Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by SomewhereInTime84, Oct 7, 2014.
Well why didn't I think of that?
Anyone happening to go to the Psycho Las Vegas festival starting on 17 August? I'll be in California that week so will head to the festival on the Fri-Sun. Looking forward mostly to seeing to King Diamond, Gojira, Khemmis, Windhand, Wolves In The Throne Room. Steel Panther is playing separately on the Friday night in Vegas so I am tempted to leave the festival for a few hours to go catch them.
August 9th 2017, Metallica + A7X + Gojira
Absolutely an amazing show! I never had heard anything from Gojira before and they absolutely killed it live. Their drummer is superb! I listened to probably their entire discography in the car ride back today. Stranded has probably one of the best riffs I've ever heard. Flying Whales is also the greatest song title ever. Avenged Sevenfold was pretty bad though. M. Shadows could not sing in key with the rest of the band and every guitar solo played was very out of key too. They ruined The Stage for me, that was easily my favorite song by them and they butchered it. I will probably never see them again.
Metallica was amazing though! The mix was terrible during the first song Hardwired, but by the third song they figured it out and it was pretty good for the rest of the show. The setup they had for the stage was amazing too. The only negative thing I have to say is that the towers they had setup to film the show were pretty obstructive to the view. I'll probably have to just get GA tickets next time. One of my friends won Snakepit passes through the fanclub, I guess its FTTB but better as you wont get crushed. I might have to try my luck with that next time I go!
Also another positive about Metallica. Event Shirts. They had 6 event shirts for Seattle. I'm not sure if they do that at every show, but that was very cool. I only could afford two though.. I'll post pictures soon!
Edit: also Mix Master Mike should find a new profession. I have never face palmed so hard in my life. Never. Ever. Mix Soundgarden with Dj Snake & Lil John. Especially in the city in which Chris Cornell hailed from!
Finally had the time to upload the video I took.
And because I can't upload photos on here anymore, here is the link to my instagram...
Bloodstock festival was fantastic. I wish I'd been going for years now, especially considering the bands I've missed by not going. Overall it was a much better experience than the bigger festivals I've been to and the weather held out too, thankfully. I'll give a few comments about some of the bands I watched:
Battle Beast - these guys are like a combination of the most extravagant Classic Rock band and all the Power Metal stereotypes. It works a treat for the live show though even though I only recognized one song.
Testament - this was the sixth time I'd seen Testament. Last year I saw them twice and wasn't as impressed as I had been previously (they set a high standard though), partially because I don't like the new stuff much. This was much better though, helped by the mad crowd and a couple of surprises in the setlist.
Blind Guardian - they were the main reason I went to the festival and it was the third year in a row that I saw them. It was a bit odd seeing them sandwiched between two much heavier bands and they only got one hour. The were as flawless as ever though and threw a few rarities into the set.
Amon Amarth - awesome show, even better then last year's UK tour. They were probably the best band of the weekend for me.
Annihilator - I saw them about ten years ago supporting Trivium and wasn't that bothered, but I enjoyed them a lot more this time, probably because they had their own crowd. Jeff Waters seems like a cool guy too.
Municipal Waste - their music is absolutely crap but they are very entertaining live. One of the main crowdsurfing bands of the weekend with an attempt to break the world record of 462 in an hour.
Hatebreed - very heavy, aggressive and angry, but an excellent live band. The vocalist (I'm not calling him a singer) said they'd traveled 35 hours from the Czech Republic to get to Bloodstock and the crowd's reaction in the first song made it all worthwhile.
Kreator - another big highlight for me. They only got an hour unfortunately but they didn't waste any time talking and were super-intense for the entire set.
Ghost - a strange band to headline after so many heavy bands, but they went down well despite the negativity from the knuckle-draggers. It was the third time I'd seen them and the first time I actually knew any of their songs. They justified their place as headliners despite being a bit out of place.
Skindred - this is not a band whose music I like. They do a strange combination of reggae and Metal which, to me, sounds like crap yet works really well live. They were very entertaining and created a great atmosphere.
Arch Enemy - not my cup of tea musically, mainly because of the cookie monster vocals. I think the guitar work sounds great and I would probably love them if they used a nicer vocal style. They are really tight live though and Alissa Cookie Monster is a good frontwoman (or frontperson, to use a gender neutral term) in spite fof her horrible growling. The crowd seemed a bit downbeat compared to Skindred and what was to come next though.
Megadave - this was the eight time I'd seen Megadave live. In recent years they haven't been too great live and Mustaine's vocals are poor. However, it was a better performance than I'd seen them give a couple of years ago in Wembley Arena. The crowd reacted well to what was essentially a greatest hit set but they played more new songs than they had they previous show I'd seen them at.
Wintersun - this was such an awesome way to end the festival. I don't know Wintersun well but they have great music to play in a massive tent approaching midnight. I will be listening to more of their music.
I'm definitely going next year. The aim is to finish the PhD in time and use the festival as a long party. The Saturday and Sunday headliners were announced after Kreator on Saturday night: Gojira and Nightwish. I'd already predicted Nightwish and suggested Gojira as a possibility. Every year the organizers try to get Judas Priest but fail, but I think Helloween as Pumpkins Reunited could get announced when they've finished all their European dates this year. I'm hoping for Iced Earth, Epica and Delain too and I can also see the Cavalera Brothers doing their 'Return to Roots' thing.
Just heard a good interview with Mark Tornillo (singer for Accept) with Eddie Trunk. He says there are two reasons the US only has five cities in their upcoming tour to promote their new cd The Rise of Chaos:
1. Each of the US shows will be CD release parties where they play most of the new CD live in addition to the old material.
2. After Accept is through touring the rest of the world October 2017 to February 2018, they hope to play a full US tour like they did for Stalingrad.
Devin Townsend Project kicked ass. Performance-wise I have no complaints. Everything was played perfectly and Devin sounded better than ever.
Setlist is kinda lame though. None of the songs they played are outright bad, but Deadhead is the only truly incredible song. Devin also said he's sick of playing Ziltoid Goes Home, dunno why he plays it then. Lamest song in the setlist IMO. March Of The Poozers also isn't anything special. Also the show was kinda short. Barely 1h 15min of music, not counting Devin's (pretty funny) banter between songs. Also, Higher as the last song is lame. Great song, but it's fairly new and it's kinda lame to finish the set with it. Should've played Life instead.
I hope it's not just an act, but Devin is probably the most positive musician I've ever seen on stage.
Should have checked out Decapitated.
Cool. Very similar setlist to what I saw in Vegas, the only songs I didn't get were Supercrush and Deadhead (which were played at Red Rocks). I pretty much agree with what you've said about the setlist. Ziltoid Goes Home was such a bore, although Poozers was fun. Definitely agree about Higher being a lame last song. It was the same in Vegas. Should've been earlier in the set. I also wish he'd play Offer Your Light or Secret Sciences.
Btw, he's been ridiculously busy lately. It looks like he's been going nonstop touring since Transcendence came out. Good for him.
I hate that kind of crap.
Decapitated is a great live band.
Their "music" is total crap though.
'Crap' as in highly technical, rhythmically complex, with a sense for vibe and groove.
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