Show review - Orchids Curse & Cicada Nov 19th 2010


A FRIDAY OF IMPENDING METAL
November 19th @ Gus' Pub (10pm / $5)

featuring:
Orchids Curse - http://myspace.com/orchidscurse
Threshold Guardian - http://myspace.com/thresholdguardian
Cicada - http://myspace.com/cicadacorps
Soviet Crowbeak - http://myspace.com/sovietcrowbeak
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Review by Dan Nightingale & Tiffany Naugler

Soviet Crowbeak opened up the night. There were a lot of puzzled faces in the bar and not a lot of movement, on stage or off. The band's technical expertise was apparent: their music was fast, complex, and heavy. It was clear to musicians in the crowd that these guys were very talented, but to the general public there wasn't a lot of appeal. No movement on the stage, and no vocals kept anyone from getting engaged. The music was good, but the addition of a front man with some serious moves (ala Mike Patton) would probably engage the crowd better without changing the complicated balance that the instrumentalists have achieved.

Soviet Crowbeak - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 04

Soviet Crowbeak - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 03

Soviet Crowbeak - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 02

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While Dan went to visit some friends down the street, I set myself up front for Cicada.
I have seen these guys like a bazillion times it seems, but honestly they seem to keep getting better every time. It didn't matter that it was guitarist, Anson's, birthday and that the beers has been in steady flow since early evening, the band sounded tight and the energy was abundant.
I enjoy Cicada, because, to me, they offer something different to the metal scene. The use of the djembe in order to round out the drum sounds, the use of both screaming and snarly singing, mixed with some mainly instrumental tracks all make for a lovey rounded set of awesome.

Cicada - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 17

Cicada - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 05

Cicada - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 08


Cicada - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 10

Cicada - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 01

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Threshold Guardian were up next.
These guys, to me, are what all metal heads like about metal, it was loud and gritty and well, the look in the vocalists eyes was just down right terrifying at times! These guys seriously believed in what they were playing and it showed! That being said, compared to Cicada and the up coming Orchids Curse, they seemed rather... plain? Is that the word I am looking for? Probably not, but its the word I'm going to use.
It seemed to me that they would have fitted better as the beginning of the night, but hey.. not my call.

Threshold Guardian - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 03

Threshold Guardian - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 02

Threshold Guardian - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 01

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Orchids Curse are, impressively, a band that seems to get better every time I see them. Having recently seen them mostly on stages twice this size, watching them all crowded up onto the Gus' stage, with some serious lighting going on, was pretty entertaining. Front man Josh Hogan, as always, kept the crowd pumped up while also managing to raise money for prostate cancer! The crowd was as intense as always, with the mosh pit going so wild that the band added two songs to the set just to keep things going. I was waiting for the moment when some flailing elbow took out Jim the bouncer, resulting in a good old fashioned bar tossing, but the worst casualty seemed to be the beer and piles of broken glass near the stage.

Orchids Curse - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 17

Orchids Curse - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 14

Orchids Curse - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 11

Orchids Curse - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 10

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Orchids Curse - Nov. 19th 2010 - Gus' 05

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