City: Santa Ana, CA
Set length: About 45 minutes
Hour of Trower 8:15 PM
Downheaval 9:00 PM
Resistance 9:30 PM
Augmented 10:00 PM
Masters of Reality 11:00 PM
Allison Chains 12:30 AM
Snew 1:30 AM
Felicia contacted me once again and let me know that there is a cancer benefit being held at Malone’s. I believe it was something like Rockers Against Cancer… Something like that. Apologies if I didn’t get it right – I am writing this MANY years after the event. Not only did I want to come out and support the cause, but I also wanted to get the chance to photograph a bunch of bands, most of whom I had never heard of.
I was just there recently and my only gripe was the lack of stage lighting knowledge this venue had. Well, if we are being honest here, most small venues just throw up a couple of lights and call it a day. This place however, spent some money on more than just a few lights and kind of overdid it. On top of that, the Saturation levels of reds and blues are set to a gazillion so even the naked eye picks up on the issue. But hey, at least their stages are lit. Other than my OCD rant on lighting, this venue is pretty okay for a few drinks and a place to catch some live rock-n-roll. Go support live music!
Reviews, comments, and possible putdowns for Resistance…
What I failed to mention is that this venue has two stages so while one band is playing, the next can can be setting up on the other side of the room. This allows for very little time to pass in between sets, which is nice. I had not heard of this group at the time and was curious to see what they were all about. I noticed that they had a decent amount of fans in the venue this night, at least compared to the other bands who were on the bill. I remember a couple of things about them… They weren’t my cup of tea musically, technically they were proficient, had a technical issue with their stage-right guitar and started about 10 minutes late, and that I thought their banners were pretty comical but they took it very seriously. In all honesty, I was pretty indifferent about their music that night. It doesn’t mean they were bad musicians, just not my thing (anymore). I would have probably been into them when I was a teenager as they had a sound that reminded me of Metal Church – a little.
I realize I am probably doing a horrible job of explaining what they were like so here is their official bio:
Formed in 2000, RESISTANCE are a Los Angeles based Heavy Metal band delivering a full on Metal Assault from a broad range of influences. The new EP “Volume 1 Battle Scars” released (April 14th 2015) is now available worldwide via new label, Metal Machine Records. The band signed with Finlands Lion Music in 2004 and released two critically acclaimed albums. 2004’s “Lies in Black” and 2007’s conceptual Metal Masterpiece “Patents of Control.”
At the end of the day, I’m all for supporting bands, especially hard-rock/metal/heavy groups. Check them out in the link below and decide for yourself. Don’t take my word for anything here as my musical tastes are all over the board and weigh in differently depending on my discoveries. Make up your own mind. If you are into Metal, then these guys might be right up your alley.