night in Fresno, California where a tinge of cold bitterness sweeps
the evening air while countless fans wait around the front steps
of Fresno’s Rainbow Ballroom chatting about the upcoming
performance. Mingling in with the fans some expressed mixed reviews
due to one of the bands on the show list, but nevertheless many
were thankful for an evening of metal frolic. Gathering materials
in hand while becoming eager to conduct the interview with ALL
THAT REMAINS vocalist Philip Labonte before hand one
can sense a charismatic aura that was already projecting around
the venue. Maybe a night of extreme metal mayhem was about to
unravel thinking to myself but abandoned that thought quickly
when the interview was in process. Anticipation was tonight’s
winner when all groups hit the stage at various times shredding
severe guitar work along with harsh vocals bestowing ultimate
~ New to the scene fellow cats from California
2 CENTS kick off a mediocre performance from their latest
release Lost At Sea. Displaying lack
of originality due to their freshman stage presence frontman/drummer
Adam O’ Rourke blasted furious beats along with unenthusiastic
singing. Typical for an emerging talent trying to create an impression
exposed their musical identity to a new fan base undid what they
sought. Artist originality! Amidst the many carbon copies springing
up out of the wood work the band raised the listening bar with
a blast from the past covering Slayer’s Reign In Blood.
What seemed like overcompensation the group takes another journey
down memory lane this time doing their own version of Pantera’s
Cemetery Gates. Creating a mixed vibe amongst the audience
ignited an instantaneous blanket of lighted flames from every
corner of the venue. Dedicating the performance to Dimebag Darrell
set the concert attendees mood to a reflective one sending a victorious
round of applause in Dimebag’s remembrance. Nothing to intensely
brutal 2 Cents much like their name is worth 2 CENTS.
YOUR DEAD ~ Appealing to music fans of hardcore
and thrash music Massachusetts BURY YOUR DEAD
hits intensity with Beauty And The Breakdown.
Currently on tour with fellow extremists of metal Killswitch Engage
and All That Remains the group captivates the serious fan to listening
levels while striking a chord of chaos via live performances.
Kicking off a non-stopping electrifying show with volatile intense
rhythms engaging the crowd with high impact appeal resulting with
explosive results. Frontman Mat Bruso charged the set with riveting
vocals bringing the crowd to an extreme twist of mosh pitting
brutality creating miniature tornado pits within a hurricane continuing
full speed. Catching the entire venues attention the serious presence
of the band paved more than just the average but one of a high
regarded act. One of the many bands to look out for in 2007!
THAT REMAINS ~ Supporting their current CD
The Fall Of Ideals, ALL THAT
REMAINS hits the tour road once again with a vengeance
unleashing infectious metal grooves. Vocalist Philip Labonte explains
this present tour is better than previous tours while remaining
confident that the group will give their best performance. Touring
with one of metal music’s influential groups of today Killswitch
Engage the group holds a steady pace assurance bestowing fans
a promise of a highly energized show. Experiencing this personally
was skeptical at first but won over by the seriousness of their
musical performance. Raising a question as to why a group of their
stamina would be an opening act? Nevertheless the band delivers
an astounding live set filled with animated enthusiasm more than
making up for their current opening act status.
ENGAGE ~ Being one of the most sought after
bands in today’s metal music industry Roadrunner Records
recording artist group KILLSWITCH ENGAGE unravels
their latest release effort As Daylight Dies.
An album of mixed reviews the group holds no bounds to severity
with their speed fretboard viciousness to well persuasive lyrics.
One might think that a band of this caliber can still run with
the big dogs of death metal such as Carcass or Obituary but the
difference KILLSWITCH ENGAGES with? Originality
expressed with catchy death metal tunes converting audiences of
various metal veins to ultimate conversion. Delivering a varied
performance ranging from sheer brutality to ear shattering experiences
the fabulous five leave their victims musically transformed.