Poster by Shelby Hohl.
Fitzgerald’s made the most of Saint Vitus' ‘Lillie F-65’ tour stop in Houston, opening up both floors of the venue to make it a night of non-stop metal. From Beyond kicked things off on the main stage upstairs, and put in a set belying their newness on the scene. A less shreddie The Shrine might be an apt comparison, more straight classic rock than stoner. And what a place to have your EP release party!
Sanctus Bellum played downstairs early on and kicked out plenty of doomy metal goodness. They had run into Wino at Jimmy’s Ice House before the show and asked him to come perform ‘The Pentagram’ with them. Lo, and behold, he accepted, joined by Alexis from Houston’s Project Armageddon.
Venomous Maximus brought their urban backwoods occult rock in fine fashion, only slightly hampered by a muddy mix. I didn’t record Pillcrusher, but definitely plan to check them out again. Bass-led prog stoner metal.
A bunch of Dixie Witch footage got eaten when the camera overheated. It did, however, cool down in time to catch a great sample of what they do best: rock the fuck out.
I missed Texxxas altogether but have been advised to make sure and check them out, which left the inimitable Saint Vitus to close things. Pure slow evil metallic rock, and no-one does it better. If the Ents could jam, it would sound like this.
Sanctus Bellum (feat. Wino & Alexis)