Ventura Theater; Ventura, CA; 08/22/03

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

With a line-up like this, we knew we were in for an evening of powerhouse rock'n'roll and, when all was said and done, we weren't disappointed.

MANMADE GOD took the stage first, playing some material from their recently released, self-titled CD on American Records. Being first up, the band didnít have a lot of crowd to play for, but they still gave 100%, delivering a solid wall of rock'n'roll that woke up those who had just stumbled in and set the tone for the entire evening. The songs were solid rockers and the delivery charismatic and tight. I'm sure plenty of fans there that evening will go look for the band's CD even though they may never have heard of Manmade God before tonight.

Next up was Spineshank, one of Snidermann's favorite bands and - after seeing them perform live - I can see why. Spineshank reminded me of one of my favorite bands - Motorhead - not because they sound a lot like them but because their live show is similar. With Spineshank, it was like someone hit a power-switch before they took the stage and the band just raged through their 40-minute set, without taking a moment to breath. Then, just as suddenly, it was over. Spineshank blew me away and the audience ate up every moment, even when the band played new songs from their new album, as yet unreleased, entitled "Self-Destructive Pattern."

Powerman 5000 took the stage next and their set was easily the most energetic of the evening. I think this band spends as much time in the air as they do on the stage. They jumped, ran, and rocked hard through their entire set and - although their music isnít the solid wall of sound that the previous acts were (with the exception of "Car Crash," a show closer that formed a nice mosh pit in front of the stage) Powerman 5000 gave the fans what they came to see - a solid dose of industrial alternative metal thatís different than anything else out there today. Powerman 5000 rocked.

Finally, ADEMA took the stage to close the evening and delivered their style of intense metal punk with fire and fury. Like the previous bands, their entire set was solid and seemed to have no pause whatsoever, even between songs. And, again, the band was all over the stage - jumping, running, playing directly to the audience. 

By the time the evening was over, the audience was probably more exhausted than each band. It was a raging, roaring rock'n'roll party that drew you into the music. It's what extreme rock'n'roll shows are all about.

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