Fate Misunderstood


Atreyu – Congregation of the Damned Out October 27, 2009

Well, it’s about darn time! Sheesh, these guys have really milked the last album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, dry.  They’ve also made some really interesting music/tour/marketing/PR decisions in the past two years, which I can only guess is attributed to their new record label deal with Hollywood Records, who is owned by Disney and – by the way – also supports pop icons like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and The (freakin’) Jonas Brothers!  I’m not even kidding.  Take a look for yourself here.

I think the general concensus/question from Atreyu fans is: What the heck happened to the bad-a$$ band we fell in love with that wrote masterpiece albums like Deathgrip and Curse??  And furthermore, WHY are they headlining a tour with Hollywood Undead?!

I’ve gotta say, the long awaited new Atreyu album that they will be coming out with in October, is no longer on the top of my purchase list.  But, according to Alex Varkatzas, he says that the record is a “mix of everything we’ve ever done. For every song that’s more melodic or rock-driven there’s a total shitkicker, and I think that’s what makes us a well-rounded band.”

One, I hope he’s right, and two I can’t believe Disney let him say “shitkicker”.

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I love this time of year, when bands are recording and putting their finishing touches on their new albums and gear up to go on tour.  Here’s the beginning to my list of upcoming shows that I’ll be be going to so far (I’m sure this list will continue to expand over the next days, weeks, months):

4/18  Silverstein, Blessthefall, Before Their Eyes

The National in Richmond, VA

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5/11 Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, As I Lay Dying

Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD

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6/14 Paramore and No Doubt

Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA

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7/14 WARPED TOUR

Merriweater Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

A Skylit Drive

A Skylit Drive

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

Saosin

Saosin

Underoath

Underoath

Awesome. \m/



Avenged Sevenfold Show @ Rams Head Live 12/9/08

The Avenged Sevenfold show last night in Baltimore was quite an experience.   When we arrived at 7:30 pm, the doors had already been open for almost 2 hours.  We waited til about 8:45pm for the 2nd opener, Shift, to get on stage.  Burn Halo showed up for their very first concert as a new band at around 10pm.

All in all, Burn Halo did a great job for their first concert together.  Their best songs from their set by far, were their singles “Dirty Little Girl”, and their finale song, “Save Me”.  But I am confident that once they tour some more, and get more comfortable with their stage presence, they will gain even more fans.  Look for these guys.

When Burn Halo finished their set, there was a surprise appearance by non other than Synaster Gates, lead guitarist of A7X.  The crowd erupted when he showed up on stage, however, the news he was there to deliver was not welcomed.  Syn explained to the now drunk, impatient fans that, yes, they would be playing tonight, but that Matt was at Walter Reed Hospital from a situation that happened earlier in the day, and that they would be back on stage to perform at 11:30pm.

At that point, most of the audience had been there for nearly 5 hours, and you could tell the pit was getting restless.  There seemed to be a lot of agitation in the air, but everyone was still sticking around to see their band.

The time finally arrived, and A7X opened with Critical Acclaim.  Shadows gave us all an explanation of what exactly happened.  It turned out that when Johnny C and Shadows were at Walter Reed Hospital to visit injured troops, Shadow’s face got temporarily paralyzed.  Check out the clip below:

The set list seemed pretty standard to previous shows we’ve been to in the past year.  Overall, they performed well, I was happy with the show, but sometime was amiss.  I give the show a 4 out of 5 stars… not the band’s best.  I will say though, that the lighting and light panels on stage were a great effect.  And musically, they were spot on.  If we hadn’t waited for 5 hours to see them after the show was postponed from September, if there weren’t so many preppy kids with no pit etiquette (stay tuned for a blog entry on pit etiquette), and if the band had put a little more variety into their set list (what happened to all the songs from Waking the Fallen?? – I’ve seen them play Second Heartbeat and Remenissions…) then I would have given them a solid 5.

I love these guys, so it’s really hard for me to be a critic, but I guess I was just expecting more out of them.

*photos courtesy of Courtney and JNoyes

Check out more really great pics from the show taken by Courtney here and JNoyes here

And here is one more clip from the 2nd show at Ram’s Head Live from December 10th – singing Happy Birthday to Zacky V who turned 27!

*clips found from deathbatnews.com


The day is finally here..

I’ve been waiting on this day since I ordered tickets in JULY.  It was disappointing to show up to Rams Head on September 7th to find that the sold out show in Baltimore had been canceled due to some vocal problems with Matt, but when I found out Shadows was better, it was being rescheduled, and that Buckcherry was not going to tag along, I couldn’t be happier.

And now the day is finally here.  Tonight’s the night, and I can’t wait to see em again!

