It’s always great to hear that a band like Immolation is hitting the road to bring their brand of crushing Death Metal to the masses. Having seen the band a number of times over the years, I can only stress that they are a group that you need to see and this multiple date run will make it very easy to do so. Let’s take a look at the press release.
A rare appearance by one of the pioneers of theatrical rock in the 60’s. Known as “The God of Hellfire”, Arthur Brown had a hit with the song “Fire” in 1968. The show opened up with Electric Citizen, who put on a great set of Sabbath-esqe riff rockers. Front woman Laura Dolan prowled the stage and kept the band visually entertaining while belting out powerful vocals. Ross Dolan (guitar), Randy Proctor (bass), Nate Wagner (drums) kept the engine running with chugging power ‘70s style psychedelic rock, with solid rhythms, and ripping solos. Arthur Brown took the stage and gave the sold-out audience a powerful, and energetic performance. At 74 years old, Brown has more energy and stage presence than people a third his age.
Brown is a consummate showman, which is no surprise considering he is one of the pioneers of theatrical, performance art-rock. Backed by a solid band with a tight groove, wearing psychedelic face paint, Arthur energetically dominated the stage. His presence was powerful and captivating, yet he connected with the audience on a personal and emotional level. Arthur’s vocals are incredibly strong, and his range is impressive. His vocals varied from growls, spoken word, to falsetto, and settling in with a soulful baritone. The set was a blend of recent material, and included the classic songs like “Fire” and a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell on You”.
Always engaged with the audience Brown took us on a grand journey of psychedelic rock and showmanship. Utilizing multiple costume changes to enhance the mood, and create even more visual grandeur.
At the end of the show, Arthur never left the stage, he stayed shaking hands, signing all sorts of memorabilia, and taking photos with his fans. This went on for a good half hour before a security guy made him leave the stage with the excuse that he was going to change into something more comfortable. All I could think was he couldn’t change into anything more comfortable, than where he is right now. Interacting with his appreciative fans, which seemed to energize him and kept a genuine smile on his face. Classiest thing I have ever seen.
1. Zim Zam Zim
2. Prelude / Nightmare
3. Want to Love
4. The Unknown
5. Gypsy Escape
6. I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
7. Rest Cure
8. Kites (Simon Dupree & The Big Sound cover)
9. Sunrise (Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come cover)
10. The Tell-Tale Heart (The Alan Parsons Project cover)
11. Touched by All
12. Devil’s Grip
13. Muscle of Love
14. Fanfare / Fire Poem
16. Junkyard King
17. Jungle Fever
We are off and running my dear readers in The Metal Republic and while it’s only day two of 2013, this is actually part eight of our “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2013” from Metal and Hard Rock greats. Someone asked me why I actually started this just after Christmas, and well the answer is simple….I started them on 12/26 because I wanted to is why 🙂 Being serious, I do it like this to give you readers something new and interesting as the year closes since its generally a dry time for big happenings. It also lets me better space out the responding quotes. Now onto the regularly scheduled program….
1. Mo “Royce” Petersen (Tragedy: Heavy Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees): We resolve to look like Manowar by the end of 2013. (We already sound exactly like them)
2. Addiction For Destruction: Addiction For Destruction are looking forward to on tour over the world in 2013 and releasing a couple of new videos! We want to keep building our international fan base. Train keeps rollin’, stay tuned!
Artist: Immolation Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: Jungle Rot, Gigan, Immolith Date: 10/10/2011 Label: Nuclear Blast Records
It’s always great for the Metal fans when the mighty Immolation sets their sites on the Big Apple as they continually deliver a crushing experience that throttles the senses and leaves you screaming for more. You might remember that the band delivered “Majesty and Decay” back in 2010 and did some short touring in this region. We caught them at The Studio at Webster Hall and it was great but we prefer to see a band like this on a larger stage and that made The Gramercy Theatre the perfect choice of venue for the gig. The tour would find them being joined by Jungle Rot and Gigan and also feature the local talent of the New Jersey based Black Metal band Immolith. Having only a small background on all of the openers, I made sure to get into the venue in time to see this show from just after it began. Here is how the night went down if you were stupid enough to miss it.
Immolith: There was a discrepancy about the actual start time and that found my friends and I arriving just towards the end of the apparently crushing set being dished out by Immolith. Without sounding like a prima donna, I am almost always unimpressed by the local openers these days because so few of them possess the necessary fire that will lead them to future greatness. This was not the case when it came to Immolith. As a Black Metal outfit the band was suitably made up in the pre-requisite Corpse Paint but their overall tunes were what was selling me. It appeared to be solid and very frenetically paced stuff that I knew I wanted to hear more of. Sadly the guys didn’t have any music for me to indulge in and if they did I didn’t see it before it was too late. Watch out for this band if you like Black Metal, I think we shall be hearing a lot about them. Gigan was up next. Continue reading Immolation @ Gramercy Theatre (10/10/2011)→