Following the tradition of attending the annual Pulp Summer Slam, my brother and I along with a good friend of mine marched to the venue last April 27, 2013.
It’s as we always anticipated and expected to see. Black-clad people, music lovers, and rock event enthusiasts.
I and my friend Maget came in early because we wanted to see Chicosci’s stage which I missed last year. And so, we are truly excited and happy when we came in and saw that the band is still setting their instruments up.
Scanning for that familiar face on the stage, I quickly recognized Miggy! I’m really happy to watch them play live again. Though I have been off the path from listening to their songs, Chicosci has a special place in my heart. To me, they’re the band who opens the gate of attending gigs and enjoying it. So, they are going to stay special no matter what.
Next came Philia. When I first watched them, I was like, her voice needed a lot more improving. And so, I was really surprised, happy, and in awe when she rocked the stage that afternoon. Talk about improving her voice, she did more than that. Applause!
It was their stage when the heavens turned sour and started to rain. We are in line to buy the event shirt and so we were just crying our hearts out when Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus stole the limelight. Damn, they are one of the bands I am so anticipating to watch that day.
He started singing ‘Rain rain go away’ in his unique and unmistakably Mr. Bones voice and Maget and I started screaming like mad!
We’re drenched by this time so the idea of leaving the line is out of the question. We just sing our hearts out when they played ‘Frankenstein’s Bride’ and made a promise to watch them when they played in a bar. So much for seeing him that day. *sigh*
Was it supposed to be Amoral’s stage next? I didn’t get to know. All I know is that the concert was paused because the equipments and instruments suffer the same fate as us. They took a break for an hour which we used to try and dry ourselves with the sun finally smiling down at us. Hello sickness indeed.
When the show commenced, A Skylit Drive was introduced. Not sure if they have the same vocalist as when I was listening to their songs years ago. Somehow, that voice was a little different. But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying their stage. They’re good alright! And I don’t say this just because the main man is topless and is showcasing his toned muscles to everyone, okay. They’re really good.
Next came Circa Survive. Don’t know them but there are people in front who sang along to their songs. The funny thing about them though is that the vocalist kept saying, “Thank you for being kind to us”, and “Thank you for paying attention to us.” Must be his way of saying, “Well, at least you’re not throwing anything to us, it’s obvious you’re not enjoying us that much.” Well, if that’s the case, thank you Mister, for being kind to us. :3
DragonForce. Wow! Just wow! Out of all the bands that played that night, it was DragonForce which sent everyone on their feet dancing and jumping along. I didn’t expect to enjoy their stage that much. I mean, I’ve heard their songs and immediately dismissed them because they sound so generic and they only sing clean notes (trans: no screaming, no growling).
It’s crazy how the crowd received them. And it’s equally crazy how they seem not to expect to receive that much attention as well. I don’t know any of their songs, but it’s fun how the band made us all dancing to the beat, and imitating the vocalist’s high pitched notes just for the fun of it. Haha!
They’re so good that it feels like a sin not to jump and dance along with their every song. Yup. They’re that good. Must be the magic of the beer and the darkness of the night, but yeah, I love DragonForce that night.
Coheed and Cambria is one of the bands I came there for. And it’s a little sad to say that I was disappointed. When they stepped on the stage and people saw that unmistakable big head of curly hair, the crowd started cheering and screaming. They played songs people recognize and love.
His voice is as you hear when you listen to the CD, MP3, or watch their videos on YT. That could be good, but it’s also bad. Why? Because as they stood there, it’s as though I am listening to their CD in full volume. It’s like they’re not physically there. Maybe because he’s playing the guitar that’s why he can’t connect to the crowd more, or was he jetlagged, tired, sick of the heat, I don’t know.
As I Lay Dying. Synonymous to Monsters! Wow! This band really defines metal! It’s like they literally breathe and sweat metal. That’s how good they are with their craft.
You want some visuals? Try imagining The Undertaker singing in front of you. Nah! Just kidding!
Now, we’re used to seeing rock stars banging their head while performing. But have you watched someone who does bang his head while growling? Who screams and sings while jumping up and down without missing a beat? I told you, MONSTER!
Cannibal Corpse. Death is not my kind of metal but I’d be a hypocrite if I don’t commend their talent. If we have As I Lay Dying to head bang while singing, we have here a man who can continue head banging throughout the whole time he’s not singing. Count it by your fingers how much time they alot for instrumentals, that’s the time he’s been whipping his hair back and forth. IN.SANE!
Hands down. Especially to the lead guitarist. Wow!
Finally it was Kamikazee’s turn. I was spent by this time and just dreaming of lying on my bed. Cannibal Corpse is the type of music you’d want to bring home, play in full volume, shut the whole world out and dive into a deep slumber.
But even it’s like that, Kamikazee as always, have their magic of pulling everyone on their feet and enjoy the crazy that is Jay Contreras. That man is crazy. Everyone ended up laughing their sanity off with every stunt he pulls.
My throat is sore, my voice is course, I can feel flu taking over my system but yeah, it’s no fun not singing along to their anthems.
Amoral came next but we already have our backs turned, anticipating the next Summer Slam. Good night!
Preview: Mr Bones and Philia’s vocalist sharing the stage during Frankenstein’s Bride.
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