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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Skipping Kansas: Summer Slaughter + Nile

Summer Slaughter came to Lawrence in its first year and is continuing the trend of ignoring us yet again.

Aug 8 2010 – The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 9 2010 – House of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Aug 10 2010 – First Ave Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 11 2010 – Emerson Theatre Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug 13 2010 – Summit Music Hall Denver, Colorado
Aug 14 2010 – Club Sound Salt Lake City, Utah

Seems to be the closest.

Nile is touring the US again but the line-up is decidedly wearker than last time. Ex Deo, Psycroptic, etc. are supporting. Nothing to be upset about missing.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Serated added to As I Lay Dying show

You know this is going to be an insane show.

A great deal got even sweeter.

Slayer and Megadeth are playing at Sandstone in August with Testament.

Just announced today: Slayer will be performing all of "Seasons in the Abyss" and Megadeth will be performing all of "Rust In Peace".


Friday, April 23, 2010

The Flaming Lips -- Kansas City, KS -- April 23rd, 2010

This was the first time I got to use my VIP all-access pass at Sandstone, so I got into their little VIP club by the parking lot, but there wasn't food there like last time. I'm sure I'll utilize it more at other shows.

I arrived at the venue right at about 5 but it seemed that Stardeath & The White Dwarfs performed at 4:15, so I was really bummed I missed them. They usually open their shows with a cover of Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" which would've been crazy. Oh well.

As I walked to my seat, The Ette's started playing. They're pretty cool, a standard garage rock/indie rock outfit with female vocals. I thought their bassist did a pretty good job too. Enjoyable.

I had heard great stuff about White Rabbits, especially live, and when they were good, they were REAL good. They veer just enough into the noise rock genre to give their sound something unique. Also really liked their use of piano/keyboards. Sometimes when their more experimental side came out it got kinda hard to follow, but overall they were real good.

It seems that Minus The Bear was the first band of the day that people in the audience were familiar with. While I listened, I recognized some of the songs from the radio, but I couldn't tell you which they were. At points there were too mellow for me, but at other times it was pure indie rock bliss.

Jack White's new band, The Dead Weather, was the big pull for a lot of people at this show. Mr. White & Co. started off with a bang, covering "Forever My Queen" by doom metal masters Pentagram. Pretty much the highlight of the night. The rest of their set showed just how southern stoner rock can sound so good. The vocalist shrieks like Karen O and Jack played guitar on a few songs and he's still a demon on the frets. A lot heavier than I would've ever guessed. As a metalhead, a pleasant surprise.

Funnest show of the year, all years. That's all you can really say with The Flaming Lips. Whereas at Wakarusa 2008, Wayne took too long to talk to the crowd and his voice was shaky at times, the band was spot on here. Different versions of Yoshimi Pt. 1 and She Don't Use Jelly were awesome, better than the originals. The crowd really kicked into overdrive during The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song and it was the highlight of the night. Lots of singing along, a stupid ridiculous amount of confetti and baloons, naked LSD chicks on the screen behind them and, of course, Wayne in a giant hamster ball out on the audience. So much fun.

Worm Mountain
Silver Trembling Hands
Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
In The Morning Of The Magicians
She Don't Use Jelly
I Can Be A Frog
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
See The Leaves
Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung
The W.A.N.D.
Convinced of the Hex

Encore 1:

Brain Damage feat. Stardeath & The White Dwarfs (Pink Floyd cover)
Eclipse feat Stardeath & The White Dwarfs (Pink Floyd cover)

Encore 2:

Do You Realize??

The Flaming Lips - 9/10
The Dead Weather - 8/10
Minus The Bear - 7.5/10
White Rabbits - 7.5/10
The Ettes - 7.5/10

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy 4/20!

