A mixed bill consisting of Lordi, Nile and Overkill came to The Agora Theatre and Ballroom in Cleveland, OH last week and each band brought their own unique value to the night, creating one complete, rock and metal filled night.
Finnish hard rock band Lordi opened the evening with a powerful set consisting of “Devil is a Loser”, “Hug You Hardcore”, “Would You Love A Monsterman?” and the song that won the band Eurovision in 2006 “Hard Rock Hallelujah”- among a few others. Regardless of the crowd’s familiarity with the band, everyone was actively engaged during their performance. This marks the first time Lordi has played in the US since they had a spot on 2007’s Ozzfest lineup. Lordi’s performance can best be described as an experience- between the costumes, the talent expressed through every band member and the music itself- it is sure to please every audience member in one way or another.
Following Lordi was technical death metal band Nile, who got the mosh pit started early on in the night. Although I had to miss some of their set, what I did see was executed very well and sparked my interest. In all honestly, I was extremely unfamiliar with Nile’s work prior to Wednesday night’s show. I had heard the name dozens of times, but if you asked me to name a song or record I’d be unable to do so. However, after seeing the band perform a few songs I was more than impressed with the technicality and precision that each band member obtained and executed. It was an excellent performance, and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform again next month.
Headlining the night was Overkill, and having seen the band perform once prior at the Rock Carnival in 2016, I went into their performance expecting greatness- and they did not disappoint. The band opened their set with “Mean, Green, Killing Machine”, a track off their latest album The Grinding Wheel. While getting a live sampling of their new material, the band also performed classic tracks such as “Electric Rattlesnake”, “Feel the Fire”, “Hello From the Gutter” and of course the infamous “Elimination”. Overkill also incorporated a unique cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald” which was done remarkably well. As expected, the band simply oozed talent. Between Derek Tailor and Dave Linsk on dueling guitar, D.D. Verni on bass, Eddie Garcia pounding away on the drums and Bobby Blitz’ over the top vocal abilities- you can’t go wrong. Closing out the night was a big “Fuck You”, a phrase and song that is synonymous with Overkill.
Overkill and Nile still have a few weeks remaining on this powerhouse tour, and it surely not one to miss. Check out the remaining tour dates here.