My roommate always laughs at me because I rarely know what I’m getting into when it comes to shows. I refuse to look up bands before I see them. I would rather go into shows with a clear head and no prior opinions on the acts. Of course, being me and being hopelessly addicted to music, this is unavoidable for some shows… especially metal shows. I know too much, I’ve heard the music, I know what I’m going to get but I still try to go in with no bias’. Usually it works and I’m able to enjoy the night as a full bill. Unfortunately, last night was not one of those nights.

The whole night was perfect. The music was loud, heavy, and unrelenting. The crowd was full of energy, anger, and they were just as unrelenting as the music. It was all of the makings for a perfect night. Hell, it was a perfect night, but I felt I was unable to give the last two bands the attention that they deserved. I hate it when I sabotage a show like that but it is bound to happen I suppose.

Lorna Shore was the show stealer of last night. They’re always the show stealer. Their music is heavy and polished. Singer Tom Barber has a voice that makes you stop dead in your tracks. It’s one of those voices that you would swear could only be done on a recording, not in a live setting. It’s too extreme and harsh. I truly never thought a band would be able to pull it off live and then I saw Lorna Shore a couple months ago and put my foot in my mouth. Tom does the unimaginable and hits all of those growls and squeals like he does on the recordings. This band has impressed me every single time I have seen them and they just keep gaining momentum.

Not only did the music sound just as good as it does in the recordings, the energy coming from the stage and the energy in the crowd was perfect. You could tell that lot of people were excited to see this band. Before the music even started, the crowd had split to make room for the moshers. People picked their sides and posted up for battle. As soon as the first note was played, the crowd went off and no one was safe… but it was the first time in a couple of days where I truly felt at home.

The crowd was full of energy for majority of the night. I loved watching them while Wage War played. Wage War is a band that I saw back in December when they opened for Every Time I Die (my post: I Want To Be Dead With My Friends). They were amazing that night but, sadly, did not get the attention from the crowd that they deserved. I honestly don’t know if majority of the crowd back in December even noticed there was a band on stage. It was great to see the crowd giving them all of the attention they deserved. Kids were singing along and moshing and dancing. It was wild to see how quickly Wage War had gained all of these followers and they are more than deserving of it. People think it’s stupid that I will go see the same band a bunch of times but this is a perfect example as to why I do that. The amount of satisfaction I have in seeing such a deserving band finally make it “big” with my friends is one of the best feelings on the planet.

The show was opened up by two local groups. Axiom and From Concept to Chronicle. I had never really seen Axiom (although I’m sure they’ve played at a show I’ve been to before) but last night they definitely caught my attention. In a bill stacked full of great, heavy hitting, growly vocal bands, these guys got on stage and did what they do with no excuses. Their music was definitely heavy enough to match the rest of the line-up but the vocals were completely different. The singer had a very high pitched tone at times and he was actually singing instead of just grunting and squealing the whole time. Although they weren’t as polished as the other local group that played, they definitely gave me something different and that’s one of the best things a band can do on a bill that is overcrowded with bands of the same genre.

From Concept to Chronicle was the other local group that opened the night and it just so happened to be their CD release show as well. It was no surprise that these guys sounded great. They always do. But unfortunately, they just didn’t seem to be able to keep the crowd going and honestly, they ended up blending into the rest of the line-up. That could be a good thing though because they could have easily fooled someone as to thinking they that were part of this tour package.

All of the bands last night seemed polished and they each got the crowd going. Even the local acts impressed me. Everything was perfect but unfortunately, Lorna Shore was just too perfect for me to give Chelsea Grin and Oceans Ate Alaska the attention that they definitely deserved. That’s not to say they weren’t good. I just didn’t care anymore. That’s the downfall of shows like last night. All of the music starts to sound the same (I mean that in the best way possible) and as soon as someone completely blows my mind, I turn off and start dreaming of my bed.

Line Up:


From Concept To Chronicle

Wage War

Lorna Shore

Oceans Ate Alaska

Chelsea Grin

Venue: Amsterdam

Sausage Fest Meter-  11 out of 10

Broken Bones- None noticed but did see a couple people get the wind knocked out of them

Average Age- 17

Level of Moshing- Moderate/Heavy

Crowd Surfers- 0

Stage Divers- 0

Shirtless Children in the Pit- 1

People Wearing Expire (band) Clothing- 9

Fights- 1

Celebrity Sightings- Jerrid of Royal’z; 90% of By The Thousands

Overall Score- 7 out of 10

Show On Deck- Hunter Valentine/ Sick of Sarah