Origin, Misery Index, Abysmal Dawn, Try Redemption
8 August 2008, The Black Sheep, Colorado Spring, Colorado
By Ryan Starr
Death metal is something that I have been taking a break from over the last year or two. Focusing mostly on black and folk metal. But recently I have been looking back into my death metal collection and decided it was time to revisit the genre. As part of that effort, I decided to check out the Origin/Misery
The first band on the stage was local headliner Try Redemption
. Relishing the chance to open a big tour, they put on a crushing show full of grinding riffs, out of this world melody, and their signature slams. Itís hard to believe anyone in town hasnít heard them before, but they played in front of a crowd with a lot of first time listeners, and because of that they decided to step it up and put on a great stage show, full of fun little tricks like playing each others guitars. A lot of bands just think head banging with suffice on stage, but Try Redemption
know that in order to wow a crowd, you need to give them more, and thatís exactly what they did. Hopefully Try Redemption
got a few new fans from the show, and maybe even a few more from this review.
Jon Pterson and John Daigle of Try Redemption
Next was Abysmal Dawn
, a new band for me. Without hearing their recorded material, everything sound clean and spot on. The live performance was pretty standard, offering nothing new to entertain the crowd. Just a good band offering a solid performance, something the crowd seemed to accept.
Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn
Third up was the band I was looking forward to the most, Misery Index
. From the first note they captivated the crowd with a high energy performance and punishing music. Stage presence is definitely a strong point for the band. I had a hard time getting good pictures because of the amount of movement. Sparky Voyles was practically impossible to photograph during one of his laps around stage. Overall, it was an impressive performance from one of the death metalís fastest rising stars.
Mark Kloeppel of Mixery Index
Headlining the show was technical juggernaut Origin
. They arenít the most energetic band live, but what they lack in stage presence, they make up for it with absurd speed and technicality. Now, donít get me wrong, they donít just stand with their feet nailed to the floor like Dying Fetus
does, but the amount of intricacy in their riffs limits their movement. And you also have to consider that 3 of the 4 men double as vocalists. Origin
are an unbelievably busy band on stage, and just watching them mix all the different disciplines on stage is enough to amaze even the most critical of fans.
Mike Flores and Paul Ryan of Origin
This may not have been as epic as Paganfest, but this was definitely worth the time. If any of these bands come through your town, I would encourage you to check it out.
Official Try Redemption Webpage
Official Try Redemption Myspace
Official Abysmal Dawn Webpage
Official Abysmal Dawn Myspace
Official Misery Index Webpage
Official Misery Index Myspace
Official Origin Myspace
Official Relapse Website