We pretty much live at Urban Lounge. It seems that the majority of the shows that we here at BGM are interested in fall into the demographic that this particular venue caters to. ”Urban” is small, the tickets are fairly cheap, the sound is usually pretty good and Urban also has the fine distinction of the gnarliest men’s bathroom in the state of Utah (a feat that is hard to accomplish).
We walked in right as the early opener Black Cobra began (we missed the early, early opener Gaza, Sorry dudes!). This duo is basically like the Wonder Twins, but instead of purple spandex they wear black, have a lot more hair, and are way more metal.
Before I go any further, I need to stress the fact that this show was crazy loud. Black Cobra was loud enough to pretty much make me deaf, but the next band Torche (the reason we went to the show) was so loud it was literally vibrating my sternum. Which is fantastic, because I love Torche’s music so much it was basically like getting a rainbow-colored intravenous injection of party metal. These guys played as intense and energetic set as I have seen in some time. I think the show was so loud that it started scrambling Isaac’s magical live recording device, so he was only able to take short clips of Torche’s set. But, dude’s a genius and made a kick-ass medley of their set.
This band absolutely slaughtered the place. Torche’s drummer Rick Smith was the highlight, he played super hard and towards the end of the set went all berzerker and kicked his drum set over. Awesome! Seriously see these guys live if you get a chance. Even better live than on record.
So after Torche dropped the hammer on all of us, half the crowd bounced and Corrosion of Conformity was left with the unenviable task of trying to top or at least re-create the energy that their opener just displayed.
Now I get that Corrosion of Conformity are all legendary for combining punk and metal together and I’m not one to disrespect my elders, but these guys just could not match the insanity that was Torche. That being considered while their performance was bit of a let down, COC did put on a decent show especially considering their age and the group of old scurvy metal heads that stuck around seemed like they were being thoroughly entertained, which was entertainment enough for Isaac and I to stick around. By this time the sheer volume of the concert had put the magical live clip capturing device into a coma. So I filmed a half a song on my cellphone (which always turns out to be horrible).
Did I mention this show was loud and that Torche was intense? Because this show was really loud and Torche was really, really intense!