Monday, September 17, 2012
Review: Kreator, Accept and Swallow the Sun at the Beaumont Club
A few of my associates- including the people responsible for at least two of the blogs linked in the column to the right- traveled from Kansas City to Columbia for a Wilco concert yesterday. Fools! One of the best rock shows of the year transpired in their own backyard last night.
My misguided friends might suggest that the triple bill consisting of two German metal bands past their commercial prime and a relatively obscure Finnish doom band is either ripe for mocking or best ignored. They're wrong. Kreator, Accept and Swallow the Sun haven't garnered an iota of the critical accolades that Wilco has received. So what? Respectability, after all, isn't very rock and roll.
My regret about missing the local openers evaporated during Swallow the Sun's first song. The Finnish sextet frustrated would-be moshers with slow jams like "Cathedral Walls". The band put a spell on me.
Accept is associated with one gloriously dumb anthem ("God bless ya!… hey!"). Fans know that there's a lot more where that came from. I realize this is heresy, but I prefer Accept's poor man's version of Judas Priest to the real thing. Accept was truly great.
Kreator was no less vital. The first thirty minutes of the thrash band's set were every bit as good as recent area performances by Slayer and Anthrax. Kreator's power didn't surprise me. New material like "Phantom Antichrist" indicates the band is in top form.
The Beaumont Club can be an uncomfortable place during crowded shows. Yet when just a few hundred people are in the room it strikes an ideal balance between spaciousness and intimacy. All 350 metalheads at the Beaumont Club on Sunday- including at least a dozen women!- were totally into it. And the sound was superb. Come to think of it, last night's concert made me so giddy that I still feel just like this. (Hey, I love Wilco too.)
Bob Dylan's Tempest is the funniest album I've heard in ages. Most of the time I laugh with Bob. Sometimes I laugh at him. Tempest is ridiculous. And I love it.
Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde, the latest extended mashup by Gummy Soul, is available as a free download. RIYL: A Tribe Called Quest and the Pharcyde, obviously.
I just learned of the retro act William Pilgrim and the All Grows Up. RIYL: JD McPherson, Bonnie Raitt.
I'd been looking forward to catching Ram Herrera, Jay Perez and David Lee Garza at Union Station last weekend. Yet Expo America's unwillingness or inability to post set times prevented me from attending the festival.
Kansas City Click: Godemis returns to the RecordBar on Monday.
Ron Pope plays the Czar Bar on Tuesday.
Swans perform at the Beaumont Club on Wednesday.
(Original image of Kreator by There Stands the Glass.)