Rock On The Range 2011 – Preshow Party

Gonna break down the whole Rock On The Range 2011 experience into a series of posts rather than one mammoth blathering, with an eye towards the noteworthy (IMHO, of course) as well as the up & coming. Or in some cases – the “not so much”.

The 5th anniversary ‘preshow’ bash was a free ticket for those who had bought the weekend package (i.e. both days of the official Rock On The Range lineup).  That being said, the expectation by promoters was that there would be about 6,000 in attendance.  The reality was closer to 13,000 – maybe more!  Very crowded, but the vibe was magical and it was great to meet people from all over the country.

When I arrived Red Line Chemistry was finishing their second to last song, so not really fair for me to comment other than to say the crowd seemed to be responding to them nicely.

Next up was the all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band humorously named Lez Zeppelin.  I’ve been wanting to see these gals for quite some time and found their performance energetic, but ultimately lacking.  First, the bass and guitar parts were often out of sync, which I assume to be due to acoustics & the band performing to a significantly larger audience than normal.  Additionally, their entire show just seemed a little ‘off’, as if  too much pre-show partying might have taken it’s toll.  I did like the song choices (that is, NO ‘STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN’) and do hope to catch them again at a more intimate venue.  Too much potential here to be ignored.

Danko Jones were next & even more disappointing.  With a lot of lip service given during their show to “playing music too hard for the radio”, their own songs weren’t even Ramones level heavy.  Very catchy riffs and strong vocals by Danko himself ultimately suffered from a severe need of distortion and increase in tempo.  Bonus points go for a mid-set homage where Danko listed off a series of recently deceased metal greats. . . until he omitted Peter Steele.  Sorry, just didn’t care for their performance.

80’s parody band Steel Panther closed out, and saved, the evening for me.  Charismatic, well rehearsed and completely at ease on stage, these glamsters plowed through an excellent set of their best material including ‘Asian Hooker’, ‘Eyes of a Panther’, ‘Party All Day (**** All Night)’, ‘Shocker’, ‘Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)’, ‘Community Property’ and of course the anthemic ‘Death To All But Metal’.  The irreverent on-stage dialogue & blatantly stolen hair band moves were hysterically funny, taking what could’ve been an awkward grasp at spandex resurrection and showcasing a talented albeit foul mouthed ensemble of performers.   One example that keeps coming to mind (with a grin each time) is guitarist Satchel introducing vocalist Michael Starr with the typical ‘And here’s the best lead vocalist. . . ” intro-schtick but quickly adding “we could find.  .  . on short notice”.  A completely entertaining show that I highly recommend.

Great start to an amazing weekend!  My next post will detail Day 1 including Korn and Avenged Sevenfold just as soon as I find my car.  Stay tuned but in the meantime check out photographer Chris Schwegler‘s fine gallery of photos from the show!

Rock On The Range 2011 is coming. . .

Gonna be a little quiet around these parts for the next few days, because yours truly will be attending all 3 days of Rock On The Range 2011! Yep – even going to the pre-show featuring Steel Panther tomorrow night (might have to wear my spiffy new Anal Cunt t-shirt, not sure).

If I’m not in jail for violating an injunction from Mistress Juliya, I’ll happily report back here when the smoke clears.


Concert Review: Cauldron/Holy Grail – The Summit – 4/6/11

Oldschool metal lived last Friday night at The Summit as Holy Grail & Cauldron shared the stage with Cleveland’s Black/Thrash metal blasphemers – Midnight.

How many bands can possibly have the name Midnight, I’m wondering? Encyclopaedia Metallum cites only 4, but I’m betting there’s one in every major city in the U.S. Still, it’s not a bad name (even if not terribly original). Had I any talent, I might name my band that as well. Perhaps I’ll change my middle name to it, who knows?

Anyhow, this version comes sporting masks and hoods like a Black Metal version of The Mentors (remember them?). Faceless & snarling, the unholy threesome played a sweaty set reminiscent of what would happen if Motorhead mated with Venom, songs lined with misogynistic & satanic themes (you guys SURE you’re not The Mentors!?) and grinding up the atmosphere like an infernal dump truck. Apparently a few fans, albeit uninformed ones, were in the crowd as the request for “All Hail Hell” was chanted a few times before vocalist Athenar replied quietly “We just played it”. Awkward.

