Monday, March 24, 2014
Concert Review: The Mosh Lives Tour at Aftershock
As I stood in line outside the men's room at Aftershock on Saturday, I witnessed a group of strangers bonding over their military service. Enlisted men with close-cropped hair swapped literal and figurative war stories with shaggy veterans. The encounter made me proud to be a metal fan.
I paid $20 to bang my head and push and shove the other members of the capacity audience of 450. Emmure headlined a six-band bill that also featured Volumes, Thy Art Is Murder, Gideon, Sworn In and On The Shoulders Of Giants.
Thy Art is Murder, a gnarly Australian band, gave my favorite performance. Violent songs like "Reign of Darkness" and "The Purest Strain of Hate" almost incited a jubilant riot. There are worse ways to die than getting trampled in a mosh pit in Merriam, Kansas.
Tuscaloosa's Gideon was almost as riveting. Hearing the sweaty dudes in the mosh pit shout along to every hardcore outburst without breaking stride impressed me.
Volumes, the Los Angeles-based band I had been most excited about seeing, was enormously disappointing. I was surprised to find that the two vocalists were bros. I can live with that, but their total frat move antics and the band's thin sound were unacceptable.
When you're sandwiched between Thy Art Is Murder and Emmure, that weak sh*t just doesn't cut it. After all, "The Key To Keeping the Show Fresh Is… I'm Dead".
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(Original expert photography by There Stands the Glass.)