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This was definitely a night of explosive surprises that I didn't see walking into a barely filled, dankly lit lower-end club on my coveted Hollywood metal scene that I have been infamously covering now for the better part of three years. The opener was JOY BASU, the self-proclaimed man behind the "Mashups, Remixes and Originals with Live Guitars". He is extrememly well known around the globe already for the very fact that he is many top pop acts sit-in guitar player when they perform on TV and the such, household names like Jessica Simpson. He has performed on many well known national TV shows like The Late Show and so many countless others. He has a new album out called SinErgy which is essentially trance, house, techno, breakbeats, and a touch of industrial edge with good ole fashioned metal licks. He did not have a backup band on the stage with him this night, deciding to simply play his guitar over the top of a slew of well known radio hits pumped out the club's loudspeakers, with three hot as all hell chicks dancing nearby him that gyrated and thrusted their hips until my eyeballs literally popped out their own damn sockets. Two things right off the bat that I noticed about this kid: one, he can play the electric guitar extremely well. There were flashes of brilliance from him that had to be seen to be believed. Two, you just couldn't hear most of it with all the layers upon layers of effects he was using on top of the piped in drum and backing techno music tracks. I think he definitely needs to get serious about using a real live rock n roll band behind him and focus less on the techno and more on the metal. Period. Let me conclude that he's got enough stage presence for ten Hollywood axe strutters. And that says a lot cause most these types look like sexy women in makeup to begin with.
Next up was a performance by a man that really should need no introduction. But he does, because he's still pretty much making his way through the red tape of the business on the way to being crowned one of rock's brightest living guitar talents. The man is Ken Steiger. The band is PROJECT STEIGER. They flatout ripped everyone sitting in the audience a new asshole. I wish I could come up with a more delicate way to put things, I just can't. It literally took me two songs after the opening song 'KT Boundary Event' from his latest instrumental full-length album: Defiance, to realize that I was still on planet earth. His soaring and electrifying crush of one fist-pumping shred-off after the next, became almost too much to handle at one point for me. And the set actually started off with a sinister-like impromptu jam between Steiger and his band, spearheaded by the monster drumming assault of Duayne Howard. I knew as soon as Ken Steiger took the stage that something special was about to happen,the literal aura about him, and I thank the metal Gods for not letting me down. I can't even begin to put into words what was unleashed upon all of us in the crowd, for I'm still seriously trying to figure it out. I have seen the greats like SRV, Page, Wylde.. and so many more in live situations. And though it's been at the latter stages of all their careers, none of these guys struck the kind of lasting impression with me. It was almost like Ken Steiger stepped up last night into his own destiny finally. A destiny as a guitar great that he's been chasing like so many countless others, yet is hardly ever reached, since he first strapped on a guitar as a child. The man has literally taught guitar techniques and mentored dozens upon dozens of recognizable music industry names during his current ten year tenure at the prestigious Musicians (G.I.T.) Institute in Hollywood. Even Zakk Wylde himself knows the damage this man can bring to the six strings, a respect for another guitar virtuoso that cannot be denied. Credit needs to be given as well to Project Steiger as a unit on this night... for they truly came together and were one, something that doesn't happen even with the top name rock acts in the biz. I can't tell you how many times I've gone and paid for a show in the past where the drummer or bass player took a vacation on the stage. Steiger launched into 'Rockit' mid-way into the set and obviously it touched me in a profound manner, cause here I'm trying to pick my jaw up off the floor and I hear this guitar great say my nickname from the stage. That song shook me all night long.. and it still is. In closing on all of this, the band peformed some new tracks that even sound heavier than anything they've done before, so I cannot wait to hear what's to come from his next full-length offering that is expected to have several top name talents attached as guest performers. The fact remains that Eddie Van Halen doesn't want to go out and play right now for his fans at this point, a very sore spot being left of course with the very inhabitants of L.A.'s rock scene that put him and his soon to be inducted to the rock hall band at the top of the heap some nearly thirty years ago. Well, here's your answer right here. Get out and see Project Steiger. It will electrify you like no other rock performance going today.