Next up were Cauldron out of Toronto (or ‘Cald-er-ron’ as Midnight referred to them). Six bands with that name on Encyclopaedia Metallum for those of you playing along at home. Anyhow, straight out of the 80’s NWOBHM movement, Cauldron exude influences like early Iron Maiden or perhaps a host of bands that never really made it that big such as Tokyo Blade, Witchfinder General or the Tygers of Pan Tang. Vocalist Jason Decay is a traditional metal screamer, frequently firing off falsetto screeches that would’ve made King Diamond proud. Guitarist Ian Chains is a decent fretburner, and along with Decay played well to the crowd with a few synchronized moves and fanning his instrument over the young lads in front of the stage. With songs like “Chained Up in Chains”, there’s a certain Spinal Tap vibe to these guys but they did know how to put on an entertaining, although somewhat dated, show.

Headliners Holy Grail (pictured) are what I call a ‘Dragon Boy Band’, in that 50% of their fan base will show up in t-shirts with dragons on them. Ok, I’m exaggerating but there’s definitely a D&D undertone – which ain’t a bad thing if you can pull it off without being hokey.  Holy Grail does that in spades! Vocalist James-Paul Luna has the kind of pipes you only run across once in a great while – outstanding range without being forced, powerful yet not overpowering. Dueling guitarists Eli Santana & Alex Lee are total shredmonsters, which is mindblowing to witness in a small venue. HG has had some opening slots for bigger acts like Dream Theater & Blind Guardian and honestly, they deserve to see more prime stage real estate as they show a clear ability to deliver frenetic, and nicely melodic songs without trotting around the stage in chain mail and g-strings. Good juxtaposition of oldschool Power Metal stylings with modern metal sensibilities from a band that is relatively new in the scene (but don’t play like it).  I truly enjoyed their set!

Not many dates left on the tour as I write this, but perhaps you can catch one of these bands over the summer. If you’re a fan of the more traditional metal, with vocalists who are in fact VOCALISTs, then take heart that there are still bands worth checking out.

Concert Review: AxCx – The Summit – 4/30/2011

Often considered one of the most offensive bands on the planet, last Friday I braved my first live performance of the notorious Anal Cunt (or AxCx for the politically correct crowd). If you’re familiar with their body of work, you know that this Grindcore/Punk act from Newton, Massachusetts have been upsetting nearly everyone since 1988, with songs generally lasting 40 seconds & involving nothing more than rudimentary albeit heavily distorted, guitar thrashing – blasting drumbeats and screeching vocals of blasphemous, hate ridden lyrics. Ok, so I had to see this for myself.

All 3 opening acts were local bands from Columbus, and all three were pretty much the same; Noisecore-ish, experimental in places and buried in distortion. One thing I admire about such bands is that they are intentionally committing commercial suicide – playing instead for their love of the music. I have NO idea if I agree with their lyrical content as I couldn’t make it out. For any of them.

A. C. arrived about 2 hours late (no sound check, given the time constraints) which had them hitting the stage near 1am. I found that to be amusingly ‘rock star’ of them, and the fact that they played exactly 25 minutes even more so. Still, founding member/vocalist Seth Putnam (now looking like a Motley Crue roady), uber-distortion guitarist Josh Martin (who had trouble remembering what city he was in) and drummer Tim Morse demolished their way thru a relentlessly loud, feedback infested set of noise, screams, more noise, and then even more screaming – like the grind veterans that they are. In other words, a typical A. C. show.

Seth Putnam was in a coma in 2004 for nearly 30 days, an event that has left him paralyzed & with nerve damage requiring months of physical therapy. He clearly had trouble moving around, and sometimes was hard to understand, but was friendly to the fans and was still fully capable of the inhuman screams for which he is known.

The band played some newer material (“Fuck Yeah” is a decent bit, despite being ‘cock rock’ by the band’s own admission) as well as classic pieces like “Harvey Korman is Gay”. The rest was a pile-driving wall of fuzz and feedback squeals – and one off color joke sandwiched in the middle.

Here’s a live clip from their label’s website. Follow the link for some amusing road footage as well. BE WARNED – this is definitely NOT politically correct, as the band wouldn’t have it any other way. To quote Josh Martin to a heckler in the crowd “Shut up F____, you’re the one who paid to get in here”. Consider yourself advised.

