By PERRY GRAYSON
Archaic Revival, The Dark Hawks, Arrowhead and Los Hombres Del Diablo
Hermann’s Bar – 15 August 2014
The first support act was Archaic Revival, a high-energy trip back to thrash metal the late ‘80s. Archaic Revival is a power trio boasting a singing drummer, known onstage as Peat Hallucinate. Sonically they resemble early Megadeth and Anthrax crossed with a dose of Death Row-era Pentagram. To add to the dated kitsch, the guitarist and bassist were decked out in thick chains – the 4-stringer bearing an army helmet.
Next up was The Dark Hawks, another 3 piece, fronted by a female singer. The lack of a bass guitarist seriously hampered The Dark Hawks sound. If there was one band on the bill that didn’t belong, it was the Dark Hawks. Sugar-coated pop lacking in heaviness displayed by the three other bands.
Despite technical difficulties with a temperamental Orange guitar head, Arrowhead rose to the occasion and knocked the stoner rock punters in the crowd on their asses with their groovy, fuzzed out riffage. Yet another power trio, Arrowhead delivered the heavy goods, including tunes like “Cobra Deville”, “Diamonds to Dust” and “Atomsmasher” off their first full-length. All killer no filler! Guitarist/singer Brett Pearl flailed his ringlets around to drummer Matt Cramp’s backbeat, while bassist Dave Lopez held the low-end fort down with massive blasts of Ampeg awesomeness. Lopez’s tasty bass licks were a steady anchor for Brett to churn out some wah-drenched furies.
Los Hombres Del Diablo rose from the reefer-fueled ashes of instrumental stoners Van. Added to the pot now – pun intended – is vocalist and front-lady extraordinaire Michele Madden (formerly of The Tourettes) and ex-Mother Mars southpaw axeman Matt Allen. Michele Is far from a prissy thing. She takes control and belts out the tunes with enough force to reckon with any male singer. Filling out this dark brotherhood are Mal Loyd (guitar), Nathan Millet (drums) and bassist Jay Wilson. Celebrating their first album release, Los Hombres Del Diablo closed the night out with a set of groovy heavy rawk action, including “Nice Tiger” and “Nude.”