Concert Reviews

S.O.D., Crowbar, and Skinlab

Live at Harpo's, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Saturday, November 20, 1999
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

Ah yes, Harpo's. I hate this place. Not only because it just sucks, but also because the neighborhood it is in is not very safe. I vowed I would never come here again, but here I am! First of all, I am not a fan of Skinlab. I purposely arrived late to miss them. And although I did arrive late, I made it just in time to see them! Great… Well, they were just what I expected: Machine Head clones! "Come on motherfuckers, I want to see this pit go crazy!" It's talk like that between songs that makes my stomach sour. Just shut up and get on with the goddamn show! I mean, the band performs well, and their stage presence is energetic, but get off the stage and make way!

Next up: Crowbar! Can you get any heavier? These guys are no bullshit, heavy weight, rhinoceros metal! They sounded excellent and played well, performing a mixture of songs from various albums (sorry I cannot pinpoint any certain names here, I'm a newer fan of theirs). It seemed their set was rather short though. One disappointment was a change in drummers. I don't know who was up there with them, but he did not fit in visually nor functionally. Is this the same person as the goof in Sonic Violence?

S.O.D… By the time they got on stage it was midnight…typical for Harpo's. I tend to get fed up with this shit hole by this time and unfortunately I start to lose interest in the show. S.O.D. was, well…S.O.D.! Heavy and hilarious! The opening music was "We are the World." Not just part of the song…the WHOLE THING! Brilliant! They played a large slew of songs, which is no wonder seeing as they're so short. Billy Milano had nice things to say about Detroit and people in general between songs, which was entertaining. He ripped on us because Detroit's the home of that loser Kid Rock. Scott was his usual intense-picking and stage-stomping self. Dan Lilker was also his usual self…a living zombie. And Charlie? Man, he totally pounded his ass off tonight. I kept my eye on him most of the night because he was the most entertaining for me, and I really appreciate his skills. S.O.D. almost played their entire first album, which was cool, but I wish they would have concentrated more on the second. They performed ballads of Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Frank Sinatra, Freddy Mercury, and a few others. Glad to hear one for Frank goddamn Sinatra! They also played "6 songs in 9 seconds". This short bit was a medley of their shortest songs including "Anti-Procrastination Song", "Momo", "The Camel Boy", "Diamonds and Rust", and two more I couldn't make out for some reason.

Seeing S.O.D. was cool, but for some reason I just wasn't as excited as when I first bought my ticket. I am sure part of it had to do with seeing In Flames just a week prior. I mean, can you get any better? (Let me answer that by saying yes: Fantomas). The other part of my un-enthusiastic feelings is Harpo's. Unless an ultra-metal show comes along, this is the last time I'm going to Harpo's. It's just not worth it.

 

Fantomas

Live at St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Monday, December 6, 1999
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

Mike Patton. Dave Lombardo. Buzz Osbourne. Trevor Dunn. Man, these four guys are AMAZING! I would guess there were only 150-200 people at this show. St. Andrew's Hall is a good place to see a live band. It is right in the heart of downtown Detroit.

Opening for Fantomas was some stupid-ass techno bullshit "band" called Kid 606 or something like that. What is the purpose of this? It's one guy, a computer, and some other electronic crap on stage. He doesn't really play anything…just pushes buttons. Why not just pop your CD into a player, push ONE button ("play"), and be done with it? Stupid…pointless…annoying. I cannot believe people listen to this crap. In ten years, is anyone going to care about this ass wipe? This kind of "music" has no integrity.

Enter Fantomas. They opened up with Mike ripping on us for being the home of Kid Rock. This was pretty funny indeed. But without warning they started the music with Dave and Trevor's pounding drums and bass, along with Mike's hiccup vocals . Everyone in the audience just watched in awe as the show progressed. I just had to get close to witness this monstrosity. Fantomas sounded superb, and their performance was virtually flawless, which is amazing considering the technicality and insanity of their album. Timing is critical for this band, and it was very entertaining watching Mike staring at Dave with evil eyes to make sure they're right on target. And if you've never seen Dave live, you're missing out on quite a sight! Damn is he furious! Fantomas ripped through the first half of their album with very little pauses and in-between-song ramblings. Although during the quiet parts of the music, people were yelling various Mr. Bungle song or demo titles, or other nonsense, to which Mike responded by telling us to "shut the fuck up" and threatening to play a Kid Rock medley and all of his hit songs, including a ballad. Mike couldn't remember the name of Kid Rock's ballad and asked Buzz what it was called. Buzz shrugged his shoulders with a clueless look and muttered "I don't know…the ballad of Detroit?" Mike replied "wait, I know…it's called 'The People Mover'". Which is very hilarious if you've been to Detroit and know what this piece-of-shit public transportation train thing is.

