Bad Night for the Neighbors: Redacted Pulse Tour 2014 Hits the Railyard

April 3, 2014 @ 1:23 am by James Reuss

Relaxation takes many forms. I like to consider myself a bit of an expert in the subject. If there’s anything at which I excel, it’s unwinding. I spent three years fighting my mom about the prospect of getting a real job as a teen because it would cut into my relaxation time. Nowadays, though, I work for a living. My job is a stressful one, so for me, anything that doesn’t involve sitting at my desk and digging through banking policy counts as at least some type of vacation. I’d also just taken a family vacation to Maui, which I enjoyed. Hawaii’s a pretty restful place, even counting the fact I was with my family. Jumping from that back into my job was a tough transition and I needed a change after only two days back at work (is that bad?). I came across an online flyer for a metal show down at the Railyard (which is one of the de facto downtown locations for loud music). It announced the Redacted Pulse Tour 2014! Putting words like that together in one piqued my curiosity. Besides, it had been a while since I’d run downtown and parked myself in front of some loud music. The more I thought about going, the better I liked the idea. Plus, there were a couple bands on the lineup with which I was unfamiliar. I have a hard time passing up things like that. I put on a clean shirt, pulled on some semi-clean jeans, and headed downtown after the sun had disappeared.

I’m getting to know the Railyard well. I know some of the people who work there, some of the people that hang out there, and some of the better beers on tap. I think it’s a fine place for loud music, though anybody going in there without earplugs, I have decided, has clearly declared a fatwah on their eardrums. Thinking about it, that makes it better than fine—it’s perfect!

Kancerus started at nine. I see the band members around from time to time–Chad the bassist is my neighbor, as a matter of fact–but they don’t play many shows. You can tell the band was raised on 90s metal, which isn’t a bad thing in my book. Their sound is reminiscent of Godsmack, cut with a bit of Garbage. The band soldiered on despite a couple sound-equipment problems, which was mighty sporting of them.

Tribe was next. They play hard and loud–I like that. I can’t say as I’m familiar with Tribe, but their set was enjoyable. Theirs was a rich, full, metal sound, with a level of intricacy to balance out the low-down metal grunt that I always hope to hear. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some of these guys in other bands, but of all of them, I think I like this one the best.

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End Ever doing things. If you’ve ever met these guys, they’re each about 30% hair, 25% alcohol, and 45% heavy metal. What does that add up to? I’m bad at math.

End Ever was next. I had the chance to chat with Mario, one of End Ever’s guitarists, before the show. He said the band would be leading off with two old songs, then debuting a new one. I’ve written about End Ever several times, so my feelings on the band are well-documented. They had people moshing. They did their usual bang-up job of wrecking shop. The new material sounds good. It never ceases to amaze me that this band is still going strong and creating new material after a decade playing shows. Where others may be content to rest on their laurels and sink into normalcy, End Ever keeps up the pace. It kinda runs counter to my “relax” mantra, but I’ll allow it.

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Diamond Plate. Hard to believe three people can create so much noise, but I’ll allow it.

Diamond Plate was next. They opened with a blues-metal rendition of “Sweet Home Chicago,” which appealed to the Blues Brothers lover in me. This metal trio had three things necessary for an enjoyable metal band: long hair, tight black pants, and a skull-shattering loud sound that made the audience nod along in time and start a mosh pit. They covered Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times.” They’ve earned a place in my heart.

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New Jersey’s own East of the Wall. Their motto is “MORE GUITAR!” At least in my mind, that’s what their motto is.

East of the Wall from Jersey closed the show. I’ve never heard of this band, but any group with three guitarists and a dirge sound behind their metal music is okay with me. Play slow, play hard, and you’ve done a great closing set. I’m not sure if East of the Wall has ever played here before or will again, but I’d not turn down a chance to see them again.

There’s a lot to be said for recreation. I’ve tried many forms and can say that it doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you end up thinking less about your responsibilities. Whether it’s a trip to the islands, a night of loud music with friends, or my personal favorite, pecking at my laptop in the deep-dark still of the night, chilling out is important. You might want to try doing nothing at all. I’ve found that works pretty well. However you do it, I can tell…you’re working too hard. That’s not good for you. Now get out there and stop doing things!


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