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  • OCTOBER 31, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 31, 2006

    hey some fun stuff uploaded…

    early yesterday morning i uploaded photos from the show…so check that out…

    also – i updated our myspace page with a cool little “slide show” thing…check that out on our myspace page: www.myspace.com/kinglychee

    and lastly…i uploaded this little video i made of the central star ferry…check that out here click here: video me baby

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  • OCTOBER 30, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 30, 2006

    PHOTOS from last night’s show up NOW!!! !!!

    whats up everyone…last night was the first time for all of you to see the new KLC line-up!!! :-) man – the reception that you gave us was unbelievable…i don’t know think anyone knew how we would be received but you guys/girls were amazing…so many old faces in the pit AND so many new faces…it was so great to see so many new people in the pit having fun and most importantly – staying safe (that’s VERY important to us)…it was nice to hear people sing skinless, sisters and our SUPER SUPER old song “lik kit”! :-) we haven’t played that song since kevin was in the band!!! that was a LONG time ago…i forgot how much i love that song LIVE…

    man – yesterday, Los En Found was UNBELIEVABLE…i thought they were easily one of the best bands that played last night…songs are well-arranged, they’re great live, and you can just feel that everyone in the band is united in their dreams and aspirations for their band. that’s SOOOOOO hard to find in HK!!! so good for them!!! i wish ATP played last night but they said they’re busy writing new songs…so when they’re ready its going to be great!!!

    our good friends in Kolor told us that their first album will be released on November 11 so check that out when it comes out! man – i’ve known Sammy for so many years and i know how much of a dream it is for him to finally be releasing a new album!!! the last thing he released was not even a full-album – it was the Lam Kei CD!!! and that came out in 2001!! so 5 years later the poor guy can FINALLY release some new music – and the best part is that he’s singing!!! :-) good luck Sammy and to the rest of our brothers in Kolor!!!

    anyway – thank you so much everyone for coming to see us last night!!! there was lots of stuff on sale last night too which was great!!! our brothers in Die in Velvet were selling their new amazing CDep, we were selling stuff, the mosh kings STW were selling their stuff, our brother Hang’s new band was handing out lyrics to his new band Unjustified Yoke’s lyrics…it was a great day and night!!! thank you so much to City U for organizing an amazing show…it was probably a lot of hard work but i’m sure it was worth it! thanks to Jean and Miso for doing sound…and lastly – thanks to all our brothers and sisters in other bands and supporters of KLC who have not given up on us…you all showed us just how much love you STILL feel for us. it was a memorable night…

    our next show is November 25 at the Warehouse – and we’re going to try our new song that night…so you might not want to miss that! :-)

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  • OCTOBER 29, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 29, 2006

    dude our awesome brother Chai starts a brand new decade today!!! happy birthday man!!! i’ll be joining you in this decade in a few more days too so don’t feel bad! hahahaha…i think we should start a 30 year old man band soon…i know kevin can play drums for us! hahahaha…

    tonight’s our show…ummmmmmmm…we did a soundcheck last night and ummmmm…i don’t really know what to say. it’s a hard room to do sound in because it’s a big empty room where the sound just bounces off of the walls…so it’s really hard to get excited about it. but i’m still excited to be on stage with G and Man should be awesome…playing 5 songs…check our forum for which 5 songs…we are definitely really thankful that City U’s Muso invited us!!! it’s been a LONG time since we played in City U…andy and i can’t remember when the last time was – he thinks the last time we played was with Kit and Josie and that was the first time we played with Milk N’ Cookies!!! dude! that was so long ago!!!

    anyway – see you later tonight! :-)

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  • OCTOBER 27, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 27, 2006

    sorry for the silence…our KLC.com internet service was blocked for the past few days because i forgot to pay for the service…sucks…too damn expensive every month if you ask me.

    anyway – i’ve uploaded the setlist for our show this sunday…click on this link to check it out: CLICK HERE!!!

    lots of new music up online right now from around the world…new Killswitch Engage songs are up on their myspace…new Converge record can be heard on their myspace too…

    dude…Mariah Carey’s show this weekend got cancelled! hahahaha…it got cancelled, supposedly, because not enough people were buying tickets AND that Mariah Carey had too many ridiculous demands! hahahaha…that’s funny dude…i think its SUPER funny…

    you know what record i forgot about and finally listened to again for the first time in MANY MANY years the other day? the old Refused “songs to fan the flames of discontent” album…oh my god…what a masterpiece of an album. from start to to finish…it has to be one of the BEST hardcore albums to ever be released in the history of hardcore…PERIOD…if you want to feel innovated, creative hardcore that is not the standard mosh n’ roll, or the standard fast beginning, singalong chorus, mosh breakdown end…then Refused is JUST what you need…but chances are that you’re really NOT that stupid – that you definitely HAVE heard of Refused and already love them. but just in case you haven’t heard of this band – go listen to them. amazing.

