Helmet and Toadies - Revolution, Fort Lauderdale - July 25

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Opening the show was a band named UME. UME is a trio that plays melodic heavy rock that could very easily trace its roots to some of their tour-mates former '90s brethren. The twist is that there's a young lady playing guitar and singing over the din. At points in the set, UME sounded like what Codeseven could sound like with a poor man's version of the Duke Spirit's Liela Moss on lead vox. The crowd -- while thin for the majority of UME's set -- was receptive to the group's powerful hard rock.

The nice thing about three-band bills (depending on who you ask) is that the bands almost always play extended sets. This was a necessity for both Helmet and Toadies, as both groups have new material they obviously want to play, but are well aware of the fact that people buy the ticket to hear the classics.

Helmet managed to bias its set nicely between every record in the the group's discography. Lead singer and guitarist Page Hamilton did not appear to have aged a whole lot since the band's heyday, and the group sounded tight and energetic. The center of Revolution's floor was transformed into a distinctly '90s style mosh pit, complete with people pogoing, push moshing, and doing that thing with their hand that matches the beat, but looks unbearably white-guy at the same time. There was a lot of that hand motion happening last night. You definitely know the one we're talking about.

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David Von Bader