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Rise Against / Closet Monster

Rise Against / Closet Monster: live in Torontolive in Toronto (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: ChangeISASoundChangeISASound
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What do you get when you put 3000 screaming kids in a concert hall that is in no way intended to hold 3000 people? Total Chaos. I had been looking forward to seeing Closet Monster and Rise Against play together for quite some time, so when I heard this was the biggest show that Rise Against had e.


What do you get when you put 3000 screaming kids in a concert hall that is in no way intended to hold 3000 people? Total Chaos.

I had been looking forward to seeing Closet Monster and Rise Against play together for quite some time, so when I heard this was the biggest show that Rise Against had ever played, my expectations were sky high. And in no way did they disappoint.

For whatever reason I thought I could walk from Union Station to the docks on an incredibly windy night. It was a stupid decision and I missed the first band that played - the Fullblast, and half of the Bombs Over Providence Set. I hadn't heard much from these guys but they impressed me with their energy and flawless delivery.

Hostage Life stepped up to the stage next and played a good set, although I'm not familiar with any of there music at all; in fact, I had never heard them before.

Next up was Closet monster; they left me speechless as they always do. They opened with a song off their new EP I don't recall the name of, but it got the crowd riled up if they weren't already. Then they played "The Empire Strikes Iraq," which I wasn't expecting because it's an acoustic song on the CD. They jazzed it up a little bit and it sounded good, better than the acoustic version in my opinion. Then they played some older material, which was awesome. They played "Shitting In The Face Of This Western Disgrace" which everyone thoroughly enjoyed and last but not least, "Mamma Anti-Facisto (Never Surrender)." I will remember that song for years, as they had the guys from Hostage Life and a bunch of other people up on stage screaming the lyrics with them; that song is the best sing along song they have ever made and it made for a truly memorable moment.

Then came the moment I, and most of the other 3000 people had been waiting for. The crowd was so stoked that people were moshing 15 mintues before they struck the first note to "To Them These Streets Belong." I felt that song was fitting considering I had taken part in a protest earlier that day, and in my opinion it's the best song off Siren Song Of The Counter Culture. This was my sixth time seeing Rise Against and it was by far the most insane crowd I have ever seen. When Tim said it was the biggest show they had ever played, you kind of got the sense this was going to be a special night, kind of like the pinnacle of Rise Against to this point. It was truly something incredible to be a part of. They played "Heaven Knows," "Voices Off Camera," "Like The Angel," Anywhere But Here," "Paper Wings," "Alive And Well," "Blood, Red, White, And Blue," and "Black Masks And Gasoline" in no particular order, as well as many others I can't remember. My favorite song of the night was "1000 Good Intentions." The energy was unprecedented; in 6 times seeing them I have never seen Tim put that much energy into one song. That's saying something, because the energy at a Rise Against show is always top notch.

They played an encore of four songs: "Swing Life Away," "Life Less Frightening," "Give It All," and one other I cant remember. This was the best show I have seen since Rise Against played at the Zen Lounge a couple years ago, and it was definitely the most energetic show I have ever seen. I feel privileged to have been a part of this show and I think every one of the 3000 people there would say the same.

 

 
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maggie420 (April 20, 2005)

This was my first time seeing rise against and i was so impressed. The show was exactly what I was expecting. These boys put on an amazing show with so much energy. Rise against does exactly what music is for, they allow people to escape and their ability to bring so many people together is amazing. Their music all around is so good. They have really thought provoking lyrics and their instrumentals are really catchy. No doubt these boys have some serious talent, and I feel priveleged to have had to oppritunity to see these guys play live. Ive been hooked from their frist song I ever heard, which was "like the angel" and i cant wait for their next album to come out. All you people out their have their right to their own opinion about these guys and their music, but do keep an open mind, because rise against is probably the best band around. They address problems that actually matter, and thats what makes them so fuckin awesome...although i didnt really pay much attention to closet monster and hostage life, the show was still fuckin kick ass.. you kno it was an amazing show when you leave sore and covered in bruises.. haha.. n e ways,
im out
later

ubershep (March 28, 2005)

"Why is Fat Wreck still posting current Rise Against tour dates? Are they going to resign with FAT?"

Epitaph still shows Leftover Crack dates.

Anonymous (March 28, 2005)

Question:

If Closet Monster are so punk rock, why couldn't they play with broken equipment in Kitchener?

Hell, you don't see DRI crying.

Fucking pansies.

Anonymous (March 28, 2005)

Closet Monster make my balls hurt. Anyone from Ajax writing anything slightly political should be shot.

"Wahhh!! I have homework and I am on LSD! DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM!"

Fuck Ajax and fuck Durham.

Anonymous (March 28, 2005)

i miss marilyn's vitamins.

hostage life just doesn't have what i thought they would... that being whatever marilyn's vitamins had.

changeisasound (March 28, 2005)

i caught half of the fullblast set, i thought it was bombs over providence, i saw all of hostage life

Anonymous (March 28, 2005)

RE: the review
FYI - You didn't catch half of Bomb's Over Providence, that was Hostage Life. Bomb's had to cancel that gig.

Anonymous (March 27, 2005)

"Killed the Radio Star was released before they joined avril's band."
So they made a statement and quickly there-after contracticted it. Point taken.

"Underground Operations was created before they joined avril's band."
Yea, it was called UMO; Underground Monkey Operations. I know. (This is in the Pre-Polical blink 182 days). But they never did anything with it 'till they got Avril cheques.

"Only the bassist and guitarist were in avril's band.
The bassist was only in her band for less then 6 months."
Thus rendering the band broken up for a good half-year. Thats commitment to the cause, and bringing down the system and all that. kill the radio star!!

"The UO bands are not all Marilyin's Vitamins offshoots, only two out of 6 bands have MV members. And they are entirely new, different, bands, not "offshoots" "
3 by my count. Hostage Life (colin), Bombs (sean and adam) and Dead Letter Dept (rob, and for a while dan). DLD were a band before MV, but reguardless.

"The guitarist probably did fuck avril. Good for him."
indeed.

unconcerned (March 27, 2005)

New Rise Against blows

and I'd do it to avril

Anonymous (March 27, 2005)

labels still post tour dates for bands no longer on their label for 2 reasons:

1) because they're cool and like to keep supporting the bands they love

2) more importantly, rise against has 2 records out on fat and therefore the more people who know about the shows, the more people go, the more fans rise against gets, the more people buy those first two records.

Anonymous (March 27, 2005)

on a side not I'm in love with Paz Vega

Kenjamin (March 26, 2005)

"You're an idiot. If you knew them at all and how important their ethics are you would not have written all of that."

You sir seem to be the one that is confused about the meaning of ethics. If what the original poster wrote is true, then this band is comprised of a bunch of shitheads.

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

U.O. represent.
That guy dissing closet monster is a fucking joke.
That band have been touring machines their whole eight year existence.
And we have all worked shitty jobs.
And meeting marilyns vitamins would change anyone's life.
Some fucking people make the internet and ugly place.

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

Ok, to the guy dissing up Closet monster:

Killed the Radio Star was released before they joined avril's band.
Underground Operations was created before they joined avril's band.
Only the bassist and guitarist were in avril's band.
The bassist was only in her band for less then 6 months.
The UO bands are not all Marilyin's Vitamins offshoots, only two out of 6 bands have MV members. And they are entirely new, different, bands, not "offshoots"
The guitarist probably did fuck avril. Good for him.

changeisasound (March 26, 2005)

to the dude, who got all pissed about closet monster, i do know closet monster, i have since they started, i think they make good consciencious music, thats my opinion, i hope you would respect that. i dont care about the shit they did with avril lavigne, its history, you sound like one bitter son of a bitch, try zoloft man it works wonders

changeisasound (March 26, 2005)

I hope they resign with fat, although i doubt they would, im not going to judge until they release a new record though, if it is still solid music they can be signed to whoever the hell they want

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

Why is Fat Wreck still posting current Rise Against tour dates? Are they going to resign with FAT?

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

probably the same relevance as wu tang lyrics, which, let's be honest, are pretty much the most relevant thing in the world

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

"closet monster are a fucking joke.

When they started they sounded like blink 182 and wrote songs about going to raves. Then they met Marilyn's Vitamins one year and heard a dillinger four CD. So then they decided to be a political band that basically did D4 covers.

Then they played in Avril Lavigne's band, being corperate whores for a while, so the band didn't do much (except, you know, one of them was fucking her).

They they made a bunch of money and payed people to take them seriously, and put out an album called "Kill the radio star" (the same kids who played "sk8r Boi" around the globe...go figure).

Then they started a label, signed all the M.V. off-shoots (which are great bands) and sold it to Universal. Now you can get "anarchist starter kits" at any local K-Mart.

Upper Class Ajax posing as working class Toronto.
yea, fists in the air, jackasses."