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  • OCTOBER 25, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 25, 2006

    what is going on with this n. korea thing? now china is saying that n. korea never apologized for the nuclear missile test. so what is going on? only china would know since they’re such buddies with n. korea…the only promise that n. korea has made to china is that they won’t test any more missiles…

    anyway…our old pal kevin (KLC drummer from 2001 to 2004) is the first person outside KLC that has heard one of our newest songs. hahaha…i bumped into him after band practice and we talked about the good ol’ times…anyway, he’s given the thumbs up to our new song and is like “now that’s what you guys should be doing!!!” hahahaha…so i guess we can all feel confident about the day that we actually let the rest of you listen to it either when we play it live or when we record it for the SFS compilation CD…

    ok – its 12:40am and i need to get to sleep…a few more days until our next show…first in awhile so we’ll see you there…

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  • OCTOBER 23, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 23, 2006

    wow…our first show in Hong Kong in a LONG time will finally take place this sunday…we’re playing at around 9:30pm so we’ll see you there hopefully! if you’re reading this then i think its safe to say that you’re a KLC supporter, so if you are free sunday night then please come out and show your support. come out and dance around, mosh, sing…anything…its been a long time…we’ve questioned ourselves over and over again for the first few months whether or not to keep going…but in the end, we got new blood in the band who have re-energized us…our brother and sister have added something to this band that has helped us all move on and have hope in ourselves, in our songs, in this band again. hopefully you’ll be able to feel it when you see us on stage on sunday…

    our sister G has stopped smoking!!! the poor girl must be having some sort withdrawals but she’s not in HK right now so i don’t know how she’s coping!!! but we’re all SUPER supportive of her!!! i actually think its PERFECT timing, the new anti-smoking law that will go in effect on January 1 (this law should’ve been passed a long time ago) and will band smoking in any indoor places!!! THANK GOD!!! its a great law and will allow all of us to be able to breath again…i have a feeling a lot of people will probably quit smoking because it’ll just become such a pain to always have to go outside to smoke a cigarette. i don’t know how they’re going enforce this law in “cha chan ting”‘s though!??!? its going to be hard without insulting or annoying people…over the weekend i tried to pain attention to how many restaurants allow smoking and EVERY SINGLE one i went to allowed smoking…so this is going to be a BIG deal…

    okay…our next show is this sunday…see you there! :-) we have 2 new songs BUT we won’t be playing them this weekend…we’ll have to save them for another time…hahaha…

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  • OCTOBER 22, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 22, 2006

    loud park photos up now! http://forum.talkmusic.org/showthread.php?p=26162#post26162 more will be up when i get them from ah ho…including some videos too!

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  • OCTOBER 21, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 21, 2006

    OK – i’m SOOOOO sorry that i didn’t upload my journal entry for Day 2 of loud park!!! we jammed thursday night and i didn’t get home until very late…

    anyway here’s the story…

    because Richie wasn’t able to buy a lamb of god shirt and Ah Chun was also bummed that he couldn’t the shirts he wanted, so we all decided that we would get to Day 2 of Loud Park as early in the morning as possible. they all hoped that the Loud Park staff had re-stocked all the shirts. also, As I Lay Dying was the first band to play (at 11am) so we wanted to get there in time for that.

    so we took the long train ride out again…we were getting really good at finding the “express” trains etc…the train that we had to take always went by Disneyland which was funny…the train ride took an hour and it went over lots of water, greenery, disneyland, and then eventually we got to the venue. richie and ah chun ran off to get to the official goods booth first to buy shirts…me, ah ho and his friend went to a different store to check out some stuff. but first, me and ah ho had to take a shit so we took one at the bathroom at the train station because i remembered how much it SUCKED to use the bathroom at loud park. don’t know why i shared that with you…but there you go! hahahaha…so i went off to check out some shoe stores and found this store that sold Nike’s for $180HKD!!! i was going to call our drummer Man to get him a pair of shoes but of course my phone sucks and i don’t have 3G so i couldn’t call anyone. so i got myself a pair of shoes and found ah ho and we ran off to start Day 2 of Loud Park with As I Lay Dying…

