Wednesday night, I took a step away from my well beaten indie rock path into the realm of heavy metal with Devil You Know, Down, and Black Label Society. Prepared for a night of ass-kicking metal, I donned my leather boots and black hoodie and stepped into the Electric Factory. Having missed opener Butcher Babies, I made my way up front for Devil You Know. Their set was on the short side (only 6 songs) and was fast, hard hitting, and featured the growling vocals of Howard Jones, formerly of Killswitch Engage.

Devil You Know | Photo by: Adrianna Hillborn

Devil You Know | Photo by: Adrianna Hillborn

Up next was metal supergroup Down, featuring members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity and Eyehategod. The band came to the stage and frontman Phil Anselmo hyped up the crowd with a rousing “Motherfucking Philadelphia! We have your asses for the next 45 minutes!” Aside from the band’s great, heavy guitar sound, the thing that stood out to me was their amazing stage presence. They were extremely entertaining to watch, and it was fun to see the crowd get so into the band. I witnessed at least 3 guys crowd surf up towards the stage just for a chance to slap hands with Phil. The cool part was, he reached out towards them just as much as they reached for him.

Phil Anselmo, frontman of Down

Phil Anselmo, frontman of Down

Headliner Black Label Society definitely had the majority of fans in the crowd, with most of them sporting Black Label Society motorcycle leathers with BLS rockers and patches. Even before the music started, I could see that the branding was strong. There is no denying that Zakk Wylde absolutely shreds on guitar; and he makes it look so easy. During Black Label Society’s 15-song set, Wylde took off into an insanely long and intricate guitar solo. The man is amazing. New guitarist Dario Lorina had respectable chops behind his blank demeanor. Bassist John DeServio meanwhile, looked like he was having a blast.

Black Label Society | Photo by: Adrianna Hillborn

Black Label Society | Photo by: Adrianna Hillborn

While the majority of their songs could be described as heavy melodic metal, Black Label Society did tone it down for their piano-driven tribute to Dimebag Darrell, which added a somber note to the set. Even with the incredible guitar work, I was surprised to see that the crowd was less energetic than I was expecting. Overall, the show was enjoyable and my heavy metal Wednesday night was a good break from my normal show.

Down  Fans| Photo by: Adrianna Hillborn

Down Fans| Photo by: Adrianna Hillborn

Black Label Society Set list:

  1. My Dying Time
  2. Godspeed Hell Bound
  3. Destruction Overdrive
  4. Heart of Darkness
  5. Overlord
  6. Damn the Flood
  7. Guitar solo
  8. Parade of the Dead
  9. Fields of Unforgiveness
  10. Angel of Mercy
  11. In This River
  12. The Blessed Hell Ride
  13. Suicide Messiah
  14. Concrete Jungle
  15. Stillborn

Down Set List

  1. Eyes of the South
  2. We Knew Him Well
  3. Witchtripper
  4. Lifer
  5. Pillars of Eternity
  6. Hail the Leaf
  7. Losing All
  8. Stone the Crow
  9. Bury Me in Smoke

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