None More Black: An observance at the Golden Bull

Once again, in the interests of whetting my Black Metal appetite and spreading the gospel to the masses, I braved the East Bay to witness some amazing bands delivering some amazing performances. Tonight’s agenda: Uada, Imperial Triumphant, Witchhaven and Gloam.

The setting for this evening’s performance was Oakland’s Golden Bull, which is a small-ish, dive-ish bar conveniently located right next to the downtown BART station. As the show was advertised to begin at 8:00pm (there was no other clue as to when the first band would take the stage), I arrived at 7:45pm to find no doorman, no people and virtually no equipment on stage. Promoters, why do you torment me? Have I wronged you? When there are four bands on the bill and it’s a Thursday night, there is no fathomable reason why the first band should not be on by 8pm. So off I moped to the bar to console myself with some amber nectar. There’s been quite a bit of hubbub in the media lately regarding Imperial Triumphant and Uada (especially the later) due to both bands releasing new material, and although I wasn’t expecting a huge flood of people to attend the show, I was mildly concerned about the number of people trickling in as I consumed my second beverage. Around the Toilet (and the internet in general), whenever a band gets mentioned more than a few times, invariably the word “hype” comes up and it’s usually in a derogatory way. Well folks, in case you were wondering the underground is alive and well in Oakland. In fact, it’s so far underground nobody has dug deep enough to find it. Seriously, until about 8:45pm, the venue was mostly filled with boozing band members. Come on guys, get out of your homes and go and see some of the bands that you spend all day researching, listening to and gossiping about! Anyway, I spent a little over an hour drinking beer and listening to whatever 80’s metal they were playing over the PA (there are worse things!) before the opener hit the stage around 9:00pm.

I guess there was a last minute change of schedule as the first band of the night was LA’s Witchaven. These guys are coming towards the end of a forty, yes you read that correctly, forty date US tour, and like the well-oiled machine that they are, offered to warm up the night’s proceedings. I’m not very good at estimating crowd size, but there were probably between thirty and fifty people in the bar, not that Witchaven gave a toss. They played like it was a packed house, feeling completely at ease and confident in their delivery. In fact, they were so at home on stage, the guitarist was still wearing his moccasins. Their class of Black/Thrash is short, sweet and packed full of catchy riffs providing ample time between songs for Henry (vocals, guitar) to throw out amusing anecdotes and song introductions, and generally give off feel-good vibes. The interludes also allowed the band to quench their ferocious thirst by swigging PBR like it’s going out of style. I must admit, I was feeling a little blasé before they came on, but they certainly shook me out of my stupor. They have a new album coming out this year and you can check out the last one here.

Witchaven

Witchaven

During the break, I grabbed another beer and introduced myself to Uada’s front man, Jake. We had a good chat about Toilet related things and what’s currently going on with band. He was super enthusiastic and I could tell that he was totally excited to be on tour. Also, he kindly agreed to do an interview, so expect that at some point.

With the modest growth of the crowd, it was the turn of the band with the best name in Black Metal to take the stage, Imperial Triumphant. I’ve no idea what it means but wow, does that name evoke some feeling! Clad in black hoods with gold braid and with faces blacked out, they stepped out in a swirl of smoke. I’m not really a fan of this type of dissonant avant-garde Black Metal, but in an intimate live setting it seemed to make more sense to me. I think that the combination of the aesthetic, music and delivery cast some kind of spell over me. Unfortunately, the spell was frequently broken as I was standing towards the side of the stage near the ladies, and every time someone needed to relieve herself, the door swung open casting a blinding light over the dimly lit stage. The sound was quite noisy and bass heavy although it wasn’t really a problem as I just focused on the bass player slipping and sliding his way up and down the fret board. My favorite moment of their set was when Ilya Goddessraper slowly growled, “We are Imperial Triumphant from New York fucking City.” It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. You can learn more about Imperial Triumphant here and here, and if you get the chance to see them live, do it!

