words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
While Ocean/Salome were tearing Public Assembly a new one on Sunday, Zoroaster finished off the evening at Europa... a night that included Neurosis-offshoot A Storm Of Light and the furious sludge-core of Amenra. A Storm of Light came on second (I caught very little of I, Parasite), pulling from their lone LP, And We Wept the Black Ocean Within, as well as dipping into new material which included samples from a newly recruited female vocalist who will appear on future releases. Amenra were next, and I literally cannot say enough things about this band's live show. Take everything pensive out of Neurosis and add in the furious hardcore of Acme, and you might have an idea of what Amenra is doing. Highly recommended.... get your ass to ABC NO RIO on Feb 28th!
Zoroaster were already on stage as I arrived back at Europa from seeing a few moments of Ocean at Public Assembly. Under a thick veil of smog and with a dense set of psychedelic lights, the band burned through material from both their Battle Kommand releases (check out the video for "Tualatin" below), as well as new material from their upcoming full length Voice of Saturn. The band roared... supported by a wall of stacks behind them that might even make Stephen O'Malley blush. Killer band, and if you get the chance to catch them at Scion Rock Fest, DO.
More pictures below...
Zoroaster - "Tualatin" LIVE at Europa