Can I just say…wow. I’ve never been to a music festival of such epically nerdy proportions. And I mean that in a good way. Orlando Nerd Fest, held August 7-12, is the first of it’s kind. A music festival dedicated entirely to Nerd Core music and nerd culture. Usually, first-time cons make me a little…nervous, but with an all-star lineup that included big names such as Final Fantasy composer, Nobuo Uematsu, World of Warcraft composer, Jason Hayes, the crazy android band, Steam Powered Giraffe, and Nerd Core rapper MC Frontalot, you know it has to be good, so I went in with high expectations. I have to say, despite a few minor frustrations that I’m sure will be cleared up by next year, I was not disappointed.
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About the Band: REIGN is a brand-spanking-new Loud-Kei band made up of ex-AND members Ikuma (Vo) and Kaji (Dr), and newcomers Ryuzi (Ba), Nagi (Gt), and Tano (Gt). Their image is that of mischievous demons and their fans are referred to as Koakuma, or Little Devils. Kyumei is the second of a promised five releases.
The Band: Mejibray is a four piece loud rock band started by vocalist, Tsuzuku that includes his former VanessA bandmate, Koichi, on bass, the young and uber-talented MiA on guitar and the eccentric Meto on drums. Probably most known for their wild theatrics and skin-bearing costumes, Mejibray features screeching vocals, heavy metal hooks and high-powered solos backed by heavily emotive lyrics that touch on everything from sex to mental illness. They have released one full length album, two mini’s and a whole slew of singles and will be releasing their single compilation, titled SM, on 5/7.
About the band: 見世物小屋演者集団「メメント・モリ」(Misemono Goya Enja Shudan “Memento Mori”), which translates loosely into Freakshow Performance Group “Memento Mori”, is what I like to call a Neo-Traditional Visual Kei band formed in 2010 by vocalist Ai, guitarists Tsubaki and Jin, bassist Yohan and drummer Yue (unfortunately, Yue has left the band since this performance for medical reasons). Wearing kimono, hakama, and sometimes even samurai armor, they use a mix of hard rock and traditional elements to create a unique sound all their own.
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Packaging: Nocturnal Bloodlust is known to have amazing jacket artwork and this is no exception. An ornate mix of steampunk and gothic elements, it features a monstrous horned skull and a metal-winged butterfly. Inside is a simple card decorated in a similar steampunk style displaying the tracklist and production credits. The show itself comes on two discs, the first with the main set and the second with the encore.
The show: All I can say is, if they are this good on DVD, I can only imagine what it must be like to witness it in person. From start to finish, the energy is high, kicking off with Rebellion and sliding right into Disaster, UNBREAKABLE and Obligation. Hiro’s voice is nearly flawless, making jumping from death-metal growls to melodic singing in a heartbeat look easy. Cazqui bounces around the stage like a hyperactive moth while ripping through Van Halen-esque solos, complimented beautifully by Daichi’s rhythm. Masa and Natsu lay down a back beat that will rattle your bones, Natsu’s relentless double bass hitting like a kick to the gut.
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