Fate Misunderstood


I mean, this is just funny.
July 23, 2008, 3:08 pm
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“Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough”, plus A7X’s Fall Tour Dates

Blabbermouth.net and deathbatnews.com have revealed that Avenged Sevenfold will be releasing their Live DVD/CD titled “Live In the LBC & Diamonds In The Rough” on September 9th.

Blabbermouth.net:

The live DVD features the band’s April 10 hometown show at the Long Beach Arena headlining the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, while the CD contains previously unreleased b-sides that were recorded during the making of “Avenged Sevenfold”, plus various covers, and other never-before-heard material. The DVD was directed by Core Entertainment’s Rafa Alcantara, who also worked on the band’s critically acclaimed 2007 road documentary “All Excess”.

The track-listing for “Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough” is as follows:

CD:

01. Demons
02. Girl I Know
03. Crossroads
04. Flash of the Blade
05. Until the End
06. Tension
07. Walk
08. The Fight
09. Dancing Dead
10. Almost Easy (Remix)
11. Afterlife (Alternate version)

DVD:

01. Critical Acclaim
02. Second Heartbeat
03. Afterlife
04. Beast and Harlot
05. Scream
06. Seize the Day
07. Walk
08. Bat Country
09. Almost Easy
10. Gunslinger
11. Unholy Confessions
12. A Little Piece of Heaven

In addition to the DVD/CD release, the guys will be on tour this Fall with some interesting bands, also beginning September 9th.

The following dates are A7X headlining shows:

Sep. 06 – Huntington, WV – WAMX Festival
Sep. 09 – Quebec City, QC – Pavilon de la Jeunesse
Sep. 10 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Sep. 11 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Sep. 13 – Chicago, IL – Q101 Block Party

The following dates will be co-headlining shows with Buckcherry.  A7X and Buckcherry will alternate as headliners, sadly.  Shinedown and Saving Abel will be openers:

Sep. 16 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center
Sep. 18 – Sioux Falls, SD – Canaries Stadium
Sep. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Sandstone Amphitheatre
Sep. 22 – Lincoln, NE – Pershing Auditorium
Sep. 23 – Wichita, KS – Kansas Coliseum
Sep. 24 – Tulsa, OK – Riverparks
Sep. 26 – Huntsville, AL – Big Spring Jam
Sep. 30 – Clemson, SC – Littlejohn Coliseum
Oct. 04 – Mobile, AL – Bayfest

I’m curious as to why A7X thinks their fans want to see them on tour with Buckcherry and other “alternative” and “pop” bands.  I am definitely seeing a trend though with Atreyu and Avenged and how mainstream they are trying to becoming, or allowing themselves to become.  For example, if you check out Saving Abel’s myspace page, Avenged is tucked nicely between Seether and Daughtry – as in, the American Idol winner.  It’s just sad b/c the guys of A7X are just WAY more talented than those other one-trick ponies.  Similar to Avenged, Atreyu has gone a little mainstream by going on tour with Linkin Park this summer, an unlikely match for old fans to see them with.   I hope that these guys dont get caught up trying to become too big and loose sight of their niche of original fans, and most importantly their level of musicianship in their songs. 

Regardless, more dates will be announced soon!  Hopefully in the DC/VA/MD area.  So stay tuned!



Ok, I Have A Confession to Make..
July 21, 2008, 4:50 pm
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If you recall a few months back, I wrote an open letter to Atretyu, one of my favorite Orange County bands, explaining my disapproval of their decision to go on tour with Linkin Park, the KISS of our generation.  I even went as far to say that I wouldn’t be attending the show or condoning their tour.  Well, I’m reluctant to say that I’ve gone against my word and will in fact be attending Projekt Revolution this Sunday, July 27th.  Now, the only consolation is that we haven’t gotten tickets yet, but the plan is to just get the cheapest lawn tickets possible when we get there on Sunday and then immediately leave after Atreyu plays.  I just can’t bear to miss seeing the guys in my hometown… can you blame me??

I’m pretty sure that they will be playing a bunch of songs off their newest album, with minimal screaming, but you never know, they might throw in some songs from The Curse or Deathgrip for their true fans.  But I guess I can’t find out unless I go.

You win this time Linkin Park…  you win this time.



