Jamey Jasta and the rest of the guys in HATEBREED totally annihilated the Odeon this past Friday night in Cleveland. Marking the return to the venue since 1999 as they last played there opening for Motorhead. The first show of the tour also sealed the first sold out show of the tour at the first show. This is a testimony of what to look forward to this year. This is the year of the diehards and the year for Hatebreed, Devil You Know and Devildriver!
To hear an interview with Jamey Jasta from the opening night click play:
There were literally over 1,200 maniacs at the show in the venue where there was practically no room to move. Bodies from wall to wall filled in to see Hatebreed, Devil You Know and Devildriver.
It was quite evident that Hatebreed was there to make a statement, and that statement was pure unadulterated madness. Mission accomplished.
This package deal is definitely worth checking out. All 3 bands are solid and it totally makes sense. It is one ass whoopin after another watching these bands throw down.
METAL CHURCH – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Agora 4/6/2016
April 6th marked the return to Cleveland by the legendary band METAL CHURCH. A revitalized band with the return of Mike Howe ( 20 year absence) on vocals fulfilled the anticipated fans. It was really great to see this band in action with Howe on vocals and Chris Caffery filling in on lead guitar. It was evident from the beginning of the show that these guys were excited and having fun on stage together. There were smiles on all their faces and the crowd reacted positively to this. For having Chris Caffery jump on board in a short period and to fill the shoes make his add-in
perfect. You can feel the chemistry between them and they were extremely tight. The highlight was indeed Mike Howe, his voice was incredible, he made the hairs on the back of your neck raise by his adoring vocals. You could close your eyes and remember when you was a kid listening to tracks off “The Dark”, “Blessing in Disguise, and “The Human Factor” and just smile. The new material went over great and he was spot on.
Overall: 10/10 This show was tremendous from beginning to end. The highlights, Mike Howe in top form, the band had a strong chemistry and was tight, Chris Caffery fit in great, Jeff Plate put on a drum clinic, Steve Unger had great control of the stage and performed great and his back up vocals were top notch. The Riffmaster General Kurdt Vanderhoof, well what can you say he is a master and will always be one! There were a few songs that I really looked forward to hearing that was cut out probably due to the new material such as the songs “Metal Church”, and “Ton of Bricks.” With or without them this show was still the best of the year!
METAL CHURCH Cleveland Setlist
1. Fake Healer
2. In Mourning
3. Start the Fire
5. Gods of Second Chance
6. Date with Poverty
7. No Tomorrow
8. Watch the Children Pray
9. No Friend of Mine
10. Killing Your Time
11. Beyond the Black
13. The Human Factor
LAMB OF GOD Starts tour in Pittsburgh on 1/15 with Anthrax – pics from show
This past Friday January 15th marked the new touring cycle for bands Lamb of God and Anthrax, which both are sharing the top bill. Along with the band on this opening day were Power Trip and Deafheaven.
Ed Battes was on the scene to cover this show and provide to the
listeners and fans of Maximum Threshold some great pics. Please visit: MT’s FB page for all the pics.
Would like to thank Ed for this great coverage of the complete show.
LAMB OF GOD 2016 tour dates with ANTHRAX:
Jan. 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jan. 22 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
Jan. 23 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Jan. 24 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
Jan. 28 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Jan. 29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Jan. 30 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Jan. 31 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Feb. 02 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Feb. 04 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Feb. 05 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
Feb. 06 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Pavilion –
Feb. 08 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 09 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Feb. 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Feb. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
MourningWagon – opens set at Beachland Ballroom for Brimstone Coven (show review)
MourningWagon is a groove metal band which hails from the nether regions of Zimbabwe… Ohio. With their chipper sound and “boy next door” rugged good looks, these fine young gentlemen would be a perfect fit to play your “Spring Fling” or a real happening “Sock Hop” at the local high school!
Ok, ok, enough bullshit….. MourningWagon is pretty much the polar opposite of the previous paragraph except for the “Groove Metal” part; they do that shit VERY well! “An interesting fact about these cats would be that there is no actual frontman, rather they all partake in the lead role through different points during their set.”
First off we’ve got Shannon Henkel on guitar. He is affectionately referred to as “Drinkie McGlugGlug” by the rest of his band mates. When not frantically molesting the neck of his guitar on stage, he would appear to take pride in being the “hydration specialist” of this foursome.
