OCTOBER 2nd 2015

Review by: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper

Overkill Interview:  

A lot of people were waiting for this tour to hit town, I know I was, it has been a very long time since seeing both of these bands. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially when you attend so many concerts, was this going to be like some, a show, but nothing to stand out. NOT AT ALL. Overkill well known as thrash titans, and progressive Metal masters Symphony X combined to make for a very memorable night. By the looks of the crowd, which was very disappointing to say the least, as the numbers looked low, let me tell you the ones there, got more than expected with this show.

SYMPHONY X (Nuclear Blast) was first to come on stage, they are co-headlining this tour, and I don’t know which is better, getting them up first and having them start the night off with a bang, or having them close giving us something to take home, either way, what a show. I was totally blown away, their sound, their stage presence were just the perfect way to start off the show tonight. I kept saying to the guy next to me, “god, these guys are good”, you forget sometimes, well I do, after covering so many shows. But I will say Symphony X puts 150% into their set, giving us not only exceptional well put together music, but atmosphere, something so distinctly different visually on stage. These days, I look for something different, something that will catch my attention, and be great at what they do, and they over the top qualify. The only thing I was disappointed in, was the amount of time, before I knew it, it was over, and I could have stood there for another 2 hours enjoying. They played an array of their songs, a lot from the newest album “Underworld”. I will tell you right now, the album in itself is a must have, and if you enjoy the talent of Symphony X, you also know, or should check out their impressive history of past albums. Russell, vocalist also held everyone’s attention by changing up his appearance, and this is going to sound strange, but Russell had some great dance moves up there, and you really felt like it was time to move, if only I could, just another something that made this set memorable.  This band has the whole package, and it is progressive metal at it’s finest. So thank you to guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond. I also hope they return again soon.

That leaves OVERKILL (Nuclear Blast) as the headliner tonight. Most of you know, I am not a thrash fan at all, to be honest, there are only a couple of bands in this genre I enjoy. Overkill is one of them, they seem to have found a way to incorporate all the things I enjoy and pump it out hard and fast. One of the things I enjoy most about the music I like, is that beat, you know the one, the one you can headbang to, yes, of course its fast, but it is steady throughout. Overkill has the expertise to create something that has lasted for many years, and has us all coming to shows for years. Overkill is the new Slayer to me, yes, fast seems to be what counts in some bands, but to put together overall talent and charisma, Overkill nails it. People should be shouting Overkill at shows to be honest, to me, they have surpassed Slayer. There is a lot of output of high end energy from this band, which amazes me, I don’t really know how they can keep it up for their whole set, BUT THEY DO, and they do an excellent job. They played a variety of head banging songs, much to the audiences pleasure. Looking around the room, it was a very enthusiastic crowd, almost had to move from my front row, but damned if I was going to let some crazy ass mosher budge me, elbows were at the ready. There is no better spot then right up front, you feed off the energy of the band, as I am sure they feed off the fans.  Did I mention they are like a bat out of hell fast, and it never wavered. Outstanding job considering every night they are doing this for the fans. Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - vocals, D.D. Verni - Bass, Dave Linsk - Lead Guitar, Derek Tailer - Rhythm Guitar and Ron Lipnicki - Drums, thanks to each of you for giving your blood and sweat and making it a unforgettable evening for us. Oh, and something I almost forgot, and I have never seen before, was both guitarist and bassist came out with the double neck guitars, making for a great visual. Overkills set wasn’t long enough either, bet you never thought you would hear that from not such a thrash fan. But you have to admit after watching them, they are the whole package, entertaining when you see them, and they have everything, you are Under The Influence, and I saw some of you Wrecking Your Neck, not sure which song was the crowds favourite as they all seemed to have such positive feedback, but I think my favourite had to be “F You and then some”, you know which song, I still can’t bring myself to say it. But the whole crowd did. I hope you return again soon for another phenomenal performance.