My life was just flipped, turned upside down and I didn't even have to move to California. It just took one photo, a dozen instant messages, and a handful of emails to confirm that I've been lied to by musicians.

My first reaction when I saw the photo above was to believe that it could be fake, but several searches for more information led to the same answer: It's from a summer performance of a band called Immortal and it's real. The band had used a fake wall of amps for some reasonā€”probably to appear more "hardcore" or whatever it is metal bands aspire to beā€”and got caught.


The next thought was that perhaps it could it be just a rare one-time act of concert stage trickery. But unfortunately a series of emails and instant messages to musicians, stage hands, equipment providers, and club managers revealed the sad truth: It's not too uncommon for bands to set up fake stacks of speakers or ampsā€”hell, empty amp cabinets are frequently sold for that precise purpose.

Was I the last person on the planet to discover this sham? I feel deceived, but I suppose that's some sort of karmic punishment for browsing Reddit when I should be writing a Gizmodo post.