posted by zanhar1
In This Moment
In This Moment had amazing stage শ্রদ্ধার্ঘ্য they had this little red tent thing and this neat background to go with it. And these wooden coffin shaped অনুরাগী frames. Miaria Brink also had a throne-chair thing. Of all of the bands they had the best show. They had so many freaking awesome costume changes and the back up dancers were kickass. They would also bring on different stage শ্রদ্ধার্ঘ্য like a পরাকাষ্ঠা speech pedestal during the Sex Metal বার্বি performance. Maria also had this really crazy smoke gun. 11/10 I approve. It's a shame that I was like 4ish rows back and the drunk guy পরবর্তি to me made it harder to enjoy. On the plus side they played three of my favorites; Blood, Whore, and Sex Metal Barbie.
For this band I was off to the right in the সেকেন্ড row of people. From here I could see that they had their band name & logo hanging as a backdrop, but other than that there wasn't really any decoration. As far as costuming goes the boys wore shirts with their band name and one of them had on an Epica shirt. I also really liked their pants lol. Upon them getting on stage though, the first thing that hit me when they started playing was the bass. Like literally I felt it in my bones, I cold practically see the sound waves. It was pretty great. That ব্যক্ত the sound was crystal clear; আপনি could clearly hear the vocals and the instruments very balanced. On শীর্ষ of that they really engaged well with the crowd; they'd see someone giving what I like to call the metal/rock n roll fingers and they'd give it back. The guitarist saw someone গান গাওয়া along he'd lean in and sing with them. It was really cool and really fun. It got me really into the music. Before seeing them live I'd only really heard one অথবা two of their songs and I was happy to hear them play one of those called 'Before Hope Fades'. All in all I ended up buying their album. I should also note that they were pretty fond of red and yellow lighting. I'm happy to say that the crowd was also very tame.
I was still in the same position (2nd row to the right) when these guys came on. They didn't really add any stage decor either. But contrasting Starkill, they seemed fond of blue lighting and sometimes letting the stage go dark. I really loved the look of their instruments. I kept looking at this organ thing (shown in the picture below) and thinking of the 'what are those' vine. One of the guitars was pretty neat too; white with স্বর্ণ knobs and such (forgive my lack of knowledge on গিটার parts). The microphone was simple but nifty with a little moon symbol and the drums had an image of what I'm pretty sure is their album art--I'm not all too familiar with these guys. That said, I was only fond of really one অথবা two songs, the rest were just okay.But the lead singer's friendly stage presence and gratitude made up for that I think. I also liked the lead singer's long black coat. And again the crowd was really calm.
So দ্বারা the time Epica rolled around I got super lucky. Someone in the first row decide that the খাদ was too much (as he was standing right in front of the speakers) and left. So my friend and I got to squish up there. The first thing I noticed was the drum set it was all স্বর্ণ and sparkly, like Moonspell the album art for Quantum Enigma was pictured on it. So then came the guitars; the one that I really loved was this dark blue. After looking at the instruments I noticed the light display; they had many panels of those dot lights--again no clue what they are actually called. And they liked rapidly flashing them. As far as outfits go, Simone had on this fringey black dress it looked pretty awesome. Her makeup was on point; স্বর্ণ sparkly eyeshadow enhanced দ্বারা black winged eyeliner. (Her eyeliner game was strong). And she had on black lipstick. As for the performance itself Like the other two bands their interaction with the crowd was stellar. The guitarists all went into the crowd and such. I was able to get two fist pumps it was hella rad. And Simone was a sweetheart she thanked the audience for being patient with them (as the band had to বাতিল their shows in my area twice due to family medical issues). As for the sound quality at times Simone sung very softly with the instruments being quite louder than she but I'm pretty sure that was the point. But then she also had her very powerful operatic bits--those were my favorite. This was really great for when they played নকশা Your Universe--that one was always my পছন্দ দ্বারা them. Another thing I adored was that they gave us a half hour/hour (I হারিয়ে গেছে track of time) encore. That was truly amazing. And finally a note about the crowd; again it was pretty tame. There was a mosh pit--encouraged দ্বারা the band--but I was at a নিরাপদ distance from that so it didn't really matter. :P Even so it was controlled and didn't get crazy.
Of Mice and Men
I found it much harder to enjoy them than some of the other bands. Partially due to a wild crowd but also because they really didn't have any songs that stood out to me. But they had a nice sound. I just didn't find their stage presence to be as intriguing. I managed to get to row two for them.
