GIG REVIEW: MARTY FRIEDMAN, SCALE THE SUMMIT & More Live at the Rebel Lounge, Arizona
On Friday August 25th one of the most monumental instrumental shows hit Arizona. Marty Friedman, Scale the Summit and The Fine Constant played the Rebel Lounge. A rather small venue with a low stage which made this event even more intimate. This tour package was very unique and different for many reasons. This show was amazing because each band created a different atmosphere and captivated the audience as if like a trance state of mind.
First up, we had The Fine Constant. No one knew what to expect but they really did a phenomenal job setting the mood and creating such amazing energy during their set. Despite only being all instrumental every song felt very cohesive with a natural flow. Everyone there was very impressed and enjoyed their set.
Scale the Summit was up next. I have heard their name but this was the first time I could see them in the flesh. I was pleasantly surprised by the guys talents and pretty music. Its a bit difficult sometimes to get crowd participation or excitement when your all instrumental but the guys really brought everyone in the room together. Their set also flowed very fluidly and really made you “feel” the music rather than just moshing and running around like at most metal shows. Song after song the people really started to vibe off their music.
Finally what seemed like forever finally came. Marty Friedman hit the stage and the guys blew me away. The dynamics between each band member is a very fun, loving and appreciative respect. During their set it was nice to see how all these different personalities mixed together. Marty Friedman was a mad man on his guitar. Everyone was shocked by the incredible young talent that was Jordan Ziff. His shredding skills were very impressive along side Marty. The blonde animal behind the kit and Kiyoshi one of the craziest women bass players there is. From crazy bass solo’s to singing “hit me baby one more time” the crowd couldn’t get enough of Kiyoshi.
Their set was an explosion of raw talent and ridiculous solos. They played songs off their albums “Wall of Sounds, Inferno” and even some classic Megadeth tunes. The crowd went wild and I was surprised on how energetic and excited people were to see only instrumental bands for the night. All in all the “Wall of Sounds” tour was killer. Some of the most talented instrumental bands out there right now.