Bloodline Riot Concert Review

“The ultimate thrill ride, filled with speed & debauchery”

Token Lounge Takeover Event
Friday September 23rd, 2016
Bloodline Riot are

World-Class Vocalist * Dan Greer


W0rld-Class Guitarist * Jason Caine


World-Class Bassist * Eric Vancil



World-Class Drummer * Romie Burford








Token Lounge Set list





Guitar Solo



Letting Go

Defintion for the term KICK*ASS has always been something to the effect of

Faster & Heavier Better RIFFS with Top Notch World-Class Songwriting, something of a gold standard of hard rock/ heavy metal music. The gold standard is the best, most reliable, or most prestigious thing of its type.

First thing I wanted to mention was I went to this concert old school style, ie no smart cell phone.

The golden age of heavy metal say 1983-1991, when there was no mobile smart phones, so I left mine @ home so there was no photos, from our staff from this event.

We have a new rule here the first 5 rows of any show are for the major ragers and the hard rockers, and rows 6 are for the journalist and the press covering events, so hard rock/heavy metal fans, do let the photographers, journalist get awesome photos then go back to fist banging mania, and head banging in your own personal space


A month earlier on August 25th, 2016. I have seen a top 10 Concert of my life-time, in hard rock/heavy metal history actually when Edge of Paradise from Los Angeles, California, came to Michigan. And so what does a publication do when seeing ONE OF THE GREATEST CONCERTS OF ALL-TIME…well you go see another TOP 10/ TOP 25 Concert of all-time. This time Bloodline Riot for the Cave Radio TOKEN TAKE OVER.

Usually when KICK*ASS*METAL announces what events will be covering events, other publications will suddenly show-up. I catch tons of publications plagiarizing my writing.  And Imitation a greatest from of flattery, unless you take our TOP 100 ALBUMS LIST OF ALL-TIME and use it for your Worst 50 albums of all-time list….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But that is a different story, for a different day

I was l@@king for National Rock Review, they have pretty much the same taste in Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal as KICK*ASS*METAL, but I did not see them, actually we get most of our fair use photos from that stellar publication. So extra added pressure for me on this concert review besides excellent photography they do some awesome concert reviews.

Bloodline Riot is simply


Bloodline Riot gave 110% effort and were on fire, and were KICKING ASS and taking names. and my senses where heightened, because I was so psyched out of my mind.
What separates any band from the upper 99.9 of any year/decade/quarter century and of all-time, from bands that are in the upper 99.0 – 99.0 percentile is song-writing mastery and mastery of dynamics; as well as originality, and this publication is heavily on the side of virtuosity/ talent and conviction. And I did notice how Bloodline Riot has a perfect balance of Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Drums in there sound, and was highly impressed by Bloodline Riot’s Bassist Eric Vancil perfect intonation, as well as killer tone. Jason Caine also has a KILLER GUTAR TONE, as well as one of the BEST ALL AROUND GUITARIST of all-time.
I have no problem putting Jason Caine in the SAME LEAGUE as Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Dave Bates, Marty Friedman, Alex Skolnick, Kirk Hammett I am actually an INSANE  TRUE FAN of the Metallica “Metallica” August 1991 album, for heavy rotation the Metallica “Black Album” fits perfectly between spins of Skid Row “Slave To The Grind, and Motley Crue’s “Doctor Feelgood”…and who ever else is on the top 100 World’s Greatest Guitarist of all-time.
Stage Show, was TOP NOTCH and highly energetic the bands has tons of charisma, and SECOND TO NONE stage presence.
Bloodline Riot put a lot of originality into their stage show, in terms of showmanship, so I will not get into this aspect, because you just have to see Bloodline Riot live YOURSELF, seeing is believing.
I always try to find artist and recommend bands whose concerts are something of a LIVE CLINIC, seeing the best bands around only helps those at the beginner/amateur level, become better, and for music fans I always try to find the MOST ORIGINAL band around, so you can have a memory that will forever leave an indelible mark on your psyche, and be a memory that will last forever!!!
We always give a head’s up to those all over planet metal, on the best of the best in hard rock/heavy metal music. Those aspiring to be guitar hero’s.  With Jason Caine from Bloodline Riot in the Midwest and Dave Bates from the West Coast, you have your work cut out for you.
Those who are ages 15-19, and are aspiring guitar hero’s I recommend to you to see out Bloodline Riot’s and The Edge of Paradise back catalogue.