Three Inches Of Blood/Skeletonwitch – Ravari Room – 4/22/2011

This marks the first time I’ve seen a truly heavy show at the Ravari Room here in Columbus, and I gotta say – I was skeptical. I mean, the stage can be hard to see depending on where you stand, and the place isn’t as large as the Alrosa or the Newport (which could be a concern when a pit opens up). Still, I’ve enjoyed Hellsfire Sinners and Bigelf at this venue, so I thought ‘what the hell’.

In retrospect, the place is awesome! Beers were cheap, I had no trouble seeing the stage, the vibe & staff were cool and if I had needed food, Hound Dog’s pizza adjoins the venue (I didn’t get that far this time around).

And what a lineup! First up was Infernal Death, a Death tribute act from here in Columbus. Now I’m naturally hard on tribute bands; I know not every tribute act tries to emulate the look of the band they’re honoring, but sound is not negotiable. You must sound like the band, or you’re a COVER band, not a tribute band.  Thankfully Infernal Death is a TRIBUTE act, in fact they’re even in touch with the estate of Chuck Schuldiner so that they continue to legally pay homage to that guitar god.  Having never seen the real Death in concert, Infernal Death made me feel like I finally had.   Tight & well rehearsed, the band tore through selections from “Scream Bloody Gore” with fervor, with especially sharp performance on “Zombie Ritual”. I also liked how they would remind the audience on more than one occasion it wasn’t their music.  To quote an intro by guitarist/vocalist Mike Lare, “Here’s another song we didn’t write”.  

Next up, another awesome Columbus band, and one that I’ve mentioned here at the RoH several times before – Locusta.  These guys keep getting better and better, with an intense stage performance featuring excellent Technical Death Metal played proficiently & full of heart.  Their wide range of influences can be felt beneath the aggression-laden riffs and growling vocals to create complex, somber passages that are both mesmerizing & brutal. Definitely pick up their CD if you haven’t already.

3 Inches of Blood were next and their set was an oldschool pummeling onslaught that had them stirring & churning the moshpit like sweaty barbarian cooks.  Galloping rhythms, clashing guitar riff-age and the lung-wrenching screeches of aptly named vocalist Cam Pipes all made for a high energy performance that was one part Battle metal, one part Power/Thrash – and 100% awesomeness in my book. On a side note these guys get my vote for ‘true metal warriors’ for leaving IMMEDIATELY after the show to begin a 50+ hour, non-stop trek back to Vancouver, BC – by van. OUCH!

Headliners out of Athens, Ohio were the neo-Thrash pile-drivers known as Skeletonwitch. The ‘Witch sew together classic metal with elements of Death & Black like rotting appendages to an unholy zombie creation, building a beast both familiar & eldritch all at the same time. Vocalist Chance Garnette’s raspy yet articulate stylings lend an almost Scandinavian flavor to the NWOBHM-influenced guitar progressions and double-pedal drum blasts (from none other than legendary skinmaster Tony Laureano!) to stir nightmarish imagery from the darkest corners of the abyss. These lads have really grown into an extreme metal powerhouse, and I look forward to watching them charge headlong into greater metal glory.

Special thanks to Starwood Productions for arranging this amazing line-up, follow the link to their Facebook page which has some pics from the show.

Concert Review: Bobaflex

On April 20th, I decided to attend an unusual radio event sponsored by one of my favorite rock stations here in Columbus – 99.7 The Blitz. The station was hosting a ‘Town Hall’ at the LC Pavilion, providing listeners an opportunity to learn how the station was doing presently and most importantly, it provided a forum to offer suggestions/insight into how we (the listening audience) thought they could improve. As someone who works in the media business, I’ve often admired The Blitz’s other marketing efforts, especially their social media work which allows unprecedented access to their on-air staff via Facebook, Twitter et al. It’s not surprising to me that a station as forward thinking in those areas would be bold enough to host an event like this – and frankly, I applaud them for doing so. You can hear the entire audio from the meeting at the Blitz homepage HERE.

As a reward for our participation, The Blitz scheduled a ‘special guest’ to perform after the meeting – none other than local favorites Bobaflex (who owe some of their current success to support from The Blitz).  This was great news for me because Bobaflex has been on my ‘To-Do” list for several years now.  And boy do they live up to the hype!

Bobaflex, despite sounding like a workout device, is actually a high energy, polished metal act featuring brothers Shaun & Marty McCoy (as in ‘Hatfield vs. McCoys’ – yeah, THAT family tree) who trade vocal/guitar duties depending on the song.  Powerful & aggressive, this band is every bit as good as anything on the radio today – I completely support them and hope they continue to find success.

