Saturday night at The Hi-Dive in Denver CO went full throttle and didn’t stop till all was laid to waste. Three of Denver’s mightiest bands; Throttle Bomb, Sanity’s Edge, and Lotus Gait came together to put on an amazing performance.
Starting off the evening came Lotus Gait and like I have mentioned before they just keep getting better with every performance. They sounded and played like seasoned pros. Punk/ metal at it’s finest. Bassist Tim Hankinson even treated us to his spot-on cover of the late Cliff Burton’s “Anesthesia”. Drummer Dave Schmidtline with his on point drums and great facial expressions is always fun to watch. Guitarist Fox with his over the top antics and stage presence engages the crowd for more. Lead vocalist David Bartz is always ready to bring his best to the audience as he and Fox have some great harmonies together.
This was set to be an amazing night.
Next up came Sanity’s Edge sans a bassist in their set but that didn't stop them form sounding super heavy as guitarist Steve Addison and Sy MacRae tweaked their EQ’s for a very heavy bass sound using their guitars. These two assaulted to crowd with their aggressive tone and Lamb of God style riffs. I was left with my dropped jaw as this was the first time I saw them perform live.
With recent addition of their new lead vocalist Benjamin Franklin his vocals are unforgiving and can tear your ears off with out any sign of weakness. Benjamin has a great stage presence as well as he is not afraid to put himself out there.
Holding it down was drummer Lionel White as his drum sounds and tight attack left us unable to breathe for the entire set. These guys can jam. They had a 7 min instrumental track that I was told is still in progress and they haven’t gotten around to putting vocals to it. But this track brought me back to the 80’s when Metallica would just have an instrumental break and just let the music take you on a journey. I’m really looking forward to seeing them again.
Closing the night came headliners ThrottleBomb and basically they came, dropped the bomb and went full throttle through their excitingly fun set. Lead vocalist/guitarist Bart McCrory has some serious guitar skills and he loves to play as was evident in his performance. Guitarist Justin Delz had no shortage of riffs and leads as these two played together great. Holding down the heavy grooves came bassist Jenn Rad as she and her husband Bart were locked and loaded.
Drummer Adam Mullins drums were nothing short of punishing and . This Denver based band has been around for about 5 years and their Motorhead meets Pantera style riffs were great to watch. I will be following these guys as they tear up Denver again.
Punk/ Metal, Thrash Metal and Groove/Metal was just what we needed to start of the weekend on a literally great note.
All images from this show can viewed in the "Denver Music On Stage" link.