Issues @ Vans Warped Tour | Ventura, CA

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A band called The Maine plays Vans Warped Tour | Ventura, CA

6/24/18 | Photos courtesy of : Jamie Kaufman 

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Bleeding Through | Welcome Back Show 2018

 6/8/18 | The Observatory

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Bleeding Through – Welcome Back Show | Review

6/8/18 | Venue: The Observatory Orange County in Santa Ana, CA

     Bleeding Through is back and better than ever. The band that pioneered the metal-core genre went on hiatus in 2013. With their newest album “Love Will Kill All”, released this year, 2018, via Sharptone Records, they sharpened their sound and brought a whole new level of raw talent to the table. With this being their first show in five years, and with the talented support they got for this one-day event, I knew it would be truly amazing.

          The opening band was Iron Curtain, local to the Inland Empire in Southern California. This band mixes grindcore and hardcore genres together perfectly. They played a 25-minute set, that was truly amazing. They released their album “The Road” independently in 2017, their setlist pulled from that release. I was thoroughly impressed with this band and will definitely be going to one of their shows again.

          The next band to take the stage was, Too Pure to Die. This hardcore metal act, hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, surely came in to showcase all they had to offer. Their 30-minute set showcased songs from their entire discography. Their most recent release was their EP “Only the True Remain”, which they released independently. The band played without their vocalist, as he was in the hospital awaiting surgery. So, bassist Joe Ellis filled in on vocals for the day and absolutely slayed it. It was as if he was made to be a frontman, as he commanded the stage with ease. They gained a new fan, me.

          The infamous Lionheart was next to grace the stage, coming to us from Northern California. Lionheart played an incredible set. They had a lot of energy from the start. Their newest album “Welcome to the West Coast II”, released in 2017 via Fast Break! Records, is amazing. I’m glad they played a few songs from this release. This is another hardcore band I hadn’t heard of much before, but I recently bought a ton of their albums. I would certainly recommend checking them out, as they are stellar.

          The biggest supporting act was none other than Winds of Plague. This was my second time seeing the deathcore and symphonic metalcore fusion act and they never disappoint when I see them live. They played songs off all their releases. However, the two releases that received the most coverage on this show were “Decimate the Weak”, released in 2008 via Century Media, and “Blood of My Enemy”, released in 2017 via EOne Records and Good Fight Records. Keyboardist and second vocalist Adrienne Cowan flew in from being on tour with one of her other bands, Seven Spires, just to play this date. They always give me goosebumps when I see them, as their music is truly amazing. If you haven’t listened to them, I recommend it. This is certainly a band I will go see whenever I can.

          The headlining band was the one and only Bleeding Through. They played the longest set I’ve seen live, consisting of 20 songs. They played songs off 7 of their 8 albums, and played 6 songs alone off the newest album, which is my personal favorite. The venue was completely sold out, with fans going wild for the band. I have never seen a venue so jampacked, except for when I saw the Back to the Basics tour with Blessthefall, and the floors were all covered with sweat after the show. Anyways, what I loved about their song choices was that it covered the full variety of what Bleeding Through is all about. Bleeding Through has a signature sound, that perfectly blends together metalcore with melodic death metal. So, some songs have clean vocals, but some do not. They chose a perfect mix and put on one of the best sets I’ve ever seen live. I cannot wait to see this band live again.

          What I will say about this night though is that the crowd was perfectly fine for every band up until Winds of Plague. That’s when the crowd-surfing truly started. I got pushed to the ground with my camera by a crowd-surfer, while I was in the photo pit. One guy actually landed on my camera, which was scary. Luckily my camera was not damaged, but I screamed out bloody murder. Also, the entire night, the venue did not put the usual 3-song rule in place for photographers. It wasn’t until Bleeding Through came on that they decided to put this rule through, so I shot 3 songs in the pit, and the rest with my telephoto lens from the crowd, which worked out pretty well. Seeing all of these bands made those issues I dealt with worth it. I wanted to personally thank Brandon Schieppati and all of Bleeding Through for this opportunity and I hope to be able to photograph for you guys again soon.