Their set featured two of their hits I recognized – “Bury Me With My Guns On” and “Home”, the later being one of the best songs about touring I’ve ever heard.  The video is included below for your consideration.  Other songs included “Vampire”, “Dangerous”, “Better Than Me” and an awesome heavy metal cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence”.

I see a lot of live acts folks, and these guys are the real deal.   Check’em out if they come to your area – and be prepared to be blown away.

Concert Review: Cold-Kopek-Oceans Divide 4-1-2011

I was treated to this line-up at the Alrosa Villa on April Fool’s Day, but if it was a joke – it wasn’t on me! Truly awesome time was had experiencing some excellently crafted rock n’ roll.

First up after the local bands were the Alternative rockers Oceans Divide out of Spokane, WA. Very radio accessible & melodic, I also found them to be extremely energetic and a lot of fun to watch (with WAY more stage presence than any of the local bands, sadly). Not syrupy or chock full of mindless ballads, a slight punk influence was evident alongside healthy doses of metal and hard rock. Hey, I don’t mind a more mainstream act if it’s done well and in this case, it was. Nice guys too, which always helps. I hate meeting a band then wanting to kick them in the face.

Ireland’s Kopek were next, a band I’ve been wanting to catch live ever since reviewing their CD. They totally lived up to my expectations, with a dynamic set comprised of my favorite songs, flawlessly executed & powerful – like a slap across the noggin.  Lead vocalist/guitarist Daniel Jordan (pictured with yours truly) isn’t a tall man, but he’s a giant onstage with a full-out vocal assault that quite honestly, I don’t see how he replicates night after night while on tour.   His band mates played hard & tight, delivering a phenomenal performance that I’m sure instantly brought them many new fans.  The set list consisted of “Fever”, “Love Sick Blues”, “The Easy Way”, “White Collar Lies”, “Cocaine Chest Pains”, first single “Love is Dead” and finally “Bring It On Home”.  You couldn’t ask for a better performance.

Last up was the reunited Cold.  Ok, ok – I know they’ve been back together since 2009 but this is MY first time seeing them since then, so I’m sticking with the term ‘reunited’.  Anyways, the nearly sold-out venue was treated to an excellent set of greatest hits (my all-time fave being “Stupid Girl”, like so many other folks) plus a taste of their new CD (“Wicked World” for example, showcases that their sound hasn’t lost anything over the time away).

Vocalist Scooter Ward, despite looking more gaunt than I remember, has lost nothing in the pipes department while the rest of the band blasted a literal wall of sound that encapsulated the brainstem & tickled my cortex.  And I like having my cortex tickled.  Seriously tho, they had a great mix and an impressive stage show oozing with smoke and flashing spotlight beams.   Where I honestly expected a lot of mellowness,  we the audience were thankfully rewarded with more high energy rock n’ roll that left everyone sweaty, soaked and weary.

Great triple bill.  We didn’t get Egypt Central who are also on this tour, as they’re playing Rock On The Range here in a few more weeks.  From what I saw this is a bill of bands that perfectly compliment one another, without being 3 sets of “didn’t we just hear this?”.  Definitely catch this tour when it comes to your area.

Concert Review: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour

One of these things is not like the othersImpressive lineup for this one, interestingly sponsored by both Decibel magazine and Fearnet. I like the potential behind Fearnet sponsoring tours – would be my kind of stuff, I assure you!

Anyhow, opening act was Daniel Lioneye, who are notable for their guitarist/vocalist Linde also being a member of HIM and that their song ‘The King Of Rock N’ Roll’ was the theme for Viva La Bam on MTV. Heavy at times but always with a Pop/Blues undertone, they were decent openers but nothing stood out as spectacular. I do like their song ‘Euroshaman’ which can be heard if you follow the link.

Next up, and damn near stealing the evening, were the Battle Metal outfit known as Turisas (pictured with yours truly). Mixing elements of Folk with Death Metal is certainly nothing new, but even minus accordionist Netta Skog (who dropped off the tour due to health reasons) these guys put on a super-high energy show that had the crowd dancing and singing along like a Finnish pubcrawl! Dressed like barbarians complete with warpainted faces, Turisas blend of symphonic elements with fiddle-centric traditional interludes made for a truly enjoyable and memorable performance. A lot of fans were won that night – including me!

