The first act to play was Bronx, NY power metal band Lost Legacy. They played an exciting set of kick ass tunes. The band is extremely technically sound and are fronted by David Fanco, who has an amazing voice and range. He also has some cool hair! But in all seriousness, I am not a power metal fan, and I still liked their music, a lot! So, that is really saying something. They have a heavy and soaring metal sound which was a great way to have the fans get ready for what would be an epic night.
Hatchet. Holy shit, these guys are awesome! They had a really fast and kick ass sound. The band sound great and have an awesome technical ferocity that just shreds. I also love Julz Ramos' vocals. Dude has a killer screaming voice. Hearing them I can definitely attest that if you like bands like Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica, Kreator, and Overkill, then this is the band for you. They got the audience pumped up enough to deliver the night's first mosh pit.
And, then it was time for one of the most technically amazing bands of 80s thrash metal acts to play: the fucking mighty Metal Church! Aside from having one of the coolest names in the metal world, they're mix of thrash with NWOBHM/ power metal tinged proficiency always made them shine in mine and many others minds. What makes this even more exciting is that signer Mike Howe, who hadn't played with them since the mid 90s, when the band split up, is now back with them.
Chris Caffery of Savatage and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is filling for regular band guitarist, Rick Van Zandt, who has a nasty eye infection. Needless to say, he fucking shredded. Dude just drips talent from every pour of his body. As, does everyone in Metal Church. They just sounded so amazing. I have been a fan of theirs them for ages. But, upon having seeing them live last night; I love them even more! Meanwhile, vocalist Howe is just incredible live. He sounds just as great onstage as he does on their albums. We, Metal Church fans, are so happy to have him back in the band!
They played a couple of new tracks from their latest release XI, which is a shredding, kick ass album. It really is an amazing "comeback" album that ranks as one of the most exciting albums I have heard this year. The news songs they played were "Reset", the kick ass "Killing Your Time", and the awesome "No Tomorrow", the first video off of the album. Of course, they also played classic tracks like the badass "Start the Fire" and the fan favorite "Watch the Children Pray", which happens to be one of my favorite tracks of theirs. They encored the night with "Badlands" and the blistering "The Human Factor". It was an excellent way to end an awesome concert of real metal! Horns up to Metal Church, as well as the two bands that played before them on this most metallic night!
Chris Caffery played an absolutely awe inspiring solo. But, that is to be expected with a guitar god such as he is!