Carnival of Madness: Pittsburgh

logo-headerIf you don’t know what The Carnival of Madness is, chances are you’re probably listening to Justin Bieber pleasure himself to Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance while singing Taylor Swift. Never, ever, evertheless, I’m not here to judge, just keep the hate mail to a minimum. I really don’t want to throw anymore teenagers into a downward spiral of social decay.  Now here comes the real music.

The Carnival of Madness is a showcase of some of today’s best metal and alternative bands. On the roster this year, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment, Shinedown,and We As Human. Our very own metal goddess, Zosia West, Lead singer from Echoes Never Lie, of course was in attendance, and gave us her review on the performances.

Sit back and enjoy.

Or better yet, jump up and down, then read the rest of the article, then continue jumping. Preferably to Echoes Never Lie, but who’s asking.

We As Human provided a rocking opening set with strong vocals and good production value. Their underlying  message is always introspective and it’s great to hear band that sounds just as good live (if not better) than their studio album.

In This Moment:

What an evolution this band has become Maria was just the tattooed girly dresses to a body suit and stage decor and back up dancers. They played such a short set; I believe 30 minutes. One of the things I would’ve like to have seen is for them to incorporate their old material to really show their evolution as a band.

I’m not trying to be one of those elitist stating only their old material was good, in fact I love it all I just like bands to cover all bases. I also noticed what a show woman Maria is, but also her vocals were heavily processed out of the 4 bands. Once again, not hating on her, it would just be interested to see her raw, if you will. It’s amazing how the music industry has changed..

Papa Roach:

There’s nothing more refreshing than a band that just gets out their and kills it. Papa Roach did just that. They had no bells and whistles, just a banner and the lead singer just recovered from vocal surgery last year. The were simple high energy and kept it to the point; covered old and new songs with no gimmicks, no big lights, just them. I wish entertainment could have some of the purity back.

Skillet:

This band has a phenomenal budget and you start to ponder is it because of the gimmick of being Christian. I appreciated the full production of strings and open chords and it seemed they had the biggest fan base. I have no problem with bands having beliefs, but at the end of the set when the lead singer said I’d like to thank my main man Jesus. It was a huge turn off for me, and you wonder if they’re capitalizing on that label and the bands they’re touring with. I can say some of them don’t have those beliefs…how “christian”  are they? One begins to ask. The lead singer’s vocals were heavily processed and he started to lose his voice towards the end. Blah.

 Shinedown:

This band has a very organic sound no vocal effects. There were some bells and whistles, but this band can truly hold their own. The band covered all albums and had some production value, but the lead singer had high energy, some costume changes, and hard-hitting ballads. They truly have something for every demographic and I enjoyed their performance.

Overall it looks like the Carnival of Madness was, Madness. Thanks to the lovely Zosia West for her unfiltered review of the performances, and great photography provided by our resident head banger, Ron Short.

Special thanks to Amanda Cagan from ABC PR for coming through in the clutch. Jordanesque. FYI folks, Public Relations is a hard ass job for real PR Ninjas.

Now to lovely pictures.

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