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Sunday, May 30, 2010

It's my birthday!

Happy 21st to me!

Here's my gift to you!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


No words. This is going to be the best show of all time.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

mc chris -- Lawrence, KS -- May 26th, 2010

The first band were locals BaioWolf. I'm not really even sure how to describe it. It was 2 guys with mics, all their music was prerecorded. They performed in the audience and wore only their underwear. I assumed it was gonna be stupid pop music, but after some electro intro, they kept screaming and jumping into all the hipsters and it was one of the best things ever. I kept laughing through their entire set; all 10 minutes of it. A guy in a giant platypus costume came out and danced too. Simultaneously the worst and best thing I've ever seen. There's no way I could ever review them.

Math the Band:


It was my 4th time seeing mc chris and it's time for him to dive back into his back catalogue. His newer stuff is just fine, but it makes for better dancing than actual rapping. But when he did hit those old ones, it was awesome. He had a t-shirt contest in the crowd and some 10 year old kid won with his Flash (superhero) shirt. That was fun. He also threw out some girl for being drunk and creepy and a pedophile. Good times. The crowd was great and I could tell mc chris was having a good time. He just needs to learn to not be afraid of his older stuff!

Drinkin' Blunts & Smokin' 40s
IG-88's '57 Chevrolet
Pizza Butt
Hoodie Ninja
The Tussin (Robotussin)
Nrrd Grrl
Harry Potter
Emo Party
Bossk on a Segway
Fette's 'Vette

mc chris: 8/10
Math the Band: 3/10
Baiowolf: both 0/10 and 10/10

Monday, May 24, 2010

Listen to Hammerlord's "Wolves At War's End" NOW!

It's a rager.

Don't miss their record release shows at The Riot Room and The Replay Lounge!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mulligan's: Bringing the metal to Olathe!

Apparently, there's a new (or new to me) venue and production company that's booking tons of local metal shows in Olathe, including a metalfest!

The place is called Mulligan's Bar & Grill at 911 S. Parker St. They have lots of shows coming up, including performances from Vanlade, The Tards, Torn The Fuck Apart, Meat Shank, and a 2-day metalfest with performances from Christ Hate and Unmerciful, with more TBA! for all the shows.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cattle Decapitation -- Lawrence, KS -- May 22nd, 2010

The last time I saw Job For A Cowboy for their opening acts, it was one of the worst concert experiences I've ever had. Luckily, this time was much better all around.

The Bottleneck in Lawrence is one of the worst venues in the summer. It was like an oven in there, and the cooling air produced by the loud amps gave the most relief of the night. It helped at times.

The first band of the night was Independance, MO's own The Roman Holiday. If they were trying to be a carbon copy of Job For A Cowboy throughout the years, they certainly have done a good job. Honestly, their newer stuff sounded just like a more generic version of JFAC's newer stuff, and their "older stuff" sounded just like "Doom"-era JFAC, breakdowns and all. They never had any solo's, the vocalist could only scream in one way, and every song sounded the same. The drummer had some chops, though. I digress, I can think of a couple bands I'd rather see open up this concert, but I can think of a ton more I wouldn't want to see.

The kings of scene kid-destroying metal Revocation were next and they melted faces with every song. I saw them open for Quo Vadis in Baltimore last year and I'm disappointed it took me this long to see them again, but it made it that much better. It took about halfway through their set for the crowd to get really into it, but with enough insane solos and catchy rhythms, the crowd was really responsive the entire set. Complete with band crowd-surfing and dual solo's, Revocation will always put on one of the best and most energetic set's you'll ever see.

Cattle Decapitation should be a legendary metal band after last year. Releasing one of the freshest, most progressive death metal albums in recent years, their live show only improves upon itself with each viewing. The Harvest Floor tracks sound amazing live and with just one guitar there makes for some amazing moments that are almost like freeform jazz in some sense. They've started to include the genre of noise music into their shows now and, to me, that's a huge plus. Travis is still one of the best extreme metal vocalists around (even though before the show he looked like a chubby Michael Scott) and their new bass player is from Unmerciful from Wichita! YEAH! Still amazing, best set I've seen them put on.

