- Achim Raschka
- How could anyone not be into demented songs about goblins and the antics of mascot John Goblikon?
Like their previous effort, Stewart was recorded at Austin, Texas’ MicroMega Studios, retains Salt of Sanguine’s unusual naming conventions, and expands upon their angular post-punk sound. There’s a lot for listeners to enjoy — “Interstate” skillfully rides the line between singalong melodies and pleasantly jarring guitar buzz; “Lifetime of You” transitions from martial drumming into delicate, interlocking guitar lines for an unexpected sonic tapestry; “Blink Blink” and “Bar Fight” crackle with nervous energy; and the anthemic closer “V for Vampire” could be happily paired with all the Matador and Sub Pop acts you could possibly namedrop for indie-rock street cred.
Finally, as far as I know, it’s not every night when goblins run wild at the Black Sheep, but when “Bill & Shred’s Excellent Tour-Venture” makes its stop at the venue on Sunday, Sept. 16, you will have all of your goblin-related needs satisfied.
Yes, technically the tour’s headliner is San Antonio metal/deathcore act Upon a Burning Body, but being an enthusiast of goblins, trolls, kobolds, orcs and all manner of lesser Dungeons & Dragons antagonists, Los Angeles’ “goblin metal” quintet Nekrogoblikon immediately caught my eye, and they’ll likely do their best to steal the show. Even if you aren’t totally into demented songs about goblins and the antics of mascot John Goblikon (I can’t possibly imagine why this would be, however), the further unrelenting sounds of St. Paul death metal band Buried Above Ground and Ohio’s progressive/metalcore act Adrift on River Styx should certainly sate an appetite for the loud and strange.
Upon a Burning Body have released albums on Sumerian Records since 2010, and have consistently hovered near the top of the Billboard rock and hard rock charts in that time — 2012’s LP Red. White. Green. even hit the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Heatseekers chart. The band has been praised for a “surprisingly infectious” sound within a typically ear-punishing genre.
Nekrogoblikon, meanwhile, recently appeared at all stops of the final Vans Warped Tour and released their fifth LP, Welcome to Bonkers, in April 2018.
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