It was heaven for hardcore kids as Hatebreed's Live Dominance tour rolled into Poughkeepsie, NY. Along with them, the hardcore heavyweights brought a strong selection of younger, up and coming acts, in an effort to deliver a strong bill worth the money and able to exhaust and dehydrate as many kids as possible. It turned out to be a task they were more than up to, evidenced by the glazed look on the faces of the countless fans I witnessed as we spilled out into the moist night. Love 'em or hate 'em, Hatebreed knows how to deliver a show.
As I arrived at The Chance, I could already hear a band playing inside as the line outside continued to grow. There were instruments, fans, and bands all over the place. You see, this was a big night for the club complex, as getting into the Hatebreed show also got you into the concurrently running Trouble show at neighboring club The Loft. So, while one band was getting set up, you could head into the other club to tide you over, it helped keep the night going with a continuous stream of music. This just helped to increase the number of music-hungry fans milling around. All of this is a good thing, the more people who go to the shows, the better it is for the industry.
I anxiously waited for my turn to get patted down by security, ID'd for alcohol, and list confirmation so that I could get inside and join the ever growing crowd, while hoping that there would be a decent place left from which to watch the show. When I finally did make it inside, I found I had missed Sub-Zero, and Catalepsy was in their final cuts. Oh well, these things happen, fortunately there was a lot of music still to come.
I did get to see those final few Catalepsy tracks and they were pretty good. I did not hear enough to make any type of final decision, but they did bring a good deal of energy and the kids in the pit seemed to respond to them positively. The Florida based six-piece death-core act performed some crushing riffs that could potentially get into your head and beat you up for awhile, but still, only a couple of songs is hard to judge a performance on. I would not be against seeing them again.