Next up you have Stephen “The Abominable” Homan on bass guitar. When he’s not on stage plucking & slapping with precision, he enjoys walking around the Rock N’ Roll Hall of fame and telling folks “Why yes, yes I am indeed Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.
To the rear of his brethren is the human tattoo, Michael “Deathstar” Strong on the pots and pans keeping shit real “steady like” and making sure that the three hooligans in the front are keep’n their shit on time.
This leaves us with the obvious “Faceman” of the group, Domonic “Dom” Rini on the second guitar. One look at Dom’s “Ron Jeremy” like sex appeal and you realize that his excellent guitar skills are being far over shadowed by the fact that he is “MournigWagons” gimmick to draw the ladies in the door. But this band is a group of marketing geniuses that realize you have to utilize every tool in the shed……..and from what I hear…. Domonic is one BIG tool! All kidding aside though, MourningWagon is no joke! They do interject some sharp witted humor into the show, but make no mistake, they can bring the heavy. A very hefty groove/sludge vibe with solid players on all four corners and a very tight knit comradely that many bands struggle to find.
If you see their name on a bill…check out that show, you’ll be glad ya did. Oh yeah, and buy some merch & support the scene!
BRIMSTONE COVEN is yet another perfect example of why LIVE music cannot be topped.
I went to the Beachland Ballroom in East Cleveland to see one band in particular and walked out of the show with more ear sex than one person should be able to enjoy! Anyone that knows me and my affection for metal also knows that of all sub-genres, slow, riff loaded “DOOM/SLUDGE” is my proverbial “Jam.”
Well to get to my point, Brimstone Coven added another dimension to what I had already considered a perfect genre. Three part harmony over top of some REAL basement dwelling DOOOOOM with a definite pinch of blues sprinkled here and there. That’s what they brought…….and that’s what I ate up like it was the last musical supper!
“Big John” Williams is out front of this quartet with truly great vocal control and crowd interaction that one should look for if you’re out to be entertained. (And he sports a pretty cool NES game controller tattoo on his left forearm)
To his left is a Les Paul being commanded by the skilled riff heavy hands of Corey Roth. This dude completely understands that less is more in music. (I totally mean this affectionately) He lets each note smack you in the grill and allows for them to develop in your ears before giving you another to taste. (This is an art that not all possess)
On the opposite side of the stage is the man that lets you know “HEY, YOU’RE AT A ROCK SHOW!” Andrew D’Cagna defines showmanship! (Seriously….look that shit up) He slaps, plucks and just plain beats the tar out of what appeared to be a Rickenbacker, but I couldn’t get a good look at it, Andrew NEVER stops moving! AND THEN……..he adds the third part of the harmonious excellence to what John and Corey have already thrown down.
In the back producing all the thunder is the stick wielding beard of Justin Wood. He is a huge compliment to Corey’s style as well. He lets the auditory system savor minute breaks and doesn’t feel the need to oversaturate you with continuous triplets and constant double kick. When he does add them, they seem SOOO powerful and necessary.
If you dig doom (and really…who doesn’t) these cats are a fucking must. Go to a show, buy some merch, like there steller self-titled album or one of their killer 70’s vibe t-shirts. If you do so……..you will officially be one of the cool kids…..like me! Bravo you talented bastards!!
“Big John” Williams – vocals
Corey Roth – guitar
Andrew D’Cagna – bass
Justin Wood – drums
Brimstone Coven is a retro-hard rock / doom band from Wheeling WV. They created their personal blend of “Dark Occult Rock” in the early months of 2011.
Corey Roth (Guitar) wrote the first five songs, which would later become the bands self titled album, and hand picked three seasoned musicians from the area’s scene… Andrew D’Cagna (Bass), Justin Wood (Drums), and “Big John” Williams (Vocals) to carry out his plan for sonic domination.
Echoing the eerie reverberations of hard rock heayweights such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the Classic Rock style of Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, Brimstone Coven has created a Vintage sound and style all their own.
Recently, with many shows, two albums, and a third album in the works (III) the band strives to reach a wider audience and secure a spot among rocks greatest. Look for Brimstone Coven to make a name for themselves in the near future!