PUEBLO, Colo.—Bleed To Death tore up the stage at Phil’s Radiator, on May 17. They were the opening act, along with Tree Of Woe. Doperunner was the direct support and Burns Like Hell was the headliner.
Michael Sword is the vocalist and guitarist, Andrew Lopez is the bassist and Ronan Neilson is the drummer of Bleed To Death.
Sword greeted the crowd and said hello to a familiar face, before the start of “Intro”. He went onto say they were previously known as the band, 3BA. He said they were in a grieving process and could not recover. In a smooth transition, he introduced Bleed To Death and made it a part of his storytelling. Afterwards—he mentioned the band had a new drummer, introduced Neilson and the spectators cheered. He acknowledged the bands on the bill and stated they played together, the night before.
With a new name and band mate, Sword mentioned “Infidel” was a new song and encouraged everyone to dance with him. More people occupied the venue and some surrounded the front of the stage, as the music continued on. Bleed To Death demonstrated how synchronized they were, by speeding up and slowing down their tempo.
Afterwards several members of the audience yelled, “Thrash rules!”
Before Bleed To Death performed “Heretic”, Sword mentioned it had been one “hell of a weekend” of music for them and the rest of the bands on the bill. He praised the other bands for playing two nights in a row, in two different cities. One of the onlookers asked him if he would like some “agua”.
He jokingly replied by asking, “Why did you have to be agua-vated?”
Prior to covering Stormtroopers of Death’s (S.O.D.) “March of the S.O.D.”, Sword mentioned how much they loved the song and said they might not be good at covering it. However, the crowd did not mind and formed a circle pit. Feeding off the energy of the crowd—Lopez played his bass in multiple directions and stomped around wherever he could, as he had done throughout the recital.
Neilson struck his drum sticks together, before Bleed To Death ended their concert with a cover of Slayer’s “Criminally Insane”. Afterwards, audience members yelled from the pit for an encore and others made their way onto the stage to hug the band members.
“Untitled” and “Nuestro” were also part of Bleed To Death’s set.