Friday, July 20, 2012

Speedwolf at the 5 Stars Bar





Dirty thrash metal invaded Los Angeles last night at the 5 Stars Bar in gritty DTLA. Denver's Speedwolf have cornered the biker themed, old school, straight ahead thrash metal of early Motörhead with their recent debut album on Hells Headbangers Records, Ride With Death, and I wasn't about to let this tour go by. In direct support were locals Witchaven, also celebrating a recent release on Hells Headbangers, as well as a few more, lower level local acts.

After a short walk through an art gallery laden section of Main Street in DTLA (the art walk; see pictures below), my good buddy Wash Jones and I made our way to the 5 Stars Bar in time to catch Bastard, a local act that I've seen a few times over the last few years. Backed up by a gigantic Rickenbacker bass, Bastard, a power trio, flat out kicked it with fiery leads and straight ahead pouding gallops in the dimly lit scene. The crowd ate it up as Bastard were easily at their best this night.

After wandering about for food and finally settling on pizza (eaten on the curb in front of the 5 Stars as the pizzeria a few blocks away kicked us out after we had ordered), we made it back as Witchaven were ready to go. As Wash pointed out, Witchaven were an amalgam of, say, Exodus and Vio-lence, and fired on all cyliders. The 5 Stars crowd, obviously filled up with friends of the band, went nuts with plenty of headbanging and a small pit. Awesome stuff.

Speedwolf absolutely blew everyone away with their old school homage to the greats. Think motorcycles, the open road, beer, Motörhead, Venom, and even more speed, and you've got the gist of it. This band could someday be big. Tossing in two covers ("Witching Hour" and "The Hammer"), Speedwolf ruled the night.

The art walk....



The crowd and the merch...


Bastard



Witchaven



Speedwolf




The t-shirt haul!

Front...



Back...


The stickers!


Special thanks to Wash Jones for the pictures!









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2 comments:

Corpsie said...

I swear we're at a lot of the same shows but I have no idea what you look like. Next show, beers are a must (or a soda)! Speedwolf ripped it up as well as Bastard and Witchaven that night!

Metal Mark said...

I've heard Speedwolf and Witchhaven and both are alright, but both are bands that just don't really stick with me. I hear them and think they're fine and then a few days later I can't remember much about them. Then again that's the way it is for me with a lot of retrothrash bands. They all just blend together some times.