With the newer generation of metal called “metalcore” spreading like a disease throughout the United States, After the Burial is one of the first bands to start this trend. Metalcore is a mixture of the old school heavy metal mixed with some newer more technical and electronic sounds. After the Burial was joined by four other bands at the Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh, Within the Ruins, The Contortionist, Class Cloud, and City in the Sea.
Finally showing up to the show, The Contortionist was about to go on. They haven’t been around the whole mainstream scene a whole lot which in this case is a good thing. They are very similar to Between the Buried and Me with their slow to fast pace technicalities. Their style is very unique and listening to them is defiantly a journey by itself. Watching these guys on stage wasn’t really entertaining to but this time around it was more about the music. Just from observing you can tell that they really get into what they are playing and are concentrating extremely hard since timing is a huge factor for this genre of music. I wouldn’t say The Contortionist is highly recommended since their style is hard to get into sometimes but they are defiantly worth checking out if you are into Between the Buried and Me at all.
Next up was Within the Ruins and personally I was more excited to see these guys play over everyone else. Within the Ruins is one of those bands who just keeps getting better with every album. Their newest album that has already come out this year, “Elite”, is one of the best and most solid albums I have heard in awhile. It’s fresh, heavy, and nonstop fast pace action. So experiencing their performance was hopefully going to be completely outrageous and it was even better than that. Within the Ruins gave it their all and had the crowd jumping all around and moshing quite a bit. Playing a lot of new songs made the crowd pretty happy and I can’t say I blame them. It seems that Within the Ruins is not afraid to tell you exactly what they think about everything in their song lyrics. Being straight up atheists probably has something to do with that. All and all this was defiantly the best performance of the night and if you need someone to jam to, Within the Ruins is where its at.
Last, After the Burial was finally up. They are one of those bands who has a pretty decent size following but they are pretty underrated. Just like The Acacia Strain, when these guys come to town to play, you end up seeing a nice size crowd ready to go. Probably the best part about After the Burial is that even though they are recording a new album (set to come out this year) they played a nice even mixture of old and new songs to pleas the crowd. What more could you ask for? While on stage these guys were very hard to get pictures of but they made up for it with the high volume of their drummers bass drum blasting out of the speakers. Just one of those feeling that makes your body shake it was so loud with such a deep sound. Seeing After the Burial was a nice experience because they do tend to actually put guitar solos in their songs, which is hard to find with newer bands. But these guys have been around for awhile so they know how this whole game works. Once again I would recommend checking After the Burial out if you need some pretty sick metalcore to listen to, because they are some of the first to play that style.
Maybe Bam should start calling his band “The Bam Margera Experience” instead of F@ckface Unstoppable. It’s contradictory to the point, to Bam’s vision, to his persona…but that really is what you get at the show; an experience. This is the second time Bam has graced Pittsburgh with his show in the last four months thanks to Chaos Concert Entertainment. It’s a great showcase for Pittsburgh talent on a main stage as well as a chance to see Bam do something besides destroy his body. With a set basically made up of punk and mountain music classic covers mixed with F@ckface Unstoppable originals, they will surprise the uninitiated, in a good way. They are more than a garage band, but not pretentious enough to pretend that at this point they are reaching to be rock stars either. Joined by his brother Jess on drums (as well as Chad and Matty J from CKY), the dueling/combination percussionist rhythm section was a nice addition to the set and really added punch. The band was tight and sounded really good, surely helped from having toured so extensively as of late. But tonight was about having a great time and that’s what everyone had, especially from the opening introduction by Bam and Jesse’s dad, Phil (to the crowd’s delight), and a surprise “performance” of the well-known Novak (Brandon Novak of the CKY videos as well as Jackass) as he attempted to sing the classic Phil Collins tune, “In the Air Tonight”…naked…duct taped. We can’t really relay the experience in words and do it justice, but we hope you get some of the gist by these pics and our exclusive interview with Bam. Special thanks to tour manager Frank (you’re awesome bro!), Bill of Chaos Concert Entertainment, and Andrew of The Pittsburgh Pulse…and of course Bam who was super cool, gracious, and the ultimate host. Check out our interview with Bam here:
Bill and the Boys at Concert Chaos Entertainment just keep bringing the most interesting and hottest hard acts to Pittsburgh. The intimate venue is an awesome place to see the bands that bring the grime, funk, and fury of metal/punk/hardcore/metalcore/death metal/(stick in your favorite hard genre here reader). The atmosphere is as welcoming as the bands- if you love that camaraderie that brings all of us geeks and freaks together. So, it was no surprise when Chaos brought Bam Margera and his travelling party to the ‘Burgh.
With special guests such as A BREATHLESS SEPTEMBER, WE MUST SAVE THE PRINCESS, LIOTTA, THE FAILSAFE, ROYAL REVISE, ARCANE HAVEN, LADY VADER ENT, ATHENS, CHAIN THE SCYLLA, DETHLEHEM, a DJ Set by: BLACK DADDY (Hardstyle / Trap), and ONLY FLESH: FLESH HOOK FREAK SHOW, there was an amazing lot of talent from Pittsburgh and from across the country. But of course, the people were here to see Bam. And Bam gave the crowd not only himself, but CKY as his backing band (collectively known as FUCKFACE). Plus, Bam’s famous father Phil and Mom April were there to top it all off and hang out with the audience.
A little bit metal, a little bit punk, and whole lotta fun; Bam brought the goods. Playing all sorts of heavy tunes and covers, Bam’s band was having a great time and that infectious energy was absorbed and reverted right back out to the band and all who were there. With plenty of what were more than likely inside jokes peppered with some raucous drunken stage banter, the event had the feeling of those basement party throwdowns of your past with these great seedy little bands that made you want to party and punch (this is a good thing people). The circle pits were in full effect, the place was packed, the bar was slammed with customers (and kudos to the bartenders who handled it all), the bands mingled and took pix with all…Pittsburgh Music Magazine would have to say it was an event that was not only successful, but just goes to show that entertainment is not dead in this town but alive and well. Check out what Concert Chaos has in store in the near future by clicking here
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