    we ran in on time to find richie and ah chun waiting at the information desk…as soon as we found them, the crowd started screaming and we knew As I Lay Dying had taken to the stage. we ran in just in time to hear them start off confined…they were amazing – they only played 6 songs but they were tight (pretty easy to be tight with those songs if you ask me) and the singer was all over the place getting the audience up and ready for some metal-core at 11 in the morning! hahahaha…the mosh’s were ON! and by now, i was beginning to recognize people in the pit so i started talking to some of them! hahahaha…they were all like “hey you! what’s up! good to see you again!” hahahahaha…

    after as i lay dying we went out to get ourselves ready for frickin’ Lamb of God. but first that crap band Blood Simple played…they’re so bad…can’t stand them…but – they totally got us ready for Lamb of God. as Lamb of God’s staff was setting up, the goth-metal band Within Temptation was playing…the singer is amazing – and she’s super pretty. i think at least…her voice is angelic…super amazing…but as soon as they were finished, the ENTIRE crowd started chanting LAMB OF GOD LAMB OF GOD LAMB OF GOD!!! it was awesome!!! of course richie was screaming the loudest! hahahaha…he was screaming so loud it was so rad! then finally, the lights went down, and with that the whole pit opened up again…but this was the BIGGEST pit Loud Park had so far!!! there were SO MANY people and all of these people were DIE-HARD lamb of god fans!!! it was CRAZY how many people just went completely BALLISTIC (CRAZY) for lamb of god!!! the pit got to the point that it was scary with a bunch of stupid people in the pit pushing people around super violently but whatever, that’s what you would expect with Lamb of God’s aggression being unleashed on stage! dude – the lighting was unbelievable for Lam of God…and the sound…DAMN – everything was super clear, and the drummer was incredible. Randy was running all over the place and his voice was on fire…ON FIRE…he sounded tough as nails and didn’t miss a single word…incredible…i didn’t want them to stop playing but every band was very respectful to the time, and stopped right when they were supposed to and no one played an encore song…

    the next band was unearth, but Lamb of God totally destroyed the place…the audience was soaked in sweat, arms/legs were hurt from the crazy mosh and pits, and then Unearth played RIGHT after!!! for the first 3 songs, me and richie were like “how come we’re the only one’s moving around?” and the Unearth singer seemed to notice too…he was trying to get everyone up and then finally the 4th song got people moving…they played mainly stuff from the last 2 albums…didn’t playing ANYTHING off of “strings of conscience” which was very weird…but being honest, they ahve too many breakdowns in their songs – some have like 4 breakdowns in ONE song…that’s just too much…and the sound wasn’t as good…i think they just had a tough time – its impossible to play after Lamb of God man!!! anyone after Lamb of God will look like shit!!! hahahaha…

    so…remember Lamb of God equals HUGE mosh, which equals tired Riz and Richie…follow that with Unearth…also equals destroyed Riz and Richie…after both these bands were done, we were done. we went back to the information desk area and laid on the floor…we were so dead…Mastodon went on while we were outside and for some reason, their sound was so bad. their guitars were completely muffled so you couldn’t hear the notes clearly….and overall, their live show wasn’t that impressive. which is VERY surprising because everyone i know that has seen them told me that they’re amazing live…

    after Mastodon…was the almighty Hatebreed so me and Richie needed to get some rest to get ourselves ready for them. so while Mastodon was playing we went outside to walk around some more…outside they had stalls for ESP guitars and Pearl drums…and this is where a bunch of band members were autographing stuff etc. Ah Chun found out that the bass player of As I Lay Dying was autographing but there were no cards left so Ah Chun wasn’t allowed to get an autograph. he was SOOOO upset….which kind of sucked…that’s what happens when EVERYTHING is in Japanese and barely anything’s in english. i guess all these cards were handed out the day before…so we missed it…he was bummed…

    but then it was hatebreed time…

    we went back to the hall where they were setting up and i can’t believe the HUGE amount of people that were there. all these old school hardcore dudes showed up and were all wearing their Hatebreed, Terror, Madball t-shirts getting ready to represent…

    we were all waiting…wondering what would be the first song…everyone seemed so calm too which was very surprising and kind of scary actually.

