The KillThrax Tour: Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, Jasta In Silver Springs, MD [Photo Gallery]

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Killswitch Engage

The KillThrax Tour, featuring metalcore giants Killswitch Engage and old school thrash titans Anthrax arrived at the Fillmore in Silver Spring last night. The bands on supporting duty are The Devil Wears Prada, a band good enough to act as headliner, and Jasta, the eponymous band of Hatebreed lead singer Jamey Jasta. No way in hell were I going to not cover this event!

Jasta

The show started fifteen minutes or so early, so I missed the first two songs of Jasta. The band played a  short set of 4-5 songs. I can’t tell you how it was musically, but Jasta did have the crowd well entertained. Jamey Jasta can usually command a crowd like no other. But on this night his request to get a big mosh pit going fell through. Maybe 7 o’clock in Silver Spring is a tad too early for a mosh pit, or that the venue had not started filling up yet, being a Monday night. Their performance didn’t go unappreciated by anyone though and the crowd was pleased with his stage presence and gave him a good round of applause.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada was the only band of the night that I had not seen earlier. Right off the bat, they  established a moody and gloomy atmosphere on the stage, and the venue. The major strength of this band’s music is the lyrical content, often much darker and serious than many other metalcore bands. The short melodic riffs and clean vocals in the latest album ‘Transit Blues’ have polarized their fans, with some fans accusing the music of being “less hard”. I can tell you that the track “Daughter” from ‘Transit Blues’ sounded much harder that what it sounds like when I play it on Spotify. It was evident that they had tons of fans in the crowd, for much of the crowd were crooning the songs with Mike Hranica. The lack of lighting added to the dark ambient sounds they performed. Even in the darkness its easy to see the sheer musical quality of the band’s performance.

Anthrax

I will never forget the day I saw Anthrax for the first time; it was in Rock Allegiance (Chester) last year, where I got struck with an extreme allergic reaction in the middle of the festival. That performance didn’t include some of my favorite tracks, so it left me wanting more. Tonight, it was a different story altogether, Anthrax delivered the most compelling show of the night. The selection of songs was immaculate, for lack of better word, with hits from yesteryears “Among the Living”, “Madhouse” as well as the most recent release ‘For All Kings’. I consider “Evil Twin” and “Blood Eagle Wings” as two of the finest songs Anthrax have ever composed, and Joey Belladonna with his cohort delivered it to perfection. Frank Bello is a monstrous ball of energy, and Scott Ian was as expressive during his guitar play as ever, with the instrument as well as stage presence. Joey Belladonna, with the microphone in his hands was effervescent, stopping not only once to interact with the crowd in front, but as well as those in the upper balconies. At one point, Joey Belladonna grabbed the camera of one photographer and started shooting photos of the crowd. And towards the end of the set, the security was having a hard time stopping people from crowd surfing and landing over the barrier. Chants of ‘Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax’ were ringing all around the venue once the band bowed to the crowd and bid adieu, with a promise that they will be back to Maryland in future.

Killswitch Engage

The last act of the night was Killswitch Engage, Opening the set with the moderately paced “Hate by Design”, a track from the latest album ‘Incarnate’. The strength of Jesse Leach lies in his delivery of harsh vocals, which is aplenty in the two releases with Leach back on the vocals, following the departure of Howard Jones. Howard Jones era songs “Rose of Sharyn”, “The End of Heartache, “My Curse” etc. was also featured in the set list, and I don’t think anyone, barring Howard Jones himself, could have done a better job. Killswitch Engage ended this exciting night by playing “In Due Time”, and to a rousing applause of the crowd. With a bunch of dates left on this tour, you still have a chance to catch them live. Go for it, you won’t regret it!

Louder Than Life: Saturday Review [Photo Gallery]

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Louder Than Life came back this year with such an amazing lineup. Last year had more of a southern rock feel and this year was so much heavier. Ranging from some older classic bands to some of music’s fastest up and comers the lineup was filled full talented bands of varying genres. Unfortunately, we can’t see every band, so if we didn’t mention someone here it’s simply that we had a conflicting schedule with their set. If only we could see every band it would be a perfect day. Continue reading

Metal Nexus Staff Spotify Playlist: September [Streaming]

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Our goal has always been to turn people on to new music and bands they may not have heard before. We have brought you reviews, interviews, concert reviews and showcased based across the globe; now we want to bring that music directly to your ears. Using Spotify our talented staff will hand select songs each month for your listening pleasure. The staffs broad ranging taste in music is sure to give you a variety of music and hopefully will turn you on to some new tunes. Be sure to let us know what songs you like and who has the best selection; but in the end we hope you enjoy it all. Now presenting The Metal Nexus Spotify Playlist: September. Continue reading

Carolina Rebellion: Saturday Review & Photo Gallery

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Day 2 (Saturday) was the day I was anticipating the most. The lineup for Saturday was chock full of heavier bands that I had been wanting to see or already seen and love very much. The first band I got to see was Red Sun Rising. The band had this amazing intro that started up and then came to a screeching halt before kicking back in, the crowd lovingly applauded. It was just barely noon and these guys had more energy than half the bands the day before. It was nonstop movement on the stage as they played their hit songs “The Otherside” and “Emotionless.” Vocalist Mike Protich took this stance or pose on stage while singing that reminded me of the late great Scott Weiland. Not only was Mike mesmerizing on stage but his vocals sounded just as good live as on the record. Continue reading

Rock On The Range 10th Anniversary Predictions!

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The 10th anniversary of Rock On The Range is slowly approaching. Founder of the festival, Danny Wimmer, has had major success with several festivals around the U.S. including Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky, Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, North Carolina and several others which round out the loudest month of the year during which most of these festivals occur. Rumor has it that Danny will be making an appearance on a radio station and possibly naming some of the headliners or bands that may be gracing the stage for the big anniversary. So just in case he does name some of them, we wanted to make our predictions prior to Monday. The show will take place May 20th, 21st, and 22nd in Columbus, Ohio as it has for several years. Continue reading