Words by: Tyler Bogliole
Photos: Dhruv Kumar
Monday September 12th was a big night for metalheads. With bands like Five Finger Death Punch, The Hu and Fire From The Gods along with thrash legends Megadeth. It was bound to be a great night.
The show started with Fire From The Gods who is an amazing band who deserves more recognition. They got the crowd going with some favorites like “The Voiceless”, “Truth To The Weak” and “Excuse Me”. One of the most energetic bands I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live. The guys have a new album coming out October 28th titled “Soul Revolution” be sure to check it out. The Austin-based rock band also released a new track “Thousand Lifetimes” and an accompanying video. Watch “Thousand Lifetimes” HERE.
Next up we had The Hu, which going into the show I had no idea who they were, but my god they blew me away. Mixing metal with Mongolian music, it just was a mix that I didn’t think could work so well. Playing songs like “Wolf Totem”, “Black Thunder” and even their cover of “Sad But True” they left the audience wanting more. For longtime readers of the mag, we recall some years ago when The Hu made a special apperance in London to announced details of their long-awaited sophomore album Rumble of Thunder, we we’re there to cover that event. Really unique band offering a special brand of folk and metal all into one very well done package. Click HERE to check out that piece. The crew has been non stop touring ever since and now have released their sophomore release “Rumble of Thunder via Better Noise Music. Hailing from Mongolia, THE HU have combined traditional music and instrumentation performed in their native language using native instrumentation with Western modern rock stylings to create a unique and catchy sound they have labelled as “Hunnu Rock.”
Now we had my favorite band of the night, Megadeth. Every time they’ve come around they’ve been incredible. Every live show, they sound flawless and leave the crowd ecstatic. Playing a song off their new album “We’ll Be Back”, the crowd was happy for new material. Now for the audience to be happy about new material 40 years into your career you got to be doing something right. Obviously the classics like “Holy Wars”, “Trust” and “Angry Again” had the crowd as amped up as ever. I wish their set was longer but they were amazing as they were. Dave Mustaine is a true survivor, the man has been through hell and back and where he stands today, is a true testament to his will and dedication and his personal beliefs. Megadeth will always be one of those generational bands that you probably won’t see ever again, not because they ever reached the Iconic status of Metallica, but because of where they we’re and the journey Mustaine has taken in his career. Make sure you check them out before is all too late.
Next up was headliner Five Finger Death Punch, I can’t deny that they put on amazing show. Ass soon as they come onstage they had the crowd enthralled and Ivan really knows how to work a crowd. There’s a reason they’re as big as they are and it’s because of their stage presence. Mainly playing songs off their new album, they busted out classics like “The Bleeding”, “Under & Over It”, and “Lift Me Up”, they gave this Long Island audience a show worth seeing. They keep the night churning out prime FFDP tracks like Jekyll and Hyde”, “Sham Pain” and Encore comes back with “Under and Over It” and “The Bleeding”. A hell of a show overall and enough here to make any fans of Rock music happy.
This is a tour package that is worth the money. Even if you don’t like all the bands, it’s definitely worth seeing because you might walk out of there a fan. It has a little bit of everything for everybody.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Upcoming Tour Dates
Fri Sep 23 – Scranton, PA – Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sat Sep 24 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Tue Sep 27 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater**
Wed Sep 28 –Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Fri Sep 30 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Sat Oct 1 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Tue Oct 4 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Wed Oct 5 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Fri Oct 7 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
Sat Oct 8 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Mon Oct 10 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Wed Oct 12 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Fri Oct 14 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Sat Oct 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater