Saturday night January 26, Schecter Guitar Research held their 11th annual NAMM Party at The City National Grove in Anaheim, CA. The Schecter Guitar NAMM Party has become one of the “must attend” NAMM after parties during the NAMM Convention held each January in Anaheim, CA at The Anaheim Convention Center.
The Schecter Guitar NAMM Party is an invite only event and hosts bands with artists who play and endorse Schecter guitars, bass guitars and amplifiers. To attend one must simply get a NAMM Party pass from the Schecter Guitar Research booth at the NAMM convention and show up at The Grove.
This year’s event was sponsored by Monster Energy, EMG Pickups,Tone Pros and many others with complimentary drinks provided by Jagermeister and Stone Brewing Co. This year was all about heavy metal and thrash metal as artists who appeared at the event were:
Ohm featuring Chris Poland
Each artist played a short set headlined by thrash legends Exodus. The band Ohm kicked off the night with an entertaining musical set of hard rock flavored music mixed with a splash of jazz infusion. Guitarist Chris Poland displayed a diverse guitar playing talent as he led the band through 30 minutes of ear candy. Chris is best known for his guitar mastery on the first two Megadeth albums, 1985’s Killing is my Business . . . and Business is Good and 1986’s Peace Sells . . . But Who’s Buying ?. Unfortunately many of the attendees had yet to make it into the concert hall as they were outside taking advantage of the complimentary beverages available throughout the night.
Next up was solo artist and former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis. Loomis shredded his signature Schecter 7 string as be blazed through several musical masterpieces with a live backing band. With his long blond hair flailing as he thrashed through his flavor of progressive thrash the fans in attendance played air guitar along with each of Jeff’s blazing solos. Much like the night before at The Dean NAMM JAM with 7 string shredders Rusty Cooley and Michael Angelo Batio, Loomis proved you don’t need vocals to captivate an audience – this night it was the guitar playing that awed the standing room only crowd.
Could this night get any better . . . . well “To Prove You Wrong”, up next was Urban Metal Pioneers Prong led by riff master Tommy Victor. With the album Carved into Stone released in April of 2012, Prong are one of the hottest lives bands out there right now. Ripping through such classics as “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” and “Unconditional” and some new classics thrown in “Revenge . . . Best Served Cold”, Victor and company cranked out groove laden thrash like nobody else can. At this point the venue was quite full and the moshing had begun . . . a warm up for the crowd for what was to come next . . . Exodus.
At this point in the night the Grove was packed with rowdy metal fans who had more than indulged in their share of complimentary Jager shots and beer from Stone Brewing Co. Exodus hit the stage and blasted into the classic bay are thrash they are known for, opening the set with “Bonded by Blood”. The twin guitar attack of Gary Holt and Lee Altus instantly melted faces as each blazed through solos as front man Rob Dukes continually challenged the crowd to go crazy and create old school circle mosh pits. The highlight of the set was “Children of a Worthless God” off of 2007’s The Atrocity Exhibition – Exhibit A which showcased the double soloing of Altus and Holt each playing a white “flying V” shaped guitar (of which Holt’s is made by Schecter). A typical rowdy set of the Exodus Attack came to a close with the song “Good Riddance” as Exodus brought down the house and concluded the night’s musical attractions.
The 2013 Schecter NAMM Party will be a tough one to beat . . . . we will see what the 2014 Schecter NAMM Party brings us next year.