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Klas Rock/Metal May 2013

Klas Rock / Metal Nights: May 2013 Edition

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The Zeitgest Media Festival- Chicago

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Background music by Waterlife

Recognizing the power of art and media to help change the world, “The Zeitgeist Media Festival” engages the artistic community and their power to change values. It proposes that needed changes in the structural/economic workings of society can only manifest in tandem with a personal/social transformation of values in each of us.

While intellectual knowledge serves its role of showing the path, many in the world follow their feelings- not their knowledge. The Zeitgeist Media Festival hopes to bridge those levels, while also illuminating a focus where changing and improving the world is no longer considered a fringe, suspect or ever dangerous pursuit… but rather the highest and most honorable level of personal/social integrity we have.

Many seem to forget that the world society as it exists was created by us… and we can change it anytime we want.

Come share the arts with us at The Zeitgeist Media Festival Chicago!
Enjoy music from:

The Nation
Court of Allusions
Aether Dive
Prison System
Wannabe Heroes

Comedy from:
The Xanadudes

Talk to and learn from:
The Greater Chicago Food Depository
Green & More
Ecological Green

Food Donation Suggestions include:
Whole grain cereal, Rice, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Mac and Cheese, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Beans, Canned meat, Stew, Soup, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, and Shelf-Stable Milk

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This week we attended Metal Mergence V at Reggies Rock Club, a
well known spot in the south loop which hosted this night of
“Network Napalm” as they like to call it. Numerous metal promoters,
artists, graphic designers and labels not only attend this event
yearly to promote their services but also to have a drink,
network with others and of course to listen to some awesome metal
music. We arrived a little later after the first set just in time
to catch First Jason, a two piece band dubbed “monster metal”
with tales and lyrics about the hockey masked serial killer Jason
Voorhees. Ari Lehman, who is the band’s front-man opened with
the most awe-inspiring sound check showing off his shredding skills
on his 3 octave midi controller playing licks reminiscent of 80’s
speed metal. Did we mention his customized midi controller?
Click his name to see some cool photos.

Ari Lehman was this years Metal Mergence show host and he
also portrayed Jason Voorhees as a child on the first Friday the
13th movie and has recently toured Europe with his act First Jason.

While the next band was setting up, we grabbed a few beers, passed
out some flyers and awaited the next act, Impale, a metal band
that hails from the south side of Chicago.

While I do not recall what song Impale opened with, I do recall
being amazed not only by their on-stage theatrics, jumping around
and head banging, but performing said theatrics while playing some
of the most cleverly crafted metal riffs that I have ever heard. While
the guitars engaged each other in a fight of “call and response” a mosh pit immediately broke out in the front row. As a spectator in the middle center of the crowd, I could hear every detail of both guitars, the bass and the mic’ed drums. Truly an inspiring work from both the band for their unique blend of guitar tones and bass tones, and the engineer behind the mixing board who ensures that the crowd gets a pleasing experience of the sounds going on said stage.

We had to leave a little bit early since we had prior arrangements that night, however, another band we got to see perform was the progressive/metal four piece Beneath the Stares. While experiencing their set, I recall thinking to myself: “These guys really know their music theory.”  Whether the band went took music composition in college or not, one thing was for sure; they stood apart from the rest of the bands as being one of the most dexterous and versatile band of the night. Fronted by female vocalist Lisa LoGrasso, this band blends many genres in one neat package while having catchy hooks and melodies.

Be sure not to miss the next Metal Mergence!
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The Klas RockFest Experience: May 28th Edition

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Thank you for Klas Rockfest

Waterlife Music (Alex Pena, Jorge Anaya, Jose Romero, Jose Ruiz) would like to thank the following people:

Franco Morales, Sandra Sanchez, Ariela, Kat, Lilly, Richard Ibarra, Ali Shamasneh, Javier Garcia, Alex Ruiz, Jim, Christina, Allan Alexander Valencia, Alex Rubio,  Wings of Severance, Bloodstream Parade, Veils of Darkness, Phase Extermination, Shattered Dimensions, Suspended Animation, The Elevator Incident, Cottonseed, Scott Colesby, Mighty Wind, Arseo (formely known as Waterguns in August) , Santa Inez BakeryKlas Restaurant and their staff, Corina Soto , Animl, DJ Delfin 666, whoever lent us that PA in the acoustic stage you saved the day, Veils of Darkness, Sam Beckley and Gremlen Studios in Aurora, everyone who signed up for our mailing list *(you guys will be getting a treat in your email to sign up go to “” click “Become a Fan” to sign up) and of course…
all the people who came out to support the bands, you guys are the one’s who make these shows count! Because of you guys both bands and fans continue to look forward to our events! Stay on your tippy toes, we will be bringing you guys fresh tracks straight from the studio to your ears, more events to look forward to, giveaways and other prizes (sign up for our mailing list), HD footage from Klas Rockfest, some more local and global insight.

