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treghet
08-13-2011, 05:33 AM
Over the past few years I've known plenty of people that have gone to Warped Tour, and I was even invited to go with someone for free at one point, but I never actually ended up going until this year. Usually there aren't many bands on the tour that interest me, so it's not worth the money, especially considering I have to take the day off work to go, however, this year was a bit different.

The main reason for my attendance this year was Paramore, who was playing select dates on the tour. A friend of mine who hadn't seen them before was dying to go, so we went together. Unfortunately Paramore was not playing the Carson date (about a half hour from my house), so to see them we had to drive down to Chula Vista, a city a bit south of San Diego and only a couple miles from the US/Mexico border. The drive down was not bad, but when we got off the freeway we were greeted with a two mile line of traffic leading to the venue, causing it to take a half hour just to get to the parking lot. Luckily we weren't late, so when we got through the front gates we had a bit of time to walk around.

After buying a schedule we went over to the Advent stage to see Winds of Plague. I've seen them three times in the past and they were always good live, but for whatever reason this time was a disaster. They had a good stage presence as usual, but their mix was horrible. The drums and vocals were way too loud, and on top of that Johnny sounded atrocious. Throughout their set I could barely hear the guitars, and if it wasn't for the fact that I was familiar with the songs I probably wouldn't have even known what was going on. That being said, their set consisted of five songs off Decimate the Weak and only two new ones, so at least they know what the fans want to hear!


Refined in the Fire
Decimate the Weak
Angels of Debauchery
The Impaler
One Body Too Many
Drop the Match
Reloaded


After Winds of Plague finished we walked over to the mainstage to see August Burns Red. I've been wanting to see them for a few years now, but they're never on a tour that entices me. After passing up many opportunities, I would finally be able to cross them off my list. They were much better than I expected them to be. Their mix was great and they had a lot of energy on stage. The crowd was really into them the whole time and during "White Washed" a circle pit actually started behind us. The band was spot on and I was happy with their set list, although some fans might have been disappointed that they ignored the first album.


Composure
Empire
White Washed
Meddler
Truth of a Liar
Divisions
Marianas Trench
Poor Millionaire
Back Burner


After catching a pick from one of the guitarists we met up with another friend of mine and decided to go over to the Monster lounge since there was no one playing that we were interested in. One of the girls working at the entrance commented on my Darkthrone shirt and told me how it was nice to see somebody who actually likes metal. At the lounge we enjoyed the air conditioning, although it actually wasn't that hot for this time of year. We all had two Monsters each and got more for later on. That probably wasn't the best decision I've made, but I couldn't resist free energy drinks. During this time Asking Alexandria was playing on the mainstage and we could see them from where we were sitting. It was actually pretty funny to watch them and their synchronized moves.

Eventually Asking Alexandria finished playing, so we went back to the mainstage to watch Against Me!. To be honest, I've never really listened to them before, but I've heard plenty of good things about them, so I wanted to watch them. I ended up being really impressed with them. Even though I wasn't familiar with their material I enjoyed their set. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like the crowd was too enthusiastic for them. From where I was standing I could only see people standing still.


White Crosses
Russian Spies
Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
Cliché Guevara
White People For Peace
I Was a Teenage Anarchist
Violence
Miami
Because of the Shame
Walking Is Still Honest
Reinventing Axl Rose
Don't Lose Touch
Sink, Florida, Sink


We walked around for a while and eventually made our way over to the Advent stage again to wait for The Acacia Strain. When we got there Of Mice and Men was finishing up their set. It was weird to see them playing there, because I remember a couple years when they were just a local band playing at tiny clubs with no stages. I never really followed them, so I didn't realize how popular they've gotten since then. We sat down in the shade for a while until The Acacia Strain started to do their sound check. I wasn't really expecting much from them, since the last time I saw them they were mediocre, but I wanted to give them another chance. This time was no different. Vincent just doesn't sound as powerful live and he tends to get lazy and not scream all of the lyrics, opting to talk through them instead. The rest of the band sounded great though, so it wasn't too disappointing. Not surprisingly, a fight broke out during one of the breakdowns.


