Monday, April 30, 2007

Mordred - Bottom of the Hill, SF, 4/12/07

A Mordred reunion with a set featuring both lineups (yeah the funk infused one too). The classic lineup were up first of course, and the chainmail and swords on the singer helped emphasize the fact that the original Mordred incarnation was ALL METAL. Guitarist Danny White was nailing everything but whoops, gtrst#2 was a little negligent a fewtimes on the gtr harmonies. Old school early 80s riffs galore from a Gibson V. Awesome.

The funk lineup only played 3 tunes (this was part of a larger bill of locals). Singer#2 (Scott) really sounds alot like John Bush now. Maybe he did in 1990 too but I've forgotten or maybe it was buried in the "whacca whacca" gtr lines. They played Johnny The Fox for all the TL fans. Someday I too will be into Phil Lynott. I just know it.

btw that's the actual setlist. i'm not THAT big a fan but it was laying there for the taking. I really have to dig out the first record. There were alot of bells ringing while watching the set but it's been a very long time since i've heard these tunes. This was a good way to boycott the band formerly known as The Haunted at Slim's this same night, but damn I would've liked to have sees DarkT again.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Tap Into a Reunion Movie Clip

nice to see Nigel's doin well.

Megadeth/Sabbath - 4/24/07 - Shark Tank, SJ

MegaDave is running one damn fine tuned outfit these days. This show just smoked and was hands down the best Megadeth show I have ever seen. Mustaine stepped right outta 1983 for this gig. No puffy button down shirts tonight just lotsa headbanging and some seriously ripping guitars. The vocals were in fine form too which was a nice surprise. The tank was nicely populated (well the floor and first level anways) and most ppl right into the R.I.P and Peace Sells. It woulda been nice to hear Sleepwalker from the new record (that tune rules) it's more lively then WashingtonIsNext. Now while guitar tossings and fit throwings (see Gigantour'06 in Toronto) are nice to remind us that the pissed off Dave is still their under the reborn one, it was just great to hear the band total rip. Well except that White Lion bass player guy. I kept expecting to see him to do piruettes on stage and ruin the whole vibe.

setlist (not exactly in order and missed first 1 or two tunes):
...Take No Prisoners/Wake Up Dead/Hanger 18/Kick The Chair/Symphony/Tornado of Souls/Washington Is Next/Peace Sells/Holy Wars

Sabbath w/ Dio. Heaven&Hell (the song not the new lame $haron enforced moniker) was totally OTT in theatrics. Ronnie raised smoke up from below the stage. woah. Man some of their catalog though is just not stage worthy though. They shoulda busted out Symptom of the Universe or Children of the Grave to liven things up at several points. The encore Neon Knights was totally worth the admission price though. except for Captain Slow Poke Lazy Stroke behind the kit coating each tune in in 3 layers of molasses. damnit he wanted to drag every tune down to a standstill and only charlie watts coulda played fewer hihat hits.

missed openers Machine Head while the damn venue try to cram several thousand floor ticket holders through a single door in the back. WTFF!? No big loss though, while the new MH album makes some good strides to being a decent record, you still have to listen their horrible original (old?) new metal style on all the even #'d tracks. uggh. i got no time for that crap.