Motionless In White and Atreyu Concert Review

Motionless In White and Atreyu Concert Review with Cloud Cruiser
Monarch Music Hall
May 3, 2019
Peoria, Illinois

Motionless in White

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The Spring Invasion tour landed Friday in Peoria, Illinois after a long, rainy week. The best way to blow off steam at the end of a long week is to headbang and scream along to your favorite songs. Studies show that attending a live show makes you happier and healthier. I have seen Motionless in White ten times before at small venues in the area and Warped Tour and other festivals. After having seen them so many different places, I have to say I prefer a night show. Sometimes the dark makeup at a MIW show can seem garish in the light of day.  But at night, the darker makeup is perfect. The red and blue colored lights sets the right scene.

Cloud Cruiser opener band is from Chicago but grew up in Bloomington, Illinois just down the road. They opened the show with a solid set from this three piece. They are a self-described concept based Desert Rock band. I would say their sound is stoner rock along the lines of Crobot or The Sword. Click to check out more about Cloud Cruiser Band

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Atreyu is a metalcore band from Orange County, California. These guys are a band with a lot of heart and they are hard working. The band took an eleven year hiatus and returned to music with their album Long Live. They have since been working diligently and their lastest single, ‘The Time Is Now’ from their album In Our Wake has consistently stayed on SiriusXM’s Octane Big Uns Countdown. Atreyu started the evening with that hit and played old songs also. I was reminded how much I love the song “Do You Know Who You Are?” and hearing it lives just squeezes your heart with feeling. They had fun too by doing a cover of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” I like the metal version of that song. They even performed a new song called, “Nothing Will Ever Change”. Atreyu is one of those bands that are using their music for art and for good.

If you want to know what character from Game of Thrones that drummer/unclean vocalist, Brandon Saller would be, watch our old interview here Atreyu Band Interview

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Everything about Atreyu can be found on their website: Atreyu website

 

Motionless In White is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. MIW has released two new songs from their upcoming release, Disguise available everywhere June 7th. I am a veteran of seeing the band and I have seen different band members over the years.  The heart of the band is vocalist/songwriter, Chris Cerulli. That being said, you can only perform well with talented musicians to back you up and the current members showed their skills. The new songs demonstrate the reliability of the band’s message with a maturity in the delivery by shining a light on passivity with “Brand New Numb” and self-reflection with “Disguise”.

The setlist for this evening was a mix of old and new and all the songs sounded great.

  • Immaculate Misconception
  • Devil’s Night
  • Generation Lost
  • Not My Type: Dead As F*ck 2
  • Everybody Sells Cocaine
  • Abigail
  • Black Damask (The Fog)
  • Soft
  • Brand New Numb
  • Disguise
  • Voices
  • Necessary Evil
  • Reincarnate

Encore:

    • Eternally Yours

Fans brought dolls that they had made that looked like Chris and bassist Justin Morrow. Chris kept the dolls on stage for two songs then gave them back. Those fans have a priceless moment at the show.   Watch Chris sing along with one of them on  our Instagram (find link below).  Chris handed out roses during the encore of Eternally Yours and the fans in the crowd swooned over him. The fans went for the headbanging and were given an impressive show.

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Find where to see them on their website: Motionless in White

 

                                

Ice Nine Kills Concert Review with From Ashes To New, Palisades, Afterlife, and Hawk

Ice Nine Kills Concert Review with From Ashes To New, Palisades, Afterlife, and Hawk
The City Center
April 6, 2019
Champaign, Illinois

Ice Nine Kills

Ice Nine Kills

 

 

Champaign, Illinois is no stranger to great music. The city where greats like REO Speedwagon and Alison Krauss The City Center is a new venue to add to the robust nightlife in the town. The venue is one of the cleanest venues I have been in. It is definitely a diamond in the rough. Champaign-Urbana is a city plagued with parking issues and the City Center is no exception. They give a detailed parking map on their Facebook posts and website.