    then the lights went out and then…the whole band came running out and EXPLODED on stage!!! Jamey was running and jumping from right to left and with that the ENTIRE hall turned into a million massive pits…there were like 4 different circle pits going on!!! it was insane…they played everything i hoped they would play (especially Proven with the lyrics: “You want to see me fail? you won’t get your chance” which to me represents the hell year i’ve had…and needles to say, i screamed these words as loud as i frickin’ could…i lost my voice after hatrebreed)…people were 2-stepping everywhere, arms were flying during moshes, circle pits…everything…it was like the whole place was going to make this a HUGE event and people were going to always remember Hatebreed destroying Loud Park…of course they ended with I Will Be Heard which was amazing…

    after them…i was destroyed…my arms were hurting, my legs were killing me…i never want to wear Vans when moshing – these shoes are so damn uncomfortable…In flames started playing and i thought they sucked…all their new songs are terrible…

    i was done with moshing…i found richie and he was like “that’s it…i can’t do anymore…” we were hurting from head to toe and we were soaked wet from our sweat and whoever else’s sweat was all over us…

    but we knew that Killswitch Engage was coming up…but i didn’t care about moshing…i just wanted to sing on top of my lungs. i mean come on – how do you mosh to the chorus of Rose of Sharyn?!?!?! give me a break!!!

    again…lights went out and KSE came out…of course the idiot guitar player was being stupid again…a little too stupid if you ask me, he really wasn’t that funny. but Howard Jones dude!!! OH MY GOD!!! his voice was majestic man…MAJESTIC!!! the best singer of the whole festival for sure…his screaming wasn’t that great…but his singing voice is unbelievable…

    they played everything you could’ve imagined: end of heartache, fixation, when darkness falls, my last serenade, rose of sharyn, so much stuff…but for me, it was Rose of Sharyn where i got emotional as all hell…i was singing the chorus so loud that i could feel tears forming…you know the words right? the chorus is “it won’t be long…we’ll meet again…my love for you is everlasting…”…and at the last chorus i broke down….BUT – these guys are such clowns that once the song is over Adam or Howard will say something stupid and everyone is laughing again! hahahaha…

    they were awesome even though they were the one band whose mistakes were quite obvious! a bit strange for such a big band to make so many mistakes on stage…and yes, when Howard jumps you really DO see his butt crack dude. its disgusting! hahahaha…

    children of bodom played next and i thought the were great…but not energetic enough…Ah Ho and Ah Chun of course were super super happy to see them…

    but then…the time was coming…it was almost Slayer time…we had like a 2 hour wait…that’s where we hung out with some local japanese dudes, and found Marcy of Buddhiston who talked to us for a long time…he was so happy to see Anthrax…

    then it happened…

    Slayer’s stuff was ready…the backdrop was of their new album…each guitar player had 12 Marshall cabinets…the lighting was eerily blood red…smoke filled the stage and the air…

    we were all standing in crazy anticipation for the final band of loud park…the almighty, the legendary slayer…the band that i could only dream of finally being able to see…

    lights went off…

    and the intro guitar riff of South of Heaven started…i don’t know what happened next…all i know is that i went crazy screaming along and singing the guitar parts! HAHAHAHAHA…such a loser! :-) they were perfect. each note was perfect…each drum hit was perfect…Tom Araya looked like a grandfather! he had a long beard and it was graying…weird weird…they played everything…war ensemble, reign in blood, god hates us all, angel of death, postmortem, die by the sword, cult, and so much more…they were perfect. perfect. beyond perfect. beyond what i could’ve imagined them to be like. they were the best way to justify my love for this band for the past over 15 years…every time that i mess around with their guitar riffs at home and at band practice – it was all worth it…these guys are legends and they were right there on stage. kerry king/jeff hannemean killed it…dave lombardo man!!! the dude is so much older but he can still play at lighting speed man!!! they ended with angel of death and it was the perfect end…

    and with that…came the end of Loud Park…we walked out of there in complete dream world…we couldn’t believe this. couldn’t believe the bands that we saw, the emotions we got to share, the stuff that we saw…we were in japan far from home but listening to music that we have all kept close to our hearts for so many years. nothing could make this night even more perfect. we walked home and richie kept talking about how amazing lamb of god was…ah chun kept talking about how he was so upset that he didn’t get any As I Lay Dying autographs…and i had no complaints at all…NONE…

    after 45 minutes of being on the train, we had to walk from one train line to the other train line to get back to our hotel…

    its a super long walk…takes at least 20 minutes to walk, and if you’re walking slow it takes 30 minutes…but we didn’t care…we were happy…satisfied…in shock of how lucky we were to be able to come here and experience all of this…

    and then…

    it happened…

    i turned around the corner and…

    there was Lamb of God walking towards us in the subway station.

    WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!??!?!  richie almost died…we saw them play in front of 20,000-30,000 people….but here we were in the underground subway station face to face with Lamb of God! we were like “HOLY SHIT!!! good show today guys!!!” we shook all their hands and congratulated them…and i talked to Mark and was like “man – we flew up from hong kong to see this show!!!” they were so happy! such nice guys…then Randy screamed “take a photo!!!” so we took photos with Lamb of God and that’s the photo you see on our front page… later after we said goodbye to Lamb of God, richie had the biggest smile on his face. he couldn’t believe his luck. he just looked at me and said “this was the best weekend ever”.

    i can only second that…this was the best weekend of my life. best weekend.

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  • OCTOBER 19, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 19, 2006

    “which one of these words, don’t you understand?
    talking to you – is like clapping with one hand!
    what is it? caught in a mosh…
    what is it? caught in a mosh!”

    so anthrax was over – my life felt complete…i walked outside to meet up with the rest of the guys in my soaked t-shirt and with thousands of happy completely satisfied anthrax fans leaving their stage…i sat around and couldn’t believe my luck that i was able to see the recently re-united anthrax line-up…

    then the next thing i knew…the lights went out and Megadeth was ready to rock…after the CRAZY reception that anthrax got, with moshes everywhere, and circle pits spanning the entire venue, i had no idea how Megadeth was going to go on.

    they came on with the fans in the front going crazy, but the rest of the huge place was very unemotional. they came on and played newer stuff that i didn’t know and that basically to me sucked. finally the started playing some older stuff – especially stuff off of Rust in Peace and that was so much better…they played Tornado’s, hangar 18, holy wars…and then played a bunch of other stuff that was not interesting. overall, i wasn’t impressed by them at all…dave mustaine was pretty damn cool but none of the megadeth dudes were at all exciting to watch LIVE…especially after anthrax so i’d have to say they were quite a disappointment.

    anyway…after megadeth was done it was finally the end of the first day of the loudpark festival. we left the venue FREEZING because at night the temperature dropped to about 12 degrees…also, after the anthrax pit, i decided that the next day i was going to bring NOTHING to the show. the first day i had my backpack, my camera, new sweatshirt and all of it was SUCH a pain in the ass to carry in the pit…so i decided that i had to sacrifice photos, for a better time in the pit where i can sing and dance as hard as i wanted!!!

    the end of the first loudpark day we went out to eat and got ripped off by a sidewalk noodle place which was funny. we were all pretty happy but richie was still upset about not being able to get any lamb of god shirts etc…so we all just went back to the hotel to fall asleep. they all decided that we were going to get to the festival SUPER SUPER early the next morning so richie and ah chun could run to the official goods tent to buy stuff. plus, as i lay dying was the first band so we had to get there early to see them. they played at 11am so we promised to get there by 10:30am…

    the next day of loudpark…the greatest day of my life…had bands playing right after each other with no breaks in between barely: as i lay dying before lamb of god, and unearth followed, then mastodon, and then into hatebreed, followed by in flames, with black dahlia murder playing at the same damn time, and then killswitch engage, into children of bodom, and then the almighty-undefeatable-kings of all hell-metal-stage performance-and everything else: slayer…

    you want to know how that day went? then come back to klc.com tomorrow to read about it!!! trust me…you don’t want to miss my journal entry of what happened this entire day…the best, greatest, most unforgettable day of my life.

    PHOTOS HERE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kinglychee/sets/72157626198193816

