Recap by Randy "MetalWulf" Smith
An early topic of discussion centered around some recent shows that were attended by us.
First case in point was the Nightwish show in Buffalo that Josh and I attended at the Town Ballroom that also featured Sabaton and Delain. Can't describe how awesome that show was, although we only really got to hear Delain as they wrapped up the last few songs of their set. They sounded pretty tight from where we were, though! Sabaton were incredible, and got an amazing response from the Buffalo crowd. Honestly, the guys seemed very humbled by the fans reaction. Nightwish were just flat-out amazing. Probably one of the best live bands on the planet, and I highly recommend seeing them if they ever roll through your town!
Of course, Joe had to get a bit of ball-busting in by suggesting we'd actually gone to see Nightwish On Ice, a joking reference to the band's reputation for performing "Disney Metal". He'd even gone so far to refer to me as a "Pretty Disney Princess", but I just take it with a grain of salt, mostly. I know Nightwish isn't everybody's cup of tea, and that's okay!
While Josh and I were in Buffalo, Rick was at the Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls with my brother Bill and his awesome girlfriend, Annie, where they took in Testament and Exodus, along with Shattered Sun. Testament's been performing both The Legacy and New World Order in their entirety on this tour, and I have it on good faith that that, also, was a solid show from all bands involved!
A couple nights later, Joe, Rick, Josh, and myself were all in Rochester to catch Death Angel and Corrosion Of Conformity Blind at the Montage Music Hall. Great sets from both bands, and we were fortunate enough to get interviews with both Ted Aguilar from Death Angel, and Karl Agell from CoC Blind, both of which you can currently view on my YouTube page (Randy MetalWulf).
For months we'd been anticipating the evening when Azkath fired up the old Intellivision that's set up in our new digs, and this was the night we got to get our game on! Yep, we delved into some old-school 4-bit awesomeness with Kool-Aid Man, Masters Of The Universe, and Astrosmash...none of which I seemed to be able to excel at, but it was still damned fun!
RJ from Thirteen South had dropped in for a visit, which had Jeffie in a bit of a panic. As a matter of fact, Azkath had been hanging with us for a bit, and had mentioned that Jeffie was hesitant about coming out, knowing that RJ was possibly making an appearance. But, when it seemed like RJ may have been a no-show, Jeffie showed up and was enjoying some Intellivision time of his own.
But, RJ showed up, making Jeffie a little uncomfortable. Some may remember that Jeffie had the crap beaten out of him by RJ awhile back while we were still at WEOS. This happened because Jeffie had touched RJ's chin, not a good idea as it turned out. Well, RJ has since grown a beard, and Jeffie just couldn't keep his hands to himself, which is often the case. He touched the beard, and RJ started throwing Jeffie around the room like a ragdoll.
Gotta say, the evening ended on a bit of a mixed blessing. On the plus side, RJ pulled a knife and dragged Jeffie outside, screaming at us on the way out the door, "YOU GUYS DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING!!!"
A few moments later, RJ came back in alone, wiping blood from the knife...before putting it into my hand, making sure my fingerprints were all over it...
And, to make matters worse, Joe, Rick, and Josh all left the building in a hurry, as I was left holding the knife, with the sound of the Hamster Dance (the music that usually accompanies a Jeffie death) playing, followed soon thereafter by the sound of sirens.
Yep, I got out of Dodge damned quick, and have been layin' low, hoping this all blows over...
Agnotic Front - Old New York
Clamfight - Sand Riders
Corpse Hoarder - Release The Hounds
Acrassicauda - Rise
The Devil In California - Delta Sludge
Stone Sour - The Dark
While She Sleeps - New World Torture
Shattered Sun - Hope Within Hatred
Gruesome - Gruesome
Gruesome - Black Magic
Anaka - Deathborn
Heidevolk - Immigrant Song
Hard Action - Cut To The Bone
Helloween - Battles Won
Killer - Firestorm
Kamelot - Veil Of Elysium
Pat Travers - Hellbound Train
Skinless - Serpenticide
Tau Cross - Fire In The Sky
Unleashed - Defenders Of Midgard
Soto - Wrath
The Bloodline - Becoming The Disease
Godmaker - Desk Murder
Death Angel - Voracious Souls
Exodus - Blacklist
Testament - C.O.T.L.O.D.
Corrosion Of Conformity - Great Purification
Nightwish - Over The Hills And Far Away
Cave Of Swimmers - Still Running
Continuum - The Awakened Creator
Hot Fog - Sword Mountain
Red Moon Architect - Isolated
Sulphur Aeon - Calls From Below
Sworn In - Sweetheart
Byzantine - To Resolve
Station - More Than Enough
Cracked Alice - Misery
Mammoth Mammoth - Black Dog
Slayer - When The Stillness Comes
Metallica - Seek And Destroy
Apocalyptica - House Of Chains
In Utero Cannibalism - Butcher While Others Obey
The Monolith Deathcult - I Conquistador
Throne Of Wilderness - Victorious Revelry
Inhumantus - Erasure
Viking - Eaten By A Bear
Cult Of Endtime - Hidden Gods
Deez Nuts - Yesterday
Whitesnake - Burn
Alkaloid - Alter Magnitudes
The Rods - The Code
Benedictum - Shell Shock