Friday night at the Diesel Lounge in Chesterfield Township, MI, bands gathered at the bowling alley concert venue. While families celebrated birthdays at the bowling alley, people played pinball, chowed on fresh pizza and shot pool, but on the other side of the complex, a line of people waited to see Drowning Pool, Audiotopsy, Violent New Breed, Cadre, Dead in 5, All is Faded, and 3 Minutes to Oblivion. The Diesel Lounge concert venue is one of the unique gems in Michigan, as it offers concert goers the option to participate in games while waiting for the bands to get set up on stage, and with two stages for bands to play on, it has the ability to alternate bands, so that there is no down time in between rock.
Local bands play on the front stage, welcoming people into the venue, getting them warmed up for the main stage. The first band was 3 Minutes to Oblivion, and though these local guys were a bit young, they played as if they had been around for many moons. Their style was not that of a band starting out, as they had a groove and melody that relied on synchronized timing, and they did not miss a beat.
The show was an all ages show, and 3 Minutes to Oblivion brought in a younger crowd that might not have otherwise been expected. That meant their fans were more than willing to dance and be part of the crowd, helping to ensure that people were not just standing around with their arms folded. Their style fit perfectly with the bill, and many agreed that 3 Minutes to Oblivion will be a band to watch as they come up in the music industry, for they have talent that can rival older bands, and it will be interesting to see just how far they can make it the upcoming years – so keep their name in mind.
Dead in 5 was the first band on the main stage in the bigger section of the Diesel Lounge. Dana Forrester was the only female musician of the night, playing bass for Dead in 5. Though Dead in 5 is a fairly new band, their members are compiled of musicians that have been in the Detroit scene for a while. For example, Dana played with 60 Second Crush, a band that we rocked out with at Howard’s Club H in Bowling Green, OH, back in 2001, and she has been a steady force in the scene since then.
Dead in 5 has more of an edge than 60 Second Crush, with a darker vibe and a harder sound. It’s more metal than rock, but it still has that melodic sound that you can both bop around to and mosh to easily. The faces of the musicians in the band are more than familiar to those who have been in the Detroit scene for a while, and their talent from being a driving force in Detroit is more than evident.
This is a band that you will want to pick up an album from. Dead in 5 is a band that will haunt music list, as it is seductive and addicting. Their sound is easy to get into and one that will stick in your head.
All is Faded dove in second on the first stage. The guitar player had eye-catching American flag pants, and their sound demanded attention. All is Faded was another younger band, but again had a very tight sound that was well rounded and put together in a manner that said they were wise beyond their years.
Very energetic, All is Faded could be seen leaping around the stage. The crowd responded, gathering towards the front of the stage, answering with energy of their own. This is another band that is sure to become more familiar in the Detroit scene, regionally and hopefully beyond, so watch for them.
The second band on the second stage was from California. Violent New Breed were dipping their toes in the Detroit music scene, and they were not disappointing. The crowd gathered to check them out, growing in number, filling the main stage room and reacting with thumping dance, pounding heads.
The blue haired guitar player welcomed a little guy on stage, a friendly reminder that it was an all ages show. The little boy threw up his metal horns, capturing the hearts of many of the audience members. Just because there was a little kid on stage for a song, don’t get the wrong impression, as their sound was very much aimed at adults who like to rock out and slam their bodies into each other violently.
Violent New Breed is not new to the music scene. Cincinnati born Max Green, formerly of Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse, joined forces with Mikey Alfero, Brent Ashley, and Glendon Crain to create this awesome new sound. It is darkly seductive yet hard hitting like a punch the the neck.
Headlining the front stage was Cadre. They brought in and acknowledged the biker crowd, which was an interesting contrast to the younger people lured in by some of the other bands, but totally cool, too. These guys were serious, hardcore, and much of the crowd gathered to watch them, even ignoring some of the main stage bands just to watch Cadre, as honestly, they should have been on the main stage.
Still headlining the front stage was a safe bet for Cadre, as their sound hypnotized the crowd, forcing them to stay and watch. The ears tell the body to stay put and take it in. Cadre was actually amazing.
They had a rockin’ groove with a hardcore edge. They balanced melody with moshing. There’s a reason why the bikers were drawn to them, as they had a serious rockin’ thump that made people prisoner, held captive, unable to make themselves move away from their sound; simply enjoy Cadre.
Audiotopsy was next on the main stage. Consisting of Mattew McDonough from Mudvayne on drums, Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne and Hellyeah on guitar, Perry Stern on bass and Skrape lead singer Billy Keeton both singing and playing guitar, Audiotopsy was an all-star lineup with an obviously schooled sound. They had harmony and euphony with an unyielding callous to contrast against it, creating a sound that is unique to the band, as opposed to a rehash of one of their previous musical works.
This was fresh, new, but with a sound that was older, more experienced, with a firm grip at musicality. Their debut release “Natural Causes” is one that can be listened to over and over, with hidden gems that can be found upon each new listen. It is a very well thought out album, and they are worth seeing live.
Drowning Pool headlined the whole shindig. Working on their fourth lead singer, the second one named Jason, Jason Moreno joined the band in 2012, in their third attempt to replace original singer Dave Williams, who died while touring on Ozzfest in 2002. As an employee of Ozzfest in 2002, I know how much this sudden death devastated the entire tour, and though I have seen Drowning Pool play since then, with other lead singers, this one has both the melodic and metal capabilities.
He brings an almost punk edge to the band, which almost changes the dynamics of the band, giving it a breath of fresh air with a younger wave and a punk mohawk. He does have a wide vocal range, though he tends to hit more on the metal and punk side than the harmonies, he can sing the mellow songs.
With the new album coming out, it will be interesting to hear how the band takes this new journey. Stevie, CJ and Mike have been the anchors of the band, playing as great as ever, always putting on a great show. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Drowning Pool, it’s time to check them out again.
Marisa Williams toured on Ozzfest in 2002, earned her Master’s in Writing at the Johns Hopkins University, is the author of more than 100 books, and the publisher of Thorisaz Views. For more pictures and videos, check out Thorisaz Views.