Lined up for Saturday night 9-24-11 at the Knitt, is a Tribute band from Spokane calling themselves Blistered Earth. This Metallica Tribute band has a bit of a following here in Boise. Most metal fans are interested in Metallica tribute as long as they are from the “hard” years. Of course we’re talking about the bands first few albums. Ride the Lightning, Kill’em All, and Master of Puppets but the band does play off the One, album. Blistered Earth is from lyrics in the song Blackened released on the One Album.
Saturday night had some openers. Local favorites Krystos, featuring: Billy Thornock- Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar; Dan Johnston- Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar, Adam Brimhall- Drums, Andrew Sperry- Bass Guitar. These guys have some experience as openers and did not disappoint. Bringing it to the Knitt stage. They pressed the tempo with their brand of local metal. Thrilling the crowd of several hundred metal fans of all ages. Next up came Ripchain. Locals on a mission with their old style metal and great song titles and dedications. A must see live for anyone who likes an old school heavy metal band working a crowd. These guys are fun and bring a great mood to the crowd waiting for Blistered Earth to come on.
The headliners take the stage in a strike force frenzy, opening up with “Fight Fire With Fire” . The first thing the crowd notices is; “that’s not Brad Hull.” While not Brad this younger blonder guitar player / Hetfield impersonator, seems to be belting out the anthem Fight fire with fire, on target and with attitude. Working the crowd with all of the hits of Metallica from the 80’s and 90’s. Mystery man “Rob” filled in for Brad Hull at the Reno and Boise shows but Brad will continue with the band on the rest of their tour, according to their web site and facebook page. I say way to go. Those are some big shoes to fill; Brad’s or James Hetfild’s.
Once again a great show at the Knitt on a Saturday night. All went well. Thanks again to the Knitt for putting on a safe and fun entertainment event. Thanks to the local bands for filling the stage with talent from Boise and the surrounding area. Thanks to all the local bands for making it easier to go out and find a live music show in and around the Treasure Valley. Thank you to the touring bands for making Boise a stop on their tours. But mostly the music business in Boise wants to thank the fans of metal in Boise. For coming out and making it a great time for the bands and the bars and that’s what makes a future for metal in Boise. A fan base that will come and see the shows. And Boise Metal Fans are the greatest.