On Friday night, Suicidal Tendencies took Denver by storm with their infectious stage presence and high energy performance. Along with them came Crowbar, who tore down the house with their earth-shaking set, and Havok, who came home to a sold out show and a very warm welcome. Experience the World Gone Mad’s tour stop at the Summit Music Hall and witness a night full of first-rate and unrelenting metal.
Not only was it a hometown show for Havok, but it was also their release party for their thrasher of an album, Conformicide. People from all across Colorado came to celebrate along with them, welcoming them back home with an extremely warm and praising welcome. Not surprising as Havok have not only taken Colorado by storm, but also the world with their brutally honest and ear-splitting music. In the live setting, lead David Sanchez draws your attention with his commanding stage presence as he stands firmly amongst the stage wailing and riffing simultaneously. Then your attention is taken away as it’s drawn to Nick Schendzielos, who is not only an infectious and entertaining performer, but also a killer bassist. He dropped down low banging his head along to every note all the while slaying every single part. The bass work really shines through in Conformicide with its maniacally funky yet larger than life feel, especially when you watch and hear him play tracks like “Ingsoc” live. Reece Scruggs also steals the show with his pitiless and eccentric style. In the back, Pete Webber doesn’t go unnoticed with his vigorous and ferocious drum work, causing whiplash with every hit. When you see Havok play your attention is drawn to all points of the stage; That’s how mesmerizing they are. You won’t be able to stop banging your head and it’s impossible to look away, and that is why they will always withstand the test of time. That and the fact that they will go down in history as modern thrash phenoms.
With their 2016 release, The Serpent Only Lies, Crowbar are continuing to impress with their earth-shattering and down-right heavy records. Live, songs like “High Rate Extinction” and “Conquering” absolutely rip and grind through you with their unassailable power and uncompromising fierceness. Kirk Windstein’s earthy roars tremble the ground around you along with the cataclysmic sound that is the basis of Crowbar’s appeal. Sludgy and acroamatic, Crowbar, one of the world’s ultimate metal authority’s, are a force to be reckoned with both in the live setting and on record.
I grew up listening to Suicidal Tendencies. As a kid that “Down my stomach here come banana” part really stuck with me, because, at the time, I found it to be extremely funny. But as I got older I realized more the weight and importance of what they do. My dad, in particular, thinks they rock, so I am really excited to share with him the amazing time I had at this show given that he couldn’t be there. Hopefully that doesn’t make anyone feel old, but Suicidal Tendencies are one of those bands that resonates with so many different generations not only because of their killer sound that celebrates the best of hardcore, punk, and metal, but also because of their rebellious, wild and out personality. That paired with the fact that they are humble, amazing people, and you have a group that has transcended the point of just being a band, transforming them into legends. Maybe it’s just cause I grew up as a young kid idolizing everything my dad listened to or played on the guitar, but you can’t deny the fact that they are influencers in the metal world and beyond, in addition to being insanely talented musicians. Their show in Denver further staked their claim, and provided not only a nice little nostalgic moment but also a look into the full circle journey of the long and successful career of Suicidal Tendencies.
“You Can’t Bring Me Down” opened up the set, striking its way out into the Summit Music Hall with full and brutal force. It’s a song that originated in the 90’s, but is still at the top of its game today. Mike Muir came out like a madman, moving around as fast and as full-throttle as the beat stopping briefly to dance and punch his fists in the air. His attitude and moves hardcore punk to the bone. But though there’s something so unruly to what they do, there is a method to the madness. Suicidal Tendencies are high-powered and unrestrained, but there is also an art to what they do. That art being their musicianship, which rips through every riff and resonates through every drum hit. Nonetheless, Suicidal Tendencies rage the whole night through smiling and enjoying every second, much like the fans in front of them. “Clap Like Ozzy,” off their most recent release World Gone Mad, came out ferociously with the funky bass work of Ra Díaz and wild guitar soloing of Dean Pleasants, resonating feeling and soul through every note. Every member exuded a joy and positivity that could be felt both in their performance and their presence on stage, which in turn, spread throughout the crowd like a wildfire.
Their performance was reminiscent of a giant party where thrashers, punks, metalheads, and skaters all join together to rejoice all that needs to be celebrated about Suicidal. Nothing but good vibes and killer music all night long. The world may be going mad, but at least we have bands like Suicidal Tendencies to keep up from going utterly insane. Check out their incomparable performance below at the Summit Music Hall in Denver.
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