Sounds of the Underground Review

August 11, 2006

I gave Sounds of the Underground a week to sink in and I still have the same feeling I left the show with: It was absolutely amazing.

I went to the show with 2 good friends of mine and a dude I didn’t really know before. We got there an hour after the show started so I first the few 2 or 3 bands. We walked into the place as Behemoth was starting and they sounded pretty good, though I am not sure I like their sound. Other than them, the only other 2nd stage bands I watched were Black Dalhia Murder and Terror. Didn’t really care for BDM too much, but I liked Terror enough that I probably gonna snag me an album at some time. Their bassist really impressed with his stage presence, intensity and overal emotion. We skipped GWAR to wait in line to go to the 2nd stage. That was a very good move.

We were able to get right by the railing for the start of the main stage bands and a friend and I stayed there through In Flames. Cannibal Corpse opened on the main stage and put on a pretty good show, but wasn’t really feeling there music. Trivium played 2nd and were fantastic. My friends and I headbanged and yelled along to every song. It was great being so close to the stage. There was a ton of energy between shared between the bands and us. The circle pit that opened up for one of their songs was just huge and I was very impressed.

Next up was Machine Head. Meh.

Moving on, In Flames was up. They were awesome. Can’t really much more than that really. First time hearing them live (same with Trivium) and I am so thoroughly impressed that I can’t wait to see them again. In Flames, please come back to Milwaukee or Minnesota. I really would love to see you again.

After In Flames was done, we left the crowded floor area and rested. We stayed for two songs from As I Lay Dying and left. I like their cd’s but for some reason, they weren’t sounding good in concert.

Outside, my friend got his shirt signed by the lead singer of In Flames and I shook his hand and told them they rocked.

Also, can’t forget two guys I meet at the concert. Nick and Logan (hopefully I got the names right), if you guys read this, it was awesome to rock out and headbang with you guys. Hopefully I see you both at a concert soon.

This concert was by far the best I have seen so far. However, on a sad note, just saw Trivium’s tour list. They are not coming back to Milwaukee. WTF?

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Sounds of the Underground, August 4th

August 2, 2006

Well, a few weeks after loving Ozzfest, I will be at Sounds of the Undergound in 2 days headbangin’ to Trivium, In Flames and As I Lay Dying. Those are some of my favorite bands and I really looking forward to seeing them.

Trivium should be interesting to watch and listen. Especially listen. They have a new CD out in October and listening to a preview track, Detonation, on Monday night, they sound like a 2006 version of Metallica. Immediately upon hearing the intro, my head screamed “Metallica!!!”, which my friend pointed is great for metal, could really bring metal back into the public eye. It will be interesting to see how well Trivium sounds in concerts and if they play any songs off their upcoming album.

In Flames is also one of my favorite bands right now and have been for a long time. I am really looking forward to seeing how many songs of off Come Clarity they play. I am really digging that album, the same with Reroute to Remain.

As I Lay Dying is headlining the tour and I hope their sound in concert is deserving. I really like Shadows are Security, but I am not sure how well their sound will transfer to a live performance. Sometimes metal bands suffer from a need to play so loud that everything is very distorted and sounds like crap. We will see how they do. I am optimistic.

Not sure how I feel about the other bands, as I don’t know many of them. Gwar is a joke band that works for an entertainment comany. Behemoth could be good, they seem pretty black metal to me. Could be fun to watch live. Their pictures on their site seem pretty crazy. I have heard good things about The Black Dahlia Murder before, so hopefully I am impressed. Don’t know Terror, and my friend said good things about Cannibal Corpse. If I don’t know your band, this is a great chance to impress me. I always love when bands I don’t know impress me, but it hasn’t happened yet this summer.

This concert should rock, with 3 of my favorites bands on the tour. I heard the bands are doing a meet and great after their sets, so I might get to meet some of the members of the bands. I would really like to go see Trivium, but it will be hard to pull myself away from In Flames. We will see how that goes down. I wonder where the after party is gonna be. It would be amazing to chill with some of metal’s best.


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