The lineup for March into Madness tour is a powerhouse of bands that have been touring for a number of years and perfecting their music. These bands are great live bands. Ice Nine Kills, From Ashes To New and Palisades are getting frequent air play from SiriusXM Octane channel.

HAWK band is from Lancaster, Pennsyvlania and is the band that was formerly known as This or The Apocalypse.  Ricky Armellino explains the rebranding of the band on their website here: HAWK.  The band performed well but being so new, their songs were not familiar to the crowd yet.

Afterlife is a young band from West Palm Beach, Florida. They have gained quite a following and their music is a lesson about abuse, wrongs, reprisal and is right in line for fans of From Ashes To New. They asked the crowd to join them by lighting up the place when they performed their song, “Broken Home” about domestic abuse.

Palisades comes from New Jersey.  Erase The Pain is their latest album and the latest single off that album.  The song lyrics shows us intricacy in their songwriting.  This album displays their maturity as a band.  They chose the figure of a ouroboris to represent their transformation.  Palisades is a band that always pleases the crowd.  Vocalist, Lou Miceli, greeted fans at the show.  

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Check out where to see Palisades here: Palisades website

 

 
From Ashes To New

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From Ashes To New is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania is touring in support of their album, The Future, that has had great success. This album was the first after adding new members vocalist, Danny Case and drummer, Mat Madiro (Trivium). Their single “Crazy” has lyrics that everyone can relate to and has a catchy hook.

“I give, you take, you always push me away
I love, you hate, it’s always, always the same
You’re always taking, taking, never giving back
To me, it’s in the past but tell me how you live with that
You always love to hate with every single breath
But since the disconnect, you see the life you wish you had
Yeah, you see the life you wish you had
Am I going crazy?
Yeah, I think you made me
‘Cause I hate the way that you make me feel
Am I going crazy?”

I predict From Ashes To New will continue to prosper with their relatable lyrics and catchy melodies.

For more on FATN, go to their website: From Ashes To New

Ice Nine Kills is a horror metalcore band from Boston, Massachusetts. Their latest release, The Silver Scream was released on October 5, 2018 and was their highest debuted album. Each of the thirteen songs is based on a classic horror movie.  Their biggest hit off of the album, “A Grave Mistake” has been having great success and is based on the movie, The Crow. The video portrays the vocalist, Spencer Charnas, as the vengeful hero. Watch the cool video for “A Grave Mistake” here:

The movie The Crow starred Brandon Lee, son of actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee died during the filming of the movie when a prop gun accidentally fired a dummy round. The urban legend is that it was due to the curse that was placed on Bruce Lee and his family.  No curses for Ice Nine Kills that we know of.  For their live show, each band member dressed up as a character from one of the movies.  Vocalist, Spencer Charnas, changed into different costumes during their set with a variety of all your favorite horror movies.  The fans were ready to scream all weekend with INK.  

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Check out Ice Nine Kills Website: Ice Nine Kills

 

                                

Pop Evil Concert Review with Them Evils, Seldom Told and Don Jamieson

Pop Evil Concert Review with Them Evils, Seldom Told and Don Jamieson
Monarch Music Hall
February 9, 2019
Peoria, Illinois

Them Evils

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Seldom Told took the stage early. The band is from Northwest Indiana. It consists of lead vocalist Mira Faris, lead guitarist Austin Faris, drummer Kyle Lewandowski, bassist Derek Kalicky- Bass, rhythm guitarist Chase Hayes. Their songs were of a modern rock band in the same vein as Pop Evil. They had a solid set but did not really grab the audience. Then Seldom Told took on a cover of ‘Welcome to The Jungle’ by Guns n’ Roses. While you have to give them compliments for being gutsy enough to even try to perform that song, it was a bit like listening to sober karoake. Then they performed a song called ‘Nightmare’ and it blew the fans away. It was along the lines of Epica or Nightwish good. Hopefully, the band will continue to explore that sound.

