MISFIRE (2021) Album Release Party Live Concert Review!

MISFIRE (2021) Album Release Party Live Concert Review

  • Venue: The Forge – Joliet, Illinois
  • Date: May 23, 2021
  • Special guests: A Little Piece Of Seven, Darker Than Fiction, Mantra Of Morta, Next To Eternity, Ben Zarndt, Lost In The Current, Sleep Tight, Cunning Like Cobras
  • Reviewed by Michael Juvinall – Horror Patch
  • All photos Copyright Michael L. Juvinall/Darkside Photography – All Rights Reserved

Special thanks to Keith Morash and James Nicademus

Glory, glory hallelujah – live music is back! It’s been 15 months since my last live concert and I cannot express how good it feels to see live music coming back to life again after the pandemic. Music is part of my soul and not being able to go out to live metal shows around the Chicagoland area during the past year and few months was literally like having a piece of me hijacked and that’s just me, I can’t even fathom how people who make the music and play the music must’ve felt during this time. But now it’s time to rejoice because live music is slowly making a comeback and it will only get better from here.

MISFIRE

On this unseasonably hot late May Sunday afternoon, I came out to cover and review Chicagoland-area thrash metal band Misfire for their album release party in celebration of their incredibly heavy debut album, Sympathy For The Ignorant. The band has previously released an EP, but this is their first full-length album. 

With this being a live show on the tail-end of the pandemic, I was unsure whether people would still be hesitant to come out to a live show and I think I figured right because the attendance was not what I would’ve hoped for, but I’m sure the crowds will come back with time. 

Misfire has been in existence for a few years now and they continue to evolve and improve with time. I saw them open for Warbringer a couple of years ago and they were a good band then, but now they’re a great band. 

Since this occasion was to celebrate their debut album release of Sympathy For The Ignorant, the set mostly consisted of tracks from the album. Misfire began their hour-long set with the hard-hitting “Fractured” that kicks off the album. It’s one of my favorite tracks and truly thrashes hard. 

Some of the set highlights include “Red Flag” with real red flags handed out to some in the crowd. “L.Y.S.” was another skull-crushing track that had the smaller crowd frenzied. Also, the album’s title track, “Sympathy For The Ignorant” was another favorite that quickened the pulse.

The band closed out their set with three tracks from their 2020 EP, No Privacy

The trio consists of Jay Johnson – Vocals and Guitar, Sean Coogan – Vocals and Bass, and James Nicademus – Drums. 

As a group, the guys are pretty tight and have really good musicality. Their songwriting skills are also top notch. 

Misfire’s sound is akin to aggressive old-school thrash metal, one of my favorite subgenres. Their performance was good and they know how to work the crowd. It was unfortunate there wasn’t a larger crowd though. 

Overall, Misfire is a really solid band. I expect some good stuff from them and I really look forward to seeing them grow and see what’s to come for them in the future. 

Setlist:

  1. Fractured
  2. Red Flag
  3. War Of Mine
  4. Drum intro/Death Trap
  5. Bass Solo
  6. No Offense
  7. R.I.P.
  8. He Said She Said
  9. L.Y.S.
  10. Guitar solo
  11.  Sympathy For The Ignorant
  12. Invisible Enemy
  13. Privacy
  14. Godless

Misfire played for one hour.

3.5 out of 5 Pentagrams!

DARKER THAN FICTION

The evening was also a celebration for DARKER THAN FICTION’S album release as well. DTF is a metalcore outfit from Peoria, Illinois. 

The band surprised me with a lot of energy and played great. Something I found really cool was the band seemed to bring their entire family members up to Joliet for the gig. It was very neat to see several little children banging in the crowd to the music and supporting the band. 

In full disclosure, I really am not a fan of metalcore. 


A LITTLE PIECE OF SEVEN

These guys are from Indiana and are a Avenged Sevenfold cover band. I don’t review cover bands so that’s all I’ll say about the band.


NEXT TO ETERNITY

They are a Joliet, Illinois progressive metal band. 

MANTRA OF MORTA

A female fronted progressive metal band out of Chicago.


BEN ZARNDT

A solo deathcore act!?!

I have to comment on this guy. I was not a fan in the slightest. I actually thought he was a joke but it seemed he was legit. The dude didn’t play any of his own music, it was all piped in through the speakers. He acted like an idiot on stage – jumping and falling all over the place while yelling and screaming obscenities at the top of his lungs. He had a few fans in the crowd but I’ll be damned if I know why. 


LOST IN THE CURRENT

Northwest Indiana-based deathcore band. 


SLEEP TIGHT

South Haven, Indiana-based progressive deathcore band. 


CUNNING LIKE COBRAS

Chicago area grove-thrash metal band.


About Michael Juvinall (5394 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5 and metal fan since I was 14. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all-around affinity for things that go bump in the night! I'm also a huge fan of extreme metal music.

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