Goatwhore and 3 Inches of Blood
April 12, 2013 – The Gateway – Calgary, Canada
Review and Photos by Monika Deviat
Goatwhore and 3 Inches of Blood embarked on a co-headlining North American in April and for the second date of the tour the stop was in Calgary Alta. on April 12, 2013 at The Gateway, a campus bar at SAIT. Both bands always get a great reception in Calgary and this time the show was completely sold out. There were no opening bands so fans used the hour and a half before Goatwhore took the stage to buy merch and have some beers.
The choice of venue ended up being fairly restrictive for a metal show. There was a very large contingent of security for a bar show – since there was no barrier they were not required for catching crowd surfers and keeping people back – it turned out they were there to kick out any crowd surfers, stage jumpers and people they thought were being too rowdy. I’ve never seen so many people kicked out of a metal show at a bar and overall it didn’t get too crazy on the floor.
When Goatwhore took the stage there was still a large line up of people waiting for merch and only a small crowd clustered up to the stage – but the calm didn’t last. Goatwhore delivers intensity and energy and demands it back from the crowd. Frontman Ben Falgoust commands the stage, gesturing out to the crowd, windmilling and getting right into fans’ faces. Zack Simmons gave his drum kit a punishing assault. Sammy Duet delivered crushing riffs and solid solos while James Harvey pounded his bass. The set sampled from Goatwhore’s most recent release Blood for the Master [Metal Blade, 2012], with songs like “Collapse In Eternal Worth” and “Judgement of the Bleeding Crown”. “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult” was of course on the list as were many songs from Carving Out the Eyes of God [Metal Blade, 2009]. Goatwhore closed with “Apocalyptic Havoc” and the crowd responded appropriately. Before leaving the stage the band shook hands with fans and passed out the set lists.
3 Inches of Blood strode on stage clearly pleased to see their Calgary fans already crowded up to the stage. They launched right into “Metal Woman” spurning the crowd into a frenzy. They followed up with an older favorite “Deadly Sinners”, and didn’t let up for the entire set. It was during 3IOB’s set that a significant number of people were kicked out unfortunately. There was one guy that tried to stage dive and a bunch of people that security must have thought were being too rowdy in the pit for The Gateways comfort. This didn’t seem to slow down the moving pit very much though.
Vocalist Cam Pipe kept up the falsetto and goaded fans all night. Bryan Stroud was unable to go on this tour so Justin Hagberg was on bass for the show instead of guitar. Hagberg also provided an onslaught of harsh vocals contrasting the falsetto’s from Pipes. Ash Pearson was hard to see behind his kit and the other band members but his talented drumming came through in the mix. Guitarist Shane Clark was on his own holding down the guitar riffs and solos but he shredded exceptionally and the lack of the full two guitars was did not take away from the sound. The band ended their boisterous set with “The Goatriders Horde”.