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Marty Friedman at Crossroads

It had been a long time since I’ve seen a live music-related show (last one before this being Behemoth in November). I had gotten the chance to see Ring of Honor’s Final Battle pay-per view live and catch an NXT house show at the Mid Hudson Civic Center between these two shows.

This show was one to break the gap of no live metal.

I had never listened to Marty’s solo work before, but he was the main reason why “Rust In  Peace” is one of my top metal albums of all time and I like what little songs I’ve heard from his speed metal band Cacophony.

Birdman and I headed to Crossroads for the show. A restaurant/ venue in Jersey that seems to get some pretty big bands.  We got two openers, Ethernus and Immortal Guardian. While neither are something I’d sit and listen to, both were fun live. At around 10:30 p.m., Marty Friedman got on the stage.

Marty Friedman 

 

He started the set with many songs from his solo career. Although I wasn’t familiar with these songs, they were fun to hear live and just watch Marty and friends jam out.

They then covered the Cacophony classic, “The Ninja.” Marty then let his other bandmates shine. This included a guitar solo from rhythm guitarist, Jordan Ziff, as well as him singing part of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as well as sexy Japanese bassist Kiyoshi getting a bass solo followed by her singing parts of Michael Jackson’s classic songs “Beat It” and “Gotta Be Starting Something.” This was all followed by the guitar solo from “Tornado of Souls,” which was sadly the only Megadeth-related anything he played.

The band then went into another string of Friedman solo material until encoring with a cover of the Japanese pop song  “Kaeritakunattayo.”

All and all it was a great show at a great venue and different from most metal shows I’ve been to. It gave me good memories of seeing jazz fusion acts in my area but with a metal twist.

 

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Deep Purple and Judas Priest in Bethel Woods

After seeing Roger Daltry play all of Tommy, I planned on returning for Deep Purple and Judas Priest, two of my childhood favorites.  I met up at Rock Fantasy with many of the area’s metal heads and we tailgated in three cars at this was a big event for us.

When we got there, we chilled in the parking lot for a few hours before heading up. I sat on the lawn with a few of our metal buddies but it was close enough to see the stage fine. At around 8 p.m. the first band went on.

Temperance Movement 

 

 

 

The first band on was an indie/ blues rock called the Temperance Movement. They were pretty, meh and not much memorable at all.

Judas Priest

 

I have had see Priest twice. The first time was with Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society (who sucked greatly) and they blew me away. The second time was three years later after that and did the same.

This time was no different.

They played a few tracks from their new album, Firepower, as well as many classics including, “Painkiller,” “You got another Thing Coming,” “Sinner,” “Breaking the Law,” “Freewheel Burning,” and Desert Plains” (last two being the first time I heard them live).

The energy they had was great and they ended up ruling the night that night.

Deep Purple 

 

 

I was excited to finally see Purple after being a fan since 8th grade.

It got even more nostalgic when they opened up with “Highway Star,” the song that got me into them. They then went into a selection of deep cuts including, “Bloodsucker,” “Pictures of Home” and “Sometimes I feel like Screaming”. They then would play many hits in a row including “Knocking at Your Back Door,” “Perfect Stranger,” “Space Trucking,” “Smoke on the Water” and then encoring with “Hush.”

They looked pretty aged and didn’t have a super large amount of energy, but the sound was great and was a great conclusion to this summers set of concerts.

 

 

Behemoth and At The Gates at The Playstation theater

After a break from live music shows (though I had several awesome wrestling ones) it was time to go to an amazing show. I had been a Behemoth fan since high school and had only seen them open (both times only as an opener to Slayer).

I’ve been told by many that if you had not seen Behemoth live then you haven’t seen them at all. The day of the show me and my buddy Jay took a bus to NYC and hung out at the Blue Ruin for about an hour. Thankfully it was full of metal heads at that hour so we got to hear classics by Motorhead, Obituary, Unleashed, Rammstien, Celtic Frost, etc. as we hung out. We took an Uber there in time to catch the first band.

Wolves in the Throne Room

First up were USBM band Wolves in the Throne Room. Though not a favorite of mine, I always enjoyed them and they had a pretty awesome live set.

At The Gates

Next up were At the Gates. I caught them once before at MDF 2014 so they were due for another watch. Their set was action-packed with plenty of new songs but also a lot of classics like Cold and Blinded by Fear.

Behemoth

Last on was the headliner Behemoth. Having only see short sets from these tyrants I was anxious to see a full one.  They had amazing loud and intense presence. The venue really helped their sound. All in all it was a great night and one of the best shows of the year.

My Experience at MDF 2018 – Part 2: Friday

After waking up pretty damn late Friday morning I headed down to a local food mart with Genoveive to get ingredients to make chicken fajitas. After our nice home made dinner and some time hanging, I headed down with Matt at around 6 p.m. to catch the first band I wanted to see.

