GIG REVIEW: RED FANG, TORCHE & THE MOTH Live at Markethalle, Hamburg
Red Fang went on tour with their new album ‘Only Ghosts’ and stopped on 16th Oct 2016 at the Markethalle in Hamburg, Germany. They were supported by the Doom-inspired local band The Moth and the sludgy guys of Torche from the United States. The venue was well-filled from the beginning, and the local matadors began to play.
The Moth played a mixture of Sludge and Doom – always hypnotizing, dark, mystical and at times very groovy. I liked their charisma on stage, which was appropriate to their music. They were a nice opener for this fine evening. Torche followed next, and made us step into a, let’s say, happier part of the evening. This sludge band grooved great and delight the crowd, too. The guys on stage were joyful and likeable. Both band were well-picked for that evening, and the people in the venue seemed to enjoy both of them.
After a short break, Red Fang entered the stage and started with the commonly liked song “Wires”, and the crowd began to get crazy with a moshpit in the middle of the venue – a powerful beginning for their concert! Of course, it’s their tour in respect to their new record ‘Only Ghosts’, so they played many songs off their new album. Just recently, they published the tracks “Flies” and “Shadow”, and of course they played the tracks as well as four additional ones: “Cut It Short”, “I Am a Ghost”, “No Air” and “The Smell of the Sound”. The people liked them and celebrated them with the band throughout the set. The new tracks shaped about one third of the concert, while well-known tracks like “Prehistoric Dog” or “Hank Is Dead” let the people dance, headband and mosh. This was a powerful stoner bomb on stage throughout!
Red Fang ended with “Throw Up” – an epic ending for the set. But yes, it wasn’t the end, as an encore followed up and the crowd screamed and celebrated until the “real” end. The band was very epic, groovy and powerful on stage, and I’m really glad I was there to see this, because it was big fun!
The venue was full, but not overfilled, and the audience was delighted by all of the three bands. The sound was very good, clear and powerful, so that the crowd could go along with the atmosphere in the hall. There was really nothing to complain about here!
All in all, The Moth, Torche and Red Fang were a great choice and constellation for the evening. For all the people who weren’t there, go next time to this kind or mixture bands! Awesome!