To say that I've been looking forward to this concert would be an understatement. It was only about a month or so ago that I picked up my first Coheed & Cambria album, which I did on the recommendation of a friend of mine. It was Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, and it is absolutely fantastic. It was far from what I expected, and was just a flat out excellent album. Then this show was announced, and I knew I had to go. Since I was going, I figured I should check out Avenged Sevenfold as well. I picked up City of Evil. I was completely unprepared for what greeted me from my speakers — this album is amazing and has not yet left my CD player. I guess I should get to the show.
I got to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center about 6:15; the doors opened at 6:00. I got inside pretty quickly and made my way over to the merch table, where I acquired a kickass Avenged Sevenfold tour shirt. I then went inside and waited for the show to begin. Now, this place has developed a nasty habit of starting shows earlier than scheduled, and this night was no different, kicking off at 6:45, rather than the announced 7:00 PM.
The lights went down, and when they came back up, Head Automatica was onstage. I must admit that they have not won a new fan in me. It's not that they didn't perform well, but I was just not into their emo-psychedelia, or whatever you want to call it, style. Their look seemed to want to emulate the Beatles, yet it was mediocre at best. The music was just bland, trying to capture a bygone era with modern sensibilities, and ending up just a dull concoction. The crowd didn't really seem to be buying into them either — there was a decidedly mixed reaction, a combination of some weak cheers and boos. My best guess is that this was just the wrong crowd for them. Technically, they performed their music well; they were a solid unit up there, but I just could not get into them. I think the biggest thing that bugged me was when they plugged their upcoming album (it is being released on 6/6/06) and they said that if you were "real metal", you'd pick it up. Excuse me? Real metal? First, you'd have to actually play metal.
The stage was dismantled and then reset for the next act, and the one I was most looking forward to. By now, the sold out hall was really beginning to fill up with the late arrivals, and those wishing to miss the warmup. I made my way up closer to the stage, standing in a cluster on the left side of the hall, and waited.