I went back to the merch stands for Whitechapel and I'll keep it brief: they are the first band I've ever seen without any redeemable musical qualities live. The sound was really quiet too because I was in the back, but I like to think it was because Cattle Decapitation melted the soundboard. Three guitarists all playing breakdowns, breakdowns make up a majority of the song, boring, etc. Terrible. One of the worst bands of all time and the worst live performance I've ever been a part of.

David of Revocation talked with me for a while. I got a ReaniManiac shirt and for $5 more when you buy a shirt, I got a CD (Empire Of The Obscene) which he signed for me. Great guys.

Cattle Decapitation:

The Gardeners Of Eden
A Body Farm
To Serve Man
Tooth Enamel & Concrete
Karma.Bloody.Karma (?)
One Thousand Times Decapitation (?)
Testicular Manslaughter
Regret & The Grave
Into The Public Bath


Pestilence Reigns
Dismantle The Dictator
Age Of Iniquity
Exhumed Identity



The Somatic Defilement
Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation
The Darkest Day Of Man

Cattle Decapitation: 9/10
Revocation: 9/10
Whitechapel: 1/10
The Roman Holiday: 7/10

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Boris comes and Muse leaves

Woke up to awesome news today.

Almost exactly 2 years after they melted faces in Lawrence, Japan's best musical export BORIS will be returning to the Granada with Russian Circles on August 15th. I'm so PUMPED.


Muse had to cancel their Kansas City show due to a birth in the family. Sucks. :(

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Skipping Kansas: Cynic + Intronaut

What a crazy double bill, especially because Cynic is supposedly performing all of Focus and Traced in Air. A prog. metal fan's wet dream!

Thu/Jul-22 - - Los Angeles CA - El Rey Theatre
Fri/Jul-23 - - San Francisco CA - Slim's
Sat/Jul-24 - - Portland OR - Hawthorne
Mon/Jul-26 - - Vancouver BC - Commodore
Wed/Jul-28 - - Denver CO - Marquis
Fri/Jul-30 - - Minneapolis MN - Station 4
Sat/Jul-31 - - Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge
Sun/Aug-01 - - Detroit MI - Magic Stick
Mon/Aug-02 - - Toronto ON - Opera House
Wed/Aug-04 - - Montreal QC - Café Campus
Thu/Aug-05 - - Boston MA - Harpers Ferry
Fri/Aug-06 - - New York NY - Irving Plaza
Sat/Aug-07 - - Philadelphia PA - Trocadero
Sun/Aug-08 - - Washington DC - The Rock and Roll Hotel
Mon/Aug-09 - - Carrboro NC - Cat's Cradle
Tue/Aug-10 - - Atlanta GA - Masquerade
Thu/Aug-12 - - Orlando FL - The Social
Fri/Aug-13 - - Ft Lauderdale FL - Culture Room

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The show your mother warned you about.

Guess who's coming to the Jackpot in Lawrence on June 17th?

That's right, it's...well...see for yourself:

An Anal Cunt song from the album "It Only Gets Worse" (1999)

I Sold Your Dog To A Chinese Restaurant

I was on my way to turn in illegal aliens to the INS
And your stupid fucking dog was barking at me
It sounded like a singer from a gay death metal band
I wanted to kick it in the fucking face

I sold your dog to a Chinese restaurant [x4]

After I beat the fucking shit out of it
I wanted to throw it through your fucking window
But I needed money to buy some more whiskey
So I sold it to a Chinese restaurant


Your family ordered a pu pu platter
You didn't know what you were eating
It was your fucking gay faithful dog
While you were at the restaurant I lit your house on fire

we just wanted to sound like shit
but you thought we were avant garde
you thought we went to art school
but we worked at gas stations

you thought we were cool
but you diden't know we hate you
you thought we were cool
fuck off all you fucking faggots

you diden't know we were a bunch of assholes
you thought we were liberal and arty
you tried to act wierd and pretend you were violent
when I whipped chairs at you, you can off and cried

you thought we were cool
but you diden't know we hate you
you thought we were cool
fuck off all you fucking faggots

once you realized we hate people like you
you finally stopped coming to our shows
now there's less faggots, less people with glasses
less know it all eggheads, no more jazz fags

you thought we were cool
but you diden't know we hate you
you thought we were cool
fuck off all you fucking faggots

