GALLERY: Carnifex Live at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan

GALLERY: Carnifex Live at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan

Fucking intense, evil, dark as fuck, and of course, brutal. Carnifex laid waste to the Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan and I had front row for them to melt my face clear off. From the depths of hell Scott, Buddah and crew ripped the crowd apart with their brand of deathcore that sent chills down my spine. I am so fucking stoked to see them this summer. 

Carnifex is also one of the heavier bands to grace the stage at this year's Vans Warped Tour. 

Check out the gallery below and give them some love on their links too.

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WARPED TOUR 2016: Masked Intruder Live at the Palace of Auburn Hills

WARPED TOUR 2016: Masked Intruder Live at the Palace of Auburn Hills

Born of an idea in a shitty jail. A bunch of low life scumbags played a great set for a bunch of fucked up kids and quite a few stoned and drunk adults, if you can call us that. I love this band. There might be a schtick, but the fucking shit works. So fuck off if you're pettiness doesn't involve songs about thievery and stalking. This is what I have always loved about punk music, even softer sounding pop punk bands can push boundaries and piss people off. People still don't get this world, whether it is commercialized bands rekindling their glory days on the Warped main stage or admitting time to move on like Yellowcard's most recent retirement. It's nice to have fun in punk and be fucking stupid and make people remember why they used to call us fucked up names and fight us and rob us and fucking kill us. This shit has been safe as fuck for half my life. It's why I like bands like this and heavier bands like Converge or Lorna Shore, who to me piss people the fuck off and to a lot of us, that's exactly what entertainment is here for. Enjoy the gallery and give Masked Intruder some love, I'm sure they got old court fees to pay or bench warrants to deal with. Also, I am in some sort of mood today where I just don't give a shit? Can you tell? Good. 

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WARPED TOUR 2016: Motionless In White Live at the Palace of Auburn Hills

WARPED TOUR 2016: Motionless In White Live at the Palace of Auburn Hills

 

 

Motionless in White is a band that I always saw in magazines but I was honestly a dick about. I just lumped them in with who they looked like instead of being a decent fucking human being. I made Warped a point to be a change in my mentality and attitude towards music and people in general. I won't ever lose my cynicism or my brash bluntness so many of you have come to hate, but I can at least say that I gave a bunch of bands a shot that day and no one was disappointing, or fucked up, or not completely on point. "Motionless" chants from the crowd came as the 6 member band came out on the stage and ripped right into "Reincarnate" and immediately the crowd bounced ala 70s English Pogo. I didn't even know what to say when Ghost was right in front of me staring me in the eyes dressed as Regan from the Exorcist with pea soup vomit and all, I realized I was wrong. I fucked up. This band is great and fucking brutal and bassy with synth sounds all to their own. I really enjoyed this set and furthered my knowledge of completely being wrong and sleeping on artists for years. Bands like this make you a better photographer and writer and critic. Admit when you're wrong, it's fucking freeing you bastards. Check out the gallery below. 

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GALLERY: Fallujah Live at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan

GALLERY: Fallujah Live at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan

Fallujah is an extreme metal band from San Francisco. I fucking loved photographing them. They were brutal, technical, and photogenic. Their set was on point and I am looking forward to photographing them again in the future. They released their third studio album last year "Dreamless" and it is fucking gnarly. Get it, listen to it on repeat and run on a treadmill or punch a dishwasher or whatever the fuck you need to do to blow off steam. European friends, make sure to check their websites for details on their 2017 summer tour. They are surely not to be missed. 

Check out the gallery below and give them some love on their links too.

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GALLERY: A Will Away live at St Andrews Hall 03.19.17

GALLERY: A Will Away live at St Andrews Hall 03.19.17

Sunday March 19th I got to take the Cat to see a few bands while I photographed them. It was my first time finally photographing at St Andrews Hall in Detroit, Michigan. This venue is unique in many ways. Mainly, it housed so many events of my youth that inspired me musically and visually to fall in love with this industry. This night wasn't like other nights though. I had decent access and got to shoot from the photo pit with the old pot-belly on the stage Nirvana played in the 90s. I saw Deftones play a secret show there, and to this day is one of my favorite concert experiences ever.

As the only American band on the bill A Will Away brought it just as much as the other three acts. I was pleasantly surprised with how good their live set was. Deeply emotional and highly energetic, they are a definite repeat act for me and the Cat. If they come through Detroit again we will more than likely be there. A Will Away just finished up their last spring tour and are resting up before their summer ventures. Give them some love and follow them and support them when they come through your city.Check out the images from the show below. 

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WARPED TOUR 2016: The Story So Far Live at the Palace of Auburn Hills

WARPED TOUR 2016: The Story So Far Live at the Palace of Auburn Hills

The Story So Far was one of my highlights of the day. I had been looking forward to this one for a few years. I was so stoked to have my beer gut rub against the stage while awaiting them to come out and rock the middle of the day set.  It was hard to not sing along while shooting this set. Because of that I upped my shutter speed to almost 1/400th knowing that I was going to be unable to resist singing along. Not to mention the band moves around a lot and with the sun beating down it was easy to use the settings I used. How could I resist singing along though? The first three songs were "All Wrong" and "The Glass" and "Nerve". Give me a break. If my life depended on not singing along to this band I would have been dead 30 seconds into their set. It hit's the chest so deep and considering the shit this band has helped get me through, it only made sense to get as many photos as possible. 

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