Lamb of God – 2016 – The Duke EP

By Eric | November 23, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Lamb of God
Title: The Duke EP
Label: Epic
Released: Nov 18, 2016
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#The Duke
#Culling
#Still Echoes (Live from Rock Am Ring)
#512 (Live from Bonnaroo)
#Engage the Fear Machine (Live from Bonnaroo)

Review:


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11/22/2016 Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Sixx A.M. (Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena)

By Eric | November 23, 2016 4:50 pm

[As Lions was first on, didn’t see them.]

I missed As Lions, and found Pete and his buddy almost as soon as I got on the floor. We ended up camping out to the left of the soundboard for the entire show; a nice vantage point, no one really around us. I got down there with Sixx AM already on, and for knowing approximately zero songs, they were pretty good. I know they’ve been around a bit, and all of the guys are seasoned performers, so no surprise there. Most of the crowd seemed pretty familiar with them and were into it, which always bodes well for an arena show.

Sixx AM
——-
This Is Gonna Hurt
Rise
When We Were Gods
We Will Not Go Quietly
Everything Went to Hell
Prayers for the Damned
Lies of the Beautiful People
Stars
Life Is Beautiful

It somehow had been six years since I’d last seen Shinedown (Carnival of Madness at CMAC in 2010), so I was fairly excited to see them again. The stage show was fantastic, the setlist had a good spread (although nothing from Us & Them; no Heroes, Save Me, or I Dare You), the band was on point, and Brent sounded good, all things considered. Eric and Zach singing background has helped these performances immensely. Being back by the soundboard had its perks for this show, as there was a small auxiliary stage right behind the board, and Brent came through the crowd to use it for the closer, Sound of Madness. Always a nice touch for the people in the back. It was your typical solid Shinedown show. They’re always good.

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Shinedown
———
Adrenaline
Fly From the Inside
Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
Unity
How Did You Love
Enemies
Call Me
State of My Head
Second Chance
Cut the Cord
Simple Man
Sound of Madness

Fly From The Inside

Sound Of Madness

It had been quite awhile since I’d seen Five Finger Death Punch also (November 2011 in Niagara Falls), and this was the first time seeing them in a big place, everywhere else had been 1000-seaters or under (save for the Mayhem side stage). Ivan was still doing okay at this point (he’d leave the tour 8 days later, and Phil Labonte from All That Remains filled in for the last couple dates), so we saw the whole band. They certainly have the stage presence to do the big shows, and the fanbase to fill the arenas, but something was missing from the performance to me. They were “good”, but they weren’t “great”. The setlist was fine, they sounded fine, and the acoustic songs (Wrong Side of Heaven and Remember Everything) were fine, but it was almost like the energy was lacking. I can’t help but think that FFDP work better in the smaller places, where the crowd is more intimate, and they’re right on top of the band. Maybe I’d feel different if I was smashed up front, not sure. I had a good time at the show, but I’m not sure FFDP is at the top of the “must see” list if it’s going to be this big of a show again – perhaps at the Armory.

Five Finger Death Punch
———————–
Lift Me Up
Never Enough
Wash It All Away
Got Your Six
Bad Company
Jekyll and Hyde
Drum Solo
Burn MF
The Agony of Regret
Wrong Side of Heaven [acoustic]
Remember Everything [acoustic]
Coming Down
Under and Over It
The Bleeding

Lift Me Up

Wrong Side of Heaven

Coming Down

2016-11-22 FFDP / Shinedown

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Mike Doughty – 2016 – The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns

By Eric | October 26, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Mike Doughty
Title: The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns
Label: Snackbar
Released: Oct 14, 2016
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Wait! You’ll Find a Better Way
#I Can’t Believe I Found You in That Town
#Brian
#There Is a Way Out
#Sad Girl Walking in the Rain
#Dawn / Gone
#You Could Fly
#Otherlands
#Don’t Jerk the Wheel
#Making Me Lay Down
#Give Me Something
#The Wild Creatures

Review:


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Alter Bridge – 2016 – The Last Hero