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Imperial Triumphant

During the break, I finally made my way over to the now present doorman to pay my eight whole dollars entrance fee, and then stepped outside to have quite a disturbing experience. I was just standing there looking around when I saw a young women sitting down in a doorway picking at her arm. I innocently thought she had a new tattoo that she was scratching, but as I watched more closely I could see that she was delicately slicing her forearm with a razor blade. Shit! I walked over and asked her if she was okay, and she was initially quite dismissive. I kept talking to her though, stating that I wasn’t judging her in anyway but was genuinely concerned. She thanked me and eventually we got to talking about music etc. After about ten minutes, the conversation ended with me telling her to come inside and see the next band. Later, I saw her with some guy so I hope she’s ok. When I got home, I mentioned this to my wife and she said that this type of activity was quite common amongst teenagers. Scary.

After that I was a little out of sorts, but Portland’s Uada put me straight (I know, I’m shallow). Taking the stage at 10:45pm, they blasted through almost their entire debut LP, Devoid of Light, out now on Eisenwald. With the dry ice machine cranked to eleven, the band gave it their all for thirty or so minutes of melodic, hook-ridden Black Metal. I feel that Uada have what it takes to appeal to a wider audience as they straddle the fine line between being gritty enough for the underground and accessible enough to coax in some new believers. They’ve got the songs, the character, the live show, and while their fourteen hole boots may look new, their skills are practiced and honed. To be honest, I felt a little spoiled seeing them from about four feet away on what I believe is their first West Coast tour. Closing with “Black Autumn, White Spring,” it was all over too quickly.

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Uada

Tonight’s headliner was none other than Santa Cruz’s very own Gloam, which of course you are all intimately familiar with because they were lovingly covered here and here. By the time they were ready to roll, the crowd seemed to have thinned out, which was hardly surprising as it was 11:45pm. Candles were ceremoniously lit to deter any would be stage divers provide ambiance, and after a mellow intro, in came the riffs. I must admit that after the bluster of Uada, Gloam came across as a lot more laid back. This is not a knock in anyway as this is just their style, letting the music do all the talking while they effortlessly play, and passionately deliver their gloomy, doomy Black Metal. Although I only managed to catch about thirty minutes of their set, I did get to hear the mighty “Torrents of Blood,” and by the time that I left, there were probably only about thirty to forty enthralled people left. On my way out, I made a quick pit stop at the merch table, said my goodbyes to Jake and darted for the last train home.

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Gloam

I don’t remember, well at least I’d have to think very hard about it, the last time I thoroughly enjoyed a concert as much as this. It’s just a shame that more people weren’t there to share in the experience. Then again, I was in the front row for all the bands, so I shouldn’t complain.

Keep up to date with the latest Facebook goings on of Witchaven, Imperial Triumphant, Uada and Gloam.

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Published on: April 22, 2016

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  • Dubs

    Stan, great live review. Some thoughts:
    A) I look forward to your interview with Henry
    B) Glad you enjoyed Imperial Triumphant live
    C) I dated a girl in high school who would cut her thighs. Some people do it for attention (to a degree), but a lot of them do it to release endorphins to counteract depression. Either way, it’s sad.
    D) 11:45pm is 2 late 4 me

    • Stanley

      a) It’s Jake. lol.
      c) My wife had a business partner for a few years. He was well to do and had four children that didn’t want for anything. The eldest daughter used to cut herself. He spent a lot of money of psychiatrists but I guess she grew out of it anyway.
      d) me too.

      • Dubs

        Oops, my bad. Lol. The girl I dated did too. Teenage hormones, I guess.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      One of my GFs in high school was big into cutting, amongst other things, as well as my first GF out of high school. Needless to say, I got the fuck out of Dodge at that point, especially when the latter one started using it for attention. I heard that she killed herself a year after I broke up with her, and wouldn’t be surprised if that were true.

  • super jelly, stan

  • Not really into any of these bands, but beer and live hellish music is always a fucking plus. Rad stuff Stan!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      … more of a Deafheaven and Myrkur guy, amirite?

      =)

      • You understand me Ed.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Deafheaven is the shit. Not a Myrkur fan.

  • I dig the black metal hardstyle pic you got for the header. Also impressed by your ability to booze for four hours and not be destroyed.

