SUNFLOWER DEAD, NONPOINT, ALL THAT REMIANS, AND HELLYEAH
They were very good, and I enjoyed the performance. The whole heavy metal with actual singing is definitely something I enjoy. It's way better than screamo. However, these guys were pulling the Slipknot deal where they dressed up as dead people complete with creepy zombie makeup. It was incredibly disturbing to see the lead singer with white face makeup and his veins drawn in eyeliner on his bald head. Shudder. Of course, I had to have my picture taken with him. The drummer had this ridiculous bloody-eye thing going on, too, that was CREEPY.
The only point of Nonpoint was clearly to drop the f-bomb as many times as they could. I think it was the lead singer's favourite word. Speaking of the lead singer, he had dreadlocks past his waist. It was impressive. Nonpoint put on a great performance and they got the moshing really intense.
ALL THAT REMAINS
This is what I came for, and they completely blew my mind. And my standards are pretty high. Wow. They play with a great energy and their music was excellent, as if I was listening to a better version of their albums. The female bassist was awesome, and she had the deep back-up screaming down to an art. They got the crowd so riled up that people were crowd surfing and at one point 5 different guys tried to jump the stage and had to be rescued by the bouncers. The audience has very high testosterone levels and at one point I got slammed into and my mouth bled a little. What a great performance!
There's only one thing to say about Hellyeah... Hell no. They suck. A lot. Exactly why are they headlining the tour??? Their music is terrible; combine that with music WAY too loud and a tinny sound quality, and that's how Hellyeah sounded. I left after two songs. I believe that one should not force themselves to suffer through bad, scratch that, terrible music.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.