Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Code Orange and Twitching Tongues torch Cleveland’s House of Blues!


It took the four bands that were featured at the House of Blues in Cleveland on December 2nd just four hours to destroy something that I’ve been working on for over 56 years. Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Code Orange and Twitching Tongues collectively torched this thing I call a goatee right off of my face. Okay, maybe not, but I think you get my drift.

I’ve got to admit that I’m not the biggest metal head in the world but even if you didn’t like metal at all, you would have been when you left the storied venue.

Celebrating the anniversaries of their first two albums, 20 years for the album ”Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire” and 15 years for “Perseverance”, Hatebreed is also supporting their latest compilation, “The Concrete Confessional”.

Hatebreed at Cleveland's House of Blues on December 2, 2017. All photos taken by Larry Ritter/therustbeltchronicles.com

I’ve seen the boys from Connecticut before only in a festival atmosphere so this was a first for me to be up close and personal. All I can say is “WOW”!!!! Hatebreed ripped the stage up with a high voltage performance that brought the HOB crowd to a feeding fervor. Pits opened up, crowd-surfing intensified and the decibel level went through the roof.

Neil Bibler with his son Ryder. Horns up for Hatebreed. Photo taken by Larry Ritter/therustbeltchronicles.com

Lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, showed as much enthusiasm on as he did when the group first began back in 1994. He was boisterous and the vocals were on spot. Matt Byrne (drums) and Chris Beattie (bass) had the walls rattling while guitarists Frank Novinec (lead) and Wayne Lozinak (rhythm) were masterful with their riffs and licks.

The Grammy nominated band’s set list included classics from both “Satisfaction is the Death of Desire” and “Perseverance” such as ‘Proven’, ‘Mark My Words’, ‘Destroy Everything’, ‘Empty Promises’ and ‘I Will Be Heard’ with their huge hit from “The Concrete Confessional” thrown in the mix as well.

Prior to Hatebreed’s appearance the three-piece band called Dying Fetus performed. To call this trio heavy would be a vast understatement. For just three members, DF was absolutely brutal. Their delivery was tight and the depths of the growling came from further down than the ‘Pit of Misery’…Dilly, Dilly!

Dying Fetus at Cleveland's House of Blues. All photos taken by Larry Ritter/therustbeltchronicles.com

John Gallagher, the lone member who has been with the band since it’s 1991 beginnings, was amazing with the six-string while bassist and backup vocalist, Sean Beasley, pounded the axe with sheer destruction in mind. Drummer Trey Williams wrapped everything with the power of a runaway locomotive!

Older songs like ‘In the Trenches’, ‘From Womb to Waste’ and ‘Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses) was included on the set-list. The title tune from their latest release “Wrong One to Fuck With” as well as ‘Fixated on Devastation’ also made the cut.

Newly Grammy-nominated Code Orange left an indelible mark on me. Not only were they outstanding musicians but they exuded as much energy as perhaps any band that I’ve had the privilege to see. Both Joe Goldman (bass) and Dominic Landolina (guitar) ran, skipped, hopped and jumped their way to what had to equal a 5K run.

Original members Reba Meyers (guitar, vocals), Eric Balderose (guitar, vocals) and Jami Morgan (drums) might not have had the physical movement that their two other bandmates had but they were sensational on their weapon of choice. All three were in complete unison with the vocal work, which was as heavy as any of the bands performing.

Code Orange at Cleveland's House of Blues. All photos taken by Larry Ritter/therustbeltchronicles.com

It was easy to understand how Code Orange was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Metal Performance. Their latest compilation “Forever” was also included in the Metal Album of the Year race by Loudwire.

They earned a new fan after their performance and I can’t wait to see them in Columbus at Rock on the Range in May performing tunes like ‘Forever’ and ‘My World’ again.

Twitching Tongues was the night’s opener and they did a superb job. It was the first time that I have ever seen the band out of Los Angeles but it won’t be the last, at least I hope not.

Twitching Tongues at Cleveland's House of Blues. All photos taken by Larry Ritter/therustbeltchronicles.com

Lead vocalist Colin Taylor made a dramatic entrance donning a robe with the name of the band adorning the back while wearing a macabre looking mask. Once the garb was removed he proved to be an outstanding talent with the mic. His brother Taylor could shred a guitar with the best of them while Sean Martin didn’t play second fiddle. Anthonie Gonzales (bass) and Cayle Sain (drums)supplied the band with a booming rhythm sound.

I like the rest of the HOB crowd had a tremendous time. This tour or what is left of it is definitely worth your time to get and witness. But heed a warning take care if you have any facial hair.

Until next time this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/



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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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