Sound: The sound quality and overall sound of the band was brilliant. I can't stress enough how well done this show was, especially when you take into consideration that this was their second show in 5 years. The only issue was a soundman issue during Asthmatic, which they opened with, where a guitar was completely lost in the mix. It was fixed by the end of the song, and everything just got more awesome from there. // 10
Perfomance: The audience went berserk. I had camped out right on the barricade for the whole day just to be in Spineshank's front row, and there was an awesome pit going right in the front. They got a lot of audience participation from the whole crowd, which was impressive. I didn't think that many people still knew their stuff. Mike Sarkisyan cut his hand on his guitar at the beginning, so his guitar was all bloody for the majority of the show. It was pretty awesome. Setlist:
01.Asthmatic: great opener, even though they had guitar issues.
02.Violent Mood Swings: kickass song.
03.Stillborn: see VMS.
04.Synthetic: one of the high points of the show. They took this song and melted our faces off with it.
05.Born Conform Repent: Nobody really knew the words, but it was enjoyable regardless.
06.Dead To Me: this one had a lot of great audience moments.
07.New Disease: crowd was tripping balls. This was the best known song by everyone, and it showed.
08.The Height Of Callousness: This was a great song to close with. The whole crowd chanting "f--k integrity" back at Jonny Santos was an awesome moment. // 10
Overall Impression: Outside McElroy auditorium, Waterloo, 3/21/09. The performance was on the second stage of Disturbed's Music as a Weapon IV festival. The openers were Born Of Osiris, Crooked X, and After The Burial. Crooked X was the only opener that I didn't like, and I really wasn't alone. They were -boring-. Luckily they were sandwiched between two very solid bands, so it didn't kill the mood too badly. Crooked X's show was really the only part of the 2nd stage I didn't like. The ticket for The Music as a Weapon festival was 40 dollars, but the second stage was technically free. But honestly, just Spineshank would've been worth the 40 dollars. Definitely going to see Spineshank again as soon as possible. // 10