31517 First Unit/Capital Chaos TV Presents Norma Jean at Colonial Theatre in Sacramento, CA

Norma Jean always brings it.  This isnt the best venue in town but bands do their thing and it works out.  I have seen Papa Roach, Neurosis, Soulfly, Training for Utopia, Kid Rock, Incubus, Staind, Killswitch Engage, some band Logan Mader was in for a bit after he left Machinehead, and quite a few local bands play here over the years.

Comrades from Colorado played and they are quite energetic, all three of them!  They actually just hit Sac again recently in June.


There was another band, and I dont remember who it was!  Here are some shots of Norma Jean below.  Oh wait, He Is Legend!  There was another band though.


3617 at Harlows in Sacramento, CA- Ghostface Killah

I finally saw some sliver of Wu-Tang.  Rage Against the Machine had Wu-Tang as main support for one of their tours years ago.  Wu didnt make it to the SF date.  I saw the Roots instead.  This kinda makes up for it because Ghost did quite a bit of Wu-Tang material this night.  I really wanted to hear tracks from Fishscale but he gave the people what they wanted!  Listening to Wu for so long and seeing a member 15 feet in front of me had me giddy!  Back in the 90s only seeing videos and mostly listening to them they become bigger than they really are because your mind just goes places.  All you have to go by is interviews, and music and videos.  Are they really that crazy like on the album cover?  Do they all know Kung Fu?  Are they Asian?  I do NOT want asshole sewn shut.

SOOOOOOO to the show.  It was dope.  For Proteck Ya Neck, Ghostface had two dudes come up and do Method Mans and ODB, and U-Gods part.  This one dude (shown below) got the mic for Method Mans part and killed it, and this other dude got the mic late for U-God, but did ODB, and got on stage again and did about 65 percent of the whole song until his voice gave out.  He also had a hot ass Wu-Tang letterman jacket.DSC_2221DSC_2261DSC_2319DSC_2336

I finally saw some sliver of Wu-Tang.  Rage Against the Machine had Wu-Tang as main support for one of their tours years ago.  Wu didnt make it to the SF date.  I saw the Roots instead.  This kinda makes up for it because Ghost did quite a bit of Wu-Tang material this night.  I really wanted to hear tracks from Fishscale.

3716 Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy and Absymal Dawn at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

This is a first in over a year for show reviews.  It is pretty difficult to get a photo pass now so I gotta keep this page legit in order to have a chance to shoot any shows, when I am able to get to one.

Tonight was my first time shooting at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.  I think this show was sold out or was certainly real close, it was hard to get anywhere in there.

Absymal Dawn from Los Angeles, CA started the night off and they were fantastic.  They were the only band I was able to get the set list from.  The audience was very into them and got a great response throughout their set.

Programmed to Consume


Perfecting Slavery

Human Obsolescence

In Service of Time

The Inevitable Return to Darkness


Andy Nelson of Absymal Dawn

Cryptopsy, one of my favorite bands was up next.  I first heard them when …And Then You’ll Beg came out in 2000.  I went back a bit into their back catalog but it didn’t do as much for me as ATYB did.  I could listen to that album all the way through.  I havent seen them since I think 05 at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA with Lord Worm on vocals, and the first time was Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA with Dimmu Borgir and Krisiun 31302 with Martin on vocals.  Tonight they came out swinging.  I do miss the extra mayhem of two guitars but Christian Donaldson and Oliver Pinard hold up the past songs quite well and the new EP The Book of Suffering is like a return in a way to ATYB and some hints of None So Vile at times.  I need to check out their self titled album because a bit of the focus on the EP has to have already been coming around within that album.  I rarely ever know song titles so just know they played nothing but hot tracks.


Cryptopsy 3716 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

Obituary had San Francisco, CA in the palm of their hands their whole set.  I saw a lot of old metal heads singing and just smiling a lot.  The band sounded good and the people were receptive.


Trevor Peres of Obituary in San Francisco, CA at the Fillmore 3716

When you talk death metal, Cannibal Corpse and Obituary are certainly at the top, especially when you have been around since the late 80’s and are still performing.  Cannibal Corpse turned the stage dark and red for at least the first few songs.  I then left.  I did not hear anything that grabbed my attention.  This is not to say they were not good, they are legends and have influenced many bands I listen to I am sure, I just could not get into it.  Maybe I am too old?  One thing I know is I need a new wide-angle lens.  Using my crappy 28mm 2.8 lens was frustrating, and the shots I saw from the other photographers that night were helping with my decision.

Doey Rock. Club Avalon Sacramento, CA 3.14.10

Sunday night at the Avalon in Sacramento, CA there was some live hip hop. I planned on going to this show about a month ago. One, its live hip hop, not “heres my cd,” or “nah bruh, skip that track.” There will be bands. Two, Doey Rock is performing, and is nice on the mic, and the beats he’s on have variety. If he feels the beat, he kills it. Three, I can take some photos. So anyways fast forward to Sunday night, I’m about to fall asleep, and just happen to go to some website that had a flier for the show. So back out of bed to the show. I’ve never been here. I did read a review though about the ladies room being right along the wall of the dance floor, so you can basically look inside the restroom each time the door is open. So I get there and Feva in the Funkhouse is playing. They were just finishing their last song. Wasnt a lot of folk there on a Sunday night, but if this is something they plan on doing again during the Summer, it will be twice as full. Sacramento needs it. The sound was good too during their set. Doey Rock came on next. Rocked it. I do not know any of his songs, I was just happy to hear some live hip hop.