Nov 2011 30

Atlanta, GA, The Shelter 10/05/2011


As the leaves fell through the autumn months, the Triptych Tour pushed through the United States, stopping in Atlanta halfway through at the venerable goth/industrial nightclub The Shelter. The night was a night of sharing, with mixing and matching between the bands from set to set.


Launching the night was New England new wave act Twitch the Ripper, giving the audience a smooth start with sultry vocals and pulsing melodies. From “Bodiless” to “A Place for Polaris” to “Disconnected,” Twitch the Ripper crooned and banged and grooved hard. The band’s set was short given the limited amount of content in their repertoire, but the duo delivered a strong opening performance to kick off the night, even executing a live remix of their track “Keep Me Cold.” Twitch the Ripper comes off a lot smoother and more airy than the other bands of the evening, but it certainly made for good variety in the night.


Taking the stage next was Clint Carney’s personal project, System Syn. Joining System Syn onstage for the tour was Adam Vex of Imperative Reaction, who would take the stage again later that night alongside Carney. Carney’s voice was impassioned and powerful as he moved across the stage, seducing the crowd to the sounds of goth/industrial. The set blended a few older favorites like “Blood,” “The Inconvenient,” and “Chemical,” with newer favorites like “Here’s to You,” and tracks from Carney’s newest album, All Seasons Pass, including “Good Night,” “The Lesson,” “Path of Least Resistance.”


Creeping into the light like nightmares out of a horror movie, God Module rose to entertain. Though not specifically the headlining act, God Module undoubtedly stole the night with their intense energy, demented fervor, and powerful sound that drove the crowd into a fury of dancing, screaming and cheering. Masked and fueled by drums and distortion, God Module powered strong from “Ouija” to “Resurrection,” “MDK” to “Victims Among Friends.” The band split its dynamic between the grisly and demonic vocals of Jasyn Bangert and the twisted, melodic sound of Carney, spanning a wide berth of sound. The band even broke into dark aggrotech cover of Ratt’s ’80s hit “Round and Round.” So strong was God Module’s performance that the audience manically demanded an encore, which God Module happily delivered with the help of Adam Vex. There was still one more band to go that night, but God Module’s performance still outdid it all.


The room had grown to full capacity by the time Imperative Reaction took to the stage, and the moment vocalist Ted Philips grabbed the mic, the crowd went berserk. Imperative Reaction hardly let up the rampage of sound; likewise, the crowd hardly let up their frenzy of dancing and cheering. Pulsing out “Side Effect,” “Song of the Martyr,” “Time Doesn’t Care,” “Functional,” and more, Imperative Reaction kept the energy level at the roof far into the night, rounding out a powerful performance by an incredible lineup at one of Atlanta’s best venues.


Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

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