Like any Misfits fan when you get a chance to see them or Doyle, you get 50 shades of green excited!! I have personally never seen any of the above in concert although I have always wanted to and when I got the chance to not only shoot this show but review it, I jumped on it, and quick! I had no idea it would be a night full of, “Sorta like a love song. You can dance to it if you wanna.”
The venue hosting the “Abominate, The world Tour 2017,” Scout Bar, in Webster, Texas, is one of the best venues in the area to hold a concert like this. It has a strong history in the metal/rock scene and caters to not only big national bands but also to local bands. It gives that big venue feel while keeping the setting intimate and for this show, it once again worked out amazingly!
On this night of “Love Songs” as lead singer, Alex Story of Doyle phrased it, was a night of a coming together of amazing bands and this night could not be seen as anything less than a musical love child made up of new age metal and old school death metal. The lineup was nothing short of a musical orgasm for the ears.
First up was Bottom Of The Food Chain. I have been lucky enough to see this home grown Houston band a few times and see them progressing with each performance. BFC is composed of a three piece Hispanic band that carries a punk/ska/reggae feel with Jason Martinez bringing vocals and guitar, Danny Herrera also pulling double duty with vocals and bass and Chris Farias on drums. These guys as they perform put on an energy filled show that shows that they put their heart and soul into doing this. On July 1, BFC will be playing Warehouse Live with Feels Like Murder and Dead To The World. If you have a chance to check out this up and coming band, you won’t be disappointed.
Wulfskol (pronounced Wolf Skull), was the next band to take the stage bringing a mix of black metal and punk in the form of full-on raw, uncensored, make you question your beliefs, hardcore music, also from Houston. David Herrera’s vocals were amazing and were only magnified by Hector Tenorio’s heavy beats on the drums, Shane Wilson on bass and Zike Lee on electric guitar. These guys put on a show like I have never seen before — full of raw emotion! From the time these guys took stage till the moment they ended their set the crowd was going crazy feeding off the energy they were putting out. You could almost see the exchange of energy between Wulfskol and the crowd because it was so strong. While on this tour they are promoting their already released album, “HellShock,” and raising some hype for the much anticipated video release of “I Am The Devils Blood,” which is set to be released sometime this month.
Davey Suicide, a name in and of itself should not need any further introduction but for those of you that need a little insight to this side-showesk, industrial rock n roll band that pulls out all the stops from dramatic makeup to theatrical costume changes here is a little break down for you. Davey Suicide is comprised of Davey on vocals, Derek Obscura on bass, Dravyen Davidson on drums, and Niko Gemini on guitar. They claim to hail from Unholywood Killafornia where they are cultivating the underground by fusing arena rock, gutter grit, sleaze, sex and theatrics into their own “nu” brand of industrial rock. Many wonder where the “Suicide” part of Davey’s name comes from and he explains, “it came from the notion that unless you stop yourself, there’s no reason you can’t achieve whatever you want in this life.”
On this tour, Davey is promoting the recently released album, “Made From Fire” which includes tracks such as, “Rise Above,” “Dancing With The Reaper,” “No Angel” which also had an official video released to go along with that song and “Too Many Freaks.” The show put on by Davey Suicide was one that was not only a treat for the ears but one for the eyes as well between costume changes and the placement changes in band members it kept you on your toes and entertained.
Last but not least, the band that brings our Love Song, Love Fest full circle, the one, the only, Doyle. This amazing, horror based, hardrock/metal band of epic proportions is composed of the legendary ex-Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Alex Story from “cancerslug” on vocals, Brandon Strate on bass and Wade Murff (brought on tour to fill in for Brandon Pertzborn of Black Flag‚ on drums.
Despite the dark surroundings, Alex insisted on introing every song by saying each one was, “Sorta like a love song. You can dance to it if you wanna.”
Doyle’s set list included songs from their “Abominator” album along with songs from their newly released album “As We Die.” Doyle continues to prove that age is just a number by the way he moved with his guitar, never missing a beat, interacting with the crowd, and shooting a smile to a few lucky ladies in the crowd.
Alex proved over and over that he is a lover not a fighter despite his wolfman exterior and when he introed the song “Cemeterysexxx” the whole venue went crazy and started to yell back at him, “Its sorta like a love song. You can dance to it if you wanna.”
Not only did the band put on and amazing show, they also had some impromptu crowd participation going on when one fan decided to jump on stage run half way across, throw his hands up, screamed something that no one could understand and ran off the other side. While most bands now a days would have stopped playing, the guys kept on playing like it was part of the show never missing a beat. I cannot say enough good things about this band and the show that they put on or the meet and greet that they did after the show. They took fans back two at a time and were nice enough to answer all questions thrown at them and sign endless amounts of merch without the slightest complaint. This band puts forth the effort that I wish more bands would. Despite how hard your tour is, the long hours and how much you want to get on the bus, get to the next venue and be done so you can get home to your families, they take the time to show how appreciative they are to their fans both on and off of the stage.
Over all this was one hell of a lineup, one that I personally recommend and cannot wait to see them again!