Morta Skuld

The only album I’ve heard from these guys was their debut which I always liked but never found too amazing. I figured I’d catch them live anyway. They played a very fun and energetic set that made for a nice warm up.

Lord Gore

After catching up with two of my Chicago friends for a short while, I headed to Soundstage for the one goregrind band I saw at the fest.

Like goregrind bands that tend to be at the fest, these dudes had a set of people moshing in circles with balloons and glow sticks everywhere.

Misery Index 

After Lord Gore’s set I went back to Ram’s head and caught the last twenty minutes of Misery Index’s set. I had seen these guys twice before, so I wasn’t so upset about missing here. What I caught was really fun in usual Misery Index fashion and few things beat “Traitors” played live.

Blood Incantation

Next up were the main reason I returned to Ram’s Head. Blood Incantation are one of my favorite modern death metal bands, so I was hugely excited to see them playing a set that both crushed and mesmerized. Blood Incantation were without a doubt one of the top bands of Friday.

Integrity

After chilling with Nick and Cheyenne, I went back to Soundstage to catch a bit of one of the most legendary hardcore acts to every exist. While hardcore was never a genre I was huge on, Integrity was always a huge exception, and as expected, they killed.

God Dethroned

Next up at Ram’s Head were the band I wanted to see most. After hearing their new album I was even more stoked. The band sounded great both when playing tracks of the new one and when playing their classics. They were without a doubt the best band to played that night until…

Eyehategod

I headed back to Soundstage for the band i was most there to see.I had been a fan of these guys since I bought take as needed for pain from high school.The band had a wonderful set that was both doomy and energtic. Not a dull moment went by and  I was so happy to finally see these guys. I stayed for the whole set as I wasn’t too keen on seeing Suffocation without Frank Mullen (I had also seen the band in general several times). All and all it was a nice end to a fun night. After their set the 4 of us got back together and headed to the hotel.

Roger Daltrey performs “Tommy” in Bethel Woods

Sometimes great things can happen when you have a random day off. When just looking at my Facebook feed, I saw an ad for Roger Daltry of The Who playing the classic album “Tommy” in full.

Having been a longtime fan of The Who and that album and having not been to Bethel Woods since I saw Heart with Jason Bonham in 2014, it made that fact that I was off from my night job the whole day and off from both the next day so much cooler. After work I went to my friend Isaac’s place aka the biggest Who fan I know to chill. Our friend Doug dropped by later and we left for the show. We got there around a half hour before the show started. The venue was packed. People young and old showed up to enjoy this 1960’s classic played in full. It started at 8p.m., with zero openers.

Without an introduction or talking between songs, Roger started playing the album in full and in order backed by a Hudson Valley orchestra. While it felt weird to hear him sing Pete Townsend’s parts, it was still fun to see these songs come to life as his voice did not age one bit and everyone was singing along to classics like “Cousin Kevin,” “Acid Queen” and “Pinball Wizard.”

After he finished the album, he talked for a little bit and played Who songs, “Who Are You” and “Baba O’Riley.” He ended the set with some boring song from his latest solo album which is when everyone left. Other than that bad conclusion, it was a fun show and I was glad we went.

 

 

My Experience at MDF 2018 Part 1:Thursday

Memorial Day weekend came around and like always, Maryland Deathfest hit the city of Baltimore.

I had to work the morning, but once my shift was over it was time to head down. Due to circumstances such as a delayed of my Greyhound bus, it took forever to get there and I didn’t arrive in Baltimore until around 10. Once there, I put my stuff in our hotel room and caught up with my friend Matt and two people who joined our hotel group from Richmond Virginia, Frankie and and Genevieve. We headed down to the venues and I went to Ram’s head to catch one of the two bands I saw that day.

Today is the Day

That band was noise rockers Today is the Day. They played a pretty long set and had a lot of energy. I caught up with my friends Nick and Cheyenne during this time. We all enjoyed the set including their great cover of Black Sabbath’s “Snowblind.” After their set, it was time for the oldest band on the whole fest to play.

Coven 

60’s occult rockers Coven came on stage with a nice getup. The bandmates all wore hoods and vocalist, Jinx Dawson came out of a coffin and wore a mask. Coven had a lot of energy for their ages. Jinx could still sing well, even if she did lose the ability to hit high notes. They played a great mix of songs including, “Black Sabbath,” “Portait,” “Wicked Woman,” “Dignitaries of Hell,” “Blood on the Snow” and “Black Swan.” Surprisingly, they would end up having one of the best performances of the whole fest. After the show I caught up with Matt and the two of us hung out with Chuck Sheerwood of Incantation. We waited for Frankie and Genevieve and head back to the hotel.

