Machine Head -- New York, NY -- February 3rd, 2012
Even though there's a million threads about this, I wanted to start a review during my cig break during Suicide Silence because Darkest Hour switched up their set, and rumor is, from the mercbooth guy that Machine Head has a couple surprises in their set, different from the other ones. He gave me a hint and said "think rare. Like not the last two albums rare."
I Am Hell
Be Still and Know
The Blood,the Sweat,the Tears
This Is the End
Aesthetics of Hate
Ten Ton Hammer
Who We Are
Slanderous/Silver (just kidding)
DARKEST HOUR, I BELIEVED SWITCHED OUT 1 SONG
IM SURE THOSE OTHER FUCKERS WERE THE SAME OR SOMETHING
Well, he was full of shit. Maybe he didn't know I'd known the setlist by heart from weeks studying it on MS, LOL. Same setlist, but it really works live. I really dig what Rob did to his voice during I Am Hell. I thought it sounded badass. Whats cool about the setlistbank is that you get into the rhythm of The Blackening or Unto the Locust on cd and expect one song to come after another, and its cool hearing them play some Locust/Blackening track and then go into Imperium of something, ya know. As everyone has noted, Machine Head is thundering live; translating from CD to live effortlessly and expertly, with just that little extra flashbang to keep you on your toes. Live YouTube videos don't do Rob's voice, especially in the harmony aspect with Duce. They really create a perfect dissonance that most bands can't do live, except for Tyr. I mean, bands can do harmonies, but to actually compliment each other musically while all of the other chaos is ensuing, with such an immediate transition from verse to chorus is impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 7 songs, but unfortunately needed a piss break. After Bulldozer and Ten Ton Hammer, Halo and Davidian were absolutely amazing.
The Machine Head pits were great; filled with real moshers, not the fucking cyborg karate students that were present during Suicide Suckfest. The lead singer is a joke, and his stage persona really is something to be laughed at. I see their rhythm section presenting some talent, but they're really bad. My girlfriend and I went into the showroom during their monstrosity of a display if noise to simply watch these fucking jack-offs and their "dancing?" maybe, if that's what they want to call it? Lol. Anyway, Darkest Hour was good, but very new album heavy during the set. My favorite song by them is These Fevered Times off of Undoing Ruin (Track 9, I believe) and the breakdown in it is one of the best headbanging sections to any song. Of course they didn't play it, as they have only done so twice, and I did happen to be there for it :-) (year and a half or so ago with Dillinger Escape Plan at Irving Plaza.)
The BestBuy Theaters environment is really cool, and for a concert at a mid-sized venue, they have very reasonable prices on concession and booze. I was torn between a tour shirt and the Locust hoodie, but since it was my birthday, my girlfriend grabbed the hoodie for me. She was pissed that when we go to shows that bands don't ever produce cleavage shirts (bar Motorhead) lol so she passed on getting one.
To sum it all up, I really had a great time. Darkest Hour kept my interest, Suicide Silence was a joke, like normal, and Machine Heads blitzkrieg performance had the dynamic, innovative, and downright stunning style I expected and more. Truly great. I mean, seeing a heavy metal band, and I mean straight up heavy metal, like Machine Head is really refreshing. They give you the atmosphere and energy of seeing a big arena band, but at a place like BestBuy Theater. Professional and well constructed songs, presented in a manner that not many other band could currently hold a candle to, really shows that Machine Head will stomp forward, giving us great shows and even better music.
Last edited by DrPogo; 02-04-2012 at 05:08 AM.