03/02/2018 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Havok (Rochester, NY @ Dome Arena)

By Eric | March 3, 2018 10:15 am

This was a fun bill – It had been a long six years since I’d see Killswitch (the AOJB anniversary tour when Jesse had just rejoined), and I’d never seen Anthrax. The closest I’d come was seeing Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano (who was in Anthrax at the time) with The Damned Things. I’d seen Havok a couple months earlier at the German House with Crowbar and Overkill; they got a little bit longer set this time out and were just as good. Straight ahead metal. I’m still not super familiar with many of the songs, but the set was enjoyable. I was hanging in the back with Scott, and then my concert buddy Derek joined us also.

Fatal Intervention
Hang ‘Em High
Out of My Way
Claiming Certainty
From the Cradle to the Grave
Intention to Deceive

I wandered down right into the thick of things for KsE, and I was excited – I hadn’t seen anything off of either of the two new albums with Jesse, so hearing those songs was really cool. They mixed up the setlist pretty well among the new and the old, with (to me, anyway) one interesting curveball – “Reckoning” off of the 2009 self-titled. They’re still playing “This Fire”, which I absolutely love, and they’re still closing with “Holy Diver”. For this tour they had Joey Belladonna come out to sing it with them, which was fantastic because he can hit those Dio notes! It was a great capper to a great set. Band sounded great, Jesse sounded good, the crowd was good, the mosh pit wasn’t too crazy – fun times.

Killswitch Engage
Rose of Sharyn
Strength of the Mind
Life to Lifeless
My Curse
This Fire
When Darkness Falls
Breathe Life
Hate by Design
Vide Infra
My Last Serenade
Embrace the Journey…Upraised
Beyond the Flames
The End of Heartache
In Due Time
Holy Diver (With Joey Belladonna)

Much like with Megadeth, I’d never seen Anthrax, but as part of the Big 4 I knew I had to. Having them play practically in my backyard was even better. I know most of the classic songs, and I’d spun the latest two albums a couple times as well, so I was familiar enough. Plus, for whatever reason, back in high school I had acquired a copy of State of Euphoria (I still have no idea how), so the fact that they played Be All, End All and Antisocial was nice for me! I retreated to the back for their set to just enjoy it, and they didn’t disappoint. They sounded fantastic, and I don’t think Joey Belladonna is human with some of the notes he hits. He’s incredible. I don’t know how the Anthrax lifers view it these days, but I thought they were dynamite for a band coming up on 40 years together!

Among the Living
Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
Breathing Lightning
I Am the Law
Be All, End All

2018-03-02 KsE/Anthrax @ Dome Arena

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02/24/2018 Darkest Hour, Whores (Rochester, NY @ Photo City Improv)

By Eric | February 25, 2018 9:47 am

I went to this one on a whim. I’d heard about Darkest Hour for years, mainly due to the fact that they did a Washington Capitals fight song a couple years ago, but also because they’re metal lifers and from all accounts were really good live. That proved to be true. I couldn’t tell you anything they played, but the handful of people that were there (Photo City is not a big place at all) definitely knew their stuff and raged pretty hard.

Setlist from the night before, so it’s gotta be close:
Knife in the Safe Room
Doomsayer (The Beginning of the End)
This Is the Truth
Timeless Numbers
An Epitaph
Savor the Kill
Violent by Nature
Those Who Survived
Enter Oblivion
Nazi Punks Fuck Off (Dead Kennedys Cover)
With a Thousand Words to Say but One

For the Soul of the Savior
Rapture in Exile
The Sadist Nation

As the opener, Whores was pretty decent also. They’re a relatively new band, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t sound like Helmet to me. Not too shabby.

2018-02-24 Darkest Hour @ Photo City Improv

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Matthew Good – 2017 – Something Like a Storm

By Eric | February 24, 2018 6:00 pm

Artist: Matthew Good
Title: Something Like a Storm
Label: Warner Music Canada
Released: Oct 27, 2017
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Bad Guys Win
#Men At The Door
#There The First Time
#Days Come Down
#Something Like A Storm
#She’s Got You Where She Wants You
#This Is Night
#Bullets In A Briefcase


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Sister Hazel – 2018 – Water

By Eric | February 24, 2018 6:00 pm

Artist: Sister Hazel
Title: Water
Label: Croakin’ Poets
Released: Feb 9, 2018
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Roll on Bye
#First Time
#You Won’t See Me Again
#I Stayed for the Girl
#More Than I Want To
#Elements Part 1


Sister Hazel s latest release, Water, is the six-track (plus bonus) EP and is Volume I of a collectible series titled, Elements, and includes a bonus seventh track that will continue throughout the series.