-Waterlife Music
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Klas Rockfest Line-Up Revealed!

The best local talent showcase just got better!

Saturday May 28th, 2011 live at Klas

Wings of Severance will be headlining this epic spring event along with co-headliners Bloodstream Parade

Also playing:
Local progressive metal rockers Veils of Darkness return from a long hiatus!

The Elevator Incident

Phase Extermination

Suspended Animation

Shattered Dimensions

Cotton Seed
Waterguns In August
Scott Colesby
Mighty Wind

All ages
$5 Cover
Bring your moshing shoes!
Suggest this event page to all your buddies and repost!
Leave all negativity at the door!
21 and up to drink
Click HERE for the official Facebook Event Page!


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Review: Agalloch in Chicago

One thing we’ve said we’d do this year was give you guys some interesting blogs, which I don’t believe we’ve done enough of. So today I’ll start by sharing my thoughts on a concert I attended late last night at Reggies Rock Club. The headlining band was Agalloch. You can learn their history by clicking on the link for their wiki or you can go to their myspace to listen to some tunes! I recommend both!

Agalloch in 2005

Agalloch in 2005

It was a sell out crowd at Reggies Rock Club by the time I had arrived. Luckily, I had purchased my tickets online for fearing of missing the show. I missed them the last time they rode through Chicago and I wasn’t willing to miss it again.
Anyway, we managed to catch Locrian’s final song, which absolutely blew me away! The smell of the candles they had decorating stage filled the room with a powerful fragrance that added even more intimate feel to the energy being concentrated. By the time the ringing from the pounding drum fills faded away, I realized I had I made a big mistake by not arriving earlier! The band had instantly won me over and I will reach out to them about playing a show for us.

Next up was Worm Ouroboros. Once again I was blown away by this trio. The soothing sounds of the ambient guitar work flowed smoothly as the bass lines took me on a very dark and captivating road. If your not following them already, do yourself the favor.

Several minutes after 11:00 P.M the stage was finally set for Agalloch. They had a really cool backdrop with their logo on it. All members
took the stage as the first track of their latest album “Marrow of the Spirit” played through the P.A. Suddenly they blasted “Into the Painted Grey” and the crowd loved it, including myself. There appeared to be several issues with the sound, but after a few minutes of the crew scrambling to get it together Agalloch sounded better than ever. Agalloch played all the hits and more. I’ve never in all my years of going to concerts ever seen such an inspiring show. Apparently Agalloch guitarist has been popping strings in the 2 shows before the Chicago event, and last night they kept the tradition going! Guitarist Don Anderson pulled apart a string hanging from his guitar and tossed into the crowd. The band left the stage and I think it threw people off into thinking the show was over, but it was not. The band returned and delivered a few more of their always epic songs. By the time the show was over, it was very clear that the crowd wanted more. I only wish they would have responded to the chants of “One More Song” and delivered ‘Not Unlike The Waves”. Nonetheless, it was an amazing show with amazing line up.

I hope you enjoyed the review because I intend to do more in the future! If your not already following these bands, please do!
Special thanks to MPshows for putting together the event!


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02-19-2011 Klas Rock Show Pictures

The pictures taken by Animl Sour Apples Crew are now up on our facebook page for the world to see! Just click on our facebook link at the bottom of this post and select the appropriate album.

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May 28th @ Klas

We just confirmed the last band today. We’ll be announcing all the details real soon! Expect new faces and some brutal new music!

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A Big Thanks for making KLAS a success!

A big thanks goes out to everyone who made Friday night and Saturday night a success. Javier Garcia and Alex Ruiz for providing sound and engineering, Richard , Ali , Franco, Jaime Martinez and countless others for helping us spread the word and set up.  Frank and the Klas staff for providing a place to rock out and security, Dave and Austin for coming out on Friday night to speak on behalf The Zeitgeist Movement, all the bands that came out to play and the fans who came out to support and thrash the place around! Animl Sour Apples Crew for taking shots of the relentless crowd and brutal performances. Rebel Radio 1500 AM for running our commercial all week long for the Klas Show, and anyone who in any way, shape or form continues to make these shows a success!

Stay on your tippy toes for the next show because it will be BIGGER and of EPIC PROPORTIONS!

Thanks again from us at Waterlife Music! Don’t forget to check out our album on iTunes!

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‘Zeitgeist: Moving Forward’ Free Screening Today at 6:30 P.M

First 100 people at the film screening tonight will receive a free Zeitgeist: Moving Forward DVD! (Courtesy of Dave and Movie will start rolling at 7pm. Try and claim your seat at 6:30p.m

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