Amusingly, vocalist Mathias “Warlord” NygÃ¥rd complained openly about the “piss water” he’d been handed on stage, such that when a crowd member yelled out for him to “drink a beer”, he responded “I would if I’d been given one!”. A large cup of something made it’s way across the pit to quickly remedy that situation & the show proceeded.

Following Turisas were the psychedelically influenced Nachtmystium. Combining obvious Pink Floyd riffs with extreme metal vocals, there’s nothing quite like their unique sound. Self described as “what happens when Pink goes Black”, I found their onstage performance enjoyable but ultimately suffering from a certain lack of momentum – a common problem for “Stoner” acts. Still, I would definitely see them again as their musicality is excellent, layered with vintage keyboards & classic rock chord progressions that evoke images of bad acid trips or late night hashish binges. Definitely a band to re-listen to with headphones & some recreational aids (in my case, Tequila).

Headliners Cradle of Filth closed out the night with a surprisingly powerful set that was visually stunning (albeit downsized from previous tours) and featuring a nice mix of old favorites and minimal new tune-age. Loved hearing ‘Her Ghost in the Fog’, ‘Nymphetamine’, ‘Honey & Sulfur’ and my all-time fav – ‘Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids’. I was also surprised to see them close with ‘From The Cradle to Enslave’, which I honestly never expected to see performed live again (but am glad I did!).

The band line-up is as stable as usual (which means it isn’t), with longtime backing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Diva & keyboardist Rosie Smith both being replaced by the lovely Ashley Ellyllon. Dani’s vocals seem to have held up to the rigors of touring, although he does appear to have put on weight and sports a haircut that looks like he lost a bet (sorry Dani, I think you rocked the longer locks better).

Overall, their performance restored my hopes that they hadn’t deteriorated into nothing more than a Hot Topic band, as the old glory and swagger were still there. Masterfully bludgeoning the crowd, guitarists Paul Allender & James McIlroy pummeled us with deft licks and screaming 6-string wails, supported by the capable rhythm section of Dave “Herr” Pybus on bass and skinbasher extraordinaire Martin Skaroupka. Unlike Dimmu Borgir’s show a few weeks ago, Cradle’s lineup shifts seem to have created a stronger entity – even if I prefer the musical direction of ‘Cruelty & The Beast’ to some of the more accessible new work.

For a show that I was “on the fence” about, this wound up being quite an enjoyable evening. Not only did I discover some excellent new bands to listen to, I was assured that an old favorite can still blow us away. Catch this tour if you can!

Concert Review: Dimmu Borgir – Newport Music Hall – 12/09/2010

Norway’s symphonic sons of Satan (that is, Dimmu Borgir) returned to America with the ‘Darkness Reborn Tour’ & we were lucky enough to get it here in Columbus – versus all the times I’ve had to drive to Cleveland to see this band. Or not see them, as once they canceled on the day of the show due to bus problems. Accompanying them for the duration of the tour was Enslaved, Blood Red Throne & Dawn of Ashes.

First up were the masked ghouls known as Dawn Of Ashes & I gotta say, I really liked ’em. I’ve always said there needed to be a masked band that looked like they walked straight out of a haunted house, but sounded like pure Death Metal brutality. Vola – I have my wish! Ok ok, DoA is more Blackened Death (if we’re gonna get caught up in genre names) but their mixture of Symphonic Black Metal with Grand Guignol is a logical progression of both the Death & Black genres. They look like what I always thought Cannibal Corpse should – bloody & creepy as hell. Some of my buddies thought there was too much similarity to Slipknot, but if you watch the video below I think you’ll agree that although the influence may be felt, DoA have gone in a much more macabre direction. My only regret is I didn’t pick up a CD at the time.

Blood Red Throne followed with a more traditional Death/Black Metal set including galloping rhythms, blast beats and the sepulchral vocal stylings of Vald (himself, quite the bad-ass onstage). Very oldschool minus all the corpsepaint, but a real group of asskickers that were completely worthy of their opening slot.

Enslaved were next, yet another ‘bucket list’ band as me likey the Viking Metal very much. But unlike their peers such as Amon Amarth, Enslaved didn’t come out with horned helmets or standing on a dragon ship (which still would’ve been cool!) nor did they bore us with lengthy folk epics about their love for dead, hairy women. What we got was uptempo, guitar driven Folk/Black metal played tight & loud and with a bit of showmanship by vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson. Loved hearing ‘Ethica Odini’ live, hell – their entire set was way better than I feared. Was also impressed to see guitarist Ivar Bjornson double-fisting rum & cokes after their set – that’s a real man for ya’!

