at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA, April 25, 2019

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Rival Sons’ tour supporting their sixth studio album Feral Roots made a mid-week stop in Minneapolis at the storied concert venue First Avenue. Reviews of Feral Roots are positive mostly citing the variety of song styles and the maturation of the band’s sound. It’s obvious the band thinks highly of the release; eight of the 15 song setlist are from it.

After setting the crowd on fire with four rousing, spirited songs of Heavy Rock, the band dampened the mood with a half hour plus set of songs featuring meandering blues, complete with acoustic guitars and emotive crooning. Apparently, this is the “mature” part of the set. It drained the crowd energy faster than an opposing team scoring on the home team in the first minute of a play. From there, the band slowly built momentum ultimately closing with “Keep On Swinging.”

Huge fans of Feral Roots will find this show especially satisfying. Fans of material from Rival Sons’ first five albums will be disappointed realizing they omit “Secret”, “Get What’s Coming”, “Burn Down Los Angeles”, and “You Want To”. Set list lamentations aside, the band played well, their sound board crew ensured a professional mix, and it was a fine way to spend a week night.


  1. Back In The Woods
  2. Sugar On The Bone
  3. Pressure And Time
  4. Electric Man
  5. Too Bad
  6. Jordan
  7. Face Of Light
  8. Feral Roots
  9. Torture
  10. Open My Eyes
  11. All Directions
  12. End Of Forever
  13. Do You Worst
  14. Shooting Stars
  15. Keep On Swinging


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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