Games Meet Metal: Fear Campaign A Political Success; The Riff Concert Review

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fear Campaign A Political Success; The Riff Concert Review

Fear Factory, 36 Crazyfists, After The Burial & Divine Heresy @ Harpo's July 22, 2010

Ugh, I just never learn properly.

You see, Harpo's has this thing against air conditioning. In other words, they just don't have any. Oh sure, they have a few industrial size fans there, but all they do is blow warm stale hopps flavored air into your face. It may cool you down for a minute, but it might make you drunk too. And considering the previous show I went to I was in much need of hydration, I'd remember to bring some pocket change to get some water, right? HA! Me, remember something important like my own health? Who do you think this is, Jenny Craig?

As such, my lack of proper liquification has made the night's events a little hazy. God damn. This is one of the few times I wish I was a heavy drinker. Then I can blame my ineptitude on my over-consumption of Long Island Iced Teas and one accidental Fuzzy Nipple purchase. But no, lack of H20 it is.

Anywho, here's the best of my recollections for the night.

Divine Heresy were the first major band to take the stage. I've wanted to see them for a bit now, as I was interested in seeing of they really were a Fear Factory clone. Thankfully they weren't but they did have some nu-metal leanings which I wasn't too fond of. However, they did win me back by Dino doing some soloing! I've NEVER heard him do a solo, as he was always the rhythym guy. Pretty good first impressions  all around.

Click here to view DH's live pics from that night!

Next was After the Burial, who put me into an even worse state, All I could think about during their while set was how much of a Meshuggah clone they really are. Boring math metal all around. At this point I was hoping for a Zanax to knock me out!

Click here To see After The Burial's live pics from that night!

36 Crazyfists was up next. There seems to of been a bit of a weight shift going on since the last time I saw the band play. Steve Holt seems to of given a good amount of his flab to lead singer Brock Lindow. I'm not saying the man is fat. I just saying he knows where to find lots of good steak. Increased gut or not, 36 CF still were able to tear through a good chunk of their catalog, along with stuff from their new release. Hey, it got me  warmed up a bit, so that's a plus!

Click here to see quite a shit ton of 36 CF pics from that night!

Fear Factory was up now to close things off, but I was a but underwhelmed. They performed their classics just right, but when it cam to stuff off their new album Mechanize, I just wasn't feeling it one damn. This was the album that everyone loved for it's return to the old FF form, but it just sounded same ole same ole to me. Maybe I'm just getting older and way more bitchy.

Click here to see Fear Factory pics from that night!

All right, that's all my malnourished brain can remember from that day, All in all, a good show with a few down spots, not the least of all being my own stupidity. At least for my next two shows, Warped Tour and Mayhem Fest, I'll be properly hydrated and even have food in my tum tums!

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