Goblin, Scissorfight, Throttlerod, Beaten Back to Pure
Live at Alley Katz in Richmond, VA
by Travis Becker
The Rock and Roll frontman is back. At
least it looks that way after Orange Goblin, Scissorfight, Throttlerod,
and Beaten Back to Pure tore apart Alley Katz in Richmond, VA on May 20th.
While each band turned in a righteous set of Rock and Metal, it was the
singers who stood out from the crowd and shot the audience up with a dose
of personality. Touring to celebrate "ten years of drunken horror", Orange
Goblin made a rare appearance in the U.S. along with their backwoods, brawling,
boozing, buddies, Scissorfight. The Richmond fans were treated to an extra
helping of punky Metal, as Richmond's Throttlerod and Norfolk's Beaten
Back to Pure also joined the lineup. A plane full of livers and ear drums
is now bound for the Bolivian jungle and exile from their oppressors.
Beaten Back to Pure started things off
with singer, Ben Hogg, stalking the stage, PBR in hand, and vocally assaulting
the crowd with his low rumbling growl. Hogg can sing as well, and the band
mixed melodic interludes in with crushing riffs and angry barks. The band
made up for the brevity of it's time on stage with sheer brutality and
when it was over, people were changed. You just can't mess with a band
whose singer drinks beer his entire time on stage.
Up next was South Carolina transplant,
and now Richmond home-towners, Throttlerod. Led by Matt Whitehead on vocals
and guitar, the band's performance might have been the night's most straight-forward,
but it was also probably its most impressive. Rolling out a tight set of
three-piece rock, Throttlerod got right to the point and stayed on it.
Songs from their new album, Nail, dominated the set and Whitehead and co
proved that they don't need two guitars to tear up a stage.
Clad in an orange t-shirt, red Converse
All-Stars, a biker head band, sunglasses, and his trademark mountain man
beard, Scissorfight's vocalist, Ironlung, took command of the stage next.
The man has a presence that just screams, "Let me punch you right in the
face!" While not as memorable as the first time I saw them in 2003 (you
never forget your first time), the band still knows how to destroy an audience.
Ripping through songs from their new record like, "Backwoods" and classics
like "Acid for Blood", Scissorfight blends Metal with Deliverance better
than any band out there. And they're from New Hampshire.
The final exam in the how to be a Metal
singer clinic put on that night consisted of the mighty Orange Goblin and
their massive lead singer, Ben Ward. Pulled straight out of an English
legend, the man is a giant, literally. Ward towered over the crowd as the
band, named for the amplifiers they favor, tore through hit after hit,
including a cover of the Damned's "New Rose." Leaning more towards their
amped up, Motorheadesque persona which they began cultivating on Coup de
Grace, speedy riffs and volume, volume, volume, dominated the performance.
The spacier elements are still there, they're just buried deeper in the
overall sound. Although they ended with the ambiguous, "Some You Win, Some
You Lose," it was immediately clear into which category the band's performance
fell that night.
This was a dream bill, a veritable Woodstock
(although much compressed) for Stoner Rock and Metal fans. Each band brought
a unique style, but they each brought it with energy and sheer rock brutality.
Bands that charge thirty, forty, and fifty dollars a ticket would have
been blown off the stage by all four of these bands, and they were only
taking in ten bucks a head. There's something very unfair in that. So,
take advantage of shows like this while you can. Someday the bizarre world
of Rock and Roll will be turned right again.
and Purchase Orange Goblin CDs Online
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and Purchase Scissorfight CDs Online
the official Scissorfight Homepage
articles for Scissorfight
and Purchase Throttlerod CDs Online
the official Throttlerod Homepage
articles for Throttlerod
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