Beast
The Hills Have Eyes
Whoa! Shut it Down
Dr. Doom
4x4
The Impaler
JFC
Carbomb


Once they finished we headed back to the mainstage to get a spot for Paramore. After Gym Class Heroes wrapped up their set we were able to get a little closer, but it was still pretty packed. A little bit before Paramore came on stage a girl in front of us decided to get on her boyfriend's shoulders, successfully pissing off a fair amount of people. A few them dumped water on her and one person even through a half full bottle at her. Despite this, she refused to get down. However, moments before the band started playing we pushed our way past her, so we didn't have to deal with that anymore. After a couple songs a handful of people who hadn't anticipated being pushed back and forth were trying to find their way out of the crowd. There was an endless amount of crowd surfers and during "Careful" there was even a small pit. Eventually we ended up near the front and had a much better view. Hayley sounded spectacular, as did the rest of the band. If there was anybody that decided against seeing them after losing the Farro brothers, you made the wrong choice. They were just as incredible as when I saw them last year. Their set list focused on their more upbeat songs, and included a good mix of material. They brought back "Here We Go Again", a song that hasn't been in their sets for a couple years now. During "Misery Business" I crowd surfed and when I was pulled over the rail I noticed that I was completely drenched in sweat. It was the most fun I've had at a show in a while. :D


That's What You Get
For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic
Careful
Looking Up
Here We Go Again
Pressure
Ignorance
Monster
Misery Business


I met up with my friend again and we sat down for a while until A Day to Remember came on. I've never been a fan of them, but we watched a few songs anyway. They actually sounded really good live, and inspired me to give them another shot. I wanted to watch Miss May I though, so we left to the Advent stage. Miss May I is a band that has never really clicked with me for some reason, but they were actually really impressive live. They were very tight and I was surprised that the bassist could pull off the clean vocals so well. After they finished their set Levi came out to take pictures with the fans, so I went and said hi to him and mentioned Brad and Cameron. He was told me to tell you guys what's up. :)


Forgive and Forget
Monument
Masses of a Dying Breed
Architect
Our Kings
Swing (Savage cover)
Relentless Chaos


Next we walked to the Ernie Ball stage to see A Skylit Drive. I've been into them since they had their EP out, but this was my first time seeing them. Unfortunately, The Devil Wears Prada was going to start playing five minutes after they started, so I was only planning on watching a couple songs. I don't really like anything they put out after the first album anyway, so leaving wasn't a big deal to me. Luckily the second song was one from Wires...and the Concept of Breathing, therefore I got what I came to hear at least.


Ex Marks the Spot
All it Takes for Your Dreams to Come True
The Cali Buds
I'm Not a Thief, I'm a Treasure Hunter
Identity on Fire
Wires and the Concept of Breathing
Too Little Too Late


We got to the mainstage as The Devil Wears Prada was starting their second song. The last time I saw them I thought the clean vocals were their undoing, but they were excellent this time. Mike Hranica's screams might be the best in the scene, and he does them with ease live. The band was very energetic on stage and they sounded perfect. For this tour they played mostly newer material, which I was satisfied with. Their set seemed much too brief though. As the headlining band I figured they would get a longer set, but they played 40 minutes like all the other bands on the mainstage. Hopefully I will see them again later this year.