As a change in pace, after completing the first half of the album, Fantomas played what I would guess is a cover song. If you know Mr. Bungle, Patton's other band (duh), you know they always play covers…anything from D.R.I. to Loverboy! The song Fantomas played tonight sounded like a love song, judging from the words and how soft the song was. But there was a middle section that was fast and heavy that threw everyone off for a bit. After this song, they played the second half of their album. So in all they played their whole album! Is that not awesome!? And the crowd loved every minute of it! And as usual, the band left the stage while the fans shouted for the band to come back. Well they did. And guess what they played for an encore: a fucking Slayer medley! HOLY SHIT! Every time you go to see a band perform live, and that band has a musician formerly from another band, people shout that other band's name. For what reason I don't know. So naturally, during this show people were yelling "Slayer!", as if the band would hear it and respond by playing "War Ensemble" or something. Well I sure as hell wasn't expecting a Slayer medley! Starting off with the intro drums of "Criminally Insane", they mixed up various songs from "Reign in Blood", but Fantomas style. They toyed with the arrangements and tempos, exaggerated some music or vocal parts, or played the parts true to form. Absolutely brilliant and exciting! After the show Dave threw out his sticks to the crowd. I missed my chance at getting his second stick. It went right by me. Damn! What is my problem!?

This is perhaps the best show I have ever seen! These guys are breathtaking. Just phenomenal! It's no wonder I bought a hat, shirt, jacket, sweatshirt, and stickers after the show! Remember, a band makes its money from merchandise sales, not ticket sales nor record sales. And the band deserves every penny of my contribution!


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Concert Reviews

S.O.D., Crowbar, and Skinlab

Live at Harpo's, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Saturday, November 20, 1999
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

Ah yes, Harpo's. I hate this place. Not only because it just sucks, but also because the neighborhood it is in is not very safe. I vowed I would never come here again, but here I am! First of all, I am not a fan of Skinlab. I purposely arrived late to miss them. And although I did arrive late, I made it just in time to see them! Great… Well, they were just what I expected: Machine Head clones! "Come on motherfuckers, I want to see this pit go crazy!" It's talk like that between songs that makes my stomach sour. Just shut up and get on with the goddamn show! I mean, the band performs well, and their stage presence is energetic, but get off the stage and make way!

Next up: Crowbar! Can you get any heavier? These guys are no bullshit, heavy weight, rhinoceros metal! They sounded excellent and played well, performing a mixture of songs from various albums (sorry I cannot pinpoint any certain names here, I'm a newer fan of theirs). It seemed their set was rather short though. One disappointment was a change in drummers. I don't know who was up there with them, but he did not fit in visually nor functionally. Is this the same person as the goof in Sonic Violence?

S.O.D… By the time they got on stage it was midnight…typical for Harpo's. I tend to get fed up with this shit hole by this time and unfortunately I start to lose interest in the show. S.O.D. was, well…S.O.D.! Heavy and hilarious! The opening music was "We are the World." Not just part of the song…the WHOLE THING! Brilliant! They played a large slew of songs, which is no wonder seeing as they're so short. Billy Milano had nice things to say about Detroit and people in general between songs, which was entertaining. He ripped on us because Detroit's the home of that loser Kid Rock. Scott was his usual intense-picking and stage-stomping self. Dan Lilker was also his usual self…a living zombie. And Charlie? Man, he totally pounded his ass off tonight. I kept my eye on him most of the night because he was the most entertaining for me, and I really appreciate his skills. S.O.D. almost played their entire first album, which was cool, but I wish they would have concentrated more on the second. They performed ballads of Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Frank Sinatra, Freddy Mercury, and a few others. Glad to hear one for Frank goddamn Sinatra! They also played "6 songs in 9 seconds". This short bit was a medley of their shortest songs including "Anti-Procrastination Song", "Momo", "The Camel Boy", "Diamonds and Rust", and two more I couldn't make out for some reason.

