Opening the night for Hatebreed, was none other than Devil You Know. Fronted by former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones, DYK brought life to the crowd before the major acts hit the stage. This relatively new band played seven extremely powerful songs and got the blood pumping for the next band, DevilDriver, led by vocalist Dez Fafara’s serious set of lungs. That man can scream! The crowd didn’t ever let up, and screamed along with him. The most fascinating part of their show for me was their new drummer, Austin D’Amond. With some of the fastest hands in the business and without skipping a beat, he would look around, make eye contact with fans, throw and twirl the sticks, sing along, as if he was checking on the crowd to make sure they were into it. Hell of a performance by both openers. It was time for Hatebreed.
Hatebreed, the hardcore metal quintet from Connecticut was semi-local, just over the border in Poughkeepsie, NY for the final night of their Concrete Confessional Tour. It was an extra special night for the locals in attendance, where most have been diehard fans since the beginning. Hatebreed, comprised of: Jamey Jasta (vocals), Chris Beattie (bass), Wayne Lozinak (guitar), Matt Byrne (drums) and Frank Novinec (guitar) had friends and family in the crowd for the tour closer. I had the chance to speak to Matt before the show; he was excited to have his family at the show and be able to spend some time with them just before the holiday season.
The lights dimmed, and the show started with crowd favorites “Destroy Everything” & “Looking Down the Barrel of Today.” The tight venue, with a capacity of just under 500, literally was shaking and swaying with all the crowd participation. There was no shortage of moshing, as circle pits were non-stop throughout the whole show! There was so much energy in the crowd, we even had the chance to see one fan crazy enough to jump from the balcony onto the crowd below. A daring, dangerous act, yet somehow, the crowd didn’t even react, and just kept on with the music. The powerful riffs, double bass, and ear piercing vocals from Jasta continued. The energy didn’t cease until the last note was played. The band thanked the crowd for a successful tour and invited everyone next door to an after party hosted by the band.
Photo Credits: Scott Langevin