Lions of Tsavo

Free Week Live Shots

Lions of Tsavo
Lions of Tsavo (Photo by Sandy Carson)

Lions of Tsavo

Red 7, Jan. 9

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Propaganda dripping down the walls in varying shades of Red 7, the club's barren innards echoed forlornly in makeover mode. Daniel Francis Doyle jammed like Marnie Stern on his electric guitar while standing astride a drum kit in his socks. "Little pig rolling in shit," he sang, axe looped and his one-man band thrashing the room's cacophonous acoustics on beats and bleats. Outside, Northwestern interloper Blowupnihilist cleared the patio with electro experimentation designed to atomize South Pacific atolls. Afterward, hardcore/metal quartet Rat King tried peeling corrugation off the outdoor stage's Texas shed metal. Back inside, Vitamins, one of Tia Carrera drummer Erik Conn's three local bands, thrashed two-man like Death From Above 1979. Penultimate bill headliner Lions of Tsavo overlapped on the outdoor stage, pulverizing death metal dual vox and guitars in a chain reaction set off by its Zeppelin-esque rhythm duo. Not since the Sword – half of which was in attendance – has a local metal band erected such a fire wall of sonic density. Swordsman Bryan Richie, who produced Tsavo's thundering [Firelung], was nowhere to be seen among the mile-wide smiles at the end of the Austin quintet's 30-minute set, closing on the new title track distorting time, volume, and groove from a plane of sound achieved only through alchemically divine metallurgy.

READ MORE
More Lions of Tsavo
Texas Platters
Lions of Tsavo
Traverser (Record Review)

Michael Toland, Feb. 14, 2014

Phases and Stages
Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation/Pack of Wolves, Lions of Tsavo
Live Shots

Raoul Hernandez, May 1, 2009

More Music Reviews
SXSW Friday Record Reviews
Mastodon
Emperor of Sand (Record Review)

Bryan Rolli, March 17, 2017

SXSW Saturday Record Reviews
Brutal Juice
Welcome to the Panopticon (Record Review)

Michael Toland, March 17, 2017

More by Raoul Hernandez
Bryan Ferry Enslaves the Moody
Bryan Ferry Enslaves the Moody
UK romantic slays local romantics

March 23, 2017

Rodeo Austin Day 5: Fitz & the Tantrums
Rodeo Austin Day 5: Fitz & the Tantrums
Kiddiepalooza continues as SXSW rages

March 16, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Lions of Tsavo

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)