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Shadows Fall/Killswitch Engage Side Project Kills In First Boston Show

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Nothing spices up a shitty, rainy afternoon like a good, old-fashioned metal show. And it’s even better when said daytime metal show includes some bonafide rock stars kicking complete ass in an intimate venue.

That’s just what unfolded in the dank, dark confines of Church in the shadows of Boston’s Fenway Park this past Saturday when Brian Fair of Shadows Fall and Mike D’Antonio of Killswitch Engage shattered the day’s doldrums with an hour of thrashy punk with their new side project Death Ray Vision.

The pair of old friends, joined by KsE/Seemless guitarist Pete Cortese, Cannae drummer Colin Conway and newcomer Zack Wells also on guitar, unveiled the new band a couple weeks ago at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass.

But this was their first show in Boston and it was a throwback to the all-ages union hall shows where the band members started out. They chose heavily from their newly-released EP “Get Lost or Get Dead,” ripping through “Shatter Frames,” “Get Lost” and the punishing hardcore romp, “Not for Glory.”

True to the band’s stripped-down, old-school spirit, they dug deep into their hardcore arsenal, cranking out classics from Bad Brains (“Right Brigade”), Integrity (“Diehard”) and Cro-Mags (“Hard Times”). They also dug out “Grifter” by Overcast, a seminal Boston band that included Fair and D’Antonio.

It was a ferocious hour-long set, injected with a dose of old school hardcore fun, that was book-ended by crushing sets by Furnace and up-and-comers Acaro, another Massachusetts band fronted by vocalist Chris Harrell, who sang for Burn In Silence.

The hometown affair was perfect for Fair and D’Antonio, who launched the side project to escape the rock star lifestyle for a bit and get back to the basics of shredding. Both looked like they had a blast, playing to a roomful of old friends.

And really, is there a better way to spend a dreary Saturday?

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1. R10 writes:

Sounds like I missed a good one Driftski. I love these small club shows. Saw Overcast reunion a couple years ago upstairs at Palladium. Crazy show. Fair got kicked in the mouth by a stage diver and got knocked over and said he had forgotten what that felt like. Cortese was in a band called Bloodwitch with members of Kilgore and they smoked a version of Whiplash. Goodtimes. Got a feeling Acaro might be on the way up big time. They smoke. And the bassist does some serious beard banging.

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