Holy crap what a show! I knew it would be fun, but WOW, Coal Chamber and Fear Factory both put on a performance of a lifetime. What lifetime you ask? Well it was a definite throwback to 1998, but with a touch of 2015 and it couldn’t have been done better by any two other bands. Needless to say it was a great way to spend our (my girlfriend and I) anniversary! Starting the night off we were graced with the presence of Nadja of Coal Chamber with a quick video interview that will hopefully be up sooner than later, (computer issues being worked on daily). Upon the conclusion of the interview we walked in with the second band about to start, that band was Saint Ridley. They actually got the crowd to interact with them more than expected, see usually at shows in St. Louis if the fans are unfamiliar with a group they don’t get much attention from the crowd more than the zombie stare. Saint Ridley actually had some movement in the crowd which is great to see at a show like this, where you know most of the crowd is here for the two main acts.
Jasta was up next, most of you know the singer Jamie Jasta as the front man of Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, amongst other various projects. Well tonight it was just Jasta and his solo band performing anything and everything from solo stuff to Kingdom of Sorrow and Hatebreed and it was one hell of a showcase! Hatebreed hadn’t been through St. Louis in a few years, though toward the end of the set we were promised an appearance once the new album was released, so there’s hope! I think that was what really got the crowd going, well that and the fact that they went into Hatebreed’s “I Will Be Heard” which is always a crowd pleaser.
Once people came down from their Jasta high, Fear Factory did a wonderful job kicking ass and taking names starting off with two of my favorites off the Obsolete album, “Shock” right into “Edgecrusher.” The whole set was full of nostalgia and great energy as even Burton exclaimed that this was one of the best shows at Pop’s he’s played in a long time!
Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for. . for years, well for me it had been years, I missed out on their previous show at Pop’s last year or so. But, God DAMN they were more brutal than ever before. I don’t know if it has much to do with Dez’s other project DevilDriver. . .ok lets be serious of course it does. But, holy shit they took fan favorites from all albums and just annihilated them! Songs like “Sway,” “Big Truck,” “Row Boat” just turned into massive beasts of songs and ripped faces off the whole night! Again, Dez exclaimed that it had been a while since they had been to Pop’s but it wouldn’t be long for a return! The bands and the fans left extremely satisfied with what had happened that night and we really couldn’t have asked for a better show to celebrate our 4 years together!