Killswitch Engage, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Parkway Drive – LC Pavilion, 28 January 2008 + Review!

19 Oct

Parkway Drive

The Dillinger Escape Plan
Every Time I Die
Killswitch Engage

January 12, 2008
Bogarts
Cincinnati, Ohio

January 28, 2008
The Lifestyles Community Pavilion
Columbus, Ohio

You can find the biggest, brightest, and strongest of the up and coming metal and hardcore scenes, here, in one nice package. There is a little something for everyone on this tour. Do you like metal? You’ve got Parkway Drive. Like hardcore? Every Time I Die. Lots and lots of really good New Jersey bred noise? The Dillinger Escape Plan. The almost local band turned musical tour de force? Killswitch Engage.

Parkway Drive are one of the freshest things to happen to the new wave of metal in a long time. Coming all the way from Australia, they had nothing to love and everything to prove. Most of the work had been done for them already, thanks to the myspace generation. Word of mouth is easily the best form of advertisement. After having already been to the United States, they were set to conquer a new crowd, and they took the stage ready to destroy everything in their path. From the word GO!, vocalist Winston McCall was all over the stage, interacting with both his bandmates and the audience with the confidence and flair of a seasoned professional. Fresh off the domestic release of Horizons, they were eager to test out new material. Fear not, though. Old material was not ignored. The band took requests from the audience, appeasing old fans, and introducing new fans to their back catalogue.

Every Time I Die. Oh Keith. Every Time I Die are a rock and roll powerhouse. Keith Buckley struts and prowls across the stage like a tiger in search of his kill. He exudes a certain edgy sexuality and charisma that feeds off the crowds’ energy. Guitarist Jordan Buckley twists, contorts and throws himself into his performance, bending in ways that no normal guitarist, let alone no human being, should bend in. Then again, he’s not your average guitar player. Second guitarist Andy Williams, tonight, looks slightly resembles Robinson Carusoe, with his long beard and scruffy appearance. Not content to remining the “quiet one in the corner”, he two steps his way across the stage, barely managing to avoid Buckley’s guitar. Drawing their setlist, for the most part, from their last three releases, the band blazes through their set. Even the absence of drummer Mike Novak doesn’t deter them. Novak, out with a back injury, has been replaced by Steve Bache from He Is Legend; he fills in flawlessly, even taking over the cowbell to allow Keith to interact with the crowd. Not to disappoint die hard fans, traditional closer Floater ends the set with one of the biggest sing-a-longs of the night.

What can be said about The Dillinger Escape Plan that hasn’t already been said? After line up changes, label changes, and internal friction that nearly drove the band apart, we have arrived at the lineup that we have today. After the departure of Chris Pennie and the arrival of Gil Sharone may have caused doubt in the minds of naysayers, but after having experienced this lineup it’s easy to see why the Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the most dangerous live bands out there. If you’ve never experienced tDEP before, do yourself a favour. Leave the computer right now. Find the smallest, dirtiest dive bar that they’re playing on the next tour and get yourself a ticket the day they go on sale. Frontman Greg Puciato is a live wire. Though not present in their set tonight due to the barricade, running across the crowd is a normal part of their set. What was present, however, were stage dives, and lots of them mainly from guitarist Ben Weinman which kept tour manager Chris Holland on his toes the entire evening. Exploding into their set with two songs off their previous release, Miss Machine, the band was on fire the entire night, much to the dismay of the security. Between band members flying off stage and audience members trying to get on stage, they were kept quite busy throughout their 45 minute set. At one point, the entire security detail was gathered under a speaker stack, waiting anxiously and trying to anticipate Puciato’s next move. He had taken residence atop the speakers, close to the ceiling, and was amusing himself by shrieking lyrics at the crowd and jumping up and down. Everyone had expected him to jump into the crowd. Perhaps, for once, keeping safety in mind, he decided against it, and leapt back onto the stage. That, however, wasn’t the last time security would have to keep an eye on him. With the final chords of Sunshine rang out, Greg single-handedly picked up Weinman’s Marshall half stack and threw it at the barricade causing security to jump out of their skin, causing Greg to giggle at his well timed, and well placed, throw.

Killswitch Engage couldn’t have picked a better tour. The camaraderie present was unmistakeable and it clearly showed in the performances that they turned in over two nights. Columbus was, perhaps, the better of the two nights. Could it be that they had just gotten off a day off in the city? The easiest conclusion to make is that it was singer Howard Jones’ home town. Being surrounded by friends and family clearly set the mood for their performance at the LC Pavilion. From the opening notes of The Price is Right’s theme song as their intro music to the ending notes of Holy Diver on both nights in Ohio, the band was a perfect example of a bunch of friends getting paid to do what they love. From the moment they stepped out on stage, every member of the band of the band was smiling from ear to ear. Guitarist Adam D. had just come off a back injury, but you would have never been able to tell by the way he interacted with every member of the audience, with the rest of his band, and with the friends and family joining them on stage both nights. He made it a point to look every member in the front row in the eye and to get in the faces of every member of the photo brigade in the photo pit. Not content with harassing the people off stage, he took to running circles, literally, around Howard. The only thing he could do at that point, was smile and laugh as any attempt to move elsewhere was thwarted by having Adam run after him. At one point during the set in Columbus, eschewing running away from his crazed guitar player, Jones decided to leap off the stage. Numerous times. In the middle of Heartache, Jones scaled the speaker stack, stared the crowd down, and boldly proclaimed, “If I jump, you fuckers better catch me!” which was promptly followed by cheers and Jones somersaulting into a crowd of willing and eager fans. The highlight of the set both nights, however, was Holy Diver. Pleasing both the parents of the kids present by playing old school Dio and the kids in the audience by staging a mock sword fight between guitarists, Killswitch Engage turned both venues into a giant choir, albeit one where metal and mosh out ruled any sense or proper choral decorum.

All in all, this tour is something that shouldn’t be missed. If any of these bands happen to be in the area any time in the near future, go. No questions asked. If they don’t come anywhere near you, pack your car full of all of your friends and take a little road trip. You won’t be disappointed.

Setlists for 12 January

The Dillinger Escape Plan

Panasonic Youth
43% Burnt
Fix Your Face
Lurch
Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants
Party Smashers
Nong Eye
Milk Lizard
Good Dogs
Sunshine

Killswitch Engage

Daylight
Unbroken
Take This Oath
Arms of Sorrow
Breathe Life
This Fire
Rose
For You
Fixation
My Curse
Desperate Times
Bid Farewell
Absolution
Heartache
Serenade
Holy Diver

Setlists for 28 January

Every Time I Die
Off Broadway
Bored Stiff
Were’wolf
No Son of Mine
Pigs Is Pigs
Ebolarama
Cities and Years
I Been Gone A Long Time
The New Black
Floater

Killswitch Engage
Breathe Life
This Fire
Rose of Sharon
Still Beats
Fixation
My Curse
Desperate Times
Bid Farewell
Absolution
Heartache
Serenade
Holy Diver

Special thanks go out to Josh Grden, Biggie, Jimmy Perlman, Dilligner Gil, Chris Holland, Keith Buckley, Jordan Coopersmith, xBritchesx, Andy Williams, Adam D, and Dillinger Greg.

Parkway Drive

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Every Time I Die

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For photos from the previous show, January 12th at Bogarts in Cincinnati, Ohio, please click HERE

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