By Eric | July 8, 2015 3:43 pm
As an unabashed nu-metal kid, one would think a show like this would be a must-see for me, but truthfully neither SOiL nor Powerman were ever super-high on my list. I liked the singles well enough, but that was about it. However, when the show is practically in your backyard, and there’s nothing else doing on a Tuesday night after the toddler goes to bed, its like “why not”??
I walked in just as Without Regret were finishing up. so I didn’t see much of them at all. Seemed like a solid heavy band though from what little I heard.
Dave showed up with his friend Christina just as SOiL was about to go on. He knew a couple more of the tunes than I did, but he too wasn’t really a fan. Their half-hour was pretty entertaining though, and a good number of the 100 or so people in the house did indeed know the songs and were fairly into it. For the closer (and only song I really knew), Halo, lead singer Ryan McCombs came out and sang in the middle of the floor amongst the crowd, which was kinda neat. Judging from other setlists, they’d been closing with a Black Betty cover, but we didn’t get to see that for whatever reason.
So after the usual BS’ing and set change, the lights went dim, the fog machines started, and out comes Spider One and the rest of PM5K… with outfits out of a budget sci-fi movie, and lasers mounted to the headstocks of the guitars! Okay, laser pointers, but whatever! It was campy, but the whole get-up worked. They launched (pun intended!) into the first song, and I don’t think Spider stopped jumping up and down the entire night. Seriously. I also don’t think the smile left my face (or Dave’s for that matter) all night either! These guys were a riot to watch, Spider was pretty witty in-between songs (remarking how he couldn’t find anything to eat in Rochester), and they sounded really good too. I only knew three songs or so, but it didn’t matter, I had a great time. They sent everyone home happy, closing with When Worlds Collide. I’d seen PM5K once way back (Edgefest 2003 in Buffalo) and wasn’t impressed then, but they were tons of fun this time around. As I told Dave, they reminded me of Orgy, but way more fun, and also of what Static-X had on Wisconsin Death Trip and then were chasing forever after that. I’ve overused the word “fun” in this review, but it definitely was!
Breaking Me Down
The Hate Song
Invade, Destroy, Repeat
Hey, That’s Right!
How to Be a Human
You’re Gonna Love It, If You Like It or Not
I Can’t Fucking Hear You
We Want It All
Supernova Goes Pop
When Worlds Collide