Saturday, May 30, 2009

Metal comes to Raleigh


First off, sorry for posting that extra blurry photo of Colossus, but that particular guitar player really does make the funniest moves on stage, and that was the best of the ones I captured. The photos I got of Man Will Destroy Himself at Slim's are even blurrier. At least Caltrop and Black Skies turned out OK.

Anyway, downtown was strangely quiet on Wednesday night. I was under the impression that Colossus, Caltrop and Black Skies at the Pour House was going to be THE show of the month. Everyone I knew was going, and everyone they knew was going (though, since "everyone" in Raleigh all mainly know each other we're really talking about a fairly contained group of people). Eventually the Pour House did fill up, but there was a significant number of people who missed Black Skies's bone crushing set. Luckily I captured their first song, "Chain of Command" for you:

Black Skies - "Chain of Command" from Mann's World on Vimeo.

(Michelle from Black Skies)

(Adam from Caltrop -- who seriously has the best rock faces in local music)

Caltrop was second on the bill, and probably the most highly anticipated since they rarely play Raleigh. They also put on a great show, and I captured a new, un-named song. But honestly, the best part of their set was the hilarity that ensued during the soundcheck. Soundman extraordinare Jac Cain kept trying to get the confused band members, who were really just interested in turning up and playing, to turn down a bit and tell him what they wanted in the monitors. It turned out just fine. Here's the video.

Caltrop -- New song as yet unnamed. from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Colossus ended the show and sounded perfect. I've said it before: These guys have a tendency to be either really sloppy or really amazing. Wednesday was a good night for them. Here's "A Year Later There's Still Meat in the Skull."

Colossus -- "A Year Later There's Still Meat in the Skull" from Mann's World on Vimeo.

After the show, we made our way over to Slim's for the last bit of Man Will Destroy Himself. Here's "Fuse."

Man Will Destroy Himself - "Fuse" from Mann's World on Vimeo.

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