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01/31/2008 Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan (Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall)

By Eric | January 31, 2008 11:59 pm

(Parkway Drive was also on this bill, but we completely missed their set.)

My first show of the new year! Adam and I got to Water St. around 7:30, expecting to walk right in (doors were supposedly 6:30), but we ended up waiting outside for about 15 minutes. What’s up with that?!?! We got in as the stage was being set up for Dillinger Escape Plan. Their set was okay, but it seemed to me that the songs don’t really have a hell of a lot of structure or direction. No real melody either. I’m sure for those that are into it, they were great, and they seemed to have a lot of energy up on the stage, but it’s not for me. Next up were my _real_ hometown boys, Every Time I Die. All of the guys are from North Tonawanda, and guitarist Andy Williams was actually in my graduating class in high school (I didn’t really know him though, so no rock star connection there!). Regardless, their set and music was what I think Dillinger was going for, but missed. ETID had the crowd going nuts, and put on a really great show. I’m only kinda familiar with the songs, but I certainly enjoyed watching them. They looked like they were having a blast up there themselves, and it made for a fast paced 40 minute set. Adam and I were on the edge of the pit when their set started, and naturally the floorpunchers and spin-kick artists were in attendance. Some unfortunate girl was on the wrong end of an elbow or an arm, and was holding her head in her hands trying to get out of the pit. I was closest, so being the benevolent concert attendee I am, I swung her around out of the pit so she didn’t get clocked again. Adam and I retreated to the bar for the rest of the ETID set, and then returned to our original spot when they were done. As we returned, the girl I pulled out of the pit came back and actually thanked me for doing so! I thought that was pretty cool, and then a couple minutes later, for my ego trip of the night, she came back again and wanted to know if I was single and could she get my number! Alas, all she got was a look at the wedding ring, but hey, I’m flattered. (Of course, Tiff said “Yeah, she only hit on you because she was still woozy from the blow to the head!”).

All this aside, time for Killswitch!! They came out to the Price Is Right theme song, with each band member being implored to “Come On Down!”. Typical goofy KsE! They opened with Daylight Dies, followed by Unbroken. The crowd was into it immediately, much more so than the Niagara Falls show last year. In fact, this whole show was better this time around. The set continued with Take This Oath and Arms Of Sorrow, with various Adam D rants in-between. Next was Breathe Life and my personal favorite, This Fire Burns. Rose of Sharyn, Still Beats Your Name, Fixation on the Darkness, and My Curse came next, with more banter. The set rocked on with Desperate Times, A Bid Farewell, This Is Absolution, and then the main set was closed out with The End Of Heartache. Adam and I took this opportunity before the encore to move up right into the thick of things on the floor, much closer to the stage. The boys came back out, and opened the encore with My Last Serenade. Then for the final number, the floor shook as everyone started jumping in unison to Holy Diver. A great end to a great set, a great show, and one hell of a lot of fun. Grasshopper Adam has learned well from the master, as he staked out the soundboard for the KsE setlist after the show, and was successful!

KsE – Price Is Right Intro / Daylight Dies

KsE – My Curse

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