Aside From The Bleeding & Bruises…

Yesterday was a day that most highly superstitious (and sometimes more than likely neurotic) people, would steer clear of, watching every step they made that day out of some cautioned fear of bad luck falling upon them…The day I’m talking about here is the dreaded Friday the 13th. Strangely, bad luck didn’t have its constant, gray rain cloud over me. Just everyone else…

First just let me say that I just might have to write a totally separate post in order to get in the entire night of experiences and annoyances. Yes, there were quite a lot of annoyances. I mean, I tried not to let it get to me per say, but it’s kind of hard to ignore something when it’s just around every corner of your local concert venue.

…Instead of going on and on, droning about my night of observations and slightly frustrations with this generation we’re currently living in, I will start on a good note. I’m more happy about the events of the night, especially all the bands I got the chance to see and the two amazing chaps that accompanied me, my boyfriend Timmy and his friend Ben.

Almost immediately after entering the venue, all three of us were pretty much drenched in sweat, thanks to all people already packed into the tight space and the obvious lack of air conditioning. Honestly, it was quite annoying waiting around for bands to play because even though there was a piece of paper that said what bands would be on at what time, none of it was right because we didn’t get into the doors until after 4. The concert was supposed to start at 3. Blame the insanely long line wrapping around a fence outside one of the two entrances of the bar. After some time of just standing around, sweating profusely, or walking around (also sweating profusely), we came across a band that had some promise. The band was called Last Chance To Reason and they were from Augusta, Maine, as mentioned by the lead singer a few times. Speaking of the lead singer…At first glance, I totally knew that he reminded me of some lead from another band, I just had no idea who. I looked at him a bit closer, and realized that he strangely resembled Atreyu’s lead Alex Varkatzas. Now, I’ve never seen Atreyu live before (and no, online really doesn’t count!) but I wouldn’t say that his stage presence is anything like Alex’s. LCTR’s lead is more like cross between Suicide Silence’s Mitch Lucker (on the stage presence front), and Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman (on the vocal end). Yes, it’s that extreme. After finishing up 4 or maybe 5 epic songs, he mentioned that they would be upstairs in the merch room, across from the air conditioned (yes, air-conditioned!) Rockstar Cleveland room.

The three of us ventured upstairs to check out the band merchandise and to get some much-needed water and A/C. To my astonishment and possible amazement (I don’t care if it’s a word or not!)…The merch room wasn’t the sign of relief we were looking for as far as air-conditioned was concerned. I mean, it’s great that band’s sit there and sell their own merch and what not, but sitting in the heat when you could just go across the way to an air-conditioned room…I have a new appreciation for musicians now. But as I was saying before I went on about the A/C, to my astonishment and possible amazement…Standing, well sitting (if you want to be technical and correct), behind the table of Kittie merch was none other than lead singer of the all-female, Canadian metal band, Morgan Lander. I had, as my boyfriend penned it, a ‘mini aneurysm’ upon meeting and having her sign a shirt I’d purchased. Yes, I purchased a Kittie shirt and Morgan politely signed it for me in the permanent silver Sharpie marker, provided by Ben. She then proceeded to sign the back of Timmy’s Lamb Of God shirt and Ben got a new signature to his cast.  By that time, I was totally and completely all smiles. After all the hysteria had died down a bit, we walked across the room to Last Chance To Reason’s merch table. Manning the post, was the lead singer who, strangely, wasn’t anything like what he was on stage. No lie, he was the nicest guy in the world. Very humble, really talked to us. I mean, really talked. He told us things about their new album and that they would be having a video game come out for XBox 360 soon. Needless to say, Timmy and Ben were kind of speechless when he said that, but it was the coolest thing. Just seeing someone on stage, having that kind of presence and then meet them off stage, and they’re the nicest person in the world.

Feeling oh, so accomplished, we finally decided to make our way across to the air-conditioned Rockstar Cleveland room. Immediately, you could feel the coolness rising up against the heat outside, but for some reason, it took a while for it to hit me. I still felt the same as I did when I walked in. Outrageously hot and tired. Some ice water and physical pieces of ice later, I was feeling better. After sitting in the A/C for a while, we thought we would venture downstairs again to see what bands were playing. We walked right in the middle/almost end of Motionless In White’s set. I’d just started listening to them early this Spring and was happy I got to see them, let alone hear them. Out of nowhere, Timmy and Ben decide to go up and try to crowd surf to (which they succeeded with flying colors). We then proceeded to walk around from the two main parts of the club, making our way back to the main stage to see the acts Impending Doom and a couple seconds of Stick To Your Guns.

