High on Fire: Matt Pike (vocals, guitar), Jeff Matz (bass), Des Kensel (drums)
Sunday, March 18, 2012
I love High on Fire so I was really excited to see them at Scoot Inn on Friday. After waiting for half an hour and having to listen to OFF! from outside the gate, we finally got in right before they went on. The crowd went crazy when they got on stage and I have to say, their performance was amazing. Obviously live shows are more fun than just listening to the album at home (though I enjoy that, too) but I thought High on Fire was way better live. I love their albums, but they just have so much charisma and electricity on stage. Not only that, but they were totally on with the music. The last two songs they played are two of my favorites- Blood from Zion off of The Art of Self Defense and the title track off Snakes for the Divine. I feel like in some of their songs they let the rhythm instruments really take prominence to great effect. I felt it in Blood from Zion with drummer Des Kensel taking the lead and it sounded awesome. Then there was Snakes for the Divine where bassist Jeff Matz took center stage with some amazing bass lines. Guitarist Matt Pike totally killed it the entire show and played some incredible riffs (as I was hoping he would). I can't say much that hasn't already been said about High on Fire, so I'll just leave you with this: they were great and, regardless of whether you were there or not, catch them next time they're in town!
Friday, March 16, 2012
I was really stoked to catch Corrosion of Conformity along with Zoroaster, Black Cobra, and Saviours at the SXSW Tone Deaf Showcase at Dirty Dog on Wednesday night. Rwake was scheduled to play, too, but I must have missed them. I love COC and was excited that it was an unofficial show cause I refuse to buy even a wristband. That it was the original line up made it even better, because Animosity has to be my favorite album. Their melding of metal and hardcore gives their music a unique sound without alienating devout fans of either genre. But what can I really say about COC that hasn't already been said? Not much, so I'm just going to say that the place was packed and the show totally killed. I didn't manage to get any pictures of Zoroaster, but I was ok with that because they're not really my favorite band. I like them better than some people, but again, they're not my favorite. Saviours were awesome, as always (check out my previous post on them here). And Black Cobra was great, too, but unfortunately I didn't manage to shoot them either. But I did manage to get some pics of COC and their vigorous set. While I think we all missed vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan (who's busy working with Down), the show was a success and they didn't sound like they were minus a member. I had a great time and can't wait to catch them again!
Corrosion of Conformity: Woodroe Weatherman (guitar), Mike Dean (bass, vocals), Reed Mullin (drums, vocals)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sunday night I went out to Headhunters to see the Ossuary Industries SXSW showcase. Disfigured, Scattered Remains and Vaginal Bear Trap, along with a bunch of other good bands put on an awesome show. Disfigured played the inside stage, bursting everyone's eardrums with their take on the death metal genre. They rocked out with some intense vocals and heavy duty instrumentation. It seems that it was an unusual night because their new vocalist was unable to attend so guitarist Mike DeLeon and bassist Adam DeLeon took over vocals. I really got into their set and enjoyed their musical offering. Scattered Remains played inside after them and, while also a death metal band, their vocals were more creepy and unusual sounding. They were extremely active and energetic on stage, jumping around and headbanging all over the place. They really managed to get everyone enthralled and into what they were playing. The awesomely named Vaginal Bear Trap played the outside stage a little later in the evening. More of a grind metal band, I felt they were about creating a wall of sound and an onslaught of music. I only caught part of their set and thus unfortunately missed their lead vocalist, Goretooth. Still, I was kind of blown away by the music and probably should have worn earplugs because I'm sure I lost some of my hearing just from their set. Overall it was a great show and I think everyone had a good time.
Disfigured: Phil King (guitar), Mike DeLeon (vocals, guitar), Adam DeLeon (vocals, bass), Rene Martinez (drums)
Scattered Remains: Ryan Sylvie (vocals), T.J. (guitar), Eric Houser (bass), Rene Martinez (drums)
Vaginal Bear Trap: Shane (vocals, guitar), Walter (bass), Sean (drums)
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I had the pleasure of seeing Black Eyed Vermillion twice this week. They played at Mohawk on Tuesday, opening for The Business and then again Friday night at Bull McCabes with The Dirty Charley Band (post here: Dirty Charley Band) and several other bands. Both shows were a blast. They are loud, rowdy and rambunctious and play some seriously awesome music. It's difficult to describe their music because it's so diverse and they are pretty much impossible to fit into any one genre. Blues, rock, country and punk all have obvious influences on their sound and compete for attention, but no single musical classification can be used to describe them. Vocalist Gary Lindsey has a raspy, rough voice that demands your attention. He obviously has a good time and engages the audience with his wit. The rest of the band played together excellently and everything came together to produce an awesome show. I definitely can't wait to see them again!
Black Eyed Vermillion: Gary Lindsey (vocals), J Crow (lead guitar), Kurtis Machler (rhythm guitar), Dutch Worthington (bass), Chris Von Striecher (drums)
Friday, March 2, 2012
Last night The Greater Good and Hot Rails to Hell packed about a million people into Lovejoys for their much anticipated show. It was the first show of the brand new band The Greater Good and the first show in a very long time for Hot Rails to Hell. It was obvious that everyone was excited to see what The Greater Good had come up with. With members from The Roller, Fuckwork, Til Death and Speedealer, they certainly have some talent to work with and they definitely made use of it last night. Their upbeat, fast and loud music didn't sound much like what I have heard from The Roller, but it was great nonetheless. It would be kind of pointless if they sounded exactly the same as another band. Everyone I talked to after the show had enjoyed it, as did I. Hot Rails to Hell, playing their first gig after a very long hiatus, went on next. I was excited to see them and they definitely got everyone's attention with their energetic music. Their punk and early heavy metal influences were obvious in their music but didn't overshadow the unique sound they had to offer. They were fun to watch and put on a great live show. Neither band out-shined the other and overall it was a terrific show.
The Greater Good: Theron Rhoten (guitar, vocals), Kip Savage (guitar, vocals), Ginchy (bass), Kenny Reams (drums)
Hot Rails to Hell: Jasmine Mayberry (vocals, bass), Kevin Alexander (guitar), Ben Pickett (vocals, guitar), Jacob Uribe (drums)