Monday, September 29, 2014

Concert Review: The Heavy Metal Community Was Alive And Well At Mohegan Sun

Sunday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena gathered some of the biggest of today's heavy metal bands to spread their music to the masses. The four bands featured were newcomers Nothing More, Texas metal band Hellyeah!, Denmark's greatest music export Volbeat and top concert draw Five Finger Death Punch. Five hours of heavy metal music is just what the fans of Connecticut were in need of on that Sunday night.

The night began with a couple of quick sets from Nothing More and Hellyeah!, to which the latter got the mosh pit up and running during the aggressive "War In Me." Volbeat took the stage to a roaring applause beginning with "Doc Holiday" from the band's latest release "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies." The band paid tribute to "the man in black" Johnny Cash, singing the beginning of "Ring of Fire," before the audience took over the chorus, leading into the country metal feel of "Sad Man's Tongue." The energy reached a higher level during the one-two punch of "A Warrior's Call" and "16 Dollars" as more mosh pits and some crowd surfing broke out to the delight of the band. Volbeat snuck in a quick cover of the sixties hit "I Only Want To Be With You," before speeding up the tempo with "The Mirror And The Ripper." The highlight of Volbeat's hour and fifteen minute set was when all the kids in the audience were invited onstage. The band changed the title of their early single "Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza" to "Pool Of Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate" for the age group in attendance onstage. They closed their set with "Still Counting" as the band came together at the front of the stage to throw out guitar picks, drum sticks and t-shirts into the standing room crowd.

Then the night reached a new level of energy and intensity as Five Finger Death Punch took the stage, screaming the vocals to the opening songs "Under And Over It" and "Burn It Down." The band dedicated their cover of Bad Company's "Bad Company" to members of the military who were in attendance that evening. Then past and present military veterans were invited onstage to sing along to the chorus of "Burn MF." Things slowed down for a moment as lead singer Ivan Moody sang an emotional, acoustic version of "Remember Everything" as the crowd shouted back the chorus to Moody. With the fans eagerly waiting a climatic finish, Five Finger Death Punch brought the power back with "Never Enough" and the explosive "Here To Die" to close their main set. Their encore consisted of the early hardcore metal attack of "The Way Of The Fist" and then audience made the arena glow with lighters and cell phones during "The Bleeding." All in attendance left with a smile on their face and their ears ringing, as the heavy metal community showed that it is alive and growing in Connecticut.

Volbeat Setlist: Doc Holiday, Hallelujah Goat, Ring Of Fire, Sad Man's Tongue, Heaven Nor Hell, A Warrior's Call, 16 Dollars, Lola Montez, Dead But Rising, I Only Want To Be With You, The Mirror And The Ripper, The Hangman's Body Count, Angelfuck, Fallen, Pool Of Chocolate, Still Counting

Five Finger Death Punch Setlist: Under And Over It, Burn It Down, Hard To See, Lift Me Up, Bad Company, Burn MF, Remember Everything, Battle Born, Coming Down, Never Enough, Here To Die, Far From Home, The Way Of The Fist, The Bleeding

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