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Next to burn up the stage was Them Evils. The band from Huntington Beach California has been around the area before on a tour with 10 Years. You will instantly like them from first listen. They have that timeless rock star look with long hair, t-shirts, leather jacket, and jeans. The Rock music scene has been clamoring after Greta Van Fleet but they should be following Them Evils everywhere. Their sound is more similar to the blues rock of Led Zeppelin. That being said they also performed a cover of “Rock’n Roll Part 2” and a cover of “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC that was fantastic also. They also performed their hit, “Got Me Rockin'” that your body starts to move to no matter what you are doing.

While their talent of vocals and screaming riffs are extraordinary, the most important takeaway from their live performance is that they are having fun playing music. If you needed to make a movie about the 70s, this should be the band to play the music. They have honed their live show to be impressive over the years.

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For everything about Them Evils go to their website: Them Evils
 

 

Comedian, Don Jamieson performed a short set. Don Jamieson was on a show called That Metal Show on VH1 Classic from 2008 to 2015 where he, Eddie Trunk and Jim Florentine talked about metal music. Mainly, it was about bands they liked and grew up with. Unfortunately, his comedy set was unrelatable in a lot of ways. His antiquated idea that being p.c.(politically correct) is bad. I put rock and metal fans into one of the most diverse and welcoming of any fans. His funniest jokes were the self-deprecating ones.

Pop Evil was the main event. The band is from Muskegon, Michigan and have been around for eleven years. In that time, they have had hits with “Trenches”, “100 in a 55”, “Monster You Made”, “Deal With The Devil”, “Torn To Pieces”, and “Waking Lions” They always add in parts of cover songs to their sets. This time it was “Bodies”(Drowning Pool) and “Eye of The Tiger” (Survivor) and an explanation of a full song they were going to cover because it means a lot to them. That cover was “I Alone” by Live. Live is out on tour this year and is going to make an appearance at Inkcarceration Festival in Mansfield, Ohio.

Leigh Kakaty and the band made it a point to thank the fans for decade of rock. When the phrase was uttered a few years ago ‘Rock is Dead’, the fans and the artists are the ones who continue the legacy of rock. So please go out and be rock and metal crusaders and support good rock artists.

A little girl who was about seven brought a sign to the show and the band brought Chelsea onstage.
She got her picture taken with each band member and they signed her sign. She was one lucky girl.

Toward the end of the evening, it felt like vocalist, Leigh Kakaty’s voice was not quite as strong as it normally is. Whether that was from the smoke machines onstage, the polar weather, or a cold or all three we do not know. The smoke machines can go away as far as the photojournalists are concerned. For their final song, “Trenches” they brought Them Evils and Don Jamieson onto the stage to all perform. It was a jam-packed night and the crowd disbursed to spread the message of rock and metal.

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Pop Evil’s Website: https://popevil.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

Jonathan Davis with The Birthday Massacre and Julien-K

Jonathan Davis with The Birthday Massacre and Julien-K
Monarch Music Hall
Peoria, Illinois

The Black Labyrinth Tour

The Black Labyrinth tour

 

 

Jonathan Davis is better known as the singer of Korn. He brought the Black Labyrinth tour to Peoria, Illinois. The Black Labyrinth is his debut solo album released on May 25th 2018 through Sumerian Records. The first track from the album “What It Is” was also featured in the movie American Satan. Jonathan Davis has it has taken ten years to write this album and he would work on it during his down time from Korn. We’re seeing him just a few weeks after the death of his estranged wife, Deven Davis.
 

 

Joining him on stage are electronic rock band Julien-K. Julien-K is a band consisting of ex-Orgy members, Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck and Anthony “Fu” Valcic. They were also the band, Dead by Sunrise which consisted of these guys plus vocalist, the late Chester Bennington. So this band has gone through heartache of losing someone close to them as well. The band’s name is taken from Richard Gere’s character in the movie, American Gigolo. Julien-K’s latest album is California Noir and their single “Photo Voltaire” has the sing along properties that sneaks up on you and you are singing along before you know it. The band is a good fit for the style of the music for the Black Labyrinth tour. They took the liberty of performing “Blue Monday”, the New Order cover that catapulted Orgy to the charts in the nineties. The crowd loved to hear that old classic.
 

