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TonyD
06-06-2012, 01:28 AM
Dopesmoker
Holy Mountain
Dragonaut
??? (...and Sagan)
Sonic Titan
Antarcticans Thawed
Aquarian
The Druid
From Beyond
Dopesmoker (Cultivator)

Onioner
06-06-2012, 01:46 AM
Alright Tony, what's the verdict- better than the 2010 SF show that you, me, slap and wine were all at?

slapguitarer
06-06-2012, 08:57 AM
I got a picture of the setlist that I'll put up later. Interlude was called "... and Sagan" and final part of Dopesmoker they played was Cultivator/Improved Morris.

The show was incredible. Hard to say which was better. They were neck and neck. I'd say I enjoyed the 2010 one a little better because the crowd was a lot rowdier this time which was lame.

brutal_descent
06-06-2012, 09:07 AM
...because the crowd was a lot rowdier this time which was lame.

fggt :boxer: get in the pit

TonyD
06-06-2012, 10:49 AM
Alright Tony, what's the verdict- better than the 2010 SF show that you, me, slap and wine were all at?


Don't forget ADD... he is still alive.
I'd say the performance was about the same, they didn't play the slow part of Inside The Sun which was one of the highlights of that show, but hearing Sonic Titan and Antarcticans was awesome.
Last time they had a video board behind the stage, this time it was just lights.
Overall I enjoyed it a little more just cause :stoned:

Carl Sagan
06-06-2012, 11:26 AM
fggt :boxer: get in the pit

Sleep and mosh don't work well together. Everyone should chill. If you want to mosh, go to a thrash show

brutal_descent
06-06-2012, 12:05 PM
Sleep and mosh don't work well together. Everyone should chill. If you want to mosh, go to a thrash show

'twas a funny ;)

slapguitarer
06-06-2012, 02:52 PM
Decided to write a review for those interested.

Sleep at The Fox Theater - Oakland, CA - June 5th, 2012

After a good dinner, the gang (My dad, my friends Alex and Ben, and yours truly) went into the Fox Theater at about 7. We got to the venue a few minutes after doors opened and there was no line to get it. This told me that this show would be just like the last time I saw Sleep, and people wouldn’t be arriving in bulk ‘til later in the night, which was totally cool with me. We checked out the merch booth. They had some really cool shirt, some new logo Sleep patches, and really cool show posters. There were only 40 or so made and they looked awesome, but the $30 price tag was a little much for me. Then we headed down to the floor and there was plenty of rail open so we grabbed some. I was pretty much in front of where Al usually is (stage right). We spent some time talking to some fellow concert goers and at 8 o clock, the first band, Kowloon Walled City, started their set.

Kowloon Walled City was a perfect band to open for Sleep. They’re a really heavy sludge metal band from San Francisco. They all had good stage presence, as they were obviously into the music and enjoying themselves. They had a pretty good sound, with earplugs in I could hear just about everything with the exception of a few leads. I was really impressed with them and definitely going to look into their music. I’d advise all fans of sludge/stoner metal to check ‘em out. They’re strain of really slow, sinister sludge is heavy as hell and well composed. They’ve got some really sweet basslines as well :D

After Kowloon Walled City, Tony of Metalsetlits came up to me and introduced himself. We talked for a bit then he peaced out. The next band to come on, Oxbow, would go on to put on the most interesting set I’ve seen this year.

I knew Oxbow was going to be interesting. After checking out some videos on Youtube, I knew their music was interesting as was their live set, but I still don’t think I was ready to experience for myself. After having incense lit and burning for a bit, the band came out and started their set. Musically, they’re really not that bad. They have an interesting take on stoner/doom metal filled with oddities and the singer definitely had a good range. He could hit really high notes and his yelling was quite menacing. But it was the singer’s actions that kind of made the performance shocking, for lack of a better word. Keep in mind, the singer is kind a middle aged black dude. As the set progressed, he gradually stripped off his clothes, ‘til about half way through the set he was just in a vest, his underwear, and shoes. And a lot of his dance moves were pelvic thrust type movements, so it was a little uncomfortable. It was definitely an interesting experience, but it was one I’d have no problem never repeating.

After Oxbow, I spent the time waiting for Sleep kind of just what-the-fucking with my pals. It wasn’t much of a wait for Sleep to come on.

