartache” “My Curse” “Rose of Sharyn” and played the new single “Starting Over” and “A Light in the Darkened World.” The band most likely sounded better than anyone else on the tour, and as always, were entertaining to watch. Although the bands’ new album debuted at No. 7, they seemed blown away with the crowd response and the sheer amount of people at the show. They did a great job of showcasing their entire discography and proved why they are one of the top bands in metal today.

SLLLLAAAAAAAYYYYYEEEEEERRRRRRR! The thrash gods appropriately lived up to that title opening with “Disciple” and blistering through an hour long set playing what you’d expect them to play “Angel of Death”, “South of Heaven”, “Mandatory Suicide”, and of course “Reign in Blood”. The band also played a new song, “Psycopathy Red” off their upcoming CD World Painted Blood. Nothing beats Slayer live and watching all the drunk 40-somethings play air guitar, fall down, get up and start all over again. With little stage banter, the focus was the music and with Slayer, that’s all you need.

The “headliner” on Mayhem this summer is none other than the anti-Christ superstar himself, Marilyn Manson. We managed to stay for roughly one and half songs before leaving. The phrase “has-been”, “worn out his welcome,” and “cracked out skeeze” all came to mind with Manson’s attitude, appearance, banter and movement. All this after only one and half songs!

In short, Mayhem was well worth the line, the price and the heat. Let’s hope next year comes off as an even more brutal and metal event, it’s always needed!

-D&C
Denver Mayhem Fest; Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse and Slayer courtesy of nmosica via youtube


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