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John The Drummer
08-30-2012, 05:32 PM
I am a week behind on posting this, but felt I'd share my gig report :D

I wasn't sure on whether or not to go to Summer Slaughter this year, I really only cared to see Cannibal Corpse, BTBAM, JFAC, Goatwhore, and Exhumed, but I knew I would miss Goatwhore and Exhumed due to work, and $30 was a bit steep of a price to pay just to see Cannibal Corpse and BTBAM (and to see why all my friends loved JFAC live). Throughout the day I exchanged text messages with my bassist about whether or not to go, and he eventually talked me into going!

I got off of work around 4:00pm and headed straight down to The Showbox Sodo... and boy oh boy... that was hell. First off, traffic during rush hour here is hell. Secondly, there was a watermain break right outside the venue, so the roads were fucked. And lastly, I had been having a very stressful week, so the drive alone was just a strain. I got to the venue, passed some prime parking, and raged. I was about to just head back home, until I took the wrong turn which ended up turning me right back toward the venue, so I said FUCK IT and went!

I walked into the venue only to hear the most generic, boring, uninspired Deathcore ever. I had no clue who it was, I figured it was Veil Of Maya, so I just hung out in the back and waited for their set to end. While waiting I got excited to see Job For A Cowboy, I am not a fan of their music, but having shared the stage with their drummer (1349) and hearing how fun they are live, I couldn't wait. The generic Deathcore band's set came to an end, and the singer said "Thank you! We are Job For A Cowboy!" :eyes::eyes::eyes:. I facepalmed and thought, "Were my friends serious, or just trolling?" Either way, I had a good laugh after this, and someone in the crowd exclaimed "FUCK YEAH! TRUE METAL!!!" .... once again, serious or just trolling?

While waiting for more friends to show up I wandered around, and a random dude came up to me asking if I was "Johnthedrummer88 who does drum covers on YouTube", I felt amazed that some completely random dude would recognize me from videos I haven't done for a couple years! So that was cool :D

Up next was Veil of Maya, and my God, they sucked! My bassist finally got to the show, so we left and grabbed some sandwiches at Jimmy John's (gourmet my ass!). We finished eating and headed back to the venue to catcht the end of VOM, who still sounded like a bad Meshuggah rip off. My bassist shook his head and we headed to the bar.

After their set I sold some tickets to the Korpiklaani show and awaited The Faceless. Without going into too much detail, I have some personal beef with Michael, so I wasn't looking forward to them, plus I am not a fan of their music. To be honest, they were more enjoyable than I expected, still not my thing, I hate mostly all tech-death, but it was still better than the previous bands! As their set came to an end I notcied their bassist was wearing a PANTURRRUUUH shirt, ONE POINT FOR ME!

I tried to find a good spot for the band I was most excited to see, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, but sadly couldn't get close at all, so I hung out in the back where I at least had a good view. During them setting up a guy walked into the bar rocking some Camo shorts.... a Pantera t-shirt... AND A RED BEARD!!!! I :lol:'d hard.

Finally, after waiting.... BTBAM started, and every second of it was amazing. I have been dying to see them since listening to "Colors", and it was all I expected. The light show, the performance, the sound, the song selection, it couldn't have been any better! The set was the same as every other date, and it was absolutely mind blowing. They are definitely one of the best live bands I have ever seen. I felt very bummed when their set ended, I wanted it to keep going, but damnit, I was so glad that I finally got to see them!

And up next, the band who I have sadly NEVER seen in my entire life, Cannibal Corpse! They tour here a lot, my band has even opened for them (prior to me joining) yet I miss it everytime. As Cannibal took the stage... I was slightly disappointed. The sound was mushy as hell, the vocals were just horrendous, and they were not on beat for the first couple of songs (likely due to bad monitors), but hey, I was still finally seeing the legendary Cannibal Corpse! I had to leave halfway thru the set due to working the next day, and wasn't too happy with the songs I heard since a lot seemed to be newer material, which is good, but to me sounded a bit monotone live... OH WELL.

Anyway, I left, went home, and slept like a baby! As much as I complained and bitched in this review, Between The Buried and Me's set was well worth the $30 door price, and at least losing my Cannibal Corpse virginity was good too. I cannot wait for BTBAM to do a full on headlining tour, because I will be there NO QUESTIONS ASKED! :rocker:

anomynous
08-30-2012, 05:43 PM
Job for a Cowboy isn't deathcore, but alright. Only their first EP is deathcore, and the only thing they play off it is an intro from one of those songs, then they cut into a different song.



Also personal beef with the Keene machine?



Other than that, good review.

RampinUp46
08-30-2012, 05:49 PM
Great review! Loved the JFaC comment - and congrats on the Pantera Game points! :lol:

What's the story about the dude from The Faceless?

NecroRob
08-30-2012, 06:48 PM
I only watched like half of a JFAC song before I left to go get some food. They're such a boring band, just because they play death metal now doesn't mean their good. At least they don't play a thousand breakdowns per song like VoM does.

Even though I thought BTBAM were great, I actually didn't like the set all that much besides White Walls and Telos. It would have been a lot better if they took out Son of Nothing and put in a couple of shorter songs instead (All Bodies, Alaska, Mordecai, Decade of Statues, etc.). Listening to an entire set of 10+ minute songs in a row gets somewhat tiresome.