Lord Xenu (end) / Danger: Wildman
Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over
Escape
Anatomy
Dez Moines
Hey John, What's Your Name Again?
Outnumbered
Born to Lose
Assistant to the Regional Manager / Survivor (end)


After the show we ended up getting stuck in the parking lot for an hour, but the drive home was fairly quick. Overall it was a great day at Warped Tour and perhaps I will go again sometime. :)

Thanks to Setlist.fm for the sets that I didn't catch.

jd091
08-13-2011, 05:54 AM
Before I finish reading the review:

REFINED IN THE FIRE IS FROM THE GREAT STONE WAR NOT DtW SO THAT ONLY MAKES IT 4 SONGS FROM DtW :dorky:

treghet
08-13-2011, 05:55 AM
Before I finish reading the review:

REFINED IN THE FIRE IS FROM THE GREAT STONE WAR NOT DtW SO THAT ONLY MAKES IT 4 SONGS FROM DtW :dorky:

Learn to count. :tongue: And "Refined in the Fire" is from Against the World anyway.

jd091
08-13-2011, 05:58 AM
Great review! That sounds awesome! Sucks that Acacia didn't sound better, but it's cool that you enjoyed the others so much. MMI is definitely one of my favorite "new" metalcore bands; glad to see they killed it.

treghet
08-13-2011, 06:02 AM
Thanks. :cool: I enjoyed the day a lot more than I expected.

jd091
08-13-2011, 07:08 AM
Learn to count. :tongue: And "Refined in the Fire" is from Against the World anyway.

Well fuck. I was half asleep. Ignore what I said. :lol:

DethMaiden
08-13-2011, 07:45 AM
Glad you dug Miss May I. Levi's a great cat. :cool:

jd091
08-13-2011, 08:35 AM
Glad you dug Miss May I. Levi's a great cat. :cool:

So you and Cameron went to high school with the guys there? Were they in your grade or something?

masterguy49
08-13-2011, 08:43 AM
So seems like me and you had pretty much the same experience this year at Warped tour, except for me the sound for Winds of Plague was perfect :tongue: Also A Day To Remember is the best live out of all the bands in their scene. They really know how to put on a show :D Unfortunately though we didn't have Paramore on our date and I didn't see A Skylit Drive and Against Me!

Regardless, Good review!!

DethMaiden
08-13-2011, 11:27 AM
So you and Cameron went to high school with the guys there? Were they in your grade or something?

Yeah, graduated with Levi, Jerod, and Justin, BJ was a year older and Ryan went to a nearby school.

dcmetal108
08-13-2011, 11:48 AM
In Chicago Winds Of Plague sound was fine but ADTR was lacking in sound. They kept changing the volume of his mic.

I wish Paramore would have been at the Chicago date though and I agree on TDWP being great live and how he can scream without even trying.

Also I do think The Acacia Strain is mediocre live and I skipped them on Warped to relax and eat and also I refuse to go by them because their fans are the biggest assholes. When I seen them open for Whitechapel all they did was punch when moshing. Going out of their way to hurt people. Also i guess in chicago when they were playing there were tons of fights and the fans beat the shit out of someone so bad he was taken away on by a ambulance.

jd091
08-13-2011, 11:56 AM
In Chicago Winds Of Plague sound was fine but ADTR was lacking in sound. They kept changing the volume of his mic.

I wish Paramore would have been at the Chicago date though and I agree on TDWP being great live and how he can scream without even trying.

Also I do think The Acacia Strain is mediocre live and I skipped them on Warped to relax and eat and also I refuse to go by them because their fans are the biggest assholes. When I seen them open for Whitechapel all they did was punch when moshing. Going out of their way to hurt people. Also i guess in chicago when they were playing there were tons of fights and the fans beat the shit out of someone so bad he was taken away on by a ambulance.

You were at the Welcome to Hell tour in Chicago earlier this year? Good stuff! It was pretty crazy violent for Acacia. Fun, though.

christopher
08-13-2011, 12:37 PM
I wanted to go cause Paramore and Fear played. I wish they played the Pomona date, but oh well. I'll see Paramore one day

Ape
08-13-2011, 02:46 PM
This has been a bad year for festivals in my eyes not only was it the worst mayhem fest I went to this year but the warped tour line up was the worst of their long history and I had absolutely no desire to attend. Glad you had fun but these festivals better have a more appealing line up next year. I've been to warped tour these years: 03,04,05,06,07, 08, 10

masterguy49
08-13-2011, 04:17 PM
This has been a bad year for festivals in my eyes not only was it the worst mayhem fest I went to this year but the warped tour line up was the worst of their long history and I had absolutely no desire to attend. Glad you had fun but these festivals better have a more appealing line up next year. I've been to warped tour these years: 03,04,05,06,07, 08, 10

Worst Mayhem!?

