FEBRUARY 22nd 2017

Review by: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper

This show took place Wednesday, February 22 in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon. I had sworn off El Corazon because of lighting, and sound not being so great.

Starting off the night is a local band called SALEM KNIGHTS, a band that has only been around since 2015. They had a good reception from their fans, good to see the support. My complaint first is being on the floor, the band, the whole band, I was waiting for some moshers to crash into them while they played, didn’t happen. Their first song, sorry, really put me off as I am a huge Iron Maiden fan, and the opening song was one of theirs. There is no need to change anything about the song, but they did, and it ruined it. Totally understand some subtle changes, but the changes were too much. Finally got past that to enjoy a couple of their songs. Vocals were not what I expected also. Remember, this is my opinion.

Next up is Kill Closet, these guys have been around for awhile now, and have had some changes along the way. Tonight they came to the floor with 7 members, yes, that’s right 7. There are 2 vocalists, and a percussion guy, and the regular guitar, bass drums etc. They have a real following as well. Everyone on the floor again, head banging, moshing, enjoying. They did their best, just not sure if it is my style of music, to me there was something missing, or just too much.

The Wednesday night we are about to witness the epitome of American death metal at its finest with NILE. It has been such a long time since I have seen them play live, in fact 2010 was the last time.  I noticed a couple of changes to this time when they hit the stage, Brad Parris (vocals, bass) and most recently Brian Kingsland (vocals, guitars).  Not to worry, these new additions killed it. This is when I truly enjoyed myself and the music. I truly forgot how good Nile was, incorporating speed and some heavy duty riffs of complexity. They made me forget I was in El Corazon. Their performance was exceptional, beyond words. Karl, we all know has amazing talent on the all those different guitars he plays. George is someone to watch while he blasts out those beats.  Amazing to watch a band that pulls it all together and gives their best to their fans. I couldn’t believe it when their set was over, where did the time go. They play, you feed off their energy, working off each other. You will also be amazed at the sound quality. I know I won’t be waiting so long to see them again. You shouldn’t either, you like Egyptian inspired lyrics, speed and exceptional talent, extreme precision and clarity, great sound, then NILE is for you.

Next is OVERKILL, the headliners for this tour. As many of you know, I am not a thrash metal person at all, but once in a while, there is a band that draws my attention, Overkill is one of them. Amazing to think that they have been around since 1980, and are one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands, never letting their fans down, and staying true to their sound. They sometimes get called the Motorhead of thrash. If you are new to Overkill, you are going to see how thrash is done the right way. They have created what seems to be a perfect mix of thrash. They played a variety of songs, with the fans cheering, moshing, headbanging to each and every one. Overkill is a band that you need to see live, to really appreciate what they are capable of doing, and their endless energy. The crowd filled the venue, from front to back and side to side.
This venue was too small to showcase the talents of Overkill and Nile, it would be great to see these two play a venue, that had great lighting too.

Now, you need to catch these two bands in action, so these are the dates left, you need to grab a ticket or two, head out and support:

Feb 25 City National Grove, Anaheim, CA

Feb 26 Club Red, Tempe, AZ

Feb 27 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM

Feb 28 Trees, Dallas, TX

Mar 1 Scout Bar, Houston, TX

Mar 2 Alamo Music Hall, San Antonio, TX

Mar 3 Southport Hall, New Orleans, LA

Mar 4 The Ritz, Tampa, FL

Mar 5 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

Mar 6 The Filmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Mar 7 NorVa Theatre, Norfolk, VA

Mar 8 Howard Theater, Washington, DC

Mar 9 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY

Mar 10 The Palladium, Worcester, MA

Mar 11 Starland Ballroom, Sayerville, NJ