We Came As Romans
These guys were pretty cool. The lead vocalist was in the crowd for a bit. But again I wasn't as into them as the other bands though. My পছন্দ song of theirs was actually a cover song which was not played but hey, they were alright. Unfortunately they kept having technical difficulties; like one of the গিটার amps stopped working mid-song.
This band was nuts অথবা at least the lead vocalist was; he was on the ground গান গাওয়া and then ran right into the mosh pit. So I gotta give him শ্রদ্ধার্ঘ্য there for really getting into it. He liked to sing about political things and what not and he would make these 'wake up America' type speeches lol. But I appreciated them.
This is my সেকেন্ড time seeing them. Naturally I was excited because they are my সেকেন্ড পছন্দ band. This সঙ্গীতানুষ্ঠান was an adventure through and through. It started with the lowering of this huge banner with an image of the Lunar Prelude cover art. There were also these two side banners with the band name put up. I managed to get myself up to the third row of people (middle-left) however everyone was really tall so it was still a bit hard to see at times. পুডিংবিশেষ was wearing this neat white কোট with fringe on the arms--it reminded me of the one Sharon wore during the Hydra tour. As usually she delivered an amazing performance; her voice is soft and powerful at the same time. She seemed to have improved a lot since the first time I heard her sing life. Some of the songs that were played were; Army of Dolls, Here Come The Vultures, one of the songs off of the Lunar Prelude, We Are The Others and Sleepwalker's Dream. I was way too excited about Sleepwalker's Dream. And of course Merel was awesome too. The first time I saw Delain, she hadn't joined it. But she's really great and always seems like she's having a good time. Between she and Charlotte, headbanging was delivered. They also interacted well with the crowd; holding the microphone out for them to sing into it. ব্যক্ত crowd was also really tame no moshing অথবা anything. Likely because the venue didn't allow it.
This is also my সেকেন্ড time seeing these guys. Funny part is I saw them with Delain the last time too. They had very similar stage decorations, the only difference is that they changed the artwork. Of course I had a good time with these guys; Tony was super funny. He started this long and beautiful speech and then he says "I have a favor for আপনি all. Repeat after me. Stfu Tony!" He literally had the crowd tell him to stfu. He did this twice and the সেকেন্ড time he was like "how rude." It was great. The other thing that really caught my eye was that one of the band mates was playing this nifty keyboard guitar. The highlight of Sonata Arctica's performance for me was 'I Have A Right', that one is still my পছন্দ and now that I knew the band আরো I was able to enjoy it better. Tony has a super powerful voice and it really stood out. SA is just a fun band to see in concert.
At this point I had squeezed my way up to the সেকেন্ড row so I had a bit better view. And I was not disappointed at all. I got to take it all in; the drum set was hella nifty--blue and sparkly and it had the EFMB cover art on it. With my new view I also got to see the banners better which was cool because they switched it nearly every song. I also got a great view of one of the guitars; it was a green double guitar. Those are always a cool sight. And of course Tuomas and his keyboards and his শীর্ষ hat. So Floor also delivered a great performance. I loved her outfit so much--it looked like it was made of blue velvet and it had these black feathers attached around the waist and these rhinestones on the top. But that's not important--her voice was heavenly. Her operatic vocals were flawless, like album quality flawless. The songs I was most happy to hear her sing were; Storytime, I Want My Tears Back, and Elane. On শীর্ষ of that Floor's a really great dancer--I don't know how she doesn't get tired. She's also a wonderful headbanger--dat hair! But I think Emppu had the best interaction with the crowd. He would pose and make faces for the cameras, he was awesome. 10/10, would Nightwish again. I drove three hours to the state over to see them, got প্রথমপাতা at 3 in the morning, and it was completely worth it.
Upon A Burning Body
Thankfully I got to grab the front row for this one because things got super intense after that. So I really wasn't able to focus on the music; legit this was one of the wildest crowds I've ever been in mostly because they guys were encouraging the moshing and crowd surfing and amping the crowd up. So for me it became আরো about trying not to get crushed lol. But at leaest they played their Turn Down For What cover and the crowd mellowed a bit--mostly because the band instructed the men to put the women on shoulders which eliminated the ability to crowd surf.
As expected they completely killed it up there on stage. I got to hear Shoots and Ladders which is my পছন্দ Korn song and they played a brand new song for the first time ever for us. Of course Jonathan was headbanging it up the whole time which is always fun. They also had a solid light প্রদর্শনী going on. They were just awesome. Everyone was crowd surfing and at one point I just got sandwiched হাঃ হাঃ হাঃ but it was a good crowd. I'm glad I got to keep in the front for this one.
