I had planned a big roadtrip this weekend to the north, to end up at The New England Metalfest, but lack of funds and sleep prevented me. However a roadtrip would still be at hand. I really wanted to make it to Massachusetts to finally meet Kelli, the Director of Publicity for Metal Blade records, because she is so cool to me and hooks me up for alot of shows. She's from California and I'm from Jersey so the chances of us ever running into each other are always slim. I know that someday however, we will.
So, since I wasn't going to make the Metalfest, I scurried to my computer to e-mail my best friend and assistant photographer, Donna, to stop her from going to the Overkill show and accompany me to Poughkeepsie, NY for another cool show. I caught her just in time and although Overkill in Jersey would be cool, she chose a road trip with Tgod to see The King.
Poughkeepsie is a 3 hour trip and we started out late, so there was no extra time for getting lost. I've been there enough times that I should remember the way but.....well shiiaaat happens. As did this time also. We took off traveling north up along the Delaware river. And then the rains came. It's been a bad year along the Delaware, with two record breaking floods, and half way up HWY 611, the road was washed out by the heavy rains again. I managed to backtrack and find an alternative route, but we were losing an hour and already late. It freakin' poured rain the entire ride. We completed the journey and rushed in. Behemoth was still on. I give a huge thanks to Kelli, once again, for hooking me up. I was on the guest list with a photo pass and was the only one in the place allowed to take pics. They didn't actually have a pass to give me, so I had to fight security a bit and go get their boss to clear me and get my camera's back, after they were taken when I photographed Behemoth. Everything worked out in time for The Black Dahlia Murder, a band that Tgod truly loves. Donna was a little peaved, not being able to take pics...again. Venues are getting stingy about pics these days. I don't know why. Oh well, I feel so special being the only one allowed to take pics...again. (LOL). You rule Kel!!
The Black Dahlia Murder came out and if you've never seen them, they look like an ordinary bunch of nerdy guys that you would never even mistake for a brutal ass-kicking metal band. From the first note, though, these guys tear you up and never stop ripping you apart till the last note and they certainly did it again here. They freakin' rule!!
They also played some new somgs from the forthcoming cd, all of which kick ass, so I can't wait for that to come out.
It was a dripping wet set, no doubt. Nile was the next on the bill and I never really got into them much. I had seen them once before, but it was after Napalm Death (Tgod's favorite) and I didn't even stay to watch more than a couple songs. They play the long slow doom stuff that I'm not much of a fan of. They were a little better this time, but following BDM, they definately seemed slow, but o.k.
The King would more than make up for it.
I've never even really been a King Diamond or Mercyful Fate fan either, but with the old school metal making such a comeback, my interest was coming back too. Hey, I lived through the screaming metal days before death/grind took over my life, and since I never got a chance to see The King before, I thought this would be a good time to witness him. Let me tell you, he is still THE KING! The Chance Theater was more crowded than I had ever seen it before. Not just old schoolers were out, but the kids as well, and that's always awesome to see. The King opened with a coffin being brought out that read ABIGAIL across the front and had some good baby skewering theatrics. He is a fantastic performer and although I wasn't that familiar with the songs, the rest of the packed crowd certainly was, singing every note and chanting Dia-mond, Dia-mond throughout the entire show. I had never seen the Chance like this. The crowd was awesome!. The King certainly thought so too, as he continually gave his thanks and his heart. There was a puppet like girl involved in his theatrics also, who seemed lifeless until The King pulled out a huge butcher knife and slit her arm, dripping blood. That was cool. When his awesome set ended well over an hour later, the crowd chanted and chanted his name until he came back out and did an awesome version of "Halloween". But no, it just wouldn't end there. The crowd chanted and chanted, "Dia-mond, Dia-mond, Dia-mond" until The King of Kings reappeared for a second rousing encore. I don't know the title, but he tore out a Mercyful Fate song in which the entire crowd sang with him and it just brought the house down. The King himself was overwhelmed by the response and gestured to the fans with his hands over his heart, thanking each and every one of us for assuring him that he is still The Man!!
I was never much of a King fan before......but I am now.
Long Live The King!!!