09/28/2016 Clutch, Zakk Sabbath, Kyng (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

By Eric | September 29, 2016 1:40 pm

Zakk Sabbath setlist:
Children of the Grave
Snowblind
War Pigs
Into the Void
Fairies Wear Boots
NIB

Clutch setlist:
Decapitation Blues
Burning Beard
Noble Savage
A Shogun Named Marcus
Struck Down
The Face
The Regulator
Sucker for the Witch
A Quick Death in Texas
Your Love Is Incarceration
X-Ray Visions
Firebirds!
Son of Virginia
The Mob Goes Wild
Electric Worry
One Eye Dollar

Encore:
D.C. Sound Attack!
The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…

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Eric Hutchinson – 2014 – Almost Solo in NYC

By Eric | September 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Title: Almost Solo in NYC
Label: Let’s Break
Released: Oct 7, 2014
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#OK It’s Alright With Me
#I’m a Foot Stomper
#Watching You Watch Him
#Watching You Eat Shrimp
#Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
#Emo in College
#Breakdown More
#Outside Villanova
#Amsterdam
#Shine on Me
#Rock & Roll
#Love Like You (Live at Pandora)
#A Little More (Live at Pandora)

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Eric Hutchinson – 2016 – Easy Street

By Eric | September 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Title: Easy Street
Label: Let’s Break
Released: Aug 26, 2016
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Dear Me
#Good Rhythm
#Anyone Who Knows Me
#Lost in Paradise
#Alcatraz
#American Princess
#Bored to Death
#Same Old Thing
#Anyone Who Knows Me (KO Remix)
#Dear Me (KO Remix)

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Gavin DeGraw – 2016 – Something Worth Saving

By Eric | September 16, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Gavin DeGraw
Title: Something Worth Saving
Label: RCA
Released: Sep 9, 2016
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#She Sets The City On Fire
#You Make My Heart Sing Louder
#Kite Like Girl
#Making Love With The Radio On
#Harder To Believe
#Say I Am
#How Lucky Can A Man Get
#New Love
#Annalee
#Something Worth Saving

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Prophets Of Rage – 2016 – The Party’s Over

By Eric | September 14, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Prophets Of Rage
Title: The Party’s Over
Label: Caroline
Released: Aug 26, 2016
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

Review:


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08/31/2016 Prophets Of Rage, Wakrat (Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater)

By Eric | September 2, 2016 9:34 am

When it was announced that 3/4 of Rage Against The Machine would be getting together with B-Real from Cypress Hill and Chuck D from Public Enemy (along with PE’s DJ Lord, and with Zack de la Rocha’s blessing) as Prophets Of Rage, I know I was excited to see how they would look and sound, but I figured it would be a limited, west-coast only type of thing. Then they announced a big “Make America Rage Agains” tour, which was cool, but it wasn’t coming anywhere close. But THEN a Buffalo/Niagara Falls date? I wasn’t going to miss this! I think this one came together very quickly, as the show was added very late in the tour, and tickets went on sale only a week prior. So late, in fact, that this date was not on the tour shirts! Sandwiched in-between shows in much bigger venues in Quebec City and Michigan, and from a look at the schedule, this may very well have been the only “club” date on the entire tour, as the Rapids holds about 1700 people. Having never seen RATM (I did get to see Audioslave on the first album in Toronto), Cypress Hill, nor Public Enemy, this was a chance to get a taste of all three.

I got to the venue well after the doors opened, and was able to walk right in. Everyone was jammed towards the middle and back of the place, and there was surprisingly a lot of room up front. I ended up about three people deep off the barrier, with plenty of space around me, and that didn’t change once the openers hit the stage. Apparently AWOLNATION had been opening most of the shows, but our opener was Wakrat, Tim Commerford’s new/other band. I’ve seen them described as alt-punk, and I guess I’d agree with that. Truthfully, I wasn’t all that impressed. I think they were trying to be political, but the message was rather simplistic, a bit scattered, and I wasn’t picking up what they were putting down. I’m not sure if Tim C. is the lyric writer or not, but he was the lead singer, and it was okay, but not great. But regardless, it was something to pass the time before the big show. Dave found me just as Wakrat ended, so it was great to have someone to talk to during set change too.

After the set change was complete, we got about a 10-15 minute DJ set from DJ Lord, including a ton of recognizable hip-hop and rap tracks, and even some rock and metal thrown in there for good measure. It definitely kept the crowd entertained until the band came out amidst the sound of an air raid siren, then broke out into the eponymous song, Prophets of Rage. The PE song, as reworked by the band, is a banger, but I got the feeling that not too many people knew it because while more densely packed, the crowd didn’t really go nuts, instead preferring to all take out their phones and shoot photos and videos thought. Just when I thought the crowd would be that lame all night, Guerrilla Radio was next, and people went berserk. Whoever wasn’t bouncing around for that certainly was for Bombtrack, and we were off and running. B-Real and Chuck D both were on point both in spitting the lyrics and crowd hype and participation. Obviously as the entire band are seasoned performance veterans, I really shouldn’t have expected anything less, but both guys were fantastic with their own interplay, weaving in and out of the verses and not stepping over each other on the mic. They also alternated spending time up on the barrier, letting the crowd sing, and B-Real even went crowdsurfing at one point. Both the two frontmen and the rest of the band gave a Grade A performance, as Tom, Brad, and Tim all maintained a super-high level of energy all night.

