Static-X at the House of Blues Anaheim

Well, yesterday, I had a slight misunderstanding with my friends and ended going to the correct show on the wrong day. Around 6:00 PM I started heading down to the mouse house for my first encounter with Static-X since ALL of the members left the band, for presumably greener pastures. Well at least Tony Campos has since he is the primary bassist for both Prong, Ministry, and Soulfly while retaining his rightful spot as the lead singer of Asesino.

I had seen several pictures of the opening bands and I was really unsure of how much or if I would like to listen to any of them. The opening bands were Davey Suicide, Gemini Syndrome, and 9 Electric. I think Prong was originally slated to be on the show, but they ended up not being a part of the lineup.

I don’t really have too much to say on the opening bands so I’ll just go through it pretty quick. Davey Suicide was the first on the list of the night. They weren’t too bad. They kind of look and sound like a modern day Dope. They were fairly entertaining, but they didn’t work the crowd over too well. Gemini Syndrom was up next. Their lead singer definitely had a distinct look. Kind of like an albino with a huge beard and a poofy shirt. These guys were a tad on the boring side, for me at least. Snoozer!! You can’t please everybody though.

9 Electric turned out to be a pretty damn good band. Wayne always has a knack for picking great opening bands. These guys really remind me of Static-X circa 1999, though I didn’t see them live until 2001. They worked the crowd very well. Their songs were incredibly catchy and they had some interesting images projected onto the backdrop behind them. I would definitely pay some bucks to see these guys headline.

And now for the Main Event. Static-X with the Static and minus the X. To say that I didn’t enjoy myself would be a lie. I was singing along to all my old favorites. He even opened the show up with a song I haven’t seen them do for several years, Wisconsin Death Trip. The song lineup was fairly similar to how it was most every time I’d seen them. Here is a rough estimate of the songs they did play, in no particular order:

  • Wisconsin Death Trip
  • Bled For Days
  • Push It
  • Dirt House
  • The Only
  • This is Not
  • I’m With Stupid
  • Love Dump
  • Get to the Gone
  • Black and White
  • Cold
  • Cannibal
  • Just in Case
  • Destroyer
  • Stingwray
  • Assassins of Youth

Wow. I guess I was able to find the names of all the songs that were played. Now on to more of the critical issues I had. As some of my friends know, I’ve been staunchly against this type of reform and pretty much against Wayne Static in general. It seems to me that he pushed everybody else out and when He couldn’t do the job on his own, he decided to use the name as a bit of leverage. I’ve seen them EASILY sell out the House of Blues in Anaheim, Hollywood, and Vegas, as well as the Key Club and the Roxy in Hollywood and The Observatory/The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana. This wasn’t the case as I had plenty of arm room and nobody  standing behind me on the upper level at the House of Blues Anaheim.

About the performance, Wayne was spot on like he usually is. His quality was never in question. They had a new guy on bass and backup vocals that was doing an OK job at simulating Tony. Tony just can’t be replicated though. The guy on lead guitar was not too bad either. The problem I had was with How they interacted together. It didn’t really seem like they had any chemistry together like the old guys did. And it didn’t seem like their heart was all in it. Its very understandable though because they didn’t write any of the music or didn’t have a hand in the creative process at all.  So I really can’t blame these guys for looking like glamourized session workers. Other than that and the fact that Terra was on stage wayyy too often, it was a fairly good show. And I think I’ll go see them on the next run.

I have some pictures that I’ll try to add as soon as I can find a way of getting them off my phone. And check out some of the concerts that are in your neck of the woods on the concert calendar page Here.

Concerts in May

May is starting to look good for the shows. Meshugga this week, Dragonforce next week and the cherry on top, Fear Factory on the 23rd which looks to be their only Southern California date before they jump on a European tour.

The calendar is updated the first week of every month. If you have a band thats not listed on the calendar, shoot me an email at

Metal Tuesday May 1st, 2012

Agruss – Morok (Code666)
Electrocution – Inside the Unreal Re-Release (GoreGoreCords)
Eternal Deformity – The Beauty Of Chaos (Code 666)
Holy Moses – 30th Anniversary: The Power Of Now (SPV)
Litrosis – I Am Death (Pitch Black)
Mekong Delta – Intersections (SPV)
Teramaze – Anhedonia (Nightmare)
Theatres Des Vampires – Moonlight Waltz Tour 2011 DVD/CD (Dreamcell11)
Wild Hunt – Before the Plane of Angles (Kemado)

Metal Tuesday April 24th, 2012

7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution (Century Media)
16 – Deep Cuts From Dark Clouds (Relapse)
Adalia – Broken Families (Rite Of Passage)
Anathema – Weather Systems (The End)
Bereft – Leichenhaus (The End)
Bermuda – The Wandering (Mediaskare)
Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living (Metal Blade)
Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue (Frontiers)
Deadborn – Mayhem Maniac Machine (Apostasy)
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo – Tree of Tongues (Mediaskare)
Fair Warning – Best And More (SPV)
Hydrogyn – Private Sessions (Rapid Fire)
In Mourning – The Weight Of Oceans (Spinefarm)
Liberty N’ Justice – Hell Is Coming To Breakfast (Roxx)
Lionheart – Undisputed (Mediaskare)
Mares Of Thrace – The Pilgrimage (Sonic Unyon)
Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol (Century Media)
Pigeon Toe – The First Perception (Lifeforce)
Prong – Carved Into Stone (Long Branch)
Running Wild – Shadowmaker (SPV)
Stonehaven – Concerning Old-Strife And Man Banes (HPGD)
Teramaze – Anhedonia (Nightmare)
Torche – Harmonicraft (Volcom)
Trixter – New Audio Machine (Frontiers)
Tyketto – Dig In Deep (Frontiers)
Unleashed – Odalheim (Nuclear Blast)
Vesperian Sorrow – Stormwinds of Ages (The Path Less Traveled)
Wolfbrigade – Damned (Southern Lord)

He’s Alive!

