Fate Misunderstood


Showtime

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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btf

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/

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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



Jesus Loves You…. and also Metal

I used to think of traditional hymns and cheesy modern songs when I thought of music surrounding the Christian faith, but a new type of genre has swiftly emerged in this realm. It’s surprising to think that something that sounds so aggressive and hostile could be something that Christians or metal-heads would enjoy, but in fact, Christian Metal has become a huge phenomenon in the metalcore arena. And while you probably won’t hear it Sunday mornings at church, it’s remains to be a common element in some people’s lives, whether it’s musically or spiritually. Personally I think it’s awesome.

Naturally it the fact that it’s labeled “Christian” tends to offend or put off traditional metal-heads who hold songs with certain other hardcore ideas close to their heart. However, most Christian bands that are good, walk the fine line of being just the right amount religious, and avoid being “preachy”.

Like everyone else who makes music, most popular Christian metal bands, like As I Lay Dying and Blessthefall, use their beliefs to simply shape their music. It’s just that their musical and spiritual focus is in a different place than most musicians, even though the style of music may be identical to other standard metal bands. Their focus is on their faith, whether directly or indirectly, and I respect that.

Lyrics for me are sometimes the make or break factor when it comes to enjoying a song to it’s fullest. So you can imagine that Christian metal can be tricky. I do think though that it’s so cool how bands choose to use this type of music in combination with a spiritual twist. The most impressive thing is that it’s heartfelt and honest.People pray in different ways, and I’d like to think that God accepts all praise in any form as long as it’s genuine.

I would also like to think that He headbangs a little bit and smiles when he hears some of these guys spreading His word in their own creative ways \m/

To get a little more insight as to what I’m talking about, check out this interview with As I Lay Dying from 2005 by Drew Ailes. And then take a look at Blessthefall’s video for “Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad” (off of Youtube)