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mastodon -- Lawrence, KS -- May 16th, 2010

I have a DVD of Andrew W.K. and it shows a clip of him performing somewhere on Sept. 11, 2002 and he says something about how we shouldn't remember the fallen with a moment of silence, but a moment of the loudest, most raucous noise we can muster up to celebrate their lives and accomplishments. For about 5 hours tonight in a college town in Kansas, Mastodon, Between The Buried And Me, Baroness, Valient Thorr and a ton of fans inside Liberty Hall honored and celebrated the fallen Ronnie James Dio with as much energy and noise as they could produce.

For some reason, I had some apprehensions about seeing Valient Thorr. Dunno if it's the combination of not liking the song of their's on Guitar Hero or being turned off that they have a shtick where they're aliens, but they were really fun and a great way to start off the show. They related what all their songs were about to the passing of Dio and then gave a really positive light on the whole drab situation. To describe Valient Thorr would be to imagine if AC/DC had formed in 2000 or if Motorhead was from Georgia. Equal parts rock and metal, the whole thing was a lot of fun, even if their sound wasn't the greatest.

Baroness got the first real big response of the night, and they blew my expectations away. Undoubtedly the heaviest band of the night, they would sound even better in a bigger place with better sound equipment. I was loving their set a lot. I recognized the songs they played off the Red album and even some from the Blue album, which I am really itching to hear more of now. I can only hope that they'll be back and soon.

1. Bullhead's Psalm
2. The Sweetest Curse
3. Isak
4. Jake Leg
5. Ogeechee Hymnal
6. A Horse Called Golgotha
7. War, Wisdom, and Rhyme
8. Swollen and Halo

Between The Buried And Me (BTBAM) is definitely the odd man out on this tour. Too progressive and too "core" for some in the crowd, but most of the people there loved it. They left a kinda bad taste in my mouth (at least live) after I saw them open for Children of Bodom in 2008, but they were much better this time around. All the members are brilliant musicians, especially the bassist. During Disease, Injury, Madness he had a solo which was just mind-blowing, probably the best bassist I've ever seen live. Would love to see them play a longer set.

1. Fossil Genera – A Feed from Cloud Mountain
2. Prequel to the Sequel
3. Backwards Marathon
4. Disease, Injury, Madness
5. Mordecai

Mastodon comes around these parts often, and the crowd tonight let them know just how much we appreciate it. After weeks of hearing about Brent being too drunk to play and storming off mid-set, leaving some shows to get cut short, he was absolutely brilliant tonight. The Mastodon I saw tonight is a band that deserves every ounce of praise they get and is standing on the edge of bigger and better things. The solo's on The Czar, The Last Baron, and an improvised solo before March Of The Fire Ants showed just what Brent can do, and the rest of the band was insane. They gave so much energy and the crowd gave it right back with crazy pits and tons of crowd surfing. One of the best performances I've heard from them.

At the end of the night, Brann came up to the mic from behind the drumkit to thank the crowd, and the last thing he said was "Rest in Peace, Mr. Ronnie James Dio." The crowd went absolutely nuts one last time, and thus ended the greatest celebration of a fallen legend's life that I've ever been witness to.

1. Oblivion
2. Divinations
3. Quintessence
4. The Czar
5. Ghost of Karelia
6. Crack The Skye
7. The Last Baron
8. Crusher Destroyer
9. Crystal Skull
10. I Am Ahab
11. Circle of Cysquatch
12. Iron Tusk
13. March Of The Fire Ants
14. Blood And Thunder

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Edit Again: RIP: Ronnie James Dio

After flip-flopping between unconfirmed and confirmed reports, Ronnie James Dio, legendary heavy metal vocalist for Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven & Hell and Dio, passed away early this morning.

