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MPF
11-30-2011, 10:54 PM
I haven't done a review in over 2 and a half weeks, after going so long in a dry spell of now shows I feel like my dry spell is gone again :lol:

Tonight was a killer night a little disappoint in some ways, fucking awesome in others.

I'm just going to get this out of the way, I don't have the full Protest setlist. A huge tittied girl next to me got the setlist and told me to fuck off if I could take a picture of it. Normally I'm the one who gets the setlist, but Nerdy Drummer, Radio Guy <<< Big Titty girl everytime :lol:

Anyways on to the review.

I got there and 10 minutes later the doors open, considering it was 30 degrees outside and cloudy and windy, this was very welcomed. More on that later.

The first band up was a band called Windowvine. They were an ok band, they didn't fit the bill anymore. They had a lot of energy to them and the crowd like them. But they sound like Incubus got a guy who loved Fall Out Boy. Just not for me.

After that was one of the coolest bands to appear in the last few years, Last Chance To Reason. They played another killer fucking set that got everyone going. During sound Check they were playing 1980's Top 40 songs to fuck with the crowd, it was hilarious. Their set was:

Upload Complete
Coded To Fail
Temp Files
Prototype
Portal

Some great stories about them later...

After LCTR was the other reason why I went tonight, Scale the Summit. STS were on fire tonight and the crowd was surprisingly into them a lot. The best news of the night, they announced on stage *SPOILER NUMBER 1" Scale The Summit will be doing a Full North American Headlining tour starting in February. and they will be playing in either Minneapolis or St. Paul February 8th.

Their set is as follows:

Balkan (The last riff of the song, used as an intro, very cool idea)
Glacial Planet
Origin Of Species (With extended ending Solos)
Whales
Gallows
The Levitated
Black Hills
Sargasso Sea


Then came Protest The Hero, and I gotta admit....I'm really disappointed. I think I just grew out of Protest The Hero. They played just fine (Although Moe, their drummer, looked like he wasn't into it at all) I just couldn't get into it. 5 years ago I would have been jizzing my pants over seeing Protest (just like everyone in the crowd did). Rody is a hilarious guy though, kinda like the Mikael Akerfeldt of onstage banter for Punky Progressive Metal. But again, it just didn't do much for me.

Again, I don't have the full set so I will be missing some songs, or getting songs wrong, or in the wrong order for the hilarious reason I gave above. But this is very damn close. And I know for a fact this is what they started and ended with:

Hair Trigger
Bone Marrow
Tapestry
Wretch
No Stars Over Bethlehem
Sex Tapes
Sequoia Throne
Turn Soonest to the Sea
Bloodmeat
Goddess Gagged
C'est la Vie


After the show, my lower back was fucking killing me. all the scene kids, Hipsets, and asshole moshers took a toll on my back, but I still kept going, had that run in with Tits Magee. and went over to The Last Chance For Reason table. Before I could even say a word, Evan Simmons, their drummer, recognized me, shook my hand, and thanked me for coming out again. I'm glad to support these guys in anyway I can. We talked for a good half hour altogether about video games, their video game, drums, Prog, music and *SPOILER NUMBER 2* Their upcoming tour opening for The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, and Volumes. Then Singer, Mike Lessard joined in our conversation and it was just an overall great experience. Also for hanging out with them, they offered me a T-shirt for 6 bucks on my choosing, (I'll post pics of it later). I am so grateful. Last Chance To Reason is one of the coolest bands touring right now. Go see them and support them!

