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Sounds Of The Underground Show Report From Philly

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I recently had the chance to attend Sounds of The Underground's stop in Philadelphia. I was stuck outside waiting until around 2:30 so I didn't get to see most of the bands. Anyway, this is how the day went for me:

I got inside finally around 2:30 and then had to go meet up with Ryan Primack of Poison The Well for an interview. I got back from the interview just in enough time to see Throwdown perform even though I don’t like them I still watched their set. They did a cover of Sepultura’s Roots Bloody Roots, which is odd considering they only had about twenty-five minutes to play. They also played one other song that I knew, For My Friends I believe it was called. After Throwdown left the stage Strapping Young Lad began to set their equipment up.

After about fifteen minutes of setting up Devin Townsend came onto the stage and was telling fans to suck his dick and then began stating that it smelled like an ass-load of metal at the venue. They played about five or 6 songs, I don’t remember the titles but they didn’t play any songs I knew prior to the day. However they did sound amazing and I was really impressed with their set. Around 25 minutes after they started their set it was time for them to finish up and exit the stage and up next was Every Time I Die, followed by Norma Jean. I didn’t catch either of their sets as I was attempting to get a drink which took about an hour or so. I’m also not a big fan of either of these bands, they did perform pretty well. If you’re a fan of them then I’m sure you enjoyed it because they sounded pretty good quality wise and the fans in attendance were into them quite a bit. After both of those bands had ended their sets I worked my way up to the front to take pictures for Gwar, because they were up next.

Now, I had never seen Gwar before so I had no idea what to expect. While they were setting up their equipment all you could hear every so often besides Mudvayne’s Lost And Found album playing over the PA system was random sounds of fake slashes of a sword and a woman’s voice screaming. It was quite entertaining how it was playing out of no where. Anyway, Gwar finally made their way out onto the stage.

They came out dressed in their usual costumes that everyone knows, as well as having a few special guests on stage. A few catholic Pope’s were on stage with them! However, these Pope’s were wearing all red cloaks instead of white. The costumes were bearing a swastika with the catholic cross over top of it. Apparently they feel the Catholic Church is fascist, tyrannical and oppressive. They decided in the middle of their opening song to decapitate one of their monsters. Immediately blood was spraying all over the crowd, the stage, security guards and even me as I was taking pictures of them at the time.

They had killed numerous monsters while performing and "taking over the world". The most comical one was when they were introducing the president, George Dubya Bush. Then Bush started masturbating as well as few members from Gwar helping him out. The Oderus, vocalist of Gwar, decided to go and seem to help out as well. However, he then ripped his manhood off and his intestines were falling out and blood was squirting all over. Then a few band members went on twirling his intestines around in the air. All the while they were playing Bring Back The Bomb, which is off of their latest album, War Party. Overall the band played about eight or nine songs I believe and it was the most amazing performance I’ve seen in my life. After they left the stage, the main acts were about to come on and the stage crew began their tedious task of cleaning up after Gwar destroyed the stage.

After about thirty minutes Unearth made their way onto the stage, they came out and immediately the crowd screamed in approval. They played The Great Dividers to start with and the crowd was pumping their fists and singing along with Trevor Phipps during the entire song. Among their set-list of songs were Black Hearts Now Reign, Endless and Lie To Purify to name a few. The crowd was really into their performance, as they always are. Ken Susi, guitars, was his usual energetic self, running around the stage like a madman along with the rest of the band as well. They sounded amazing and played for about thirty-five minutes and then took their exit. Next to perform was Opeth, I’ve never really heard all of their songs or even had the chance to catch them live.

They came onto the stage and the fans were in great approval of them as well, despite their songs lasting around 9 minutes on average that they played the fans still were enjoying it. I was as well, it was a nice change from the rest of the bands, it was nice to hear something a little mellow in the middle of the day to calm everyone down and give everyone a rest from going crazy in the pit. However there was a pretty nice pit for them as well. I didn’t catch any of the song titles but they sounded amazing and they had really good stage presence, even though the people behind the scenes made them end their set early for whatever the reason was.

Chimaira took to the stage about twenty minutes after Opeth had left. The drummer Kevin Talley was the first to enter the stage, playing the drum part on the intro for I Hate Everyone. Next to enter was the keyboardist, Chris Spicuzza followed by guitarist Rob Arnold, and then the rest of the band entered the stage. The band played a couple new songs during their set, which included Nothing Remains and another new track called Comatose. These songs were both extremely brutal. Also, they played Cleansation as well. I had to leave after about four or five songs, because I was trying to set up my interview with Lamb of God and couldn’t hear anything near the stage. I never actually got the interview with Lamb of God and their manager told me that I was late, yet the interview was supposed to be at 6:00 pm and no one called or answered their phones until about 7:00 pm, just a tad bit hypocritical that’s all. Anyway, after attempting to get the Lamb of God interview for a good hour or so I started to feel really sick so I left the show.

