(with Crisis, Watch Them Die, 3 Inches Of Blood)
November 1st, 2005
Portland Oregon USA
Pics and review by Swissman
Another business trip seemed to have worked out quite well. I was sent to Portland to work on some stuff. I called my friend Pest who immediately told me that Exodus was going to be in town that night and that we should go and see them. Of course I totally agreed..
Another business trip seemed to have worked out quite well. I was sent to Portland to work on some stuff. I called my friend Pest who immediately told me that Exodus was going to be in town that night and that we should go and see them. Of course I totally agreed.
We arrived at the venue around 8:30 to find out that concert at the Hawthorne Theater can’t start before 9:00 PM. With 4 bands it was going to be a long evening.
First up were Watch Them Die from Oakland. I was quite surprised to hear they were from the Bay Area and that I have never seen them before. Very interesting melodic deathmetal band with a totally insane singer. I have to say he was quite the front man. Unfortunately the sound was quite bad so I couldn’t really enjoy the music to much.
Then it was time for Crisis. I have seen them a few times now and they are ok. I like Karen she is a very talented singer. She also did one hell of a Billy Milano impression when I saw them on tour with MOD. Even though they were not bad, they kind of didn’t fit in the lineup due to the new metal element they have to their music.
After Crisis 3 inches of Blood came on stage. I was expecting some brutal death metal specially since they have two singers. I think I found a new favorite. They blew me away. When I heard the Accept like vocals I was blown away, totally not what I expected from a band with such a name and two frontmen. If you have not seen them, go out and see them you won’t be disappointed. The interesting thing about them is that they have both Metal as well as Hardcore fans. I went home and ordered their latest CD immediately. If you know what is good for you…you do the same!
Well where do I start with Exodus. First off I have to say I was skeptical with almost the entire band replaced with new members. Granted some of the new members are the biggest caliber of Bay Area metal but still I had my reservations. My biggest reservation probably was the addition of unknown singer Rob Dukes due to the fact that I was a huge proponent of Steve “Zetro” Souza. I also did hear some advanced tracks of the new record which I am still trying to get used to. I was not sure what I was going to get to be honest. When the lights went out and they broke into Bonded By Blood my doubts were eliminated. First off it was great to see Lee Altus (Heathen, Die Krupps) play with Exodus he is a great guitar player and fit right in.
Paul Bostaph as usual was torturing his drum kit and beating the living shit out of it. Jack Gibson as always was calm and Gary was on a roll. They really all were in total harmony. Now let’s talk about Rob “The Mental Patient” Duke a little bit. I think that sums him up in 3 words. He commanded that stage. You stepped on it you got your ass kicked. He threw off more people than security if existent could have. One guy he flipped in mid air in what looked to me like a calculated aikido move. The guy bounced off the wooden floor just long enough to get back on stage to ask: “May I have another, sir”? Rob was never standing still for long. Most of the time he was pacing like an animal or a mental patient. He makes for a great front
man. The only thing I am looking for is a change in the vocal range. I would like him to get some range. Otherwise he is a perfect fit. I am still a bit hesitant on the new songs but I am sure they will grow on me time over time.
There is not that much old school stuff from Zetro’s era in there. Maybe and hopefully that will change. All in all a great concert. Interesting crowd to say the least. I haven’t seen slam dancing of this type in many years. Also there were a few fights with someone just walking up to some dude and clocking him in the face. Those Oregonians know how to tear it up old school style.
Exodus is going to be home for 4 days before embarking on a 41 day European tour. Make sure you go out there and support them. You won’t be disappointed. And one piece of advice…You step on that stage you are owned!
Here is the set list:
Bonded By Blood
A Lesson In Violence
Now Thy Death Day Comes
Shudder To Think
Scar Spangled Banner
.44 Magnum Opus
Shovel Headed Kill Machine
War Is My Sheppard
Strike Of The Beast
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