Friday night’s show saw the nearly sold-out venue packed wall to wall, and within a minute of opening song Six Pounder, fans began flying in every direction. COB played the second stage of Mayhem Festival ‘13 last summer (read my review of the full festival here) and that 45 minute taste clearly whetted the appetites of New Yorkers for Friday and Saturday’s headlining performances.
Die hard fans in the front rows screamed along to every word as Alexi shredded his guitar through 16 Bodom favorites, including crushers like Hatecrew Deathroll and Blooddrunk. Early on, the velocity and intensity of the crowdsurfers grew so fierce that photographers were asked to leave the photo pit early, as the Irving Plaza security frantically rushed back and forth to catch the unending waves of surfers.
One of Bodom’s best assets is keyboardist Janne Wirman, and he and Alexi settled into throbbing grooves all night long, anchoring the metal insanity with the melodic qualities that push COB above most of their contemporaries. But even the strongest melodies only enhanced the absolutely headcrushing music that kept a pit swirling all night long.
The only-in-New-York crowd also included at least one elderly, gray-bearded, cane-wielding gentleman who rocked out just as hard as everyone else, despite clearly being well over retirement age. And in an added bonus, those who returned for Saturday night’s show were treated to a significantly different setlist, making Bodom’s two night residency easily one of the best metal visits of 2014 so far.
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