After spending the first two months of the new year having to travel to New York to get our live metal fix, there were finally a couple of good shows to venture to here in Jersey. The Overkill show a couple of weeks ago was the first time since October that we had even been to our beloved Starland Ballroom. It was a bruising reminder of how much of a better workout the Jersey crowds give you in the pit than the New York ones. I guess we had gotten a little spoiled. I ached for three days after Overkill, so I was pumped beyond belief for an awesome workout with one of my favorite bands, CHIMAIRA. I wasn't a huge CHILDREN OF BODOM fan, but I really have taken a liking to the new cd. Plus, the last time I saw them live, they came on before Fear Factory, who came on before Lamb Of God, who were filming the DVD "Killadelphia" so.....I didn't give them much attention. Now is a different time and place and since they sold out every venue around here on their last tour, I expected a packed sweat box at The Starland. Hmmm. My favorite. The hotter and sweatier, the better. It was a Sunday night, so there was no rushing around to get there. I had won free passes and gave them to my son, so him and his friend were accompanying me and my best friend and assistant photographer, Donna, to the show. We got there early and when we came down the road to The Starland, traffic was backed up and the main lot full. The show wasn't listed as sold out, so it was kind of unexpected. There was also a long line to get in the door and when we got in....whoa!! Walking in to the main room, it was filled side to side, front to back! Wow. I haven't seen a packed Starland, like this, since Marilyn Manson!! F**k yeah. Good sweat ahead!
The first band was THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD. Coulda been 'As I Lay Dying', coulda been 'Every Time I Die'. Ya know, dime-a-dozen Metalcore. They weren't as bad as some, but........ Me and Donna took the time to unwind, stretch our necks and gravitate towards the front. CHIMAIRA was gonna remove the roof!! And boy did they!! CHIMAIRA is the shiiiiiiiiiaaaaatt!!!!! They hit the stage with "Nothing Remains" and as you can imagine, by the time the song was over...no more roof. "Save Ourselves" and "Cleansation" followed and the place was freakin' nuts and the sweat began to pour! The kids were flyin' everywhere. "Tior", "The Dehumanizing Process", f**k yeah!!
The Jersey workout up front was in full force! I was flying around snapping off pics and getting crushed. "Sev-ered" "Sev-ered"!!"Eyes Of A Criminal". It was an onslaught! They have Andols back on drums and two saaaahhhweeet twin dancing girls now too! The heat was immense! "Pray For All"! I was completely exhausted and dripping with sweat! They ended the massacre with "Power Trip" and "Pure Hatred". Another awesome showing by a band that I'll probably go see every time they come to the east. Hell yeah!! Donna was overcome by the heat and exhaustion and had to leave her position for some clean cool air. I, on the other hand, remained up in the front, not wanting to relinquish my spot for Bodom. The sweat was pouring out of my body and I was sucking wind. I started getting a bit whoozy as they were setting up for Bodom, but I remained. The heat was stifling and there was no air. I seemed to have passed out of existence for five seconds and I must give great thanks to the Jersey kids who picked my ass up and righted me back to a vertical position! CHIMAIRA had knocked me clear off my feet. It was a weird feeling. I had actually dropped my camera, but was able to see the red light from the flash on the floor when my head cleared and was able to retrieve it. Faaawwwk!!! I never lose grip of my camera! If I die in the pit, someone will have to pry the Fuji out of my cold dead hands to get my last shots developed. Hehe. I was dazed and confused as the lights went out, but I found a second wind as Bodom appeared on stage.
They opened with "Are You Dead Yet?", which was pretty ironic, cause I was close and then slammed in to "Needled 24/7" and "Bastards Of Bodom". Yeah. Kids flyin'. Sweat pouring. Donna had found her way back up front with a fresh camera, so she was holding me up as we took turns snapping pics. "Warheart" and "Hate Me" tore down the walls! Then a medley of "Towards Dead End" and "Chokehold". "Lake Bodom" was a pleasant surprise. Although a bit dazed, I remember "Follow The Reaper" kickin' my ass!! After "Every Time I Die" I finally made it to the side bar to get some air so that I wouldn't die and Donna went for catching some waves with my son for "Living Dead Beat", "Downfall", "Angels Don't Kill" and "In Your Face". The crowd was chanting thunderously and brought them back out, I think, with "Hate Crew Deathroll". They were amazing!! I wasn't a fan before the show, but I sure was now.
It was an amazing wipeout of a show, meaning I was too wiped out to even go meet the bands. I was drenched and dripping with sweat and I was glad to live through it to sweat and stomp another day. Hell freakin' yeah!!!! Not dead yet.