Reckless And Relentless Tour Review

 

We caught up with the Reckless And Relentless Tour on its stop in Seattle, WA on March 29, 2011. The night was full of surprises, and through all of the chaos, some bands still shined.  As I walked in to Studio 7, Evergreen Terrace was just finishing their set and getting the crowd pumped for the rest of the bands coming up.

Let me just warn any future concert goers about Studio 7.This club is not set up for smooth movement through it. Be ready to have to fight to get to the bathroom.  The ceilings are all bare wooden beams as well.  It was not my favorite venue to attend; there was no barricade, and the staff weren’t exactly friendly either.  But on to the music!

The crowd’s anticipation started to build as the bigger bands were going to start playing now. The push for the front became very heavy at this point. Miss May I, Chiodos, Emmure, and Asking Alexandria were the bands that were coming up.

Miss May I really had to fight to get through their set. They had so many kids crowd surfing to get on stage that all of the mic cables were getting broken. The problems didn’t really start happening until the end though, so they were able to belt out the best in their arsenal from Apologies Are For The Weak and Monument. By the end their mics were so beaten down, the crowd had to sing the clean vocals on the closing song, Relentless Chaos. All in all, Miss May I played so hard that everything started to give out on them on the stage, but they delivered a killer set regardless of these circumstances.

Next up was Chiodos. Their sound guy was not too happy about playing on a beaten up stage following Miss May I, so he made a remark thanking the band for breaking the mic cables. The crowd shrugged it off and waited in anticipation for Chiodos to start. I don’t know how, but Charlie Sheen always manages to work his way into everything. Just when you thought he was gone, he shows up again. Chiodos’ intro music was a techno mix of some clips from an interview with Sheen. I guess that caught even the club off guard because they forgot to turn down the main lights for the full first song. The band had to tell them to shut them off. The band suffered through the same mic problems that Miss May I had but got through it. They played a decent set but the new lead singer Brandon Bolmer had noticable troubles hitting the higher notes that (previous Chiodos frontman) Craig Owens would nail with ease on previous records.

Emmure was up next. This band killed it. There were no problems, no mess ups, nothing bad. This set was flawless, and these guys really had it together that night. If you want to see a great hardcore band live, see this one. They don’t mess around. They go in, are more brutal than anyone out there, and they get out. Job well done by Emmure. They played songs from all of their albums and played them all perfectly. There was great participation from the crowd as well.

At this point I want to make note of how different lead singers are from each other. Before each set, every lead singer got ready differently. Levi Benton from Miss May I was joking around with the other guys in the band just like it was any other day. Brandon Bolmer was doing what looked like jumping jacks. Frankie Palmeri was sitting quietly on the stairs, looking off in a thousand yard stare. Then there was Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria. He was absolutely wasted. This guy has been known to put on a good show in the past. But he has come to the end of people looking away from his foolish behavior. Everyone who was at the Studio 7 venue that night was made clear of Worsnop’s dirty laundry. He stumbled on stage and gave his drunk remdition of what sounded like The Final Episode. The crowd was furious that he did it all wrong and was stumbling and knocking speakers down. after the song, the crowd was booing him and he walked off stage. At this point, we had enough. Mary and I from Holy Cow! Music Press walked out. I felt as though Danny should take his own advice. If you cant ride two horses at once (alcohol & fame) then get out of the circus. After a little research we found out that the crowd joined in a chant of “Drunk Piece Of Shit” and then Ben Bruce told the crowd to help him to get Danny to go to rehab. Asking Alexandria had to finish this show with a fan from the audience that knew the words. This band has to play the entire Warped Tour this summer. I hope they know what they are getting into, and I personally hope Danny Gets help.

Review by Zach Rantanen

Concert Review: OK Go

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For those from Columbus, Ohio who spent last Sunday evening at the Newport Music Hall, this Halloween was surely a night they will never forget. With the opening acts decked out in costumes, and OK Go putting on an incredible set, it’s safe to say that this concert will be talked about for quite some time. From confetti blasters and fur-trimmed guitars, to 3D music videos and impromptu Les Miserables performances, OK Go most definitely pulled out all the stops for their 2010 North America tour.

Their set list included songs from all three of their albums, certainly pleasing every fan in the crowd. This included hit singles from their sophomore album, Oh No, such as “A Million Ways” and “Here it Goes Again,” which gained popularity via the internet a few years ago. Aside from old favorites, the band also included new songs from their latest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. Their most recent music video release was for the song, “White Knuckles,” which they performed live and later showed the video for. However, it wasn’t exactly the video that you’ve most likely seen on YouTube.  Instead, the band pushed the boundaries on creativity once again and showed the video in 3D. Just before showing said video, vocalist, Damian Kulash, quite literally moved the crowd when he performed “Last Leaf” in the middle of the mosh pit. And as if the show could not have gotten any better, Kulash later called up members of the audience that came in costume, to come on stage, declaring that it was the “official OK Go dance party.”

After the band had seemingly concluded their set, they surprised everyone moments later by coming back on stage for a few more songs. However, they came back out in total darkness playing fur-trimmed guitars and wearing LED light adorned jackets. Needless to say, it was an unforgettable finale, and much like the rest of the concert, it left the crowd in awe. With the aid of songs played solely on hand bells, 3D music videos, performances from Les Miserables, and (of course) amazing music, this concert will without a doubt be regarded as a fan favorite for many, if not all, who attended.

Concert Review: Asking Alexandria

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Review of Asking Alexandria in Atlanta, GA at the Masquerade on October 29, 2010 on the For We Are Many Tour with All That Remains.

Set list:
Alerion
If You Can’t Ride Two Horses At Once, You Should Get Out Of The Circus
A Prophecy
A Single Moment Of Sincerity
Breathless
I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps A Cowboy King
Hey There Mr. Brooks
Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)

If there’s one thing to be said about the five Brits in Asking Alexandria, it’s that they know how to put on a show.  On their stop of the For We Are Many tour in Atlanta supporting All That Remains, it’s clear that they have one purpose: wreak havoc and leave everyone wanting even more.  Kicking off their set with an anticipation-building Alerion, the atmosphere in the room is full-on excitement with a dark tinge from the horror-themed beginning of the song.  With heavy guitars starting in along with frontman Danny Worsnop’s appearance on stage screaming the words “Fuck This”, the crowd erupts into insanity and mosh pits break out everywhere.  It might be hard to understand why this band has grown so substantially within a very short period of time, that is until you experience first-hand the energy that they put into their live show.  From the mosh-anthems such as A Prophecy and A Single Moment Of Sincerity to the sing-along crowd pleasers like If You Can’t Ride Two Horses At Once… and The Final Episode, these guys put the same dedication into every note that they hit.  From the walls of death to pure violence that the crowd churns up during the entire set, it’s easy to tell that these guys are here to cause a scene and have a good time; not to mention making everyone else have a good time, too.  With their new song Breathless thrown into the mix, it is not hard to tell that Asking Alexandria have a bright future in front of them.  Their new disc, Reckless And Relentless, is due for release in March 2011.

Review by Mary Martin

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