On Monday, July 25 the One Foot in the Grave tour played at Club Red. The lineup for the night was Night Demon, Ghoul, Crowbar, and Carcass. I was really excited to see Carcass and Night Demon again and to check out Ghoul and Crowbar. For this show, the bands played on the bigger side of Club Red, which was great since there was a photo pit. When I walked into the venue, there was already a good amount of concertgoers considering it was a Monday.
The first band up for the night was Night Demon. I’d seen them once before when they toured with Holy Grail and was looking forward to photographing them this time. They started out the show their traditional way with part of a song from Conan the Barbarian as they prepared to come on stage. Night Demon is a traditional heavy metal band with clean vocals, which was very different from the rest of the bands on the bill. I loved watching them and think they’re at their best when playing live. During one of the last songs, The Chalice, their grim reaper looking mascot Rocky came onstage bearing a chalice, and later showered the crowd with its contents. Even though they played a great, high energy set, a lot of people just stayed in the back which kind of disappointed me. Night Demon is a great band and I urge anyone attending one of the upcoming shows to arrive early and enjoy them.
Next up was Ghoul. During the set change, the crew came out and put plastic bags over the all the monitors, and to be honest, I was a little scared for my camera. I ended up spending most of my time in the pit dodging all the blood and other liquids that were sprayed on the crowd the entire show. Another big part of their show where all the different characters that come onstage, some of which, I assume, portrayed current political figures. Along with all their fun stage antics, their trashy music got the crowd excited and moshing most of their set. I think the crowd would have liked them to have a longer set, but some of the songs they got to play were Ghoulunatics, Word Is Law, Shred the Dead, and Wall of Death.
After that, Crowbar took the stage in front of the now almost full venue. Even though they’re a sludge band with slower songs than Ghoul and Carcass, the crowd was very accepting and really got into their music. During several of the songs, there were circle pits going and everyone was headbanging with their heavy riffs the rest of the time. Despite Kirk Windstein, the vocalist/guitarist, having technical difficulties with his mic during the middle of their show, they delivered a great set that included the songs Conquering, To Build a Mountain, Planets Collide, and Like Broken Glass. I’m really looking forward to seeing them again, especially as a photographer with the nice bright lighting they had.
Finally, it was time for the mighty Carcass to play. Everyone started to pack into the lower, front part of the venue in anticipation for the show to start. They started off the night with one of my favorite songs, Unfit for Human Consumption, from their latest album, Surgical Steel. When I saw Carcass play last year in Tucson they were really good, but this time, I thought they were even better. They have a great stage presence and energy and put on an amazing show that I love seeing. Everyone at the show was energetic and had circle pits going almost the whole time, which I didn’t expect being a Monday in Mesa. Some of the other songs played where Buried Dreams, Reek of Purification/Exhume to Consume, and Black Star/Keep on Rotting in the Free World.
All the bands that night sounded great and I’m glad I got to go. There is something that all metal fans can enjoy with this tour package and think everyone should watch the entire show to see some bands they might not have heard before.
One Foot In The Grave 2016
CARCASS with CROWBAR, GHOUL and NIGHT DEMON.
Jul. 17 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Jul. 19 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Jul. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Jul. 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Jul. 23 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Jul. 24 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Jul. 25 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Jul. 26 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
Jul. 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Jul. 29 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
Jul. 30 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Jul. 31 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
Aug. 01 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Aug. 02 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Aug. 03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Aug. 04 – New York, NY @ Gramercy
Aug. 05 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place