Amongst all the chaos, we noticed the drummer of Kittie sitting alone at the bar. The three of us walked up to her, practically convulsing, talked for a while and then got her autograph. It was the coolest thing, just seeing her sit there, with almost, like, no one by her or seeming to notice who she was. Then again, I’m not sure a lot of people knew who Kittie were because when they hit the stage a little while after, everyone, except for a selected few, seemed utterly shocked and surprised by the way they sounded. It was almost like, how could you not know what they sound like? They’re a pretty well-known band. I mean, I myself have been listening to them since my freshmen year. But enough about how almost no one knew Kittie and back to how they sounded…They sounded pretty damn good. I only wished I would’ve paid more attention to the stage presence and not the insane circle mosh pit/hardcore dancing spree that was going on not too far away from me. Yes, there was circle moshing and hardcore dancing, and it was hard not to ignore it. Needless to say, Timmy and Ben went in when there was moshing, not hardcore dancing, and paid for it afterwards. Cutting to the chase, Ben sort of got lost somewhere in the chaos and confusion and ended up with a very, very bloody nose. Timmy ended up walking out of the moshing after the set ended and got punched in the right side of his mouth by some random mosh patron. Me, I just ended up getting pushed a couple times because Ben was getting pushed and was in front of me. That, my possible followers, is called cause and effect. It sucks most of the time.

With all the injuries accounted for, we headed back upstairs to the A/C and ice water. By that time, I was so tired that I really didn’t want to stand anymore and felt horrible that I probably wasn’t radiating the best mood. It seemed like we waited forever. Instead of going downstairs and trudging through the unbearable heat to see Evergreen Terrace, we opted to stay upstairs and listen. We walked from the bar to couches to this little semi-closed off booth until we finally got comfortable. After Evergreen Terrace finished their set (which they were really, really good, by the way), we were almost tempted to go back downstairs and watch Born Of Osiris…I’m happy we didn’t. Born Of Osiris, while they are a good band, it seemed like they took wayyy too long. It honestly didn’t seem like Evergreen took that long. Maybe they did. I honestly wasn’t keeping  track of how long each band was. It was the last two songs or so in their set and we decided to watch from the walk-out balcony that. When I said I’m happy we didn’t go downstairs, I truly meant it. The crowd was insane! There was practically no space between people. They were all bunched up together. It was pretty crazy.

A little while after they finished their set, we finally went back downstairs and went straight to the bar so we wouldn’t get pummeled by all the people that crowded around, waiting for Asking Alexandria. Even though I hadn’t been listening to Alexandria very long (just a couple weeks ago, maybe longer, I heard them while driving in Timmy’s car), I kind of had the expectation that they would be good live. First off, never expect anything. If you like a band, and you go to see them live, expect the unexpected. With all of this said, you can either infer that Asking Alexandria were either amazing or horrible. Honestly, (and I have never said this about a band that I thought would be good before because usually I ended up being blown away) they weren’t as good as I thought they would be. Any and all AA fans can strike me down where I stand now because I don’t care. I’m not saying they were a bad band live, I just thought they would be better than what they were. If I had to choose between the live Asking Alexandria and the CD Asking Alexandria, I would choose the CD Asking Alexandria without hesitation.

Even though we only stayed for a couple AA songs and the boys both got hurt in some shape or form, it was still a fun and eventful night. I still can’t believe that I got my shirt signed by not one, but two members of Kittie, sisters Morgan and Mercedes. That enough made my night. Even if I didn’t see any bands, I think that would definitely would’ve made my night. I’m glad I got to partake in such an awesome concert on a usually rumored ‘not-so-awesome day’. I hope there are more shows like that to come.

There’s something new and exciting waiting…You just need to know where to look.

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“You’ve Made Me Perfect”

Yes, I know a couple weeks ago I said that Suicide Silence was my favorite band at the moment, but I’ve found myself going back to a band that’s been around longer and comes from a totally different genre. A band that I just love. The band that is the center of my musical obsession right now is AFI.

I was reading an article in the October issue of Revolver magazine about AFI’s new album, their 8th studio album, Crash Love, which is said to come out on September 29th…I’ll be honest: I’m not a die-hard AFI fan. When their full-length debut, Answer That And Stay Fashionable came out  in 1995, I was only 4. So I can’t say I’m a dedicated, die-hard fan, but I can say that I’ve been a fan since 2003.