    • Stanley

      Who said anything about not being destroyed?

    • “impressed by your ability to booze for four hours”… Joe, we can trade livers if you’d like

  • CyberneticOrganism

    I dig this black hoods look a lot of bands are using lately. Nice writeup brah.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Agreed, on both counts.

  • Pentagram Sam

    Cool writeup dude! Shiiiit man, I’m so jonesing for good live music and overall fun, I would kill to see some good shows, no matter how late. I like the vibe of your interviews of just, ya know, ride the BART down to the venue, ain’t no thang. Starting a talk with a band dude, yah turns into an interview, hahaha.

    Round these parts on a Friday nite, unless you’re having a kitchen party (getting drunk in someone’s kitchen), things are deader than shit by eleven pm. Still remember doing Uber from 8 – 12.45 on a Friday and got ONE whole passenger in the entirety of Midland / Odessa. Wooo. fast times abound. To the 512 I will return.

    • Stanley

      Over the years I’ve missed a few shows in Oakland due the vast expanse of water between me and it, but actually taking the BART is really easy and fast. As long as I can get my Mrs to drop me off at the SF station it’s only a 15 minute trip on the train and a 1 minute walk when I get to the other side. The hassle for me is getting to the BART station in SF as I live about 2 miles away the station.

      As far as talking to the bands, it’s easy when you go to small shows. There’s no back stage (lol) etc. Everyone is just hanging around and most bands watch the other bands play. It’s a very cool vibe.

      • Truth, most bands who play these small venues are down to earth types who look foward to speaking with others about their music or just small talk in general.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I tried some IPA last night from some place called Victory Brewing Company. Beer tastes awful and I’ll just wait until I go to Universal to try alcohol again. They’ll probably have some good mixed drinks.

    • Victory Brewing >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        How do people like beer? It tastes awful. I could barely drink it.

        • Awful is my favorite flavor.

        • Sounds like you should never drink again.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Good point

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            JJD’S got straight edge!! xJJDx

          • Next is JJD’s Hardcore band.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            I can’t wait. As long as I get to play bass.

          • With such hits like “No Beer Plz!” and “Alfredo Sauce Pizza Smack Down”

          • grosssss

          • Correction. “Ranch Dressing Pizza Smack Down”

          • I’m not one to vomit freely but this is getting close

          • JJD loves it. It’s his favorite kinda pizza.

          • Jjd probably knows a hundred ways to bastardize a pizza

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I actually know 104 ways

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            This is magnificant.

            JJD WE GOTTA GET ON THIS!!!!!

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            It’ll be like a G-rated version of Youth Of Today.

        • Well, human adults are weird, man. You just stick to your principles and what you truly like, not to please someone.

        • more beer

          Let me fix that for you. Beer is delicous.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I should have gotten a cheap beer so I could work up to an IPA. Going straight to an IPA wasn’t smart.

          • no, you shouldve gotten one good beer (which you did) and one pisswater beer, so you could compare what its like to drink actual beer

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Drinking an IPA, at least by my experience, is NEVER smart!

          • here’s the deal man: take us old geezers’ advice or don’t. if you end up picking and choosing which advice sounds suitable, it’ll only hurt you. (please don’t mistake me, this is friendly advice)

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            MORE BEER!!!

        • Try St. Ides. It’s way better.

        • BALLS ROLL

          You did start with an incredibly complex brew.

        • Rob M

          ..is it the bitterness you didnt like?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Yes.

          • Try a good stout.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            A good milk stout.

          • Stouts FTW.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Indeed!

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            To be read in Lo Pan’s crippled voice.

          • Rob M

            Yeah…either try some beers with a stronger malt flavor (like a stout, porter or a bock) or maybe a wheat beer.

            Youre best bet would be to go to out to lunch with some friends (preferably who drink beer) at a brewpub that sells food, and get a flight of beers so you can sample a bunch of different styles at one time

    • IPAs are a little much to start off with as your first beer. I’d suggest a wheat beer or pilsner or something lighter and less hoppy instead.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I should have gotten something else. The beer came with my meal though.

