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The 2k10 Edition

So you’ve probably been wondering if we’re still around, or still alive even. Well since Qmungous survived last night’s brush with death, I figured I’d give some kind of an update.

2k9 gave us some amazing shows, especially near the end. So amazing that I think I may have burned myself out. A sign of old age? Yes I am turning 30 this year… But since that car did NOT kill me, the old age thing will no longer be an excuse. It’s time to kick some ass. Coming soon: Killswitch Engage, Devildriver, Bon MF Jovi. It doesn’t get anymore metal than that.

As for the end of 2k9, here’s a quick rundown (since we failed to keep updating).

Lacuna Coil @ HOB Sunset – One of the loudest audiences I’ve ever heard. The new album kicks ass.

Cruefest 2 @ San Manuel – QMUNGOUS ON FIRE. Nuff said.

Journey @ San Manuel – Another solid performance from the greatest thing to come from Manila since Sarsi.

Depeche Mode @ The Pond – Took the wife for her bday, even though it fell on my bday… But DM can never do you WRONG.

Project Pitchfork @ The Knitting Factory – Disappointing set for Psyclon Nine. Nero’s mic went out in the 3rd song. But I caught a stick from Jon Siren! Pitchfork came out and showed why they are so damn legendary. Second best dance party of the year.

Static-X @ HOB Anaslime – Metal returns to Anaheim and it almost seemed like a homecoming for Static-X, since some of their most memorable shows have been at this venue. Glad to see Disney came to their senses. The new album sounds MUCH better live.

Def Leppard @ San Manuel – Poison opened and it was Nothing But a Good Time. Def Leppard were not to be outdone and they rocked the sellout crowd.

AC/DC @ The Pond – LOUDEST SHOW EVER! Thanks to my son for the tix! Every part of that show just felt legendary. As we were walking to the arena, we knew it was going to be a most metal night.

Trivium @ The Glass House – These guys are the real deal. Since Static-X may be taking a break, Trivium may be my new “go to” band.

Children of Bodom @ The Glass House – Awesome venue for the finnish metal band. Do yourself a favor and ALWAYS come out to see Bodom.

Combichrist @ The Wiltern – So technically they opened for Tiger Army, but I walked out after Combichrist performed. Probably the 1st time I ever did that. Wes Borland joined the band for this set and it’s what I always wanted Combichrist to sound like. I hope they have him play again, or maybe even join the band for an album.

Slipknot @ The Palladium – Halloween week started off with a bang! I’m surprised the Palladium was still standing after this show.

Skinny Puppy @ The Glass House – Summer was good to the Glass House. I highly recommend checking out the openers of that night, Sonic Death Rabbit. They are something to behold. Skinny Puppy is another band that everyone must experience. In fact, I’m gonna put on Worlock right now…

Rob Zombie @ The Palladium – Halloween night! I can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween than with Rob MF Zombie. Seems like it’s taking forever for the new album to come out, but the songs he played were moshworthy.

KISS @ Staples – The last show of the year! Ended 2k9 with a fuckin bang. The hottest band in the world proved that they still have an army.

Whew, great summer that flowed right into Rocktober. Keep checking back, cause lives.


Published by Qmungous, on January 20th, 2010 at 6:57 pm. Filed under: electronic,goth,industrial,metal,punk,rock,Uncategorized. | 3 Comments |

Hey Metal Steph, Trivium is playing

Mayhem Fest @ The San Manuel Ampitheatre 7/12/09

Third show for me in three nights and still rockin the horns. After the wall of death at MMFM I don’t know how I made it to another show. First of all I must thank Princess Raqueline for the amazing pit ticket!

So me and Zyner were standing in line and heard Trivium starting their set (ugh). So as soon as we got in we ran right over to the side stages. They had the 2 side stages side by side so that when one band ended, the other would start right away. Pretty efficient setup. Trivium started with Rain, but by the time we made it down there they were on their 2nd song When All Light Dies. The rest of their short set included Down From the Sky, Throes of Perdition and Pull Harder. Pretty good considering their short amount of time given. Perfect mix of old songs and new songs. Also Paolo shaved his head… Now it just looks like he has a tiny head. Good job.

Cannibal Corpse came up next on the other side stage and they just destroyed. Don’t really know much about them but they did play the one song I knew, I Cum Blood. It doesn’t get any more metal than that. That was the end of the side stages and the main stage was about to start. This is where we learned how Livenation is ruining the concert experience.

I’ve never had pit tickets to the San Manuel until that day, but I knew how it worked. You have a pit ticket and you can walk in… freely. But not anymore. Livenation found a way to make more money by creating VIP tickets for the pit area. These VIP tickets allow you to walk in and out of the pit like you normally would be able to. But everybody with a regular pit ticket now has to wait in line (twice) just to get down to the floor. Thanks to this awesome new system we missed all of Bullet for my Valentine’s set. They suck anyway but still, what if we missed Killswitch? I woulda been pissed.