    P1010173

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  • OCTOBER 18, 2006

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on October 18, 2006

    downloaded the photos that i took of our japan trip but i am waiting for a super amazing photo that Ah Ho took with his camera before i upload ALL the photos up on to the internet for you guys to check out…ah ho and his bro should be back late tuesday night so hopefully we’ll be able to upload the photos in a few days…

    okay so where did i stop? oh right…when we ran in to watch Opeth…what i forgot to tell you is that BEFORE we came all the way out to this festival, we stopped at the Ochanimizu station where they have a street FULL of music shops!!! its crazy…shops and shops of guitar/drums and all sorts of other musical stuff…but we got there too early in the morning and only got to walk into a few shops…but it was an amazing trip to get over there to check out what type of crazy guitars are on sale in japan (limited edition things…crazy colors and designs…)…

    when opeth were playing we stayed on the side of the stage as close as we could get to watch them…we couldn’t believe the huge SIZE of the stage and the AMAZING sound and lighting…oh my god…the sound was SOOOOO great in this place – and the place has the same problem as the halls in Hitec and Wan Chai’s “wui jeen” (convention and exhibition center) – the hall is SOOO big and the sound just bounces around. but at this festival they were able to control the sound so that EVERYTHING was crystal clear, and the sound was HEAVY as hell…god – SOOOO heavy…if you’ve never heard Opeth then the best way to describe them is the most emotional form of metal possible – full of heavy/death metal guitar riffs AS WELL as the most amazing clean guitar, off-time, rock, ambient music…they’re amazing. but of course, with this mix of music, not many people were moving around – actually i don’t think anyone was moving around…but the crowd still loved it and it was PACKED with people…a few thousand people easily…it was full of metal heads of all ages, young kids, to much older men and women who seem like they have been listening to metal for the past 30 years!!! it was amazing…

    while watching a few songs of opeth, richie and i realized that frickin’ Nora was about to start playing at the other stage (there were 3 stages all together) so we started running over…right when we got there they played one of my all time favorite Nora songs and i lost my shit dude! hahahaha…i threw my stuff to richie (my backpack, camera, sweatshirt…) and ran to the pit and started moshing with all the japanese hardcore kids that were there!!! dude it was so much fun!!! this is where all the hardcore kids were hanging out! hahahaha…Nora was awesome and it was great to see a 5150 up on stage! :-) hahahaha…later Nora was doing an autographing thing (something that i don’t really care for) and richie and the rest of the guys got their photos and autographs done with the Nora guys who were all super super friendly!

    then we had a little bit of a break before we were going back to one of the BIG stages (where opeth played earlier) to support our HK hero Herman Li of Dragonforce! hahahaha…but we got something to eat in the middle area – HUGE area with so many people just hanging out…

    finally it was Dragonforce time and they were like an explosion on stage man!!! i don’t know HOW they can run around and jump around like they do especially with all that guitar solo-ing that they do!!! dude – they were running back and forth, back and forth and they didn’t miss a note!!! it was incredible to see people able to play such technical stuff and STILL be able to be exciting on stage!!! and Herman had this SUPER cool thing that he would do with his guitar and whammy bar at the end of his solo – the very last note of his solo he would pick up his guitar with just the whammy bar over his head! hahahaha…it was SOOOO cool! we all wished that we had a HK flag in our hands though! hahahaha…that would’ve been rad! for the very last dragonforce song they all brought out funny guitars…but the funniest one was when the bass player brought out a Doramon guitar (ding dong) HAHAHAHAHAH!!! that was so stupid but still pretty damn funny…of course everyone in the audience loved it. they were SOOOOOO good…i’m not a HUGE fan of power-metal (mainly because of the vocals) but i would DEFINITELY watch these guys over and over again!!!

    the next back we wanted to watch was Arch Enemy but we had a huge 2 hour break before that so we went and hung out at the “official” merchandise area. dude – we had to wait in a long line and when we got to the booth, all the stuff was already sold out! richie almost started crying when he found out that the only Lamb of God shirt on sale was already sold out too…his face was so down!!! the rest of the merchandise was kind of lame too…i didn’t like the official Loud Park merch because they have such a terrible logo and badly designed merch…i wanted an Anthrax shirt so bad but they didn’t have any good one’s…but ah ho and me got Megadeth hooded sweaters that i was VERY VERY proud of! :-)

    after the shopping and trying to help richie smile again (he was SOOOO bummed that he couldn’t buy any Lamb of God shirts for himself and his brothers in Shepherds the Weak) we went back in to get something to eat and hang out. the bathrooms were clean but they only had 2 stalls in each bathroom! that was SOOOO stupid – because imagine 20,000 people with 90% of them being male all trying to line up to take a shit! it was terrible…but now that i look back, it’s pretty damn funny! :-)

    we made the “information” stall our area if any of us got separated…so ever now and then when i couldn’t find anyone i would just sit on the floor here or lie down on the floor and go to sleep! hahahaha…that was super cool about this venue – it really let people do anything they wanted, people were just responsible for themselves. so people were lying on the floor when they got tired from walking around and watching the bands. later on in the day – when the bigger bands played, people were on the floor tired from the crazy mosh pits! hahahaha…

