words by BBG, photos by Ryan Muir
Matt Pike of High On Fire
Mastodon, Dethklok, Converge and High On Fire are on tour. Last night (10/29) they played the first show of two night stint at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The second is tonight (10/30). It is sold out.
High on Fire were on stage early, REAL early. 6:30, actually. It didnt matter one iota though, because the band barreled through their set, including a new song from their upcoming, unnamed LP. As expected, the new joint smoked, much like "Waste of Tiamat", "Fury Whip", "Rumors of War", and many others from their mostly Death Is This Communion set. The band played the very large room with the same power I've seen them bring to small clubs and basements. Hammerstein must have been 3/4 or more full by the time they finished the set, and I had a sense that the masses felt the same energy.
Converge followed to a mostly apathetic crowd. It was a shame, as Converge were absolutely amazing, and with more energy than I had ever seen from them; it was almost as if they were fueled by negative vibes. Jacob Bannon spent a good portion of the set thanking the crowd for watching them, spending the rest of the set spazzing out to killer tracks like "Eagles Become Vultures", "Concubine", "Effigy", and new faves like "Dark Horse" from Axe To Fall. Bannon must have been quite a handful as a little tot; the tattoed vocalist zipped back and forth across the stage for almost the entirety of their set.
Unfortunately, I skeedaddled shortly after Converge, so I missed both Mastodon and the headliner Dethklok's visual-heavy sets, but pictures (NSFW?) from all four bands (and Dethklok's setlist) are below....
High on Fire