 
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The Birthday Massacre is a rock band from Toronto, Ontario and they are a cross between goth and horror rock. Their set was dark and moody. The crowd tried to get into them but there was a disconnect between the music since it was largely unknown by the crowd. They had a decent set but the songs were redundant in the composition and presentation.

The Black Labyrinth Tour

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Jonathan Davis came on stage with dark, red lighting during most of his set. The drum kit was a presence before the band came on stage. When Ray Luzier of Korn came out to play the drums, fans were happy to see him. While I am a fan of Korn, I can honestly say that I am not a fan of the solo material by Jonathan Davis. His vocals are so distinctive that his voice pulls me in. However, listening to the songs put me in a funk that felt like I should just stay in bed all day and cocoon. Maybe others have a different reaction to the music as his fans were there in droves to support whatever he creates.

You can make your own judgment by seeing the Black Labyrinth tour:

The Black Labyrinth Tour

The Black Labyrinth tour

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Shinedown, Godsmack, Asking Alexandria, Like A Storm, and Red Sun Rising Setlist

Shinedown, Godsmack, Asking Alexandria, Like A Storm, and Red Sun Rising Setlist

Shinedown and Godsmack have teamed up for a fall tour beginning September 21.  The two sound similar and both have great albums out they are touring in support of now.  Shinedown released Attention Attention on May 4, 2018.  Godsmack released When Legends Rise April 27, 2018.  

To get ready for the show, we have compiled a setlist of the songs they are slated to perform.  Just put it on and get ready to sing along to the show. 

The complete dates are: 

Sept. 21    Greenville SC    Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Sept. 22    Greenboro NC   Greensboro Coliseum
Sept. 24    Huntsville AL      Von Braun Center    
Sept. 26    Tupelo MS         BancorpSouth Arena
Sept. 28    Toledo OH         Huntington Center
Sept. 29    Louisville KY      Louder Than Life
Sept. 30    Peoria IL            Peoria Civic Center
Oct. 2       Brookings SD     Swiftel Center 
Oct. 4       Deadwood SD    Deadwood Mountain Grand
Oct. 5       Billings MT          Rimrock Auto Arena
Oct. 7       Spokane WA       Spokane Arena
Oct. 9       Boise ID              Taco Bell Arena
Oct. 10     Everett WA          Angels of The Winds
Oct. 11     Portland OR        Veteran Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 13     Sacramento CA  Aftershock Fest

Supporting bands are Asking Alexandria, Red Sun Rising, and Like A Storm at different dates. 

For regular or VIP tickets please visit the bands respective websites: 

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Sources: www.setlist.fm

Blacktop Mojo Concert Review

Blacktop Mojo with Drugs Delaney and Autumn Rove Concert Review
Monarch Music Hall
Peoria, Illinois

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Blacktop Mojo is a band that you have heard of but may not have seen live yet. Their name would indicate they dominate the four-square court but hey, they actually dominate the rock stage. They burst onto the scene with one of the best covers of “Dream On” by Aerosmith that has ever been done. They are touring in support of their latest album, Burn The Ships produced by the legendary Jimmy Johnson. Mr. Jimmy Johnson has produced everyone including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. While their album is an almagation of rock from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Sevendust, it does not do the live show justice.

Local band, Autumn Rove, hard rockers from Peoria, Illinois started the night. For fans of Sick Puppies or Skillet had a short but strong set. They told the crowd they were working on new music and hoped to have it out soon.

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Another local alternative rock band, Drugs Delaney, performed next. They are a local band who was touring in support of their album, Circus.  Drugs Delaney is a local favorite.  

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Blacktop Mojo had an intimate crowd join them on a Thursday in Peoria, Illinois. The crowd was as anxious to see the band live as I was. They exceeded our expectations and left the crowd with that endorphin rush that a great, live show gives to its fans. Vocalist, Matt James, leads the band into the next level with his smooth and powerful voice. The evening began with my favorite song, “Burn The Ships” about a Viking fight and going to Valhalla. Some technical difficulties arose but the band just performed acoustically to get through any bumps in the show. Performing a beautiful, acoustic cover of “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes.

Their full setlist:
Burn The Ships
End of Days
Trouble on The Rise
Open Road
Sweat
She Talks to Angels (The Black Crowes cover)
Where The Wind Blows
All Mine Now
It Won’t Last
Pyromaniac
Dream On (Aerosmith cover)

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Get out and see a live show by Blacktop Mojo. You can stay up to date on their tour dates on their website: Blacktop Mojo

 

 

                                

Spring Fling 18 featuring Stone Sour, Sevendust, I Prevail and Burden of The Sky

Spring Fling 18 featuring Stone Sour, Sevendust, I Prevail and Burden of The Sky
Peoria Riverfront
Peoria, Illinois

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Peoria is becoming one of the premiere Rock performance locations in the country. Spring Fling proves this with huge bands Stone Sour and Stone Temple Pilots supporting two days of music. Spring Fling coincides with Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. Bands are traveling across the country and make their way through Peoria, Illinois. The local rock radio station, 105.7 the X, brings the shows with their huge listener base. Rock fans are thankful for the continued support of Rock music by the sponsors and everyone that work hard to keep Rock alive. The most recent shows I attended in Peoria have all sold out! Thanks also goes to the fans who spend their money to support live music.
We were not able to attend Thursday night but I heard that Stone Temple Pilots did not disappoint with new singer, Jeff Gutt. The weather held out for Peoria and both nights had great Spring weather. You always have to worry about Spring storms at an outdoor venue. Most people arrived early to get a great spot and set up their chairs in the general admission area for the best viewing. The VIP area was the perfect size and not oversold.  No one likes to pay extra and get stuffed in like sardines and have a shoddy view. It did have separate drink tents and porta potties.

Fairly local band, Burden of The Sky, opened the night with a short set featuring songs from their debut release cinis ad cinis . The band is a hard rock band for fans of Breaking Benjamin or Adelitas Way. They impressed the early crowd with their songs about positive change.

Same Old Page lyrics
“I can hear your cries a million miles away
Just that same broke feeling on a different day
And if you choose to rise, then we’ll find a way
To get up, and get out, and break off that same old page”
 

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I Prevail is a post hardcore band that gets bigger every year. Their breakout song was their cover of “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift. The band continues to grow and reach more fans. Last year, they were one of the largest draws on Vans Warped Tour. Noticeably missing from the lineup was Brian Burkheiser who is still recovering from vocal surgery. The circle pits and crowd surfing started for the night.

 

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Rock radio station 105.7 the X DJ, Anna Kinkade, raises money for St. Jude and during Spring Fling, she convinced fellow DJ, Ryan Black to wear a dress. They posed for pictures for donations.

 

 

Sevendust took the stage at dusk. Sevendust loves central Illinois and when they come around, it is like old friends visiting. Central Illinoisans love Sevendust in return. No matter if they come to festival, opener for a band or on their own tour, fans turn out for them. Vocalist, LJ was commenting on seeing familiar faces in the crowd. They just released their twelfth studio album, All I See is War, on May 11, 2018. Fans were excited to hear their newest releases live as well as their extensive hits.

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For the most up to date information about Sevendust, view their website: Sevendust

The main event was Stone Sour. The band had been on a break from touring for about three years. They are currently touring in support of their sixth studio album, Hydrograd. Stone Sour’s lyrics are poetic and honest. Corey Taylor does not sugarcoat anything and that is why we react positively to the music. Honesty is a timeless virtue. About halfway through their set, a fan was injured and Corey stopped the show to make sure she was getting proper medical care. He asked the crowd to step back to allow security to get the girl out. They took her out on a board.

He announced later that she had passed out and she did not suffer any debilitating injury. We were all relieved that she was okay. During the show, there were very large sparklers being set off randomly, a confetti cannon and those crazy, dancing windsock guys at the encore song.

 

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