I remember I was watching FUSE and I saw the video for “Girl’s Not Grey” for the very first time. My mom was in the room with me, and she had to take a double take, looking at lead singer Davey Havok, asking me, “Is that a man or a women?” Looking back on that day now, I smile and laugh, because I was the one that turned her kinda into an AFI fan. Well, not of their old-school stuff, because I honestly don’t think she’s ever heard it, but definitely of the entire Sing The Sorrow album.   

I didn’t just make my mom a fan of Sing The Sorrow, though. It had a surprising effect on the kids at my new school at the time, most who became my friends. Like, none of them heard of AFI. I had a bunch of buttons and I wore a shirt one day, so they started to get curious about my musical preferences, I guess. Not long after, my one friend told me he was blaring it through the speakers in his dad’s car. That made me smile. It’s just amazing how music can bring people together.

After awhile I thought I’d dig deeper into their older albums. This thought entered my mind after I received their 2000 album, The Art Of Drowning for Christmas a year later. I hadn’t listened to the whole thing yet, so I figured I would, and I’m really happy I did. Their sound was more fast-paced and more energetic. Now don’t get me wrong, Sing The Sorrow is great, but something about Drowning caught me, and held me. Seeing the videos for “Leaving Song, Pt. 2” and “Silver And Cold”,  I sort of  fell in love again with the type of sound Sorrow brought, but that didn’t lessen the hold their older material had what-so-ever. I decided to dig even deeper, and I’m, once again, really happy I did.

Out of all their old albums, I personally like Answer That And Stay Fashionable, Black Sails In The Sunset, All Hallow’s EP (yes, it’s an EP, but it’s still great!) and The Art Of Drowning.

The first time I saw the video for “Miss Murder”, I didn’t know what to think. Their sound was new and different, and it honestly took me awhile to get used to it. Yes, I know how bands usually change their sound to keep up with times and sort of branch away from everything that sounds the same, and I totally respect that. It takes alot of guts to change your sound, knowing that fans will either accept or deny it. AFI did one hell of a job.

After listening to the song a couple times, I fell in love with it. I actually have “Love Like Winter”, “Kill Caustic”, and “Affliction” on my iPod. Great songs. Most people would probably say that “It’s not the same AFI” or “What the hell is this?”. I think that’s just close-mindedness at its best. Yes, the sound of, well, Decemberunderground is different but it’s still the same four guys, doing what they love. The only thing that changed is the sound, and let’s face it, who wants every album by a band they really like or maybe even love, to be just a regurgitated version of itself? I think that Underground is a good album. I mean, yeah, it doesn’t sport the same exact intensity as their previous work, but it has an intensity all its own. Any kind of intensity is good. No matter how extreme or minuscule, it doesn’t matter. It’s still the same band.

…From what I read about Crash Love, it’s going to be more of a “guitar record”. Which means no synths or anything like that. I guess that means nothing like Decemberunderground or any other of their records for that matter. I have a feeling it’s going to be something totally different than anything else out there, as Underground was, but with alot more intensity than Underground. No matter what the sound, it’s still AFI. I’m really excited about Crash Love. I can’t wait til September 29th! 😉

Look what you’ve done to me now, you’ve made me perfect.” “The Lost Souls” – AFI

Still not better than a cup of coffee…But I’ll settle for now

Completely random songs…All playing one after the other, in perfect harmony. The songs on my iPod that I woke up to and strangely helped me get out of bed… 

“Taste Of Copper” – The Vincent Black Shadow

“You Give Love A Bad Name” – Atreyu (originally by Bon Jovi)

“Left Behind” – Slipknot

“Cereal Wars” – AFI

“Girl’s Not Grey” -AFI

“Wasted” – Suicide Silence

“Get Off” – Kittie

“Mouthful Of Poison” – Kittie

“Lip Gloss & Black” – Atreyu

“Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered” – Chiodos

“Bludgeoned To Death” – Suicide Silence

“The Perfect Drug” – Nine Inch Nails

“Ny-Quil” – AFI

“Decode” – Paramore

Never thought so many different genres could be crammed together, without beating the hell out of each other.  😉

Possibly better than a couple shots of Espresso

It takes alot to make somone’s day, but with me, sometimes all I have to do is turn on my iPod. I turned it on this morning, and song after song made me extremely happy, and chipper. Maybe even more happy and chipper than a cup of coffee with a couple shots of Espresso would make me. I hadn’t put any new songs on in awhile but this particular array of songs just made my day.

