|Sevendust, NonPoint, Wicked Wisdom,
Socialburn, and One - January 28, 2006
Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Perhaps this could very well be the most intense rock tour package to run across north America in this new year of exciting shows to hit Philadelphia Pa. In fact the best place in Philadelphia to see any type of concert period is at the famous Electric Factory, where more bands have graced this venue for more then ten straight years.
The year couldn't be more exciting enough to catch this great event with a headlining slot with Sevendust, who are just an incredible band to witness in any given live rock show. Even with just one line up change and a new label under their belt, nothing has stopped Sevendust from achieving their common goal which is to kick your ass with the most intense live show ever in 2006.
A quick set change and bam, ready to go again with a thirty minute set from another Florida based quartet known as Socialburn. It's hard to real describe their music as per say alternative or metal, yet it's more complex to actually give it a certain title from never seeing this band ever play in my home town of Philly. With just two releases including The Beauty Of Letting Go, Socialburn reminds me of the nineties alternative bands with a twist especially in their live show at the electric factory. The front man vocals crisp and clean, the guitar work quite satisfying to say the most about this band from what they played from their current CD.
One more set change, this time the factory is set to the tone a brutal performance with Nonpoint. I myself had a chance to see them once or twice over the past few years, definitely unique blend of heavy hitting songs with melodies tossed in for good measure. I truly like this bands attitude with their live show, the pure power pipes of Elias surly displays the aggression in their music. He works the stage, gets the fans into the music and encourages the pits to flow about in front of the stage and oh yes, Philly is well known for some vicious pits. Rounding out their show with songs from To The Pain among others including the title track and " Alive and Kicking ".
Once again Sevendust not only performed their famous hits, they also focused in on some newer material from Next which is not only a smokin' CD, its perhaps the finest works from this band to date. Opening the sizzling set with two Tracks off of Next with " Hero " and " Ugly " to superior tracks of " Black " , " Trust ", and " Praise".
The melodies and guitar work from Sevendust at this show simply brutal, Lejon's voice in rare form as he belted out the most intense showcase one can witness live.
Overall I would have to say it was a great night for music once again in Philadelphia, loads of loud rock, lots of moshing, and of course the famous Philly circle pits generally makes a concert experience worth while.
Reviewed By: Steve Trager