05/14/2015 Hatebreed, Hate Machine, Order Of The Dead, REPS (Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall)

By Eric | May 15, 2015 9:29 am

This show was on my radar as soon as it was announced! Hatebreed in my favorite Rochester small (300 cap!) venue? HELL YES. Just like the 2013 Water Street show, I sprung for VIP, which got me early entrance, a meet and greet, and a pretty loaded swag bag with posters, a flag, etc. A good time and definitely worth the extra expense, especially considering that dough goes right to the band. All the guys were gracious and it didn’t seem like a chore for them to be there whatsoever.

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Since this was an off-date for Hatebreed from the Slipknot arena tour, it was all local openers. REPS is a hardcore band, just starting to get their name out. Their set was pretty entertaining, the kids were really rockin out, and the crowd seemed to be interested. Order of the Dead is a straight up death metal band, and while I didn’t really remember much from the first time I saw them with Shadows Fall back in 2012, I paid a bit more attention this time, and like what I saw. Heavy tunes, good instrumentation, a solid opener for sure. Direct support was handled by none other than Hate Machine, Rochester’s own metal kings. They had a much younger fill-in guitarist, but that didn’t damped the enthusiasm any. They mainly played newer stuff off of “The Movement” but did sneak in Retard and Tiny. A perfect warm up for what was to come.

Hate Machine setlist:
Chainsaw Philosophy
Tiny
Anger Is King
Hello Sunshine
Retard
Bring In The Butcher

Hatebreed came out and rocked the joint from beginning to end. They’d been billing the off-dates as Hatebreed 20th Anniversary shows, which was great, because they played everything off of Under the Knife, and a huge chunk of Satisfaction… as well. Naturally, they played all the other newer favorites too, packing the 22-song set full of bangers. It’s hard to pick any highlights because the whole set was a highlight. If the show didn’t completely sell out, then they were right up against it for sure as the crowd packed the floor, and it was certainly die-hards on the floor and up front, whether in the pit or not. It sure seemed like every person knew every word to every song, and the band appreciated it as they rocked that stage just as hard for the 300 of us as they would for the 10,000 in the arenas. They looked to be having a great time up on the stage, it sounded great, and I think everyone went home happy!

Hatebreed Setlist:
To The Threshold
Before Dishonor
Hollow Ground
Everyone Bleeds Now
Hands of a Dying Man
In Ashes They Shall Reap
Perseverance
Puritan
Tear It Down
Not One Truth
Honor Never Dies
Filth
Smash Your Enemies
As Diehard As They Come
Kill An Addict
This is Now
Severed
A Call For Blood
Doomsayer
Burn The Lies
I Will Be Heard
Destroy Everything

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05/13/2015 Godsmack, Papa Roach (Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory)

By Eric | May 14, 2015 4:47 pm

[Hellyeah was the opener, but I didn’t get there in time.]

I was pretty excited to see Papa Roach again, considering I’ve really enjoyed their last two albums. It had been since the curfew-shortened Rock The Cans in 2011 that I’d seen them, so seeing them get their fully-allotted time was also nice. I found myself a nice spot about 15-20 people deep off the left side, and was able to have a bit of room. The crowd was very enthusiastic, singing along with the new stuff just as well as the hits. The band didn’t disappoint, as they sounded fantastic; so did Jacoby, who even went for a bout of crowdsurfing towards the end of the set. The setlist was a nice mix from across the catalog, hitting at least one song off of every album save for lovehatetragedy (and Time for Annihilation if you want to get technical). It was a very enjoyable 45-minute set from these guys.

Papa Roach setlist:
Face Everything and Rise
Getting Away with Murder
Between Angels and Insects
Where Did the Angels Go?
Scars
Broken Home
Gravity
Forever
Lifeline
Warriors
Last Resort
…To Be Loved

I retreated to the back during set change, grabbed a beverage and found my friend Dave, and we took advantage of the good sightlines and lack of other people around us during Godsmack’s set. I hadn’t seen them since Crue Fest in 2009, but pretty much knew what to expect. The couple of new songs (1000hp, What’s Next, Generation Day, Something Different) sounded decent, and the rest was a usual Godsmack set, including the Sully/Shannon dueling drums. Which is to say, very solid, it sounded great, it was a Godsmack show. One thing I’d never noticed previously, but was readily apparent at this show, was how disinterested guitarist Tony Rombola looked up on stage. Now I don’t need my guitarists to be jumping around like caffinated monkeys, but it was striking to see him just wandering around the stage, nodding his head here and there, but otherwise remaining rather stoic. Dave had said he’d noticed this before, so it doesn’t seem like a one-off type of thing. Not necessarily a bad thing, but stood in contrast to Sully, Robbie, and Shannon’s energetic performances.

