@ La Respuesta, Santurce Puerto Rico
Review and videography by Dennis Rivera
Photography by Fran Jaume
So finally the wait it’s over! Skeletonwitch is finally playing for their fans in Puerto Rico.
The Fans didn’t hesitate to be early in the venue to see Skeletonwitch share the stage with the local bands HUSH, Argyle and Abismo Nuclear.
The night began with a band of talented young guys, HUSH.
This band represents the new generation of Puerto Rican Thrash.
These kids may not have the legal age to drink, but they can thrash! Their sound reminds me bands like early Metallica or Testament, really old school with some modern elements. Fast riffs, aggressive guitars and tight sound.
They were having some sound problems at the beginning of the set, but were soon fixed…
The set was very good and get the crowd moving and band their heads. Hush are: Bernardo – Lead Guitar/ Vocals,Gonzalo – Rhythm Guitar/ Backing Vocals, Fernando – Bass and Eduardo – Drums
– This is the End
– Killing just for fun
-Live in a Stage
– Let em’ BURN!
– Until we die
– Motorbreath (Metallica cover)
Next to take the stage is Argyle.
Argyle is another young blood act, this time with a black/thrash attitude.
With corpse paint on their faces and covered in blood these young guys seem to be a good band to follow.
Thrashy riffs, speed, power at the same time creating a very dark and violent atmosphere. Luis screamed his lungs out giving a lot of rage to the music.
Randy on guitars was always on control, running through the stage transmitting a lot of energy to the crowd. Vector showed a more menacing presence on stage, good solid sound.
Randy was very intense on drums, hitting the drums in a heart pounding way. The gave a good show but sadly some sounds issues.Argyle is: Luis Witito – Vocals, Bryan – Drums, Vector – Bass, Randy – Guitar
1. Purity Through Filth
2.Son’s Of Witches
5.Devoured By Wolves
6.Raped By The Cross
7.Wings Of Devastation
8. Freezing Moon (Mayhem Cover)
Now it’s time for the return of the most controversial band in the Puerto Rico Metal Scene Abismo Nuclear!
After almost a year of absence Abismo Nuclear makes his return to the stages, with the same brutal sound and raw power that set them apart.
Their unique sound is a crossover from crust punk, grind core, heavy metal along with the straight to your face attitude and anti-capitalist and anti-religion lyrics that only can be described as Abismo Nuclear.
Also this return was marked with the debut of a new member, Juan “Gorgotron” Lopez on bass, that joins his brother Titus Isaac on guitar and Julio Aldea on drums. The music is loud and violent like a nuclear blast, filled with hate and aggression displayed with Julio’s extremely angry vocals and intense attack on drums.
Titus shred the guitar from fast and violent to heavy sludgy grooves that evokes a Black Sabbath feeling. Gorgotron on bass was just the perfect replacement, his strong presence and power on bass element was that the band needed to get back on track.
The show was solid from beginning to end, and the crowd was euphoric to see Abismo Nuclear again.
1. Abismo Nuclear
3. Kathy Lee Inc.
4. Educación a Mitad
5. Necesidad Adictiva
6. Fe TV
7. Radicalismo Post-modernista
9. Paul Kersey
10. Me cago en dios
11. You’re a cop (Anal Cunt cover)
Now it’s time for Skeletonwitch to take the stage.
The Ohio blackened thrash band step in the stage as the crowd cheered for them.
The show started with a lot of aggression exploding into a big circle pit.
The sound was flawlees for the band. Everything can be heard perfectly. Chance Garnette delivered an impressive control of his voice. He shows how he can change his voice between, thrash, black and death.
He is very charismatic, joke between songs with the crowd and thanks them for how the band was treated.
Nate and Scott on guitars are great, aggressive and brutal, with melodies influenced by the 90’s extreme metal acts like Dissection.
Evan is a great player, can do things of his own adding some variety to the songs while the guitars shred. Dustin is fast paced and constant on is drumming, great power and precision.
They played nonstop for almost an hour in a half and still sound great. No wonder why this guys are one of the best metal live act today, and adding to that their accessibility and humble attitude with the fans. The band looked pleased to play in the island and promised to return soon.
Skeletonwitch is: Chance Garnette (vocals), Nate “N8 Feet Under” Garnette (guitars), Scott “Scunty D.”Hedrick (guitars), Evan “Loosh” Linger (bass), Dustin Boltjes – (drums)
The show was great, but the only thing I can complain is the sound for the local bands that it’s not as good as for the bands coming from outside. I think that would benefit the talent so people can appreciate better their music, but besides that the show run smoothly and on time, good work by the people of K&K Entertainment.