All day long, I will be playing these two songs on repeat:

I'm a person just like you
But I've got better things to do
Than sit around and fuck my head
Hang out with the living dead
Snort white shit up my nose
Pass out at the shows
I don't even think about speed
That's something I just don't need

I've got the straight edge

I'm a person just like you
But I've got better things to do
Than sit around and smoke dope
'Cause I know I can cope
Laugh at the thought of eating ludes
Laugh at the thought of sniffing glue
Always gonna keep in touch
Never want to use a crutch

I've got the straight edge


Drop out of life with bong in hand
Follow the Smoke toward the Riff filled Land
Drop…out of life with bong in hand
Follow the Smoke toward the Riff filled Land

Solo One
Proceeds the Weedian – Nazareth
Proceeds the Weedian – Nazareth

Creedsmen roll out across the dying dawn
Sacred Israel Holy Mountain Zion
Sun beams down on to the Sandsea reigns
Caravan migrates through deep sandscape
Lungsmen unearth the creed of Hasheeshian
Procession of the Weed-Priests to cross the sands
Desert Legion Smoke-Covenant is complete
Herb bails retied on to backs of beasts
Arise arise arise - The Son of the God of Israel
Jordan River flows on evermore
Bathe in glow of sunlight’s beating rays
They feel so lost and burned through our days
Stoner caravan emerge from sandsea
Earthling inserts to chalice the green cutchie
Groundation soul finds trust upon smoking hose
Assembled creedsmen rises prayer-filled smoke
Raise up seer’s Holy Prophecy
Lets down on upon years of the sun now feeds
Seed of Eden fall on the ?? (dont know last word he says maybe 2 words)
Onward caravan prepare new bong

Weed-Priests ?? Smol-tent the right (not sure wut comes after priests but its only one word)
Judgement soon come to Mankind
Green Herbsmen serve rightful king
Hemp seed caravan carries

Solo Two
- Break -
The molten fire flowed up toward Zion
Flight of the Nazarene to seek the Cheribum
Rides out believer with the spliff aflame
Marijuanaut escapes earth to cultivate

Solo Three
Grow-Room is church temple of the new stoner breed
Chants Loud-Robed priest down on to the freedom seed
Burnt offering redeems – completes smoked deliverance
Caravans’ stoned deliverance
The caravan holds to Eastern Creed - Now smokes believer !
The Chronicle of the Sensimillian

Drop out of life with bong in hand
Follow the smoke toward the riff-filled land
Drop out of life with bong in hand

Friday, April 16, 2010

Summer Slaughter 2010 details

Surprised and disappointed at the same time.

Decapitated - Great to see them, and even though they probably won't be nearly as good as they were on the first Summer Slaughter, it'll be fun to see them.

The Faceless - Summer Slaughter is no longer Necrophagist's tour, it is now The Faceless' tour. They're perfectly fine, but Summer Slaughter should be reserved for other bands that don't get around as often as The Faceless.

All Shall Perish - Bored me the last time I saw them, but lots of people really like them, especially live. Maybe it'll be different.

The Red Chord - Heard outstanding things about their live show, but I've never been able to get into them at all.

Veil of Maya - Your run of the mill melodeath/metalcore/deathcore. Boring.

Cephalic Carnage - Could be a much better choice, but Cephalic Carnage will definitely be fun. SS needs as much grind as it can get at this point.

Decrepit Birth - Cool. Another fun band. Straight up death metal.

Carnifex - And now we see that the people behind Summer Slaughter are really reaching for strings. A trendy deathcore band. Worst band on this tour.

Animals As Leaders - Very weird. Instrumental progressive death metal. Actually not that bad, but definitely out of place at Summer Slaughter. A wasted slot.

Vital Remains - Probably the band I'm most excited about on this tour, but they're the lowest billed band. How is a legendary death metal band that's been around for 20 years that featured Glen Benton on vocals for their best albums and has ex-members from Suffocation, Monstrosity, Dying Fetus, Acheron, Incantation and Vile be billed below a couple flavor of the month "core" bands? A huge shame, hopefully the running order changes.

Dates TBA. Summer Slaughter was at the Bottleneck in Lawrence in 2007 but hasn't been back since.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

RIP Peter Steele

Absolutely one of the biggest losses the metal community has suffered in the past 10 years.