Godsmack Setlist:
1000hp
Cryin like a bitch
What’s Next
Straight Out of Line
Awake
Mistakes
Generation Day
Something Different
Keep Away
Voodoo
Batalla de los Tambores
Whatever

Moon Baby
I Stand Alone

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The Man Who Broke The Music Business

By Eric | April 28, 2015 3:19 pm

The Man Who Broke The Music Business

As I saw someone put it, if you downloaded *anything* between 1997-2006, it was probably sourced from this guy. Incredible.

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The Dreaming – 2011 – Puppet

By Eric | April 23, 2015 8:30 am

Artist: The Dreaming
Title: Puppet
Label: Epochal / EMI
Released: Nov 1, 2011
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Puppet
#Every Trace
#Breathing
#There Will Be Blood
#End In Tears
#Fight For You
#Stitches
#It’s No Good
#Hole
#Solo Crucifixion
#Too Late
#Always and Never

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10 Years – 2015 – From Birth to Burial

By Eric | April 21, 2015 6:00 pm

Artist: 10 Years
Title: From Birth to Burial
Label: Pale Horse
Released: Apr 21, 2015
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#From Birth To Burial
#Selling Skeletons
#Vertigo
#Triggers and Tripwires
#Luna
#Crimson Kiss
#The River
#Ashes
#Surviviors?
#Miscellanea
#Moisture Residue

Review:


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Pride & Glory – 2009 – Pride & Glory

By Eric | April 20, 2015 6:00 pm

Artist: Pride & Glory
Title: Pride & Glory
Label: Armoury
Released: May 12, 2009
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Re-release with Bonus CD
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Losing Your Mind
#Horse Called War
#Shine On
#Lovin’ Women
#Harvester of Pain
#The Chosen One
#Sweet Jesus
#Troubled Wine
#Machine Gun Man
#Cry Me a River
#Toe’n the Line
#Fadin’ Away
#Hate Your Guts

#The Wizard
#Torn & Tattered
#In My Time of Dyin’
#The Hammer & The Nail
#Come Together

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Cavalera Conspiracy – 2014 – Pandemonium

By Eric | April 19, 2015 6:00 pm

Artist: Cavalera Conspiracy
Title: Pandemonium
Label: Napalm
Released: Nov 4, 2014
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Limited Edition
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Babylonian Pandemonium
#Bonzai Kamikazee
#Scum
#I, Barbarian
#Cramunhao
#Apex Predator
#Insurrection
#Not Losing The Edge
#Father of Hate
#The Crucible
#Deus Ex Machina
#Porra

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Halestorm – 2015 – Into the Wild Life

By Eric | April 19, 2015 6:00 pm

Artist: Halestorm
Title: Into the Wild Life
Label: Atlantic
Released: Apr 14, 2015
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Deluxe Edition
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Scream
#I Am The Fire
#Sick Individual
#Amen
#Dear Daughter
#New Modern Love
#Mayhem
#Bad Girl’s World
#Gonna Get Mine
#The Reckoning
#Apocalyptic
#What Sober Couldn’t Say
#I Like It Heavy
#Jump The Gun
#Unapologetic

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Full Devil Jacket – 2015 – Valley of Bones

By Eric | April 17, 2015 6:00 pm

Artist: Full Devil Jacket
Title: Valley of Bones
Label: eOne
Released: Mar 31, 2015
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Killers
#Valley of Bones
#7X Down
#The Moment
#We Got The Love
#What If I Say
#Blood of the Innocent
#Picturebox Voodoo
#Paper Crown
#August

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Sons of Texas – 2015 – Baptized in the Rio Grande

By Eric | April 16, 2015 6:00 pm

Artist: Sons of Texas
Title: Baptized in the Rio Grande
Label: Razor & Tie
Released: Mar 3, 2015
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Never Bury the Hatchet
#Pull It And Fire
#Baptized in the Rio Grande
#Nothing King
#The Vestryman
#Blameshift
#Breathing Through my Wounds
#Morals of the Helpless Kind
#Drag the Blade
#September
#Texas Trim

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