Speaking of Killswitch Engage, they came on right after BFMV and started with My Last Serenade. The band came out in those awesome tuxedo shirts. “It’s a black tie affair” said Howard. Up next was new song Starting Over which got pretty good reception and some people already knew the track. Then they went back into some old tunes like Fixation on the Darkness and Rose of Sharyn. Ok so I lied about the wall of death at MMFM, but during Rose of Sharyn I got to partake in my 1st wall of death. Here’s proof that I was in it…

Told you. Then during End of Heartache, Howard called for everyone in the pit to crowd surf. “I want it to look like Point fucking Break out there!”, he screamed. It was the most glorious thing I’ve ever seen at a metal show (besides tits). And yes there were plenty of tits.

Up next (and should’ve been last, no offense to Manson fans…) was SLAYER!!! By then I was so tired that I told Zyner that I was done moshing and I wouldn’t leave her behind again. The furious metal attack started with Disciple, great song to open with. They played all the classics like Chemical Warfare, War Ensemble, Dead Skin Mask, Mandatory Suicide. Once I heard the drums start for Hell Awaits, forget what I said earlier about the pit. It was on! That song is probably my favorite Slayer song and it sounded just as good as all the other times I’ve seen them. They ended the set with all hell breaking lose playing Angel of Death, South of Heaven and Raining Blood. Slayer has to be one of the last old school heavy metal bands that still sounds like they did when they started. True survivors.

Marilyn Manson… He put on quite a show, but when will the music start? I’ll let Zyner talk about this one since she’s the real MM fan.

Mayhem Fest totally made me forget that there was no Ozzfest this year. Even if there was it would be hard to beat Mayhem for the title of best summer tour, cause that’s exactly what this was.


Published by Qmungous, on August 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm. Filed under: metal. | 3 Comments |

Ya Mo F’n B Late

Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs @ The Greek Theater 7/11/09

That’s right kids, back to back shows! Unfortunately Kristian and I were under the impression that Boz would be opening, so we got there a little late. Surprise, McDonald (who now shall be known as MMFM) was just starting Heard It Through the Grapevine when we got there. The good news was that while Kris was standing in the drink line, I was getting a front row view from the side. MMFM sounded so good it was like we were still in the 70s. His piano playing was jammin’ as well along with the band. Up next was the Doobie Brothers’ classic Minute by Minute and they jammed it straight into Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, one of the best covers to come out recently. In fact, if you haven’t picked up MMFM’s Motown and Motown 2 you better do that immediately. Another great track from that collection came up next, Ain’t Nothin Like the Real Thing. The set was closed with What a Fool Believes which had the whole crowd singing along and clapping along. I’m singing it right now as I’m typing. The encore started with an amazing piano solo which led right into Keeps You Runnin and he finished the night with Takin It to the Streets. Could it get anymore metal than that? Yes it could…

Boz Scaggs started his set with Jojo and his band just came out on fire. I couldn’t believe I was there to witness two of the most unmistakable voices in music. And speaking of great voices, with Boz was Ms. Monet who is just an amazing talent. For one song Boz left the floor and let her take the spotlight. Ms. Monet had the crowd on their feet after singing the song Until You Come Back to Me. Then Boz came back out and rocked The Greek with Lowdown. For the second encore Boz introduced one of his favorite singers, who just happened to be MMFM. They closed the night with a song together.

New Orleans + Motown = heavy f’n metal.


Published by Qmungous, on July 22nd, 2009 at 9:31 am. Filed under: rock. | 1 Comment |

A Small Victory, But No Vengeance…

Noisuf-X @ Das Bunker 7/10/09

No this isn’t the VNV review, it was the night I went back to a goth club after a long hiatus. The Fangster wanted to check it out and I wanted to see Noisuf-X play. Win-win situation. This night of course was their debut in the US. Based on the crowd reaction, I would say that it’s safe to assume that they will be back. The two piece group (keyboard and electronic drums) had the whole club moving from front to back. Not one person was just standing around. Along with the club hits Hit Me Hard and Krach Bumm, they also played some new tracks which were just simply dansetastic. Can’t wait to see them come back to LA. The Fangster and I had a blast.


Published by Qmungous, on July 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm. Filed under: electronic,goth,industrial. | 1 Comment |

Lagging it…

Yeah so I’m behind 4 shows… I’m prob gonna skip the VNV review. I’d like to forget that night if possible, Eternal Sunshine style. Anyways, I’ll snap out of it eventually.


