Superjoint rolls into Norfolk for a night of metal with support from Witch Mountain and Prong, with local support from Madd Hatter.
The Virginia Beach progressive metal band Madd Hatter started the show with a set of longtime crowd favorites like “This Is The End” and new music including “Paint The Roses Dead,” which showed off lead singer Greg Campbell’s capabilities. This was their second show since coming off of almost a year on hiatus while they found inspiration and wrote new music as well as adding a keyboard player and returning to their original five-piece lineup.
Witch Mountain, a doom metal band from Portland, Oregon made their NorVA debut as the first touring support band to play. Most had never heard of them but quickly started to like their take on doom metal and either liked or was intimidated my Kayla Dixon’s stage presence which included staring down people in the front and short bursts of seductive dancing between song verses. They were well received by the crowd which was slowly growing.
Several days before the show there was some online discussion about Prong being added to the bill. The show was originally advertised as Superjoint, Witch Mountain, and Madd Hatter. On Tuesday, Prong confirmed in a Facebook post that they would be playing the show. This would be Prong’s first show at the NorVA in over five years. Tommy and Jason beckoned the crowd to move while they played songs from “Beg To Differ” and “Prove You Wrong” before playing “Ultimate Authority” from their upcoming album X(No Absolutes). Getting the desired level of crowd participation they continued playing songs from their more recent releases and ended their set with “Whose Fist Is This Anyway” and “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” from “Cleansing”.
Between the time Prong had finished and Superjoint took the stage the crowd had swelled to roughly twice the size. Phil Anselmo walked out on stage and the crowd exploded into cheers. They played “Oblivious Maximus” and “The Alcoholik” from “Use Once and Destroy” before taking a break to have some photos shot with the crowd and then rolled into “Everyone Hates Everyone.” The mosh pit was in full swing and the people in the front were headbanging and screaming as the band played the majority of their set from “Use Once and Destroy” with the exception of “The Destruction of a Person” from “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred” and ended the night with “Fuck Your Enemy.” Superjoint will be on tour with Danzig, Witch Mountain, and Prong through October 31st with their final stop in Los Angeles.