Road Rage Show Report From Philadelphia, PA on March 10th
Band Photo: Trivium (?)
On March 10th I had the chance to attend the RoadRage Tour when it made its stop in Philadelphia. I was able to take a bunch of photo’s which are now up in the gallery section and was able to also do a round-table interview. To all that don’t know, that’s an interview with one member of every band on the tour. That will be up in the next coming days.
First up to take the stage was a band from the Philadelphia area called Luckystar. They were alright in my opinion; I’ve never heard them before so I couldn’t get too into it. The fans that attended that night, however, were more then happy to see them, after their twenty minute set they walked off stage and the fans were cheering and congratulating them on their set. After they exited Still Remains began to set up.
Since the venue was such a small one, the bands all night were setting their own equipment up to the stage all night. Every band had to walk through the crowd with their equipment to get it to the stage to set up so it took a little longer then usual to set up for the bands. After a good twenty minute wait Still Remains started their set. They sounded really great during their entire set that consisted of about nine or ten songs. They played a lot of new material, which is taken from their new album on Roadrunner Records, entitled:”Of Love and Lunacy” that is in stores now. They also had played a few songs from their previous ep/lp that, to my surprise, a lot of the fans there knew the words to and everything. After about thirty-five minutes they took their exit from the stage and The Agony Scene started setting up their gear.
To be completely honest I don’t really like The Agony Scene’s sound all that much but they did sound great live. I’m not a huge metalcore fan but they have really good stage presence and their sound was clear and you could hear that everything was at the right levels. You couldn’t hear the bass over the guitar and vocals, stuff like that. The band played mostly new tracks from their upcoming RoadRunner Records debut album, “The Darkest Red” that will be in stores May 25th. They played a few songs that I actually knew, such as “Prey” and “Scapegoat” along with a few songs I didn’t know of from their previous albums.
Next up was 3 Inches of Blood, which I’m a huge fan of. These guys are bringing back the sound of Judas Priest and any one who is a fan of real metal just has to love what they’re doing. Hearing them play their set was just amazing, they played almost all new material other then a few old ones, some songs they played were “Deadly Sinners” and “Revenge is a Vulture” to name a couple. They definitely are one of the best newer bands to come out in the past decade. Nothing is better then going to a metal show and being able to pump both of your fists in the air to the beat of every song.
This band is something that any fan of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Iced Earth would love. Hell, even those aforementioned bands would be proud to say they’ve influenced a band who sounds so great. In today’s generation of heavy music you’re either metalcore, hardcore, of you’ve been around for some time and are still considered metal. These guys are original in their own right because they’re the only new band to come out in the past decade with such a sound different from everything else, they stand about 10 feet above any other metal band out right now when it comes to originality. Their performance is in a league of it’s own as well, I actually hadn’t heard much of their debut album, “Advance and Vanquish” prior to the show, however they managed to get me into it enough to pump my fists and bang my head like I had listened to their cd hundreds of times. Definitely one of the bands every fan of metal needs to check out, you won’t be disappointed!
Next up Trivium took the stage now this band I’ve seen about 2 times prior to the show tonight. I had the chance to see them way back with Chimaira and Machine Head on the previous Road Rage 2004 tour, when it stopped in Philadelphia for the 10th Anniversary of Machine Head’s “Burn My Eyes” album. They sounded amazing to me then and I had only heard a couple songs prior to that show. I also happened to see them when they were on tour with Ill Nino when they stopped in Philadelphia and even with the sound guy messing everything up during and prior to their start they still blew me away. This time I was even more blown away then the other times I’ve seen them. They sounded better then any other time as their sound technician didn’t mess anything up and the fans were really into them. There wasn’t any moshing allowed due to the size of the venue but you could tell that everybody just wanted to start moshing the energy was through the roof their entire set.
They played about nine or ten songs as well as the other bands. I don’t think they played anything from their previous records or ep’s, which was a little bit of a let-down as I really do love their old stuff too. However, they played such songs as “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr”, “Ascendancy”, “Rain” and they ended their set with “Like Light To Flies”.
To any fan of the aforementioned bands that lives in Europe, the U.K. and anywhere that this tour is making its stop overseas in the next coming months, do yourself a favor and go see this show! It was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while, no errors with the sound tech’s, the bands all sounded great and all of them were amazing to see live!
You can catch Trivium on the European version of the RoadRage Tour 2005 with 3 Inches of Blood and Still Remains, as well as Ozzfest 2005 on the second stage!
3 Inches of Blood is currently on tour with Motorhead and Corrosion of Conformity and will be on the European version of the RoadRage Tour 2005 alongside of Trivium and Still Remains. They will also be playing the 3rd night, Sunday April 24th, of the Hardcore and Metalfest at the Palladium in Worcester Massachusetts.
The Agony Scene is currently on tour with Strapping Young Lad and Misery Signals with Reflux opening the shows.
Still Remains will be appearing at the Hardcore and Metalfest at the Palladium in Worcester Massachusetts on the 2nd night, Saturday April 23rd. They will also be on the RoadRage 2005 in Europe and the U.K.
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