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Faith No More: Live Photos @ Webster Hall (5/14/2015)

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Faith No More had returned and delivered two rocking and sold out shows in NYC. PiercingMetal had the chance to be a part of the second night festivities and that show was reviewed on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy some photos that were taken during the permitted numbers.

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Faith No More by Ken Pierce (2015)

faith no more, faith no more live photos
Faith No More by Ken Pierce (2015)

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Faith No More @ Webster Hall (5/14/2015)

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Artist: Faith No More
Venue: Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: Les Butcherettes
Date: 5/14/2015
Label: Ipecac Records

Before getting into this report I wanted to cite some recollections that I had about the band Faith No More in my own musically interested life. The first and probably most important recollection is that the very first time that I heard them was on one of those local radio programs that used to be a lot more prevalent back in the day. There was a show on the WNYE airwaves that was stationed down in Brooklyn Heights near where I was going to college and on the program “Metal In Your Face”, the show host “Rebel” used to play all kinds of awesome stuff that was often ahead of the conventional Heavy Rock and Metal listener’s normal channels. It was there that I got my first copy of “The Real Thing” based on a friendship I had built with the host and this was on cassette since CD’s were not really often stuff that was given away. These were also the days when vinyl still ruled the roost. I played this cassette to death and when the band announced a show at the once legendary L’Amour club I knew I had to get myself in there. I remember that a friend and I had just enough money for the ticket and car service or the ticket and some beers. We would opt for the ticket and a case of beers and a lengthy walk to the club. Needless to say we arrived feeling no pain but recalling a very excellent performance by a still new to our side of the ocean Faith No More whose album was still rather new as well. Good times.
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“There’s No 666 In Outer Space” by Hella

Artist: Hella
Title: “There’s No 666 In Outer Space”
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Release Date: 1/30/2007
Genre: Experimental Rock
Rating: 3/5

It’s interesting to find bands like Hella – for this is the kind of group that definitely shows a level of influence by bands such as Primus more than anything else you will find on the modern scene. It’s easy to notice this based on the level of heavy experimentation and complex time signatures that appear on every track on the album. There is nothing predictable about their sound, and while at times it looks to confuse – it is instead a very well-thought out mayhem. There are many who refer to this brand of music as Mathcore or Nintendo (which is a term I am still not catching at all) but I did feel that through it all there is definitely a lot of tasty rhythms and patterns that will impress any fan of that Avant-Garde/Experimental side of Rock. It takes a couple of listens to appreciate what is going on, but as a result you will find yourself getting a little more in sync with the guys. The band is comprised of Zach Hill, Josh Hill, Aaron Ross, Carson McWhirter and Spencer Seim. Zack and Spencer were band mates since High School and Josh is Zach’s cousin. The bands goal was to play a less conventional form of music and the name is simply a common slang term used in Northern California. Fans of bands like Mars Volta, System Of A Down and of course anything by Les Claypool should enjoy what Hella is doing.
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“Houdini Live 2005: A Live History Of Gluttony And Lust” by The Melvins

Artist: Melvins
Title: “Houdini Live 2005: A Live History Of Gluttony And Lust”
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Release Date: 5/16/2006
Genre: Punk/Hard Rock
Rating: 7/10

Punk legends the Melvins have been a busy group and over the past year with touring in Europe have unleashed on the world a live recording of their classic album “Houdini”. The recording itself was not done in some conventional club but instead an isolated warehouse where the band setup shop and invited a crowd to be part of the event. I admit never really following the band but have to say that the recording truly delivers a different level of heaviness not often associated with Punk acts. There is a lot more of the Stoner Doom feel to some of the tunes which allow them a lot of room for performances with harder edged acts. There is not any crowd noise to speak of and the very clean yet dirty production level will definitely be of appeal to bands like Brand New Sin and perhaps Crowbar. Vocals are gritty across the whole piece and King Buzzo even has some Danzig moments to him. He is joined by Dale Crover (drums) and Trevor Dunn (bass). Both members of the rhythm section sing backup which brings those sections out all the more. I enjoyed the drumming very much and the bass was truly solid (as Dunn previously worked with the band Fantomas of which Slayers Dave Lombardo was a member).
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