Sleep were fantastic! They came on stage and everybody went nuts as Matt Pike started playing for the first chords of Dopesmoker. I wasn’t expecting anything crazy from the crowd, since last time everybody in the audience was just chillin’ with the exception of one douchebag crowd surfer. I turned back to see more than 5 groups of people lighting up, so I felt assured that everybody would just chill and enjoy the experience. I was wrong. Once the full band kicked in during Dopesmoker, I noticed some push and shove in the crowd. Through out the night it got more severe. There were some times that I didn’t mind it but it was lame when people would be shoving during the quiet parts of some of the songs. Plus crowd surfers were lame. In fact, the first crowd surfer tried to launch himself off of me, which I was not having. Even with the crowd rowdier than I had wanted, the performance was fucking phenomenal. Everybody played really well and the songs sounded great. Something I thought made the songs that much better is that they slowed down some of the sections a bit and they just really fucking grooved. The bass was really intense through out the show and sometimes a little too overpowering, but it felt great. Something I thought was just kind of badass was Al and Matt just smoking joints in between songs like it was nothing. Overall, the set was the heaviest thing I’ve experienced yet and a hell of a time. Sleep never disappoint in the live environment. If you get the chance to see them, do it.

After the show, my streak of shitluck for catching concert goodies continued. A pick came my way and it hit my wrist as I was trying to catch it. Before I could see where it fell, my friend Ben already picked it up off the ground. That asshole catches all the picks. Also, when they threw the setlist I got my hand on it, but it was between me and a tall dude. I only got my left hand on it, and once he got both his on it, I knew all hope was gone, but went out with a fight. I was a little pissed, but maybe next time……. Probably not.

Kowloon Walled City: 8.5/10
Oxbow: 6/10
Sleep: 10/10

Somebody who caught a setlist was kind enough to let me snap a pic of it.
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z394/slapguitarer/Sleepsetlist.jpg

TonyD
06-06-2012, 03:02 PM
Oxbow was really weird and kinda cool, I don't know which more so.

idrinkwine732
06-06-2012, 03:03 PM
Wait, KWC opened this shit?

Fuck, do you guys have a set?

TonyD
06-06-2012, 03:05 PM
Wait, KWC opened this shit?

Fuck, do you guys have a set?

Nope

Carl Sagan
06-06-2012, 04:06 PM
'twas a funny ;)

Sorry bro, I usually don't catch sarcastic humor on the web.

Also, I can post some pics of the pick and shirt I got if you guys want..

Onioner
06-06-2012, 10:00 PM
Glad to hear you guys had a great time. I'll probably see them again one day, but I know I'll always have the memory of that amazing 2010 show. If I've learned one thing from living in LA for the past 10 months, it's that the Bay always gets the cool shows.

slapguitarer
06-06-2012, 10:11 PM
If I've learned one thing from living in LA for the past 10 months, it's that the Bay always gets the cool shows.

YEAH-YUH! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YDGjr5TPI0)

Sepultura69
06-06-2012, 11:18 PM
Decided to write a review for those interested.

Sleep at The Fox Theater - Oakland, CA - June 5th, 2012

After a good dinner, the gang (My dad, my friends Alex and Ben, and yours truly) went into the Fox Theater at about 7. We got to the venue a few minutes after doors opened and there was no line to get it. This told me that this show would be just like the last time I saw Sleep, and people wouldn’t be arriving in bulk ‘til later in the night, which was totally cool with me. We checked out the merch booth. They had some really cool shirt, some new logo Sleep patches, and really cool show posters. There were only 40 or so made and they looked awesome, but the $30 price tag was a little much for me. Then we headed down to the floor and there was plenty of rail open so we grabbed some. I was pretty much in front of where Al usually is (stage right). We spent some time talking to some fellow concert goers and at 8 o clock, the first band, Kowloon Walled City, started their set.

Kowloon Walled City was a perfect band to open for Sleep. They’re a really heavy sludge metal band from San Francisco. They all had good stage presence, as they were obviously into the music and enjoying themselves. They had a pretty good sound, with earplugs in I could hear just about everything with the exception of a few leads. I was really impressed with them and definitely going to look into their music. I’d advise all fans of sludge/stoner metal to check ‘em out. They’re strain of really slow, sinister sludge is heavy as hell and well composed. They’ve got some really sweet basslines as well :D

After Kowloon Walled City, Tony of Metalsetlits came up to me and introduced himself. We talked for a bit then he peaced out. The next band to come on, Oxbow, would go on to put on the most interesting set I’ve seen this year.

