Still Remains -- Howell, MI -- May 26th, 2012
This was the annual Bledfest. It's an extremely well organized festibal that brings in about 60 bands from all genres. There is always a cool band to check out throughout the day. On w/ the review of the bands I saw...
Serianna - Meh, they were a dime-a-dozen heavy band
Today I Caught The Plague - They're a band from Canada that I watched simply b/c of their intriguing name. I liked 'em. I'd go see 'em again.
Sycamour - They're a local band that I saw open the For Today, Mychildren Mybride, Stick to Your Guns show last month. Check 'em out. They were one of the best bands of the day.
Wilson - This band is always fun to see. They're Detroit's poor man's version of Every Time I Die.
The Plot in You - I'd heard a lot of good things about them, but they didn't do it for me. They're a good heavy band, but there was too much of that phony angst for my liking.
Siren the Escape - Last year's Bledfest was their farewell show, yet they re-united for this show. They were OK.
Scale the Summit - They were unique, but they didn't do much for me.
Volumes - They probably had the craziest crowd reaction of the day. I thought they were good, just not THAT good.
Endeavors - A good heavy band from Michigan, but I thought their set got tedious after awhile.
Flatfoot 56 - Best band of the day, hands down! They won over the mostly metal & hardcore crowd. That might've been the best set by any band I've ever seen at Bledfest. Wow!
Former Thieves - I liked them a lot, but for some reason the crowd was not all that into them.
A Plea for Purging - The crowd went BONKERS for them. They were amazing as always. If you haven't seen them live, you should.
Brothers - Cut & paste the description for Endeavors.
Inhale Exhale - I saw them open for War of Ages a few years ago & liked them a lot, so I checked 'em out again. They were fantastic. I'm now officially a fan.
Comeback Kid - They've played headlining shows in both Detroit & Toledo recently, and I skipped both of those b/c I knew I'd see them at Bledfest. Unfortunately, however, they played at exactly the same time on the main stage as Inhale Exhale did on the side stage, so I had to hustle & catch the last 4 songs of their set after Inhale Exhale was done, but I liked what I saw. The crowd loved them. I'll definitely go see 'em again.
The Crimson Armada - Holy shit, these guys destroyed the place! They were a close 2nd to Flatfoot 56 for "Best of the Day" honors.
Of Virtue - Check these guys out. They're really good... a band from Lansing for fans of Misery Signals & Hatebreed.
As Cities Burn - I was really looking forward to this set b/c I started listening to them just before they broke up, and this was their 1st show in MI in about 6 years. They were good, but I was disappointed in their set b/c they didn't play anything off of SON I LOVED YOU AT YOUR DARKEST, and that is their best album by far, IMO.
Still Remains - They rocked the house as best they could w/ a 30-min set. I was hoping they'd play "Recovery," but maybe next time. Setlist:
Anemia in Your Sheets
To Live & Die By Fire
I Can Revive Hime With My Own Hands
The Worst is Yet to Come
wow, that set's way too short.
maybe it's just me, but i don't see the point in bringing together 3 million bands and then not even letting the headliners play for more than half an hour.
Still Remains was not the headliner. The last band of the day was called The Early November. I didn't stay for them (never heard of theem). A few other bands also got 45-min sets (Comeback Kid, The Wonder Years, and As Cities Burn).
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