Wow! Who would have thought that Orange Peel would allow us to host a super heavy event? Then we all discovered it’s a great place to mosh! Huge thanks to Piledriver for playing this show in-between two other shows in Hong Kong. BIG big thanks to Black Night Red Sky for providing all the additional gear, manpower and support. High fives to The Underground team members who were there to ensure the event ran smoothly! Let’s do more of these heavy events (at Orange Peel!!) in 2016!
love Chris B xx
嘩！邊個會諗到Orange Peel會俾我地用佢地方黎搞D咁重量爆標嘅活動丫！ 以家俾我地發現原來係一” 達”咁好feel嘅地方.好多謝Piledriver特登抽時間幫我地表演.再多多多謝Black Night Red Sky幫我地提供額外嘅資源,人力同支持.俾個High five The Underground嘅所有成員幫手令到成個活動順利進行!不如2016再喺Orange Peel到搞更多更重量嘅活動!
Love Chris B xx
Black Night Red Sky
In theory, the term “rock” does apply for BLACK NIGHT RED SKY. But because of their very eclectic, interesting, unusual style, I hesitate to add one of the all-to-overused tag phases attached to the word “rock” (hardcore, metalcore, kiddiecore, WTF-whatevercore). Because for BLACK NIGHT RED SKY, in my humble opinion, none of these boxes really apply.
These guys STAND ALONE doing something completely unique and original!
Their music is certainly on the heavier side, like some of their noted influences (Meshuggah, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Ion Dissonance, Dillinger Escape Plan, Misery Signals, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Cannibal Corpse, Throwdown, Hatebreed and Glass Cloud).
However, in the years that I have known many of the members from different bands that they have played in, their melodic side, sense and softness comes through in the music when you least expected. In fact, in the years that I have known them, they have never written a softer, melodic song that I did not love and adore. Deep deep feelings and emotions, layered with melodies and lyrics sung straight from the heart.
This is why the mixing and fusing of the softer melodic with the heavier harder styles makes the music so cool, unique and special.
They characterize themselves with each member having a different taste under the same category but with the same ultimate goal in delivering heavy fused melodic tunes. And part of our different musical approach is we really love experimenting and delivering a unique musical experience for the listener.
What sets BLACK NIGHT RED SKY apart from other bands is they are quite complex in terms of blending, fusing and experimenting ideas from various genres with Metal, Hardcore, Death metal and Post Rock. This is absolutely RARE and UNUSUAL. These guys are the only ones I have ever seen or heard do this!
The other thing that sets them apart from ALL other bands is both guitar players play and utilize 8 (EIGHT) string guitars to write and play in a lower register (dropped tuning). They really love that this allows them more options and freedom to not be limited and are able to express different interesting, unique concepts and ideas.
Watch for the new BLACK NIGHT RED SKY EP to be released very soon, and with more exposure will start looking at plans to tour outside of Asia.
– Gregory Tancer
PILEDRIVER (Philippines 菲律賓)
1. Kangaroo Jack
2. Southside kings
3. We got your back
6. Down since day one
8. Before finding myself dead
9. Speak my mind
I started my musical journey as a guitar player from San Francisco back in the mid 1970-1980’s. This was during the heyday of LA’s famed Sunset Strip, with all the soon to be famous hard rock clubs (Whiskey-A-GoGo, Starwood, Gazarrari’s, Cathouse), where all the soon to be famous hard rock bands were honing their craft (Motley, Guns, Van Halen, etc.)
So I’m up in San Francisco, occasionally going down to LA to try and stay up on all the new stuff happening, so that we would not fall behind, and become yesterday’s news before we even had our 15 minutes of fame. As part of this search for the new, newest, newer, we were looking to Europe for who were the latest greats new bands to copy.
But for me, it was never, ever heavy enough. You would hear Ozzy, Van Halen, AC/DC, Whitesnake, but for me, it was always lacking. Never loud enough, never hard enough, never heavy enough. And the lyrics and music content was all about partying, chicks, drugs, alcohol, etc. The content did not ever contain the values and morals of loving your brother, and caring and compassion, and kindness.
So last Saturday night, as I begin to watch the PILEDRIVER set at Orange Peel, I had this amazing cosmic flashback to the beginning of my musical playing career, and it all made sense. Back then, in the 1970’s-90’s, this wonderful heavy music fused with love your brother type lyrical themes just were not ready to happen yet. But it is now, and it is PILEDRIVER!
The music and lyrics of PILEDRIVER are the personification of hardcore in its purist roots, essence and form. Musically a bit similar to Rage Against The Machine, but that is an unfair comparison, because they are unique to themselves.
It is hard, heavy, syncopated, straightforward, complex, aggressive, rhythmic, loud, passionate and from the heart. What Piledriver sing about is deep and meaningful. And the messages I heard from this band moved me so much. Don’t fold to peer pressure, don’t fold to all the temptations of the world, live your life right, stop your mistakes BEFORE they happen, live to die for your family, never hurt or harm the ones you love, be an outstandingly good man, treat your mate life ever moment with them may be your last, live humility.
All the things important in this life.
And the difference with Piledriver is that it’s all positive energy. It is not about death and gangs and guns and hate!
To summarise, PILEDRIVER is one of, if not the best hardcore style bands I have seen live. And their musical message is so humble and kind and compassionate! I love you guys, and you will always be my brothers and stay in my heart!
– Gregory Tancer
Photos by Angus Leung.