On July 5th, Wednesday 13, The Filthy Dead, and Invidia performed at Scout in Houston, TX as support for Gabriel and the Apocalypse on the Condolences Across America Tour.
The show started off with The Filthy Dead, with an interesting aesthetic, my first realization was that every single member of this band has dreadlocks. Besides the fact this whole band looks like something out of a Rastafarian nightmare (in a good way); they put on an excellent show. Boasting a violinist instead of a second guitar player, it allowed for some interesting melodies and sound to their music; very cool and very different.
Gabriel and the Apocalypse came on next, and this band was something to see. Every member covered in corpse paint, almost like an industrial Motionless in White. But this band is far from MIW. GATA put on an amazing show, this band has a huge stage presence. Their music was well performed and definitely engaged the audience. Be sure to check out my interview with them, it was definitely interesting. I had the chance to speak with the band members, you can see my interview here….I was molested, burned, licked, and breathed the same air as Jace for the entire interview. It was a lot of fun and honestly, I couldn’t imagine my second interview ever being with any other band. GATA prepared me for anything and everything that could come my way in the future as far as band interviews goes. It was amazing and made for my boss’, April Baggins, quote of the year when we were submitting our materials, “Other than being burned and sexually assaulted, how did you like interviewing bands?” To which there was only one response, it was awesome and I can’t wait to do it again.
Invidia performed next, and these guys were pretty darn good. Their new vocalist killed it, I mean that guy is brilliant. Although they are an industrial band, I heard a lot of nu-metal and even some deathcore influence in some of his unclean vocals, which really caught my attention. They put on a solid show as well. I also had a chance to sit down with these guys and that interview can be found here.
Wednesday 13 performed last and sadly I missed most of their set due to my interview with GATA. The end section that I did catch was insanely awesome though, with their sound transferring from black metal to industrial to even simple rock music. These guys have a real diversity in their set and they are very talented. Their aesthetic is similar the Gabriel and the Apocalypse, but they naturally seem more intense. At one point their vocalist entered stage with a bible and tophat…. And that’s just badass.
Having never been to an industrial metal show, this was definitely an experience. I have to say, Gabriel and the Apocalypse stole the show. They were all over the place, and they had everyone engaged the whole time. Even down to their bass player suckling the fingers of a random fan and fornicating with her guitar (Jace, thank you for that). Not only were all of the performances awesome, the bands were genuinely interesting and nice people, other than the molestation and burning (but again, thank you Jace :p). GATA’s album, The Ghost Parade, was released in October and is available now, you can find our review of the album here.
Written by Ethan Grason for Bloodrock Media on July 14, 2017