Sunday, June 8, 2003 @ 2:18 PM
Meshuggah & Strapping Young La
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REVIEW BY: Rayna Danzig
This show was worth the 8-hour drive. Meshuggah was the buzz at last years Ozzfest and the guys in Tool have professed to be huge fans and after seeing these guys -- none of it's exaggerated.
The show started about half an hour late which didn't seem to bother anyone -- the crowd was pumped up for the show. The club manager welcomed the crowd and made an announcement that Shadow Falls will be playing The Other Side on June 25th with Sworn Enemy, Grade 8, and Disjointed. So with the crowd excited by that news.
The manager introduced the opening act who was billed from being from Little Rock, Arkansas called Lock ‘N Load. Not many were familiar with this band, but they quickly won over the crowd and sounded great. They played about 35-40 minutes. Some of the songs they played, and in no particular order: “Wash My Soul,” “Mecca,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Rise.” Those were the songs I can remember the names of, check out these guys’ site at www.locknloadband.com.
Strapping Young Lad was up next and singer Devin Townsend… well, lets just say the guy is a trip. Great charisma displayed by Townsend throughout the set and even cracked a few jokes about his appearance.
They started into a song and Devin tells the band to hold on and for everyone to wait and then says, “Sorry, I farted.” SYL's set was about 45-50 minutes. Some of the songs, and I'm not too sure if I'm correct about and in no particular order: “Devour,” “Dire,” “Goat,” “Aftermath,” “Relentless,” and “Last Minute.”
Meshuggah came out and started the set off with “Stengah,” the first track off the Nothing disc. These guys let their music do their talking and the crowd was really worked up with a few good pits going, and I myself went for a little crowd surfing, which was the first and last time for me. It's scary enough when you're being passed around and you fall headfirst, but then to have your shoes stolen is a little much, but it was an experience. Some of the songs played were “Rational Gaze,” “Closed Eye Visuals,” “Organic Shadows,” “Straws Pulled at Random,” “Perpetual Black Second” and some songs from previous albums, which I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with.
All three groups sounded great -- the drums, bass, guitars, and vocals all came through very clear, so props to the sound crew from the bands and club. If you are a fan of either of these groups or if your thinking about catching this show do yourself a favor and check it out. It is show that is very much worth price of admission -- my ticket alone was less than $20 -- and you will not be disappointed.