GIG REVIEW: CARCASS, CROWBAR, GHOUL & NIGHT DEMON Live At Club Red, Mesa, AZ
On Monday July 25th The One Foot in The Grave Tour hit Mesa, Arizona at Club Red. The tour featured Night Demon, Ghoul, Crowbar and Carcass. This incredibly diverse, jam-packed line-up brought a great crowd for a Monday night. Filled with fans from all genres and ages it, was a great mixture and total night of fun. From extreme metal to sludge, etc, we were all in for a great time.
As the clock struck 7:30pm Night Demon hit the stage. This is the 5th time I’ve seen Night Demon over the last 2 years and they always sound awesome live. They have that totally-80’s vibe to them and Jarvis Leatherby’s vocals are killer. The fans were even graced by the presence of their mascot, the Reaper, himself. The best song of the night had to be “Screams in the Night“ because you could see everyone head banging through the audience and having a good time. Their set was a great way things to kick things off.
Next up we had Ghoul. For those who have never seen them, they are a very interesting band with a great sense of humor. As they stepped on stage with their faces wrapped up so we couldn’t not see them, everyone who has never seen them before was curious and wondering what to expect next. The guys seemed to have a bit of comedy on stage and we got to enjoy incredibly inappropriate conversations followed by a cast of revolving characters they had on stage. These guys really know how to get the crowd going and have a good time.
Those standing in the front row they were lucky enough to be shot at with blood coming from a decapitated baby doll. Their humor was very enjoyable along with their music. With outrageous political comments and telling the crowd “vote for Ghoul because we will kill you” made everyone in that venue laugh. Over all their set was really unique and very interactive with everyone, it was fun to see. They had several awesome songs and closed their set with “As your Casket Closes.”
As we changed gears for Crowbar you could feel the atmosphere shift instantaneously. Their presence and sound was very dark and gloomy, which sent shivers down your spine. The energy that they created was felt by everyone there, and it set the mood. With songs like “The Cemetery Angels”, “Walk With Knowledge Wisely”, & “New Dawn” they really captivated audience. Kirk Windstein’s vocals are what really shine through in their music and it was great to see such a classic band have such a great crowd response as everyone seemed to be in a trance watching them on stage.
Finally it was time to see Carcass! From start to finish they were nothing less than brutal. As the wind blew through Jeff Walker’s hair & as Bill Steer shredded on guitar, everyone was simply mesmerized. They had so much energy and presence to them on stage. With great tracks like “Unfit for Human Consumption”, “Buried Dreams”, “Incarnated Solvent Abuse”, “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System” & more the crowd went wild. They are so talented and skilled that it was fun to see them pack the house and totally kill it.
Overall the show was absolutely amazing. With such a diverse tour package it was a recipe for perfection. It had every style you could imagine and fans of all kinds. Every band was spot-on and people really had a great time.