Death Angel -- Kansas City, MO -- February 11th, 2011
I'm feeling it. Going all out two nights in a row is putting a strain on my body, but it feels pretty effin' good. For their first show in Kansas City since 1987, Death Angel ripped the rowdy Friday night crowd in half. It was a good night for metal.
A country show at a nearby venue caused me to park further away than normal, thus only catching the last 1 1/2 songs from KC's own power-metal titans Vanlade. I walked in on what sounded like a new song, and it sounded really awesome. The last one they played (it seemed they got their set cut short) was Breakin' The Law by Judas Priest, but they definitely put a thrash spin on the song. Best time I've ever seen them play it! I'll hold off on giving them a numbered review this time since I barely saw any of them, but I already can't wait to see 'em again!
Next up was At The Left Hand of God (or: drunkenly screaming ATLHOOOGGG!!!) and they were the odd-man out on this bill but brought a refreshing breath of air to the crowd. I'm always a big fan of these guys live and they never disappoint. The lead singer has ditched the keyboard and it seems like they play melodic death metal/metalcore in the vein on As I Lay Dying...but better! Great stuff, though the crowd wasn't too much into them. A more appropriate show for them, and they'd get tons of applause! Always a pleasure with ATLHOG.
And then came the best thrash band from the Midwest, Hammerlord. They were definitely on top of their game tonight, and they (for lack of a better word) absolutely thrashed through their opening set. Demon Fever was particularly vicious. Amazing as always. Oh, and still some of the best guitar playing I've ever seen in a live setting.
Bonded By Blood was the first of the touring bands. They were a little bit better than the last time I saw them, opening for Early Man. They seemed like they were kind of sloppy last year, but they were a lot tighter this time around. I love new thrash, but Bonded by Blood has yet to win me over. They're getting there, though.
Lazarus A.D., on the other hand, was pretty much the only band I wouldn't pay to see again. They had some pretty fun thrash parts, so it wasn't all a loss. But they definitely sounded way too much like Pantera for my liking. The crowd seemed to like them, though.
And then came Death Angel. They were outstanding. And they told us time and time again that we were by far the best crowd on the tour so far. People were spazzing out the entire time, everyone was singing along, not only to classics like Seemingly Endless Time, but also new ones like Claws In You. It was absolute chaos and absolutely insane. And let me tell you, Thrashers is probably the best live thrash song I've ever heard. Absolutely INSANE! I can't say it enough! Death Angel, please don't wait 24 years to come back again!
Death Angel (same as Chicago)
01. I Chose The Sky
02. Evil Priest
03. Buried Alive
04. Mistress Of Pain
05. Claws In So Deep
06. Seemingly Endless Time
07. This Hate
08. Relentless Revolution
(Acoustic outro from Claws In So Deep played over the P.A.)
10. Purgatory (Iron Maiden cover, no vocals) /
11. Veil Of Deception
12. Opponents At Sides
13. Bored /
14. Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath cover)
16. Lord Of Hate
17. River Of Rapture
18. The Ultra Violence (Intro) / Thrown To The Wolves
LaZarus A.D. included:
The Onslaught Pt. 1 - Revolution
The Ultimate Sacrifice
Bonded By Blood included:
Feed The Beast
Prototype: Death Machine
Wolves At War's End
The Ballad Of Rusty Tomaski
At The Left Hand of God included:
The Tower Is Tall But The Fall Is Short
Breaking The Law (Judas Priest cover)
Death Angel: 9/10
Lazarus A.D.: 6/10
Bonded By Blood: 7/10
At The Left Hand Of God: 8/10
Sounds like an awesome time! I'll only be able to catch about 10 minutes of them at Scion, but at least I'll be able to see Evil Priest and possibly Mistress of Pain. :rocker:
Good set, I'd like to see them put The Organization in their set and just keep it there for like, ever. Nice review, btw.
I must have been really out of it last night. Mods, please change the title to Kansas City, MO instead of Lawrence, KS :lol:
Cool review! I remember DA doing an online poll on what songs the fans wanted to hear - wonder if anything will change in the remaining dates. In any event, looking forward to them on the 22nd!
Hopefully BbB will play some more stuff off their first album (but NOT "Immortal Life" or "Feed the Beast" for the 42563th time). As for Laz, yeah their first album is better, but the new one is growing on me...
Can't wait to see them in a couple more days. I hope they keep "Thrashers", "Evil priest", "Mistress of Pain" and add some more "Ultra-Violence" songs for the Chain reaction gig :rocker:
I also hope they keep "Bored" and add some more tunes from "Frolic Through the Park", either way I ain't complaining. I never seen Death Angel before and I don't think I would be able to catch them do their whole set at Scion.
I would also like to note that if they do play "A Room with a View" at my show, I will break out in tears:hmm:
[QUOTE=mankvill;338093]Thrashers is probably the best live thrash song I've ever heard. Absolutely INSANE! I can't say it enough! [/QUOTE]
What a coincidence. "Kill As One" is the best live thrash song I've ever heard :lol:
Did this get moved to Lawrence? I thought it was supposed to be at Riot Room?
[QUOTE=300%_Density;338299]Did this get moved to Lawrence? I thought it was supposed to be at Riot Room?[/QUOTE]
It was in KC at the Riot Room. I was so beat from last night I accidentally put Lawrence. :hecho:
...you know how i feel about this....:bouville:
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