We @ KICK*ASS*METAL don’t make the rules for WORLD-CLASS Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal, this is done as a international brotherhood, just we ENFORCE THE RULES !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make no mistake our top 100 albums for any give year, are our own list, World-Class Music has no barrier when it comes to the Classical/Avant Garde/Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal genre lines. I listen to the best of the best of a given year/ deacade and all-time, and I don’t care about “the rules” and what the institute of commerce says I have to buy. Because I was given the HEAVY METAL tag, by the institute of commerce, ie magazines created sub-genres and genres to l@@K cool, and well to sell magazines. Any music with high levels of originality and virtuosity is timeless music that I will always find the MOST  intellectually stimulating!!!

A lot of times I will get accused of the “Retro’ tag…..make no mistake about this there are ZERO retro bands featured the pages of KICK*ASS*METAL, every band has pushed the sonic level, somehow, someway. Most times it is through better song-wrting and virtuosity. It is just so much better when bands achieve their own sound/ style, mastering song-writing and virtuosity. Bloodline Riot is just one of the bands. !!!!!



Bloodline Riot is a perfect MIX of Heavy Modern Hard Rock and Classic Metal. And form there influences the utilize the BEST aspects from all there collective inspirations/ influences  to create there

ONE-OF-A-KIND UNIQUE Original style, as well a their own sound.


Bloodline Riot is “The ultimate thrill ride, filled with speed & debauchery”

This quote in is found on Bloodline Riot’s official facebook presence









Below is a bio courtesty of the bands official facebook presence

Bloodline Riot is a band formed to bring together the influences of their previous bands, explore new horizons & to release their heavier inner demons. Bloodline Riot was formed by members from 3 different prominent Rock bands in the Detroit area. “The idea was to find the best members from bands that we respected & that had made an impact musically. It was also important that we all had the same positive outlook, work-ethic & drive to take Bloodline Riot as far as possible.”, says guitarist Jason Caine.

Upon the complete formation of the band, Bloodline Riot set out with a plan of action to make their strategy a reality. The first song that Bloodline Riot had written, “Burn” was soon recorded at the Loft Studios in Saline, MI with producer Andy Patalan (Taproot, Sponge) & mixed & mastered by Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Trust Company) at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, MI. The song was immediately put into rotation on 88.7FM (CIMX Windsor/Detroit) as well as spread throughout the country to internet radio stations. “Coming from different bands, we were fortunate that there was some buzz going on as to what we were up to. People were very curious to hear what the end product of these 3 different bands collaborating would sound like. 88.7FM has been supportive since day one, & we were very fortunate to see “Burn” winning contests for Most Requested on various radio stations around the country.” says Caine.

Based on the success of “Burn”, Bloodline Riot pushed forward full-throttle to record their independently released EP, “Keys and Clockwork” with producer Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Trust Company, Saving Abel, etc.) at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, MI during the Winter of 2011/2012. Showcasing Bloodline Riot’s diversity in the Active Rock genre, “Keys and Clockwork” provides a template of strong hooks, songwriting & lyrical content as well as musical chops. “Musically, we want to write music that makes you want to drive fast, move your body or have sex.” Caine laughs and continues, “When our singer joined the band, he brought in some very deep & meaningful lyrics that really bring an emotional context to the music. If you listen to his lyrics, not only will you find something you can relate to, but they will make you think about your life & what you may be able to do to make it better. Combining these elements, you get the thrust of what Bloodline Riot is about.”

