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brutal_descent
04-15-2012, 09:11 PM
RC kicked ass. Probably the best post-anything band I've ever seen. Crowd was surprisingly into it (read: ready to fuck shit up) for a bunch of hipsters, and the venue was hella good. Too bad it's mostly used for local indie shows; the stage is at perfect height! Mike's fretting hand thumb broke a few nights ago, which is why the set is kind of short.

Dave Turncrantz = best live drummer ever! Guy has major skill, caught one of his drumsticks and got him to sign it afterwards.

Edit: Opening act was fucking awesome, a stoner metal band called Vagiant. Everybody except the singer came onstage in posh suits, and started playing some post-rock riff (probably to give the impression they were going to play some hipster-friendly shit and lull everybody into a false sense of security.) All of a sudden, their singer (long dirty hair, black eye) gets onstage, introduces the band, and as this Kyuss-like riff kicks in does a backflip into the audience. :rocker: Looking forward to seeing them open up for Red Fang in May!

Carpe :rocker:
Harper Lewis :rocker:
309 :rocker:
Geneva
Batu
Youngblood :rocker:
MlÓdek :rocker:

Death Rides a Horse :rocker:

Onioner
04-15-2012, 09:26 PM
That band Vagiant sounds seriously awesome, thanks for the recommendation dude!

brutal_descent
04-15-2012, 10:05 PM
That band Vagiant sounds seriously awesome, thanks for the recommendation dude!

No problem, always glad to promote our local bands!

jd091
04-15-2012, 10:39 PM
So the crowd was physically active? I always felt that Russian Circles were probably the darkest, heaviest post band out there.

brutal_descent
04-15-2012, 11:24 PM
So the crowd was physically active? I always felt that Russian Circles were probably the darkest, heaviest post band out there.

Not sure what the first statement has to do with the second, but yes. There were crowdsurfers, and it got pretty claustraphobic (or sweaty, if you prefer that word) in the crowd.

VoidFlame
04-16-2012, 05:32 AM
Awesome, I constantly hear good things about this band. I think I'll check them out for real this time :lol:

brutal_descent
04-16-2012, 05:40 AM
Awesome, I constantly hear good things about this band. I think I'll check them out for real this time :lol:

:hmm:

Death Rides a Horse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5AzUXCFfo)
Carpe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzYW1pY3hFA)
Schiphol (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxa7oZGZ-wA&feature=fvst)
Mladek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONzYMVrhTyk)
Harper Lewis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma27diEPqB0)
309 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdPJ1d-p3MU)

VoidFlame
04-16-2012, 06:49 AM
:hmm:

Death Rides a Horse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5AzUXCFfo)
Carpe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzYW1pY3hFA)
Schiphol (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxa7oZGZ-wA&feature=fvst)
Mladek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONzYMVrhTyk)
Harper Lewis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma27diEPqB0)
309 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdPJ1d-p3MU)

I'm listening to "Carpe" right now. That's no ordinary post-rock, it's really heavy and I think I'm going to love this band. Thanks! :party:

Edit: Just finished listening to the album Enter and it totally shattered my expectations :wow:

smearCampaign
04-16-2012, 08:38 AM
Great review. Hopefully this show made up for the shitty time you had at Dark Funeral. RC kicks ass.

Natrlhi
04-16-2012, 08:52 AM
RC don't get pits or crowdsurfers in the States - that must be a Russia thing. ;)

That said, I can't blame the crowd for being into them - first of all because they're fucking awesome (especially live), and second of all because you guys got a great set. They were generally alternating between "Horse" and "Youngblood" in the States - you guys got both.

Also, I noticed they seem to have switched out "Batu" for "Atackla". Interesting move there. Before the U.S. tour, I would have said "Batu" would be the better choice, but after having heard "Atackla" live, I'm convinced either would have been great.

Way to go, Void. Looks like we have yet another RC convert in our midst now. :fist:

larvtard
04-16-2012, 10:58 AM
Finally decided to check out these guys. Enter is an absolutely amazing album :drool: which surprised me, as I don't care for post-rock and instrumental music in general.

I only like select songs from the other albums though.

brutal_descent
04-16-2012, 11:10 AM
Finally decided to check out these guys. Enter is an absolutely amazing album :drool: which surprised me, as I don't care for post-rock and instrumental music in general.

I only like select songs from the other albums though.

Nat, looks like we got two converts in one day! :rocker:

JRA
04-17-2012, 05:05 PM
I'm not really a fan of these guys, but I must say I find it amusingly meta that a band with a national name, that isn't from that location, plays in that location and the crowd goes nuts.


The only other example I can think of is Berlin (who is from LA).

Ommie
04-17-2012, 05:10 PM
Awesome setlist. I recently discovered guys, and then promptly find out they played a show nearby a couple months prior. Sucks, I'll wait till next time.

Rocco44
04-17-2012, 11:14 PM
Nat, looks like we got two converts in one day! :rocker:

Awesome, this made my night.

Surprised at the crowdsurfers. Every time I've seen them the crowd had been pretty lame. I don't expect everyone to lose their minds and destroy their neck muscles like me but at least bob your head a little for fucks sake.