Warped Tour 2008

Warped Tour 2008 blew through the DC/MD/VA area this week at Merriweather Pavilion like a tornado.  I’m not proud to say this, but this was my very first ever Warped Tour.  And actually, when I thought about it, I hadn’t ever even been to an all-day festival like this at all, not even close.

It was a hot, sunny, 95 degree day in mid-July and I had never seen more people ready to rock out in one place.   We took a lap around when we first arrived, to scope out where everything was.  I was pretty amazed to see the rows and rows of merch booths in the middle of the grassy pavilion area.  It was every concert goers dream.  There were a total of about 7 stages set up all over the place and everywhere you went, you were weaving in and out of swarms of other sweaty people.  It was really fascinating, and hard to believe that, like a traveling circus (and I mean that in an endearing way) that many bands setup, perform, breakdown, and travel every single day for two months.  It was really impressive to see.

Warped Tour 2008 band line up

Warped Tour 2008 band line up

Once we got our bearings, and figured out who was playing where and at what time, we quickly came to realize that As I Lay Dying was the first set to go on at 11:15AM.  AM!!  How were we supposed to know that one of the bigger named bands that were at Warped would go on FIRST?!  Needless to say, it was really disappointing to see we had missed them.  We set off to see the other bands on our list, and ended up getting to see Story of the Year, A Cursive Memory, Greeley Estates, Protest the Hero, Angels and Airwaves (for one song and then got out of there as quickly as possible), and The Devil Wears Prada (who we had never seen live or heard any of their music before and surprised us with an amazing performance).

One thing to say about A Cursive Memory is that, they should not have been on Warped Tour.  I get what they’re trying to do, and maybe they don’t fit on any other tour, but I felt like I was at a Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brother’s concert with my little sister (if I even had one).  Their one song that plays on Fuse every-so-often is, I admit, is a catchy freakin tune, and I do love it, but they just should not  be opening for The Devil Wears Prada…

Let’s recap: Did I have a great time at Warped? Yes. Did I discover more music that I had enjoyed and had not heard? Yes.  Did I get pretty wasted and spend way too much money on beer? Yes… Will I go back next year? You better believe it.

Story of the Year

Story of the Year

Protest the Hero

Protest the Hero

A Cursive Memory

A Cursive Memory

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

surfer

Surfer

This guy is so intense..

This guy is so intense..

Mike Hranica

Mike Hranica

The Devil Wears Prada at the Hurley Stage

The Devil Wears Prada at the Hurley Stage



Scream the Prayer 2008
A club in my hometown hosted Scream the Prayer 2008 tour.  This summer tour including some really great Christian Screamo/Metalcore bands.  Needless to say I was really impressed with the level of musicianship and talent.  What I was expecting was a battle of the bands style, highschool level music, but this concert really blew me away! 

Because the show was set in such a small venue, fans were able to feel more intimate with the bands.  After each 5 song set, the bands would sit around their merch booth or hang out with the fans in the pit or at the bar.  I always feel starstruck with any level of musicians, so this was a really fun aspect of the show.

We arrived 2 hours after the door opened, so we missed two or three bands, but of the bands we were able to see, Agraceful and AKISSFORJERSEY really rocked out.  

AKISSFORJERSEY

AKISSFORJERSEY

Agraceful

Agraceful

Agraceful reminded me a lof blessthefall in their style of music and image.  I was sad to see that blessthefall was not able to go on tour for Scream the Prayer or even Warped, since they are currently working with their new unannounced lead singer on putting together their second album.  I dig.

Blessed by a Broken Heart

But I digress.  Scream the Prayer was a great experience, but you could tell the crowd wanted more.  And that’s when Blessed by a Broken Heart came out.  Imagine an 80’s hair metal band paired with modernday metalcore, lasers, fog machine, synthesizers and mullets, and you’d get Blessed by a Broked Heart.  The crowd was having a good time headbanging and putting up their horns throughout the day, but when these guys came on stage, something magical happened and the place errupted.  These guys, by far, had the BEST stage pressence and just looked like they were having the best time.  I caught myself smiling and laughing during their set because I couldn’t understand what I was hearing and seeing, but I knew I was loving it.

I’m looking forward to their new album, out in September, “Pedal to the Metal” Check out their MySpace page: Blessed By A Broken Heart MySpace