Las Vegas Casinos are noted for their wonderful buffets. The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas is known for many things, but a buffet is not one of them. That being said, on October 15, 2016 the Brooklyn Bowl gave us what I consider a “Metal Buffet” when three very diverse yet all hard driving metal bands performed under the same roof when KYNG, ZAKK SABBATH, and CLUTCH each gave the crowd a taste of something they could enjoy.
First up on the night was Los Angeles based heavy metal act KYNG. The show got off to an early start and I hope nobody arrived late or you may have just missed the best part of the night. KYNG has been around here in Las Vegas since their first studio album Trampled Sun was released in 2011. It was on this tour in support of MEGADETH that I was first introduced to the trio. Since then, I have discovered that nearly everyone who witnesses a KYNG show, and is not that familiar with the band, has the same reaction that I had back in 2011 and that is “Wow! These guys killed it”. I saw several friends in the crowd when KYNG had finished and those were the words I heard from just about everyone. The guys have a look and a feel that comes across as a thrash band and yet are diverse enough that you forget until you hear songs like Electric Halo and I Don’t Believe that these guys charted as high as number 25 on the mainstream rock charts in 2014. KYNG’S third and latest studio album Breathe in the Water was just recently released on October 7, 2016, and while most in the crowd may have not had a chance to hear it yet, the title track from this release evoked maybe the largest response from the highly engaged crowd.
Zakk Wylde is simply a fan favorite in Las Vegas. I believe Zakk could hold a poetry reading here and simply draw a large crowd. On this night, Zakk gave us a change of pace from his BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and performed his covers of legendary BLACK SABBATH songs under the guise of ZAKK SABBATH. Zakk teams with Ozzy bassist Blasko to perform some of your all time favorites from the days of Sabbath. Zakk’s tribute was spot on and it was not a stretch to see Zakk take on this task considering the time he spent on guitar for Ozzy in days gone by.
The final act to perform on this evening was CLUTCH, who once again brought something just a little different to the table at Brooklyn Bowl. The Maryland based rockers were here in support of the 2015 release Psychic Warfare and have been out on the road almost non-stop since its release. Those not all that familiar are sometimes surprised to find that this is the 11th studio release from a band that debuted in 1993 and basically has undergone no line-up changes since. “Psychic Warfare’s” concept was influenced heavily by science fiction writer Phillip Dick according to vocalist Neil Fallon and nowhere is this more evident than the track X-Ray Visions. Perhaps this is why I hear this band sometimes referred to as stoner-rock?
Whatever your taste in the metal scene is, the Brooklyn Bowl gave you a wide and diverse sample to chose from on this evening. There was a little something for everyone from hard driving acts to a legendary guitarist covering a legendary band. A big thanks goes out to all the staff at The Brooklyn Bowl for providing such entertaining festivities on this evening!