On Feb. 10, 2013 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tn. the tour featuring Sevendust, Lacuna Coil, and Avatar came performed. This line up had a few firsts for me, those being seeing both Lacuna Coil and Avatar for the first time and attending a concert at the Marathon for the first time also.
Avatar is one of the most entertaining metal bands I have seen in a long time. The band did not need anything fancy on their stage because singer Johannes Eckerström was able to entertain the crowd with just his facial expressions alone. Each member on the stage was extremely talented and showed that they were just as eager to be there as the fans where. Avatar is more than just growling and heavy guitar riffs they had a classical flare to them as well that was shown in their performance of the song the “Black Waltz” from Avatar’s recent album also titled Black Waltz. After their performance Avatar met fans over at their merch booth to take photos, sign autographs, introduce themselves personally and thank fans for coming out to the show.
On Feb 8, 2013 at Bridgestone Arena the concert tour featuring POD, Three Days Grace, and Shinedown rolled through Nashville, TN. this was a night for any fan to remember, but you can say that about any concert you attend for the most part. However this night seemed to encompass a couple of firsts for a lot of the fans that were at the concert. While waiting for the show to begin I spent my time speaking with fans around me to just kill the time and I learned that this was one young guys first concert, and another person I spoke this was her first rock concert and she was attending it with her boyfriend and his friends to see what it was like. I hope this was a show to remember for both of the fans I spoke with, and it sparks many more concerts to come for those individuals.
This tour was perfectly crafted from the band line up, the stage set up, the light, sound, and pyro nothing seemed to be out of place or hard to see for the floor area of the venue. It was nice to be able to see all the band members from the singers, guitar players, all the way to the drummers in the back. It was nice to be able to see them all in action. Each band seemed to have their own personality when it come to stage decor and pyro set ups. POD had very little cluttering their stage performance, Three Days Grace and Shinedown didn’t have much cluttering their performance area either and that allows the crowd to focus more on the songs and performance rather then seeing over a stand, or piece of stage decor. The pyro and gun shot blasts where nice touches to the songs performed by Three Days Grace and Shinedown which gave the songs that added flare. Overviews of the bands individual performances are listed below I tried to not include to many spoilers for those readers that are planning to attend the concert as it rolls through their town. Apart of the surprise is not knowing all the details before you have a chance to experience first hand.
On Tuesday September 4, 2012 was the first time I had ever been to the Rutledge in Nashville, TN. This was also the first time I had the opportunity to see any of the bands playing on last night’s bill. The bands for last night’s listening pleasure consisted of Echoes in Silence, Vilifi, Downstait, and Eye Empire. Each band delivered a powerful set some provided an all original set were as one provided a classic cover of a Fleetwood Mac tune. As a fan of music and a writer for this website it is my task to help spread the word about these bands, so in the following text you will read only my opinions it is up to you as a music lover to seek these bands out and formulate your own opinions.
After a year off, we finally made it back to Atlanta, GA for the Mayhem Festival at Aaron’s Amphitheatre. I was ecstatic when I saw this year’s lineup, which included the return of Slayer and Slipknot to the tour. To top it off, the heat wave was letting up for the weekend.
Uncrowned kicked the day off, and they were a great choice for the opening band. Even though there were only a couple of hundred people there for the opener, they played like there were thousands. If you haven’t heard of these guys before, or seen them live, they are definitely worth checking out.
Betraying the Martyrs were next up on stage. By the time they were up, the crowd grew substantially, and it was time for the crowd to see what a band from France can do. While the entire band kicked some serious ass, the highlight of the performance was lead singer Aaron Matts’s stage show. He was all over the stage, and entertaining as hell to watch. He energized the crowd with his antics, and as the crowd went wild, he just gave him even more energy. Victor’s (their other singer) voice was the counterbalanced to Aaron’s brutal sound. Their vocal sounds were as different as Chad Grey’s is to Amy Lee’s, and it worked great. Their sound and performance skyrocketed past the expectations I had for the band. In one set, I went from someone who didn’t know who the band was to a fan of the band.
On April 17, 2012 the Devil’s Carnival rolled into Nashville, Tn. at the Lime Light venue. Shane and myself had been talking about the show for over 3 weeks now as well as doing research and watching trailers to see what we would be expecting from the show. The trailers just gave us a small taste to what we experienced that night inside the Devil’s Carnival.
During the Q&A Session it was mentioned by Darrin Bousman that the Devil’s Carnival is the Anti-Glee … As a spectator I will give my impression of this comment and how I see the show if you continue to read on.
Corey Taylor’s new book “Seven Deadly Sins”. Most that recognize the name will know him as the lead singer for hard rock band Slipknot. Very few will recognize him as a modern philosopher. Yet in his book, part autobiography, part religious observation, and part wild rambling, he is espousing a real and concrete view on our world and lives. Organized around the Christian belief of seven deadly sins and vaguely chronologic in his life, he has shared with us his humiliations and ecstasies as he “mistaked “ his way (and got very lucky) to reach the point he now holds.
I don’t think I will be giving much away to say that Corey has sampled all of the sins described. I don’t want to glamorize some the excesses of his live but he states very clearly that is the road he traveled not always of which he is proud.
It was a cold March evening when the Avalanche tour rolled into Nashville, TN. However, the night surely heated up when the bands on the tour took the stage. The first band to get the evening started off was a band from Canada called Art of Dying. The band fronted by the talented Jonny Hetherington brought a pallet of tunes that sure pleased the crowd’s hungry ears. Songs like “Get through this” and “Die Trying” had the crowd singing along. Another song that got my attention was “Sorry” the song started with shared guitar notes played by Jonny Hetherington and Tavis Stanley. Both were so in sync with each other the guitars blended beautifully. Over all the band provided the fuel that helped ignite the crowd that evening.
Avenged Sevenfold – Avenged Sevenfold
Released on October 30, 2007 Avenged Sevenfold released their fourth album to the fans that so hungrily awaited its arrival. This being my first Avenged Sevenfold album to buy, after listening to the songs several times, I have personally chosen my favorites.
The album starts with the first track “Critical Acclaim”, this songs intro has a gothic feel, and during the opening, you also hear the stringed duo Zacky V. and Sinister G. display a small taste of their talents. The vocal styling’s of M. Shadows accompanied with the band’s drummer The Rev makes for a hair raising twisted. Both men are very talented vocalists, and their vocals accompany each other’s to no end. The song gives the fans a good look at the band members many talents.