Two words to describe this gig. Awesome and Interesting. I’ll dwell on the Interesting later.
Prior to the gig, I had the opportunity to chat to two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Ben and Sammey from Goatwhore. That interview will be up soon. That was after we got a little lost trying to find the venue, as I’d never been to Ivory’s before.
The first band of the night was Mortals. Hailing from New York, it was their first time ever touring Europe and playing Glasgow. They delivered a cracking set and are quite honestly one of the best opening bands I’ve seen in a long time. Towards the end of their set, a few members of the crowd decided to liven things up and really got into the music. This then geared up the rest of crowd to give them a warm welcome to Glasgow. Speaking to their drummer (Caryn) afterwards, she mentioned that they were almost in shock to be touring with two of their favourite bands. Opportunities like this don’t come often, and I can safely say that you’ve gained a new fan with me and probably a good number of the folk in the crowd as well.
Next up was Goatwhore. I must admit, I do laugh whenever I hear the bands name. I discovered them back in 2009, but never really started listening to them until I saw them live with Dying Fetus last November. Quoting what Ben said from the interview earlier, “We’d rather people not label us, as they may put people who may like our music off. If you’re interested in us, you can find our stuff easily on the internet.” Which is actually how I found the band, through just browsing through youtube.
Playing a set primarily compromised of songs from their most recent album, Constricting Rage of the Merciless along with a few tracks from their previous albums, they certainly got the crowd fired up. The amount of stage divers was insane! There was at least one every 2 minutes, sometimes one every 30 seconds. This was when the Interesting part of the night happened. Some poor guy got smacked in the head by someone stage-diving and ended up with a deep cut to his head. He was kept well treated by the venue staff and I stayed with him post-gig until his mum arrived to take him to the hospital. If you’re reading this article man, I hope you’re ok.
- Poisonous Existence in Reawakening
- In Deathless Tradition
- An End to Nothing
- Cold Earth Consumed in Dying Flesh
- Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult
- Judgement of the Bleeding Crown
- Baring Teeth For the Revolt
- Collapse in Eternal Worth
- The All Destroying
- Apocalyptic Havoc
Onto the Headliners of the night, Skeletonwitch. Whilst I don’t know much about them, I do know that their singer recently got fired. So stepping in for this tour was none other of Andy Horn from Battlemaster and ex Cannabis Corpse. It’s safe to say that he did a cracking job in keeping the crowd suitably fired up. So much so, that even more stage-divers appeared and the pit area got quite warm. I’m not a fan of hot environments, so I moved over the near the merch stands and said “Hi” to a few folk that I knew who were standing there. Due to the design of the venue, this still gave me a decent view of the stage and enabled me to see the craziness that was ensuing in the main area. The band played off this craziness with the singer mentioning several times that he was surprised about how everyone was really getting into the music. In short, the band delivered a cracking set and suitably rocked the socks off everyone there.
After the gig had finished, as I mentioned earlier, I looked after the guy who got injured during Goatwhore’s set. Nearly everyone from the bands and crew who went past came over and asked if he was ok and wished him a full recovery soon. Kudos to the venue staff who helped look after him and made sure that he was ok until he was taken away to the hospital.
Awesome and Interesting as I said at the start. Awesome, due to the all the bands giving first class performances. And interesting due to me helping out a guy in need. I look forward to seeing all of these bands when they next come back to Scotland.