Fear Before The March Of Flames / Hot Cross

Fear Before The March Of Flames / Hot Cross: Live In PoughkeepsieLive In Poughkeepsie (2004)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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My anticipation for this show was pretty high, considering Hot Cross absolutely NEVER comes upstate, and I have heard nothing but the highest praise about their live show. My anticipation was put on hold, however as I waited in a t-shirt in the 30 degree weather outside Club Crannell in the shit hol.

My anticipation for this show was pretty high, considering Hot Cross absolutely NEVER comes upstate, and I have heard nothing but the highest praise about their live show. My anticipation was put on hold, however as I waited in a t-shirt in the 30 degree weather outside Club Crannell in the shit hole otherwise known as Poughkeepsie. I drove for 2 1/2 hours to see this, and they still couldn't open the doors on time. Once the doors did actually open though, the first band came on within about 10 minutes or so.

I soon wished I was back out in the cold.

Besides nu metal, there's no type of music I abhor more than mosh metal. Welcome I Am The End! First off, the singer looks like he had come straight from Chess club to play this gig, and if only he had stayed there. I'm not sure if they played different songs or not, I was too busy wishing I was watching Iron Chef, because it's far easier to comprehend that then the reason these ass clowns are playing music. It was the most uninspired, boring 20 minutes I've ever experienced. The lead singer marched around like an angry gorilla, (You Remembering Never fans would love this!) and the two guitarists played the same god damn chord, chord, breakdown progression throughout the duration. Ugh.

The next band apparently was local, because a lot of the kids seemed to be into them, and I was too after the first song. I didn't catch the name the first time around, so I asked one of the singers after the set, and still didn't understand what he said. Something Port Jervis Zoo? I don't know, but it was good. They went with the whole two vocalist approach, and pulled it off well. The one vocalist sounded like that of Spirit Of Versailles, the other could sing for Between The Buried and Me. Made for a nice shrieking/growling contrast. They were also a lot more entertaining to watch, and, just to throw us a curveball, the guitarists didn't play repetitive chord patterns the entire time. Those tricky bastards.

Next up was Hot Cross, and god damn. I mean, God damn. I've seen a lot of shows, and a lot of bands, but I've never been so blown away by a set in my entire life. I was in awe during the entire set. They kicked it off with "Fortune Teller", which sounded even better than on recording. The energy the entire band puts into their show is like nothing you will see. Sure, hardcore bands can be fun live, but this is different. The guitar parts are entirely more technical and precise than 95% of bands, but the guitarist managed to thrash about wildly and not miss a single beat. Billy, the singer was as engaging and entertaining as you could ever hope to be. The stage at Club Cranell is about a whopping three inches off the ground, so Billy and the guitarist were out on the floor, and they needed every inch they could get. They tore through their 7 song set like it was the last time they'd ever play. After Fortune Teller, I was lucky enough to see my favorite Hot Cross song, "The Eye Is A Tricky Machine." Once again, even more impressive live than on record. They kept up a good mix between new and old, playing "Prepare/Repair," "Solanka," and "Throw Collars To The Wind" and they closed it out with "Lend Me Your Brain." I really don't think this paragraph can accurately describe to you how good this band is live. It was jaw-dropping. Too bad the next band on couldn't follow their cues.

Scars Of Tomorrow was that band. Have you heard It Dies Today? Okay well, it's the same band. That's my theory anyhow. Too bad It Dies Today sucks. More mosh metal, hooray! If I could have only counted the breakdowns! These guys should go tour with Remembering Never, It Dies Today, and Hatebreed. And then, if the Gods love any of us, they'll be on the shitty end of an 8 car pileup. That sounds horrible, yes, but that's got nothing on what I'm going to do to the lead singer of the next mosh metal band who's set I have to stand through to see somebody good. I don't know what songs they played, nor do I care to. The two guitarists and bassist all stood in a line, with their matching black hair and t-shirts, and did that dumb hunching over and standing up while playing thing. I hate that. I hate them. Bah!

Fear Before The March Of Flames came on last, and thankfully put on a decent set. I was expecting more from them, to be honest. But a lot of times it really just depends on whether or not kids are into them, and they weren't. No mosh parts = Unhappy kids. Don't get me wrong, Fear Before were tight, and they were entertaining, I was just expecting something different I guess. Like Hot Cross, they did play my favorite song of theirs, which score points for them. That song is "The Twentieth Century Was Entirely Mine." Though, in their defense, they played more of the second album, which is not as enjoyable for me as the first. It's not as chaotic, and they took away a lot of the double screaming that the last album was so much about. In any event, the lead singer, all 78 pounds of him, did his damndest to get kids into it, but everybody just kind of stood in a horseshoe. I think a lot of it was also that Hot Cross was just so good, that they paled in comparison. It'd go see Fear Before again though, they sounded good, they played well, they entertained me. That's all I ask for. Here's as much of a set list as I can remember. It's not in any sort of order:

The Twentieth Century Was Entirely Mine
What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas
Given To Dreams
Hey Kid, I'm A Computer, Stop All The Downloading
The State Of Texas Vs. Fear Before
Whiskey Has Its Place, and Its Place Is In Hell
Should've Stayed In The Shallows
The God Awful Truth

All In all, worth 10 bucks. Hell, I'd have paid 10 bucks just to see Hot Cross and not see any band with breakdowns. If you get a chance to see Hot Cross, absolutely do it. If you're not a fan, they'll make you one.


