Suicide Silence is a band that I was first introduced to when they opened up for Megadeth a couple years ago. Since then, I had the pleasure of catching them on Mayhem Fest 2011, and was again impressed by their energy and stage presence. So when I heard that they were opening for Machine Head, I was even more excited about the bill. Machine Head alone would have been excellent – Suicide Silence pushed this one over the top.
This was a brutal three songs for Suicide Silence, but fun nonetheless. The The band was somewhat pushed up to the front of the small stage at Pop's, so they didn't have much room to move around. This was good and bad in terms of dynamism, but I think that it ultimately was rather nice for limiting the action. In a full pit, it was nice not to have to scramble around too much for this gig.
Lighting was rough, but with enough bright flare-up from the back of the stage to make things interesting. Lots of heavy color washes overall, but actually more dynamically lit than Machine Head's set that followed.