By Eric | October 15, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Alter Bridge
Title: The Last Hero
Label: Self Released
Released: Oct 7, 2016
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Show Me A Leader
#The Writing On The Wall
#The Other Side
#My Champion
#Poison In Your Veins
#Cradle To The Grave
#Losing Patience
#This Side Of Fate
#You Will Be Remembered
#Crows On A Wire
#Twilight
#Island Of Fools
#The Last Hero

Review:


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10/11/2016 Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Devil You Know (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

By Eric | October 13, 2016 11:00 pm

Talk about a stacked bill! It was awesome to see Devil You Know again, after seeing them in May at Montage. Their list was slightly shorter this time out, and I got to see A New Beginning, which they didn’t play at Montage. Some of the crowd actually knew a couple of the songs, almost everyone at least recognized Howard, and he was as snarky as ever between songs. The band sounded great, so it was a nice primer for the rest of the night.

Devil You Know Setlist:
Consume the Damned
Embracing the Torture
Seven Years Alone
Stay of Execution
A New Beginning
The Way We Die
Shut It Down

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I was very interested to see Devildriver, as Jamey talks them up all the time, and they’d consistently been mentioned as one of the better metal bands around today. Much like I only took a passing interest in Coal Chamber, with Dez being the common thread, I only ever took that same passing interest in Devildriver. Unfortunately, the live show didn’t really change my mind much. DD were good, Dez absolutely knows how to work a crowd, the band sounded fine, but I really couldn’t get into it. Not sure why, other than to say that the songs just didn’t grab me. The people that were there to see them, however, got their money’s worth and seemed to be having a great time.

DevilDriver setlist:
Hold Back the Day
These Fighting Words
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Daybreak
I Could Care Less
Nothing’s Wrong?
My Night Sky
End of the Line
Before the Hangman’s Noose
Clouds Over California
Ruthless
Meet the Wretched

Hatebreed time! This was show #7 for me, and it was just as much fun as the other 6. I weaseled my way down to the front to be amongst the crazies, and had a great time in the process. Before the set began, I started talking to this guy that was in town from Europe for work (I want to say Austria, maybe Germany? Can’t remember.), and was a huge metal fan. He got really lucky with his timing, found out the show was happening and got in! This guy was all in for Hatebreed too, it was awesome to see. The band came out and opened with Destroy Everything, to give you an idea how the night was going to go. The next song was the only new one they’d play, but it was a banger in Looking Down The Barrel of Today. After that it was a hit parade, with a couple of the old tunes thrown in for good measure (Empty Promises, Under the Knife, Smash Your Enemies), Doomsayer is always a favorite, and they closed out with I Will Be Heard. As you can see in the video below, Jamey stopped the song halfway through to berate the security guards in the pit for being less than helpful. He wasn’t wrong; these dudes were a little less than cooperative for some reason. The crowd, on the other hand, was great, good pits with no garbage as far as I could tell. Good times!

Merch-wise, I got to chat with Francesco and Ryan from Devil You Know for a minute and bought a shirt, plus I managed to snag one of the limited print shirts Hatebreed made for the show with the custom Sabres graphics on it – pretty sweet!

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I Will Be Heard

Hatebreed Setlist is not in order:

Destroy Everything
Looking Down the Barrel of Today
Everyone Bleeds Now
In Ashes They Shall Reap
Empty Promises
Under The Knife
To the Threshold
This Is Now
Tear It Down
Smash Your Enemies
Seven Enemies
Honor Never Dies
Doomsayer
Perseverance
Proven
As Diehard As They Come
Live for This
I Will Be Heard

2016-10-11 Hatebreed @ Town Ballroom

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Every Time I Die – 2016 – Low Teens

By Eric | October 1, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Every Time I Die
Title: Low Teens
Label: Epitaph
Released: Sep 23, 2016
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Fear And Trembling
#Glitches
#C++ (Love Will Get You Killed)
#Two Summers
#Awful Lot
#I Didn’t Want To Join Your Stupid Cult Anyway
#It Remembers
#Petal
#The Coin Has A Say
#Religion Of Speed
#Just As Real But Not As Brightly Lit
#1977
#Map Change

Review:


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Clutch – 2008 – Full Fathom Five – Audio Field Recordings 2007-2008