        • Stanley

          How does that work? You order food and they just throw in an ale?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            No. My dad had a Groupon for 4 drinks, 2 appetizers and 4 of whatever my family wanted off the menu.

        • Pentagram Sam

          Was this really your first beer ever? I think alot of like for beer begins in high school and slamming lots of cheap shitty beer just to get drunk and eventually you learn what you like and don’t like thru trial and error. Damn, starting off with an IPA is a big un

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Yes it was.

    • Stanley

      Was it Hop Devil? If so that’s a great beer. Dirt Devil is even better. You probably need to sink nigh on a thousand Corona’s in Florida and then, you’ll be ready for some proper beer i.e. beer that tastes of something.

      • Dubs

        Aye, he needs to go through the proper rite of passage. You can’t just start with an IPA. Something terrible like a Miller Lite or a Bud Lime is a necessity.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Even I wouldn’t drink Bud Lime. Maybe I’ll have a Miller Lite or some sort of mixed drink at Universal.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Drink Incredible Hulks, and only Incredible Hulks JJD.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            What is that?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™
          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            GAH, I hate Hennessy! A co-worker gave me some years back and I ended up spitting it out almost immediately. E&J >>>>>>>>>Hennessy

          • It won’t turn you into the Hulk, but maybe Bruce Banner.

          • Stanley

            Yes. Go straight for the hard stuff. It will only end well.

          • Dubs

            Drinking black velvet straight out of the plastic bottle, South Padre style.

          • Dubs

            It’s super effective!

          • more beer

            It’s also pure evil!

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            “It’s an evil drink that brings out the evil in men!”
            “But where’s the rum?!”

            (from Pirates Of The Caribbean)

          • Fuck yes! Cheap liquor thread. I second:

            This is Anís Cartujo and this killed more people in our past than María Juana. Pretty dangerous. STAY AWAY FROM IT, KIDZ.

            http://www.prolicor.com.ve/getattachment/82e7d0ee-ce25-454d-9c07-8cf0bac00fd9/Anis-Cartujo.aspx?maxSideSize=200

          • Ouch

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ll probably try some cheaper beer at Universal. Maybe I’ll be able to try better stuff after that.

          • Stanley

            Try a Hurricane. Tastes like candy but kicks like a mule.

            And your sick will be bright red!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is that the high gravity lager? I wish I knew where to find it

          • Stanley

            No, it’s a wonderful cocktail from NO.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I had to look it up. It doesn’t sound half bad. What about margaritas?

          • Dubs

            Only if they’re made with Everclear, Chimy’s style.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Well there’s a Margaritaville at Universal so maybe they’ll have good margaritas.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            This is good.

          • Stanley

            Real ones are good (tequila, triple sec, fresh lime), ones made with sweet and sour mix, not so good.

          • Real margaritas>>>>>>>>

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m going to guess I shouldn’t buy a Margaritaville margarita if I want a good one.

          • Stanley

            I’ve only been to the one in Cancun airport and I a remember it being more about quantity over quality. Stay away from all the slushy ones. On the rocks is the only way to go, with the 3 ingredients I mentioned above. If in doubt always ask the bartender how they make them and if it’s not just three things, order an IPA!!!!!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Why would I order an IPA? Shouldn’t I start off with cheap beer so I can build up to that?

          • Stanley

            You’re right. I was thinking about how I roll. You should definitely start by having one of those thousand coronas.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Straight to the hops with you!!!

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Go for a Southern Comfort with a squeeze of fresh lime. Subtle, goes down easy, and with a nice lemon/caramel aftertaste. That was one of my go to drinks back when I drank hard liquor.

          • Southern Comfort is one of my favorite liqueurs

          • NOPE NOPE NOPE!!!!

          • I guess that’s why you live above the Mason-Dixon line

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Hahahaha! Best comeback I’ve heard in a while.

          • I’ve never been sicker. The smell of it makes me want to vomit.

          • It is a little heavy on sugar so it will give you a nasty hangover

          • Yeah… And alcohol.

          • I think it’s only 70 proof I think

          • I’ll just stick to beer.