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I’m on 19+ years of going to concerts (this was show #347), and yet I’m still seeing and experiencing things I’ve never seen before. Like I said, I was about three deep off the barrier when the show started, and through the first song and a half, everyone was cool; moving, bouncing, having a good time. During Guerrilla Radio, this little skinny 5’6″ dude that looked like he’d be more at home at a DMB show tries to worm his way up front through a bunch of us. No sale from me and a couple other people. Nothing out of the ordinary. But then, instead, a 6’3″, 225-lb dude (not necessarily jacked, mind you, just big) goes to do the same thing, we sorta reject him, he gets through, and when he realizes we’re not just going to move for him, turns around and wants to fight. Me, of course. (It’s always me.) He then proceeds to pull through the little guy and get him up front, as you’d normally see a guy do with his girlfriend in these cases. That’s a bit weird. Little dude is admittedly really into the show, and the big guy is doing a poor job of faking the funk, obviously didn’t know the songs. Once Bombtrack starts and the crowd really starts warming up, big guy goes into what I’d call “girlfriend protection mode” on the little guy, doing the cocoon thing. Song ends, big guy turns around to me, says something to the effect of “Yo man, we cool, good luck up here”, and he and the little guy disappear out the back of the crowd! Like, what just happened? Was the big guy his friend, his boyfriend, or Dave and I’s theory, literal hired muscle? Like this little guy brought this big guy with him to be able to survive up front and then thought better of it? I was dumbfounded. I’ve never seen anything like that at a show before. First time for everything.
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The setlist was of course heavy on RATM tunes, and they nailed all the hits and crowd favorites. They also sprinkled in a little Audioslave, as they used that as the backing for PE’s “She Watch Channel Zero”. The only full Cypress Hill song we got was Rock Superstar, which was great, and then as if to give the band a bit of a breather, B-Real and Chuck D kept trading off during a Cypress/PE medley of Hand on the Pump, Can’t Truss It, Insane in the Brain, Bring The Noise, Ain’t Goin Out Like That, Terrordome, and then something that didn’t show up on any other setlists I saw, Jump Around! House of Pain was tight with Cypress Hill, so no real surprise that B-Real handled it. That led right into Sleep Now In The Fire, and we were back to the crowd frenzy. They saved the best for last, of course, as between Bulls on Parade and Killing In The Name, most of the crowd lost their minds. Definitely some healthy mosh pits for these two, and all night really.

Surprisingly, given the political nature of most of the songs, and the obvious feelings of the band members, the banter from the stage was rather positive, speaking to change in general rather than picking a side, which was refreshing. So I think everyone left happy, and to be certain this was a “wring your shirt out at the end of the night” sort of show. The band sounded fantastic, B-Real and Chuck D, like I said above, were spot on, and the crowd was equal to it. There was no mailing it in, no “oh its a smaller show” type of vibe of any kind. This was worth the trip and the ticket price for sure.

Intro / Prophets of Rage

Bombtrack

Jump Around / Sleep Now In The Fire

Bulls on Parade

Killing In The Name

Some first person perspective on Killing in the Name:
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Setlist:
DJ Lord Intro
Prophets of Rage
Guerrilla Radio
Bombtrack
Miuzi Weighs a Ton
People of the Sun
Take the Power Back
Cochise / She Watch Channel Zero?!
Testify
(Rock) Superstar
Hand on the Pump / Can’t Truss It / Insane in the Brain / Bring the Noise / I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That / Welcome to the Terrordome / Jump Around
Sleep Now in the Fire
Bullet in the Head
Shut ‘Em Down
No Sleep Till Brooklyn / Fight the Power
Know Your Enemy
The Party’s Over
Bulls on Parade
Killing in the Name

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Gemini Syndrome – 2016 – Memento Mori

By Eric | August 20, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Gemini Syndrome
Title: Memento Mori
Label: Another Century
Released: Aug 19, 2016
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed? Autographed

Tracklist:

#Anonymous
#Remember We Die
#Zealot
#Gravedigger
#On Point
#La Devastante Verità
#Sorry Not Sorry
#Eternity
#Alive Inside
#Inception
#Lucido Somnium
#Say Goodnight
#Awaken
#Ordo ab Chao
#Brought to Light

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Zakk Wylde – 2016 – Book Of Shadows II

By Eric | July 28, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Zakk Wylde
Title: Book Of Shadows II
Label: eOne
Released: Apr 8, 2016
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Autumn Changes
#Tears Of December
#Lay Me Down
#Lost Prayer
#Darkest Hour
#The Levee
#Eyes Of Burden
#Forgotten Memory
#Yesterday’s Tears
#Harbors Of Pity
#Sorrowed Regret
#Useless Apologies
#Sleeping Dogs
#The King
#Sleeping Dogs (featuring Corey Taylor)

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Various Artists – 1994 – The Crow – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

By Eric | July 28, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Various Artists
Title: The Crow – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Atlantic
Released: Mar 29, 1994
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Burn
#Golgotha Tenement Blues
#Big Empty
#Dead Souls
#Darkness
#Color Me Once
#Ghostrider
#Milktoast
#The Badge
#Slip Slide Melting
#After The Flesh
#Snakedriver
#Time Baby III
#It Can’t Rain All The Time

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Skid Row – 1992 – B-Side Ourselves

By Eric | July 28, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Skid Row
Title: B-Side Ourselves
Label: Atlantic
Released: Sep 22, 1992
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Psycho Therapy
#C’Mon And Love Me
#Delivering The Goods
#What You’re Doing
#Little Wing

Review:

“Psycho Therapy” originally by Ramones.

“C’Mon And Love Me” originally by Kiss.

“Delivering The Goods” originally by Judas Priest.

“What You’re Doing” originally by Rush.

“Little Wing” originally by Jimi Hendrix.

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