APRIL 29th 2015
VOLBEAT/ANTHRAX/CROBOT
Review By: Richard Steven Hensey
Photos By: Peter Ruttan

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The WaMu Theatre in Seattle Washington was the sonic landscape of not one but 3 great music acts. Headliners Volbeat and  Anthrax along with special guests Crobot made a stop at the home of the Seattle Seahawks as part of their spring arena tour which launch April 24th and runs through the month of May and ends June 2nd in New York. Those in attendance were treated to a spectacular night of music as each band gave the crowd everything they had and more.

Starting off the night was up and coming Crobot. Hailing from Pottsville, PA Crobot just released their full-length ‘Something Supernatural’ album after breaking out earlier in 2014 with their self-titled EP. Vocalist Brandon Yeagley commanded a excellence performance as fans were treated to their high-energy live performance as well as their hair, facial hair and bell bottoms.

Anthrax is no stranger to metal fans with there legacy of core-shaking thrash metal from the 80’s and early 90’s. Lead singer Joey Belladonna fronts Anthrax, currently being his third time in that role. The band also consists of long-time members guitarist Scott Ian, Frank Bello on bass, and Charlie Benante on drums, alongside brand new lead guitarist Jonathan Donais. The pairing of Volbeat and Anthrax may seem an interesting choice to diehard fans as Anthrax' guitarist Rob Caggiano left the band in 2013 only to join up with Volbeat. But life moves on and so did the bands.

They were tight, hitting the crowd fast and hard. Their ten-song set was heavy with classic songs from his first stint in the band, but they also offered up the new " Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't" and it went over well. The band performed a tribute to legendary metal icons Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell Abbott with their song “In The End” off of the 2011 release of ‘Worship Music.’ People with horns raised high got there Anthrax fix.

To close the night we had the headliner Danish import Volbeat who is an inspired fusion of heavy metal, rock and rockabilly that comes from listening to earlier artists like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. The line-up includes lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Michael Poulsen, bassist and backing vocalist Anders Kjølholm, drummer Jon Larsen and lead guitarist and backing vocalist Rob Caggiano. They would follow hitting the stage accompanied by a sea praise to which they returned the thanks will a 14 song set that mixed newer songs such as “Doc Holliday” and “The Hangman’s Body Count”. The band took time to thank and recognize the crowd several times throughout the night and at one point even welcomed several children to the stage to dance and sing among the members.

The excitement in the WaMu Theatre reached critical mass with fan favorites like “Hallelujah Goat”, “The Garden’s Tale” and the Dusty Springfield penned “I Only Wanna Be With You” before closing out the set with the always rousing “Still Counting.” This is the complete package for a live show, a unique experience, covering styles of hard rock/metal and it should at least be a once-in-a-lifetime effort for most people, regardless of their age or music preference.