By Eric | September 30, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Clutch
Title: Full Fathom Five – Audio Field Recordings 2007-2008
Label: Weathermaker
Released: Sep 9, 2008
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: CD
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#The Dragonfly
#Child Of The City
#The Devil & Me
#Texan Book Of The Dead
#Animal Farm
#The Mob Goes Wild
#Cypress Grove
#The Elephant Riders
#Ship Of Gold
#The Yeti
#Promoter (Of Earthbound Causes)
#10001110101
#Mr. Shiny Cadillackness
#Electric Worry
#One Eye Dollar

Review:

Tracks 1 to 3, 8 to 10: Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre – 03.20.08

Tracks 4 and 5: Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom – 12.29.07

Tracks 6 and 7: Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom – 12.28.07

Tracks 11 to 15: Sydney, Australia – Hi-Fi – 12.15.07

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09/28/2016 Clutch, Zakk Sabbath, Kyng (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

By Eric | September 29, 2016 1:40 pm

This was a legitimate rock show! I’d come to be a pretty big Clutch fan in the last couple years, Zakk Wydle doing his Black Sabbath cover routine as direct support, and some serious hard rockers in Kyng as the first band on? Sign me up.

Kyng was very good, a hard driving capital-R Rock band. I didn’t know any of their material, but was into it nonetheless. Perfect openers for this.

2016-09-28 Clutch @ Town Ballroom

Zakk Sabbath was very very cool to see. Obviously, Zakk has the chops to pull this off, has the legacy with Ozzy, and he nailed it. I’m not the foremost expert on Sabbath by any means, but it sounded great to me; there were only 2 songs I really wasn’t familiar with. Zakk being Zakk!

Zakk Sabbath setlist:
Children of the Grave

Snowblind
War Pigs

Into the Void
Fairies Wear Boots
NIB

I was plenty excited for this show, since between seeing them at Montage back at the end of 2013 and now, I’d really delved into the Clutch catalog and become a big fan. They’d released Psychic Warfare in the meantime as well, so having the latest two albums as the ones I know the best came in handy, as 11 out of the 18 songs in the set were off of either Earth Rocker or Psychic Warfare. And the ones that weren’t were definite crowd pleasers like A Shogun Named Marcus, The Regulator, and The Mob Goes Wild. The band sounded great, the crowd was into it all night, and much like the last time I saw them, Neil Fallon commanded the crowd with ease. There isn’t much to review about this, other than it was a super fun night, and a super fun show! I capped it off by almost walking out of the venue with the wrong tour shirt – not sure if the guy misheard me, or I couldn’t point straight, or what. Got two steps away from the table and was like, this isn’t what I wanted!!

Clutch setlist:
Decapitation Blues
Burning Beard
Noble Savage
A Shogun Named Marcus
Struck Down
The Face
The Regulator
Sucker for the Witch
A Quick Death in Texas
Your Love Is Incarceration
X-Ray Visions
Firebirds!
Son of Virginia
The Mob Goes Wild
Electric Worry
One Eye Dollar

Encore:
D.C. Sound Attack!
The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…

Intro / Decapitation Blues

Shogun

Regulator

Sucker For The Witch

Quick Death in Texas

Your Love Is Incarceration

X-Ray Visions / Firebirds

Electric Worry / One Eyed Dollar

DC Sound Attack / Wolfman

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Eric Hutchinson – 2014 – Almost Solo in NYC

By Eric | September 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Title: Almost Solo in NYC
Label: Let’s Break
Released: Oct 7, 2014
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#OK It’s Alright With Me
#I’m a Foot Stomper
#Watching You Watch Him
#Watching You Eat Shrimp
#Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
#Emo in College
#Breakdown More
#Outside Villanova
#Amsterdam
#Shine on Me
#Rock & Roll
#Love Like You (Live at Pandora)
#A Little More (Live at Pandora)

Review:


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Eric Hutchinson – 2016 – Easy Street

By Eric | September 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Title: Easy Street
Label: Let’s Break
Released: Aug 26, 2016
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Dear Me
#Good Rhythm
#Anyone Who Knows Me
#Lost in Paradise
#Alcatraz
#American Princess
#Bored to Death
#Same Old Thing
#Anyone Who Knows Me (KO Remix)
#Dear Me (KO Remix)

Review:


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