LIVE REVIEW: Ice Nine Kills, The Venetia Fair, Chasing Safety and More -Thankskilling Festival – Cambridge, MA – 11/29/14

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Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and…rocking out? Ice Nine Kills say why not. The group performed their first annual “Thankskilling” festival for fans after Turkey Day. The event was hosted twice: once in INK’s home state of Massachusetts, and the following day in Hartford, Connecticut at The Webster.

The Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts served as the venue for the first night. It was a small venue, less than 200 capacity, which made for an intimate and energetic show. A host of locals set things off.

Among the local highlights were Sorrows Of Saviors and Letting Go. Sorrows Of Saviors packed tons of energy in their set, and their powerhouse vocalist Brittany Pappas provided serious pipes. Letting Go were energetic and brought melody and aggression to the table.

After the locals, New Jersey’s Chasing Safety hit the stage. Equal parts kinetic and catchy, the group definitely got people excited and sounded great. Vocalist Johnny Galivan has a great stage presence and the whole set was tight and consistent.

The Venetia Fair brought a set as unique as their music to the event. Vocalist Benny Santoro hung off the ceiling, bounced around and sang his butt off. They were a wild and fun part of the show. Even if their music was not a favorite, their set was very entertaining.

The hometown heroes closed out the night, and were exciting from the get go, opening with their heavy hit “Let’s Bury The Hatchet…In Your Head.” A light show accompanied their wild performance, letting the venue get crazy and colorful. Ice Nine Kills had solid set list picks, choosing cuts from their works and playing plenty of fan favorites. A highlight was when they performed an acoustic rendition of their single “Jonathan,” a track from their latest release The Predator Becomes The Prey.

The first annual Thankskilling festival showed a lot of promise. INK would be wise to continue this tradition, as it brought fun tunes, intimacy and excitement to the holiday season. Plus, it was a chance to dance off all of that delicious Thanksgiving food.