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06/11/2007 Deftones, Dir En Grey, The Fall Of Troy (Niagara Falls, NY @ The Dome Theater)

By Eric | June 11, 2007 11:59 pm

So ten years of concert going brought me to the Dome for some Deftones. There weren’t a lot of people there at first, and they had the balcony closed, so the lack of people was even more pronounced at the start. The Fall Of Troy was up first, and I still don’t know what to make of this band. They’re a three-piece that incorporate some cool metal riffs and solos, but then the songs devolve into just noise, and the singer just kinda wails incoherantly. They had a ton of energy, which at least made them fun to watch, but a half hour was plenty. The middle band was Dir En Grey. The hype on this band is that they’re a five-piece from Japan. They apparently didn’t do any touring or releases outside of Japan from the time they formed in 1997 until 2005, and they’ve also had a ton of underground (and internet) hype. And they suck. To me, it seemed like they were trying to copy every harder musical style, and not achieving any of it. One song had a couple breakdowns, sounding like a poor-man’s Hatebreed, and then the very next song started out like Dave Matthews before launching into some super high-pitched screaming. As I told the kid next to me at the bar, “They’re not the absolute worst I’ve ever seen, but they’re damn close.” Mercifully, they were done after 45 minutes, and then it was time for Deftones.

I hadn’t seen them in seven years (July 2000 at ESL and Runwayz during the White Pony tour). I was hoping for some classics, and some of the new stuff. I got both in large doses! I started out right in front of the bar, and the band started out with two from Adrenaline (Nosebleed and Engine No. 9) and two from Around The Fur (Lhabia and My Own Summer), and once My Own Summer got started, I couldn’t stay on the sidelines any longer. I had to get up towards the front and jump around with everyone in the pit. What a great decision! Everyone in the front was awesome, getting their mosh on without being idiots, belting out every song, picking people up, etc. And Chino sounded freakin’ great. I’ve seen clips where his voice isn’t the greatest, but tonight was not one of those nights. The band did an awesome job of whipping the crowd into a frenzy, and then toning it down with some of the slower tunes (Digital Bath, Passenger, Change, etc). They also whipped us good, with Hexagram, Around The Fur straight into Rickets, Rats, Korea, Root, etc. After a brief rest, the encore got started off with Back To School, then Change, and the riotous closer was 7 Words. Needless to say, due to the heat and humidity in the place, everyone was wringing their shirt out at the end of it. Freakin gross, but you can’t say you didn’t have a good time getting there! And if he ever happens to read this, I just want to give a shout out to Mike from Pittsburgh (and his girlfriend whose name I didn’t catch) for being cool at the bar, trading beers, and catching my watch in the pit! The whole setlist (mostly in order) was:

Engine No. 9
My Own Summer
Around the Fur
Digital Bath
When Girls Telephone Boys
Rats! Rats! Rats!
Bloody Cape
Hole in the Earth
Beware the Water
Back To School
7 Words

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