For a post Halloween show, Killswitch Engage knew how to rock the crowd and I was able to witness this incredible event through the lens of my camera. That night was their last show before they hit the studio to record their next album.
The crowd, riled up after the incredible performances of opening bands City of Homes, Death Ray Vision, and All That Remains, drew closer together, fogging up the windows, and the whispers intensified in anticipation for Killswitch Engage’s arrival. For a small venue, Upstate Concert Hall was packed to the brim. Finally, the venue’s speakers playing hard rock/heavy metal music came to a screeching halt and taking its place, spooky organ music, bringing out all of the members of Killswitch Engage. Front man, Jesse Leach, wore a “blood-stained” shirt that read: “I WILL KILL THEM ALL,” and his face covered in red and black face paint.
Not a moment was wasted as they began their killer set with “Fixation on the Darkness,” immediately followed by “This is Absolution.” The die-hard fans sang along whole heartedly, waving their horns to the rhythm, and the crowd-surfers rose up from the sea of bodies in the venue, making their way to the front in hopes that they would be able to touch the rock gods before them. After “Beyond the Flames,” lead guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz began his normal hysterical outbursts, then they continued their set with “The Arms of Sorrow,” “Breathe Life,” and “No End in Sight.” Mosh pits circled harder and harder every minute Killswitch was on the stage.
Directly following “Rose of Sharyn,” Killswitch kept their highly energetic set going with “This Fire Burns,” “Life to Lifeless,” “Prelude,” “Vide Infra,” and they slowed the mood down a bit with their very heartbreaking single, “Always.” It was not too long afterwards that they quickened the pace and the venue exploded with crowd-surfers as well as circle pits, as they continued their set with “A Tribute to the Fallen,” “Numbered Days,” “A Bid Farewell,” and “The New Awakening.” So much of Killswitch Engage’s energy washed over the crowd, stirring the chaotic elements that make up a metal show, carrying their set on with “My Last Serenade,” “In Due Time,” and “My Curse.” They ended their show on an epic note with an amazing cover of the Misfits’ “Halloween,” and “The End of Heartache.”
All in all, Killswitch Engage concluded their tour cycle on an explosive note, making their mark on Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall. Now, here’s to waiting for some new tunes and for them to grace us with their presence next year!