El Desmadre got the crowd into prime moshing form with an intense set of Thrash Metal. The 2 years since I last saw them seems to have just made them even crazier, and faster. Their frontman put on an intense and occasionally humorously whimsical stage show, while the band relentlessly ripped out the hardcore Thrash riffs. It was quite apparent that despite being local they had some fans of their own in attendance when a few crowd members got on stage to sing their last song.
H.R.A. tore through an energy charged set of Punk/Thrash/Metal crossover. Raising the bar of intensity in the pit for the umpteenth time of the night. So, much so, that some over anxious moshers seemed to be getting fatigued by the end of the set. Of course that's partially due to the cherry on top of their hard, fiery Crossover onslaught, a cover of Negative Approach's "Can't Tell No One", which had everyone in the audience going crazy in one form or another.
Verbal Abuse opened the night with the logical choice of their title song. They barreled through an array of mostly classic songs, but a few new ones thrown in for good measure. One interesting fact is that the band played without any set list, whenever it came time to play another song they would choose one at random, or ask the audience. The resulting spontaneity of the show made it that much more fun. Highlights include: "I Hate You"(which had Nicki join the audience on the floor for its entirety), "Free Money", "Unity", "If Speed Kills Your Looking At A Dead Man", and more.
As they neared the end of their set they announced they would be playing a few covers of old bands they were in, which included a few Sick Pleasure songs. Due to the fact that Nicki's mic went out midway through the last song, they treated the audience to "An American Band" for their farewell song. While the band finished the last moments of the song Nicki went around to a number of nearby attendees to shake their hand before leaving the stage. After an hour or so of fierce moshing the crowd goers seemed relieved they could stop to breathe once the band finally bid their farewells.
They seem as fast, tight, and intense as ever. I just have one question. How Ed did of Vatos Locos get the lucky job of guitarist that night?