After the above I kind of re-treated to the very back--mostly because I heard that Slipknot is on many peoples' তালিকা of most dangerous crowds to be in and I'm short so...I'll pass and watch from afar lol. This প্রদর্শনী was particularly neat. Because on শীর্ষ of the effects (like the ঢাকি playing on a raised & spinning platform and kickass সঙ্গীত চলচ্ছবি playing on screens) it was an outdoor সঙ্গীতানুষ্ঠান and আপনি could see the beginnings of a storm brewing. Like on শীর্ষ of the cool light প্রদর্শনী there was lightning in the background (and it was nighttime) so it was really cool. Very good way to মোড়ানো of a killer show. Naturally the boys themselves did an awesome job and I loved hearing 666 and The Devil & I.
Consume The Divide
I think for this সঙ্গীতানুষ্ঠান I had the best spot yet, front and exactly center. I don't really know this band but they were still pretty cool. They had a great stage energy and interacted will with the crowd. They really didn't do anything with the stage, but that's because it was extremely small.
I've also never heard of these guys. But they were good enough. Like CTD, they didn't have much room on the stage. Heck, they had less room with their drum set. But they were still pretty cool. One of the strings on one of the guitars broke. They played it off pretty good though. xP
One Eye'd Doll
This is the সেকেন্ড time I've seen them live, this time with a better spot. And they were just as amazing as the first time. Kimberly had storytime and sing-a-long with Kimberly. It was wonderful, and like last time the gallows humor was amazing. The theme of their newest album is Salem witch trials. And for one of the songs she was talking about how the witch plead. And then she explained that he gave everyone the finger. It was just beautiful. This duo also had such nifty props; like a fake skull and a few fake severed limbs. Here outfit was pretty cool too; it was like leopard print and of course she had all of her costumes and props. Thought my পছন্দ part was when Kimberly leaped into the crowd and started playing her গিটার on the floor! অথবা when she had the audience help her sing Be My Friend. And of course her vocals were amazing as well, আপনি could clearly hear every word she sang.
Eyes Set To Kill
This band was another fun one to see. They were the last in the line up and I managed to hold my spot the whole time. The first thing they did was throw down a carpet lol. And of course after that they actually started playing. Alexia was such a sweetheart. The performance was really lovely, at times আপনি couldn't hear Alexia over the guitars. But it was still wonderful no less. And Two of my শীর্ষ 5 পছন্দ songs were played.
Through the Fire
For this one I was সেকেন্ড row to the right. These guys were pretty kick ass. I admit I wasn't a huge অনুরাগী prior; I thought they were alright. But after their performance I gotta say I'm a fan. The lead vocalists knew how to bring life to the crowd. Since this one was an outdoor সঙ্গীতানুষ্ঠান the lighting wasn't anything special. There were a few banners hung up and such. I loved the bassists blue bass.
I was able to hold my spot for this one. They had a large banner with the band name hung up. When they got on stage holy hell it was crazy! They invited everyone to play a game with them that involved crowd surf to reach them and seeing how many high-fives they could get. I decided grow some balls and do it and got a handshake it was awesome. Carla Harvey had a good stage presence. They both did and they made for a great show. It was a fun and new experience for me. As for they music; these girls can really scream. It isn't just auto-tune and correction; they sound just how they do on the CD's, live.
This time I was nowhere near the front so I couldn't see what wasn't in the screens. However I did catch a glimpse of the nifty banner it was this devil skull দুর্গ thing. The lighting was mostly purple and blue. As for the সঙ্গীত they had a good sound and the vocals were strong. But their সঙ্গীত just isn't for me.
দ্বারা the time Hollywood Undead rolled around my sister and I made it to row three. Downside I'm still to short to see lol. But again I noticed that they had a banner with the band name that pictured a burning city. At one point they bought a few kids on stage that was pretty neat. They were making jokes too like 'you probably shouldn't sing this song' and gave a friendly reminder to the kids that they shouldn't do drugs. I was really happy to hear them play Undead, Hear Me Now, and Everywhere I Go. I will admit that they didn't sound as good live but they didn't sound bad either.
These guys I enjoyed আরো the crowd was tamer and I was pushed to row two. I liked the first 3 অথবা 4 songs but then it হারিয়ে গেছে its appeal but cool no less. Industrial Metal is the shit.
These guys actually offered a nice relief from the wild crowd. Again they weren't exactly my cup of চা but I enjoyed their performance well enough. আপনি could hear the vocals clearly and such.