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Hellyeah – 2016 – Unden!able

By Eric | February 18, 2018 6:00 pm

Artist: Hellyeah
Title: Unden!able
Label: Eleven Seven
Released: Jun 3, 2016
Packaging: Jewel Case with Slipcover
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Scratch A Lie
#Be Undeniable
#Leap Of Faith
#Blood Plague
#I Don’t Care Anymore
#Live Or Die
#Love Falls
#Demons in the Dirt (Live)
#Moth ( Live)
#Cross To Bier (Live)
#Hush (Live)


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Nickelback – 2017 – Feed The Machine

By Eric | February 18, 2018 6:00 pm

Artist: Nickelback
Title: Feed The Machine
Label: BMG
Released: Jun 16, 2017
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Feed The Machine
#Coin For The Ferryman
#Song On Fire
#Must Be Nice
#After The Rain
#For The River [Explicit]
#The Betrayal
#Silent Majority
#Every Time We’re Together
#The Betrayal


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Chevelle – 2016 – The North Corridor

By Eric | February 18, 2018 6:00 pm

Artist: Chevelle
Title: The North Corridor
Label: Epic
Released: Jul 8, 2016
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Door to Door Cannibals
#Last Days
#Young Wicked
#Warhol’s Showbiz
#Got Burned
#Shot from a Cannon


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02/11/2018 Stone Sour, Halestorm (Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory)

By Eric | February 13, 2018 10:11 am

[The Dead Deads were first band on, didn’t get there in time.]

Halestorm had been booked to play the Armory back in October, and I was on the fence as to whether I’d go or not. I ended up deciding not to, and then Lzzy got sick and they cancelled the show. They promised to make up the date, and they certainly did make it up to us, bringing their co-headlining run with Stone Sour. I didn’t “hesitate” to grab a ticket this time around! It had been quite awhile since I’d seen either of these bands, and funny enough, they were on the same bill last time too – Uproar at Darien Lake in August of 2010 In the ensuing 7+ years, Halestorm had released two more albums and handful of covers EP’s, and Stone Sour had put out three more albums. Needless to say I was due to see both. Late in the game I found out that Scott and Tracy would be attending as well, so having close company all night was great too!

Halestorm was on first, opening with a new song, “Black Vultures”, off their impending new album before cranking into the favorites. For being the last night of this run, Lzzy sounded great, nailing all of the high stuff, and the band was equal to the task. Not that they weren’t seasoned performers by the time I got to see them, but they are a tight operation these days – all killer no filler for sure. To my ears, the set selection was great, playing everything I would have wanted to hear, including Love Bites, It’s Not You, I Get Off, I Miss The Misery, etc. They had been playing their version of Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night”, but we didn’t get it on this night. No matter, their own stuff is more than enough to sustain a set. Good stuff all the way around.

Black Vultures
Love Bites (So Do I)
It’s Not You
Mz. Hyde
The Reckoning
I Am the Fire
Someone Like You (Adele Cover)
Dear Daughter
Apocalyptic [w/ drum solo]
I Get Off
Freak Like Me
I Miss the Misery

Black Vultures

Someone Like You / Dear Daughter


One set change later, Stone Sour closed the show. It’s still funny/surreal/interesting to see Corey Taylor be the full-on rock star guy fronting Stone Sour as opposed to the masked madman in Slipknot. He’s great at it to be sure, and as a small example of this gave the city a nod by wearing a House of Guitars shirt during the set. They started out with a two-song run (three if you include the YSIF tape intro) from the new Hydrograd album before continuing on a yo-yo type set of one heavy, one lighter, one heavy, one lighter. Made of Scars into Say You’ll Haunt Me, then 30/30-150 into Hesitate. The set was absolutely tailored to the Halestorm crowd, as they played all the lighter radio hits, and not a thing from the first self-titled album. There was enough other heavy stuff to keep it interesting (Do Me A Favor, Absolute Zero), and I enjoyed hearing Tired, but I could have used more heavy. Regardless, the band sounded fine, Corey sounded good, and I had a great time through both sets. Song selection aside, I had no real complaints about either set – just the usual Armory complaints about lack of parking, and the impossibly long line to get in every time. That never changes.