Published by Qmungous, on July 19th, 2009 at 11:21 pm. Filed under: metal. | No Comments |

STP Coming Back?…

Stone Temple Pilots
The Joint (Hard Rock Casino), Las Vegas, July 2, 2009

I was so excited when my friend and I got to Vegas and found out that STP was going to be playing that night at The Joint. We immediately called Ticketmaster and were able to get floor tickets.

I hadn’t been to The Joint in several years and since then it has been remodeled. The original Joint was a bit more intimate. The new place is larger but not huge where you can not see the band.

Hurt opened up for STP and just in case you were wondering, yes, they were good. They opened their show with “Wars”. They had the whole place singing along, some more passionately than others.

STP went on stage and opened with “Silvergun Superman”. Most of the songs were from the first two albums making that a crowd pleaser. So you better believe that Scott Weiland used his famous bullhorn for several songs!

Weiland sounded great. My friend thought he looked like The Pet Shop Boys. He was wearing a white long sleeve shirt, black vest and tie with tuxedo pants (short above his ankles), white socks and loafers. I personally thought it might be a tribute to Michael Jackson. I thought he looked a little sluggish and stiff, I guess I got used to seeing him do his crazy shimmies and dance moves.

Weiland never said much to the crowd besides the occasional song title. It would have been great to hear if a new album was in the works. It’s been a few years since “Shangi-La Dee Da.”


*Well, I don’t remember the set list in order but these are just some of the songs they played.

Silvergun Superman
Wicked Garden
Sex Type Thing
Sour Girl
Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
Interstate Love Song
Big Empty
Dead and Bloated

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Published by Zyner, on July 16th, 2009 at 10:54 am. Filed under: rock. | 1 Comment |

Got My Body Beat

Combichrist @ The Glass House 6/16/09

I thought Peter Murphy said goth was extinct? Well it seemed to be the exact opposite that night at The Glass House, a venue where one should not throw stones. But as Demetri Martin once said, “How about no throwing stones regardless of housing situation?” Anyways, ramble on…

Marzinay and I missed Dismantled, the first band on the bill. (PS – thanks for taking the pics!) We got in just in time to see Aesthetic Perfection. The whole band showed great energy and definitely warmed us up for what was going to come. The crowd showed their respect by starting the mosh pit before the set ended. They said they would be performing in LA again in November. I will be there.

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Up next was Julien-K, which started as a side project by Amir and Ryan from Orgy. To me they sounded like a mix between KMFDM and Apoptygma Berzerk, which isn’t a bad thing. For sure they did not sound like Orgy 2.0. Like Aesthetic Perfection, they kept the energy going and certainly did not kill the mood. They seem to already have a pretty big following as most of the crowd already knew their lyrics.

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Finally the main event was about to begin. No Dust and Bones this time, although some of us in the crowd were already singing it. Those who have seen the last two Combichrist tours know what I’m talking about…

Andy and the crew came out at full force opening with All Pain Is Gone. Up next was Today I Woke to the Rain of Blood which kept us jumping to the beat. At this point I decided it was time to make my way into the pit. I forced my way from the right side of the floor to the middle just in time for the start of I Want Your Blood. The pit was pretty much nonstop for the whole night, as was the awesomeness of the band. Joe Letz is becoming one of my favorite drummers and Trevor makes them a lot more fun to watch than from when Kourtney Klein was on percussion.

One of the things I was thinking about at the last couple of shows is I’ve seemed to be focusing on what songs the band didn’t play instead of what they did play. But that wasn’t the case this time with Combichrist as they rolled out all the favorites. Maybe because it’s their 2nd tour this year and they have a better feel for what the crowd wants.

The rest of the set (not in this order) went like this: This Is My Rifle, Electrohead, Get Out of My Head, Fuck That Shit, Get Your Body Beat, Blut Royale (dedicated to the other bands on the tour), Sent to Destroy, Shut Up and Swallow, Deathbed. Then the encore consisted of This Shit Will Fcuk You Up and What the Fuck is Wrong With You.

So after my 5th time seeing Combichrist, they once again hath fucketh this shiteth upeth!


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Published by Qmungous, on June 30th, 2009 at 12:12 pm. Filed under: goth,industrial. | 1 Comment |


Peter Murphy @ HOB Sunset 6/10/09

Yes according to Peter Murphy, the Father of Goth, goth is extinct. Perhaps this is why the 2009 tour has been dubbed the “Secret Covers Tour.” Peter Murphy follows the trend of distinct voices recording an album of covers, which is soon to be released.