Seeing S.O.D. was cool, but for some reason I just wasn't as excited as when I first bought my ticket. I am sure part of it had to do with seeing In Flames just a week prior. I mean, can you get any better? (Let me answer that by saying yes: Fantomas). The other part of my un-enthusiastic feelings is Harpo's. Unless an ultra-metal show comes along, this is the last time I'm going to Harpo's. It's just not worth it.

 

Fantomas

Live at St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Monday, December 6, 1999
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

Mike Patton. Dave Lombardo. Buzz Osbourne. Trevor Dunn. Man, these four guys are AMAZING! I would guess there were only 150-200 people at this show. St. Andrew's Hall is a good place to see a live band. It is right in the heart of downtown Detroit.

Opening for Fantomas was some stupid-ass techno bullshit "band" called Kid 606 or something like that. What is the purpose of this? It's one guy, a computer, and some other electronic crap on stage. He doesn't really play anything…just pushes buttons. Why not just pop your CD into a player, push ONE button ("play"), and be done with it? Stupid…pointless…annoying. I cannot believe people listen to this crap. In ten years, is anyone going to care about this ass wipe? This kind of "music" has no integrity.

Enter Fantomas. They opened up with Mike ripping on us for being the home of Kid Rock. This was pretty funny indeed. But without warning they started the music with Dave and Trevor's pounding drums and bass, along with Mike's hiccup vocals . Everyone in the audience just watched in awe as the show progressed. I just had to get close to witness this monstrosity. Fantomas sounded superb, and their performance was virtually flawless, which is amazing considering the technicality and insanity of their album. Timing is critical for this band, and it was very entertaining watching Mike staring at Dave with evil eyes to make sure they're right on target. And if you've never seen Dave live, you're missing out on quite a sight! Damn is he furious! Fantomas ripped through the first half of their album with very little pauses and in-between-song ramblings. Although during the quiet parts of the music, people were yelling various Mr. Bungle song or demo titles, or other nonsense, to which Mike responded by telling us to "shut the fuck up" and threatening to play a Kid Rock medley and all of his hit songs, including a ballad. Mike couldn't remember the name of Kid Rock's ballad and asked Buzz what it was called. Buzz shrugged his shoulders with a clueless look and muttered "I don't know…the ballad of Detroit?" Mike replied "wait, I know…it's called 'The People Mover'". Which is very hilarious if you've been to Detroit and know what this piece-of-shit public transportation train thing is.

As a change in pace, after completing the first half of the album, Fantomas played what I would guess is a cover song. If you know Mr. Bungle, Patton's other band (duh), you know they always play covers…anything from D.R.I. to Loverboy! The song Fantomas played tonight sounded like a love song, judging from the words and how soft the song was. But there was a middle section that was fast and heavy that threw everyone off for a bit. After this song, they played the second half of their album. So in all they played their whole album! Is that not awesome!? And the crowd loved every minute of it! And as usual, the band left the stage while the fans shouted for the band to come back. Well they did. And guess what they played for an encore: a fucking Slayer medley! HOLY SHIT! Every time you go to see a band perform live, and that band has a musician formerly from another band, people shout that other band's name. For what reason I don't know. So naturally, during this show people were yelling "Slayer!", as if the band would hear it and respond by playing "War Ensemble" or something. Well I sure as hell wasn't expecting a Slayer medley! Starting off with the intro drums of "Criminally Insane", they mixed up various songs from "Reign in Blood", but Fantomas style. They toyed with the arrangements and tempos, exaggerated some music or vocal parts, or played the parts true to form. Absolutely brilliant and exciting! After the show Dave threw out his sticks to the crowd. I missed my chance at getting his second stick. It went right by me. Damn! What is my problem!?

This is perhaps the best show I have ever seen! These guys are breathtaking. Just phenomenal! It's no wonder I bought a hat, shirt, jacket, sweatshirt, and stickers after the show! Remember, a band makes its money from merchandise sales, not ticket sales nor record sales. And the band deserves every penny of my contribution!


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