This year Mayhem>>>>>>>Last Year Mayhem

Ape
08-13-2011, 04:23 PM
Read my review of noblesville. So I don't have to explain again

bobbie solo
08-13-2011, 09:14 PM
great review...not too long, not too short.

also, Fear played Warped Tour? As in, super old-school OG punk band Fear? if so, i'm not gonna pretend i know their material or am a fan, but that's pretty damn cool considering the target audience and other dreck that gets booked on this thing.

Paramore is SUCH a great guilty pleasure of mine though haha.

llama lom
08-13-2011, 09:36 PM
I will agree, this year's lineup for Mayhem was slightly better than last years, but only because the side stages last year were absolutely horrendous. I have yet to go to a Warped Tour mainly because I haven't liked enough of the bands to go.

bobbie solo
08-14-2011, 12:34 AM
well im 30, so i might be stopped at the gate at this point & flagged as a child molester if i tried to go to warped tour.

MPF
08-14-2011, 12:52 AM
well im 30, so i might be stopped at the gate at this point & flagged as a child molester if i tried to go to warped tour.

Or a NARC.

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7f09nq6tZ1qdoghio1_500.png

bobbie solo
08-14-2011, 10:42 AM
got me!

treghet
08-15-2011, 04:27 AM
Thanks for the comments. I'm actually surprised, I thought JD would be the only one. ;)

Edit: And I just realized that Winds of Plague and The Acacia Strain both played songs titled "The Impaler".

jd091
08-15-2011, 04:53 AM
Thanks for the comments. I'm actually surprised, I thought JD would be the only one. ;)

Edit: And I just realized that Winds of Plague and The Acacia Strain both played songs titled "The Impaler".

Acacia Impaler >>>>>>>> Winds Impaler

treghet
08-15-2011, 05:00 AM
Actually, I agree with that.

jd091
08-15-2011, 05:05 AM
So I've been looking up videos of Warped Tour to see what I've been missing. I still can't believe that it's purely skater kids trying to slam the whole time in a pit as large and as open as a football field. During The Acacia Strain, all the kids up front just kind of stand still, and the 7 kids in the pit fail hard at trying to slam correctly. You guys all know this, but I still can't believe it every time I see it.

I guarantee that if you put them in a smaller indoor venue, every band here that just had some kiddies not taking it seriously would result in intense moshes and a crazy show.

dcmetal108
08-15-2011, 11:07 AM
You were at the Welcome to Hell tour in Chicago earlier this year? Good stuff! It was pretty crazy violent for Acacia. Fun, though.

Yea I went to that. Its by far the most I've ever seen security have to intervine at a show. I know theres always violence in the pit and thats fine and fun but The Acacia Strain just wasn't fun.

When your just standing there watching and someone punches you for no reason you stop having fun.

powerslave_85
08-17-2011, 02:58 PM
Against Me!...Unfortunately, it didn't seem like the crowd was too enthusiastic for them. From where I was standing I could only see people standing still.
Fucking teenagers. A band as good as them shouldn't even be wasting their time with this teeny-bopper bullshit anymore.

I wouldn't mind seeing Paramore someday, but only if the set looks like that. Stuff like "Misery Business" and "Ignorance" are fucking great, but their slower songs bore the hell out of me.

JRA
08-17-2011, 03:00 PM
I still think it's hilarious that Katy Perry was once on this tour. You'd think she'd be that quirky indie semi-hipster artist forever...

powerslave_85
08-17-2011, 03:03 PM
When was Katy Perry ever a "quirky indie semi-hipster?" Do you have her confused with Zooey Deschanel? :lol:

bobbie solo
08-17-2011, 08:35 PM
her label marketed her a little edgier at first when she was solely promoting I Kissed A Girl.