Concerts:One After the Other.

 

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As a college student, time management is something many people cannot help but stress about to organize. I am also a victim of this, however there is always time to have fun even when piles of homework take over your life. My idea of fun is to go to concerts. Not just any kind of concerts; Metal concerts! I am huge fan of the genre and it has been my favorite style of music ever since I was in the sixth grade. I am a huge supporter of the scene and the way I show it is by buying as many band t-shirts, CD’s, and going to as many shows as I can. I attended at least three shows last week, starting Thursday. On Thursday, I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Overkill and Symphony X. I was shocked that I won too because I have never won a contest in my life before. But on the day of the show, I got an email saying I won the tickets, so in a way it was sort of last minute. But I was definitely not going to miss my favorite thrash metal band of all time by any means. Symphony X put on a great show too, but I was honestly more excited about Overkill.

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The day after, it was a death¬†metal show. A band by the name of Cattle Decapitation was headlining with some rather peculiar bands. The only supporting that I really enjoyed was by name of Black Crown Initiate. They’re a band I discovered a year ago when I went to Metal Alliance 2014 and had the opportunity to see them three times. Cattle ended up putting on a great show and it was crazy. Keep in mind, they played at Reggies, a venue where stage diving is not allowed. A lot of the fans actually ended up doing it. Well, what can I say? It shows how much people loved them.

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Finally, D.R.I. This took place at the same venue as the day before. At this point I was really tired, but I was so excited to see them and ended up doing so. I even moshed! I don’t have much to say about the opening acts because they were honestly forgettable in my book. All except for Reign. A local thrash metal band from Chicago whose guitarists were two of my friends who I was in a band with for a while. It makes me happy to see they’re doing great. Edward, lead guitarist, has progressed so much. I see him as the next Dave Mustaine. I’m dead serious about that.

I will not be attending any more concerts for the moment because I need a break from them. As much as I love metal, I need a break from it sometimes. But once November is here, expect me to be at Aragon Ballroom for King Diamond and Exodus.

Halloween!

Last night was halloween- and man was it fun! Though it was rainy, which really bummed me out because I wanted to go trick or treating, my friends and I still dressed up and enjoyed the holiday. I ended up being a bird and my favorite costume that I saw was the green monster Mike from Monsters Inc. St Xavier hosted a halloween party in the Andrew Center for all of us students and between the DJ and free pizza, it was the most successful and fun event thus far hosted by St Xaves! This holiday, more so than any other, makes me remember one thing: How much I love being a kid.

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And yes, please notice the present tense of that statement. Getting dressed up on halloween and seeing my friends dressed up gives me giddy sensation that is so innocent it reminds me that childhood isn’t dead. Halloween gives me an excuse to wear the irregular, the imaginative, the questionable combinations that I would never wear anymore; but when I was a child, I had no fear. I don’t think it was a lack of fear, more so a lack of fashion sense, but none the less I was more free as a child.

Another thing that made me appreciate the child in me was how disappointed I was that I didn’t get to go trick or treating. I’ve legitimately gone every year except for this year. There’s just something about running around with my friends in costumes giggling, knocking on strangers doors, and getting free candy that makes my year. My Sophomore year my friends and I started donating the majority of our candy to our local hospital’s program so kids who couldn’t trick or treat got candy too… and candy makes you fat:p

Anyway, Halloween is awesome, dressing up in costumes is awesome, and so is childhood!!!

’til next time!