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Dead By Wednesday / Flotsam and Jetsam Tour of Chaos 2019 Live Show Review The Webster Theater, Hartford, CT May 28, 2019 By Nina McCarthy

Dead By Wednesday / Flotsam and Jetsam

Tour of Chaos 2019

Live Show Review

The Webster Theater, Hartford, CT

May 28, 2019

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist 


The US and Canadian Tour of the 2019 Flotsam and Jetsam “Tour of Chaos” kicked off this month with Connecticut’s Dead By Wednesday as direct support for several dates. With both bands having new releases already this year, these shows will be filled with new songs and chaos for you metalheads out there along their route. 

I attended the show on May 28, 2019 at The Webster Underground in Hartford, Connecticut and although it took me a little extra effort to get out of my own door on this dreary night, I was happy that I did once the music began. Local bands Casting Shadows (CT) and The Grey Curtain (MA) got the crowd warmed up and the room slowly filled to a comfortable group. It was a Tuesday night after a holiday weekend, so with that in mind it was an impressive crowd. I’ve seen Dead By Wednesday many times, as they hail from the local Connecticut scene, but tonight my assignment was to write a show review, so they had my undivided attention.

Dead By Wednesday, consisting of Rob Roy on vocals, Mike Modeste on bass, Dave Sharpe on guitar, and Christian “Opus” Lawrence behind the kit, took the stage and more people seemed to have appeared out of nowhere, so I scrambled up front to claim a spot. Their set began following  the formula as their self-titled album that was released on April 19th (EMP/Combat Records) with “Vekja (The Awakening)” and “Smelling Salts” and then a little flashback to “Shipwrecked” off the 2014 release Death of the Rockstar, at which time Roy was not on vocals. I’ve seen DBW in all its forms since the original formation in 2006, and there have been some amazing musicians gracing the stage as members, but there is something about this current lineup that is on fire! 

From the newest album, “(un)FTW” was next and the crowd was definitely showing their enjoyment by moshing, singing along with fists and horns in the air. Roy stepped into the crowd joining in the rowdiness as he sang, even getting in a few pushes of his own before returning back onstage. My personal favorite off the newest album, “You and I,” slows things down slightly to let everyone catch their breath. “Break When I’m Dead,” next up on the setlist, was on DBW’s previous album called The Darkest of Angels (2016), which had various guest vocalists collaborating on the songs. Interestingly enough, when “Break When I’m Dead” was recorded for The Darkest of Angels, it featured Eric “AK,” Flotsam and Jetsam’s lead singer. It would have been cool to have AK hop onstage to share the vocal duties with Roy but that didn’t happen, and Roy was more than capable on his own. We were next treated to a cover of Van Halen’s “Unchained,” although not something you’d picture Dead by Wednesday covering it was fun and the crowd seemed to dig it. Ending the set was “Pawns,” an anthem of unity encouraging everyone to think for themselves” off The Killing Project (2008), which I believe is the song that help boost the band to be a top contender in the national metal scene.

Honestly, I was not extremely familiar with Flotsam and Jetsam, although I have heard and enjoyed their music in the past. Tonight they played a few songs off the newest album, The End of Chaos, starting the set off with “Prisoner of Time” and of course including some crowd favorites from over the years. This was my first time seeing them live, I believe (I actually can’t keep up anymore), and I really enjoyed the set. With a description of Thrash Metal, I get a little nervous of what my ears may have to endure, as I am the rocker at heart. I, however, do appreciate some good metal and Flotsam and Jetsam gained a new fan this night.


“The tour has been stellar so far with a lot of energy in every room and every city,” states Dead By Wednesday’s guitarist Sharpe when asked how things were going for them on tour with Flotsam and Jetsam. “Fans have been very receptive to the new material” he adds after expressing praise for the guys in Flots for being so supportive. Agreeing with Sharpe’s sentiments, Roy states, “The response to this album has been amazing and this tour has been nothing but a blessing. We’re opening up for such legends and they’ve been so nice and are giving us shoutouts every night. Tonight here at the Webster was amazing. A great crowd showed up and it was a really good mix of our fans and their fans.”  Roy concludes by saying it has been a great experience so far and that Dead By Wednesday is looking forward to the second half of the tour. With that being said, there are several dates still to go. Make sure to catch a remaining date closest to you and show these New England boys in Dead By Wednesday some metal hospitality.



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