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MPF
01-26-2012, 12:12 AM
The greatest show I have ever been to that had had absolutely no double bass.

I got in line about 10 minutes before the doors opened and I felt like an instant celebrity. Since my last show at Station 4 seeing Protest The Hero, Scale The Summit and Last Chance To Reason on November 30th, people remember me now, they know my name and they wanted to talk to me (I think thank my show and KFAI for all of that) This was the first show that I felt almost like a local celebrity. It's a fucking cool feeling. Before you say it trust me, my own body won't let me have an ego, so I won't be turning into an egotistical asshole quite yet.

The first band up tonight (I got in the front the whole show (Giggity), was Ancient Vvisdom. They are one of the coolest bands I've seen live. The singer/Drummer impressed the hell out of me. He had a set up of snare, floor tom and 2 cymbals...that's it. They are what would happen if Alice In Chains made Jar Of Flies over and over, much darker and more satanic. It was fucking awesome live. It's very strange at first, in face in one of the pics you'll see he has chains in his hand instead of a drumstick bashing the fuck out of his cymbals. It was quite an experience. I'll be playing them on my show Tuesday.

Next up was Blood Ceremony (More on these guys after I'm done with Ghost). Again my mind was blown. Lead Singer/Organist/Flutist /Overall very damn sexy, Alia O'Brien.....I'm simply amazed at her talent. switching from vocals to Flute to Keyboard organ in seconds. And she is damn good all of them, as of course the rest of the band. They are a definitive 70's Ghost style Evil Satanic Classic Rock style sounding band, and I love every second of it. Straight out of the 70s Rock era. One guy in tyhe crowd said that they were a Satanic Jefferson Starship....I think they are an evil Jethro Tull with female vocals. Again I'll get back to them, but they are absolutely killer.

Then finally..............GHOST!!!


Ghost was everything I wanted and more. Yeah people bitch about 9 songs, but honestly, once you are there, you won't give a fuck at all, they make up for only having 1 album and no EPs. They are about 20x heavier live then on record, which has that 70's Rock vibe to it. Live, it's fucking brutal in every good way possible. As I've been telling people, Ghost is if King Diamond joined Blue Oyster Cult. They are even more spot on then on record. Although before they got on stage they did go fucking overboard on the fog machine, but it did make for some good atmosphere (I wish my face wasn't in front of the fog machine, haha) Honestly for only 9 songs and under an hour (I think it was about a 45-50 minute set altogether including 2 short banters). No one wanted them to leave after the last song, but again, they don't have any other material yet. These guys have been blowing up everywhere. If they aren't doing Stadium/arena tours...or at least theater tours by the end of 2013, the world is fucked!

After the show I was dillusional to think I could get some station IDs from ghost before I realized....wait, how the fuck will I know who is in Ghost? SO I gave up on that almost immediately. But yes the Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost Tour is happening in April, that's all I know....sadly....that's all I know.

So after that I saw 3 of the members of Blood Ceremony and I instantly had to talk to them. I first talked to Alina, again, she is just smokin' hot! I got to talk to her about 5-10 minutes about music in general and future plans (Possible headlining tour at the end of the year also recording a new album at the end of the year). She graciously did a station ID for me and everyone in the band was very interested in the radio show (I hope they'll be able to tune in.) I was then able to get one from Lukas (Their bassist) as well and again for 10 minutes or so just talked music, the radio show, Lukas's radio show and all the upcoming stuff I eluded to before. They are all really damn cool, and I'll be playing them on Tuesday (I had the perfect playlist for Tuesday but I'm making a brand new one for Blood Ceremony, Ancient Vvisdom and Kyng, and 7 other songs).

So now the part that most of you will care about, the pics and set setlist....here you go folks! (Sorry for a few of the pics being blurry, its the best I could do)

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(Shirts were 25 bucks, 3 different shirts. I want with the most Kvlt!)

street_burial
01-26-2012, 12:18 AM
Josh gone get it in :party:

MPF
01-26-2012, 12:24 AM
Josh gone get it in :party:

Giggity

Magson13
01-26-2012, 12:37 AM
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The look on your face appears to be "Omg there's a treadmill near me"

MPF
01-26-2012, 01:04 AM
The look on your face appears to be "Omg there's a treadmill near me"

Really? I was just imitating what you look like what when you see a hot guy you want inside you.

street_burial
01-26-2012, 01:10 AM
http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/7/20/1cee5401-3f03-4ac5-ac1d-4af570c53b4a.jpg

MPF
01-26-2012, 01:20 AM
Seriously I've been getting fat jokes since I was fucking 9. This doesn't even phase me.

I'm 6ft 4in and 220lbs. I literally just put on that shirt just to take a picture since I Have nothing to hang it on. And I look fucking sexy. and will look sexier once I get the shirt washed so it fits better.

I guess Magson just doesn't like what he sees anymore.

converge241
01-26-2012, 04:10 AM
The 13 dates of doom shirts are nice, bought both styles at the MA show

brutal_descent
01-26-2012, 04:36 AM
Concerning the smoke machines... I happened to be in the same situation when I saw Alice Cooper and Dispirit, both times I felt like I was going to fucking pass out from the amount of fog around me :lol:

Cross Face Chicken Wing
01-26-2012, 06:17 AM
Excellent review as usual, MPF. I was at the show as well. Some observations:

*The Ancient Wisdom frontman seemed like sort of a douche.

*Blood Ceremony was great. Been a long time since I was impressed by an opener like I was by Blood Ceremony last night.

