Archive for November, 2009

Hatebreed

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My fave hardcore band Hatebreed is coming to town in a few days. I cant beleive they have been around for almost fifteen years now. The first time I saw them live was in Portland in 2000. They were playing on the second stage at the Tattoo The Earth festival that year. They stoled the show that day (along with Amen).

They have been coming to Vancouver for quite a few years now. The first time they came was opening up for Motorhead, and then for Slayer. I have seen them nine times now & they never disappoint. Have the fun of going to a Hatebreed show is the audience, as they give out just as much energy as the band does on stage.

Hatebreed has been through a member change since the last time I saw them in Vancouver a few years ago. Sean Martin is no longer in the band. The old guitarist Wayne Lozinak is back in. Their last album For The Lions was an excellent covers record (Merauder, Bad Brains, Black Flag) and their new self titled album is a return to form. So if these guys come to your town, check them out. Last time in Vancouver they ended their set with Reign In Blood….aaaarrrgh!!! Get in the pit.

 

Madmen = The Glam Metal of TV shows

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Madmen = The Glam Metal of TV shows

Ever have that friend who recommends you an album and says “yeah man this (insert band name) is totally f**cking heavy shit dude! you gotta check it out!”. Then when you do, its sheer utter dissapointment….well thats what watching season one of Madmen was like. I have a friend who told me this was the greatest show ever & that everything about it was brilliant. I ended up taking his advice & let me tell you……thats 13 hours of my life I will never get back.

 

All hail Vader…

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Finally picked my ticket up for the Vader show next week. I first went to see them live about four years ago. I didn’t know anything about them & knew none of their songs & they blew my mind that night. Plus they ended the show with the best Slayer cover song I had ever heard by any band (Reign in Blood)! The following day I picked up their back catalogue & at that point Vader became one of my top metal bands. I’m not a huge death metal fan, but calling Vader death metal is cutting them short.

What I like about Vader is that they actually have songs that you can remember long after listening to them. Unlike most other death metal bands out there, Vader actually have song structure. After 10 minutes of listening to blast beats from most other death metal & grindcore bands, I get bored. Plus their new album Necropolis is amazing & there is absolutely no filler material on it.

Funny how some bands like Vader, Napalm Death, & Obituary get better with age. I like the new albums more by these bands than what they were putting out 15 years ago (must be the sobriety). Barney’s vocals in Napalm Death sound better on the new album TIme Waits for No Slave then Utopia Banished.

So go out & get the new Vader album (they do a killer version of Fight Fire With Fire) & check them out when they come to your town. You wont be disappointed.

 

Where’s the friendly violent fun at…..

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Going to hardcore shows back in the day used to be actually a lot of fun. ¬†Whether it was Bad Brains, Sick of It All, Biohazard…..half of the show was about the audience participation. It was all about circle pits, pile ons, sing alongs. There used to be 200 kids showing up at a show, and there was no one standing in the back of the bar, they were all up front having good clean violent fun.¬†Sure there was the odd problem, but most likely is would get squashed right away.

Now it’s a whole different ball game where 200 kids show up and six or eight of them are up front swinging their arms & doing round house kicks. When one of them bumps into each other, thats when the brawls start. Where’s the fun in all that….it’s preety boring if you ask me. This recently happened at a Merauder show I went to. There were 100 kids that wanted to participate, but couldnt due to the jocks up front. And lets not beat around the bush…these are just jocks pretending to be hardcore kids, nothing less.

Although, I am starting to see a back lash towards these types of so called “hardcore fans” where some people are not tolerating this moronic behavior. There’s even “destroy jock hardcore” tshirts that Im seeing at shows. So maybe there’s hope yet to bring back the old ways. Now GET IN THE PIT!