Monday, October 13, 2003 @ 11:03 PM
Desecrate Live at the Whisky A
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REVIEW BY: "Hairy" Mike Williams
Just another Monday night at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go, a Rock & Roll club in Hollywood? Maybe not.
My plan was to go see a young drummer named Adam Jones, who is all of 18 years old, play in a band called "Desecrate." We met a few months ago and he turned me onto the band by saying he's having fun with it and I should come check it out since I love Metal music. Adam is an accomplished musician and artist in his own right, a winner of the Louie Armstrong Award at his alma mater, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.
This was his second gig with the band and my first time seeing them, so my expectations were realistic. Let's go check them out and see what the vibe is all about. The band hails from the San Fernando Valley and consists of all teenagers. Wow, was I caught by surprise. "Desecrate" the band and Adam Jones the man! What an impressive performance by this very talented group of musicians.
Metal music is at Desecrate's core. With clear influences from Megadeth, Metallica and Exodus, this band is a raw, energetic breath of fresh air. Their relentless assault of the heavy metal genre will intrigue you. It's a refreshing dose of technical guitar mastery with a youthful edge, which makes them a respectable group of metal maniacs.
The hard-hitting Adam Jones sets the tempo for the solid bass playing of the guy they call Hawk. This rhythm section provides the foundation for the blistering two-guitar attack of singer/rhythm guitarist Nick and lead guitarist Chase. The dual guitars are piercing with signature harmonies like that of your favorite metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Slayer. With guitar solos galore, it's obvious that these kids have studied their roots.
The vocals had an energy and sound very Dave Mustaine-like. Which come to find out by speaking with the lead singer/guitarist after the show, Megadeth is his favorite band. This band achieves a huge sound and injects a heavy metal fever throughout the crowd. Fans of all ages were head banging and moshing in a pit propelled by the music this band brings to the table. If there was ever a band to take the torch from their forefathers mentioned above, Desecrate has the right to stand tall and continue to bring on the intensity of their live show. Their passion was clearly on display, like when the bass player jumped into the pit with no regard for his person or equipment. It reminded me of J.J. from Fight with Rob Halford.
Desecrate is a reminder that metal music is alive and well, and is not to be confused with Nu metal. This band knows how to rock and loves to deliver the goods. Do yourself a favor, find out where and when their next show is and catch these guys. You will be pleasantly pleased and taken to a place where Metal rules!