YSIF [Tape]
Taipei Person / Allah Tea
Knievel Has Landed
Made of Scars
Say You’ll Haunt Me
Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)
Do Me a Favor
Song #3
Through Glass
Absolute Zero

2018-02-11 Halestorm / Stone Sour @ Main Street Armory

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02/03/2018 Big Wreck (Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom)

By Eric | February 5, 2018 3:45 pm

[Attica Riots was the opener, didn’t watch them. From Winnipeg.]

I only saw Big Wreck once during the initial run of the band, in 2001 at Edgefest, but this show marked the fourth time since the revival! Once on each of the last three new album tours, the Edgefest show was part of the Pleasure and the Greed tour, and now I got to complete the cycle by going back to the beginning – this being the tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of In Living Memory Of…

I timed this one pretty well, as I didn’t get into Buffalo until almost 8pm, which allowed me to stroll right in without waiting in line. I grabbed my ticket, poked my head in for two seconds to see what I was(n’t) missing as far as the opener went, and grabbed a beverage. No sooner did I receive it when I ran into my concert buddies from Syracuse, Kiersten and Pete! I hadn’t realized they were coming, so it was nice to have people to hang out with, and great to catch up on all the shows we’d seen and are going to see. We got corralled by a photographer for the Gusto taking all the “people at the show” pictures, and we look like pretty much everyone else that was at this show, perhaps a touch younger!

2018-02-03 20.30.01 - Bigwreck

Onto the show itself! We managed to grab a spot at the barrier of the 3rd level, just left of center. It was a great spot, and given the show’s demographics, there was no jostling or anything. What made this anniversary show kinda cool is that they didn’t play the songs in album order. They opened with my favorite, Look What I Found, into the first crowd pleaser, That Song. What came next was a nice little wrinkle – a b-side from ILMO, Ill Advice! [More bands need to do this on their anniversary shows!!!] As Ian put it, (and I’m paraphrasing) “someone at the record company didn’t think this was good enough to make the record, but I really like it, so we’re gonna play it!” This was included on the re-issue (on Spotify anyway), but I’d had it for years on the Much @ Edgefest 99 compilation. I’d seen a number of these songs at the previous shows, but certainly not all, and I’m willing to bet there’s stuff they’d never played at all prior to this tour. Most everyone was singing to every single song, but the biggest reactions were for the singles by far, That Song, Blown Wide Open, and of course The Oaf. There was a fair bit of noodling and soloing through each of the songs, and holy hell can Ian Thornley play the guitar. My word. However, during one of the songs (can’t remember which), Ian forgot to put his slide on, and started to try to play without it! We all got a chuckle out of that one, as did he.

We got an encore starting with Albatross, which I’m happy to say had people singing just as loud, if not louder, than any of the ILMO stuff, and then Digging In, before they closed it out with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”. They had been playing Thornley’s “Come Again” as the last song, but unfortunately not tonight. The band sounded great, Ian sounded great, it was just a fun trip down memory lane all the way around. Super glad I came down for it!

2018-02-03 Big Wreck @ Town Ballroom

In Loving Memory Of 20th Anniversary

Look What I Found
That Song
Ill Advice
How Would You Know
Under the Lighthouse
By the Way
Blown Wide Open
Between You and I
Oh My
Fall Through the Cracks
The Oaf

Digging In
Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)

End of Overemphasizing / The Oaf

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Machine Head – 2018 – Catharsis

By Eric | February 1, 2018 6:00 pm

Artist: Machine Head
Title: Catharsis
Label: Nuclear Blast
Released: Jan 26, 2018
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD? DVD Included
Release Type: Deluxe Edition


#Beyond the Pale
#California Bleeding
#Triple Beam
#Hope Begets Hope
#Screaming At The Sun
#Behind A Mask
#Heavy Lies The Crown
#Grind You Down
#Razorblade Smile


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