JUNE 19th 2015
GOATWHORE + GUESTS
Review by: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper
It’s a Friday night, and what better way to spend your last working day of the week, then by spending it at the Rickshaw with some all out Metal bands. This trek spans the U.S.A. and Canada for more than a month, starting June 7 in San Antonio, Texas before wrapping it up July 12 in Atlanta, let it be known, this tour plays every day, no rest for the wicked.
First up tonight is THEORIES, a new one for me, this band is all out Death Metal/Grind from Seattle, WA. This was also a first for them to play Vancouver. They seemed to have the attention of Vancouver fans. What did I think, it’s hard to break it all down, but I found them to be grim, dark and with an angry sound. They have only been around since 2011, and are making a name for themselves. Not for the weak, that’s for sure, guitars are just a tad fast, and they are different from other bands in this genre. Check them out.
Next is BLACK BREATH, another band out of Seattle, WA that is also come to Vancouver for their first show here. This band was a full frontal attack of crushing angry death metal. And yes, I enjoyed it, why, because they have done it with style, music, vocals, all fit together to give us a full head banging experience, for their whole set, and I found myself nodding my head the whole time. Definitely liked these guys, and happy to have gotten the chance to witness them at work. It was pretty hot in the venue by now, and with some idiots attempting to mosh, it was time to step to the side and watch. Excellent set.
RINGWORM, out of Cleveland, Ohio, haven’t seen these guys play before, but I knew beforehand to stay out of the way when they started. Just having the genre Hardcore/Heavy Metal/Thrash, well that in itself says all I need to know. I think I stood in front for one song, then I was gone. The floor was getting full, but full of drunks, boneheads, that just don’t know how to mosh. So I am sorry, but it was pretty hard to really capture the music when you are constantly looking over your shoulder so you can get out of the way of some big brute moshing into you. From what I did hear, this was not my style, but don’t get me wrong, the crowd was thoroughly enjoying themselves, and that is what it is all about, the fans. They did play a set that seemed to be flawless, and had the movement going. So they did their job to the max.
Next, now this band, I will always make my way to their show, never, ever doubt for a minute. I will always muster and stand my ground for GOATWHORE. Now this is what metal is all about, great, energetic, and an amazing band to watch on stage. Each and every one of them gave 150%, and that my friends, is every time I have ever seen them. Make no mistake Goatwhore, know exactly what pleases their fans, and they give it to them. By the looks of it, Ben was having issues with the equipment up on stage, but if you listened, well, I couldn’t hear anything wrong. An amazing set of songs, and the crowd was crazy for them. That is how it should be, when a band like this, goes on tours, and cranks out their metal songs night after night, and puts in that much to their shows, you can’t help but appreciate what they do for us. They gave us a great variety of songs, including Cold Earth Consumed In Dying Flesh, “FBS”, and the last 4 corners of the apocalypse, “Apocalyptic Havoc”, and many more. All this, caused a brutal mosh pit, some crazy whirlwinds, and the crowd going mad. The venue heated up so much, the crowds filled the floor, and I eventually had to go sit down to enjoy. To tell you the truth, it actually sounds a lot better near the back of the room, but I did enjoy my time right up front, getting the full effect of Goatwhore. There is no one like these guys. Get out and support them, buy some merch, they have a great selection. See the dates below, pick a city, go and enjoy. You will also notice that TA (Trans Am) is playing bass, he does the live shows, and he is an excellent bass player, and fit’s the band perfectly. Zack, blasts out some killer drum beats, Sammy has some great guitar riffs, and also has some brutal vocals throughout some songs. And well, we all know what Ben is capable of, very distinctive vocals, and let’s not forget that air guitar that he has mastered over the years. This is a stage performance, with a band that knows their craft and has perfected it, giving us the fans, one hell of a show. Come back again soon, we will be there.
Thanks to all the bands that came out tonight, it was hot, but you gave us a fantastic show. Sorry to the two other bands that night, we didn’t make it into town to cover .
Tour Dates left:
06/23 Saskatoon, SK O'Brian's Event Centre
06/24 Regina, SK The Exchange
06/25 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo Cabaret
06/26 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
06/27 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
06/28 Detroit, MI Majestic Jr.
06/29 Cleveland, OH Now That's Class
06/30 Pittsburgh, PA The Altar Bar
07/01 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon
07/02 Toronto, ON Hard Luck Bar
07/03 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques
07/04 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
07/05 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
07/06 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
07/08 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts: Black Box
07/09 Washington D.C. Rock & Roll Hotel
07/11 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
07/12 Atlanta, GA The EARL