 

 

Ministry and Chelsea Wolfe at the Wellmont Theater

Record store day was a fun day, where Birdman and I attended Rock Fantasy, a record shop in Middletown, NY.  After some record hunting, we headed down to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ for the day’s main event, a killer metal show featuring Ministry and Chelsea Wolf.

When we got to the venue, we caught up with our friend Jason and the first thing we noticed was it was one of the nicer venues we ever been to. After about an hour of hanging and checking out the theater, the show’s opener started up.

The God Bombs

Although not the worst I’ve seen, this was still pretty bad.

God Bomb played a mid 2000’s Hot Topic take on industrial mixed with rap and ended their set with a bizarre sounding cover of The Cure’s “Killing an Arab.”

Chelsea Wolfe

This dark songstress was my main reason for going. While she didn’t play a very long set, the queen Wolfe really stole the show. Her voice, good use of lights, and her atmospheric music gave this set a haunting performance without the use of silly props.

Ministry 

The last time I saw Ministry I was only half impressed. This was because I was glad to finally see them but unimpressed that they played such an awful set list although the few good selections sounded great live.

The set started out pretty bad with them spamming their new album AmeriKKKant’s songs with some gems from Rio Grande Blood here and there. Following this section, frontman Al Jourgensen finally said that it was “time for some old shit.”

This when their set started to really rule.

Ministry went on to play “N.W.O.” and “Just One Fix,” then the two greats from 1989’s The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, “So What” and “Theives” and ended with “Bad Blood (still no Stigmata…).” Because of this second half, I enjoyed them much more this time around.

After the show and failing to meet Chelsea Wolfe, we headed home after a cool show in a cool new venue.

Watain and Destroyer 666 at the Gramercy Theater

by Anthony Carioscia

This March was one hell of a month for shows.

With Septicflesh coming to Gramercy and finally getting to see Saxon when they hit the Chance Theater, but this line up of Watain and Destroyer 666 was my chance to finally see Destroyer after they dropped from Maryland Death Fest 2011 and 2016 (both of which are years I attended). I was also excited for Watain as I loved their new album Trident Wolf Eclipse, which more than made up for the last one. So like usual, I picked up my buddy Jay and we took the bus to New York City.

Destroyer 666

These blackened thrashers took no time to kick ass as they showed energy and presence. The setlist was great as well.  The only tracks I got to see were “Lone Wolf Winter,” “I Am the War God,” and a great cover of “Iron Fist” by Motorhead.  I wish I got to hear “Unchain the Wolves” and “Australian and Anti-Christ,” but I still really enjoyed their set.

Watain

When the band started their set with “The Devil’s Blood,” we knew it would rule.

Watain had a great setlist that night (although a little long). The band brought on amazing energy as we watched from the seats. They may not have had dead animals on stage this time around, but there was no denying the band was spot on.

After the show, which ended a little after 10 p.m., we headed out and plan on returning once the next awesome metal show happens.

 

Bonesaw Podcast – Episode 55: Bruce Corbitt

Chris sits down with the mighty Bruce Corbitt, who may or may not be Batman as they talk Rigor Mortis, Mike Scaccia, Corbitt’s uphill battles and much more – including the April 21 “Freaks” demo release that has Corbitt’s long-lost vocals from yesteryear!

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Slayer Announces Final Album

For the few that don’t know, Slayer’s upcoming 2018 tour will be their last and just in time for Easter the band revealed that they have one final album coming out this year titled Abominations of Finality.

This album will be a double album with disc 2 containing covers and remixes of old songs. The band says that the style will stay true to the Slayer sound fans know and love and will feature guest appearances by many famous artists. Expect many of these new tracks to be played during this final tour.

Disc 1

  1. 7 Princes of Hell
  2. God Sucks (featuring Glen Benton)
  3. April Blood Shows
  4. Daddy would you like Some Satan (featuring Tom Green)
  5. God is Lame and I Hate Him ( featuring Aeon)
  6. Religious Fools
  7. Lust for the Chosen Son (featuring Dagon)
  8. God is Still A Tool Even Though Tom Goes to Church and Believes in God
  9. Dark Evil Darkness ( featuring Glen Danzig and Hopsin)
  10. Hell’s Domain

Disc 2

  1. Criminally Insane (industrial remix featuring Trent Reznor and Mc Ryde)
  2. The Antichrist (bluegrass remix)
  3. Angel of Death (remix featuring Fred Durst, Snoop Dogg, and the Insane Clown Posse)
  4. My Pal Foot Foot (Shaggs cover)
  5. Strange Magic (ElO cover)
  6. Leave Virgina Alone (Rod Stewart cover)
  7. Natural Born Killaz (Ice Cube/Dre.cover)
  8. Gods Gonna Cut You Down (Johnny Cash cover)
  9. Killer Croc (Nuclear Hatred cover)
  10. Killed This Way (Metallica/Lady Gaga cover)