          • Well you could always come down to the mountains and I can go into the hills and find us some Shine

          • they make a ~110 proof as well

          • Barf

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Those mixers are often a sugar overload from hell, especially after a few shots. They remind me of those bags of syrup before you hook them up to the soda machine.

          • Be wary of cocktails, man. If you aren’t used to alcohol they will hit you very bad.

            Also, don’t made it by yourself if you’re getting used to alcohol flavours the first time.

            I have bad memories with Bacardí shots…

            Oh, God… Those memories…

          • I’m checking the recipe. It looks awesome, man!

            My wife make a great Maracuyá/Parchita juice. I will probably mix it up with a little bit of rum to check it out how is the mix.

          • No, but you can find one at the shittiest gas station in your neighborhood. It tastes like vomit going down so you know what you’re in for later.

          • Vomit in->Vomit out.

            Excellent!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My local gas stations all sell the same kinds of beer.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Eh, tastes rather watery to me. One of my main complaints about that and most 40’s out there.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Nah, just your friendly neighborhood 40 oz. It’ll get the job done, but quite as strong as HGL, such as Steel Reserve.

          • you keep talking about Universal. just FYI, most establishments do sell booze.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I can’t have alcohol in my house because my dad is sober.

          • this makes purr-fect sense. i will not pester you about it in the future

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            YES.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            *hands him a bottle of Bacardi 151*

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Shit, just save your money and grab some beers for the hotel. If that room isn’t looking like this by the end of the night, you’re doing it wrong:

            http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110419-Cage.jpg

          • This is one high res image.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Lol, it was the best I could find, sadly.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Well I do have club access which means I get free food and drink.

        • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

          False. Start with good beer.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          Until you build a fine, epicurean pallet like mine. Picking up the finest 6 packs of Big Flats that money can buy later. I spare no expense!

      • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

        Dirtwolf>>>>>>>>>>>

        • Might have to pick up a 4 pack on the way home.

        • Rob M

          Sculpin!

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            I like it. But i need to try a fresher batch.

          • Rob M

            Definitely recommend tracking it down…especially the grapefruit version

          • dont put no fruits in my beer damnit$

          • Don’t fruit the beer!!!

          • Rob M

            Yeah…screw all those IPA’s that have a citrus flavor!

          • That’s good enough.

          • Rob M

            Quiet you

          • Rob M

            For the record though…when we finally bump into each other at a show around here, I’ll get the first rounds of stouts

          • Right on! I look forward to it. Hopefully soon.

          • Stanley

            That’s were the craft part comes in – the skill of the brewer. If you know what you’re doing there’s no need for fruit.

          • Rob M

            Depends on what theyre going for…Ballast Point makes great beer, and an IPA like Sculpin already has a strong citrus flavor.
            Theyre adding something like grapefruit to play on those flavors that are already in the normal version to give it a slightly different profile…thats what skillful brewers do

          • Stanley

            Ballast Point is one of my favorite breweries for sure. And for me there’s already enough citrus in Sculpin. I did a long bike trip a couple of years ago that ended in San Diego I was going to go to straight to Ballast Point. Turns out it’s closed on Tuesdays so I went to Green Flash instead!

          • Rob M

            Personal taste is obviously a factor, but I dont think playing around with things like fruits or other ingredients necessarily means a brewer dosnt have actual skill. Hell, Dogfish Head made their name doing shit like that.

            Sometimes it works out and you get Grapefruit Sculpin…sometimes its awful and you get Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale which tastes like lemon pledge…honestly I think the reason American craft beer has become such a huge member of the crat beer world is because they screw around with stuff like that.

            Thats sucks missing out on the Ballast Point brewpup, but Greenflash is a pretty decent substitue

          • Stanley

            I agree, that it’s fine for brewers to play around, and I do give most of them try. I just find that a lot of beers that have been played with have the novelty factor that’s good for a taste or too, but not something that I would purchase regularly.

