Stillborn Fest Show Report From December 26th
Band Photo: Hatebreed (?)
I had the opportunity to attend the Stillborn Fest 2005 in Philadelphia, Pa at the Electric Factory on December 26th. I must say for being as pissed off as I was that I couldn't move anywhere without a pit of hardcore dancers starting right next to me, that it was still a good concert. All of the few bands I had the chance to see were really good live and they were enjoyable. This is how the night shaped up:
I had arrived a bit later then the expected due to the snow and people driving really slow on the highway, so I missed the first couple of bands. I got there right as The Autumn Offering were taking the stage, and I had just seen them about one, maybe two, weeks ago so I knew who they were. They had even better stage presence this time then they did last time, the crowd was also really into them as well. They played about five songs and the fans were really loving it, the energy in the pit was insane, unlike the show with Ill Nino I saw a few weeks ago.
After about 30 minutes of the sound guys setting up the stage, Full Blown Chaos came out, they were also one of the bands I was supposed to have an interview with prior to the show, but due to circumstances beyond my control I didn't get the interview. However, they really sounded great tonight and it was my first time seeing them so I wasn't sure how good they would be live. They were really good though, they were brutal and their music was a lot louder then most of the other bands for that night. The crowd loved them and you could tell because for their whole set the entire floor was one big pit. Upon request even there was an enormous circle-pit for a few songs. They played a bunch of songs from their earlier works, and a few songs from their new album as well. They were really into it as well, you could tell how much they were feeding from the crowds energy. They ended their set with a little bit of a Pantera cover in honor of Dimebag Darrell.
After that was Candiria and as I'm not such a huge fan of the band they weren't really all that bad live. I'm not really into their style of music too much but again they really had great stage presence and the crowd really responded well to their music. They played songs from all of their albums, from their first cd to their last, including their new single "Blood" and they also played "Down" to name a few. They had many small pits going on at once throughout the venue and at one point they all combined and made the entire floor one huge pit.
Next to take the stage was God Forbid and I have always loved this band they're great live and great musicians and I had seen them recently at Ozzfest so I knew how great they played live. However, tonight was even better then the previous times I've seen them live. They played everything from "Antihero" to "Better Days" and "Precious Lie" along with a few of their older songs as well. All the people in attendance were loving every second of their set, there were pits breaking out all over the floor. You could also really tell how into it the band was and how much they were enjoying themselves as well. They were the only band that really said anything about Dimebag, although Full Blown Chaos covered Pantera, God Forbid was the only band to actually speak about the matter. They were saying how much of an influence Dime was to them and how sadly he'll be missed by millions because of a mentally-challenged ass who decided to take a legend's life for no reason at all.
After God Forbid I had to leave due to some unfortunate reasons that were also out of my control, I really would have loved to stay and watch Agnostic Front and Hatebreed but it wasn't possible. I've already seen both of those bands live quite a number of times so I can say from experience that they probably put on one hell of a show as they both always do. Both bands have amazing presence on stage and always get the crowd to go nuts for them. Also, I was supposed to have an interview with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and as I mentioned, Ray from Full Blown Chaos, but due to the fact that I had no contact numbers and no body was around that could help me find them I didn't get the interviews. Maybe next time they come to town I'll get them though.
As I know I always say, if this show comes to your town you need to go see it. I always do say that about the shows I get to attend, however that's because I always get lucky enough to attend great shows. This concert is definitely worth the price of the ticket. So, be sure to check out all of the great bands that were on this tour when they come to your town!
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