SOULFLY in Bloomington

soulfly at the castle in bloomington il

SOULFLY STORMS THE CASTLE!

For the second consecutive night metal fans were out in full force braving the bitter cold and snow to attend a concert at The Castle Theater in Bloomington, Illinois.  On the bill was headliner Soulfy backed by Blackwater, Bloodroot and Degrade the Signal.  The crowd started out small but filled in nicely as the night went on.  The energy level was high as the fans pressed against the barricade that had been mangled the night before.  After killer sets by the support bands the lights dimmed and Soulfly stormed the stage, ripping through a ninety minute set that covered three songs from their newest album “Savages” (released September 2013) and a long list of songs from most of their previous albums.  While the crowd surfing was rather light, the seasoned crowd was throwing up devil horns and fist pumps and bouncing from the first notes of “Blood, Fire, War, Hate” until the very end of the show.  Early on lead singer Max Cavalera’s son Zyon, who is the drummer, lost his floor tom and if you hadn’t seen the scramble of the road crew to replace it you wouldn’t have known there was a problem because he didn’t miss a beat. Zyon’s brother Igor sang backing vocals on a few of the songs in the set.  During one of the few breaks between belting out songs Max brought up a young fan from the crowd to help announce the Sepultura song “Roots Bloody Roots”.  Max had earlier remarked that they didn’t want to bore the crowd with words between songs, which they didn’t.  The band was tight and gave the metal heads what they had come for,  a night of loud, in your face, head banging metal.  Soulfly killed it!   (photos and review by Michael McMillen)

soulfly at the castle in bloomington il

soulfly at the castle in bloomington il

soulfly at the castle in bloomington il

soulfly at the castle in bloomington il

soulfly at the castle in bloomington il

soulfly at the castle in bloomington il

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