Death By Stereo / Welcome To Your Life

Death By Stereo/Welcome To Your Life: live in Corona, Calive in Corona, Ca (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: ClidesdaleScaleClidesdaleScale
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I arrived at this show just as the doors were about to open, which I regret, because I had to sit through some pretty terrible opening bands. First up were Wanted Dead from Chunksaah Records (the Bouncing Souls' Record Label). Early in their set their singer said, "Fuck this world. It means shi.

I arrived at this show just as the doors were about to open, which I regret, because I had to sit through some pretty terrible opening bands.

First up were Wanted Dead from Chunksaah Records (the Bouncing Souls' Record Label). Early in their set their singer said, "Fuck this world. It means shit." Or something to that nature. That remark pretty much summed up how intelligent and imaginative their music was. They were your typical three chord, fuck everything, punk band that offered nothing that I hadn't heard or seen before. I found them very ordinary and uninspired as did the rest of the crowd, which was at a complete stand still.

Next up was Mike V and the Rats. From the name I expected a rockabilly band to play but I was wrong. I would have been lucky if a rockabilly band played, anything would have been better than Mike V and the Rats. Their guitar player looked like he belonged in ZZ Top. Their music was pretty much really bad and slow oldschool punk. Their front man, Mike V, tried desperately to look and sound like Henry Rollins and failed miserably. If there was one word to describe this band it would be "disaster."

Next up was Western Waste who had the sound that any other band would have if they were signed to Vans records. Its the typical Pennywise and Deviates brand of punk that makes all the bros aroud here turn their trucker caps sideways and scream their poor little hearts out. Their set offered nothing special and I was pretty bored through the whole thing. I was amazed/disgusted that their drummer was brave enough to take off his shirt even though he had breasts and back hair.

I was beginning to wonder who booked the support for this show because so far none of them seemed to fit in with Death By Stereo's sound at all. Welcome To Your Life, turned things around a bit. As they started to play, the crowd started to show signs of life, and a decent pit finally broke out. I wasn't really into Welcome To Your Life's brand of Metalcore, but they were a breath of fresh air compared to the bands that preceded them. They sounded kind of like Atreyu. Growling over metal riffs with the occasional sing along part. The crowd seemed to really like them and they did a good job of warming the crowd up for the almighty Death By Stereo.

After a few technical problems that their brand new guitar player had, Death By Stereo exploded into "Sticks and Bones," and total anarchy ensued. This show had stage dives galore. People were jumping all over the place, even off of the balcony and PA system. The pit was in a constant balance between a circle pit and a hardcore dancing pit, mirroring Death By Stereo's use of Hardcore and Punk influences. They played three songs off of the new record and they were amazing. The first was a diatribe against Child Molesting Priests called, "Shhh, It'll Be Our Little Secret." I didn't catch the name of the next song, but it was a very angry song about fashion core kids in the scene. The last new song they played was, "Wasted Words," their track on Punk O Rama 7. Efrem was throwing out ugly hats with Death By Stereo stickers on them, Hulk Hogan records disguised as the new album, and blowing on air horns the whole night. He jumped into the crowd numerous times during the show and started his own pit. As for their set they played a good amount off of both records. I could be forgetting a few songs, but they played, "Sticks and Bones," "Sing Along With The Patriotic Punks," "No Cuts, No Butts, No Coconuts," "Emo Holocaust," "Hippie Holocaust," "Looking Out For #1," "Turn the Page," "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Salvation," "Desperation Train," "Getting it Off My Chest," "Holding $60...," and "High School was like Boot Camp for a Desk Job."

Overall, they put on a great show with some killer energy. I can't wait for the new record to come out so I can see them again.


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ClidesdaleScale (March 26, 2003)

just curious as to who works with me. Reveal yourself!!!! Reveal yourself!!!!

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

I work with clidesdale scale at disneyland. He's the ugliest guy i've ever seen in my life and he smells like shit.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Clydesdale scale = douche bag
fuck you cocksmoker

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Yo! I'm a hardCore thug and I'm hard! You is a butt burglar.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Way to show them who's boss with the fourth grade insults bro. Oh yeah, you spelled clydesdale wrong. idiot.

ClidesdaleScale (March 25, 2003)

Could you be any more of a butt burglar?

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

could clydesdale scale try a little harder to feign eloquence? did your friends tell you hardcore was cool, and as a result decided to spew forth half witted rhetoric like some god awful newspaper journalist? Who are you trying to kid anway? The facade's completely transparent. just thought i'd let you know.