All in all, it was an amazing show, any fan of metal or hardcore shouldn’t miss it. It’s well worth the money for the ticket and there is plenty of stuff to do and see there. They have a big merch section with a different table for every band playing the tour. Every band pretty much does a meet-and-greet at their merch tables almost everyday. I would definitely suggest you check this tour out of it stops in a town near you! The tour is making the following stops along its path of destruction:

6/30 Winston-Salem, NC Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
7/01 Portsmouth, VA Harbor Center Pavilion
7/02 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom Parking Lot
7/03 Montreal, QC Stade Uniprix
7/04 Mississauga, ON Arrow Hall
7/05 Cleveland, OH The Scene Pavilion
7/07 Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Theatre @ Target Center
7/08 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center Parking Lot
7/09 Sauget, IL Pop's Lot
7/10 Tulsa, OK Brady Village
7/12 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Lot
7/13 Orlando, FL Tinker Field
7/15 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center Lot
7/16 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Ampitheatre
7/19 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
7/20 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
7/22 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena Lot
7/23 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre Lot
7/25 Seattle, WA Qwest Field Event Center
7/26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
7/28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
7/29 Saskatoon, SK Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
7/31 Denver, CO Universal Lending Pavilion

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1. RollMonkey writes:

I think that song by Throwdown is called 'Forever.' Just so it clears things up.

You didn't see the Red Chord? Bummer. At least you made it to see Devin and his boys on stage, they should put on a great show when I go see them. And I really haven't seen a Gwar show yet, but I've heard great things, so I really can't wait.

# Jun 30, 2005 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. wordtoyourmother writes:

where the f*** have you guys been living that you haven't seen Gwar yet? holy sh**, it is 2005 already

# Jun 30, 2005 @ 11:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RollMonkey writes:

Yawn. Being sixteen in a town that's a good hundred or so miles away from any venue a band like Gwar would be playing at, I have to choose my battles wisely. Luckily, Sounds of the Underground has plenty of other bands I want to see, so it's certainly worth the trip to see them too.

# Jul 1, 2005 @ 12:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. CorrosiveMind writes:

i hadn't seen gwar yet because whenever they come around i'm broke. and before i started getting tickets to do show reports, interviews and photo's i had no other option but to skip it. now that i'm not broke/get tickets to help out with publicity i will be sure to see them anytime they come back because they were one of the best bands i've ever seen live. i've loved them for a number of years, just hadn't seen them live other then videos i've seen of them performing.

# Jul 1, 2005 @ 11:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. metalhead R writes:

I went to the show and was up in the front row for most of it. GWAR's performance was great and Lamb of God was awsome. The whole show and pretty much all the bands were amazing. It was awsome too u just would see like the members of bands just walkin around, I must have seen the singer from all that remains like 3 times just walkin around. Everyone should go to this concert, i can't wait till next year.

# Jul 1, 2005 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Femme SRP writes:

i believe that song is called "slip" it goes:To my friends
I'll be there for you
Be there for me
Now im watching my friends slip away
Watching them fade
Id give anything
To have them back
I watch them slip away
I watch them drift away

# Jul 3, 2005 @ 9:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hvymetal writes:

dude, GWAR sound like they kick ass, and they have some pretty good lookin girls in that band, scary, but nicely shaped

# Jul 3, 2005 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. metal lives writes:

i'm going to come out and say it... f*** gwar. with all the amazing bands at the show why are a bunch of douch bags in costumes getting so much attention???

# Jul 9, 2005 @ 2:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. inhatredofme writes:

i really enjoyed the whole show at the tweeter center, i'm not gonna say all the bands were good but they got their fans going. LoG had the biggest circle pit going that i have ever seen in my life, it was insane.

# Jul 10, 2005 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RememberMetal? writes:

Gwar are great. I caught them w/ the Misfits and Voodoo Glowskulls back in 99.....Fun as all f***.

Would have loved to see Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, Poison the Well, LOG and Unearth. But alas work and 300 mile drive prevented that.

# Jul 10, 2005 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. cant wait for sotu writes:

except for poison the well, saw them open for hatebredd and they sucked, it takes a lot for me to walk out on a live metal performance but they succeeded, it was crap, but SOTU is gonna kill, i'm going next week!

# Jul 11, 2005 @ 12:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. angrystoner writes:

poison the well isnt bad they have some good songs

# Jul 11, 2005 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RememberMetal? writes:

I like 'em (PTW).....thier live shows are either lightening in a bottle or weak as hell though.....word is they've been doing pretty well this time out though.....crossing my fingers.

# Jul 11, 2005 @ 6:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. MCRUE78 writes:

WENT TO THE SHOW IN ORLANDO,FLORIDA.IT WAS AWESOME ,THE ONLY 2 BANDS I DIDN'T LIKE WAS OPETH AND CLUTCH,I'M SORRY BUT THOSE GUYS DID NOTHING BUT GIVE ME A HEADACHE.

# Jul 14, 2005 @ 5:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. JASONS EAR writes:

POIOSN THE WELL RULES, THEY ARE THE FUTURE

# Jul 14, 2005 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. stoopiduglystikisthebestbandever writes:

FOR CHRIST SAKE, SOMEONE TELL ME THE SCHEDULE FOR THE BANDS!!!

# Jul 14, 2005 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. RememberMetal? writes:

Opeth are great but I never was able to get into Clutch. Just not my thing.

# Jul 14, 2005 @ 5:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Stephen writes:

This question goes to MCRUE78 or anybody who went to the Orlando show. Devil played a few songs. I know they played "Nothing's wrong", "I could care less" and "Hold back the day" What else did they play?? Let me know if you remember. Also which songs did Throw Down play? Thanks a lot

# Jul 15, 2005 @ 4:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. BrIaN writes:

im going to the show tomorrow in corpus christi, its gonna be pretty cool, most of the bands i like so i cant wait to be in the pit and represent metal!!!

# Jul 15, 2005 @ 10:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. hammer1585 writes:

In reply to Stephen, I wen tto the Orlando show. I know that Throwdown played Unite, Speak the Truth, and Forever. That's all I know. THEY WERE f***ING SICKO. hell yeah

# Jul 19, 2005 @ 5:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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