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brutal_descent
09-30-2011, 02:01 PM
First sold out club show of the year for me (back here).
Evening started out a bit awkward when I was buying my Animals As Leaders t-shirt at the merch stand and only realized after looking like an idiot that the guy handling the purchase was none other than Javier (rhythm guitarist for AAL). Apologized to him and got him to sign my ticket. Among the audience there were some interesting t-shirts - Protest the Hero, Veil of Maya, Tool, and even Meshuggah. Most of the audience was visibly more excited for Animals As Leaders than BTBAM surprisingly.

Animals as Leaders started a bit later than you'd expect, about 45 minutes after the scheduled start. With everyone chanting "TOSIN! TOSIN! TOSIN!" which was a bit amusing to me seeing as he's black and this is Russia, they came in with Tosin looking all humble and they began their set. After Point to Point, Wave of Babies, and Song of Solomon were over and all of us were pretty much under his spell (that fucker can REALLY play), they went into Tempting Time and that's when everyone really got into it. I was glad to see that our rowdy crowd of concert-goers weren't crowd-surfing or stage-diving yet, so that the rest of us could enjoy AAL in peace. Isolated Incidents sounded great in a live setting too, and Tosin took a moment to tell us how glad he was they'd finally come to Russia. The rest of the set went smooth, until the end of CAFO (my favorite AAL song!) when some dude decided he couldn't take it any longer and crowd-surfed over my head. Since I was in the middle of a (very badass, if I may add) windmill, I kind of hurt my neck so I gave him a death gkare as he jumped back. All the progheads around me were making it very clear they were pissed. When the set was done, Tosin left without even shaking anyone's hand or even throwing his pick, probably my only complaint about the night at all. Navene (drummer) threw a shitload of drumsticks over my way, and I caught at least three. I did give the other two away, so no one here should be calling me greedy.

Some time later, all of BTBAM came out to set up their gear. While I do think it's cool when a band sets up the stage themselves (instead of getting tech guys), I think they should at least acknowledge the existence of the audience in some way - no single member said anything or even looked at any of us during the 20 minutes they spent setting up. I even asked Tommy something (mind you, he's right in front of me getting some cables done) and he didn't even look at me (I'm speaking fluent English, you fucker!).

As that eerie intro to Specular Reflection started, I think I felt the sensation of shitting my pants. It was that awesome. I thought it was very clever of BTBAM to play songs in the the order they appeared on the album. Specular Reflection and Augment of Rebirth were fucking amazing - the room was on fire. Fortunately, over the course of their set only four or five people stage-dived, but I'm sure there was hell going on behind me in the pit. When Tommy started playing the intro to Mirrors on keys, I probably let loose a tear. One of my favorite BTBAM songs, hearing it live was spectacular - until some dude broke the mood with a scream of:

Охуеть, БТБАМ бля!

Seriously, man? Way to ruin it.

The rest of Mirrors wasn't really the same since everyone started clapping to the rhythm of the song and you couldn't hear his soft vocals. The next two Great Misdirect tracks, Obfuscation and Disease Injury Madness went great - I must've screamed my lungs out three times. Surprised those three songs alone didn't leave my voice hoarse. Prequel to the Sequel was brilliant as well - every aspect of it worked great live and the band pulled every moment of it off perfectly. The crowd's reaction to White Walls probably reinforced it's place in my top five favorite BTBAM songs, but I still have a problem with them ending the show with Selkies. They definitely could've played Alaska instead. I spent the next half hour having conversations with everyone in the band. Great dudes, all of them.

Between The Buried And Me

Specular Reflection
Augment of Rebirth
Mirrors
Obfuscation
Disease, Injury, Madness
Prequel to the Sequel
Viridian
White Walls

Selkies: The Endless Obsession

Animals As Leaders

Point to Point
Wave of Babies
Song of Solomon
Tempting Time
Isolated Incidents
On Impulse
Thoroughly at Home
CAFO

Epidemic Reign
09-30-2011, 02:08 PM
With everyone chanting "TOSIN! TOSIN! TOSIN!" which was a bit amusing to me seeing as he's black and this is Russia

wat

Охуеть, БТБАМ бля!

WAT

brutal_descent
09-30-2011, 02:13 PM
wat



WAT

1) It's a joke. Most of the world sees Russians as racist, non-tolerant brutes.

2) It's kind of weird translating this since it loses it's meaning once in English, but it's pretty much:

Holy shit, it's fucking BTBAM!

It's not that he hasn't been paying attention up to now, it's just that he wants to call attention to himself and point out to everyone there what a great band BTBAM is. :tp:

larvtard
09-30-2011, 02:18 PM
With everyone chanting "TOSIN! TOSIN! TOSIN!" which was a bit amusing to me seeing as he's black and this is Russia

:lol:

Kinda shitty BTBAM set.

Hmmm...let's see. My dream set would probably be:

Foam born (b)
Informal Gluttony
Augment of Rebirth
Desert of Song
Disease, Injury, Madness
Swim to the Moon

Obfuscation --> White Walls

Epidemic Reign
09-30-2011, 02:34 PM
It's a joke. Most of the world sees Russians as racist, non-tolerant brutes.

