Heavy Metal icons, Five Finger Death Punch rocked and rolled into the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA, this past weekend. With them, they brought Thrash Metal pioneers Megadeth as well as The HU and Fire From The Gods.
Five Finger Death Punch – Megadeth – The HU – Fire From The Gods
Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA. 18 September 2022.
Words and Photography: Shannon Wilk
Fire From The Gods
Lighting up the stage with all original rap Metal were Fire From The Gods. They played a seven-song set filled with much emotion, energy and head-banging, of course. The band has been around since the late 2000s releasing four studio albums since.
After ripping through a few of their older songs, they performed American Sun from the album of the same name. This song was dedicated to veterans and first responders in the audience. From open to close, Fire From The Gods brought the spark necessary when warming the stage for bands like Megadeth and Five Finger Death Punch.
The HU arrived all the way from Mongolia to share with the masses one of the most unique live shows out there right now, or dare I say ever. The HU, who have been around since 2016, features four core band members and four touring members making for a huge, magical Metal show.
The HU were stuck in Australia in 2020 as Covid-19 hit the world. Their tour had been cancelled, and with the Mongolian border closed, they had to stay in Sydney away from families and friends.
Earlier this month the band released their second studio album, Rumble Of Thunder, via Better Noise, and they kicked off their set with two tracks from this, Shini Hutu and This Is Mongol.
In addition to the core four rock band instruments – drums, bass, electric guitar and vocals – The HU also features a unique set of traditional Mongolian instruments including throat singing, morin khuur, tumur hhuur, tsuur, and tovshuur. This group put on an immensely memorable and entertaining show. It makes sense why members of bands like Halestorm and Papa Roach have collaborated with the band.
Kicking off promptly at 8 PM was a group that is part of the legendary ‘Big 4’ of Thrash Metal. Los Angeles’ own Megadeth! The band released their sixteenth studio album, The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead on 2 September via Dave Mustaine’s own label, Tradecraft. Despite the album receiving immense critical acclaim, their set included only one song from the record, We’ll Be Back.
Megadeth opened their set with one of their biggest tunes, Hangar 18, the song known for having too many guitar solos to count but an iconic Metal song nonetheless. These four guys ripped through a killer tune, Dread And The Fugitive Mind, before frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine introduced Angry Again by telling the story of the song’s origin, written for Last Action Hero starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before the audience knew it, they were meeting the real Dave Mustaine, his misfit’s way of life, and the Dystopia.
Bassist James Lomenzo was reunited with the band earlier this year after David Ellefson’s very public scandal and subsequent departure from the band. Lomenzo kicked into the bass intro riff of the band’s tune Trust. Both bassist and guitarist Kiko Loureiro took advantage of the large amphitheatre stage running around and interacting with the crowd.
Megadeth closed out their set with two of their biggest hits, Symphony Of Destruction and Peace Sells, before a blistering encore of Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.
Five Finger Death Punch
Now it was time for the tour’s headliner, Five Finger Death Punch. As they took the stage, the crowd roared, and cell phones went up to take video as the band began their show. Co2 cannons blew as the band kicked into Inside Out from their 2020 album F8.
It’s apparent that these guys truly love their fans as they closely interact with the crowd from the set’s start to the very end. Their set included many of FFDP’s most notable songs, from Wash It All Away to Jekyll And Hyde to Sham Pain and their cover of Bad Company.
Frontman Ivan Moody switched out his clothes between songs after passing his jackets and various props off to fans, creating memories that will last a lifetime for these dedicated 5FDP lovers.
Several of their songs aim to honour the veterans and active military in the crowd, such as Got Your Six, Wrong Side of Heaven and more. The audience was so engaged in the set singing along to all of the band’s iconic, Billboard-charting tunes.
These four bands brought the heat to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.