Jibbies went trans-Atlantic earlier this month to check out Red Fang on tour in Europe with Earthship, Intronaut, and the Ocean. His venue of choice? Arena, in Vienna, Austria. If you're ever in town and there's a band on, you really should check it out. One of the cooler venues going.
First up on the night were Germany's Earthship
, a spin-off of the Ocean as it turns it out. Former the Ocean drummer Jan Oberg is out front on vox/guitar with the Ocean's own Robin Staps holding down the other guitar. Earthship has a much harder edge to their metal and no shortage of riffs. An unexpectedly kick-ass surprise. Will be checking them out again.
Red Fang were definitely the band the Wieners came out to see. They took the stage to a roar of approval and left to sincere and persistent bays for an encore. In between they delivered the sort of sublimely organic heaviness steadily increasing numbers of US fans will be exposed to as the band hits the road as part of this summer's Mayhem Festival. A band to see whenever you can, wherever you can.
Intronaut introduce themselves as Los Angelinos in need of weed, kick into gear, and never look back. Make no mistake, the band are musicians of the highest order, most visibly Joe, out front and center playing his bass like it's a conjuring rod. Mixing the atmosphere of mid-period VoiVod with Queensryche-level muso-action, indie aesthetics, and hardcore vocal textures, Intronaut kicks tonight's show into a newly progressive direction quickly and sharply.
Berlin's The Ocean (aka The Ocean Collective) make no bones about the grandeur of their experimental prog approach to metal. The idea is to plumb the full scope of both your mind and senses. Who is God? What are we? Where is now? All pretty heady stuff for a room this size. Strap in.