#BYCTakeMeDown at 19th East. A night well-fulfilled.

May you enjoy the macabre feels that “Take Me Down” brings you to! This latest single from Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus is indeed a catch when it comes to its horror distinguished tunes and to its beautifully-written and played around lyrics that come along with the song’s simple message. The music video is definitely worth awaited despite the monotony, with artsy costumes and props, and a castle-like setting resembling the scenery during Gothic and Victorian times (18th-19th century). It also describes the atmosphere that the single is trying to convey.

WATCH: Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus – Take Me Down (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

I am equally satisfied to have watched the other performances of the named band. It may have been a pity that my friends and I needed to leave early, but it was still great to have our pictures taken with Mr. Bones and to see Kat Taylor (Saydie) performing with the band.

Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus Performance
Mr. Bones and Kat Taylor as guest performer
Dono Grimm as the event’s host
Fangirl moment with Mr. Bones

The music video launch also featured Maryzark, Hilera and Tanya Markova as guest performers. The entire event made my night so much that I never regretted spending my budget and time on it (despite the upcoming storm heard on the news).

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MR. BONES AND THE BONEYARD CIRCUS IS..

Mr. Bones – vox

Alvin Chan – guitar

Karl Kliatchko – guitar

Carissa Ramos – bass

Jovic de Leon – drums

Karl Vito Cruz – synth

Xombie – backup vox

Formed in 2009, Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus has considerably won three major awards including MYX Favorite New Indie Artist (2011), Jack Daniel’s Chosen One (2013) and Band of the Year at the Philippine Indie Rock Awards (2015), released two albums entitled Horror Scene (2010) and The Great Fall Onto Madness (2014), and has singles topped the charts (“Go Go Dance on my Grave,” “Grease, Gas & Glory,” and “Haunted Wonderland”). The single from sophomore album, “Ghost Train” became the longest running #1 song on Rakista Radio.

TO KNOW THEM FURTHER..

Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus’ official websites and pages

Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus from outside sources

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Fete de la Musique: The story behind the spectacle

It was actually my third time to attend the Fete de la Musique. My first was back when I still lived in France and my second was when I watched a French New Wave indie band named Naive New Beaters in 2013. I attended the Fete with my usual concert buddy, who invited me after our common friend dragged her to watch the performances at the Rock stage. It has been a while since we did not watch concerts, which was why we decided to give ourselves a chance.

There is an interesting story behind the Fete that I would like to share. The Fete de la Musique originated in France in the early 1980’s. The concept of an all day music celebration came from Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture and was later approved by Maurice Fleuret, the Director of Music and Dance, who discovered in a 1982 study that one child out of two played a musical instrument in a population of 5 million people. The concept came to life as it was held the first time in Paris and was then called La Fete de la Musique (literally known as Music Day or Music Celebration). The purpose of the celebration is to promote music by encouraging both amateur and professional musicians to perform under the slogan “Faites de la musique” (a homophone of the event’s name meaning make music) and by organizing free concerts where these musicians can perform.

The Fete is now known as an international phenomenon celebrated in 120 countries including the Philippines. Organized by Alliance Francaise de Manille (famous French language school in Manila), the Embassy of France to the Philippines, Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines and B-side Collection, the Fete de la Musique 2017 covered 30 stages in Metro Manila.

My concert buddy and I enjoyed the event for concerts and musicals have always been part of our lives. However, we only watched the performances at the Rock stage. We did not get to watch any in Eclectic stage due to its delayed schedule of performances and to the fact that we needed to meet our friend at the Rock stage as early as we could. We did not stay out the entire night either since we both needed to be home early.

Looking forward to attend the festival next year and to discover more artists in different stages. Here are the bands that we rocked with.

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The Riot Act
Flying Ipis
Saydie

N.B. The official date of Fete de la Musique is on June 21, the same day as the start of summer in Northern Hemisphere countries. Yet in the Philippines, the celebration took place near that date.

Sources and Additional Readings



Rakrakan Festival ’17 OPM Against Drugs: The musical journey continues

I admit that it was still worth the hype and excitement despite my preference towards my first Rakrakan experience in 2014. My second would have been a blast if the stages were not next to one another and the audience would not hear overlapping performances. The fact that there were too many bands playing personally confused me in choosing which bands would be in my priority watch list and it was even more difficult if the bands I would like to watch are playing at the same time such as Slapshock and Valley of Chrome. The cleanliness, the humidity, the fact that the venue was too small for five stages and bazaar booths to fit, and the lack of soft grounds for our sore feet to chill eventually tired my concert friends and I to the point that we felt like going home before the concert ended. However, I am glad that the venue was more accessible than Global Circuit Grounds (the festival’s past venue), which was the reason of our decision to go.

Another reason was the interesting band line ups. I found this year’s more interesting than 2014’s, yet it was such a pity that I did not get to watch all of them. While I am doing my best to overcome my disappointment and move forward, I would like to feature the bands that I have watched and enjoyed. We spent most of our time in Mosh and Slam stages.

1) TALATA (MOSH STAGE)

Definitely my most awaited band in Rakrakan. I discovered them back when I heard their single ‘Margarita’ which I fell in love with, and since then, I became part of the band’s fandom. I also adored their cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” It suited them well.

Video: Killing in the Name cover

2) NOW YOU MAKE ME ANGRY (MOSH)

Totally a newly discovered band. Would love to hear more from them.

3, 4 & 5) DAYS OF JANUARY (SLAM), RAZORBACK (MOSH), & CHICOSCI (MOSH)

Till we meet again Days of January and Razorback. The last time I watched them was in Rakrakan 2014, but I’m glad that I finally got to watch them again (though I would prefer to watch other bands I haven’t fully discovered).

6, 7, & 8) EVEN, SAYDIE & PHILIA (MOSH)

“Artista sa umaga, rakista sa gabi.” That’s how us OPM rock and metal enthusiasts would refer to Mona este Arci Muñoz (as popularly known in showbiz), the vocalist in Philia. I would love to meet her in person as much as I have already met her co-metal queens Kat Taylor and Trish Reyes. Philia is indeed better live and as for Saydie and Even, well they are just as amazing and dazzling.

9) THE LATE ISABEL (SLAM)

Like Talata, they are also my most awaited band to tune into. I’m glad to finally see them live since it’s now rare seeing them perform in gigs and although they do not sound gothic in contrast with their gothic rock genre and the gothic ambiance of their music videos, I still find them spectacular.

10 & 11) SLAPSHOCK (MOSH) & VALLEY OF CHROME (SLAM)

Killing two birds in one stone is hard. But watching two awaited bands who are playing at the exact same time is harder. This made me having to go back and forth to be able to see these two bands and even though the stages where they played were next to one another, I could not help but feel exhausted. Not forgetting to mention that I did not get to watch any of them properly. Good thing I already watched them in other gigs.

12) FRANCO (MOSH)

Glad to finally watch another awaited band. They are amazing live and if it weren’t for the sore feet we already were experiencing, we would have enjoyed a lot more.

The list may look like I have watched a lot. If I had the guts to roam around the venue and stay until the concert ended (if only we were not that tired), I would have discovered more. I would have loved to watch Run by Nine, SUD, Rouge, Galaw Tao, Jurassic Pards, Banda ni Kleggy, and False Apart. Yet my hopes do not end there as I am still eager to come across them in upcoming small gigs.

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I equally enjoyed watching the skate exhibition which was far more spectacular. The skaters had undeniably amazing skills.

Video: Live Skate, Rakrakan 2017

And I enjoyed roaming around bazaar booths. Such a pity that I did not buy the event t-shirt.

