POWERFLO made their first-ever live performance at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium last Sunday. The new five piece rap/metal act comprised of CYPRESS HILL spitter Sen Dog, BIOHAZARD vocalist and guitarist Billy Graziadei, Downset guitarist Rogelio “Roy” Lozano, X-FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, and drummer Fernando Schaefer from the Brazilian band WORST.
8:00 – Powerflo doesn’t waste anytime showing what they’re made of. Sen Dog rocked the mic with great intensity and precision. His vocal combinations are edgy and raw taking me back to a time when Rage Against The Machine was bringing down venue roof tops.
Powerflo manages to show the range of their talents – leaving you wanting more. The drums, the guitar’s, bass, and the vocals – all elements combine that created a night of pure metal hip hop madness. When it boils down to it, Powerflo isn’t trying to reinvent the genre, they’re giving fans of straight up metal a heavy dose of what they have been missing. If you have the opportunity to see these guys in person, do it!
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9:05 – The pride of the Riverside came out to the roar of the crowd. Just saying Alien Ant Farm gives me a dose of nostalgia for the early 2000’s. The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of AAF is Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal but they are so much more. Their live set was like finding that cd behind your dresser that you haven’t seen in ages and remembering why it was a regular in your music rotation. Songs like These Days, Movies, Attitude and of course, closing with Smooth Criminal.
AAF is still just as energetic and full of hi-jinks as they were in their old videos. Frontman Dryden Mitchell’s ramblings in between songs included everything from talking about his mom @ home getting drunk right at that moment, reminding us of that time they crashed the BET awards (classic a must see) and even telling some dude in the crowd to let his lady stay on his shoulders because she has nice boobies.
Alien Ant Farm is one of those bands that you have to see live in order to completely understand how good they really are. They are currently touring with POD and PowerFlo and should be coming to a town near you so you can experience these shenanigans for yourself.
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10:25 – “BOOM, how you like me now”, the South Town boys (POD) wasted no time slamming immediately into their set to an already pumped up crowd. This would be my 3rd time seeing boys from San Diego and, so far, they have yet to disappointed.
The setlist consisted of Boom, Rock The Party, Murdered Love, Lost In Forever, West Coast RockSteady, Will You, Set It Off, Am I Awake, Soundboy Killa, Youth Of The Nation, Satellite, Beautiful, Image, On Fire, Southtown, and Alive.
Payable On Death is a brilliant and innovative rap metal band that brings every ounce of energy when entertaining venues.
The band delivered a performance nothing short of amazing, From the impressive vocals of Sonny Sandoval who is a very engaging frontman/singer, his lyrics flow naturally with every song when mixed in with Marcos’s melodic guitar rifts and backing vocals, Wuv’s banging drum beats and last but not least, Traa’s grovin’ bass playing.
Sonny opened the show talking to the crowd about it being their show and how if they see someone go down, to help them up. Sonny would even jump in to the middle of the moshpit, while singing “On Fire”, to break up a fight without missing a beat. His message to the crowd was all about peace and unity while breaking into the song “Beautiful”.
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