This is the biggest loss the metal community has ever suffered.

Havok -- Kansas City, MO -- May 14th, 2010

I guess I have a new favorite new thrash band. Havok is what all newer thrash bands should strive to sound like, at least in the live sense. Even though they were missing their lead guitarist and the rhythm guitarist had to learn all the solos that morning, they sounded great and had amazing energy and really got the crowd going. I can only imagine how good they'd sound with a full band. They did a killer cover of Slayer's Postmortem as well. The stuff from the new album was fantastic, too.

Partial/out of order set:

The Root Of All Evil
The Path To Nowhere
Morbid Symmetry
D.O.A. (new song)
Postmortem (Slayer cover)

But after last night, I'm convinced that Kansas City and the surrounding area has some of the best local metal bands in the country right now. We got a pretty eclectic mix of bands last night and most of them are good friends with one another, so different members from different bands teamed up for lots of covers. It was epic.

First band up was Vanlade, my new favorite local band. They play old-school power/thrash/speed metal in the vein of Accept, Judas Priest, Helloween, etc. Their twin guitar attack is unmatched right now and they really know how to control a crowd. Most of the crowd was singing along, too. I really hope these guys get really huge.

Partial/out of order set:

Blood Eagle
Black Sails Cross The Seven Seas
Life By The Blade
Wings Of Fire

Meatshank was the next band. I'd heard about them a lot, but it was my first time seeing them. As a three-piece, they made as much noise as a full band and their guitarist is one of the most talented I've ever seen live. They play a style of death/thrash that was pretty refreshing. They brought on the bassist for Stonehaven (in full corpsepaint no less) to sing their song "Meatshank" and then brought on the guitarist from Vanlade for a couple of covers. It was all fantastic.

Partial/Out of Order set:

The Antichrist (Slayer cover) (as MeatVanHaven)
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover) (as MeatVanHaven)

Kansas City has an awesome black/viking band. They dress up in animal pelts, chainmail and corpsepaint. And guess what? They're really, really good. If Enslaved never went progressive. If Windir was still alive. If Nocturno Culto would get up and do something. That's what Stonehaven sounds like. Pure Kansas City Black Metal.

Partial/Out of Order set:

Black Sails
Adorned In Frost

The last local band was Shred Scare. They sound like early D.R.I./Municipal Waste. Needless to say, there was lots of moshing and lots of screaming along with the band. They brought back the vocalist for Vanlade and, as VanScare, they did a great cover of Breaking The Law. These guys are going out on a huge tour soon, so I hope lots of people get exposed to this party metal band.

Partial/Out of Order set:

Bred to Shred
Thrash N' Burn
Breaking The Law (Judas Priest cover) (as VanScare)
World War Brew

Havok: 9/10
Shred Scare: 9/10
Stonehaven: 9/10
Meatshank: 9/10
Vanlade: 9/10

Monday, May 10, 2010

Coalesce -- Lawrence, KS -- May 10th, 2010

It's oddly prophetic. I was looking up Paul McCartney live videos yesterday for no reason, and I remembered the lyrics to "Hey Jude" as I was at The Bottleneck last night. "Take a sad song and make it better." When I found out earlier in the day that Converge would have to skip our date and Colorado because of van troubles, I considered not even going for a while. But it turns out that Coalesce and co. did just what Sir Paul was writing about: they took a potentially depressing situation and made it better than anyone could have ever expected.

With a lowered price (and a $5 refund for everyone who bought advance tickets), pushed-back start time, January weather in May and some really friendly people waiting in line with me, the show finally got started around 8:30. Local hardcore band Canyons started up with no soundcheck and barely an introduction. While each member of the group had a couple of hiccups that sounded like they could be fixed with more practice and a run-of-the-mill hardcore sound, Canyons really got the show off on a good foot. It set the feeling for the rest of the evening.

setlist included:

Bob Farley
Why We're Not Paid To Think

Touche Amore, who is replacing Lewd Acts for the rest of the tour, was up next and they were by far the most melodic band on the bill, yet they were still great. The crowd was screaming along with every song and sometimes there was only the crowd and the singer screaming without the help of any instruments. Really cool stuff. It was their first time playing and I hope they come back real soon.

