Killswitch Engage -- Hampton Beach, NH -- June 8th, 2013
Insane show. Sets now, review later.
The Word Alive included:
94 Hours (As I Lay Dying cover)
Doomsayer (The Beginning of the End)
Sound the Surrender
Savor the Kill
With A Thousand Words to Say but One
Violent by Nature
Love as a Weapon
The Sadist Nation
Miss May I:
Day by Day
Masses of a Dying Breed
Ballad of a Broken Man
Forgive and Forget
The Hell in Me
A Bid Farewell
Fixation on the Darkness
The New Awakening
Life to Lifeless
No End in Sight
Take This Oath
The Arms of Sorrow
Beyond the Flames
This is Absolution
All We Have
Rose of Sharyn
In Due Time
The End of Heartache
My Last Serenade
I will be posting the complete show from stage in 1080 in couple of hours after it renders on here as well as youtube. Amazing show and Amazing energy from everyone!
Killswitch Engage Live - COMPLETE SHOW - Hampton Beach, NH (June 8th, 2013) BALLROOM [1080HD]
I love the kse set. I would go to this in Cleveland but I honestly don't give a shit about anyone else on the bill. I mighta gone if aild was still on the lineup.
Hot damn long set! Need to recheck out KSE album. DH should be direct support though. Why couldnt this tour come to Pomona :(
It seems like an eternity, but it's only been just over a year since original vocalist Jesse Leach rejoined Killswitch Engage. Over that period of time, I've been dying to see Leach perform with Killswitch. Last night in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire that dream finally became a reality and Leach and his bandmates in Killswitch Engage did not disappoint in the slightest.
My buddies and I got into the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (really nice venue by the way, excited to potentially come back for the Clutch/The Sword show in September.) just as opening band Affiance was getting on the stage. Affiance is a relative newcomer to the scene but they definitely made a impression with brief but energetic set. These guys had solid stage presence and their take on metalcore is unique with mostly clean vocals instead of the typical scream/sing/scream formula. These guys were visibly excited to be touring with Killswitch, who clearly had a huge influence on their sound and playing to their audience gives them a lot more exposure. A couple members of the band were going around selling CD's, so I picked up a copy of their debut record The Campaign to help them out. Affiance is an up-and-coming band to look out for over the next few years and a really nice opener for this tour.
The World Alive hit the stage next and their set just frustrated me. On one hand, they have good screams and some nice guitar leads. On the other hand, they have abysmal clean vocals, awkward synth lines that don't gel with the music and tedious breakdowns. I really would enjoy their music if it wasn't for the clean vocals, synths and one-note breakdowns but they are just too prominent to look over. However, I do have to applaud them on their cover of "94 Hours" to honor As I Lay Dying, who was originally slated to be on this tour but clearly had to drop off due to the Tim Lambesis's attempted murder plot. It didn't have quite as much as punch as the As I Lay Dying's version , but it definitely did the original justice and I give The Word Alive props for doing it. The Word Alive has some redeeming qualities to their music, but the flaws made their set just average to me.
Hardened metal veterans Darkest Hour were up next and per usual, they tore shit up. I had see them twice before, but this time was easily the best time I've seen them. There's just something about their bland of melodic death metal/metalcore that was made for a live setting. John Henry is an amazing frontman who is always spot-on vocally and loaded with energy (he capped off the set by diving into the crowd.) Musically, they were also flawless and though their setlist was pretty standard (save for "Violent by Nature" and "Sound the Surrender",) it's always great to hear "With a Thousand Words to Say But One", "Savor the Kill" and "Doomsayer (The Beginning of the End)" live (the latter is one of my all-time favorite live songs.) Darkest Hour is a consistently fantastic live band and I'm looking forward to hearing new material from them later this year.
Miss May I was up next. They are just decent on record to me, but they excel in a live environment. Levi Benton is an elite frontman who effortlessly works the crowd and gets everyone in the room amped. The insane following these guys have developed over the past few years has a lot to do with his energetic presence and passionate vocals. Their music isn't overly complicated by any means, but it's catchy and the breakdowns hit pretty hard live. Miss May I isn't amongst my favorite bands, but they're always a good time live and I would definitely see them again in the future.
Killswitch Engage closed out the evening and just flat-out crushed. I've been a diehard Killswitch Engage fan since I was first getting into metal seven years ago so seeing them with Jesse Leach back at the helm was an amazing experience for me. The setlist was loaded with songs from the new record Disarm the Descent and their classic Alive or Just Breathing, which was sick. Not to say Leach doesn't do a good job with the Howard-era material because he does (the slower tracks like "The Arms of Sorrow" and "The End of Heartache" were stirring,) but the material he originally did the vocals for were just incredible. The Alive or Just Breathing opening 1-2 combo of "Numbered Days" and "Self Revolution" was the highlight of the set for me. When Leach screamed "The time approaches" to kick off "Numbered Days" I went into a full-on frenzy. Throughout the night his vocal performance was sharp as could be. His clean vocals are arguably the best in all of metal and his screams are almost as striking. In addition to Leach's strong vocal performance, it wouldn't be a Killswitch show without guitarist Adam D's hilarious on-stage antics. Between running around the stage and dancing like a madman, throwing various prizes from the Hampton Beach arcade into the crowd (he actually stuck a plastic snake my friend threw on stage in his mouth) and going on a rant about how much of a pussy Sidney Crosby was, Adam D consistently entertained. Some people might think he's a douchebag with his on-stage presence, but I think he's completely hilarious and he seems like a great dude to me. Another one of the highlights of the show is when Jesse asked who was from New Hampshire and who was from Massachusetts. The amount of my fellow Massholes that were in attendance was insane and largely outnumbered the people from New Hampshire. It didn't matter if people were from Massachusetts or New Hampshire, everyone in the room was losing their shit for Killswitch and it was just an awesome experience. Killswitch Engage has always been a great live band, but they have really hit their stride with Jesse Leach back on vocals. No offense to Howard Jones, but Leach is a superior performer in my book and I'm stoked to for their next tour that hits the New England area.
The Word Alive 5/10
Darkest Hour 9/10
Miss May I 8/10
Killswitch Engage 9.5/10
Ya beat me too it man, I hadn't had a chance to post a review at all, but yours pretty much says it all and then some. I will say though, I thought affiance were good, but their vocalist kinda ruined it. At least live he did, he sounds much better on album, and to his credit did seem to improve a bit as their set went on. I never thought id admit to this but I thought I actually enjoyed the word alive more than miss may i. MMI bored me to death, and not that TWA were incredible or anything but their cover of 94hours was tit. Darkest Hour and KSE absolutely destroyed though. I hadn't seen DH in years so it was a nice trip down memory lane for me. KSE are my favorite band, Iv had the privilege of seeing them play Alive Or Just Breathing in its entirety, and jesse's return show at nemh, in addition to having seen them multiple times with howard on vocals. Every time is memorable, glad you enjoyed the show as much as I did. Looking forward to the next U.S. tour, Im hoping for either a tour with trivium, or in flames.
I would be so happy if they added The Call :rocker:
Rose of Sharyn!!!! :rocker::rocker::rocker:
I'm flying up to SF for this show and I'm pretty excited although not as excited with no AILD. Darkest Hour isn't a bad replacement though.
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