Started the night on a sad note, as we kicked the show off with three Megadeth tracks in honor of the late Nick Menza. Nick suffered a heart attack in L.A. while performing with his current band, Ohm, effectively checking out while doing what he loved. Menza played drums on four Megadeth albums, starting with 1990’s Rust In Peace and continuing on through Countdown To Extinction, Youthanasia, and Cryptic Writings. The Mustaine / Ellefson / Menza / Friedman era is widely considered the best Megadeth lineup, not that the band has ever suffered from a lack of talent. Nick was incredibly talented, and will be sorely missed.
This week was the first where the weather was suitable for setting up and recording outside. Honestly, we’d gotten off easy this past winter, but spring seemed to be dragging it’s feet a bit. Now, I’m happy to say that spring has absolutely sprung, and right now it feels more like mid-July than late May. No complaints!
Should probably take a moment to mention The Grindmother. This album surprised the hell out of us not only because it’s grindcore being performed by a sixty-seven year old grandmother (yes, you read that correctly), but it’s also just that good of an album. Worth looking into!
We spent a good deal of time discussing Finger lakes Metal Fest 2016, which was a blast, as always! This show just gets bigger and bigger every year. In fact, the estimated head count for 2016 was between 650-800 people. Bear in mind that within the past four years, we would see perhaps half that. Word has definitely traveled, and it’s always good to see new faces coming out to enjoy the vibe! The real highlight of the weekend, of course, is the bands. Solid sets from each and every one of them. Gotta say, one moment that particularly stood out for me was the intensity of the mosh pit during Thirteen South. This was their final show, and I’d promised R.J. (their vocalist) that I would do something crazy for them. I mean, being a full moon and all, it only seemed natural that Wulfie should jump into the pit for a bit! MetalFest did have it’s repercussions, though. It’s not uncommon to feel like you’ve been hit by a truck after it’s all over. And, for me, it only got worse.
Yes, I’d been stupid. After five months without a cigarette, I bought a pack of smokes for Metal Fest weekend. And Azkath found out. And bad, bad things happened to me.
Like having styrofoam broken open over my head...with a barbed-wire baseball bat.
Like being thrown into a barbed-wire net.
Like having particle board unsuccessfully broken over my head. I mean, it broke a little...especially after Rick took a swing at my dome. Apparently my eyes rolled up into the back of my head after his shot. Rick knows no restraint...
Like having my “bells” rung. Meaning that Azkath held a ten-pound barbell weight to my crotch while hitting it with a hammer. I think everybody suffered from that, as the ringing pierced the ears rather painfully.
- Randy MetalWulf
Megadeth - Tornado Of Souls
Megadeth - Ashes In Your Mouth
Megadeth - She-Wolf
Architects UK - From The Wilderness
Cough - Masters Of Torture
Brujeria - Viva Presidente Trump
The Grindmother - Fail To Cure
Narcotic Self - Toxic Terrorizer
Fox 45 - White Lightning
Katatonia - Last Song Before The Fade
Die Krupps - Metal Machine Music
Red Tide Rising - New Breed
Terrorway - Trails Of Ashes
The Order Of Israfel - In Thrall To The Sorceress
Thrashit - Thrashing And Slaughter
C.B. Murdoc - Diamonds
Death Angel - Hell To Pay
Dark Funeral - Temple Of Ahriman
Weekend Nachos - Dust
Six Feet Under - Night Crawler
Hatebreed - From Grace We've Fallen
Helhorse - The Blood Boiler
Devildriver - Feeling Ungodly
Diamond Rexx - Raise The Dead
Fall Of Man - Lullaby
Kvelertak - Svartmesse
Lacuna Coil - Ghost In The Mist
Ace Frehley - Emerald
Flotsam And Jetsam - Verge Of Tragedy
Green Death - Through The Eye
Abnormality - Mechanisms Of Omniscience
Dead By Wednesday - Chosen
Painted Wives - Congratulations
Gojira - Silvera
Metal Church - The Coward
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus - Traversing The Frozen North
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Robot Stop
Spit Nickels - They Are Motorhead
Wicked Maraya - Johnny
Wo Fat - Three Minutes To Midnight
Assassin - Back From The Dead
Mortillery - Torture
Sewercide - For Those About To Rot
Witching Altar - Dopesmoke
Infestdead - Undead Screaming Sins
Despair - Burnt Out Souls
Deathrow - Towers In Darkness
Silent Scream - Theatre Of The Depraved
Black Crown Initiate - For Red Cloud
And We All Die - Modern Day Privateers (Gost Remix)
Cloak - In The Darkness, The Path
Gutter Instinct - Bridge Of Broken Bones
Surtur - Demolisher
Withered - Distort, Engulf
Death - Zombie Ritual