With Red Slim, one of the known underground graphic and T-shirt designers in the Philippines (Facebook page: Red Slim 08)

Rakrakan Festival is organized by Rakista Radio for all Filipino music enthusiasts to discover and rediscover what OPM (Original Pilipino Music, ie. Filipino music) has to offer aside from what is currently shown on the mainstream. Either held in December of the previous year or January of the following year, the named music festival features multiple bands in different stages, bazaars, and extreme sports (like skate) exhibitions. This year’s is more of an against drug campaign, thus the tagline “OPM Against Drugs”.

For more information about the organizer and the event, check their official websites, Facebook, and Twitter pages at: 

Additional Reading

Rakrakan Festival ’14: The journey to local music realm

Slapshock XIX Anniversary Tour: Such a blast for my summer weekend

Watching them in small live shows was far different from seeing them in huge concerts. Each audience was given more chance to take pictures with the band and having their calendar giveaways signed, and some could even take their opportunity to request for Slapshock members video dedication that would either be for lifetime keeps or for their loved ones who were equally aficionados of the band (while in huge concerts, only those with meet and greet passes have a chance to take pictures and interact with the band and the ones with VIP get to see the performance near the stage). Their performance filled my night with energy just as it would always do. The guest bands – Valley of Chrome, Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus and Manila Under Fire – equally nailed it.

Kudos to Slapshock, the guest bands and the team that worked with them. Looking forward to their next gig!

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Mr Bones and the Boneyard Circus
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Manila Under Fire
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Valley of Chrome

And finally…

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Slapshock, the main act!!
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Jamir Garcia (frontman) signing my Slapshock calendar giveaway
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Bringing home the bacon with signed autographs

SLAPSHOCK IS…

Jamir Garcia – Vocals
Lee Nadela – Bass
Lean Ansing – Guitar
Chi Evora – Drums
Jerry Basco – Guitar

Founded in 1997, Slapshock has been a pioneer of energetic and upbeat rap and heavy metal culture in the local music scene. The band has won milestones in life that included platinum and critically acclaimed albums (4th degree burn, Headtrip, Project 11-41, Novena, Silence, Carino Brutal), greatest hits (Recollection), foreign acts with big names in metal (e.g Deftones, Sepultura, PROJECT E.A.R.), local tours, awards and recognitions (e.g. MTV Asia Awards in Singapore 2003).

TO KNOW THEM FURTHER..

– Slapshock’s official website and pages

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Discover the brilliant and colorful world behind the Brighter than the Lights MV

I have known and appreciated the band False Apart as soon as I got attracted to their “Nothing’s Left, Nothing’s Right” melody. It made me listen to the rest of their self-titled album that eventually turned me into a die-hard fan and a year later, after the release of their first MV (in other words, music video), I heard that they organized a music video launch of their second track. Filled with enthusiasm, I immediately dragged my concert-going friend as part of my belated birthday celebration with her and came along with my two other friends who also happened to be going to the concert. I felt that it was my grand opportunity to watch the band perform live and to jam along with the other featured bands as it was just a night before Halloween (which is in fact, my favorite holiday) and thus, a costume-themed concert of multiple bands held during my one week work break.

I am so far impressed by the bright atmosphere of the video, which in fact is “brighter than the lights” itself. I admire the creativity, the originality, the comedy, the colorful ambiance, the cuteness, its J-pop (Japanese pop) vibe, and the facts that I can watch it multiple times in one sitting without ever getting the hang of it and that it is related to the concept of the song as both of them are lighthearted. Meanwhile, the BTTL MV Launch is worth my Halloween and belated birthday blast. It already filled my night with energy and hype from the rocking band performances and fun times with both current and newly made friends (bands and other friends I met).

Kudos to False Apart and guest bands who played! Till the next fun!!!

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False Apart playing at the event and the BTTL MV Launch
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Guest bands performances featuring Mad Hatter Day, Manila Under Fire, Small Hands, Kalixta, Saydie, and Nyctinasty

To watch the Brighter than the Lights official music video click here.

FALSE APART IS..

Arianne – vocals, bass

Jepp – vocals, guitars

Karl – guitar, vocals

Ivan – drums

Formed in 2013, False Apart has won audiences in Manila independent music scene with the blend of their pop-punk, pop rock, alternative, anime opening and Japanese pop beats. Their self-titled album was released in November 2014.

TO KNOW THEM FURTHER..

False Apart’s official websites and pages

– False Apart from outside sources

Incubus Live in Manila 2015: If not now, when?

Remembered those days when Incubus performed in Araneta Coliseum in 2011. I missed the concert unfortunately speaking, and it filled me with regrets thinking that I had finally reached the dead end and I would never have a chance to see them perform live. I never realized how wrong I had been until late 2014, when I heard that the band would once again perform in Manila to promote their new album. My concert buddy, our common friend and I leaped for joy as we heard the announcement, and we insisted ourselves that we should not dare miss the concert!!

Words cannot merely express how awed we were during the concert. Its sole drawbacks included how the band had less interaction with the audience, not only for the fact that Brandon Boyd, the lead vocalist, performed more than he talked, but also for the fact that the audience could barely relate to most performed songs as they either came from the new album or were not that popular. Going back to the brighter side, the concert is indeed worth the experience. It filled us with alternative rocking energetic vibes with the lively tunes of “Wish You Were Here,” “Drive,” “Made for TV Movie” and “Megalomaniac,” from which we could not easily recover even as we went home. Not forgetting to mention Brandon’s heavenly body with tattoos (admittedly enough).

It is most recommended for Incubus concert attendees to listen first to the new album especially when it is for promotion purposes. This makes the concert more pleasurable and worth-going to as they can relate and jive more easily to the performed tracks.

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Pictures taken during the performance  

(I apologize for the blurriness and distance)

Incubus Live in Manila 2015

March 13, 2015, 8 PM @ Mall of Asia Arena. 

Rakrakan Festival ’14: The journey to local music realm

70 BANDS, 3 STAGES, 1 HUGE EVENT…

These are the formula of what Rakrakan Festival was like. Our journey started as we received the brochure on the known event back in Bazooka Rocks III, and my then-concert buddy and I were so captivated with the event description that we bought ourselves a pre-sale ticket and that we could not hide our excitement until the day of the concert arrived. We packed our secured bags with charged phones, cameras and extra cash, all for the captured memories during the upcoming concert and the souvenir items we might encounter in the bazaars. We headed all the way to Makati together with another concert-going friend and enjoyed our entire day and night seizing the opportunity to discover new good bands and songs, to appreciate further the bands we are already familiar with, to rock, jump and mosh along with fellow concert-goers, to chill whenever we felt like it, and to roam around the venue as to explore further what the huge music festival had to offer.

The concert was simply worth the night! We did not only enjoyed the experience but it has successfully managed to be streetwise providing experiences that every concert and gig goer would expect only at a cheaper price. To purchase a ticket of either P 270, P 320 (General Admission Pre-sales), P 400 (General Admission Door Price) and P 1,500 (VIP, that already includes experiences provided to general admission ticket holders + access at the backstage + the right to take pictures with a DSLR camera) for three stages with 25 line-up bands each, skate exhibition and bazaar is already worth an expense. The best bands are mostly featured at the second half of the concert, with MOSH stage as the most dominant scene.

We stayed at the MOSH stage (a stage featuring performances of heavy rock and metal bands) at the foremost. My concert buddy already watched most of the bands in the MOVE stage (a stage featuring performances of alternative and mellow rock bands) and has therefore lost interest to watch them again, and our commonly yearned bands are all playing in the formerly mentioned stage. We also roamed to other stages as we pleased and took our chance to explore the skate and graffiti areas as well as the bazaars. The following are my favorite performances on scene, mostly at the MOSH stage.

1) SLAPSHOCK

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An excellent band performance paired with rainy weather and a wild moshing crowd. Another interesting (and the most inspiring) part in this segment is when Jamir Garcia (the vocalist) introduced the band’s special guest Jonas to play the drums, a child diagnosed with autism whom they met in Tacloban in 2011.

2) VALLEY OF CHROME

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Finally the band that I, personally, have longed for. I was expecting them to play earlier on stage, yet did not play until later, which was indeed worth the wait. Definitely one of my favorites both in live and in recorded version.

3) RAZORBACK 

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One of my appreciated veterans on scene – be it in live and in recorded version. I personally adore the guitar riffs and the vocalist’s captivating stage presence.

4) PEPE SMITH

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Pepe is not only excellent in singing and playing the guitar, but being a sole old icon (well, he is turning 67 this Christmas!) on scene proves well that no one is too old to pursue his or her own dreams and passions. It is incredible and admirable to see how he still grooves at this age.

5) THE YOUTH

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It was such a pity that we did not get to watch the entire segment as we did not expect them to play earlier than their designated time. Yet we were glad that we managed to catch up!

6 & 7) DIACHROMA & DAYS OF JANUARY 

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One of the best bands to perform which did not make us regret to finish the entire concert. Besides, the Days of January’s (c.f. photo below) energetic performance woke the sleeping moshers and slammers up and made the entire audience scene go wild.

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8) EVEN

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I did not use to be a fan of the band until I heard that their performance was infinite times better than I first heard of their recorded songs. They have officially become my favorite ever since.

9) GINILING FEST 

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Definitely the best among the earliest acts. One of the reasons to appreciate this band is the fact that I can relate to their performed songs on stage (I admit that Tsong (Boypren Mong Pokpok) has become my current LSS).

10 & 11) FLYING IPIS & CHOCOLATE FACTORY

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Tuned to them while hanging out at the groove stage. Fell in love with Chocolate Factory (no taken picture, sorry) the first time I heard them, meaning during the concert.

12, 13, 14) CHICOSCI, BARBIE ALMABIS, & TANYA MARKOVA

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Did not fully watched the first two mentioned bands (Barbie Almabis & Chicosci) but I am certain that they did well in their performance as I am already familiar with the two artists and appreciate them very well. However, my concert buddy is right about Tanya Markova (c.f. recent picture), whom she appreciates. They are indeed a comedic Parokya ni Edgar type of band (well, excuse my comparison..) who are worth the listen!

I also love the fact that the MOVE stage has turned into MOSH stage when Chicosci performed. They were the most epic band in the named stage as much as Slapshock took the entire MOSH stage.

15) NEVERENDING WEEKEND

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The last band from the MOVE stage, whose name describes well the overall experience Rakrakan Festival has provided. Otherwise, great newly-discovered band!!

Meanwhile, I would have loved to see Saydie perform better live. I was quite disappointed with Kat Taylor’s vocals that sounded more like a moan or a whine than actual singing (I can barely understand the words she uttered in the performance), especially that their recorded songs turned me into their fan. It was also a pity that we missed Urbandub’s, WilaBaliW’s, and Mr. Bones’ outstanding performances as we were buying food in the bazaars (for the former two) and were watching another band in another stage (for Mr. Bones). On the other hand, I was awfully glad to see Karl from False Apart playing for Saydie (oh well, fangirl moments again). I realized later on that he was also the guitarist of the named band and he looked so familiar that I immediately assumed it was him!!

I did enjoy the huge music festival as much as my companions despite the rain, certain problems in the venue’s sound system, the not-so-safe location (although the venue is nice. One reason to remain vigilant during the concert and on the trip to and from the event) and the cliffhanging 30-minute performance of each band especially if one adores the band and enjoys their performances (although it is understandable that the organizer was only attempting to make the 25 bands for each stage fit in one night). None of these things should ruin the fun we all had, as it gave me an opportunity to discover bands I have not yet discovered, to watch the bands I have always been a fan of and to enjoy those musical rocking and slamming moments with friends.

Oh, and I would have loved to see Tropical Depression (from the GROOVE stage) perform. Yet we were all busy moshing in the other stage.