*Ghost's sound is a much bigger kick to the nuts live than it is on CD. Don't get me wrong, they sound great on CD, but they take it to another level live. Amazing.

*However, if you think they'll be headlining arenas or stadiums any time soon, I have some land in Florida I'd like to sell you:)

*I've been going to shows in Minnesota for about 20 years. Minnesota metal fans have gotten really damn quiet at shows the last five years or so. The silence between songs makes it sound like you're at church instead of a metal show sometimes. I don't know if the new generation of fan is just lame, or if the older generation just got old and doesn't feel like making noise any more.

*God Station 4 is a dump. With all the shows they have, you'd think they're making at least a little bit of money and could afford to fix the place up a little bit. When I become rich and famous, I'm buying that dive, knocking out the wall that separates the bar from the stage area, and putting in a nice balcony. I'll also patch the holes in the ceiling and figure out some way to get rid of the goddamn support beams in the middle of the stage.

Jasonic
01-26-2012, 06:51 AM
Good review, but as a LONG time MF / King Diamond fan (over 20 years), I still extremely FAIL to see the similarities. Sorry. Maybe from overall tone, but certainly not lyrically.

I am a fan of GHOST BTW, I just never agreed with the King D / MF comparisons.

BlackDiamond
01-26-2012, 10:13 AM
*The Ancient Wisdom frontman seemed like sort of a douche.



That's funny my first perception of him was the same thing, but after talking to him after the Cambridge show that all changed, he was really cool guy hanging out with the fans and talking to everybody. The whole band was class act.

Northern_Shaman
01-26-2012, 11:34 AM
If they aren't doing Stadium/arena tours...or at least theater tours by the end of 2013


I actually laughed out loud.

Cross Face Chicken Wing
01-26-2012, 12:22 PM
That's funny my first perception of him was the same thing, but after talking to him after the Cambridge show that all changed, he was really cool guy hanging out with the fans and talking to everybody. The whole band was class act.

I'm sure he's probably a good guy. But he pulled the "get mad at the audience for not responding like I would like them to respond" thing.

It's annoying when an opening band does this. You're an opening band. Very few people have heard your music. The fans aren't going to react like a bunch of 15 year olds seeing the Beatles for the first time.

Play your music, put on a good show, and maybe the audience will come around. Or maybe they won't. Either way, acting all high and mighty because the crowd isn't into your precious music is a douche move.

jd091
01-26-2012, 01:49 PM
Awesome review, as always! And that's such a cool shirt.

sfhui
01-26-2012, 02:06 PM
Awesome review, cant wait to see them in few days.

BTW, i want the guitar pick so bad! if i cant obtain one at the show, i will kill myself

Travis The Dragon
01-26-2012, 02:30 PM
My dad and I had never heard this band so we decided to check them out before going. Well, they did absolutely nothing for either of us. Their 70's rock sound is barely above average and even a bit boring to some extent. So, we decided to pass it up.

MPF
01-26-2012, 04:31 PM
Thanks guys, reading this is helping me get mind off the shit I talked about in the What Are You Doing thread.

I'm keeping that pick in my wallet at all times. He literally slapped it in my hand and it felt so damn evil. I loved it. haha

I didn't notice the singer of Ancietn Vvisdom being douchey at all. But he was pretty damn drunk when I met Blood Ceremony.

I'm wearing the shirt still. I love it so much.

Fonz, you really missed out. Ghost live compared to on record is such a HUUUUUUUGE difference. anyone who has seen them live can back me up.

GarageMetal468
01-26-2012, 04:35 PM
Fonz, you really missed out. Ghost live compared to on record is such a HUUUUUUUGE difference. anyone who has seen them live can back me up.

This is true! I was hammered as all hell when I saw them and I still remember them! They were actually an experience to see at MDF, the whole place felt different.

dcmetal108
01-26-2012, 06:56 PM
This is true! I was hammered as all hell when I saw them and I still remember them! They were actually an experience to see at MDF, the whole place felt different.

I'm now pissed that I didn't see them when they were here this week.

GarageMetal468
01-26-2012, 07:51 PM
I'm now pissed that I didn't see them when they were here this week.

My friend said it wasn't as good as MDF, but still a good show

Wildhearts3
01-26-2012, 08:51 PM
A better showing that I expected. I think the album was pretty good, but the sound of the album is pretty flat. They pulled the songs off very well and the two guitar players really played well off each other. Very solid and tight as a band. Songs really had more of a push live. I don't see this band ever being a stadium act. Very little if any movement from any of the guys in the band. Depending how the second album comes together and if people don't get tired of the outfits and the gimmicks they use, this band could move into a smaller to midsize theatre.

A quick side note. Hung around the front of the stage while the guys tore down the equipment. Asked if there were any pics left? The roadie came off the stage and handed out a pic from each member of the band. Thought that was pretty cool and unexpected.:rocker:

IdoCocaine
01-28-2012, 03:52 PM
I would love to see Blood Ceremony do a headlining tour. I love the Ghost LP and would fucking kill to see them live mostly for their killer merch. Shit's cool as hell.

daimonos
01-28-2012, 05:29 PM
I missed this show because of a four hour night long night class, and of course I was pissed. But to be honest, I was more excited for Blood Ceremony than Ghost. God, what a fucking band.

MPF
01-28-2012, 08:58 PM
Blood Ceremony won me over before the end of the first song. and especially being able to hang out with them after the show.

I got them lined up for my show next week.