Posted in metal | music | pictures on December 13, 2010

words & photos by BBG

Cough (and new stage)
Cough

Cough, Naam, Batillus, and Sea of Bones converged on a rainy Saturday (12/11) to play the packed-out Charleston as part of a BrooklynVegan-sponsored event. I haven't spent much time at The Charleston as of late, and in my absence some work has been done to the dingy basement.

A small stage now sits in the left corner and the sound booth has moved to the rear. The intimate basement feel is still there, but now the venue's steel supports obstruct the view of the newly-minted stage that most bands awkwardly only used as a drum riser. The stage was especially crowded when lined along the back with a wall of amps. Most of the guitarists and vocalists opted to play on the floor directly in front instead. Venue issues aside, a good performance can happen anywhere, and the audience got their share that night.

Sea of Bones opened the show, and though the band was sporting a considerably leaner lineup (guitarist count has gone from three to one), they were no less potent. As the band adjusts to the trio formation, look for them to get even more deadly.

Batillus was next, and even though their new record will be released next year on Seventh Rule, Saturday was Batillus's last show for a while to concentrate on new material. Good for them. The Brooklyn band's show at The Charleston did nothing but affirm my belief that Batillus is a live juggernaut and one of the best bands in NYC.

Naam followed Batillus, sporting tunes from their previous recorded efforts but it was no less interesting. Naam's melodic and bluesy showing was a refreshing change from the dire doom & gloom of the night.

Cough closed their US tour in support of Ritual Abuse with the Charleston performance. The time on the road has obviously benefited the band, as they were more powerful and impressive than their last NYC showing (which was also great). The crowd was similarly excited, as Cough's stuttering doom helped ignite a slow-motion pit.

More pictures from the show are below.

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Sea of Bones

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Batillus

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Cough

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Comments (13)

Now that we're a few weeks from 2011, can dreadlocks in metal go away yet?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 11:25 AM

nice pics!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 11:33 AM

Looking at sludge metal boiz gets me so hot. What sensual poses. I'd like to fuck every one of those men in the ass using a Big Muff pedal with the sustain up full.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 11:46 AM

Batillus fucking rule. Great show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 11:49 AM

WHY can't charleston maintain an online calendar, like every other venue?
would've went if i knew it was happening.

Posted by brandonmetal | December 13, 2010 12:23 PM

sausage frest

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 1:32 PM

whats a big muff?

Posted by lugar | December 13, 2010 2:14 PM

Hummus is so 2010.
Sausages in 2011!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 3:27 PM

looks like it smells bad in there...worse than a normal night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 3:55 PM

FRANK HAINES RAN THE PIT! HE'S WAS 100% - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 6:04 PM

See that douche in the third to last pic holding up his right hand like he was commanding an army? My friend kicked that dude straight in the ass and he didn't do shit.

Thats wassup.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 7:16 PM

^wow, you're friend is so cool. you're the douche- that's wassup.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2010 7:40 PM

love those hushpuppies

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 1:27 PM

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