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One Time Mountain / King’s X The Met - Pawtucket RI Live Show Review


One Time Mountain / King’s X

The Met - Pawtucket RI

Live Show Review

June 28, 2018

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist & Stephen Damon-Tilley, Contributing Writer


Among King’s X fans, the band is the biggest and baddest in the world.  Unfortunately, to the rest of the world, they’re a critically under appreciated band. Nevertheless, King’s X has been touring the US and playing a great collection of their songs along the way. Their show at The Met, presented by Limelight Magazine, was no exception. With a 8PM start, and wrapping up by 11PM, it was a perfectly timed show for a work night.

Boston’s own modern hard rockers One Time Mountain had the honor of opening the night.  I had seen them before and already knew it was a perfect match for this event.  They cite influences of Shinedown and Alter Bridge and when you listen, there is no question on the impact Alter Bridge has had on them.  When the third song “Seasons” commenced, vocalist Alex Nekrylau gave me a notion of familiarity that I couldn’t quite pinpoint.  On the drive home I heard Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” and I had that “Aha!” moment.  Alex’s vocals reminded me of Chris Cornell.  Looking back at their Facebook profile they did also mention Soundgarden as an influence, which I apparently neglected to notice at first glance.  Highlights of One Time Mountain’s set were the harmonies by Nekrylau, guitarist Brian Murphy and drummer Matt Valliere, guitar solos by Murphy (which was confirmed by claps and hollers from the crowd), and the energy of the entire band rounded out with second guitarist Jeff Blute and bassist Matt Frotten.  My only complaint about the set was the fact that it was only 25 minutes and I wanted more.  I know the majority of the crowd was there to see King’s X, but despite that, they seemed to really enjoy OTM and didn’t act like they were in a rush for them to get offstage, as I’ve all to often seen crowds do to the local openers.  If you like rock as much as I do and these guys are playing at a venue near you, make sure to get out and see them.  

Enter King’s X. The Groove Machine. Right out the gate, you can see the seasoned professionals laying down that wide sound to encapsulate the audience. DuG’s voice sounds deep and powerful, leading to his high screams that sounds as killer now as when he first started. As with any singer, DuG is signaling to the sound guy to adjust his monitors, and I wish I could say that was the end of his sound issues. No matter, the powerhouse of a band continues on and is completely magical.  As far as sound quality, there was a bit of feedback from the stage. DuG had noticed it more, and it seemed to create a bit of a problem with his stage sound, but they pressed on and played their heart and soul out. One point while switching back from his well known 12-string bass, DuG’s Schecter Baron bass had an issue with the input jack and was getting no sound. The road crew was on it, another was brought out and tuned up for the next song. Ty and Jerry seemed to have a fairly good night, with no interruptions regarding gear and tones. Harmonies were certainly on point.

The band ended with a 3-song encore set, giving us the legendary “Dogman” and two tunes from their first album, of course, one of those being the crowd sing-along favorite “Goldilox.” DuG had some issues with his bass during this, and tried grabbing the mic, resulting in the XLR cable falling out, but carried on with Ty’s mic, leading us home, and finishing the set. No sweat for these professionals, they’ve been through it all before.  It was another beautiful show presented by Limelight Magazine.


King’s X Setlist


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