Wayne Static/Madlife/The Defiled • The Gothic Theatre • Englewood CO

Photo: David Burke

In a time of snow and christmas music, here at Denver’s Gothic Theatre there was sweaty moshing and “Evil Disco” blasting, and I could have not been happier.

photo:David Burke

I was able to catch opening acts Madlife as they warmed up the crowd, but it was a bumpy start as technical difficulties plagued their performance. They did their best to soldier on and we did our best to not chastise them for it. With only a few songs to perform they seemed a bit thrown off and their presence felt like watching a bunch of high schoolers figure out their instruments on stage. Meh.

photo:David Burke

photo:David Burke

Next up, the five piece British industrial metal outfit The Defiled came ready to rock and that’s just what they did. The band have built a fanbase following support slots with bands such as Murderdolls, Static-X, Godsmack, Deathstars and Motionless in White as well as playing Download and Sonisphere festivals. Very charismatic and full of piss, their sound was one to be reckoned with. They knew how to get the crowd fired up and numerous time we found ourselves bouncing up and down actually mirroring their stage performance! If they come back around on their own I recommend you to check them out.

photo:David Burke

Finally Wayne Static formerly of Static-X came to close the evening. Static-X have officially disbanded. The band went on hiatus in 2009, originally so frontman Wayne Static could focus on his 'Pighammer' solo album.

photo:David Burke

photo:David Burke

Kicking things off, Wayne Static and his" new"  band tore into “Push It” and the crowd went wild. The grooving guitar riffs and the pounding drums set the stage for the onslaught of what was to come. My favorite Static-X song “Cold” and “Love Dump” followed and I geeked out. They played most songs from their 1998 debut platinum album WIsconsin Death Trip and this is what we came for. Wayne’s pornstar wife Tera Wray made herself present on the side of the stage and was kind of an annoyance as she occasionally danced on the stage spinning 2 thick glowsticks nearly smashing them into the band members. She had a minor vocal performance but as her mic was not working we never heard her. The pit was energized and as a front row concert goes I left exhausted and satisfied. My neck still hates me.

photo:David Burke

Video: David Burke

All images from this show can viewed in the "On Stage" link.