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Sevendust and Drowning Pool Concert Review 3/10/10 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA

11 March 2010 9 Comments

By: Darius

Sevendust - John, Morgan, Vince, Lajon, Clint

Sevendust - John, Morgan, Vince, Lajon, Clint

Sevendust and Drowning Pool rolled through Los Angeles last night and played the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, bringing some much needed metal to Southern California. Sevendust is currently touring in support of their upcoming release, Cold Day Memory, which is available in stores and online April 20th. Drowning Pool is along for the ride and is supporting their upcoming self titled album, which is currently scheduled to street on April 27th.

This was my first time seeing Drowning Pool, which is somewhat surprising considering I’ve seen most hard rock/metal bands from this era several times by now. The reason is that I never went out of my way to see them and oftentimes skipped their sets when they were packaged with other bands, purely because I think most of their music is garbage. They write a lot of crappy songs and they’re on their third singer, so forgive me if I usually chose not to stick around for these guys.

Sevendust

Sevendust

For what it’s worth, Drowning Pool played a good set, and what I mean is, they simply played their material well. I can appreciate a band that goes onstage and performs well, even if I’m not a huge fan of the music. Lead singer Ryan McCombs is much shorter than I remember and he plays behind an old school microphone stand. Think Frank Sinatra. The only difference is Ryan McCombs is not Frank Sinatra; he’s the lead singer of a heavy metal band and he carries this big microphone all over the stage with him. Honestly, it’s pretty distracting and I don’t see the point in it. I was surprised to see how much singing drummer Mike Luce does in Drowning Pool. I have to give the man props, he’s plays well and he contributes nearly as much to the vocal mix as McCombs.

Ryan McCombs - McBankrupt, Financially and Emotionally

Ryan McCombs - McBankrupt, Financially and Emotionally

The crowd was not into Drowning Pool. Hardly an ounce of excitement throughout their set, until they closed with their ubiquitous breakout song, “Bodies”. Personally, I can hardly listen to this song anymore but you have to appreciate that it really is an early 2000’s alt-metal anthem. I never thought about this before until I watched the band play the song and the crowd finally had a pulse. Overall, It was a tough audience for Drowning Pool. Ryan McCombs failed miserably at getting everyone to sing along to “Tear Away,” but at least the set did end on a high note.

I’ve written about the mighty Sevendust before and Andrew and I have spent countless live shows discussing this band. You know how we feel about them; they are one of the absolute best metal bands on the planet and deliver a show that nearly destroys every single one of their peers. Last night was no different. They hit the stage, they delivered a high-energy set, they thanked their fans, and got out of there. Not a single person in that building without a huge smile on their face. The crowd ate it up and were begging for more after their set.

What amazes me about Sevendust is how they make strides with every tour to shake up their set-list and offer something different for their fans who have stuck by them all these years. You never see the same set twice. For this tour and easily my overall favorite aspect of the show came mid-set. Guitarist Clint Lowery and lead singer LaJon Witherspoon took the stage by themselves with only an acoustic guitar and sat down. Clint began playing the chords to “Xmas Day”, a song I have never heard live and was a standout track on the bands acoustic record, Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live. Amazing rendition as the song perfectly segued into the band’s seminal hit, “Angel’s Son”. Just as “Angel’s Son” crescendos into its final chorus, the rest of the band joined them onstage and finished the song with them. Amazing. I have seen Sevendust perform “Angel’s Son” countless times and this was easily the best.

Drowning Soil

Drowning Soil

Sevendust played two new tracks, “Unraveling” and “Forever Dead”. Both went over well with the audience. They encored with “Bitch” then a medley consisting of “Master of Puppets,” “Walk” and “Born To Die” before closing the show with fan favorite “Face To Face”. The old school fans loved hearing “Born To Die”. Overall, another Sevendust show, another fantastic evening. Having a great night at a Sevendust show is guaranteed, which is why they are one of the very best in the business.

    Sevendust with Drowning Pool: Los Angeles, CA 3/10/2010

Drowning Pool

Enemy
Sinner
Soldiers
Feel Like I Do
Step Up
Shame
37 Stitches
Tear Away
Bodies

Sevendust

Black
Driven
Alpha
Crucified
Hero
Trust
Suffocate
Xmas Day > Angel’s Son
Unraveling
Praise
Denial
Forever Dead
Pieces

**ENCORE**

Bitch
Master of Puppets > Walk > Born To Die
Face To Face

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9 Comments »

  • chop-shop said:

    I was at this show and loved every second of it. I would like to mention that the crowd gave D-Pool a chance. They just didn’t win them over.

    I never commented but great spot with Elias a few weeks back.

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  • Andrew said:

    Hey man! I thought you lived out here in New York. You’re in LA now?

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  • GREAT ANT said:

    No Enemy?

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  • 5150 said:

    McCombs is in the Napoleon jacket!

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  • mAAT said:

    AGREE W DARIUS…. SEEN THEM MULTIPLE TIMES … DIFF SET EACH TIME GREAT LIVE

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  • Underground said:

    I commented on Local H. Drowning Pool falls into the same category. Sinner sucked. Desensitized sucked. Full Circle sucked. This band sucks.

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  • Ashley said:

    Hey Sevendust’s album comes out today!! It’s on Amazon for only $4.99 but it’s only that price for TODAY (4/20) ONLY!!! Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FRN28C?ie=UTF8&tag=wwweastwestro-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003FRN28C

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  • KARNOV said:

    Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!

    Touring with Shinedown? And the curtain jerkers? Who booked this crap?

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  • Dino said:

    There’s no doubt about Sevendust’s great ability to win over any crowd. Great band!!

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