Murphy started the show by rocking the house with some new tunes, then went into an old favorite Fall With Your Knife which had the whole crowd singing along. In fact, that probably is my favorite PM song of all time. Up next was the first of the “secret covers”. You may have heard this track played in a new commercial by Chase Bank. It’s PM’s cover of Instant Karma, which I’m embarassed to say was a duet with a singer that I don’t know the name of. Also played was PM’s rendition of NIN’s Hurt. No doubt that touring with NIN influenced this track. Other tracks I remember were Deep Ocean Vast Sea, Dragnet Drag, and an old Bauhaus favorite Passion of Lovers.

Halfway during the set, PM told the crowd why it is that he hardly interviews… “You expect my voice to be low and deep like this… but I actually have a really high voice. It’s rather embarassing. This is why I don’t do interviews.”

The double encore began with PM lying on the floor singing Bowie’s Space Oddity. Then Strange Kind of Love to which he began singing the lyrics to Bela Lugosi’s Dead as the song was ending. The music of Strange Kind of Love have an amazing flow to the lyrics of Bela Lugosi’s Dead. The band ended the night by rocking out to She’s In Parties and ending with the Joy Division’s Transmission.

I was hoping for the night to never end, especially since he hadn’t played many old favorites such as Cuts You Up, All Night Long, Gliding Like a Whale, Keep Me From Harm, etc etc… I didn’t think you could see Peter Murphy without hearing All Night Long, but Transmission definitely made up for that.


Published by Qmungous, on June 15th, 2009 at 2:11 pm. Filed under: goth,rock. | 2 Comments |

The Offspring – Shit Is Fucked Up Tour


Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, June 5, 2009


The Orange County punk rock band, The Offspring rocked Friday night.  They played loud, fast and hard to what seemed to be a sold out venue.  They opened with “Stuff is Messed Up” (which isn’t really what he sings) and blasted through about an hour and a half of the radio hits, their classics, “Bad Habit,” “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy),” “Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?,” and “Gone Away” for which a piano was rolled out on stage and Dexter played solo.  That was amazing; he has still got a strong set of pipes!  Noodles jammed on guitar!  He also had the occasional shout out to his home town, “There’s a reason why I live in Orange County, and it’s because they are the sexiest people in the whole world!”


They even delighted the crowd with the kinda dorky but still entertaining “Intermission.”  On the big screen they had a hotdog dancing with an intermission sign and on stage they had someone on a unicycle juggling balls as well as someone throwing huge beach balls into the crowd.

I think the concert would have been better if I would have been in the mosh-pit. Oh, and what’s a concert at Irvine without the fire pits on the lawn that I don’t think were ever put out.  I think the concert was great from pit to lawn!!!

I do have to point out that The Offspring’s fan following is from one extreme to another.  I kid you not, I saw a woman in her late 50’s rocking out to them and just a few seats away a boy that must have been at least 10 years old.  I had my friend tell me that would be me when I get to my late 50’s, and you know what, she is probably right. J

And for those of you that might be interested I’ve added the set list.

The Offspring Set List:

1.                  Stuff is Messed Up

2.         Bad Habit

3.         You’re Gonna Go Far Kid

4.         Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)

5.         Walla Walla

6.         Have You Ever

7.         Starring at the Sun

8.         Gone Away (Dexter on Piano)

9.         Kristy, Are You Doing Okay

10.       Got to it Away

11.             Half Truism

12.       Why Don’t You Get a Job?


13.       Americana




Published by Zyner, on June 8th, 2009 at 10:50 am. Filed under: punk,rock. | No Comments |


NIN/JA May 20, 2009 at Verizon Amphitheater

There were a lot of upset people at the Irvine show on May 20, 2009. NIN opened for Jane’s Addiction! I, like many people in the audience, was not expecting that at all. The show was promoted as NIN with Jane’s Addiction. (NIN/JA 2009 Tour) I did not pay to see Jane’s headline. I guess my fault for showing up late, got there and NIN was already on stage. Trent had a stage made up of only bright white lights, very simple. Only songs I got to hear were, Echoplex, Day the World Went Away, The Hand that Feeds and Head Like a Hole. I tried to enjoy what was left of the show but was so disappointed that I had pretty much missed their last show.

After a short stage change, both bands keeping it simple; Jane’s had a movie that showed the importance of the band’s return to children who never got to see them live. Jane’s also had huge Betty Paige/pin-up look a likes as part of their set. They started their show with, Three Days. Watching Perry Farrell is always entertaining, he is so eccentric! Dave Navarro was great on lead guitar and didn’t look bad shirtless!

The only highlight for me was watching someone throw a shoe at Perry Farrell and him throwing it back and it getting tossed back to him.

NIN final tour and they open for Jane’s Addiction……wtf!


Published by Zyner, on May 29th, 2009 at 8:55 am. Filed under: industrial,rock. | 2 Comments |