Anvil / Lord Dying / SunLord / Lotus Gait @ The Marquis Denver CO

Sundays are usually a day of rest from an active weekend, not this evening. At The Marquis Theater here in Denver, Canadian rockers Anvil ventured down from Ontario to headline their own tour in support of their 2013 Album Hope in Hell.             Along with them they brought NYC band SunLord, Portland Oregon’s Lord Dying, and Denver’s own Lotus Gait dropped in to get the night started.

Lotus Gait guitarist Fox    photo:David Burke

First up came Lotus Gait supporting their latest album Virgin Blood on Uberwolves Records.

Lotus Gait bassist Tim Hankinson    photo: David Burke

Lead vocalist/guitarist David Bartz    photo: David Burke

Lead vocalist/guitarist David Bartz    photo: David Burke

Lotus Gait guitarist Fox    photo: David Burke

Lotus Gait    photo: David Burke

Lotus Gait's Fox and David     photo: David Burke

Their punk metal sound is catchy and easy to rock out to. Lead vocalist/guitarist David Bartz and lead guitarist Fox riffed and soloed effortlessly while Tim Hankinson’s bass kept the low end solid. Drummer David Schmidtline thrashed and pummeled the drums to precision. Its was a very solid set.

SunLord    photo: David Burke

SunLord drummer Tamas    photo: David Burke

SunLord followed with their three-piece lineup and had plenty of right hand palm muting and screaming vocals to keep the crowd going.

Lord Dying cranked up the volume and thrashed with powerful dual crunch and ear piercing screams. Their sound was brutal heavy grooves that could get your head bobbing in no time. 

Lord Dying    photo: David Burke

Lord Dying    photo: David Burke

Topping off the evening came Canadian rock legends Anvil. Lead singer/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow started the show soloing on his guitar and jumped right into the crowd for a few minutes and made his way to every person in the crowd as he shredded with enthusiasm.

Anvil vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow    photo: David Burke

Anvil vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow    photo: David Burke

Anvil vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow    photo: David Burke

The band was loud with hints AC/DC meets 80’s hair metal. The set was fun and entertaining and we all chanted “Metal on Metal” as Lips even played his guitar with personal vibrator on the strings. Bassist Chris Robertson kept the grooves thumping with his additional dance moves.

Anvil bassist Chris Robertson    photo: David Burke

Anvil vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow    photo: David Burke

Drummer Robb Reiner was like a machine behind the drum and he even had a spot for a five minute drum solo that was well received by the fist waiving crowd.

Anvil vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow    photo: David Burke

Lead vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow    photo: David Burke

Anvil bassist Chris Robertson    photo: David Burke

It was a fun way to end the weekend and strangely enough I was still left energized when the night ended. I grabbed a slice of pizza from their shop and left feeling great.

David Burke-Mammoth Metal