There were ten bands that performed yesterday. Ten amazing local metal bands that are truly too big for this local scene. I could talk about each of them in depth and point out the highlights and the flaws in each set. A post like that wouldn’t do justice for yesterday though because yesterday was not about the music. It was about this insane group of people coming together to support one of our own and that was more beautiful and more energizing than any band that stepped foot on the stage yesterday at Lee’s Liquor Lounge.
Where do I even begin when it comes to trying to tell you about Mason McDeid. At only 23 years old, this kid has been through hell and back. Confined to a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, Mason has fought illness after illness and surgery after surgery. Honestly, if I was in his spot I think I would have just been done. There would be nothing to bring a sparkle to my eye if I had to go through something like what Mason has gone through but Mason still has that sparkle and it shines bright when he watches live metal music. His dad, Richard, has made it his goal to take Mason to as many metal shows as possible and it has become the local scene’s goal to help Mason and his dad reach that goal. Yesterday was Mason Metalfest #2 and although the crowd wasn’t sold out, it was packed and everyone there was there for the exact right reason- for Mason.
The man of the hour appeared as the first band, Distal Descent, kicked into their set. There was a sense of joy that entered the room at the same time Mason did. Everyone turned their heads, gave a giant smile and then went back to moshing their hearts out. For just a local show, the energy in the room was on point throughout the long day of music. Band after band, pit after pit, people went about the show like any other local show but every time a band would mention Mason or dedicate a song or set to Mason, there would be a roar of applause that made it sound like we were in an arena, not just Lee’s Liquor Lounge.
As mentioned, everyone that graced the stage absolutely killed it and I was left stunned at the pure talent that this scene has. I also know I said I wouldn’t talk about each band as that would not only take me hours to write but you would never read it all. That being said, here are some of the highlights of my day but, again, I want to stress that absolutely everyone killed it and the fact that they took time out of their busy lives to support a cause like Mason’s was beyond beautiful.
- Echoes of the Fallen- I don’t even know where to begin with these guys. I saw them for the first time just a couple of weeks ago and fell in love. Their clean sound and intense stage show on Saturday was the nail in the coffin for this band. It may have been just a couple of weeks since I had seen them last but I already felt like the band had progressed in a very short span of time.
- Cymothoa- One of the few instrumental metal bands in the local scene, this trio sounded better than I had ever heard them sound before. Completely tight and together, their set short didn’t last long enough for my liking. From the clean patterns of notes to bassist Justin’s smart ass mouth, their set was probably one of my favorite of the entire day.
- Krawg- This band never seizes to amaze me. Brandon, the vocalist, always brings this undeniable sense of energy to the stage and yesterday was no different. I had two friends show up to grab a couple of drinks with me before Krawg took the stage and I had to stop mid-conversation due to that energy. I was captivated the way a touring act would captivate me.
- Semtex- One of the few bands to perform that I had never heard of or seen before, this group brought something different to the day which was beyond refreshing. Their sound almost had this more thrashy and hardcore edge to it which definitely made them stand out from the rest. I loved their energy and can’t wait to see what else they have.
Again, yesterday wasn’t about the music but the music was definitely an added bonus. I honestly don’t think Mason and his dad (and whoever- if anyone- helped coordinate this) could have picked a better line-up.
Some people may look at this scene, see the people in it, and get scared away (hell, there are still some people that intimidate the hell out of me). I urge those people to find something like a Mason Metalfest. The amount of beauty that was inside Lee’s Liquor Lounge yesterday was enough to leave me speechless. The amount of people wearing the “Mason shirts” that were on sale says it all. We are just one big freaky family with hearts as big as some of the beer guts that walk around our scene.
I hope Mason enjoyed the crap out of his day yesterday because I know we all did.
And Mason, I hope to see you at a thousand more concerts in the future. You are a very, very special kid in this scene and we all love you.
Line-Up (in no particular order):
Venue: Lee’s Liquor Lounge
Sausage Fest Meter- 13 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 28
Crowd Surfers- None
Mosh-Ability- 8.1 out of 10
Stage Divers- None
Broken Bones- 0
Spotted Flying Through The Air- Paper Airplanes
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 0
Celebrity Sightings- DJ of Buried Above Ground; Greg of Ritual Madness Podcast; Eric of Vvolf Mask and many many more
Photo Credit- David Rubene of Twin Cities Media
Overall Score- 8.8 out of 10
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