ClidesdaleScale (March 25, 2003)

I'd just like to know why that stupid, ass-eating, cum guzzling, anonymous fuck thinks I'm a douche bag. Which one of these terrible bands did you like the mediocre punk band, the band fronted by a retard and the guitarist from ZZ top, or the bro core band that sucks more dick than your mother did with me last night. I'll use an Airheads reference if I want dicksmoke! Go fuck yourself cock sucker!

civperc (March 24, 2003)

Mike V. And The Rats are good, check your head :-)

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

Wow.. are you like twelve or something? I'm sorry I really don't mean to be rude but come on? Did you get into HC last year? It's great that you like it and all but you really need to check out like.. I don't know.. Sick of it All.. or Botch.. or Threadbare.. Wow.. that honestly blows me away..

Dubar (March 24, 2003)

death by stereo is the band that made me love hardcore, and they're much better than your band.

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

Anyone got this persons phone number so i can tell them what a cock-sucking shit faced loser they are?

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

clidesdale scale is a fucking moron. two seconds in to this review i hated this person. this person isn't good enough to use a AIRHEADS reference. FUCK YOU DOUCHE BAG!

sadam (March 24, 2003)

death by shit music!

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

the person who wrote is probably some idiotic loser who gets a kick out calling other people "bro's" and what not just make up for the piece of shit this person really is. this person probably has no friends and if he/her does they probably hate him/her, who wouldn't?

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

Just to clear some things up: Atreyu's "melodic" singer is their drummer. That growly guy is the lead singer. And yeah, it was kinda dumb the first time I heard it too, but it grew on me as I kept listening. Second, Death By Stereo uninspirational? Funny, cause they've always seemed to be one of the most inspirational bands out there to me. They are actually original, and just plain fucking nice. Go listen to their CD's and if you still think they suck, well, go listen to something you do like so I don't have to hear about it.

-El Vaquero

FortyMinutesWest (March 22, 2003)

God Forbid is a kickass band.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

godforbid that people are comfortable with their bodies...

GreenVandal (March 22, 2003)

Neither Atreyu or Darkest Hour are very original at all. But then again, neither is 98% of the music we all probably listen to. Its the effort to be original that counts. And I like Darkest Hour alot better, Atreyu's evil emo lyrics just plain out piss me off, and the man should sing the whole time instead of that stupid growl. He ruined "Aint love grand" with those stupid growls. But I still like em, cuz the music for both bands is good, and the riffing is kind of similar.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

I saw Death By Stereo once and I decided that they are stupid uninspirational ass-clowns. Dear twelve year olds quit buying this second rate crap so that bands will have to try harder that way when I hear hype on a band and I check them out maybe they won't suck ass.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

Atreyu may not be the most original band, but they fucking rock hard. I do love me some technical hardcore, mmm, mmm.

-El Vaquero

FortyMinutesWest (March 21, 2003)

Yeah that's another thing, the Western Waste description was pretty far off.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

Western Waste is a good band, and judging by the description you gave of them, it is obvious that you don't know what you are talking about at all.

FortyMinutesWest (March 21, 2003)

I never said Atreyu is amazing original or groundbreaking. I was simply saying that Darkest Hour isnt exactly the measuring stick for originality.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

I liked the review. The whole comment about the bros and the trucker hats made me laugh. I wanted to go to this show to see Death By Stereo, but alas was left with no one to go with me. Glad to heard that they put on a good show though.

ThisIsNotEmo (March 21, 2003)

wow, im amazed that someone can bash Darkest Hour on the basis that they are unoriginal (which they are, but are good anyways), and then proceed to say how good Atreyu is. They aren't exactly the most original band either.

FortyMinutesWest (March 21, 2003)

Darkest Hour rips their riffs straight from In Flames and At The Gates, so don't use them as your shining beacon of originality. And Atreyu rocks.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

Listen to the first song on Darkest Hour's "Mark of the Judas". Then listen to the first song on Atreyu's masterpiece. I don't have to go any further.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

How could anyone who likes metal punk rock hate Atreyu? That guy is fucking crazy. I heart Atreyu a lot man!

steakhouse (March 21, 2003)

I liked the first death by stereo album. The second wasn't nearly as good. Efrem's vocals are too cartoony and the production is terrible. Although "no shirt, no shoes, no salvation" is a good song.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

Comparing any band to Atreyu is the biggest insult ever. Atreyu is, by far, the most unoriginal band I've ever heard, and they rip off countless bands. That being said, I dig Welcome to Your Life.

FortyMinutesWest (March 21, 2003)

You know what I love? Bro jokes! Oh wait, no I don't. They're getting old, people. Anyway, Welcome To Your Life will eat your soul. Death by Stereo rules as well.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

I'd love to see Henry Rollins and Mike Vallely Go toe to toe, That shit would be a hell of alot better than all of these 1 round tyson fights. My score is for the potential of that fight!

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