setlist included:

If you've listened to Trap Them but want something even better, Black Breath is the place to go. Perfectly combining the grind/hardcore/crust punk that Trap Them does so good and adds just a hint of black metal in the way it's played and you've got a real winner. The Bottleneck was transported back to the 80's by how many gigantic circle pits were happening. Lots and lots of headbanging. A real stand-out on a tour full of stand-outs.

setlist n/a

I'm going to try doing something that will be really tough for me. I'm going to try and put into words just how good Coalesce's performance was. But it's hard. Coalesce is not a band that you can quantify how good a performance is. You can't say, "I can bang my head this hard to Coalesce" or "I can scream along to Coalesce this much" or anything else like that. Coalesce seamlessly combines hardcore, metal, sludge, stoner, mathcore, and noise rock into one of the most challenging, intense, beautiful pieces of musical art I've ever witnessed.

Coalesce does not need gimmicks. In a heavy music scene today where giving 110% during a live show is measured in how hard you windmill or how brutal your music can be, Coalesce wipes the floor with everyone. Every member acted like a man possessed. More than once, Sean Ingram, the vocalist, collapsed to the floor from completely screaming until his body gave out. This is not planned, he does not do this to make people thing "Wow, he must be giving his all up there." It just happens because I can tell that these guys eat, sleep, and breathe what Coalesce is all about. The guitarist, Jes Steineger, literally had his eyes rolling in the back of his head as he slammed his fist against his guitar and convulsed into the crowd. It was as frightening as it was genius, the raucous cacophony came together into one of the most intense and personal performances I've ever seen. As they tore through their entire catalog, including Ox and Ox EP, the crowd never let up. They sang along, they stage dived, and everything the crowd gave to Coalesce, Coalesce gave back even more. One of the most inspiring performances I've ever seen, and one of the best.

There's a reason Coalesce are considered legends of the hardcore/metal scene. For an hour on a cold, rainy night in Lawrence, KS, four normal-looking dudes transported an eager crowd back to a time where metalcore wasn't a dirty word. Pure art.

setlist n/a

M Coalesce: 10/10
M Black Breath: 9/10
M Touche Amore: 8.5/10
M Canyons: 7.5/10

Converge canceles date in Lawrence tonight.

Hey everyone -

What a tour...

First thing:
We lost Lewd Acts due to some conflicts within the band.
Our friends Touche Amore are taking their place for a bit on the tour...

As some of you know, our van's transmission died the other day in Cleveland, OH. With our luck, it died early on a Saturday morning, making an immediate repair impossible.

We ended up ditching our van and gear and renting a minivan to make it to our Detroit and Chicago shows.

Our pal Pettibone from Heiress is sitting tight with the van in Cleveland until it's road worthy. Once it's ready to go, he will be driving to meet us so we can continue the tour. In order for him to catch up with us safely, we have been forced to pull out of the 5/10 (Lawrence, KS) and 5/11 (Denver, CO) shows.

THESE TWO SHOWS WILL CONTINUE with our friends Coalesce headlining with support from Black Breath and Touche Amore. Be sure to attend these shows and support these great bands.

We will rejoin the tour in Seattle on 5/13.
We will also look to make up these two dates later this year as well.

That's about it for now, thanks.

- Converge dudes.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cannibal Corpse -- Lawrence, KS -- May 2nd, 2010

What a perfect day for a concert. It was just starting to get cloudy and sprinkle before the doors opened to let in the crowd, so inside it wasn't very hot at all. Made for a great show with some amazing performances by all the bands.

First up was Lecherous Nocturne from South Carolina. They had great energy, but the sound was hit or miss for them for most of the set. Despite that, they were a technical death metal band in the vein of Portal, who I thought they sounded like at times. The vocalist did a good job at interacting with the crowd and had the ingenious idea to give away a copy of their new album to the person who kept the mosh pit going the longest during one of their songs. I bet they sound awesome on album, but I'd like to see them again and hear them better live.

