Ares Kingdom was really, really good. They have that old-school sound that only band members from the legendary Order From Chaos could replicate. The vocalist has the perfect live war metal vocals. And the lead guitarist, he could shred almost as good as anyone I've ever seen. The ratio of mindblowing solo's to song length was the best I've ever seen. Even when the bassist broke one of his strings and had to replace it during a song, he still did the vocals and the song still ruled! They also did a few covers which surprised me, but apparently they have a covers album coming out soon. But yeah, they ruled! Also one of the first "small" bands I've seen that used all full stacks.
2. Descent of Man
3. Destruction of Sennacherib
4. Silent Mortal Flesh
5. Ashen Glory
6. Firestorm Redemption
7. Die by Power (Slaughter Lord cover)
9. Tooth and Nail (Dokken cover)
Opening for them was Demized from New York. They played basically a version of brutal death metal that also had elements of black metal. And it was REALLY good. I was wondering if Ares Kingdom could do better. What really sealed the deal was that they covered Ov Fire And The Void by Behemoth and then ended their set with pretty much the perfect live song, Matando Gueros by Brujeria. I was grinning so big during that song. Great stuff.
Holy Wars (not a Megadeth cover)
Decay Amongst Society
Ov Fire and The Void (Behemoth cover)
Matando Gueros (Brujeria cover)
My buddy's band Elctrikchair also opened the show. The best way to describe their sound is thrash with literally elements of every other genre of metal music ever. And it's pretty good live! Andy is a great guitarist, but people were going absolutely bonkers over the drummer. One of the best drummers I've ever seen, hands down. Crazy stuff!
The first band of the night was a replacement, and really was the odd band out. El Canero is a straight-up old-school punk band. Songs about drinking and fighting and punk and what have you. Would've been awesome if they covered a cool old punk band, but they didn't. It was okay.
All in all, it was a good night.
Ares Kingdom: 8.5/10
El Canero: 7/10