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Concert: Danzig (With Doyle!)/Scar the Martyr/Huntress/In Defence (8/17, Myth, St. Paul, MN)

Posted in concerts, crossover thrash, minneapolis/st. paul, punk, traditional heavy metal, united states with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

As all graduate students know, life gets hard at the end of summer, and especially when you are low man on the totem pole in your program and don’t have a chance of landing yourself a teaching job. Not having any source of income until about a month and a half ago, this summer was particularly rough on me in terms of finances. Thus, I was not able to afford my summer trip home, which really sucks. However, it does mean that I was here to see Danzig, which is awesome as he was performing a special part-Misfits set with Doyle (!!!).

The show was at The Myth, a big nightclub north of St. Paul. Apparently Danzig refused to play last time he was here because the show was at the Cabooze, a little venue on the light rail’s Blue Line. This time the space was much bigger, and there were quite a lot of people there. Lots of girls, and a lot of younger kids too, teenagers mostly there to see Danzig and Scar the Martyr, Joey Jordison of Slipknot’s new band. The sound was pretty good as long as you stood in front of the stage; I sat in the benches on the side for part of Huntress and Scar the Martyr’s sets, and the bass was incredibly overwhelming from there. I was feeling a little sick from it even.

Early in the night I made my way down to the rail for In Defence, since they are one of my favorite local bands.  It was really interesting to see them play on such a huge stage; on the one hand, it was fun to see them in that capacity, but I think I prefer seeing In Defence in a more intimate space. Either way, they played a strong set, and there was even a small yet enthusiastic circle pit going for a bit, despite the fact that not that many people had shown up yet. The people who did show up were the people I see all the time, which is great, but I’m glad that there were a few new faces in the crowd as well.

[In Defence, playing at Taco John’s quite a while ago. I live in the same town as these dudes]

Huntress was… strange, to me at least. I enjoyed the vocals to an extent; their leading lady has a very powerful voice. However, her costume was really weird. She was wearing a spandex body suit thing as well as a cape, which would have been far less impressive had she not had a fan in the front of the stage to blow it around. Despite the strong vocals, Huntress wasn’t all that impressive to me. The guitar riffs were not very memorable, and the entire thing just felt okay. Not good, not bad, just okay. I like traditional heavy metal, but if I want to listen to throwback of that stuff I’ll go put on In Solitude or Holy Grail.

I met Scar the Martyr with hesitation, and my fears were confirmed. The music was perfectly fine, although not really my cup of black tea. Every once in a while a riff would catch my attention, but overall they were a bit radio-rock for me (not to mention that it was during their set that I was starting to feel sick from the bass). A few youths tried to mosh and failed utterly. It was adorable. One thing I will give them- the drums were awesome. I’ve seen Slipknot three times (Shut up. They put on a great show), and Joey Jordison never fails to deliver live. He played from behind a gigantic drumkit, and was by far the best part of the set.

Next up was Danzig, who seemed positively cheerful for Danzig. He opened his set with Twist of Cain, which made me happy. I’m afraid I don’t know Danzig’s solo stuff as well as I should, but he did play Mother towards the very end of the set, and he played for quite a while. It was fun to see all the people in the audience losing it to Danzig, everyone from kids to dudes in their forties (and by this point, the place was packed). I have heard that he had a few off nights on this tour, but the St. Paul show was spectacular.

Interspersed throughout Danzig’s set was Misfits material played alongside Doyle. Doyle is a mammoth of a man. He is gigantic, and his biceps looked about the size of my head. It was no surprise, then, when he kept breaking strings off his guitar. The Misfits portion of the set was the main reason I wanted to see this show so badly, and I was not let down. They played Skulls, Halloween, Astro Zombies, and my personal favorite, I Turned Into A Martian, during which I completely lost my shit. It was a great time, with pretty much everyone in the crowd singing along.

[Doyle is a fucking beast]

I didn’t pick up a Danzig shirt because they were super expensive, but I did snag myself another In Defence shirt. It’s one I’ve had my eye on for a while, too, as I love Star Wars.

From Profane Existence's WordPress. I took a picture of my shirt but my phone is being stupid.

From Profane Existence’s WordPress. I took a picture of my shirt but my phone is being stupid.

All and all, this show was fantastic. The middle bands were kind of a letdown, but the company was excellent, and watching Joey Jordison play drums is always a treat (though in my opinion, he should have just done a half hour drum solo). Danzig was great; he’s getting up there in years, and he’s not in the best shape anymore, but he managed to keep up throughout the set. And seeing Doyle play with him was incredible. I’m a young’un and a punk newbie, so this is probably the closest I will ever come to a live Misfits set. It was worth every bit of the gas money to drive all the way to the Myth.

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I’m going to try to update every week, but I don’t know that I can promise that. I picked up another class, and I’m swamped. I have a lot of ideas that I’m sketching out in whatever free time I can score, and I will shoot for once a week; bar that, once every two weeks.

For the Love of Live Music, Consider Signing This Petition

Posted in black metal, blackened death metal, blackened doom, concerts, crossover thrash, crust, death metal, doom, DSBM, folk metal, grindcore, hardcore, local, musings, post-black metal, prog metal, psychedelic rock, punk, retro occult rock, sludge metal, stoner metal, thrash, traditional heavy metal, true norwegian black metal, underground, USBM, viking metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

This petition came to my attention the other day via a friend on Facebook, and I wanted to post it here so that you could sign it if you haven’t. The Canadian government apparently wants to drastically increase the amount of money that musicians have to pay to tour there, which will not only cut down on the amount of live music that Canadians will get to see, but will also be very harmful to small venues and businesses. I don’t think I need to go far towards explaining that for metal bands other than, say, Metallica and their ilk, this legislation is very bad news- any smaller metal bands will be right out of the running for getting to tour Canada. As I am now living in a routine stop on the way to Winnipeg, I can assure you, Canadian metal fans, you don’t want this thing to pass. Marduk and Inquisition are just a couple of bands in the past year that have come up your way. And of course, that is not to mention the smaller bands trying to get off the ground; False just played in Canada, for instance. This cost increase passes and they won’t be able to again.

So please consider adding your signature to the petition if you haven’t already. I did, and I hate signing up for things on the internet. And tell your friends, too, because this is an issue that affects ALL music genres.