When I think of Russia, the first thing that comes to mind is smokin' hot women with sexy accents. :lovedup:

brutal_descent
09-30-2011, 02:40 PM
When I think of Russia, the first thing that comes to mind is smokin' hot women with sexy accents. :lovedup:

They're literally smoking, by the way. All of them. And those accents aren't so sexy when they try to speak English. :tp:

mastodon421
09-30-2011, 02:41 PM
Selkies is such an awesome closer, I hope they keep that for that the US tour.

Epidemic Reign
09-30-2011, 02:48 PM
And those accents aren't so sexy when they try to speak English. :tp:

That's actually what I was talking about :finger:

jhdeity
09-30-2011, 03:00 PM
:lol:

Kinda shitty BTBAM set.

Hmmm...let's see. My dream set would probably be:

Foam born (b)
Informal Gluttony
Augment of Rebirth
Desert of Song
Disease, Injury, Madness
Swim to the Moon

Obfuscation --> White Walls

Have to admit I'd kill to see this set. As far as Russian women, yes they ALL smoke which is a big turn-off but I love the accent trying to speak english. I dated a girl who would always saw vooooT? instead of What? Loved that.

jd091
09-30-2011, 03:18 PM
Between The Buried And Me

Specular Reflection
Augment of Rebirth
Mirrors
Obfuscation
Disease, Injury, Madness
Prequel to the Sequel
Viridian
White Walls

Selkies: The Endless Obsession


I can live with this set and be really, really happy. I mean, Mordecai would have been nice, but this is still great. And in case you didn't know, BTBAM never plays Alaska live. I forget the exact story, but they used to play it and then Paul or somebody got hit in the face with a bottle, so they never play it.

As for them ignoring you in the beginning... well, I guess they're just being professional. Still sucks. Feel lucky to have seen them in such a small, cool venue! I can't wait to meet them later on this year. I might kiss Paul's feet.

mastodon421
09-30-2011, 03:27 PM
They played Alaska when I saw them on their headliner with Cynic, Devin Townsend, and Scale The Summit last year.:allan:

MPF
09-30-2011, 03:27 PM
How can people be bitching about this set? I would love to see this set.

mankvill
09-30-2011, 04:18 PM
Still glad I got the set I did just because The Sun Of Nothing is one of the best live songs ever.

slapguitarer
09-30-2011, 04:41 PM
I wanna call that set kind of mediocre, but I know I'll shit my pants if I see that set.

jd091
09-30-2011, 09:25 PM
Still glad I got the set I did just because The Sun Of Nothing is one of the best live songs ever.

Yeah, that song is sick. Prequel to the Sequel is probably my favorite off Colors though, so as long as they play that, I'm good.

Rocco44
09-30-2011, 10:43 PM
I really hope they play White Walls when I see them. That alone is worth the price of admission.

jd091
09-30-2011, 10:55 PM
I really hope they play White Walls when I see them. That alone is worth the price of admission.

I can back this statement.

brutal_descent
10-01-2011, 01:09 AM
BTBAM only had one kind of shirt for sale, and it sucked. :I

I bought a sweet Animals As Leaders t-shirt (they had four different kinds!), the one the dude in the bottom left is wearing:

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/314865_10150337698633189_115385878188_8128963_1048 359083_n.jpg

My facial expression is quite herp-derp in this photo (taken by Tommy) but I'm the guy in the front row with the DSHS t-shirt, next to the Asian fellow.

Epidemic Reign
10-01-2011, 01:21 AM
PHOTO NEEDS LESS DUDES - MORE SMOKIN' HOT RUSSIAN CHICKS :mad:

brutal_descent
10-01-2011, 01:28 AM
PHOTO NEEDS LESS DUDES - MORE SMOKIN' HOT RUSSIAN CHICKS :mad:

SAUSAGE FEST :lovedup:

BTBAM and Animals As Leaders aren't really the kind of bands you expect girls to show up for. At least not here. You can see two in the picture, however ;)

brutal_descent
10-01-2011, 01:35 AM
A bunch of Russians are getting pissed at me on Last.fm for that "he's black and this is Russia" joke.

:bouville:

brutal_descent
10-02-2011, 04:12 AM
Some videos I found on YouTube:

BTBAM

Mirrors (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4wcmhQrXfo)
Obfuscation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHWolh23W0w&feature=related)
Disease Injury Madness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSMW63HgvNI&feature=related)

Animals As Leaders

CAFO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYzr_NBxOhg&feature=related)
Tempting Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uJas9pwaiM&feature=related)

larvtard
10-02-2011, 12:04 PM
A bunch of Russians are getting pissed at me on Last.fm for that "he's black and this is Russia" joke.

:bouville:

:lol:

GarageMetal468
10-02-2011, 12:08 PM
They played Alaska when I saw them on their headliner with Cynic, Devin Townsend, and Scale The Summit last year.:allan:

The set list for that tour was damn near perfect. Swim to the Moon and White Walls back to back? :rocker:

larvtard
10-03-2011, 09:34 PM
:lol:

Kinda shitty BTBAM set.

Hmmm...let's see. My dream set would probably be:

Foam born (b)
Informal Gluttony
Augment of Rebirth
Desert of Song
Disease, Injury, Madness
Swim to the Moon

Obfuscation --> White Walls

You know, if the set they play here resembles the one I posted above, I may just have to take the bus down to Boston (granted it's still only a dollar) and check this shit out. Chris, whoever you're going with to the show is gonna have to drive me to South Street Diner afterwards... since it's open 24 hours, I'm just gonna stay there instead of spending money on a hotel :tongue: