The Wrong Side Of Heaven Tour - Colorado Springs, USA - 27 Oct 2013

Event: The Wrong Side Of Heaven Tour
Written by: D.T. Metal
Published: 04.11.2013

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The Wrong Side Of Heaven Tour - Colorado Springs City Auditorium, USA - 27 Oct 2013 by D.T. Metal (66)
The Wrong Side Of Heaven, Five Finger Death Punch's headlining tour with support from Miss May I and Gemini Syndrome, just ended and it was nice to see the final date being in Colorado since vocalist Ivan always makes those shows more of a "hometown gig" than anything else.

Gemini Syndrome were opening the show in Colorado Springs at the City Auditorium and if you are not familiar with them; well, they are one of the hottest bands coming out of Los Angeles in the last couple of years.

I actually saw them opening for Drowning Pool a while back and while their music is very "radio-friendly" they do appeal to a wide range of people. And speaking off radio friendly - I was listening to the radio on my way back home after the show and since it was the weekend before Halloween, guess what our local station played? I almost shit when they said: "Halloween would not be complete without playing some Helloween" and they actually did play "Halloween". Awesome!

Anyways, back to the gig at hand. So, Gemini Syndrome did release their debut album Lux in September 2013 but this didn't mean the audience was not familiar with their material. The band actually toured their asses off even before the debut was released. And getting signed by Warner Bros. Records sure made the transition from L.A.-band to (inter)national touring act much easier.

That night they started their set with "Syndrome" and followed up right away with "Basement". I actually like that song even though it's one of the "slower" ones on the album. Then to my surprise Levi Benton (front screamer from Miss May I) came on stage and provided the "unclean" vocals during "Resurrection". That was actually pretty cool and I don't know if they did that throughout the entire tour or just in Colorado Springs since it was the last day.

When Gemini Syndrome played their most popular song "Stardust", the whole place went nuts and a sea of clapping hands and people jumping up and down was a site to see.






Miss May I was up next and I have seen them several times before, thus I was surprised on how much I actually enjoyed their set. Still don't know if they were the right fit to be direct support to Five Finger Death Punch, but somehow even the 5FDP fans up close and personal seem to enjoy them. Metalcore is not everyone's cup of tea, but the band impressed with their on stage energy and their clear neck to play this (overused) genre to my liking.

With three albums under their belt, Miss May I did a pretty good job to incorporate songs from each of them, but the emphasis was of course on material from their 2012 album At Heart. And speaking of albums; apparently we can expect a new one from the Dayton boys but probably not until later this year or early 2014. But if you need a fix before that, the band will be across the pond supporting Killswitch Engage on their UK run.






Five Finger Death Punch, been there, done that, don't have the T-Shirt. Nah, seriously, I have seen them so many times over the years and they always bring the party. Love 'em or hate 'em - Ivan and Co do know how to put on a good show. I am not going into details since I just saw them in July at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, but somehow the set list for the gig in Colorado Springs seemed a bit "toned down" or mellow for a lack of better words.

They started the show with "Under And Over It" and I didn't even notice, but when I edited the pictures I caught Ivan with a suggestive move during the passage: "Did you hear the one about me being a prick; did you know I don't care you can suck my " (please see img 26022 for a visual ) Anyway, Five Finger Death Punch played their oldies but goodies but also played "Battle Born" off their upcoming album The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell - Volume 2.

While I still like the original song better, 5FDP's version of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" does sound pretty good, but dedicating it to Tech N9ne just because he sang one verse on the song was a bit overkill in my opinion. But hey, who am I to question the politics within the music biz these days.

Their set ended with "The Bleeding", and by that time, I was close to the exit since the mad dash to the doors by the roughly 2500 patrons was something I didn't look forward too. But to my surprise, most actually stayed right in place, cheering "Death Punch" and hoping for one more song.





The whole show definitely was on the easy listening side - but for me it was a very welcome change to the madness I usually attend. One thing though, the amount of underage children was astonishing to say the least; and I am not talking about teenagers here - nope, kids as young as 7 or 8 were in attendance.


 



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