“Sell Your Soul” -Hollywood Undead

“There’s No Penguins In Alaska” – Chiodos

“The Last of the American Girls” – Green Day

“Fears In The Water” – The Vincent Black Shadow

“I’m Not Jesus” – Apocalyptica (ft. Corey Taylor)

“On Falling Leaf” – Destroy The Runner

“Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered” – Chiodos

“Killing Loneliness” – HIM

“A Pathetic Psalm” – Destroy The Runner

“Isabella’s” – Destroy The Runner

“Disengage” – Suicide Silence

“What’s A Girl To Do?” – Bat For Lashes

“Fences” – Paramore

“Wake Up” – Suicide Silence

“Cold December” – Aiden

“Stellar” – Incubus

Ok, maybe it can’t touch the awesome power of coffee with extra Espresso, but it’s the next best thing! XD

“Burn It Down, Set Yourself Free”

My new favorite band, as of this moment in time, is the heavy metal band Suicide Silence. Most reviews I’ve read on their newest CD, “No Time To Bleed”, categorizes them as ‘deathcore’, which I suppose is a sub-genre of death metal and hardcore. I’m really starting to hate sub-genres. They’re just really annoying. Can’t people just listen to bands and enjoy them for their music? Instead of criticizing them and putting them in a certain genre. I’ve learned to totally not even pay attention to the genre. If I like a band because of their music, then dammit I’m going to listen to them, despite what people say. If I like something, I’m not even gonna listen to what people have to say. Opinions often don’t sway me.

In my opinion, they’re a really good band. Their sound is different from other metal bands, or ‘deathcore’ bands, as some people with no sense would say. Their sound is heavy, brutal, and totally in your face, which I happen to really enjoy when it comes to the whole metal genre. And yes, I know that most people would say that ALL metal bands are “heavy, brutal, and in totally in your face”, but it seems like ALL metal bands have different ways of accomplishing that said goal. Whether it’s a good accomplishment or not, it’s all up to who’s listening.

I think that lead singer, Mitch Lucker’s voice is amazing! One minute his voice can go from a deep, low growl to a partially high-pitched (not too high-pitched!) onslaught on your ears. XD Everything about them is awesome!

With a name like Suicide Silence, I was kind of unsure at first about what they would sound like. There are some bands that have relatively interesting names, but their music isn’t that good…

Last summer, most of my friends (well, pretty much all of them) and I were greeted with tragedy a week before school. One of my best friends of six years had committed suicide. When something like that happens, you kind of wanna steer away from anything with the name/word ‘suicide’ in because, honestly, it’s really depressing.

For some reason, though, I didn’t steer away from Suicide Silence. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s music and let’s face it, how could you steer away music? How can you just ignore something that helps you get through your day? You can’t. No matter what the name, it’s just not possible. I’m happy to say that despite what happened almost a year ago, with my friend (I love you, man!) that hasn’t stopped me from choosing what’s right, what’s wrong and singling out bands just because of their names.

Sometimes the worst tragedies can make way for the brightest beginnings and new experiences.

“Burn it down, set yourself free.” “Smoke” – Suicide SilenceSuicide Silence

Not So Pretty…

Early yesterday morning, at 12:56 AM to be exact, my long time friend and I were talking about completely random things. I sent her a link for the video “The Price Of Beauty” by Suicide Silence cause she said she didn’t see it. In it, an already gorgeous young girl is getting plastic surgery done by an insane, sadistic doctor. The ending result was an array of stitches across her already pretty face…Watch for yourself and see what I mean.

After watching it, I realized how truly disgusting plastic surgery is. I mean, getting work done to your face and/or body just because you don’t like a part of yourself is just appalling. It’s crazy that someone would ruin a part of themselves just to look better. I know that people get plastic surgery for actual medical reasons, and that’s completely understandable, but getting it done just to make yourself look good isn’t the same thing.

Ugh!!! It just really annoys me that some people aren’t happy with themselves and feel the need to waste money (hard-earned or obtained from another source) on a nose job or fake boobs or even both possibly in the same operation. I hate people who look absolutely gorgeous and stunning already and then they destroy their natural beauty with implants or dissolving stitches.

Selfish. Narcissistic. People who aren’t happy with themselves need a reality check. Their lives could be alot worse.

Be happy for what you have, not for what you can’t acquire.