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12/07/2017 Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Code Orange, Twitching Tongues (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

By Eric | December 8, 2017 11:35 am

I never miss a chance to see Hatebreed, and given that the Warped Tour set, while awesome, was way too short, hauling down to Buffalo was a no-brainer. This run was billed as “20 Years of Desire and 15 Years of Perseverance”, so there’d be a heavy slant on the first two albums.

I got there plenty early, as I was interested to see the other three bands on the bill as well. Twitching Tongues was on first, and they have Sean Martin playing guitar, who used to be in Hatebreed. I liked them a lot, they were hardcore-ish, but had some straight up rock/metal parts and actual singing. Pretty good stuff. Next up was Code Orange, and I’d heard a ton about them. While they were good, their brand of hardcore is more with the dissonant, off-rhythm type stuff, and try as I might, I cannot get into it. They had plenty of fans there, however, and the spin kicks, floor punches, and circle pits were on full display. After them was Dying Fetus, whom I’d seen once before, also with Hatebreed, back in 2009. I said in that review that I enjoyed their set, but death metal isn’t my cup of tea. It still isn’t, however, once again, their set was impressive. Besides, who am I to say a cross word about a band who has a song and album called “Wrong One To Fuck With”??

Finally it was time for Hatebreed, and true to the tour billing, it was a lot of the old stuff. Lots of guys came out of mosh retirement for some of these songs. I was happy because there’s a couple of these tunes I’d never heard like You’re Never Alone, Afflicted Past, Mark My Words, Betrayed By Life. I’d gotten a bunch of the other ones checked off the list on the “20 Years of Hatebreed” tour at Montage back in 2015, and I feel like Buffalo will usually get some older stuff in the set every time as a nod to the city’s hardcore history. The end of the set was pretty special also, as they brought out Sean Martin as a third guitarist to play on the last three songs, all of which he was originally on. They rocked out Proven, Perseverance, and I Will Be Heard to send everyone home happy. Per usual, the crowd was enthusiastic all night, and while the pit was a bit bigger and maybe a touch more violent due to the old songs and old hardcore crowd, I still didn’t see anything too memorable, so I’m assuming everyone was cool and had as good of a time as I did!

2017-12-07 Hatebreed @ Town Ballroom

Hatebreed setlist was pretty much this:
Empty Promises
Burn the Lies
A Call for Blood
Before Dishonor
You’re Never Alone
Puritan
Not One Truth
Looking Down the Barrel of Today
Conceived Through an Act of Violence
Afflicted Past
Prepare for War
Betrayed by Life
Last Breath
Mark My Words
Burial for the Living
Worlds Apart
Destroy Everything
Driven by Suffering
Smash Your Enemies
To the Threshold
Under the Knife
Proven (with Sean Martin)
Perseverance (with Sean Martin)
I Will Be Heard (with Sean Martin)

Empty Promises / Burn the Lies / A Call for Blood / Before Dishonor

You’re Never Alone / Puritan / Not One Truth

Perseverance / I Will Be Heard

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