Thursday February 22nd 2018

Death, Doom and Power

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Death, Doom and Power
Rhode Kill / When The Deadbolt Breaks / Shred Of Salvation / Live Fast, Die Fast / The Enemy Within / Traces Of Empire / The Folly Of Man

Firehouse 13, Providence, RI 9/23/2012

 

As many of you know, certainly many of you have been patients of him, Andy Bang is a brain surgeon. By my daily dealings with you folks this is quite evident. Well, he was supposed to review this show, being the “metal guy,” but got called off to remove a golf-ball from someone’s skull- Ouch! So to get me to cover this lovely show he said it was titled, “Life, Laughter and Lollipops.” I was psyched as I assumed it was an indie rock show. You know Indie Rock? Pop songs played by people who can’t play their instruments. So I got dressed up in my tight black jeans, beard and Engineer hat and I was greatly disappointed when I was informed it was, “Death, Doom and Power.” I quickly donned my long hair and black t-shirt with the skull and crossbones and proceeded to walk right on in.

The Folly Of Man was the lead-off batter today. They’re a trio with no bass; just a singer, guitarist and drummer. Now, to take a look at these young guys you might think they were an indie band but what they bring to the plate is traditional metal, with a bit of thrash and death thrown in there, in a very good way. I ask a metal expert there if my description is correct and he agrees adding, “a definite Pantera influence.” So, I’ll leave it at that- strong single up the middle.

Next up to bat is Traces Of Empire who bring a mixture of hardcore and metal. At their best they remind me a bit of The F.U.’s but I have to admit they didn’t snag my attention- struck out swinging.

Third batter is The Enemy Within. This band also mixes metal with hardcore and till today I was certain they fell on the metal side but I’m noticing more of the hardcore elements today. Either way this is a powerful band with perfect balanced sound and an energetic, forceful front-man, scorching guitars and rock solid rhythm. Double, moving the runner to third.

Live Fast, Die Fast approaches the batter box. Stop those boos! Just because these guys are from Long Island, New York and their drummer has (gasp) a Yankees hat! These guys are heavy hitters and no doubt about what style they are, they are straight ahead old school influenced hardcore. I’ve only seen them once before and they were good but today they’re swinging for the fences. We loved their CD and love the fact they seem to be up for playing away games in Boston and Providence. My favorite set of the day puts the ball high up into the bleachers and it’s a three run home run, baby!

Shred of Salvation is up at bat and I like the fact that they have a female singer for a metal band. Also, someone from Shadows Fall is in this band, a very popular metal band, indeed. They mix metal with a pop vocal style and get extra points for giving out free Jagermeister shot glasses (if I ever decide to drink that, this will come in handy). Not really my thing so I’m gonna give these guys a walk.

When The Deadbolt Breaks moves up from the on deck circle and the scouting report says, “Experimental Doom.” I recently saw another band similar to this and like the other band they also darken the stage with only a slide projector that changes the lighting at times- very mysterious, indeed. But I can’t help thinking this would be an excellent approach for my punk bands- obscured in darkness- yes, I think, what a terrific choice that would be! The songs are very slow with a lot of squeal-y guitar and though I know this is not most people’s idea of fun I do enjoy the creativity and power of it all. They do reach first base, on an error.

Rhode Kill is the last band to bat and Ian, the tuba player for an Oktoberfest band, tells me I’m gonna like these guys. He is correct as they play good old hard rocking metal and hit a single but steal second base. It’s been a long day, though, so I leave before the ninth inning.

Take me out to the ball game, take me out for some fun. Funny how the third and fourth batters were the best in the lineup. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks. I don’t care if I ever come back. “Cause it’s Death, Doom and Power at the Firehouse, most bands were good fun to hear. It’s one, two three strikes you’re out….at the old….ball….game.

 

(Slimedog)

 

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