Well, I was going to talk about this last week but I kinda changed my mind. All I have been hearing about is this Tupac hologram deal. Yeah, its kinda cool, but Gorillaz did it first. Wasn’t it with Madonna? Then CNN did it, god knows why. Nobody watches that krusty old blitzer dude.

Now we have Tupac. I’m not dissing the dude. I am still on the bandwagon of him being one of the best people to hit the music industry. Who knows where the guy woulda been if he hadn’t of been killed in Vegas.

Why are these guys spending this kind of scratch on somebody who died almost 20 years ago? Everybody has gotten over the other mega stars that have died. Lennon? Done. Presley? Finished!! I understand these guys miss their best friend but He’s dead, get over it.

Have a nice day.


Song for this post: Hed PE Bartender

Metal Tuesday: April 17th, 2012

Aeges – The Bridge (Mylene Sheath)
Alaric & Atriarch – Split (20 Buck Spin)
Black Spiders – Sons Of The North (Dark Riders)
Deathhammer – Onward To The Pits (Hells Headbangers)
Dog Shredder – Brass Tactics (Good To Die)
Dragonforce – The Power Within (Roadrunner)
Gory Blister – Earth Sick (Bakerteam)
Hellvetron – Death Scroll of Seven Hells and Its Infernal Majesties (Hells Headbangers)
Ufomammut – Oro: Opus Primum (Neurot)

Live Concert, Kittie

Kitty is going to have a live concert on the internet tomorrow. No standing around, no crazy ass mosh pit, no asshole blocking your view and you can have full hearing afterwards too. its just you and some of the hottest ladies in the metal scene.

Check it out tomorrow at 6:00 PM PST on the venues website site Here.

Metal Tuesday: April 10th, 2012

Accept – Stalingrad (Nuclear Blast)
Acephalix – Deathless Master (Southern Lord)
Ancient VVisdom – A Godlike Inferno Re-Release (Prosthetic)
Arctic Plateau – The Enemy Inside (Lupus Lounge)
Emmure – Slave To The Game (Victory)
Enthroned – Obsidium (Agonia)
ETHS – III (Season Of Mist)
Exumer – Fire & Damnation (Metal Blade)
Fastway – Eat Dog, Eat (MVD)
Graf Orlock – Los Angeles (Vitriol)
Halestorm – The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic)
Ignitor – Year Of The Metal Tiger (MVD)
Impiety – Ravage & Conquer (Pulverised)
Jeff Loomis – Plains Of Oblivion (Century Media)
Job For A Cowboy – Demonocracy (Metal Blade)
Lionheart – Undisputed (Mediaskare)
Lullacry – Where Angels Fear (End Of The Light)
Massive Assault – Death Strike (FDA Rekotz)
Mpire Of Evil – Hell To The Holy (Scarlet)
Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast (Nuclear Blast)
Opeth – Blackwater Park Re-Release (The End)
Opeth – Damnation Re-Release (The End)
Opeth – Deliverance Re-Release (The End)
Opeth – Lamentations Special Edition (The End)
Pelican – Ataraxia/Taraxis EP (Southern Lord)
Rise To Fall – Defying The Gods (Coroner)
The Safety Fire – Grind The Ocean (Inside Out)
Schwarzer Engel – Träume Einer Nacht (End Of The Light)
Secrets Of The Moon – Seven Bells (Lupus Lounge)
Svartsyn – The True Legend Re-Release (Agonia)
Taproot – The Episodes (Victory)
True Witness – The Human Condition (Dark Star)
Upon A Burning Body – Red White Green (Sumerian)
Valkiria – Here The Day Comes (Bakerteam)
Woods Of Ypres – Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light (Earache)


Does anybody remember Napster? That was one of the greatest times in American history until misguided artists and bands jumped on the copyright bandwagon. I myself downloaded a decent amount of albums, mainly the entire library from AFI, and that was on oldschool AOL dialup.

We’re about 10 or so years past that and have some killer services like Pandora and I personally love those sites, but I really dislike how they dont let you chose some of the songs you want to hear. Its kinda frustrating when you have a song stuck in your head that you want to get rid of, but the only way to rid it would be to listen to it about 18 times in a row. That’s where Grooveshark steps in.

I learned about grooveshark a few years ago from a friend I frequently attend concerts with. you can pick and choose your own playlists and listen to them without getting any random songs that you prefer not to hear. I think they might have some limitations. I just looked up Korn and they didnt have all of their albums, but they did for Wicked Wisdom, sevendust, Static-x and Devildriver. I guess it depends on the record label of the band you are looking for.

The only downside, obviously, is you can’t download any of the tracks so you can load em up on your iPod unless you buy them and there is no IOS or Android app version. There does seem to be a mobile browser version for your mobile device here.

Does anybody have other suggestions for online music streaming?

Map of Metal

I am one of those people who loves to learn interesting facts that are absolutely useless. When I listen to great music, I always wonder the influences that a band uses to create their unique sound. Incredibly, only a hundred years ago music was drastically different than it was today, and then 100 years before that it was even more different.

I found a great map of the current scope of sub-genres in the metal music industry called The Map of Metal. on each style is a blurb that talks about how that genre is defined and its characteristics and its origins. right next to that is a list of albums that epitomizes that sub genre. When you click on one of the albums, a window on the right plays a YouTube video that contains the audio for some of the tracks on that record.

It’s a very useful page if you are looking to listen something specifically.

Did any of you find any of your favorite bands on there?