Las Rageous @ Las Vegas Events Center – 10/19/2019
Las Rageous returned to the Las Vegas Events Center in Downtown Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday October 18 and 19 for its third year of extreme music in the Fremont Street area of the city that never sleeps. SoCalMusicToday.com attended on Saturday to experience sets by The Hu, Beartooth, Whitechapel, I Prevail, Atreyu, Chevelle and headlined by Rob Zombie.
In addition to the two stages rotating the bands, there was also vendor booths, food trucks and a wedding chapel (unconfirmed if anyone actually tied the knot) as well as Freakshow Wrestling that had a ring setup with “Freaks” wrestling while the live music was cranking. This intimate outdoor festival had the music echoing throughout downtown from 5:00pm in the afternoon and ended with the Rob Zombie performance well after midnight.
After three local bands kicked things off with the highlight being Taking Dawn from Las Vegas, Mongolian rockers The Hu were the buzz early on as they took the “U Stage” at 6:00pm. The band uses traditional Mongolian instruments coupled with traditional bass, guitar and drums that creates a thundering rocking sound. Multiple members of the group share the vocals using their Mongolian Throat singing (using multiple pitches simultaneously) and although this may sound odd without hearing it . . . it really rocks. An early highlight of Las Rageous for sure.
Things got HEAVY real quick when Tennessee Deathcore Kings Whitechapel took the stage and opened the show with “Forgiveness is Weakness” from their current release The Valley. Vocalist Phil Bozeman has one of the most ferocious death growls in heavy music and that certainly ignited the giant mosh pits. The band focused on material from The Valley yet ended the set with the brutal anthem “The Saw is the Law”.
Still supporting their September 2018 release Disease, hardcore rockers Beartooth had the entire crowd at the “F Stage” bouncing and jumping throughout their 45 minute set. This band is high-energy and vocalist Caleb Shomo had the crowd stirred up for the duration of their time on stage. The band cranked out “Hated”, “Beaten in Lips” and ended with “In Between”. The diverse lineup of bands proved the diversity in the fans as the same moshers who were tearing it up with Whitechapel were going non-stop for Beartooth . . . two very different bands but same results from the energy and aggression that comes out in the music.
SoCal Metalcore veterans Atreyu certainly had ALOT of diehards in Vegas on this night as vocalist and ring-leader Alex Varkatzas was nothing but smiles in between his vocal parts throughout the set. Guitarist Dan Jacobs is still sporting his trademark mohawk and headband as he rips out solos and riffs for each song. 21 years into their career this band remains a ball of energy to be reckoned with.
Currently on tour with Beartooth, I Prevail once again had the “U Stage” crowd in a frenzy. Led by the dual vocal attack of Brian Burkheiser (clean vocals) and Eric Vanlerberghe (screaming vocals) the band also had the thousands in attendance jumping and moshing throughout. Vanlerberghe put the two sides of the crowd against each other as to who was louder and more rowdy which only took the energy level up several notches as the band rocked on.
Chevelle closed out the “F Stage” with a 60 minutes set of pure heaviness. It’s hard to classify Chevelle into a genre but one thing is for sure, they are a beast live with chest thumping bass and drums. Brothers Pete Loeffler (vocals/guitar) and Sam Loeffler (drums) remain the two original members of this trio with Dean Bernardini on bass. Playing with bright white spotlights and flashing backlights, the band ripped through hits like “The Clincher” and “I Get It” that had Downtown Las Vegas holding on for dear life.
By the time Rob Zombie hit the stage The Downtown Events Center was packed with crazed Zombie fans ready to get weird. Opening the show with “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”, Zombie, guitarist John 5, bass player Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish delivered 75 minutes of ghouls, goblins and rock n roll Zombie style. Rob Zombie is a genius entertainer as he is constantly moving back and forth across the stage barking out his vocals. Backed by multiple large video screens Zombie and band wear masks, welcome various creatures onstage and just plain melt your face-off.
“Superbeast” was a highlight, the White Zombie songs “More Human than Human” and “Thunderkiss ‘65” are forever fan favorites and they even threw in a cover of The Beatles “Helter Skelter”. Each member of the band is a show in-itself . . . John 5 is one of the elite guitar players in the business with his trademark white facepaint. Piggy D in the vain of Dracula is a blast to watch and the hard hitting monster behind the kit, Ginger Fish makes sure you know he is there. The band ended with the epic “Dragula” and just like that Las Rageous 2019 was history. Another successful year in the books and fingers are crossed Las Rageous returns in 2020 as there is no better place than Las Vegas for a music festival!