The Wild West Metalfest Rides into Tucson, AZ And Lays Down The Law
Band Photo: Animus Divine (?)
The Wild West Metalfest rode into town with seven of the hottest hardcore/metal bands of the Wild West. Featuring Arizona acts - Grudgeholder, Animus Divine, You Apart, Scorned Embrace, Parasite, Fracture Point, and Silent Bliss.
The pre-sales for this show cost $7 and it was one of those great concerts you can see in almost every corner of the U.S. that won't break your bank account and in the process you'll see some great up and coming acts. The promoters for the Wild West Metalfest let me know they'd be taking the show on the road this fall/winter, so if you get a chance to see this tour or the bands involved, do yourselves a favor and check them out. You won't be sorry.
The show started with young metal band Silent Bliss, and they proceeded to put on one of the better shows of the night, they gave the audience a very precision like ass kicking during their 35 minute set. Their music just blew people away and their stage show - including the whole band moving/head banging/hair whipping in unison - was amazing. Vocalist Keegan put on an incredible performance and the audience showed much love in return at the end of their set.
Next up was 2008 Phoenix Music Award winner for best metal band, Fracture Point, playing in support of their self-titled self-release, "Fracture Point." These guys travel with what has to be the loudest loyal fans I've ever heard., and for good reason these guys totally kick major butt. The audience totally moshed and gave excellent response to the songs "IED" and "Manic Aggression." In talking to the band after the show vocalist Ben Rosputni says the band will be on tour soon heading north and east.
Third up this night was longtime metalcore outfit Parasite. They came out crushing the audience with the song "Hallow" and ended with most of the crowd singing along to the song "123456." Even vocalist Rune from Grudgeholder came out on stage and added his growl to the mix. It was even good times on stage when the band brought out the Parasite Dead Girls to move and grove to the song "Weirdo." Their set was short but they left the packed house mezmerized.
So far so good and there were four more acts this night.
Next on the bill was Arizona's favorite sons, Scorned Embrace, and it was easy to see why. These guys are high energy with mind crushing music and had well over a couple hundred people fist pumps and screaming their entire set. Technical difficulties (amp problems) didn't seem to affect them at all, as they continued through their set with a vocalist Mike hitting an incredible range of notes, singing, screaming, and growling his way into the heart of the crowd. What a performance. I feel like I just stuck my finger into an electric socket.
Fifth on the bill this night was "You Apart." I've had the pleasure of seeing these guys once before and they combine a few different genres of metal and rock with perfection. They came out again guitars blazing and vocalist Nick had the audience head banging their entire set. They're another band that will be touring with charter buses full of fans this fall/winter and I wish them the best. They're very receptive to their fans, they work hard, and their music makes them very marketable to labels and radio.
Number six on this night was fast raising band Animus Divine. Having won a national best band contest and music awards to date, these guys combine great music with great showmanship. They also had the Hardcore Hottiez dance group come bumping and grinding their way through the audience to the stage with ten gallon hats, badges, and six guns blazing. This was the Wild West Metalfest afterall. They also suffered through a few tech problems but otherwise put on a great show.
Last but not least this night was headline Grudgeholder and they didn't disappoint. These guys by far were the heaviest band of the night and they completely crushed the crowd during their set. Venue management actually closed the show because Grudgeholder didn't want to leave the stage, the hundred or so loyal fans still there at 1:00 am didn't want the band to leave and this band is loyal to their fans more so than I've ever seen before. They were amazingly good this night and I look foreword to the next time they play in Tucson, Az.
Overall this was a great concert. I didn't break the bank to get in and the bands just blew the roof off the joint. It was well worth the price of admission. There are shows and small tours like this going down almost everywhere, just check your local entertainment guide, or do a little research on the net and you'll get to see great new bands and you can save a few bucks in the process.
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