The States have been fortunate as of late, having Danish “metalbilly” band Volbeat tour here with some stalwart bands. Last time around it was Anthrax and Crobot and the current tour is with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard. Volbeat’s current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano, drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen and they have a rep for bringing the goods. Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie was released worldwide on June 3 and their sixth record is one of their strongest starting off with singles, “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and “For Evigt” (Forever) or the English version”The Bliss”. Pittsburgh’s show at Stage AE was exceptional and there was a great blend of old and new material to entertain fans (see set below). Poulsen was a commanding presence and the acquisition of Anthrax’s Caggiano is certainly the coup of the band’s history. The new record picks up where Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies left off and their performance of the new tunes was spot on.
Metalcore act Killswitch Engage returned to Pittsburgh as well after a few years of absence again with lead singer Jesse Leach in tow. No offense to Howard Jones (in between singer of KSE), but Leach’s return to the fold has made them more entertaining than ever. Due to the intense heat, the stage antics of Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz were a bit more subdued than usual, but the intensity was amped to replace the jumping around. KSE is firing on all cylinders right now and seems to be even more back in the groove than ever before, making them a band to truly watch rise in popularity (if that’s possible).
Vancouver’s Black Wizard opened and brought their brand of doom-stoner metal to the masses. These guys are definitely onto something as they have a great sound, look, and cool throwback chops. You can check them out here http://www.blackwizard.org/.
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