Brent Stephenson

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Last Active 01-14-14 11:18 am
Joined 07-14-08

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07.21.12 Been A While12.07.10 Mark's Top 25
12.01.10 Finals Week...11.03.10 17 Yr Olds
10.20.10 Favorite Guitar Tones10.19.10 Growin' A Beard
10.04.10 Fall!09.28.10 Anberlin
09.21.10 11 Months10.22.09 Saw Vi...
10.14.09 Sludge09.29.09 Festfestfest
09.28.09 Busy08.10.09 Movin' Out
08.04.09 Moar Vinyl07.25.09 Is This Brent?
07.23.09 Vinylllll07.19.09 The Chariot...
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The Chariot...

was, by far, the most intense live show I've seen this year, possibly my life. Their set made me all but forget about the fact that I had just sat through 9 half hour sets of abhorrent breakdowns and painfully choreographed synchronized headbanging/running in place. Basically, Scream The Prayer tour could be renamed MOAR CHINA CRASH tour. The first 7 bands used the same drumset to save on setup time, yet every band had their own China cymbal that they switched out...Oh, and the fat guy from A Plea for Purging is one of the softest things I've ever hugged. Basically, if you plan on going to this tour, here's what to expect (a few digs follow).
1 Agraceful

Most boring performance I've seen in a really long time. They even looked bored with their own music
(which they probably were). Awful.
2 For Today

More chugging but at least they had a few decent sweeps and stuff. Singer was energetic, if a bit
overzealous with his brief pseudo sermons between songs.
3 Gwen Stacey

Chubby bass player was enjoyable, mostly energetic but still kind of meh. Everything sort of ran together.
4 Oh Sleeper

Energetic, engaging, mostly on point with the techy bits, nice guys.
5 A Plea for Purging

Decent performance, pretty goofy, fat guy is still the best thing about them by far.
6 Project 86

Boring music, and apparently they have an invisible guitar player since another guitar would be playing
when their only guitarist quit (suspicious). Pretty full of themselves, tried to start a circle pit on
occasions when they clearly do not wield the authority.
7 Sleeping Giant

Christian Emmure? Basically. 45 minute set, 4 songs. The rest of the 25 minutes was filled with overly
long sermons from the lead singer. It even made ME feel uncomfortable and I'm a Christian.
Moving Pictures

This is where the dig list portion begins. (I know I skipped a few bands but that's because they put me
sleep and I don't remember them. Also, we left before Haste The Gay played). So anyway, Rush rules.
9Scale the Summit
Carving Desert Canyons

In the words of my friend wearing the A Day to Remember shirt sitting in the backseat, "Ugh
music is so boring". Resisted the urge to blast Pelican for the next four hours.
Ephemeral EP

Good segue, eh?
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