… Description of my Rakrakan Festival in one picture …

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…currently experiencing Post-Concert Depression with my ears ringing and songs banging in my head…

Rakrakan Festival is organized by Rakista Radio for all Filipino music enthusiasts to discover and rediscover what OPM (Original Pilipino Music, ie. Filipino music) has to offer aside from what is currently shown on the mainstream. The named music festival is held every December, always featuring multiple bands in different stages, bazaars, and extreme sports (like skate) exhibitions.

For more information about the organizer and the event, check their official websites, Facebook, and Twitter pages at: 

SUPPORT 100 % OPM. ROCK ‘TIL YOU DROP. 

Additional reading

“Rakrakan Festival ’14: A year end bang for OPM,” Yahoo! Celebrity Philippines

“Rakista Radio ends 2014 with a blast at the Rakrakan Festival!,” Radio Republic

Slapshock XIX Anniversary Tour: Such a blast for my summer weekend

Bazooka Rocks III Two-Day Pass: The Unforgettable Month-Ender Concert

Words cannot simply explain how I have enjoyed this amazing alternative rock, pop punk and even metal core concert festival. I am awfully glad to have this opportunity in discovering new bands, enjoying the bands I am already familiar with, singing, moshing and cheering with the energetic crowd, living the concert culture scene, availing watching multiple bands in a row, each of which would have been watched in more costly solo concerts often held outside the country, receiving freebies from bands, adapting stage presence and showmanship techniques I can use when it is time for me to perform and making the most of my time jamming with my concert buddy as part of our in-town bonding. It is indeed worth the money, time and experience that I will never regret and forget in my lifetime. I am thankful how we managed to seize the two-day early bird pass with almost 15-20% discount from the regular price of P 6,000, leading us to end our month with an exhilarating head bang.

Best bands heard on stage include:

* COLDRAIN

 

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* ECHOSMITH

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* WE ARE THE IN CROWD

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* SENSES FAIL

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* YOU ME AT SIX

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* NYCTINASTY

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* TIGER PUSSY

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* TAKEN BACK SUNDAY

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* THE USED

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* RIA BAUTISTA

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All in all, I admire the bands for their incredible showmanship and engaging stage presence. A special kudos to them and to the entire organizing team for the concert well-done! |m|

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My message of thanks to the Bazooka Rocks organizers

Can’t wait for the next!!!!

Bazooka Rocks III. August 30-31, 2014 @ SMX Convention Center (SM Mall of Asia).

Gates open at 12 nn. 

Further reading

“Nyctinasty vs Tiger Pussy: The Battle Between Two Beauties,”

Metallica Through The Never: The Ultimate Movie Concert Experience

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It’s definitely an experience that no Metallica fan should ever miss. I’m glad to have grabbed this sole opportunity in winning free tickets for the premiere and I absolutely rocked the movie at its finest. It never fails to give that heavy metal concert ambiance, although it would have been more felt when watched live. It is creative of their part to have a particular story line, wherein the young roadie/concert-goer called Trip faced a surreal adventure after being sent on a mission during the band’s show.

It is not worth paying too much attention on Trip scenes to fully enjoy the film. There are some instances when Trip’s scenes seem out of place, looking unrelated to the played songs as they do not illustrate the song themes. There are also instances when the audience does not understand Trip’s role in the entire film. It is expected that it would just be a mere live concert turned into a movie, yet the producers have thought of creating a story line out of the movie concert. The concreteness of the story line is sure to be improved.

I’d recommend this movie concert to Metallica fans as well as other rock and metal fanatics, especially Metallica aficionados. It is still worth-watching despite the vague yet to be improved story line.

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Country: USA

Release Date: October 4, 2013

Directed By: Nimrod Antal

Starring Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo

Genre Music

Length 93 min long

Plot

A young roadie called Trip is sent on a mission during the band’s concert, further leading him to a surreal adventure.

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Overall Rating: 4/5 stars (8/10)

Sources

Metallica Through The Never IMDb

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