When they had to get packing up, I went over to see Christ Letchford of Scale The Summit. HE was waiting for me, which was pretty damn cool. I talked to him all about the touring this year and music and all that cool stuff (They are writing their 3rd album now, in the beginning stages anyways, 2 songs complete) and I told him that I was sorry for not being able to make it to the Summer Slaughter Survivors tour, and he said "Don't worry about it, we and the other bands got 20 minutes on stage. You didn't miss much." :lol:

We then started talking about the headlining tour, and that it will be hitting Minneapolis or St. Paul February 8th (not sure on the venue yet, I'm hoping Station 4) and their plan is to get the band, Monuments, as opener, and they will have 2 local bands at each stop. so 4 bands total. And once this tour is done, they are setting up a poll on their website and Facebook for people to vote for their favorite songs and what they want to hear live. As Chris said, the band was fighting over what songs they wanted to play so they said "Fuck it, let the fans decide." and they will pick out the songs that are top voted that equal out to a 70-80 minute set with encore.

After that was all done, he said that he is going to record a station ID for me on their way to Colorado Springs in 2 days, possibly the other guys as well. And I'm trying to talk him into doing an interview for my show for their headlining tour. I hope that works out.

So there you go, that's my night. :rocker:

xStructualDefect
11-30-2011, 11:17 PM
Nice review. I want to go see Protest The Hero but it's the same night as Unearth. I wasn't a big fan of the new album either although it is great.

MPF
11-30-2011, 11:28 PM
Nice review. I want to go see Protest The Hero but it's the same night as Unearth. I wasn't a big fan of the new album either although it is great.

Scurrilous is a good album. and Hell for 16 bucks it's worth seeing Scale The Summit and Last Chance To Reason alone.

The Unearth tour is the opposite for me. Not really a fan of Chimaira, but I love Unearth, but I'd rather see Unearth be a support slot again like I did for Testament. Metalcore as a whole I can only take about 40 minutes at a time. But that's just me.

street_burial
12-01-2011, 02:51 AM
Their upcoming tour opening for The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, and Volumes.

:drool::drool::drool:

mastodon421
12-01-2011, 08:25 AM
Scurrilous is a good album. and Hell for 16 bucks it's worth seeing Scale The Summit and Last Chance To Reason alone.

The Unearth tour is the opposite for me. Not really a fan of Chimaira, but I love Unearth, but I'd rather see Unearth be a support slot again like I did for Testament. Metalcore as a whole I can only take about 40 minutes at a time. But that's just me.

Unearth's headlining sets are like 50 minutes, so you would be straight seeing them on this tour. Great review btw. Glad someone besides me gives Last Chance To Reason some love, that band is fucking great. I expect big things from them in the future. I'm stoked about that Faceless/Dying Fetus tour they are on, that lineup is stacked (minus Volumes, they kind of suck).

On another note, I really hope Protest The Hero comes to MA in 2012. They are the near the top of my bands I need to see live list.

DisasterPiece120
12-01-2011, 09:03 AM
Eh I saw Protest back in Jan with a better setlist. This tour isn't coming anywhere near me and the only thing I'm pissed about on this tour is that I can't see Scale the Summit. Oh well pretty stoked for that headlining run next year.

Davemeistro
12-01-2011, 11:36 AM
You forgot to add The Levitated to Scale the Summits set. :agree:

MPF
12-01-2011, 12:35 PM
You forgot to add The Levitated to Scale the Summits set. :agree:

SHIT I did. Adding that right now. I take it you were among the almost sold out crowd?

MPF
12-01-2011, 12:38 PM
Unearth's headlining sets are like 50 minutes, so you would be straight seeing them on this tour. Great review btw. Glad someone besides me gives Last Chance To Reason some love, that band is fucking great. I expect big things from them in the future. I'm stoked about that Faceless/Dying Fetus tour they are on, that lineup is stacked (minus Volumes, they kind of suck).

On another note, I really hope Protest The Hero comes to MA in 2012. They are the near the top of my bands I need to see live list.

Agreed. I can't wait for it. I first of Last Chance To Reason because Evan used to be a bigger member of the Mike Portnoy Forum, where I still am. Once He realized who I was, we've been becoming friends.

Its cool to see a band that is kickass on stage, and so humble off stage. To me those are the best bands. Not the bands who are brutal on and off stage. To me, that's pathetic.

