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Children of Bodom, Chimaira and Through The Eyes of the Dead Rock The Recher Theater

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On Tuesday, March 21 I decided to end my several month drought on seeing live shows and go out to see Through The Eyes of the Dead, Chimaira and Children of Bodom play at my new favorite venue, The Recher Theater, in Baltimore, MD. This single movie theater converted to a club/concert hall with a capacity of 700 was sold out and quite packed. The lineup looked good and I didn’t want to miss a chance to catch Through the Eyes of the Dead, who have breathed some much needed life into the largely stale genre of death metal. And ever since “The Impossibility of Reason” and their latest self-titled album, I will gladly see Chimaira any time they come to town.

I arrived almost a half hour after doors had opened, hoping to avoid standing out in the cold (or bring a coat into the venue), but also not miss any of Through the Eyes of the Dead. Unfortunately, there was still a line and by the time I got into the club, TTEOTD had just started what I think was their second song.

Through the Eyes of the Dead sounded good. They performed like a seasoned band, belting out nearly (if not) their entire Prosthetic debut “Bloodlust” in the 30 minutes or so they had to play. They sounded quite different from the recording, however (read my review of “Bloodlust” here). Much more of the metalcore influence shined through in their live performance, as opposed to their CD, in which they sound much more like modern death metal. The breakdowns sound decidedly hardcore and a lot more of the Gothenburg-style melodic guitars also came through in their live performance. It wasn’t a bad thing at all. The music still carried the death metal speed and intensity that I love about the album and as I mentioned, the guys performed much more like seasoned veterans than a young band with only and album or two out. Through the Eyes of the Dead are a band I am very interested in seeing again, especially once they have more material to play and more time to play it.

Chimaira were up next. Not headlining, they played a somewhat predictable and short set containing most of their heaviest songs and best shout-along anthems. They started out with “Nothing Remains,” which still hasn’t won me over, then continued with my favorite “Save Yourself.” They proceeded with “Cleansation” and then back to the new album with I believe “Comatose.” The pit was going pretty good for most of their set, degenerating into a few big guys pushing each other around about half of the time.

A couple of attractive ladies came out to dance (stripper style) in bikinis for Salvation. I found it quite hilarious to note that the mosh pit had come to a complete halt and all eyes were forward for that song!

After a few more songs - the only “Pass Out Of Existence” track I recognized was “Severed” – they wrapped up the set with a couple favorite chant-alongs, closing with “Powertrip.” Chimaria have their stage presence down and play a tight set. They’ve improved greatly since the first couple of times I saw them live – both in live performance and in musical catalog - and I look forward to seeing them any time they come to town. I plan to catch them again in late April when they come around with Arch Enemy, actually.

I expected to see God Forbid that night as well – and wasn’t sure if they’d play before or after Chimaira - but I was pleased that they didn’t play and they got right to Bodom.

I can’t really say I’m a huge Children of Bodom fan. While they’ve got some classic songs in their back-catalog, they typically have too much guitar-viruoso style and keyboards for my taste and not enough true heaviness. Well, they solved that personal gripe by starting off with a song from their latest album, “Are You Dead Yet,” which is considerably heavier than most of their past material. I was surprised by how large the mosh pit suddenly became, reaching nearly both sides of the theater and dwarfing the pit that Chimaira had going. Much to my pleasure, Children of Bodom continued to play a couple more new songs and played probably 5 or 6 all night, which was a substantial part of their set. The mosh pit was raging throughout most of their set as they played to a crowd that was predominantly there to see them. Children of Bodom put on an energetic performance and was entertaining to watch, despite not being a fan of all of their material.

After a little more than an hour, Children of Bodom left the stage. They returned for a four-song encore, wrapping up with classic fan favorite ”Hate Crew, Deathroll.”

Unfortunately, they were strict with photos that night (due to the dancers?), so I was only able to shoot Through The Eyes of The Dead. Even so, I didn’t get many decent shots off, as the narrow but deep theater makes it hard to get up front and get good shots. To top it off, my photo pass had fallen off my shirt and I was asked by security to see it after my first photo! Having to be escorted back to the front to get another only killed some time I would have liked to have been shooting and watching the show. You can check out the few usable photos (admittedly still not great) I took at the show in the photo gallery.

Overall, I had a great time and recommend seeing these great bands play live. With the way tours are intentionally diversified these days, it’s a rare show where I really enjoy all of the bands on the bill as I did this one.

These bands are still on the road, but Children of Bodom and Chimaira have already gone their separate ways, with COB continuing on this tour with Through The Eyes of the Dead and another band and Chimaira starting up their co-headlinging tour with Arch enemy in a few days. The remaining COB and TTEOTD tour dates are as follows:

Mar. 29 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Mar. 30 St. Louis, MO - Pops
Mar. 31 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
Apr. 01 Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom
Apr. 03 Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Apr. 04 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Apr. 05 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Apr. 07 Sacramento, CA - Colonial Theatre
Apr. 08 San Francisco, CA - Slims
Apr. 10 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues

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1. WhylordWhy writes:

good thread D.B. I heard Through The Eyes of the Dead a few weeks ago and am now hooked. Another good band I was turned onto was Ed Gein really weird metalcore but good for my ears..lol. I think the next show you need to write about and attend is Maryland Deathfest coming in May. I think if we get enough people to pitch in we can get you a 3 day pass...:)

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2. deathbringer writes:

I've wanted to go to the MD Deathfest, but it's usually over Memorial Day weekend, and I am often travelling to see family then (and have a family myself, making it hard to break away for 3 whole days). There are going to be plenty of good tours to see this year anyway. I am not going to have a shortage of opporunities to get out. The time constraint it usually the biggest issue.

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3. WhylordWhy writes:

I hear you there. My wife told me golf or shows...lol She can't stand my music I hope you have better luck in that department. She said since it is getting warm out you can take your daughter with you. Hell maybe she will be the next Tiger gotta start them young . Hahaha april 15th she will be 3 poor thing.

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4. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

I just saw these bands last night at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL and it was an awesome concert! A lot of people were booing TTEOTD though and I don't understand why. I mean I don't like the singing that much either but the music is bad ass! And some people didn't like God Forbid either. They did an excellent job! oh well I enjoyed it!

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5. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

Oops...lol...God Forbid was in Chimaira's spot on this. My bad. But it was still good and I'm seeing Chimaira/Arch Enemy, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, and Stemm on April 24th

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6. frAek writes:

lol....I was at this show. It was great. I think I saw you too when they stopped you for taking a photo too.

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7. cob fan writes:

i was at the show to...it was pretty crazy

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8. darkangelrocks writes:

children of bodom are amazing...they're the greatest.

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