I knew Oxbow was going to be interesting. After checking out some videos on Youtube, I knew their music was interesting as was their live set, but I still don’t think I was ready to experience for myself. After having incense lit and burning for a bit, the band came out and started their set. Musically, they’re really not that bad. They have an interesting take on stoner/doom metal filled with oddities and the singer definitely had a good range. He could hit really high notes and his yelling was quite menacing. But it was the singer’s actions that kind of made the performance shocking, for lack of a better word. Keep in mind, the singer is kind a middle aged black dude. As the set progressed, he gradually stripped off his clothes, ‘til about half way through the set he was just in a vest, his underwear, and shoes. And a lot of his dance moves were pelvic thrust type movements, so it was a little uncomfortable. It was definitely an interesting experience, but it was one I’d have no problem never repeating.

After Oxbow, I spent the time waiting for Sleep kind of just what-the-fucking with my pals. It wasn’t much of a wait for Sleep to come on.

Sleep were fantastic! They came on stage and everybody went nuts as Matt Pike started playing for the first chords of Dopesmoker. I wasn’t expecting anything crazy from the crowd, since last time everybody in the audience was just chillin’ with the exception of one douchebag crowd surfer. I turned back to see more than 5 groups of people lighting up, so I felt assured that everybody would just chill and enjoy the experience. I was wrong. Once the full band kicked in during Dopesmoker, I noticed some push and shove in the crowd. Through out the night it got more severe. There were some times that I didn’t mind it but it was lame when people would be shoving during the quiet parts of some of the songs. Plus crowd surfers were lame. In fact, the first crowd surfer tried to launch himself off of me, which I was not having. Even with the crowd rowdier than I had wanted, the performance was fucking phenomenal. Everybody played really well and the songs sounded great. Something I thought made the songs that much better is that they slowed down some of the sections a bit and they just really fucking grooved. The bass was really intense through out the show and sometimes a little too overpowering, but it felt great. Something I thought was just kind of badass was Al and Matt just smoking joints in between songs like it was nothing. Overall, the set was the heaviest thing I’ve experienced yet and a hell of a time. Sleep never disappoint in the live environment. If you get the chance to see them, do it.

After the show, my streak of shitluck for catching concert goodies continued. A pick came my way and it hit my wrist as I was trying to catch it. Before I could see where it fell, my friend Ben already picked it up off the ground. That asshole catches all the picks. Also, when they threw the setlist I got my hand on it, but it was between me and a tall dude. I only got my left hand on it, and once he got both his on it, I knew all hope was gone, but went out with a fight. I was a little pissed, but maybe next time……. Probably not.

Kowloon Walled City: 8.5/10
Oxbow: 6/10
Sleep: 10/10

Somebody who caught a setlist was kind enough to let me snap a pic of it.
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z394/slapguitarer/Sleepsetlist.jpg

awesome review. That's cool that you go to these kinds of shows with your dad, I'm jelly that you and tone tone have seen sleep more than once, I hope i get to see them one day. Also one question? Did they end up playing Sonic Titan or was the song cut off? Because on Tonys set post he has a question mark with the song missing. Did they end up playing it or was the song cut off?

jd091
06-07-2012, 01:16 AM
Sleep and mosh don't work well together. Everyone should chill. If you want to mosh, go to a thrash show

1. STRONG USERNAME

2. Backed so hard, if you aren't smoking at a sleep show you should be sitting back and chilling. One of the few times I don't advocate moshing.

TonyD
06-07-2012, 04:40 AM
awesome review. That's cool that you go to these kinds of shows with your dad, I'm jelly that you and tone tone have seen sleep more than once, I hope i get to see them one day. Also one question? Did they end up playing Sonic Titan or was the song cut off? Because on Tonys set post he has a question mark with the song missing. Did they end up playing it or was the song cut off?

My bad, I mentioned it in another post but forgot to put it in the list. They definitely played all of it. The only thing in question was a 2-3 minute instrumental.