Sevendust and Friends

Since Rimbo’s talking concerts, I think it’s my turn…

One week ago tomorrow I was in Philly to see Sevendust. They were fantastic as always. The new record is great, so I was glad they did about five songs from it, but they were really playing the older stuff too. Overall a great set as always.

Best of all, I was right on the rail down in front between Lajon (singer) and John Connolly (lead guitar). So close they could spit on me. Good times.

The opening acts were all good, something that’s been true of every Sevendust show I’ve gone to. Here are some links and stuff…

Saint Caine opened the show. They’ll probably make their way to some success. They have a great sound, somewhat like Black Stone Cherry, my favorite new band of 2006. Saint Caine are right at the top of new stuff I’ve heard in 2007. No record yet, but probably this year…

Invitro were next. Some of the members played with Sonny Mayo of Sevendust in a band called Snot. They will forever be known as “The Tin Foil Guys” because they start the show in doctor coats with tin foil masks. It’s pretty wacky and some people clearly didn’t “get it” but they didn’t waste any time getting down to business. It’s a little bit punk and a lot of thrash. Entertaining for sure…
http://www.gridironrecords.com

The main opener before 7Dust was Diecast. They’re a good show. It’s a good groove thrash sound with some neat guitar work. It’s got some growling and some singing. The songs are unusually long compared to most metal bands these days, but I’m totally on board with bands that aren’t afraid to show they’ve got some talent. The lead singer tips the scales a little heavier than most and the band’s got character. The highlight wasn’t their stuff though, but rather an encore of Pantera’s Mouth For War that was fantastic. You just can’t go wrong pulling out the Pantera these days…
http://www.diecast1.net