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Disrupted Euphoria | Whisky A Go-Go

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Kataklysm & Exmortus – Double Album Release Show | REVIEW

By: Jamie Kaufman | Venue: Whisky A Go-Go

           Going to an album release show in general is pretty exciting, especially when it’s for some pretty big bands in the scene. But, when it’s for two bands, who are both extremely talented, you know it’s going to be a good night. Kataklysm is a very popular melodic death metal band from Canada. Exmortus is a popular band, with music that blends together thrash metal and melodic death metal, and are local to Southern California. This night was incredible, especially since my good friends in Disrupted Euphoria were opening. While I only wound up photographing Disrupted Euphoria, as I was tired, I stayed around and watched the rest of the bands, and was blown away by what the two main bands had to offer.

Disrupted Euphoria is a fusion between melodic death metal and groove metal. They formed 2014, and have garnered a large following throughout Southern California since that time. I have seen this band play countless times and they just get better and better. Their most recent songs they’ve been working on all are inspired by classic serial killers, like H.H. Holmes and many more. They are very cohesive and have a tightness to them. Vocalist Hannah Rebel is the driving force in the band, with impressive low growls and high shrieks. She also incorporates her large clean vocal range into the mix from time to time, which is especially shown in the operatic section of their newest song “The Wolf”. Guitarist Shadowsill, bassist Sparky, and drummer Mr. Lips slay on the stage, with their amazing costumes and stage get up. They are for sure a band to check out.

Exmortus, a four-piece band from Whittier, CA surly came in to slay. Their newest album “The Sound of Steel”, was released the night of the show via Relapse Records. They played a 9-song set, 4 of which came from the newest album. I was truly blown away from the moment they came on stage. They have a very tight sound and have a very strong stage presence. This was my first time listening to them and seeing them. After one song, I went right over to their merch table and bought their newest CD.

The headlining band of the night was Kataklysm. I had heard of them before the show many times, but had yet to listen to their music. Knowing they were melodic death metal, I knew I would like their music. Some examples of bands in this genre are Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, and so on. Kataklysm, as well as the bands listed prior puts on one hell of a set. They chose to play the Whisky a Go-Go as one of the four dates on the album release tour, which was very exciting to hear. They played a 13-song set, which came from all their albums. They played two songs off the newest album “Meditations”, released this year, 2018, via Nuclear Blast Records. They are an exceptional band I hope to see them again, as well as photograph for them next time. This was an incredible show and I am so thankful Disrupted Euphoria brought me along.

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J-Theo @ Rock City Studios

J-Theo | 6/2/18 |Rock City Studios  

Jonathan Zillman, also known as J-Theo, is quite the entertainer. I have seen him grow as a musician, and as a person over the last year, it has been very beautiful to see. Jonathan headlined the Live in the 805 events twice before, however he was listed as a supporting act on this event. He played an incredible set, around six or seven songs, most of which came from his debut album “A Dreamer’s Disease”, which he re-released independently this year under the new name J-Theo. J-Theo takes influences from many different genres and infuses it into his rap/R&B style. Originally, Jonathan was a part of a few different local hardcore and death-core bands that unfortunately did not work out. With that being said, he used some of the lyrical work and poetry while in those bands, and put it to good use in his current music. He writes about things that mean a lot to him, and thus his lyrical content strays away from a lot of the garbage the mainstream shows in terms of rap. He raps about topics some are too afraid to, and is very fun to watch on stage. He even stage dived at the end, with the crowd carrying him around the venue during his last song “Black Sheep”. J-Theo is a rap artist that stretches the boundaries and is definitely one to be on the lookout for.  Our interview with J-Theo will be posted to our YouTube channel shortly, be on the look out!

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