Carnival of Madness: Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment, We As Human
Sun., Sept. 1, 4:30 p.m. 2013
Carnival of Madness is a roaming revue of modern hard rock. The tour includes a few of the form's bigger names, from former cutters Papa Roach and the ballad-prone Shinedown to the costumed Christians of Skillet. But listening to these bands, it's hard to find a trace of madness or a mere echo of real, honest-to-goodness injury beneath production bright enough for country-rock and guitars that seem lifted from the same stagnant, fetid, ruefully not-yet-exhausted source. Madness can be intriguing. A mundane imitation of it? Not so much.