Davemeistro
12-01-2011, 08:28 PM
SHIT I did. Adding that right now. I take it you were among the almost sold out crowd?


Yessir. I got there near the end of windowvine and left right after Scale the Summits set. I'm so happy they played glacial planet and sargasso sea, they were awesome live.

MPF
12-01-2011, 10:09 PM
Yessir. I got there near the end of windowvine and left right after Scale the Summits set. I'm so happy they played glacial planet and sargasso sea, they were awesome live.

If it wasn't for hanging out with Last Chance To Reason and Scale the Summit after the show, I would have done the same. Not because of Protest, but because of the snow.

Scale The Summit killed it last night, they really did. Hearing two songs off Carving Desert Canyons and the best of The Collective was perfect. That's why I was so happy to hear they are headining soon.


I mentioned it in the What Are You Doing Thread. but I just got word from Evan and Mike from last Chance To Reason, They wanna do an interview for my radio show. SCOOOOOOOOORE!

Once I hear back from him, Chris from Scale The Summit might be on board to do one in February.

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 12:41 AM
YES!

Haven't seen STS since I went to two of the Prog. Nation shows in '09

MPF
12-02-2011, 02:28 AM
YES!

Haven't seen STS since I went to two of the Prog. Nation shows in '09

At The State Theater? I was there too. Met Scale The Summit for the first time.

They are one of the most refreshing bands going right now. They actually care about musicality and Melodies and Harmonies. Not being Brutal. It's so great to hear.

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 02:32 AM
Orpheum, close enough though since they're across the street from each other.

I met STS as well got both my CDs signed, cool guys. At the Wisconsin show I met Pettruci, Rudess, LaBrie, and Myung. Got a picture with all of them, even Myung.

MPF
12-02-2011, 02:46 AM
Orpheum, close enough though since they're across the street from each other.

I met STS as well got both my CDs signed, cool guys. At the Wisconsin show I met Pettruci, Rudess, LaBrie, and Myung. Got a picture with all of them, even Myung.

D'oh that's what I meant. I can tell it's 20 to 6 right now. haha

At the Minnesota show I met Petrucci by the bus and saw Jordan and Myung walk by. James and Portnoy where nowhere to be seen.

The year before I met Portnoy at Ellis Drum Shop and got 3 pictures with him amongst my signed Portnoy snare and other stuff. After meeting my biggest influence, I haven't been scared to meet a musician since.

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 02:48 AM
All my biggest influences are dead....

:bouville:

MPF
12-02-2011, 02:50 AM
Luckily in my case Zappa is the only one that had the biggest impact on me that is no longer here. It doesn't help I was 5 when he died either.

*And I'm one of the older guys here, not the oldest by a long shot, but in the top 10 or less*

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 02:55 AM
Always nice to meet a fellow Zappa fan. Hopefully a show comes up that we both want to go to in the near future.

MPF
12-02-2011, 12:35 PM
Same here.

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 01:36 PM
You going to Umphrey's McGee? That's the closest thing to metal I'll be going to for a while.

MPF
12-02-2011, 02:11 PM
You going to Umphrey's McGee? That's the closest thing to metal I'll be going to for a while.

I MIGHT be, a little soon soon to tell right now.

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 02:13 PM
Do iiiiiit!

Seriously, UM has been killing it lately. This will be my 7th and 8th shows in less than 365 days. They don't get old, I would recommend both days, the set will be completely different both nights. They play about 2:45 on average give or take 15 mins either way, two sets.

MPF
12-02-2011, 02:26 PM
Just gotta make sure I can afford or get in for free, and I'll try to make one of the shows.

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 04:17 PM
25 bucks at the door.

MPF
12-02-2011, 04:42 PM
25 bucks at the door.

Not a bad price at all. I'll have to look into it.

TheGrandWazoo40
12-02-2011, 04:44 PM
Let me know if you decide to go, always down to meet like minded people.