Revolver Road to the Golden Gods Tour
The Revolver Road to the Golden Gods Tour presented by WAAF arrived in Boston on April 3rd at the House of Blues. Stone Sour was selected as this year’s headliner and will also be appearing at the 2013 Golden Gods Awards on May 2nd.
Newcomers Hell or Highwater kicked off the night with an energetic set. While the material felt a little too derivative of the headliners’, the band had an easy stage presence and interacted well with the crowd. Arena rock requires a strong stage command, and the guys had it.
As the sets shifted, concertgoers knew they were in for an unusual experience as the stage began to resemble a theater set. In This Moment arrived on stage with massive presence. When fronting a gas-mask wearing crew and lead singer resembling Lady Gaga on a demonic day, there’s no room for second-guessing. Founder and vocal lead Maria Brink led the band with vicious skill, snarling and grinding her way through a set that managed to enrapture an audience who started a bit skeptical and wound up slightly fuller than during the headlining act. By time Brink ripped through "Blood" and exited stage right, the room was amped.
Headliners Stone Sour had it easiest as the crowd was comprised of many Corey Taylor devotees, some sporting T-shirts from his massive hit band Slipknot and chanting his name during the set. With "House of Gold and Bones, Pt. 1," Stone Sour band entered a new realm of critical success. They did well to populate their set strongly with the new material. However, Taylor’s penchant for bravado undermines the band. About the fifth time the stage vacated and a spotlight emerged exclusively on the lead singer for yet another monolog, many in the audience seemed bored.
The latter part of the set saw an increased focus on the music and bandmates. The whole dynamic shifted and a new energy permeated the room. Taylor’s strong, poignant vocal on"Through the Glass" along with the band’s relentless delivery of "RU486" highlighted the reason Stone Sour has become a staple of hard rock.
But while Stone Sour turned in an undeniably solid performance, In This Moment was there to shut the place down. Love them or hate them, the theatrical metal band left an impression and took no prisoners. And that’s rock and roll.
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