The Church, Dallas, TX, 2013/08/29
no images were foundDawn of Ashes came on about 10:30 to a scattered and apparently still sleeping Dallas crowd. But by the time DoA finished the second song, everyone was wide awake. Vocalist Kristof Bathory commands the stage well as his range between death/black metal and ear piercing industrial screams is quite impressive. He definitely could be the lovechild of Dani Filth and Marilyn Manson – his antics onstage are much like an old Manson Antichrist Superstar-era performance with bible tearing, spitting, and awkward yet fitting body movements. DoA definitely has a niche for fashion too; there aren’t many bands that can look sexy while dressed up as what this reviewer would call “butcher Cenobites.” The set mostly consisted of material off the latest album, Anathema with tracks like “Scars on Scars,” “Insidious (Of the Judas Breed),” and “Poisoning the Steps of Babel” absolutely killing live and creating a few minor mosh pits, something this particular dance floor isn’t usually accustomed to. Past songs such as “A Blade in the Dark” and “Torture Device” got the crowd moving the most, but that may have been due to familiarity of the music rather than what actually sounded best because Anathema must be heard live to take in the full impact of that album’s sound. Overall, you couldn’t ask much more from an opener than what Dawn of Ashes served up. There is no doubt the band will be a headliner soon.
no images were found30 or so minutes later, Psyclon Nine took the stage with authority. One by one, the band members filed out through the duration of the “We the Fallen” intro. As soon as Nero Bellum took the stage and the first song began, mosh pits ensued as immediately, the crowd in front went from contained cheering and screaming to all out riot. It wasn’t long before many audience members were drenched in beer and slipping on the hardwood floors from spilled drinks; it also wasn’t long before security had to step in to cool things down. Usually, interference from the guys in charge is unnecessary and unwanted, but certain fans were out of control and, unfortunately, ruined it for the rest. The mutiny died down a bit as Psyclon broke into the second song, “Derelict.” The intensity was still present from the audience, but it was acted out through fist pumping and headbanging. Matching the intensity of the audience was every P9 band member. Front man Bellum came out figuratively on fire with deafening screams and spastic, bursting industrial-induced convulsions. Jon Siren, who drummed for both acts, brought forth an intensity few others in the scene can match or keep up with, while Rotny Ford was his usual powerful, tall statuesque self while newcomers Merritt Goodwin on bass and keyboardist Glitch brought an attitude with them that proved they belonged in the band. Together, the members of Psyclon Nine were an absolute force.
In the end, fans left sweaty, bloody, and sore. If you didn’t leave with a sore neck that night, you weren’t watching the show at all. Psyclon Nine announced this next album would be its last, which is okay so long as the band keeps putting on amazing tours like this. Whether P9 is done or not, do not miss these guys if/when they come to your town. It’s rare to find bands that can fuse industrial and metal together like Dawn of Ashes and Psyclon Nine.
Grant V. Ziegler (GVZ)
Photographs by Grant V. Ziegler (GVZ) and Obscuri – courtesy ofObscuri.net.
Psyclon Nine (GVZ)
Dawn of Ashes (GVZ)
Psyclon Nine (Obscuri)