Dimmu Borgir then took the stage with an impressive, state of the art setup that included spotlights mounted like fingers on outstretched hands to either side of the rear stage & enormous digital control boards for both sound & lighting – nifty! Despite being down two pivotal members (bassist/vocalist ICS Vortex and keyboardist Mustis both having been fired about a year ago) the band still had the amazing, swelling orchestral sound for which they’re known. Truly awesome! In fact, the only noticeable difference that I found was vocalist Shagrath having to sing both parts on songs like ‘Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse’, which he did by utilizing vocal filters when covering Vortex’s part of each song. Not as good as when ICS did it, but a suitable substitution I think. Songs included ‘Xibir’, ‘Spellbound by the Devil’, ‘IndoctriNation’, ‘Dimmu Borgir’, ‘Gateways’, ‘The Chosen Legacy’, ‘Chess With The Abyss’, ‘Born Treacherous’ (which I really enjoyed, BTW), ‘A Jewel Traced Through Coal’, ‘The Blazing Monoliths of Defiance’, ‘Vredesbyrd’, ‘The Serpentine Offering’, ‘Puritania’, ‘Progenies of the Great Apocalypse’, ‘Mourning Palace’ & ‘Perfection or Vanity’.

As always, Dimmu delivered an epic show which is why, despite the seemingly endless line-up changes, they continue to be one of my favorite bands. But now, here’s one of my NEW favorites, check out Dawn of Ashes video below for the song ‘Transformation Within Fictional Mutation’. Love it!

Concert Review: Overkill – Newport Music Hall 11-17-2010

Last stop of what I’ve been jokingly referring to as the ‘Reverend Mortis Tour 2010’, was the Overkill headlined tour Killfest 2010. Gonna be brief for this one as the tour is over at this late date. Here’s my thoughts;

Bonded By Blood – Old fashioned Thrash Metal like you heard 20 years ago, but performed by a band whose median age is 18! Obvious Exodus & early Thrash influences made for a decent opening performance.

Ireland’s Gama Bomb followed, a Punk/Thrash crossover with a healthy dose of humor injected both lyrically & on stage. I found vocalist Philly Byrne’s falsetto screams a bit tiring after awhile, but otherwise enjoyed their set.

Evile – were next up, a promising Thrash outfit from the UK. Fast paced & melodic, they reminded me of early Metallica (vocalist Matt Drake has a similar voice to James Hetfield). Definitely a band to watch for in the future – this being their first American tour.

Bay Area legends Forbidden took the stage next, another ‘bucket list’ band that I’d always wanted to see live. They served up oldschool Thrash just like I like it – was great to hear ‘Infinite’ performed in person. Vocalist Russ Anderson is considerably heavier than he was in the 90’s, but still has the pipes, thankfully. Glad that these guys are still going strong!

Last on the bill, Overkill came out & just destroyed – as usual. Most amazingly for me, after all these years, and having seen the boys play about 6 or 7 times, I FINALLY got to hear ‘Horrorscope’ live! Unbelievable as it may seem, it was a running joke with my friends & I that whenever I went to Overkill, they didn’t play my favorite song. That streak of ill luck has finally ended. Time to buy a lotto ticket!

The band was awesome and I’ll list the songs here in a second but have to relate one last tidbit. I respect roadies; they have a tough & often thankless job. I try to always remember that, and treat them with respect whenever I meet one. HOWEVER, this time Overkill had a guy (not sure if he was just a local hire or not) that upon seeing a group of us waiting by the stage at the end of the night in hopes of free swag, held up about 4 of Derek “The Skull” Tailer’s picks, smiled and walked away with them. Dick move, dude. Like the song says, “Thanx For Nothin'”. It all ended well – another roadie saw what happened & handed me a set list. Rock on! And here it is;

  • The Green and Black
  • Rotten To The Core
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Infectious
  • Bring Me The Night
  • Hammerhead
  • Ironbound
  • Necroshine
  • Thanx For Nothin’
  • Give A Little
  • Hello From The Gutter
  • Where It Hurts
  • Oldschool
  • Horrorscope (!!)
  • Elimination
  • Fuck You/Overkill

Looks like the songs didn’t change night to night, so head over to if you want a refresher on any of those tracks.