On Saturday April 26th, four Ohio bred metal bands came to Blind Bob’s to make noise, scream, yell and thrown down in a small deadly space, where the moshers really danced and the pit was much more friendly than the ones outside.
Columbus’ Northern Widows opened with a short set of six songs, just long enough to keep the hardcore fans’ attention, because Sargent D was coming, and you’re all on his list. Playing a nice blend of thrash, groove and speed with some old school punk attitude and delivery, they opened with the aggressively fast Boundaries & Vices and then got moody, muddy with some boot stomping drums and guitar on The Blessing Way. The Ghosts Of My Sins Are Consuming Me had a slower, dirtier beginning with guitar groove a minute in. Standing On The Shoulders of Omega was an ode to a lost family member, standing at their gravesite wishing them well in the afterlife. Three Storms was the slow mosh tune while A Clock Without A Craftsman finished with an old school punk feel.
Red Moth Inc, Dayton’s home of players and producers of anything and everything extremely not mainstream brought us Imbroglio, born in 2007, with six releases to date including this year’s The Struggle In Pursuit EP. Experimenting with grind, sludge, doom and whatever they want to hear and are influenced by, the band pushes their dark creations through the speakers for you to hear like the noise of an army made by three men, questioning comfort zones and what is ‘safe’ to play. After the drum smashing, uneasy guitar interplay of the Full Speed face smasher, we get bit from 2012’s Declared Self Hatred with Sharp Teeth. Then, The Drought comes slow and damaging, with Sabbath sludge, leaving throats dry from yelling. When all hope’s gone and the end comes what have you done to leave a mark? Daybreak delivers melancholy with an eye opening hard bitch slap to your morning wake or keeps insomniacs going with its wall scratching charm, Meshuggah tempo’s and Dillinger Escape Plan breakdowns. Desolation ends with a slower, trippy sounding ode to atmospheric isolation, with a slow trudge in the end of hopelessness.
Ohio’s Enabler owned the stage, getting the crowd pit ready with some wall blaster tunes including several new songs from the upcoming La Fin Absolue De Monde LP out May 27th from Earsplit Compound. Metal, hardcore, punk crossovers open a can with the passion in the veins of Speechless, the ultra-fast not quite a minute and a half fury of Mercenary yells the tale of someone who just needs to be taken out, in a low rent blaze of glory. Unconditional Surrender plays with weird chords before the speed slams in, playing frenetic breakdowns while building speed. They played several songs from the upcoming CD including Prey; run, run, run with the speed of a punk song, they’re after you and New Life with its guitar buzzing beginning and very danceable, body ramming beat and pace, with a little Death mixed in for technical flavor. To end the show, a former band member came up and jammed for a very loud and fast reunion.
Dayton’s Mouth of the Architect took us past the witching hour with sounds and songs that would scare a witch’s Sabbath into casting protection spells. Going strong for a decade, playing most of the songs from the new Dawning EP, they open with the almost ten minute Lullaby starting soft and soothing while the bedtime story yells you to sleep. Sharpen Your Axes got the crowd in a killer mood starting slow, but with menacingly subtle stalking guitar strings before the invading high squealing notes come from behind. The Other Son could be the sludge/prog/doom version of Dream On with Irish drinking song vocals at the five minute mark before going into the dark side of Tool territory ending with unexpected calm and quiet twisting attack of the keyboard/ sound manipulator.