A modern day guitar hero stepped through the legendary doors of The Whisky A Go Go on Hollywood's Sunset Strip on this night and sent a message to everyone in the metal world that he and his band aren't going to put up any longer with the watered down and gimmicky pop rock nonesense that's being marketed to the masses as metal music. The man's name is Ken Steiger, renowned guitar instructor at The Musicians Institute for the past ten years. His band is called PROJECT STEIGER, and they certainly delivered that message loud and clear with one of the most dynamic performances I have seen this year. Consisting of Davd Angel on bass guitar, Todd Graveman on rhythm/lead guitar and Duayne Howard on drums, this progressive metal band started their set off in an absolutely ripping manner with the clearcut rockers "Prince Of Souls", KT Boundary Event" and "Cerebral Vision". Steiger had complete command of the crowd from the moment he took the stage and the fact that this band has no lead singer made it even more impressive that he was able to hold down center court all by himself, much like Stevie Ray Vaughan did back in his days. And yes, unlike most of you, I was fortunate in my life to actually see SRV perform live here in Los Angeles two months before his tragic death in 1990. Steiger invokes that blazing abandon on his fretboard that so many guitar greats like Vai and Satriani have shown , displaying a near effortless approach to his guitar wizardry of one face melting arpeggio run after the next. He even at one point came off the stage and walked among the cheering, beer-pounding crowd in mid-solo as if he was expecting someone to pour a drink into his mouth. The band behind him was in perfect timing with him. I did not hear one bad note or missed beat. They next cranked it up louder with the high speed, ultra-shreddings of "Mega-Jam", "Run 4 Cover" and "Lethal Madness". Duayne Howard next stepped up for his drum solo and let everyone know he's got some talent to spare as well, flashing his sticks in near light speed across the toms toms of his kit and crashing his cymbals and splash very impressively. The crowd was going crazy for this band, roaring in approval and saluting their drinks. There were even chants of "Steiger, Steiger, Steiger" from other impressed onlookers. They ended it with their most explosive songs "Rock-It" and "Child Of The Storm", all along with Steiger delivering more harmonic brilliance and mind-shattering licks than any metaler should be able to handle. These guys are a must see to believe. Just make sure to bring an extra jaw with you, cause yours is going to hit the floor when you do get to see Project Steiger's all-out musical assault of the senses.
Next I.R.A.T.E. came out full force as the headliner. Fronted by the very energetic Erik Ulrich, the band kicked it all off with their own high-charged cover of Oingo Boingo's "DeadMan's Party", followed by "American Pitbulls", which is a really cool track from their next album. The crowd began moshing throughout center floor as I.R.A.T.E. picked up their sonic momentum with "Choices", "Pride" and "Kill Da Bunny". It was a night for underground metal music that had to be witnessed to fully understand the utter beauty of it all. Next up, Ulrich's bandmates Rudy Hewlett on guitar, Eric Buell on bass and Jason Berglund on drums stormed thru the next songs "Traitors", "Socialite", "Suck it up","Cleansing" and "Ganja" with total gusto. I.R.A.T.E really seems to have benefitted from all the touring they have done this year, because they only seem to get stronger with their intensity each time I see them and that suited everyone in attendance just fine. Ulrich literally owned the stage with every spit he took from behind the mic and the crowd was more than eating up his bravado at every turn. They may not be an extreme metal band but I have to be honest in what I saw and that was an extreme reaction from the audience to the likes of which I haven't seen for a very long time. The band is part of Project Independent's new upcoming underground metal compilation CD distributed through Century Media Records and seem positioned right now as the king's of hardcore metal on the west coast. The one thing this critic takes away from all of my observed I.R.A.T.E. performances this year is that they have been simply unrelenting in doing what they orginally set out to do as a metal act and that is to be controversial, more than opinionated and ready to take on anyone who gets in their path to heavy music greatness.