          • Rob M

            I agree with you in that regard. I do think the vast majority become novelties (Flying Dog’s Old Bay IPA, Im looking at you), but once in a while someone stumbles onto a game changer as well. I mean, putting beer into bourbon barrels created some really fantastic tasting beer as far as Im concerned

          • RJA

            I just had the Mango Even Keel recently – very interesting beer.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Interesting indeed, with a really low alcohol content

          • Rob M

            Ive seen Dogfish Head do the Aprihop IPA, but Ive never pulled the trigger on it

          • a skillful brewer adds flavors, well, skillfully. if you get a grapefruit ale from the grocery store, don’t hold your breath on it being good. perhaps that’s a statement upon which we all can agree?

          • Rob M

            I can agree with that

          • RJA

            Stanley – great job on the review yet again. You’ve seen a nice list of bands recently indeed.
            My favorite brew I’ve had of late:

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Damn straight! I want my beer tasting like it came out of a Flint drain pipe, not like a box of potpourri!

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Will try my best.
            Being a little farther south makes it hard to get it fresher, because it sits on shelves for a while. It is unfortunate.

          • Rob M

            Honestly, Im not one of those people who puts tons of thought into finding the freshest beer on the shelf. As long as its in the 1-2 month range (especially in the freezer) Im usually good

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            The one i had was past expiration, i believe.

          • Rob M

            Yeah, that would do it…Old hops definitely kill the flavor

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Grapefruit beer?!?! Or beer with ANY fruit flavoring?!? Ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!

            http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u16/m_pOwner/Stupid%20Videos/Ewww.gif

          • Rob M

            Seriously?…Havent you ever had an IPA that has a citrus profile to it?

          • aka nasty ipas

          • Rob M

            Yeah..those terrible IPAs like Dirtwolf, Sculpin, Big Eye, Ruination, etc…

          • why does my beer taste like a fruit bowl!?

          • Rob M

            Stop drinking beer out of an empty Del Monte peach can

          • Damnit!

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Long long ago. Last one I can remember is pumpkin ale, and that was fucking horrible. Only thing even remotely fruity I’ll put in my beer is tomato juice. Milwaukee’s Best Ice with some V8 >>>>>>>>>>>>>.

          • Rob M

            Nah, pumpkin ales are a whole different ballgame. Im not a huge fan of those myself.

            A lot of IPA’s have a citrus flavor to them, depending on the style of hops that are used in the brewing. Its not sweet like an orange though, its more like a lemon or grapefruit flavor.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            I like my beer nice and old fashioned, no fancy stuff, including added flavors (unless it’s tomato juice).

          • Rob M

            Its not added, at least in the sense that its something out of the ordinary…its a flavor that comes from the different styles of hops they use

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Eh, no. I do like ciders, though.

          • Rob M

            My friend loves those ciders…

            Out of curiosity, do you drink IPA’s or Pale Ales very often? Im just asking because its not exactly a rare flavor profile for those kind of beers. If youve ever had Sierra Nevadas Pale Ale, youve had a beer with some citrus flavor

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Lol, I stick with straight up garbage most of the time. Most of the time, it’s Milwaukee’s Best, Big Flats, Icehouse, Busch, etc.

          • Rob M

            Ah..okay. Yeah, if youre ever curious grab a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, its pretty easy to find, its cheap and its pretty mild…I promise the flavor isnt nearly as weird as youre thinking it is…it really does taste like how you expect beer to taste.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            SN’s pretty good, haven’t had that in years. I’m not sure if they carry that here, since I haven’t bothered to look for it.

          • Rob M

            Yeah..thats what Im talking about when I say citrus. Its got kind of a piney/citrus/bitter flavor…lots of IPA’s taste like that, just a lot more intensely than SN

          • Stanley

            Double Jack.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Endeavour.

          • Rob M
          • Stanley

            Brown Sugar is much better.

          • Rob M

            Debatable…but hell, their both really good beers

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Be glad it wasn’t carlsberg.

    • A good starter’s IPA is Founder’s All Day IPA. The rest of them taste like pine trees to me.

