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Visigoth And Night Demon Enthrall Austin's Beerland

Visigoth made their furthest trip east as they played only their second show, ever, in Texas. The Salt Lake City group came into Austin on tour supporting NHOBHM revivalists Night Demon. Although having a show on a Tuesday night didn’t produce a full house, the overall concert, including local tribute Thin Lizzy tribute band, Think Lizzy, was one of the best shows to ever embrace Beerland’s dark confines.

Never have I seen a local opener produce as much anticipation as Think Lizzy. Before taking the stage, members of Visigoth told the band before the show started how much they wanted to see them, and their members plus the Night Demon guys were up front supporting the tribute act. Led by a real Irish man, Steve O’Brien, who donned an afro wig to look just like fallen singer/bassist, Phil Lynott, the group played a full set of Lizzy tunes.

The crowd sang along to a full set of Lizzy classics while playing air guitar to some of the best guitar harmonies ever produced (air guitar was ever-present from the crowd). The group even brought up special guests like Night Demon’s newest guitarist Armand John Anthony and former Eternal Champion bassist Sean Weingartner. Weingartner took over the bass and mic to perform a non-Lizzy song, “The Ace of Spades.” Armand joined the group in a Maiden-esque three-way of melodious guitars for arguably the band’s most metal song “Emerald.”

Following an excellent Thin Lizzy cover band like Think Lizzy was a tall task, singer Jake Rogers said he would rather just watch another hour of the band, but Visigoth was more than up to the task. Right from the first “mammoth striding” riffs, the group captured the crowd’s metallic hearts. Watching them was akin to receiving the magic so often related in their lyrics. Decked out in leather, spikes, gauntlets—Rogers captivated the crowd gesticulating lyrics of battle, might and magic. He grabbed the air like he were grabbing the gods. Jamison Palmer led his mates in galloping riffs and licks that were faster than a shark. Two musicians from the Salt Lake Area, Noah Hednutt (guitar) from the band Sanctifyre and Conner Carlson (drums) of Delusions of Godhood were excellent choices to fill in for main stays Leeland Campana and Mikey T.

The group performed choice cuts from their “The Revenant King” album like “Dungeon Master,” “Mammoth Rider” and the title track. Fellow epic metal band, Eternal Champion, a group Rogers credits as one of his favorite of this ilk, was represented by the presence of singer Jason Tarpey, who, in a sense, is part of Visigoth. Tarpey plays the king in their video for the title track. What a great song the title track is, too. The title track’s lyrics about the king reclaiming his throne after death and the fist-raising lyrics to “Iron Brotherhood” were some of the highlights of the band’s incredible set.

While I prefer the music of Visigoth to Night Demon, the quality of Night Demon’s production and energy was hard to deny. Playing in the style of NWOBHM bands like Angel Witch, Diamond Head and Tokyo Blade, the Ventura, California-based group kept heads banging and fists pumping. One simply cannot understand how great this band is just by listening to their recordings. They are really something that has to be felt live. In front of side banners depicting black crosses and a large backdrop of the Satan-charged, axe-wielding maniac from the cover of “Cursed of the Damned,” which was represented in its entirety, the band plowed through occult classics like “Satan,” “Screams in the Night,” and the title track. They even represented the self-titled EP with “Ancient Evil” and ended with their namesake track.

While Night Demon’s music is strong enough to embed their selves permanently into the brains of every metal head, seeing their stage production makes for an over-the-top performance. Starting in the dark, the band beckoned the crowd to the stage with every metal head’s favorite soundtrack, “Conan The Barbarian.” The eyes of the Satanic entity eerily glowed as did other aspects, considering which colored light they used, of their backdrop. Normally, the stage is darkly lit at Beerland, but Night Demon brought their own lights. A ghoulish, robed figure shared a "Chalice" filled with I-don’t-know-what with the crowd.

From the barbaric speed metal of Visigoth to the occult-ridden classic metal of Night Demon to the rich guitar harmonies of Think Lizzy, all three bands played amazing sets that resulted in one of the best shows to ever grace Beerland. Make sure to check if the “Final Curse” tour is coming to your town. You don’t want to miss what may be one of the best shows of the year. Check the side bar to see if they're coming to a town near you.

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An avid metal head for over twenty years, Darren Cowan has written for several metal publications and attended concerts throughout various regions of the U.S.

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1. Steve O Lizzy writes:

Thousand thanks for a cool revue of a killer night. And a pleasure to meet you too. We had a blast rockin out and were honoured to share the stage with both bands and Lizzy fans to boot! Glad to entertain anyone who loves Thin Lizzy anytime anywhere youknowwharrImean! Til next time (May 7 Texas Mist) Spread the word around-the Boys wanna play YOUR town!

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