This wasn't one of those shows that jumped at me off my concert calendar, but it had been nearly a month since the Sodom show and the Kreator/Napalm Donna and Tgod birthday show isn't for another couple of weeks so.....well ya need something in between there. Good timing for The "Annihilation of the Wicked" tour. Plus, I'm a big RAGING SPEEDHORN fan and you don't get to see them often here. I'm not big on NILE or SOILENT GREEN, but HYPOCRISY...Hell Yeah!!! Good enough. I grabbed my best friend and assistant photographer, Donna, and Verba Jr.(son) and we were soon sliiiiidin' down the rails, under the Hudson, to 42nd street and the new capital of Death Metal, B.B. Kings Blues Club, NYCeeee!!
It was a rush getting there, being that it was a Tuesday night and the doors opened at 6:30, so there was no way we'd catch WITH PASSION, but we walked in for the last four or so songs from DECAPITATED and they were stirring the crowd up a bit. And a good crowd it was. Plus, picture taking was allowed, so I wouldn't have to be sneakin' around taking them. Junior saw some friends and was off immediately and me and Donna pushed our way up to the rail to await Speedhorn. We were all RAGING SPEEDHORN fans, especially my son, and was probably the main reason that we were here at all. Very energetic band from Colby, England. Seemed kinda out of place on this tour, but their latest cd has one of my best reviews ever at Harm. I've definately been waiting for them to venture across the Pond. However, I don't think too many other people shared my enthusiasm, or knew who they were. But me and Donna were grinning ear to ear. They hit the stage jumpin' and stompin' and scaaaaareeeemin'. These guys can freakin' let it out! It was awesome. They did mostly older stuff and only a few off the latest, but I certainly wasn't disappointed since "Dead Man Walkin'" was in the set. The older stuff was awesome too. A good kick ass, jumpin', stompin', screaming set! Soilent Green followed and I really don't go for the New Orleans metal sound. I'm not sure what it is. A jazzy, bluesy type metal or something. People in Jersey, ya know, we don't like anything mixed with our metal. Crowbar, Soilent Green...nah. GOATWHORE I like. SOILENT GREEN has the singer from GOATWHORE, so I figured it ain't all bad. Although, when I last saw CROWBAR, they had the bass player from GOATWHORE and it didn't help me to like them any better. I don't think I like SOILENT GREEN any better, but, at one point a circle opened up, but no one was in it and the singer said, "C'mon metalheads! You better fill in that gap before the stupid karate kids start jumping in and kick dancing. If you lose the pit to the stupid karate kids it's your own damn fault"! Then they kicked into "Slapfuck" from their first album and that was awesome.
I had seen HYPOCRISY before and knew they were awesome live, so I was definately up for this, along with another good B.B.'s crowd. B.B. Kings has taken over as the best spot for Death in NYC. Donna was right on the rail, front and center and I was right behind her. HYPOCRISY hit the stage and erased the roof with "War-Path", "Eraser", and "Fire In The Sky". Then the new one "Scrutinized". Freakin' awesome!! The pit was swirlin' and the sweat was pourin'!! "Impotent God"!! "Carved up" caaaaarrvved up the place...hmmm, of course. "Roswell 47". Hell Yeah! They were awesome again and made the night. They ended with "Let The Knife Do The Talkin'"......F**k yeah made the night!!!
We stayed up on the rail just long enough to snap off the rest of our pics for NILE. They opened with "The Blessed Dead" and a couple of other songs that sounded just like that one and we soon headed to get our coats from the coatroom before the line formed and we'd have to wait an hour to get them. We tracked down junior and headed back to Penn Station. I thought we could catch an earlier train, but we were about ten minutes too late. However, waiting for the 12:40 train is always a pleasant wait. With ears ringing, voices hoarse, happily counting cuts and bruises and recalling the evening's show. Although, tonite seems mild, it was an awesome interim show to fill the void and warm up for the next time we'll be here after the next 'journey' to NYC for a slighty more sweatin' and stompin' evening with KREATOR and The Napalm Gods!! To celebrate mine and Donna's birthdays which are only two days apart, in a few short weeks. AHHHHHH, but thats another chapter in this never ending metal story.