Can I just announce to the entire world that The Riot Room is the only place saving Kansas City at the moment? If it wasn’t for this venue, I am sure the entire city would be missing out on most of the great metal tours. Bigger events usually go to The Truman, Uptown Theater or even The Granada, which is all the way in Lawrence, Kansas. The Riot Room hosts many great shows and Feb 18th, 2019 was a special night for a few reason. Soulfly came through once again and brought a tribe of heathens to show us a good time. Starting with the band Alukah, a deathcore band from Maryland.
With beer in hand, I watched as Alukah played their grooves and blast beats. Their vocalist sounded damn good to me, hitting lows and highs with impressive professionalism. The band played tasty jams and they got my attention and head moving to the music. I like what I heard and I hope to hear more them soon. Next up was Incite, a groove/thrash style band from Arizona. Their energy was fun to watch. Their sound was damn good and the band owned it. The crowd got a little more rowdy when Incite played their songs. They played almost nonstop for 35 mins before calling it a night. I loved their set.
Kataklysm was next, I’ve seen them a couple of times and know what to expect. I prepared for whirlwinds of people, high velocity drumming, incredible guitar and bass playing all while Iacano belches venom on the microphone. Kataklysm is just a delight to watch live and they didn’t disappoint at all. Luckily, we were the last night the band was on the bill as Iacano’s wife is expecting to give birth to their son the following week. So that was a humble moment shared with the fans. Give us hectic death metal and then get home to be a daddy, so sweet. I genuinely thought that was neat. Oh and the band played the best set I have ever seen from them, and I saw them 5 seconds after the Royals won the World Series!
Soulfly was next and the crowd gathered tightly to the stage. Things were about to get goofy and I already was expecting bodies to fly around. The band started into a newer song, “The Summoning” and it all kicked off from there. Max Cavalera was the most energetic I have ever seen him and he was completely into it the entire set. Marc Rizzo, despite having massive guitar issues during the first song, was able to get it fixed with his technician and then shredded during the entire set. Zyon Cavalera was incredibly fun to watch as he bashed and blasted on his kit throughout the night. He is such a talent and underrated musician. Mike Leon was a gem on the bass guitar and he did a damn good job covering vocal duties on songs like “Under Rapture” and “Dead Behind the Eyes”.
As a whole, the entire night was a lot of fun and each band performed really well. Each band putting on great sets, Alukah and Incite turning me into a fan as it was the first time I have not only seen them but even heard of their music. Kataklysm and Soulfly playing such a good set that I consider it being the best performances I have witnessed thus far. Soulfly’s set was a balanced mix of newer songs and older hits. I loved it.