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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, 3 PILL MORNING, ALL HAIL THE YETI And ESCAPE THE FATE Live In Cleveland With Photos!

By Geoff Ketler, Cleveland Contributor
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 9:42 AM


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A coworker once used the term "metal purist" to describe my narrow music choices. It was obviously meant to be an insult, but I had no problem with the description and took it as a compliment. That coworker would be happy to know that I broadened my musical horizon and took in a show from the genre-bending HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD as they descended upon Cleveland as part of the House of Blues 20th Anniversary Tour.

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD brought with them a rather eclectic lineup where no two bands were the same…or even close. Up first on the bill was ALL HAIL THE YETI. The short, but sweet set from the Los Angeles band really surprised me. The mic stands were all done up with animal skins and skulls. The band took the stage while an eerie 911 call concerning a suspicious creature played. Vocalist Connor Garritty surveyed the audience as he foamed at the mouth. As the eyes of the animal skulls glowed, sounds of crickets, frogs, and harmonicas played. It was as if we were all in the bayou.

ALL HAIL THE YETI whipped the crowd into a frenzy as they opened with "Deep Creek" The best comparison I can think of to this band is DOWN. They have that southern gritty vibe to them that defies trendy music. The haunting and impressive backing vocals of bassist Nicholas Diltz were a nice contrast to the shrieks and screams from Connor. Any fan of PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, or any other Phil Anselmo project would be more than satisfied with ALL HAIL THE YETI.

facebook.com/officialallhailtheyeti
http://www.allhailtheyeti.com

Setlist:

  • "Deep Creek"
  • "When the Sky Falls"
  • "Suicide Woods"
  • "After the Great Fire"
  • "Blood Guilt"
  • "Art of Mourning"
After a brief set change, 3 PILL MORNING took the stage. Hailing from Minneapolis, the rock quartet energized the crowd immediately. Dressed in formal attire, the band made their presence felt with "Revolution" The band continued to rip through songs off of their 2012 debut full-length release Black Tie Love Affair. The show was well received by the audience-considering the mixed bag of bands on the tour, this is really saying something.

3 PILL MORNING"S eight song set was rounded out by "Loser" – which appeared on the top 100 chart for active radio in 2011 for more than 6 months and "Skin" – which was the group’s first official music video (released on July 5th 2012). 3 PILL MORNING compares themselves to PAPA ROACH and …I would have to agree but they also have more of a punk flare to them. Altogether they are musically diverse and put on an excellent live show.

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Setlist:

  • "Revolution"
  • "Nothings Real"
  • "Drive By Lies"
  • "I Want That For You"
  • "Take Control"
  • "Rain"
  • "Loser"
  • "Skin"
After another brief set change it was time for ESCAPE THE FATE to storm the stage. ESCAPE THE FATE was probably the band I was most familiar with prior to the show, so I was interested to see if they could bring it live. Unfortunately I was kind of let down by a rather monotonous stage show-which can be partially explained away by the constant technical issues plaguing lead guitarist Monte Money. It seemed like he was leaving the stage at some point in every song to get the attention of a roadie or change guitars. Craig Mabbitt’s vocals seemed to be pretty hit or miss as well. Whether this was another technical issue or whether it was Craig’s vocals, I am not positive, but it was distracting.

I usually go to a show expecting musicians to be at the top of their game-rarely do I feel like a band did not leave it all on the stage. This was one of those times. The show would have probably been much more like what I would have expected from such a talented group of individuals if it weren’t for all of the equipment malfunctions, but nonetheless, these are professional musicians and the audience should always expect the best out of them. That being said, pulling off a perfect show is extremely difficult and there will always be mistakes; some are just less noticeable than others. Anyone can have a bad day and I am sure the kinks will get ironed out.

www.escapethefate.com/
https://www.facebook.com/escapethefate

Setlist:

  • "You’re Insane"
  • "10 Miles"
  • "Ungrateful"
  • "Issues"
  • "Until We Die"
  • "Gorgeous Nightmare"
  • "Fire it Up"
  • "This War"
Once ESCAPE THE FATE wrapped up their set it was time for HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD. I had heard many great things about the live show that HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD brings to the table. I was willing to open my mind and take in a new experience from a band that I wouldn’t typically listen to. I could already tell that there was a really diverse crowd gathered there, some of whom were doing the same thing I was-broadening their horizons. I really think that the intentions behind the wide range of genres represented on the bill were to reach audiences that HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD otherwise wouldn’t typically reach.

The stage went dark, the houselights went down and HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD took the stage, lighted masks and all. The group opened with their anthem of sorts, "Undead". The crowd sang the lyrics so loud that, at times, it was hard to hear the band over them. This would be a common occurrence for the rest of the evening. Honestly, I can say that HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD brought with them a great stage show and an atmosphere that was less like a concert and more like a dance party. Musically, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD blends a lot of hip hop with alternative rock in a way that reminds me of THE BEASTIE BOYS. The highlights for me, of course, were the heavier-rock influenced songs like "Tendencies" and "Been to Hell. Once "Been to Hell" concluded it was time for me to leave the photo pit. Almost immediately the band members took off their masks and would remain barefaced for the rest of the show.

www.hollywoodundead.com/
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Setlist:

  • "Undead"
  • "Tendencies"
  • "Been to Hell"
  • "Death Bite"
  • "Kill Everyone"
  • "City"
  • "California"
  • "Delissh"
  • "From the Ground"
  • "Coming in Hot"
  • "Bullet"
  • "Up in Smoke"
  • "Paradise Lost"
  • "Another Way Out"
  • "Young"
  • "Hear Me Now"
  • "Everywhere I Go"
  • "We Are"
Aside from the equipment issues of ESCAPE THE FATE, the show, as a complete package, really left me feeling satisfied with the overall experience. Even though every band on the bill seemed to bring something different to the table, they all seemed to fit at the same time.

Check Out Photos From The Show Below!
All photos by Geoff Ketler & Steve Keller/Aces High Photography

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