Killswitch was so fucking sick. It’s been almost 5 years since the last time I saw them, and they still put on a killer show. It’s the first time I’ve been to see them with Jesse as the frontman, but he’s every bit as aggressive and capable as Howard was. Adam D. was a goof, as usual. Justin Foley shaved his incredible beard! Very upsetting.
Surprisingly, the setlist wasn’t just AoJB. They started off with “A Bid Farewell” and “Rose of Sharyn”. I actually forgot how heartwrenching “Rose of Sharyn” was. Then they chugged through the whole of AoJB. Almost every song was a classic. “Numbered Days”, “My Last Serenade”, “Fixation On the Darkness”, “Life to Lifeless”, “The Element of One”, “Rise Inside” were all amazing and everyone sang along. Then they closed out the set with “My Curse” and “The End of Heartache”, both of which were also pretty emotionally brutal.
At one point, Adam D. went, “This song is about snot and hopefully some female genitalia later” before they kicked into “The Element of One”. That track might actually be my favorite off the album.
The opening bands were pretty great. Acaro is a band I’ve never heard of, but they were pretty animated on stage. I wasn’t bored, so kudos to them. Shadows Fall kicked ass though. The lead vocalist is a white dude with dreads that are 4 feet long. The lead guitarist stole the show though. That dude’s got some crazy chops.