It is a Thursday night and we are all gathering at the Marquee Theater on April 20, 2017 for a sold out concert featuring two of today’s leading thrash metal bands, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage.
The first band to take the stage was Code Orange. They are a metalcore band formed in 2008 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Code Orange’s current line-up consists of Eric Balderose (guitar, vocals), Jami Morgan (drums, vocals), Joe Goldman (bass), and Dominic Landolina (guitar, backing vocals). On stage they were extremely high energy, jumping and head banging all over the stage. From my photos, you can see with the low lighting, that I had a very hard time trying to freeze them while they bounced all over the stage.
The next band up was The Devil Wears Prada, an American metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. The band’s current line-up consists of the its four main band members, Kyle Sipress (lead guitar, backing vocals), Andy Trick (bass), Mike Hranica (vocals, guitar) and Jeremy Depoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals). For this tour they are joined by Jon Gering (keyboards) and Giuseppe Capolupo (drums). Their set consisted of a mixture of songs from all of their albums including their latest 2016 album, Transit Blues. TDWP played a very strong set and were extremely engaging with the audience.
Finally, the stage techs cleared all of the opening band’s equipment and we were set for one of the 2 headliner’s for this tour, Anthrax. The stage consisted of a raised platform area at the back of the stage that covered the width of the stage. The drummer was situated in the middle of this raised platform and there were stairs on either side of the drummer so the other members of the band could run up and perform beside the drummer. When most people think of Anthrax, Scott Ian, the founding member comes to mind playing one of his “Signature King V” guitars. Most people think he is the lead guitarist, but he is the rhythm guitarist for the band. The lead guitar duties are handled by Jonathan Donais. Together they make up one of the great power metal guitar duals. The front man and lead singer is Joey Belladonna. His powerful voice fits in perfectly with the driving guitar riffs provided by both Scott and Jon. Probably the most energetic and craziest person on stage was the bass player Frankie Bello. He was constantly head banging and running all over the stage including running up to the raised platform multiple time during the show. The band was rounded out by Charlie Benante on drums.
Anthrax started the show with “Among The Living” and moved into “Caught In A Mosh”. The crowd had no problem taking this to heart and created a substantial mosh pit in the center of the main floor. There were also a large number of people crowd surfing throughout the performance. Scott and Jon provided the driving riffs, Charlie and Frankie filled in with the hard driving rhythm and Joey’s vocals rounded out the overall amazing sound. They played a mixture of songs from almost all of their studio albums. Probably the highlight of their performance was the last 2 songs, “Antisocial” and “Indians”. During both songs the crowd got so into it that they were singing along and head banging with abandonment and the mosh pit went crazy and grow even bigger.
This was my first time to see Anthrax and I was extremely impressed by their performance. Their musicianship was outstanding and the way they played to the crowd was great. They also had a great stage light show. If you love thrash metal then this is definitely one of the bands you must see.
The audience was given a break while the stage crew completely removed all of equipment on stage and then replaced it with Killswitch Engage’s setup. It was a little over a year ago when I saw KsE for the first time when they perform at the Marquee. The band’s line-up consisted of the same members as I saw last year, Joel Stroetzel (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Mike D’Antonio (bass), Adam Dutkiewicz (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jesse Leach (lead vocals) and Justin Foley (drums). Adam and Joel provided the “crushing” riffs with Mike and Justin providing the heart pounding bass and drums. Jesse’s voice was just as strong as last year and balanced perfectly with the power performance of the rest of the band. Adam was outrageous as ever, between his bouncing around on the stage and his amusing short talks in-between songs which even took some of the rest of the band by surprise.
They started the show with “Hate By Design” from their latest album, Incarnate. Just like last year, they played a group of songs that were their greatest hits, but they changed up the song list and replaced about 30% of the songs for this tour. For their last song, they had Anthrax’s lead singer, Joey Belladonna join them to perform Dio’s classic song, “Holy Diver”.
A few years back, I missed the concert of “The Big 4” concert in California featuring 4 of the best thrash bands. If you missed it also, then this tour is a great way to see 2 of the currently hot thrash bands. I really enjoyed the show and you could tell the audience also had a great time by the size of the mosh pit and the constant cheering and devil horns being displayed. If you enjoy thrash metal or metalcore then this is a great show to see.
The one thing I wish would happen at these shows is to have all of the bands use the venue’s front stage lights. I am not sure if the non-headline bands are allowed, but if they are, please use them. I know I have a vested interest in good lighting being a photographer, but I am also a reviewer and member of the audience and like to see the members of the band play.
Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Lucky Man
Venue: Marquee Theatre
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2017
The Devil Wears Prada
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2017
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2017
The Devil Wears Prada Setlist: (Album)
Daughter (Transit Blues)
Sailer’s Prayer (8:18)
Planet A (Space EP)
Outnumbered (Zombie EP)
Worldwide (Transit Blues)
Assistant To The Regional Manager (With Roots Above and Branches Below)
Dead Throne (Dead Throne)
To The Key Of Evergreen (Transit Blues)
Mammoth (Dead Throne)
Anthrax Setlist: (Album)
Among The Living (Among the Living)
Caught In A Mosh (Among the Living)
Madhouse (Spreading the Disease)
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t (Worship Music)
I Am The Law (Among the Living)
Breathing Lightning (For All Kings)
Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.) (Among the Living)
Evil Twin (For All Kings)
March of the S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death cover)
Blood Eagle Wings (For All Kings)
Antisocial (State of Euphoria)
Indians (Among the Living)
Killswitch Engage Setlist: (Album)
Hate By Design (Incarnate)
Vide Infra (Alive or Just Breathing)
My Last Serenade (Alive or Just Breathing)
A Bid Farewell (The End of Heartache)
The New Awakening (Disarm the Descent)
This Fire (As Daylight Dies, Special Edition Bonus Tracks)
Alone I Stand (Incarnate)
The End Of Heartache (The End of Heartache)
Embrace the Journey…Upraised (Incarnate)
Self Revolution (Alive or Just Breathing)
Rose of Sharyn (The End of Heartache)
This Is Absolution (As Daylight Dies)
Beyond The Flames (Disarm the Descent)
My Curse (As Daylight Dies)
Strength Of The Mind (Incarnate)
In Due Time (Disarm the Descent)
Holy Driver (Dio cover)