Type O Negative got me through a lot of rough times, and I'll never forget it.

RIP Pete.

Thrasho De Mayo

Looks like Havok will be returning to Kansas City. It will be at the Scion Lab on May 14th at the Scion Lab. Joining them will be Vanlade, Stonehaven, Shred Scare and Meatshank.

News of OZZFEST to come next week.

Annual (or so) heavy metal/hard rock festival Ozzfest will release news after months of speculation beginning next week.

It has a chance to be amazing, especially considering the weak Mayhem Fest lineup.

Ozzfest has been to Sandstone every year (except 2004/5 with Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath playing) so it's sure to hit here.

Rumored bands:

And lots more.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Skipping Kansas: Katatonia

What an awesome tour that's coming nowhere near here.

Swallow The Sun
Orphaned Land


Sep. 08 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sep. 09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Sep. 10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Sep. 11 - Worcester, Mass - Palladium
Sep. 12 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
Sep. 13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sep. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sep. 15 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
Sep. 16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Sep. 17 - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s Rock Club
Sep. 18 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Sep. 21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Sep. 23 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Sep. 24 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Sep. 25 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
Sep. 26 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Sep. 27 - Mesa, AZ - U.B.'s
Sep. 28 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
Sep. 30 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct. 01 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Oct. 02 - Houston, TX - Warsaw
Oct. 04 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 05 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 06 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Oct. 07 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Get your Rush fix this summer!

Just announced, Rush will be touring the US this summer and, for the first time ever, playing their hit "Moving Pictures" in its entirety. They'll be hitting the Midwest a LOT:

Jul. 01 - Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 20 - INTRUST Bank Arena - Wichita, KS
Aug. 22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis - Maryland Heights, MO
Aug. 25 - Qwest Center Omaha - Omaha, NE
Sep. 21 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK

I wouldn't be surprised to see Sandstone thrown in there on August 21.

Monday, April 5, 2010

One of the best local shows!

Scion Lab never disappoints.

Some of the area's best bands. Five bux! Friday night! You can't miss it.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Weedeater -- Kansas City, MO -- April 2nd, 2010

Heaviest show of the year!

This was at the Record Bar in Kansas City. The sound was fantastic all night long. Definitely one of the best venue's I've ever been to for that size. They were even serving food! Maybe I'll get some next time...

Only disappointment of the night: Struck By Lightning didn't show. The guitarist for The Gates Of Slumber mentioned this ("They're stuck somewhere west of Cheyenne...there's a country song in there somewhere...") but it didn't hinder the show too much. Once it started, it didn't let up a bit.

First band was The Gates Of Slumber from Indianapolis. Also the only band of the night with solo's! They were pretty different from the other bands, as they were mostly straight up heavy metal. They ruled. What they lacked in overbearing heaviness of the other bands, they made up for by making everyone bang their heads. It was like Black Sabbath was on stage in front of us!

Their set included Beneath The Eyes of Mars, The Doom of Aceldama and Blood And Thunder

Next was Black Tusk. They had great stage presence and it was neat how even their drummer provided vocals. Definitely heavy, even though the sound wasn't as clear as the band before. They went from song to song so there was a steady stream of metal at all times. I hope they come back soon with another killer tour.

The real star of the night was the bassist for Weedeater, Dixie Collins. The ex-Buzzov*en mainman is extremely entertaining to watch and he's one of the best bassists I've seen live! He was all over the place and the insane actions he did on stage only mirrored what were some of the best live extreme metal vocals I've ever been privileged to hear. He even had a cup holder on the side of his amp with a bottle of cough syrup in it which he sipped from often. The demeanor only matched the music which might have been the loudest and heaviest band I've seen in years. They started off with "God Luck and Good Speed" and after that it was just a torrent of the sludgiest, dirtiest metal you'd ever hear. Other songs were Bull, Wizard Fight, For Evan's Sake, $20 Peanut, and Weed Monkey. I really hope they come back really soon.

The Gates Of Slumber: 9/10
Black Tusk: 8.5/10
Weedeater: 9/10