300%_Density
08-30-2012, 07:33 PM
LAWL @ JFAC comment. As I read I was hoping it would end up being jfac. Just a dreadful band. Must have good management to continually get on these great tours.

Alduin
08-31-2012, 02:23 AM
i'll bite, what your beef with keene?

makethemsuffer12
08-31-2012, 06:02 AM
i'll bite, what your beef with keene?

This.


Also, I always find it weird when people complain about a $30 ticket price. That's like the norm around here, at least for the shows I go to.

mastodon421
08-31-2012, 06:25 AM
This.


Also, I always find it weird when people complain about a $30 ticket price. That's like the norm around here, at least for the shows I go to.

Yeah 30 bucks isn't bad at all, especially for a 10 band package tour. Most shows I go to are in the 25-35 range.

W0unds
08-31-2012, 06:39 AM
I don't get all the hate for JFAC in here - they are a pretty solid death metal band these days and their latest album was good. They always have good energy live and Jonny is a pretty cool guy.

I will also ask - what's the story with Keene?

gabo03
08-31-2012, 07:12 AM
Lol for that job for a cowboy moment

smearCampaign
08-31-2012, 07:22 AM
I don't get all the hate for JFAC in here - they are a pretty solid death metal band these days and their latest album was good. They always have good energy live and Jonny is a pretty cool guy.

I don't get all the defense of this band. They were a joke when they played deathcore; now they play third-rate, uninspired, mediocre death metal. If they were a high-school / local band they would be fine; but they get onto big national tours.

anomynous
08-31-2012, 09:51 AM
I'd take jfac over exhumed and goatwhore any day.


dead serious.

AnataFan4Life
08-31-2012, 09:55 AM
I'd take jfac over exhumed and goatwhore any day.


dead serious.

:hmm:

mastodon421
08-31-2012, 10:07 AM
Job For A Cowboy gets far, far more shit than they deserve. I'm not saying they are a groundbreaking death metal band, but people make it sound like they are the most uninspired and worst band on the face of the earth. They put out a far less monotonous and just plain better record imo than the headliner of this tour (Cannibal Corpse) and people still don't give them one ounce of credit. If Ruination or Demonocracy was their first album, they would be in far better graces around here and in the metal world in general.

treghet
08-31-2012, 10:32 AM
Job For A Cowboy gets far, far more shit than they deserve.

To be fair, this is true.

They put out a far less monotonous and just plain better record imo than the headliner of this tour (Cannibal Corpse) and people still don't give them one ounce of credit.

Job for a Cowboy put out a better album than Cannibal Corpse? Okay then. :lol:

If Ruination or Demonocracy was their first album, they would be in far better graces around here and in the metal world in general.

I think Job for a Cowboy fans want to believe this is true, but really, the only thing that would be different is that people wouldn't call them a deathcore band. When it comes down to it, their music is still bland. I've listened to Ruination as well as some songs from Gloom and Demonocracy, and the riffs are just forgettable. I'm not saying it's devoid of interesting parts or that it's the most uninspired thing ever, but there's nothing that grabs me and makes me want to listen to it again.

XDoomsayerX
08-31-2012, 11:42 AM
I'd take jfac over exhumed and goatwhore any day.


dead serious.

You're funny. Job is complete shit live and pale in comparison to Exhumed and Goatwhore just from a live stand point.

anomynous
08-31-2012, 12:36 PM
Except Goatwhore is boring in my opinion, and Exhumed is one of the most overrated bands in existence. They're just generic deathgrind/goregrind/whatever you want to call them. It's generic.



I'm not even saying Job for a Cowboy is necessarily a good band (Demonocracy is a good album though), but it's hilarious that they still get the deathcore label and shit on by everybody, while Goatwhore and especially Exhumed get universal praise.

John The Drummer
08-31-2012, 01:39 PM
Ok ok ok guys, I'll tell the Michael Keene story :lol:

It's really not much, quite high school, and although I said I have personal beef with him, I really meant "We have a bumpy history", I am REALLY am over what happened, but it's still like "Come on dude" :D

So about 4 or 5 years ago I was dating this chick who had actually met and become friends with Michael Keene. Her and I got together, and Michael came off as quite jealous, to me at least.

At the Meshuggah/Cynic/Faceless show he walked past me and my GF at the time, she said hi to him, and I said "Hey dude, whats up!?", he just looked right through me and walked away. I saw him a few more times that night, and he kept mean mugging me and just giving me bad looks.

That's about it :lol:. Just stupid girl drama. Like I said though, I really don't care about what actually happened, but it's still quite a dick move on his behalf :tp:

kalfitegrdan
08-31-2012, 03:09 PM
I'd take jfac over exhumed and goatwhore any day.


dead serious.

They put out a far less monotonous and just plain better record imo than the headliner of this tour (Cannibal Corpse) and people still don't give them one ounce of credit.

You guys are funny.

mankvill
08-31-2012, 03:20 PM
I'd take jfac over exhumed and goatwhore any day.


dead serious.

typical missourian

anomynous
08-31-2012, 04:53 PM
At least I know how to drive.