    finally the time came to go back to the big stage to watch Arch Enemy kill the stage…dude – this girl IS an incredible metal singer!!! holy crap…so heavy…and again, just like Dragonforce, she kept running back and forth and not losing her breath…this was when i noticed that the pits were getting HUGE! the Japanese LOVE Arch Enemy obviously!!! they were going crazy…circle pits started forming…their guitars and drums sounded amazing – sounded like a CD…

    after Arch Enemy i told Richie, “dude i don’t care where you guys go, its almost time for Antrhax and i’m going right up to the front”…so i left Richie and went up to the front and waited for Anthrax…but after Arch Enemy there was an hour that i had to stand there and wait. Angra was playing on the stage next to Anthrax’s so i watched them a bit – but they’re really not my style. i didn’t enjoy them at all – but the sound was amazing again, and they were great musicians…just not my cup of tea…while Angra was playing on the stage next door, anthrax’s roadies were setting up the stage in front of me.

    this is when i noticed just how damn professional this festival was!!! each band of course brought their own drums, cabinets, amps and things like that – so i knew that the roadies would have to set up EVERYTHING including the drums and mic-ing everything. but HOW they set up everything was pure GENIUS!!! instead of bring all the pieces of the drums out piece by piece, or the amps pieced by piece…they had already set up the ENTIRE drums backstage and put it on a platform, and then just wheeled the platform out! and the mic’s were already set on the drums too before they wheeled the whole platform out to the stage!

    each band had like at least 4 cabinets (except for Killswitch Engage and Unearth) and i thought they would bring the cabinets piece by piece…but NO – just like the drums, the amps and cabinets were all set up backstage and then they wheeled them out on their own platforms!!! DUDE!!! i was sooooo impressed! what a great way to set up a stage!!!

    anyway…after waiting and waiting and waiting…the lights finally went out…

    and the big movie screen said “now for the final act on the BIG ROCK Stage – ANTRHAX!!!” i lost my shit…and went completely crazy! they came out and started with the song “Indians”…oh my god…i was automatically transported to 1989 when i first heard this song skateboarding as a 12 year old in hong kong…Anthrax played all the hits man…NFL, Indians (war dance!!!), Time, I am the Law, Spreading the Disease, anit-social (you’re anti – you’r anti social!) everything man…they were funny in between the songs…the singer looked SOOOO old (of course) but he was still able to hit all those high notes!!! dude, Scott Ian, oh my god – i can’t believe i was finally like 10 feet away from this dude…he was like my hero when i was 12…and there he was going crazy on stage! danny spitz, the other guitar player (lead guitar player) also looked SUPER SUPER old – and this dude was SO calm, it was so weird because all this thrash/metal was coming out of his guitar, but his facial gestures looked like he was playing some bluesy stuff…hahahaha…it was awesome…Charlie Benante ruled as a drummer…dude – all the intro for their songs were EXACTLY how they did them in the old LIVE video’s that i grew up watching!!!the very last song they played was of course “Bring the Noise” the song that they did with Public Enemy…oh man oh man…it was unebelievable, the people iw as standing next to were all japanese and they were screaming all the words as loud as they could – it was so cool…i got so caught in everyone’s emotions that i was screaming the words too!!! hahahaha…pretty embarrassing thinking back now but i don’t care! a  lifelong dream was coming true right then and there…

    i walked out of that pit tired and wet with sweat…i also lost my new Megadeth sweatshirt in the pit so i had to mosh back INTO the pit to find it!!! hahahaha…my elbows were flying because i was determined to find my megadeth sweatshirt!!!

    i was so tired from the mosh and emotionally drained from watching anthrax that i missed napalm death and sat on the floor outside at the information table…i wanted to take a break and get myself ready to watch Megadeth…i’ve seen napalm death back in 1994 when they played with Obituary next to my university in USA so i didn’t feel bad missing them here…

    okay…i’m going to stop here…megadeth was next…i’ll write about it tomorrow…i’m sleepy just thinking about all of this!!!

    dude…i’m so stealing “war dance” scream that Antrahx does in “indians” right before the end mosh part…hahahahahaha…i’m so proud that in my lifetime i was able to see the original “Among the Living” line-up of Anthrax…

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