Keeping the pace at non-stop, Bloodline Riot won the Ernie Ball/Best Buy Music Gear Battle of the Bands in Aug ’11, and earned a slot on the Rockstar Uproar Festival Detroit line-up at DTE Energy Theater to play with Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet for my Valentine, Escape the Fate, Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying & Hell or Highwater. The band has also shared the stage with nationals such as Drowning Pool, Buckcherry, Scott Stapp (Creed), Taproot, Fuel, Nonpoint, Soil, Powerman5000, Dope, Saliva, Saving Abel, Otherwise, Tantric, 12 Stones, James Durbin (American Idol), The Dreaming (feat. Stabbing Westward vocalist Chris Hall) & more.

Bloodline Riot was selected twice to be featured during the 89X radio Motor City Minute at Joe Louis Arena. The first time during the Detroit Red Wings vs Calgary Flames Hockey game at Joe Louis Arena on Wed Nov 23 2011. Their single, “Burn” was showcased during the second period intermission cut to a video and presented on the Jumbotron. See the video on the official Red Wings Website here ( ) .Their latest single, “Pendulum” was selected to be featured during the Red Wings vs Blue Jackets game on Mon Mar 26 2012.

Bloodline Riot was nominated for 6 Detroit Music Awards for 2012 including Best Hard Rock/Metal Group, Best Rock/Pop Recording for “Burn”, Best Live Performance & member Jason Caine has been nominated for the 2nd year for both Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist & Rock/Pop Songwriter, as well as singer Michael Hughes being nominated for Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist.

In addition, Bloodline Riot was named as one of 89x Radio’s “Best of 2011”, an honor given to the most requested, most played, & biggest songs of the year, with bands such as Pop Evil, Chiodos, I See Stars. They also won the Banana 101.5FM Flint-Town Throwdown Round 3 & 17, competing against other regional bands, garnering their singles, “Burn” & “Gemini” rotation on the radio station.

Throughout the course of the band, Bloodline Riot has obtained and is currently endorsed by companies such as Spector Basses, Wornstar Clothing, Krank Amplification, Sennheiser, Sinister Guitar Picks, Wicked Hammer Energy Drink, Soultone Cymbals & XOX Audio Tools. Bloodline Riot proudly works hand in hand with supporting these amazing companies that have put their faith in the band based on the principle that they truly believe in the products they’re endorsing.

Bloodline Riot’s members have toured the country, playing high profile shows at venues such as CBGB’s, the Viper Room, The Elbo Room (Chicago IL), The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, DTE Energy Theater to conferences such as the Millennium Music Conference, The Midpoint Music Festival & also have had music licensed to MTV, VH-1, Cartoon Network & the Biography Channel. Taking their experiences & forging them together, Bloodline Riot sees the sky as the limit & has every plan to take the world by storm.

*2014 – Co-headliners Crispyfest 2014
*2014 – Endorsed by Spector Bass
*2014 – Endorsed by Sinister Guitar Picks & Wicked Hammer Energy drink
*2013 – Endorsed by Wornstar Clothing
*2013 – March – Jason Caine endorsed by Spear Guitar USA
*2013 – Sunset Island Music’s Band of the Week 3/17-3/23/13
*2013 – “Pendulum” announced by 89x (88.7FM CIMX) as 1 of 25 most played songs of 2012
*2012 – Endorsed by Sennheiser
*2012 – Endorsed by Krank Amplification
*2012 – “Gemini” wins the Flint-Town Throwdown Battle of the Bands garnering the song airplay on 101.5FM Flint-the Banaa
*2012 – Showboat Rockfest (Chesaning, MI) w/Sevendust, Art of Dying, Drowning Pool, Fuel, Taproot, Nonpoint, Soil, James Durbin (of American Idol), 12 Stones & more
*2012 – “Burn” is Most Requested Song on Untapped Radio for 10 weeks
*2012 – “Gemini” is Most Requested Song on Tapped Detroit Radio for 7 weeks
*2012 – Endorsed by Unlocal Clothing Co.
*2012 – Winners of 101.5FM Flint Flint-Town Throwdown Battle of the Bands
*2012 – Nominated for 6 Detroit Music Awards
*2012 – Named 1 of the “Best of 2011” by 89X (88.7FM Windsor/Detroit)
*2012 – “Pendulum” featured on 89X Motor City Minute
during Detroit Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena
*2012 – “Keys & Clockwork” EP recorded/produced by Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Saving Abel, Trust Company)
*2011 – “Burn” featured on 89X Motor City Minute during Red Wings
at Joe Louis Arena
*2011 – Winners of Best Buy/Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. Opens the
Rockstar Uproar Festival at DTE Energy Theater for Avenged Sevenfold,
3 Days Grace, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine, Escape the Fate,
Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying
*2011 – Endorsed by Egnater Amps, Zon Basses, XOX Audio Tools
*2011 – “Burn” most requested song on TapDetroit Radio for 4 weeks
*2011 – “Burn” recorded/produced by Andy Patalan (Sponge, Taproot)/mixed &
mastered by Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Saving Abel, Trust Company)

