I should have kept track of the time but around 7:40 Darkcult went on. I have bought tickets from these guys before but I’ve never seen em play so I went into this not knowing what to expect. So the intro was actually the same intro but just longer that Night Demon uses for the chalice. Maybe a bit of a nod? Either way, once the band started they were ripping. To me I heard a bit more black/thrash with traditional metal elements thrown in there for good measuer. It did remind of Nocturnal at times. I really dug their set. The guitarist Alan is pretty cool guy. So if you can check em out live I would. It’s cool to see a band with their style rising from the OC area. I definitely think there is potential for this band in the future, hopefully a full length.
The next band up was Concrete Sledge. Now, with that name I obviously expected pure Pantera worship, however this is not what the band delivered. It was metal but there was definitely a proggy element and feel to them. I would have to say out of all the bands they felt the most “modern”. I liked em though. It’s different, but if you’re expecting to them to bust into a cowboys from hell 2.0 that’s not what you’re going to get.
After this band I was hanging out outside, then I did an interview with Visigoth. Once that was done I saw the last few songs of Novareign which are a power metal band more in the vein of the European power metal than any U.S power metal. However, they are more progressive power metal rather than like Hammerfall meat and potatoes type of power metal. I don’t know why but like if Helloween keeper of the seven keys era got more technical that’s what they remind me of. I think they are pretty good and I’ll try to keep up on this band because they are fun to see live that’s for sure.
Last band up was Visigoth. They have already stormed the gates of San Diego and left it in ruin. They plundered LA yesterday. The campaign continues to Fullerton. Like I stated before I conducted an interview with them. They were all really cool guys. The singer and I actually talked a bit about obscure bands. You know metal nerd stuff. HAHA! OK, so I had high expectations since watching live videos they seemed epic and my friend told me that he went to the LA show and they were epic. Now, they got on stage at around 10 – 10:30 I wanna say? So, the band starts and wow. They were just awesome. The singer Jake reminded me of Katon from Hirax of his stage presence. This guy knows how to just command the stage. Like if he had a sword on stage it would be pretty sweet. They started off with Mammoth rider and the whole crowd was into it headbanging and fist banging. Then they played Dungeon Master which was really awesome. They played a new track “Salt city living” that definitely has a rocking riff that gets your foot tapping and your body moving and it was instantly catchy. The next song was “The Revenant King” which was an absolutely amazing song live. The whole band was tight throughout the whole set. The guitars sounded great the solos were executed really well.
During the song “Iron Brotherhood” the singer Jake jumped into the crowd and grabbed me to sing the part “we are the iron brotherhood” which caught me off guard because that hasn’t happened to me but it was cool. Also, a mosh pit broke out a few times during the set which was different but cool. So in the end it was an awesome show. I suggest you see Visigoth on this tour and support the band because they rule live. It was a night of a lot of fist banging and head banging and metal brotherhood the quintessential metal show.
1. Mammoth Rider
2. Dungeon Master
3. Salt lake city living (new track)
4. Revenant king
5. Blood Sacrifice
6. Necropolis (Manilla road cover)
7. Iron brotherhood