Black Label Society at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia August 5th, 2018

EyeHate God

Corrosion of Conformity

Black Label Society

The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia delivered again. This time it was the trio of heavy rockers EyeHate God, Corrosion of Conformity, and the legendary Black Label Society with Zakk Wylde. Sometimes there is a fine line between rock and metal. And although these bands are considered metal, they were heavy rockers in my book. EyeHate God puts themselves in the sludge metal category. Frontman Mike Williams was passionate with the mic stand throughout the entire show, making it and the mic cable part of his act. His movements on the stage kept you focused on him for the entirety of this dark but energetic show.

Corrosion of Conformity was a real crowd pleaser as the nearly sold out show easily demonstrated. Although Pepper Keenan was the front and center, hair slinging, front man, it was guitarist Woody Weatherman who provided the competition for the eye candy. From his facial expressions to his body language and gestures, to his guitar acrobatics, he stole the visual showmanship award.

After Corrosion of Conformity finished, a large drape was raised to hide the stage for headliner Black Label Society. There was no shortage of BLS fans in the crowd as plenty of the band’s merchandise was being worn by many seen coming through the front door. By the time the curtain was lowered and the band got started, there was no shortage of flying hair, both on the stage and in the audience.

Zakk stole the show, with his plaid kilt and both his microphone stand and guitar adorned with skulls. The show was loud and proud as Zakk commanded the guitar, sometimes above his head as in triumph.

This is a must-see show for anyone who has a love of driving riffs, long hair, and heavy metal.

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