“Bloodline Riot is the kind of music you listen to when you need that pick-me-up to get through the day. Tons of energy and some outstanding lyrics provides you with something new and refreshing to listen to. Bloodline Riot is the breath of fresh air in the Detroit music scene!”
-Phil Kukawinski (89x Homeboy Show Program Director & 89x on-air DJ)

“Bloodline Riot is a band that will impress and excite fans of the Detroit music scene just on the merits of it’s individual members, but also proves itself with an end result that exceeds the sum of its parts. From powerful, frantic drum beats to the jolting screech of pristine guitar riffs, all melding masterfully with intense, soaring vocals, the Riot will get under your skin and bring out the best that Hard Rock has to offer. Try not to destroy anything…important.”
– David McDonald (WXOU Radio, Tyrant Music CEO)

“Aside from delivering jaw-dropping live performances, Bloodline Riot offers thoughtfully inspired lyrics that prove they spend just as much time crafting their songs as they do promoting their image.”
– Mathew Cromwell (The Oakland Press -Aug 19, 2011)

“Bloodline Riot sent a track, “Burn”, to us via email, and it’s pretty damned good. Very “contemporary metal”, and there’s nothing wrong with that when the tune is this good.”
-Brett Callwood (Metro Times)

“Bloodline Riot’s music has a great combination of melodic verses, meshed with a pounding backbeat that keeps you energized throughout all of the tunes. There is a certain versatility to their sound that has a bit of something for the metal fan, while at the same time finding some pleasing choruses for the fan of more progressive sounding rock.”
– K-ROCK (Mid-Atlantic Rock Review)

“If you are looking for impressive solos and catchy, heavy guitar riffs, all the tracks on Keys and Clockwork offer a complete mix. Heart pounding rock anthems coupled with an arena rock sound…”
-Backstage VIP’s Review

“Bloodline Riot’s “BURN”, an anthem for the fan of just about anything…if you love something set it free, my ass.If you dig it, take it back! Bloodline Riot leads the charge!!!”
– ChrissRoq (DJ at Unleashed-Radio)

“Bloodline Riot is – Tight Energetic and Exciting !! – Detroit Rock at it’s BEST” !!
– Michael DeMoss (owner / operator Mo Doggie’s Bar and Grill in Fenton, MI)

“Bloodline Riot is the band that Detroit has needed for quite some time. They sound like no one you have heard before, and they have a song everyone should take notice of.”
-Rikki Roxx (Host of the Rikki Roxx Effect Radio Show)


Eddie Van Halen * Van Halen



Randy Rhodes * Ozzy Osbourne


Rick Craig * Halloween



Alex Skolnick * Testament


Diamond Darrell * Pantera


Nuno Bettencourt * Extreme



Marty Friedman * Hawaii/ Cacophony/ Megadeth


Kirk Hammett * Metallica circa 1991 “Metallica.”..aka Black Album-era



The Commander In Chief * The Commander In Chief


Dave Bates * Edge of Paradise


Jason Caine * Bloodline Riot