I think I’m getting used to those weekday concerts. You know that feeling on Monday when you just can’t wait for Friday but if there’s a concert in the middle of the week then there’s another reason why you can be excited about, so you just feel motivated. So yeah, I was just super excited when we were invited to Unearth’s gig and well… It wasn’t a disappointment. At all!
Well… Yeah… In the last couple of years, I just can’t manage my time really well, that’s why I always late. That’s why we didn’t arrive on time so we couldn’t catch the first part of Sinaro’s show. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard about them yet, because they are quite a new band, they started working together in 2016. On their Facebook page, they mention that they like Trivium – and honestly, my first thought when I saw them on stage – was that they are somehow… Similar to them. I even mentioned Péter, that I have this feeling that they are somehow really similar to Trivium. I wouldn’t say that they are copycats, but I feel that they have to find their own style and presence on stage. I’m sure that as they’ll grow it will change in a positive way. During the show the frontman, Gus Sinaro mentioned several times that how much he was impressed by the venue, which was actually a ship. And on the other hand, the band asked us on insta DM if we enjoyed the show, so that’s definitely a positive thing! I really like those bands who care about their audience and feedbacks, so respect!
The next band was Dust Bolt. Actually, they describe themselves as the new generation of rock ‘n roll but during their show, I felt those Woodstock vibes, you know? I really think that they actually feel this freedom on stage, they are very much alive and they really have those ’60s and ’70s vibe, and I really feel that when their bassist, Moosi left the stage and climbed the bar desk. It was so rebellious! But, on the other hand, I felt a little uncomfortable because they were half-naked. I’m not a prude or anything like that, just I don’t think that it’s necessary to take a shirt off. If the music is good you don’t have to sell it with “body”. I’m not sure about their intention but I personally prefer when bands put unique clothes on. It’s just the part of the theatrical show, I believe.
The following band was Prong. Okay, I’m not going to beat about the bush. So, during their concert, the first and the second round of beer kicked in, so I’m not really sure what to write, I’m just gonna put together my iMessages what I wrote to Péter as notes… (Yeah, after age 25 beers really can kick in! Not to mention stronger drinks… It’s quite scary!) So, I remember that it was just a really good concert but the interesting thing is… There’s a Hungarian song, called Királylány by Hooligans which was such a big hit in Hungary around 2003 and 2004 (you can listen to it if you click here) and it reminded me to Prong’s “Broken Piece“. I’m not gonna say Hooligans copied that song, but if you listen to it carefully you can find some similarities…
And let’s talk about the main attraction of the night: Unearth. The band is quite a regular guest in Hungary, they also had a concert in Budapest last March, which is quite surprising because American bands usually don’t come back to Budapest every year. But it’s a good thing for the Hungarian audience! I used to think that metalcore is just not my cup of the, but the bands like Unearth slowly but surely changed my mind. I could write an essay about how much they can connect with the audience, or I could apotheosize their energy or sense of humor, but rather than that I just recommend you to check this video out:
“Like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Anthrax before them, Unearth emerged as part of a burgeoning revolution in heavy music but continued to maintain their relevance and mastery of their craft. They’ve resisted and prevailed against changing trends, subcultural fashions and the way music is obtained and distributed with their credibility, integrity and unique persona intact” – states their Facebook bio. And there’s a reason why I quote this part because during their concert I felt like I was in the ’90s. You know that classic era, right? When huge names such as Panthera, Testament and Anthrax had those concerts at really small venues and the audience could go on stage and jumped into the crowd from there. And it happened here! This concert had this freedom. Even a guy went up and the band members signed his vinyl while they were playing. But the craziest moment was when someone from the audience went up and tossed Trevor Phipps to the audience. It was a bit scary first, but Trevor seemed okay after the incident. Unearth’s show was classic and modern at the same time.
1) This Lying World
5) Zombie Autopilot
7) Never Cease
8) Watch It Burn
9) Grave of Opportunity
10) Last Wish
12) The Great Dividers
13) Black Hearts Now Reign
14) My Will Be Done
Special thanks to Century Media