It was my fifth time seeing Skeletonwitch live and although I wish they would've played for longer and added a few more songs, they absolutely killed me. Cannibal Corpse made a dire mistake taking them on this tour, because I was absolutely drained by the end of their performance. The sound was pretty great, and their playing was spot on. I always wreck my neck to Skeletonwitch and last night was no exception. Sacrifice to the Slaughtergod, Crushed Beyond Dust and, of course, Within My Blood were the perfect trifecta of headbanging of the night. Amazing.

A really awesome thing about this show was that it was exactly on time. None of the bands forced the crowd to wait longer than they had to, which was good because I figured 1349 would do that because Norwegian black metal bands tend to have a complex like that. Nope. They came out and despite a few sound problems during the first half of their set, they destroyed. Only one guitarist on this tour, but it really didn't matter. They just cranked up the bass and when it sounded good, it sounded REALLY good. I couldn't hear Frost's drums too much during the set which is a shame; I know what kind of talent he has. The rest of the band did a great job at invoking some sort of unholy spirit to guide us through a blistering set of pure black metal including one absolutely crushing rendition of Sculptor Of Flesh. The new stuff sounded great as well. They probably won't be back around these parts for a while, so I'm really glad I got to witness this spectacle.

Also my 5th time seeing Cannibal Corpse and all I can say is WOW. They really hit their back catalogue for this one. They started off the set with Scalding Hail from their newest album (and I think that's the first time I've heard that live) but most of the songs that followed were probably older than most of the crowd there in attendance. I Will Kill You, The Cryptic Stench, Scattered Remains, Splattered Brains and Devoured By Vermin were some of the best times I've ever had at a concert and Death Walking Terror, Disfigured, A Skull Full Of Maggots and, of course, Hammer Smashed Face still are absolutely crazy awesome. Lots of great Corpsegrinder moments, lots of crowd surfing, lots of pits, and lots of headbanging. What more can you ask for? Cannibal Corpse is on top of their game and on top of the current death metal world and with sets like these, they're going to stay there for a long time.

Lecherous Nocturne:

partial/out of order:

The Divine Wind
Just War Theory
Edict Of Worms
Death Hurts Only The Living
The Preponderance of Fire


Submit To The Suffering
Upon Wings Of Black
The Despoiler Of Human Life
Repulsive Salvation
Sacrifice To The Slaughtergod
Stand, Fight, Die
Crushed Beyond Dust
Beyond The Permafrost
Blinding Black Rage
Within My Blood


Riders Of The Apocalypse
I Am Abomination
When I Was Flesh
Maggot Fetus...Teeth Like Horns
Chasing Dragons
Sculptor Of Flesh
Atomic Chapel

Cannibal Corpse:

Scalding Hail
Unleashing the Bloodthirsty
Murder Worship
Sentenced To Burn
Savage Butchery
The Cryptic Stench
Pounded Into Dust
The Wretched Spawn
Evisceration Plague
Scattered Remains, Splattered Brains
Make Them Suffer
Priests of Sodom
Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead
Devoured by Vermin
A Skull Full of Maggots (feat. vocalist of Lecherous Nocturne)
Hammer Smashed Face
Stripped Raped and Strangled

Those are all 100% except for Lecherous Nocturne.

Lecherous Nocturne: 8/10
Skeletonwitch: 9.5/10
1349: 8.5/10
Cannibal Corpse: 9.5/10

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Skipping Kansas: Ozzfest again + Overkill again

After months of speculation, Ozzfest was announced. Although it certainly was a disappointment that there are so few dates, the lineup is solid for the most part and is loads better than Mayhem Fest this year.

Motley Crue

Black Label Society
Drowning Pool
Kingdom Of Sorrow

Only like 6 dates, though. Closest is Chicago, I guess.


Overkill announced dates for the 2nd leg of their Killfest tour and it's not even hitting the west coast, let alone the midwest.

Gama Bomb
Bonded By Blood

A near perfect mixing of old-school thrash and newer thrash bands. Closest date is...uh, really none.