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Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

Not that long ago i respected the hardcore scene....now all the kids who dance look like tools

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

"The majority of kids who dance at shows are absolute douchebags"

truth. i'm so sick of hearing all this "xxXbring the moshXxx" stupid bullshit. Go take ninjitsu lessons or something cuz you look like a complete tool at these shows...

Anchors (December 1, 2004)

You guys are so intelligent, really.

Keep telling me I didn't see this show in Poughkeepsie, it was actually in Connecticut. I in fact drove an extra 4 hours that for some reason I was not aware of, to a venue I've never heard of. LoL!!! Moron.

How could I be so dumb, to think I knew what state this was in?

Lastly, to the stunningly brilliant kid who said I was a pussy, I'm not sure if you're aware of this or not, but there are kids who go to hardcore shows because they like the music played, not because they feel the need have a 10 dollar karate lesson. The majority of kids who dance at shows are absolute douchebags. You're probably one of those kids. You're probably the awesome kid who cartwheels across the pit and kicks some girl who's not looking in the face. Man, people like you are awesome. Maybe I should just go get my ass beat by a gorilla as was so cleverly suggested. Lolz!!!

SilentStorms (November 30, 2004)

Hot Cross fucking owns. But what the hell is with all the bashing? Maybe people just like bands. Is it really that hard to believe that people enjoy music for music's sake and not just because it's cool? I don't even really like FBTMOF but all these insults about scene shit makes you look dumber, not the band.

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

this kid that did this review sucks! hes just too much of a pussy to dance and get his ass beat by gorrilaslol dick!.

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

Who ever made this revienw is an idiot becasue he got the same show mixed up at a different venue.....I am the end played at empress ballroom in Conn. with fear before and hot cross not poughkeepsie and secondly the second band that played in conn didnt have two vocalists..lol....Get it right next time bud! haha

Anonymous (November 29, 2004)

Fear Before The Artsy Name sucks.

Anonymous (November 29, 2004)

fear before is fucking awsome nobody ruined them there second cd got fucking harder you guys are gay . Fear before is awsome and different i can only think of 2 bands that sound kind of like them. I saw them live and they performed there hearts out because gay tough-guy kids hated them and just stood there and fbtmof played fucking awsome. The score is for them

ringston (November 29, 2004)

www.purevolume.com/motorfalcon... with a logo as bad as that, they have to blow.

Anchors (November 28, 2004)

No, actually, this was at Club Crannel, part of The Chance, in Poughkeepsie New York.

You're an idiot of epic proportions.

Anonymous (November 28, 2004)

FBTMOF are a perfect example of how scene kids can ruin a band. I'd love to say just like something because you do... but seriously you can't ignore the facts sometimes.

Anonymous (November 28, 2004)

this show was in danbury ct, not poughkeepsie. nice try though.

Anonymous (November 28, 2004)

I went to the detroit show and No hot cross. Although I have seen them before and it was amazing. Scars of tomorrow was too many breakdowns. Does anybody notice that Hot cross is getting bigger?

Anonymous (November 28, 2004)

Score is for Fear Before the March of Undeserved White Belt Hype

Anchors (November 28, 2004)

Way to be relevant, douchebags.

This wasn't even where I said "abhor."

And nice to see you guys are keeping close enough tabs on me to know which words I use more than others. Makes me feel loved.

Lastly, just because it doesn't appear as part of your vocabulary doesn't mean somebody else who uses it is trying to sound "wise," as it was so eloquently put.

Anonymous (November 28, 2004)

hey www.purevolume.com/motorfalcon SUCKS BALLS!!

-Strewtho- (November 27, 2004)

"Anchors, stop saying "abhor" you cock ass. I bet you think it makes you sound wise and all...it doesn't. -bemused"



Anonymous (November 27, 2004)

Kinda crazy like www.purevolume.com/motorfalcon

Anonymous (November 27, 2004)

I'm not sure why, but my mind depicts FBTMOF as the most scene band ever..


Anonymous (November 27, 2004)

poughkeepsie sucks. albany rules

Anonymous (November 27, 2004)

www.purevolume.com/motorfalcon...fucking incredible

johnnydanger (November 27, 2004)

i live in poughkeepsie. i was not at this show. i stayed very far away from this show.

trailerparkjesus (November 27, 2004)

I'm not sure why, but my mind depicts FBTMOF as the most scene band ever..

Anonymous (November 27, 2004)

Anchors, stop saying "abhor" you cock ass. I bet you think it makes you sound wise and all...it doesn't.


Anchors (November 27, 2004)

It's not breaking a rule, I just cannot stand It Dies Today.

I saw them with Thuis Day Forward last year, and during one of the songs the singer said, and I quote:

"Yo kids, comin' up is the biggest breakdown ever, if you miss this breakdown you're a fucking retard."

I just shook my head trying to tell myself I didn't just hear something that stupid.

This show didn't have your problem with the background vocals Green. They weren't completely on point as to where they are on record, but with a band like that you never can be. But to be honest, it wasn't enough to really notice during the show. I just had to think about that now.

inagreendase (November 27, 2004)

Hot Cross isn't THAT spectacular live. The guitars are right on but it seems like they don't even bother with the backup vocals. Overall good but they could take some consideration with that...

FortyMinutesWest (November 26, 2004)

Scars of Tomorrow and It Dies Today don't even sound remotely similar.

Oh, and I like Hot Cross and Scars of Tomorrow. I'm sure this is breaking some sort of rule.

Anonymous (November 26, 2004)

"Hell, I'd have paid 10 bucks just to see Hot Cross"

i did pay 10 bucks just to see Hot Cross on this tour. the rest of those bands suck, so i simply left after they played.

Anonymous (November 26, 2004)

Earth crisis!

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