I was instantly annoyed by the younger kids that had just been dropped off by their dad and were standing in line behind me. They were all wearing a shirt of one of the bands playing (strike 1) and they were talking about how this was their 4th concert of the summer! 4 concerts! Can you believe it? (Insert “I remember when I was 12 joke” here.) I was annoyed and crabby for no reason other than stress and exhaustion. Needless to say, I needed a drink and was more than thankful when I finally got inside the venue and found myself in my happy place of a dark and stinky venue full of my family.
The show started off with a bang and the band that pretty much stole the damn show. Oceano may have only had a twenty minute set but they definitely had me stuck where I was with my eyes glued to the stage. These guys are very much a deathcore band but the way they mix elements of grindcore, metalcore, and even black metal to create something extremely unique and amazing and had me wanting more.
Adam Warren, the singer, is one of the most powerful and consistent singers I’ve seen in a long while. This guy was up on that stage doing his thing regardless of what the crowd was doing. It didn’t matter that the crowd seemed to be conserving their energy for the other three acts, Adam was going crazy on stage and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a single point during their set that he was standing still. His vocals, even with all of the movement, never faltered. They were powerful throughout the set and really made these guys stand out.
Suicide Silence was another stand-out act from last night. I have to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of these guys. I was back in the day but now I feel like all of their music just sounds the same (good lord I sound like my parents!). Things just haven’t been the same with this band since their singer, Mitch, was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Call me a purist or whatever you want, but I feel like they just never came back from the tragedy. I’m not saying that their new singer Eddie (who is originally from All Shall Perish) isn’t
Something was different with them, or with me, last night. There was something about their set that made the switch finally flip in my head and I felt like I fell in love with this band all over again. Eddie’s powerful vocals really stood out and I couldn’t help but find myself standing there wondering how in the hell he can do that with his voice. For a couple of words he would be doing some of the most high pitched pig squeals I’ve ever heard but then, like magic, the line of lyrics would turn into one of the most threatening sounding, guttural sounds I’ve ever heard. It was perfection as far as this type of vocals goes.
I was shocked and found myself falling in love with this band all over again even though I had written off years ago. This is a prime example of when going to a live show can change everything about a band. I tried to listen to Suicide Silence’s newest release this morning but quickly found it to be boring and almost obnoxious. It was nowhere near what last night sounded like but I think I’m okay with that.
The band that I thought was going to steal the show was Whitechapel. The last time I saw these guys I staggered out of the venue with a torn septum ring and some of the biggest bruises I’ve ever had. It was brutal, angry, and perfect. The music was perfect last night and the light show was bigger than the venue but something just wasn’t there for me. I felt like there was really no spark. I didn’t feel the connection I did the last time I saw them and decided to hang towards the back of the venue with my friends.
The same can be said for Carnifex. These guys usually steal every show I see them at but last night they were also missing that spark and the crowd (at least on the side of the venue that I was at) was just not feeling it or they were conserving their energy for Whitechapel and Suicide Silence (which is definitely understandable).
Now don’t get me wrong, both Carnifex and Whitechapel were great but for someone who goes to a concert literally every night, you need to be better than great and need to have something that really stands out in my mind. I would go see Carnifex and Whitechapel any night regardless of how I felt they did last night. They are both super powerful live bands but last night was just not their night to win me over.
I was shocked by who I fell in love with at this show and who let me down a little bit. I will be the first to admit that I was super crabby and exhausted during this show (which may explain why I sound so harsh in this post) but the second the music started, I felt a little bit better. By the end of the night I was feeling like my normal self.
Are you having a bad day today? Go find a metal show tonight. You’ll feel better in no time.
Sausage Fest Meter- 13 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 18
Crowd Surfers- 11
Broken Bones- I didn’t see any but I’m sure people are hurting today
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings-DJ of Buried Above Ground; the By The Thousands Boys
Overall Score- 7 out of 10
Show on Deck- Cattle Decapitation/ Brujeria + More