The World Gone Mad Tour featuring Suicidal Tendencies, Crowbar, and Havok brought in over five hundred people to White Oak Music Hall. This tour package had a little something for everybody with a good mixture of different scenes. The night started off right at 8pm with modern thrashers Havok starting the show. It’s been a little over a year since the Denver quartet were last in Houston, and on yet another big tour. With only six songs, Havok wasted no time. Most of the crowd appeared to be new comers to Havok, but that didn’t stop the circle pits from moving. A few new songs from their upcoming fourth album Conformicide were played which prove to me why I still believe Havok is one of the few modern thrash bands who know what they’re doing. If you like classic thrash, complete with his speed and political lyrics to boot, give them a spin!

  • Point of No Return
  • Claiming Certainty
  • Hang ‘Em High
  • Prepare for Attack
  • Intention to Deceive
  • Give me Liberty…Or Give Me Death

Things slowed down for the next band, Crowbar, and just got straight heavy. They have their unique distinct sludge sound from New Orleans. Crowbar to me was the odd band out, placed among two very fast bands. Their slow brooding sound was probably not what some fans in the crowd expected to hear on this line up. The pit did grow in size few a bit during their set, it appeared the crowd around me at least, did seem a little lose interest. Many fans, myself included, recognize how great front man Kirk Windstein is (founding member of Down!) but I believe a more just heavy tour would be better suited for them.  I’m sure there were a few people who became new fans tonight though.

  • High Rate Extinction
  • Conquering
  • Planets Collide
  • The Cemetery Angels
  • Walk with Knowledge Wisely
  • Plasmic and Pure
  • Scattered Pieces Lay
  • All I had (I Gave)

Just around 10pm, the intro to “You Can’t Bring Me Down” blasted through the PA.  Chants of ST were heard with singer Mike Muir letting out the classic start to the song, “what the hell is going on around here??” For how much Mike moves on stage, he might as well be in one the constant circle pits through the show.  It’s very refreshing to see a classic circle pit at a show and not one of the really rough ones that occur at shows now. They are just nothing but fun. There was a sour note, with an unfortunate fight happening during a song. I’m unsure of what happened but there was some bloodshed. Why can’t people just be nice?  Another major reason to be there was to see the legendary man behind the drums, Dave Lombardo. It was a real treat seeing him and get to hear some classic drum fills from him. Some fans were lucky enough to hop onstage before ST’s encore and get a front row seat. With over thirty years of thrashing, Mike Muir and ST show no signs of slowing down. Grab yourself a hat, flip that brim up, and catch them next time they come through!  

  • You Can’t Bring Me Down
  • I Shot the Devil
  • Clap Like Ozzy
  • Freedumb
  • Trip at the Brain
  • War Inside My Head
  • Subliminal
  • Get Your Fight On!
  • Possessed to Skate
  • I Saw Your Mommy
  • Institutionalized
  • Cyco Vision
  • Pledge Your Allegiance
  • Living For Life