Renowned post-metal sludge practitioners Old Man Gloom (feat members of Converge, Cave In & ex-Isis), broke off a rare live performance at Philly’s First Unitarian Church last Friday with solid cast of supporting acts that included Argonauts, James Plotkin, and Rosetta. Philly fans were also treated to an early offering of Old Man Gloom‘s forthcoming album NO, which was recently recorded with renowned engineer Kurt Ballou at his God City Studios and is slated for a June release via Hydra Head Records.
Old Man Gloom has seen a number of interesting artist collaborations throughout their history of releases that remained fairly prolific during the early 2000s. NO marks the band’s first studio work since 2004’s Christmas LP, although the prolonged absence was hardly felt at this packed show. Old Man Gloom put in a powerhouse performance that was preceded by a massive thunderstorm that set the perfect mood for their lumbering set. The years of combined musical experience between these musicians shows as they are able to dictate an engaging array of moods and movements with a set that never relinquishes a sense of impending doom.
Renowned bassist, guitarist, and sound arranger, James Plotkin (Old, Lotus Eaters) was joined by Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom) and Tim Wyskida (ex Khanate) for an improvised set that included eerie dissonant movements of electronics and guitar-induced distortions that broke up the metal-induced flavors of the evening. Rosetta are no strangers to Philly or Blow The Scene and commanded the audience with an intense live show that incorporates elements of metal and space rock. Fans of Russian Circles that also enjoy some vocal intensity added to the mix will find a lot to love here. The band does a great job of building tensions with vast musical progressions that are complimented by singer Mike Armine’s impassioned vocal presence.
Argonauts is another band that is no stranger to Blow The Scene. Featuring members of Municipal Waste, Postman Syndrome, and Burnt by the Sun, this band has been picking up steam with a series of East Coast tours as they continue to prepare material for their first studio release. We are very excited to see what this group of renowned musicians churns out as they continue to hone a complex metal sound that is just ripe to explode on the scene.
All photos by our Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging