For Valient Thorr, the Frequency was packed to a capacity of about 60-70 metalheads, in a relatively small room. Things got intense.
The show was kicked off by Junius, a Boston progressive metal outfit that pumped out a few heavy jams to get the crowd going. The beers were flowing all throughout the warmup acts - everyone knew there'd be no time for drinking when Valient took the stage. Junius made a fan out of me, and I'll be picking up their new album, Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, soon.
Junius was followed by HOWL, who played an amazing set. Even the most stoic of the standing-in-the-back-with-their-arms-crossed attendees were bobbing their heads to the sludgy, powerful grooves of HOWL. Those of us in the front row were headbanging in unison throughout the set, to music most of us had never heard before. They describe their music as "bong-rippin' labyrinth metal" and I suppose that's pretty accurate. I guess you had to be there.
|Valient Thorr takes the stage - photo by Dryad Media|
Here's "Double Crossed" for those of you looking to hear what these guys are all about:
I woke up the next morning (afternoon, actually) with a few bruises, a splitting headache, and a piercing ringing in my ears. It was all worth it. I'd love to go on describing this show for you, but really, you had to be there.