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Burn Halo to Open for A7X in Baltimore

Burn Halo is slated to open up for A7X at Ram’s Head Live at the December 9th and 10th shows.  It apprears as if these will be the bands first concerts as Burn Halo.  Burn Halo’s lead singer, James Hart, was previously in the band 18 Vision, which has since broken up.  Below is additional information from their new MySpace page:

Between May and October of 2007, Hart made weeklong treks to Tusla, OK to write and demo with Maloy, solidifying his objective of what the music would sound like and focusing on writing songs that would construct a well-balanced record. “I knew that I wanted a clear-cut rock ‘n’ roll band, which is something I had not had in the past,” Hart says of the music. “My vision and my brand of rock ‘n’ roll without having to compromise on any of the songs or any of the material. I wanted to make a very straightforward rock album. Something that had commercial appeal, but also something that had a classic, vintage mid-‘80s throwback vibe to it.”

Hart recorded the album from October to November of 2007 with Maloy as producer, laying down the tracks with an army of skilled studio musicians, including Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair, former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, and guitarist Neil Tiemann who now tours with American Idol winner David Cook. In the studio Maloy was particularly helpful in getting the best possible performance out of Hart, especially when it came time to lay down the vocals. “I really felt like he was able to grasp what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take this,” Hart says. “From a producer standpoint I feel like he really knocked it out of the park. As a vocalist he was able to bring a lot out of me instead of having me go through the motions and just get the part right. Emoting a little more than I have in the past. He was really able to pull a lot of character out of my voice.”

The result is a dynamic, gripping collection of gritty rock songs that immediately engage their listener, ranging from the propulsive “Save Me,” which Hart describes as the “heaviest” track on the record, to the memorable first single “Dirty Little Girl,” which features Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates. Hart also reveals his emotional and musical range on “Here With Me,” an emotive throwback ballad that resounds with immediacy and sincerity, and showcases Hart’s songwriting goals for the album. “I wanted to touch more on real life situations and real life stories,” Hart says. “I wanted to paint a real life picture. I started listening to country and a lot of those songs are very real and down to earth. They are songs about real life, about situations you would come across with a lover or the loss of a friend or heading down a dark path in life. I wanted it to be really simple and easy to digest. I wanted there to be no question about what I was singing about.”

After the album was completed, in early 2008, Island elected not to release Burn Halo’s debut, leaving Hart with the tough job of finding a new home for his project. Nothing felt quite right, though, so Burn Halo’s manager Bret Bair formed his own label Rawkhead Rekords through Warner Music Group to release the record. Hart spent much of 2008 finalizing the lineup of his touring band- which he hopes will help write and record Burn Halo’s successive albums- with Aaron Boheler on bass, Joey Cunha on lead guitar, Allen Wheeler on rhythm guitar, and Ryan Folden on drums. All that’s left is to show it all to the world. “I think this is a real statement album for me,” Hart says. “Anyone who is familiar with me and my past is going to be able to get this record. They’re going to understand why I made this record and that this is the record I’ve been wanting to make.”

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A Skylit Drive Show in Baltimore

Recently, we went to see A Skylit Drive, Alesana and Escape the Fate at Rams Head Live.  They were the openers for Silverstein and Chiodos.  We only ended up seeing the first 3 bands since we didn’t know any Silverstein/Chiodos songs.  The band I most wanted to see was A Skylit Drive.  Their newest full album, Wires and the Concept of Breathing, is a remarkable album from start to finish.  Each track is really worth the listen and the sound of the band is so different than other bands out there.  They opened the set with the album titled track and continued for only about 5 songs.

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A Skylit Drive

A Skylit Drive

You could tell that the audience had not necessarily come to see them, but as they were warming up the crowd for the bands to follow after them, it was clear that they were gaining fans with every minute they were on stage.

Alesana came on next and tore it up.  Those guys were CRAZY on stage.  They all dressed the same in white jeans and white Hanes tee shirts.  Odd.  Their front man is nothing short of insane, and really pumped up the crowd.  Their music wasn’t all too bad either.

Escape the Fate followed, and I felt something was lacking.  The crowd seemed to eat it up, but there was something I couldn’t get into about their music.  Their new lead singer Craig Mabbitt – formerly from blessthefall – seemed arrogant and annoying to me for someone his age/level of “stardom”.  I’m completely of the mind that when bands are first starting off, they need to exude a level of confidence, but should still stay humble in their success and following.

I was hoping that after seeing them, I would want to go out and get their new album, This War is Ours, but… I don’t…

Overall, the bands we DID see were good, but A Skylit Drive really took the cake.  The vocals, lyrics and musicianship impressed me above the other bands there that night.  Make sure to check these guys out.  Do it now!



A7X in Baltimore for 2 nights!
October 17, 2008, 1:55 pm
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Avenged Sevenfold will be at Ram’s Head Live for December 9th and 10th for two shows!