Posted in metal | music | pictures on March 23, 2010

words & photos by BBG

Matt Pike of High on Fire @ the Mohawk
High On Fire

Want to make my life simple? Put two killer showcases in the same venue. Well, unfortunately it wasn't three showcases in the same venue (Relapse was going on over at Red 7 - pics coming soon). Following the big bang of the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's, I hightailed it over to the Mohawk on 3/17 (right next door to our quieter official BrooklynVegan showcase going on at Club DeVille...) (editor's note: ...that was often drowned out by the metal sounds blaring over the wall while bands like the The Middle East were playing soft sets...) for a double bill of mayhem with the Action PR Showcase on the outdoor stage and the Prosthetic Records showcase on the indoor. The night at the Mohawk show was marked by competing headlining sets: the great Landmine Marathon (who played the BV day party that day) and none other than High On Fire (one of their only appearances at the fest).

Also along for the ride were such notable greats as The Gates of Slumber, Withered (who also played Emo's), Zoroaster, Naam, Priestess, The Funeral Pyre, and many others. Not a single bad apple in the bunch. Of those, I had never seen The Funeral Pyre or Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire - both were impressive. TFP did blackened death with such intensity, it was hard to not be compelled to head nod. Clinging did abstract and atonal grindcore in the best way.

Although I missed Landmine Marathon (who would probably be in the running), best performance of the night goes to High On Fire who blazed through new material and old including the epic "Baghdad" (!) from their debut The Art of Self Defense. As their set progressed, it seemed that the band got looser on their instruments, and as a result, much tighter and more cohesive.

In related news, High On Fire recently dropped the new video for "Frost Hammer". View it, as well as other vids and some pics from the epic show, below...

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The Funeral Pyre

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo

Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire

Mondo Drag

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

The Funeral Pyre

Book Of Black Earth

Book Of Black Earth

Book Of Black Earth

Book Of Black Earth

Book Of Black Earth

Book Of Black Earth

Book Of Black Earth

Book Of Black Earth

a view of the BrooklynVegan official showcase line from the Mohawk
Book Of Black Earth

Stevie of Dark Castle with Grace Perry of Landmine Marathon
Book Of Black Earth

Mondo Drag

Mondo Drag

Mondo Drag

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Naam

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Bison BC

Priestess

Priestess

Priestess

Priestess

Priestess

Priestess

Priestess

Priestess

Priestess

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

The Gates of Slumber

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Zoroaster

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

Withered

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

High On Fire

Scale The Summit

Scale The Summit

Scale The Summit

Scale The Summit

High On Fire - "Frost Hammer"

Landmine Marathon - "Exist"

High On Fire Live at Mohawk

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Comments (12)

Missed the showcase but got to MEET them @ the Waterloo in-store.

THX Waterloo Records!

Also, can't wait to see Pike & Co. come back to Austin. Mohawk is also kicking ass by adding more Metal shows!

Posted by TXn | March 23, 2010 11:22 PM

any more news on Nebula?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 1:07 AM

Yes! Lions of Terri Shiavo rules.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 2:25 AM

Beautiful thing

Posted by شات صوتي | March 24, 2010 4:07 AM

bde!

Posted by sam | March 24, 2010 8:40 AM

Posted by anon | March 24, 2010 9:17 AM

Stewart McSmithers & the Trust Fund Five blew HOF off the stage!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 1:04 PM

what a show that must have been!

ya know ... pike and hof just would not be the same w/o that crooked, snarly smile. :)

FROST HAMMER!!!!!!

Posted by skattabrain | March 24, 2010 6:07 PM

Man, I love HOF, but that song is twice as long as it needs to be.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 9:05 PM

THIS SHOW RIPPED I"M SURE.
CATS OF SLUMBER UNFORTUNATELY DO MAKE A SNOOZE HAPPEN
AND
ITS WEIRD HOW ALL THE SUDDEN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE 60 YEARS OLD AND THIS SHIT WILL STILL BE HAPPENING WITH MOST OF THE SAME CREW AND OUTFITS. LOCKED IN

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2010 9:09 AM

Cool pix.

Posted by Endowmax | April 1, 2010 7:30 AM

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