Last Tuesday night, I got the pleasure to see a great heavy metal show down at Nile Theater, even though I am not too fond of the venue, as is not the best we have around here, I can say that the Skull Fist, Elm Street & Night Demon show sounded fairly solid, and it got a normal crowd response for a Tuesday night show. I arrived around 8pm as there were a couple local bands left on the opening bill, Night Demon took the stage around 9pm, I remember seeing them for the first time back in October at Club Red and their heavy metal sound felt like a breeze of fresh air into the polluted heavy metal make-over pot. They are about to release their début album Curse Of The Damned, a crushing 11 track album that will give a lot to talk about when it comes out in January 27th via Century Media.
The interesting thing about Night Demon is that, even though they play a classic heavy metal style, they do their best possible to be creative on their own, an example of that was that they brought their own set of lights and smoke machine which not only set the tone for their performance, but it also set them apart from the other bands on the tour. Hell… even they are putting their merch guy every night into a black robe, skeleton mask and gloves, and boom you got a grim reaper appearance during their set, I am telling you those kids are really ingenious, no doubt they will have a bright future if they keep finding new ways to enhance their show.
The next band was another proof that Australia is becoming a new mine for interesting bands, Elm Street (taken from the movie Nightmare On Elm Street) is the living proof of that. These Australians delivered and amazing set of Thrash/Heavy metal combo that brought the scattered audience of the Nile rushing to the front of the stage. Elm Street was heavy, fun, and very fresh as it seems they draw some influences from bands like Municipal Waste and Warbringer.
Their set was solid full of heavy riffs that incited a few mosh pit moments among the few excited fans that were there for them. I have never heard of them before that night, but their set was impressive, and it got a good impressions from the crowd, I hope they return and hopefully we could have a larger crowd so more people could appreciate their music.
Canadian heavy metal band Skull Fist was the headliner for this tour, their sound is a revamp of classic heavy metal, and along with Elm Street has also a lot 80’s elements on it. This band reminded me to bands like White Wizzard, and Holy Grail which are the bands that have successfully give heavy metal a fresh breeze of air by revamping the traditional heavy metal sound rather than just making an exact copy of it.
Even though, Skull Fist has alternated their line up in different occasions, and it’s a fairly enough new band, but they have what it takes to carry the heavy metal legacy forward, their set was entertaining, and they possessed a good stage charisma, which was dully noted by the crowd that enjoyed their show since the first riff.
This was an interesting tour package, but I would say that the lack of assistance by the public to this show was a factor that didn’t undermine the quality of the show, but it was not a good example of the Arizona metal scene (and I know it was a Tuesday night, and the venue doesn’t have a liquor license, which are factors that affect the assistance to shows). However, it was a nice package to those ones that dared to come out, and enjoy a night of good heavy metal.
Skull fist, Night Demon & Elm Street tour dates:
1/2/2015 Albany, NY Bogies
1/3/2015 Amityville, NY Amytiville Music Hall
1/4/2015 New York, NY Webster Hall
1/5/2015 Lemonye, PA The Champ Venue
1/6/2015 Providence, RI Firehouse 13
1/7/2015 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
1/9/2015 Chicago, IL Red Line Tap
1/10/2015 Cudahy, WI The Metal Grill
1/11/2015 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
1/12/2015 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
1/13/2015 Lincoln, NE Vega
1/15/2015 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
1/16/2015 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
1/17/2015 Farmington, NM Studio 18
1/18/2015 Albuquerque, NM The Blu Phoenix Venue
1/20/2015 Phoenix, AZ The Nile Theater (upstairs)
1/22/2015 Colton, CA Hub
1/23/2015 Los Angeles, CA Airliner
1/24/2015 Fullerton, CA Riff Haus
1/25/2015 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst Club