Yeah this was probably the most basass প্রদর্শনী I've ever seen. They even topped In This Moment with their pyro show. They had fireworks and flame throwers and it was freaking fabulous. Like it was super intense and I loved it. And they also had this platform holding the Tal that rose and fell--in fact he was pretty much lowered onto the stage. The whole thing was crazy I particularly enjoyed Mein Herz Brentt.
For this one I man aged to grab a spot front and to the right. And I'm glad I did. The guys were super funny I loved their stage presence. When the crowd didn't know what to sing Adam ব্যক্ত "if আপনি don't know the words just mumble shit." Adam also basically gave the crowd permission to steal their music; "steal it, buy it, burn it, just listen to the সঙ্গীত we loved making it." And of course the classic haters give us আরো shit to write about spiel. Long story short they were a perfect warm up band and they sang lots of great songs and covers like; Let Me Live My Life and I Hate Everything About You.
Not gonna lie this was one of the ones I was most anticipating. And they were super cool. They had this wicked part where 3 band members were playing one গিটার at the same time. And the lead vocalist was constantly jumping around and banging on his own set of drums it was pretty nifty. And of course I was excited to hear Jenny and This Is The Time (that was the one I was looking most toward to). Again (like Hollywood Undead) I admit that they don't as good live as they do on their CD's but I enjoyed them no less.
These guys were alright. I didn't care for them but I didn't even dislike them either. They didn't talk very much they kind of just played song after song which was cool with me.
Another one I was looking অগ্রবর্তী to. And they didn't disappoint. The lead singer at one point was গান গাওয়া while the crowd held him up--super cool. And it was lovely to hear Footsteps. That's a great song; had everyone গান গাওয়া along. But they had other great songs like Lux and 100 In A 55. And they had wonderful live vocals. They're instruments were on point too.
I basically feel about these guys how I did with Chevelle; they put on a good প্রদর্শনী but I just wasn't as in to them. They had a nice energy and seemed super friendly.
Breaking Benjamin totally rocked it; they played loud and proud and got the crowd moving. Up until them the crowd was pretty tame--not that my short গাধা is complaining. They did a wonderful cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit and a cool cover of the Imperial Death March. And to my happiness they played my three পছন্দ দ্বারা them; Blow Me Away, I Will Not Bow, and Diary of Jane. As they played they had a smoke প্রদর্শনী going on which was very spiffy.
At this point my feet and limbs were tired as heck so I kind of drifted to the way back and found a section where people were sitting--like an unspoken designated sitting area so I saw legit nothing. But they sounded very cool and I swear I saw a bit of fire. So then I headed to the exit and found myself in the bowl area of the venue...that's when I got confirmation of the flames, so I stayed a bit longer. Like Rammstein had done, they killed it with fire.
For Gemini Sydrome I was in the সেকেন্ড row. I enjoyed them they had a great energy and after they preformed they were stamping people's hands it was really neat. They really didn't have any stage decor and I attribute this to the windiness of the day--another outdoor concert.
Corrosion of Conformity
These guys were very chill and I would later find out that they were the calm before the storm. I wasn't really a অনুরাগী and I admit I was kind of bored (maybe just tired) but I still didn't dislike them either.
And here was the storm! To think, I thought that the crowd would be chill but they went harder than the Korn fans! But I'll get to that later. I was up front for this one and I got to watch the roadies set up; they had a giant Baby Metal banner but they had to take it down (once again due to the wind). However the screens were still in place and on them were displayed the words to the bands intro story. Following this, the guitarists and drummers came on stage clad in white with a ton of face paint. They looked so bad (in a good way!). And then the girls came out in their Baby Metal jackets which they shed to reveal their trademark armor dresses. And they started doing their super cute dances. Their vocals were somewhat overpowered দ্বারা the instruments but they still sounded great. Unfortunately after the first song the crowd went absolutely batshit and it got really hard to focus but I managed some glimpses at the performance between 'helping' (and I say that loosely because I'm too short to really actually help) crowd surfers over the barricades.
For his প্রদর্শনী I was once again just exhausted and just took a আসন in the back and watched from the screens. but I approve of what I saw; he had a speech pedestal that reminded me of a political speech. There was lots of smoke going off and at the end there he made it rain! I was glad to hear Sweet Dreams and his encore song, Beautiful People.
Five Finger Death Punch
This is another band that bought a kid on the stage and it was just the cutest thing; Ivan let her sing and he was hugging her. It was just adorable. They also sang my one of my three পছন্দ দ্বারা them; Jekyll and Hyde. They had a great sound and put on a nice show.