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06/27/2005 Opeth, Chimaira, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains (Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade)

By Eric | June 27, 2005 11:59 pm

The “Sounds of the Underground” tour made an off-date stop in Rochacha, with four of the bands hitting the small stage at the Arcade. The place was like an oven on this night, and getting a couple hundred sweaty bodies in there didn’t help it one bit. All That Remains opened up, and rocked themselves pretty hard. Since they’re cut from the same mold as Killswitch, and I had just picked up the CD 2 days earlier, I kinda knew what to expect. They sounded good, but I can’t say I was blown away. One interesting thing is that they had two guitar players, but no bass player, as the one they had quit a while ago. The sound actually didn’t suffer all that much.

Strapping Young Lad was up next, and these Vancouver natives were certainly metal in every sense of the word. The band is made up of 5 guys that all look like they’re in their 40’s, but they still rocked! Lead singer Devin Townsend had long straggly hair, but was completely bald on top, which made him look that much more ugly. ha. Their sound was extreme, just flailing away on the instruments, and the lyrics were cheesy and over the top, but certainly entertaining. I’m thankful that I’m over 21, because in-between each set, I got to go outside and cool off a bit, and it was definately needed on this night.

Strapping Young Lad – Skeksis

Next up was the almighty Chimaira. They came out to “Pure Hatred”, and whipped everyone into a frenzy right away. Unfortunately, as the show went on, the frenzy dissipated, at least in the front couple rows, as the Opeth fans seemed less than impressed. Didn’t quite stop me from rockin out though! “Severed” was next, followed by the 1-2 punch of “Cleansation” and “The Impossibility of Reason”. Time for two new songs, “Nothing Remains” (which the die-hards already downloaded) and “Inside The Horror”, which has a really cool outro. “The Dehumanizing Process” was up next, and then completely dehydrated and exhausted from the heat at this point, “Eyes of a Criminal” was cut from the set, and the band closed with “Power Trip”. I managed to snag the setlist that Chris threw out, and took that and my sweat-drenched self out to the car. I threw on the shirt I just bought, and headed out back behind the venue to catch some autographs. All of the Chimaira guys were quite gracious and cool to talk to. Feeling satisfied, I decided I wasn’t quite interested enough to stick around for Opeth, and as such, my night was completed. A great night of metal entertainment, and the two new songs merely whet my appetite for the new Chimaira record coming out in August.

The awesome Underground Video Television site has two Chimaira clips from this show (Pure Hatred and Severed) and a clip of Strapping Young Lad’s “In The Rainy Season”.

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