You're an idiot. If you knew them at all and how important their ethics are you would not have written all of that.

booyakasha (March 26, 2005)

Rise Against is one of the few bands out there right now doing this shit for all the right reasons. That has nothing to do with their political views. It has to do with their passion for the music. That's what makes them great. 3000 or 300 people...they are there to lay it all out on the table. I'm always impressed.

On a side note...why is someone posting Big D lyrics as a comment for a show review. They're a good band, but I don't see the relavence.

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

closet monster are a fucking joke.

When they started they sounded like blink 182 and wrote songs about going to raves. Then they met Marilyn's Vitamins one year and heard a dillinger four CD. So then they decided to be a political band that basically did D4 covers.

Then they played in Avril Lavigne's band, being corperate whores for a while, so the band didn't do much (except, you know, one of them was fucking her).

They they made a bunch of money and payed people to take them seriously, and put out an album called "Kill the radio star" (the same kids who played "sk8r Boi" around the globe...go figure).

Then they started a label, signed all the M.V. off-shoots (which are great bands) and sold it to Universal. Now you can get "anarchist starter kits" at any local K-Mart.

Upper Class Ajax posing as working class Toronto.
yea, fists in the air, jackasses.

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

well listen to what I have to say, remind yourselves every day. let's get the message on its way.

well first of all,
fuck your fucking attitudes
how can you be so fucking rude?
you fucking look at me like when girls are jealous
and fuck your fucking L.A. bars
you're all a bunch of wannabe superstars
yeah, fuck your fucking act
you're a bunch of dressed up fucking rats.

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

i got my uzi back, you dudes is whack face it the wu is back

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

I prefer smaller venues as well, with some exceptions, The Docks happens to be one of them, and in my opinion seeing Rise Against and closet monster play anywhere is good.

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

SCORE IS FOR SHAUN OF THE DEAD QUOTES.

And rise against. It was a good show, but just too many people.

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

Can I get, any of you cunts, a drink?

Show was so good. I could hear it from home!

Anonymous (March 26, 2005)

The fullblast sucked............... They made me want to give them a fullblast in their face.

KOBE! "its my thing"

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

score's for hitting on 12 year old girls in front of their parents

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

Score is for seeing twelve year old kids with their parents at the show. All ages shows suck.

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

it's a gangsta party, someone lean over tell Banks to order another case of 40s

mikeinflames (March 25, 2005)

it was the largest HEADLINING show Rise Against have ever played
(ie largest show Rise Against have ever headlined)

you people need to pull your heads out of your asses and listen for once

prankish (March 25, 2005)

Well from an indoor club standpoint, to my experience larger venues make for WORSE shows.

For example: I live in Seattle, and if a show is at the Paramount Theatre (holds approx. 3000 I believe) the show is always terrible. The sound never carries well, the seating arrangements are always fucked (often either stuck in a seated area or packed like sardines into the general admission section). The tickets are also ridiculously overpriced, there's no bar, and just entering/exiting the show is a big pain in the ass.

But maybe that's just Seattle.

changeisasound (March 25, 2005)

Sorry, the biggest club show they have ever played, they said so themselves, i should have been more specific

prankish (March 25, 2005)

I'm pretty sure that little thing they do each year called the Warped Tour is a bigger show than this.

PS
This site gives out way too many 10's.

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

Psha! Shame! You missed the Fullblast too? Fuck!

(Pst. agree about Hostage Life- not anything outstanding.)

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

This was not the biggest show Rise Against has ever played.

They have played huge European festivals to tens of thousands at a time.

mikeinflames (March 25, 2005)

this show sucked ass
it was my 11th time seeing RA and it was hands down the worst show
and the capacity of the docks is actually much higher than they sold tickets

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

score is for "weak...LAST week"

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

"This was my sixth time seeing Rise Against and it was by far the most insane crown I have ever seen."

no way dude, the queen of england's crown is fucking sick fucking insane shit fuck man.

Josiah (March 25, 2005)

it appears they played the exact same set the next night in kitchener.

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

Oddly Rise Agaist shows in Chicago have lost massive amounts of energy. Gone are the days when they tore up the Fireside.

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

Closet Monster has the dumbest song titles ever.

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

bombs over providence dropped off the tour, so you didn't catch any of their set... the hostage life were boring as all hell, and the singer kept calling the crowd assholes and whatnot for not dancing... weak... LAST week.. closet monster was solid. people weren't moshing 15 minutes before rise against because it was so packed there was no room to move let alone mosh.. they played a good set but there were way too many people

Anonymous (March 25, 2005)

You missed the fullblast and your mother sucks cocks in hell. Your life isn't worth living.

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