Slayer Final Tour at Bank of NH Pavilion – 7/26/18

▣Bank of NH Pavilion | Gilford, NH                               ▣Thursday, July 26th 2018

When one of metal’s legendary bands announce they’re calling it quits, but not before one last tour, metalheads around the world stop everything and buy tickets. Slayer’s start of their Final Tour would bring along Nepalm Death, Testament, Anthrax, and Lamb of God. It was a night packed with complete chaos!

It was a beautiful, sticky summer night in Gilford, NH. I unfortunately missed the opening band, Nepalm Death. I was bummed because I heard great things about the UK band. I hope to catch them at some point!

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The band Testament was on stage next. It was my first time seeing them live, and I was excited for their set. Testament is another band that has been around for decades, and in my opinion, has reached thrash metal legendary status. They ripped from the start- song after song they rocked the crowd. They were badass! I was blown away by how good they were live, and by their amazing stage presence. Their backdrop was a viper snake, which was really freaking cool!

A15Thrash metal gods, Anthrax, were up next. Scotty Ian’s son kept peeping out and giving the crowd the horns.  Anthrax is one of those bands you have to see live. We’ve had the pleasure of covering them a few times now, and their sets are always really enjoyable to watch. If you have not seen these guys live, stop sleeping! They will not be around forever, hence Slayer. The guys from Anthrax kill it every time and never disappoint!

It has been roughly 11 years since I’ve photographed Lamb of God, so I knew what to expect. The guys are known for putting on energetic sets, led by singer Randy Blythe, who has fueled this band since joining in 1995. Fast paced, heavy loud riffs, combined with great vocals, makes this one of the most exciting acts to watch live and has been for the past decade. Although pretty much everyone has heard the name Lamb of God, I feel the band is underrated for how good they really are.

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As the farewell was about to begin, it hit me that I was about to send off one of the most influential metal bands in the last four decades. Slayer has become a household name, and their concerts are a metalhead’s dream. It was my first time photographing them, and I had a feeling the night would be perfect. When the curtain came down, exposing the stage for the first time, the crowd’s energy went up a few notches.

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The mosh was going hard all night, but it was definitely running harder once Slayer was on stage. Their set was intense! Killer backdrops, fire explosions, combined with some of the best lyrics and riffs in the business . I cannot say enough about their amazing performance! The music for this special occasion was handpicked, and of course the best. Click here to see their incredible setlist. Don’t forget to take a look at the photos- my god, they were amazing to photograph! It was an appropriate send off for the historic metal gods. From myself and everyone at the show in Gilford- farewell Slayer…we love you. \m/

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

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Godsmack & Shinedown at Bank of NH Pavilion – 8/22/18

▣Bank of NH Pavilion | Gilford, NH                               ▣Tuesday, August 22nd 2018

There comes a time when an experience changes your outlook on a particular subject. I hit the Bank of NH Pavilion (formerly Meadowbrook) in Gilford Wednesday for such a show.

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Local friends in Mindset X opened up the show on the Magic Hat side stage out in the gen pop area. These guys are somewhat of a local legend just back from a two year hiatus. The trio now includes a fourth member who may be one of the sickest guitar players in any local band I’ve seen in a long time. Mindset X is rooted in rock acts in the vein of Sabbath (they do an awesome NIB cover btw) but are self-described as getting heavier thanks to the new guitarist. Fantastic instrumentation all around and Steven really hits you in the feels with his heartfelt lyrics and delivery. Find these guys online at all the usual spots and head to Bandcamp to hear them!

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Red Sun Rising is a name you may know if you listen to any sort of radio outlet. Similar artists on Apple Music list Pop Evil, Nothingmore, and Gemini Syndrome just to give you an idea. These guys had lots of energy! They sounded great too. Their debut album had two number one hits which is a huge feat that hasn’t been seen since Trapt in the early 2000’s. I’ve already downloaded their two albums and you should too!

SD (6)The experience I described earlier came when Shinedown came out. Mind you, I’ve seen them before and have known about them for many years. Never found myself listening to the songs though. Won’t say I didn’t like them, because that wasn’t the case, but they weren’t in my rotation. Opening with “Sound of Madness”, the curtain was up through the intro and dropped when the riff kicked in with a firework pop. The energy and the excitement these guys brought completely changed how I see and hear them now. I’ve already added the discography to my phone and have been jamming it nonstop since that night. Brent came out onto the floor monitor, shook my hand, and sang into my lens for a good 3-4 seconds. Check out the pics below and check these guys out!

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Godsmack will always hold a special place in my heart. Coming home from school in 1998, flipping on my N64, and jamming the self-titled album is a fond memory. These guys are local which was a huge influence on me as a kid wanting to play music. Now as an adult, things are a little clearer. Nearly everyone I know has some sort of story, mostly about Sully, and most not the nice kind. The performance hasn’t changed since the first time I saw them at the sky show in the early 2000’s and I was left wanting from the performance tonight too. Production was great and the crowd was sold out so the atmosphere was amazing but the show is tired. The only time Tony had any expression was during solos but Robbie was running around and Shannon was energetic which added a positive vibe. Don’t take this as anything but what it is. They are a pioneering force in the music world and have great success in their career. Perhaps though, the pioneering is done. Their newest album, When Legends Rise, was released earlier this year on BMG. Pick it up and catch them on this summer tour. Let us know what you think!

As always, the views stated in our reviews are solely mine and based on my experiences with them. Feel free to let us know if agree/ disagree and why!

Peace, love, and blessings.

 

Review & Photos: Anthony Coy

 

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Monolith Tour at Bank of NH Pavilion – 6/19/18

▣Bank of NH Pavilion | Gilford, NH                               ▣Tuesday, June 19th 2018

30 Seconds To Mars Monolith tour hit New Hampshire at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on Tuesday, June 19th, with openers Walk The Moon. Currently touring in support of their new album, America, released in April of this year. The guys, once again, set out to conquer the world!

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It was a perfect summer’s night in Gilford New Hampshire at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. It was be my first time at this venue, and I was already blown away by it’s beauty. Clean and newly remodeled, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. It is a perfect venue to see a summer show.

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Walk The Moon made an entrance to the sound of cheers from their fans. They sand with the band song after song. I was unfamiliar with their music, but would categorized their sound as alternative pop-rock. I recognized one of their newer songs, Shut Up and Dance-  a song that won them the 2016 Billboard for Top Rock Song. And although they were not a band I normally would go see, I still thought their energetic set was memorable. I applaud them for their solid performance.

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Flags with the Thirty Seconds to Mars logos started to arise from the crowd. I definitely got the feeling that something was being planned upfront. When the lights went out, you could just feel the energy from the crowd’s excitement. The crowd took it up another notch when the band hit the stage. Jared immediately went to work and opened with Monolith, an appropriate way to start.

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Balloons bounced around, flags waived in the air- Thirty Seconds To Mars entertained the crowd for over an hour. They put on one of the most fan-interactive shows I have ever witnessed. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the photos! As confetti exploded into the sky, they closed with Closer to the Edge. Fans gathered around them on stage to sing along. It had been quite the night, a memorable one indeed.

 

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

 

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