    • Rob M

      Dont start with IPA’s…you’ll most likely hate them at first..start with a Pale Ale (I recommend Sierra Nevada, its solid enough and easy to find) and once you get a taste for that move onto the IPA’s

      • yes, young JJD needs to ease into it; rather than hit the ground running with folks like us who have been doing it for 10+ years 😉

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      At insanely high prices for mostly watered down drinks. You’ll probably end up with a $13+ Cosmo, knowing how overpriced EVERYTHING is at places like Universal and Disneyland.

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      When I turned 21, I hated beer and only liked whiskey. Sometime around 24, I discovered my cheap beer of choice, Kirin…fast forward to 28 I basically only crave IPAs

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      You should try sours, they’re fruity and my tetrachord prediction is that in the next few years they will replace ipas as the hipster go to

  • Demon Bitch finally have the wax available for their incredible Death is Hanging EP/ Demo. A must have! Available directly through the band on Facebook.

    https://www.facebook.com/demonbitch/?fref=ts

  • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

    Excellent Stanley, excellent! I really enjoy reading your concert reviews and look forward to more in the future!

    • Stanley

      Next one……fucking TAAKE!!!!

      • Hoest is one of the most photogenic black metal acts right now. I know you will enjoy that one.

        • Stanley

          It’s his balding pate that does it.

        • Óðinn

          Yes. He literally rocks out with his cock out.

          • Jokes aside from his penis-related image. I think you just have to put black-and-white filter with high contrast, and that’s all. He make the rest:

            http://www.hellpress.com/images/stories/flexicontent/conciertos/taake-madrid-2015-1.jpg

          • Nattestid ser porten vid is one of the best black metal releases of all time.

          • I haven’t had the opportunity to check a full Taake album, but the few songs I listened were excellent.

          • Major Zim

            Link, I would suggest Noregs Vaapen as a first listen. It’s the most recent cohesive LP and it really shows off the creative elements of Taake well. Excellent album and a great place to to start.

          • Thanks for the recommendation, fellow magician!

      • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

        SICK!

      • Major Zim

        I’m so fucking jealous. I’m in portland, but flying back to the Bay to help my girlfriend move up here the week they’re coming through, and I think I’m missing both their Bay Area and Portland dates to do it.

  • Dubs

    Sorry for contributing to the off-topic thread, Stan. I think the trend of hoods in live performances is interesting, and I enjoy the theatricality of it. I’ve been kicking around an idea about how masks/hoods/etc. are an important aspect of metal (even metaphorically speaking).

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      If an extreme metal singer does not have a glorious mane then he must wear a hood to hide his shame.

      • Stanley

        I think that’s true for the most part. All the guitar players in Uada have long hair too. Not sure about the drummer.

  • Imperial Triumphant’s style of playing is interesting to me. I would check em if they were on a diverse bill.

  • Stanley! (sorry for the off-topic, jijij):

    I enjoyed a lot this writing. I know you love this music and most of this band, and that emotions transcribed to the text, so this is the concert reviews I liked to read.

    Uada seems to be amazing live and the Imperial Triumphant style is something I would def like to experience to check if my pre-synesthesia activates during the live setting. It’s very cool that these black metal acts are so young and thirst for the live gigs meanwhile they are very professional at stage with a very concise aesthetic and a more serious attitude towards the scene ethic.

    Thanks for this, duder.

  • Stanley, this was an immensely entertaining read, as are all your live reviews. never stop doing them, please make them a staple of this site. (and thanks for helping out a distressed teen).

  • BALLS ROLL

    Stanley>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Rob M

    Killer lineup…lucky bastard

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Neato article, and sounds like a killer lineup. Might have to give these bands a look see a little later.

    • Major Zim

      If you enjoy classic black metal in the melodic vein of Mgła and their ilk, I can’t recommend Uada enough. Devoid of Light isn’t quite a half hour and it’s just one perfectly triumphant, evil, foresty black metal riff after another. I was really getting into the album and then I got to see them play live and I’ve been a diehard fan since. They are 100% the real deal and you feel it. Great year for Black Metal so far.

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        Mgla’s decent, so might check it out.

  • Waynecro

    Awesome article, man. I really like hearing about your concert experiences. Maybe I can live vicariously through you so I don’t have to stay out late on weeknights myself.