Peace Across The Wasteland Tour came to The Van Buren

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Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Stateside/Psyko Steve & Live Nation
Venue: The Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona
Tour: Peace Across The Wasteland
Date: Thursday March 14th, 2019

The concert was setup as a co-headlining tour for Graveyard and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats called “Peace Across The Wasteland”.  This tour is promoting their newest album, Peace (Graveyard) and Wasteland (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats).  As with most co-headlining tours, each band trades off as the closing band for the night.  For our show, Graveyard was the closing band.  They were joined by Twin Temple as the leadoff band.  The tour continues across North America for the rest of March.  Then in June they will be touring Europe.  Future touring dates can be found on their websites:  https://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial/app/123966167614127 and https://www.uncleacidband.com/tourdates .


Graveyard

Graveyard is a Swedish heavy metal band that consists of Joakim Nilsson on guitar and lead vocals, Jonatan Larocca-Ramm on guitar and vocals, Truls Mörck on bass and vocals and finally newcomer Oskar Bergenheim on drums.  Normally when someone thinks of Sweden and music, Abba is the band that comes to mind.  But over the past 30 plus years, there has been a growing community of metal bands coming from Sweden.  Bands like, Sabaton, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Avatar and Arch Enemy are just the tip of the iceberg.  Now you can add another outstanding band to this ever-growing list, Gaveyard.

The show was a mixture of songs from their albums Peace, Hisingen Blues and Lights Out.  They started the set off with 3 new songs, “Walk On”, “Please Don’t” and “The Fox” from their new album, Peace.  The band really showed their metal roots on “Please Don’t” laying down power riffs and heavy beats.  I really enjoyed when Truls Mörck, the bass player took over vocals for “Bird of Paradise”.  Another pure rock song was “It Ain’t Over Yet” with its classic style guitar riffs mixed with pounding bass and drum beat.  They ended the evening with their classic rock/blues song, “The Siren” which reminded me a lot of something the Allman Brothers might have done.  It was that good.

For the most part a small mosh pit was created in the middle of the floor, but never seemed to get out of hand.  I was surprised that crowd surfing only started about half way through their set when they played, “It Ain’t Over Yet”.  The one disappointing aspect of the show was the lighting.  Very little front lighting was used so the band was mostly silhouetted.

As Jonatan Ramm so simplistically stated about the new album Peace: “The heavier parts are heavier, the slower parts are slower and the mellow parts are mellower; and that’s just us being us at a new level.”  For me this album has more of a classic rock flavor with excellent rhythms and lyrics.  “Bird of Paradise” is an excellent example of this classic rock feel.  If you get the opportunity to see Graveyard, do it because they are so much better live.

Photo © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved


Graveyard Setlist:                        (Album)
Walk On                                          (Peace)
Please Don’t                                    (Peace)
The Fox                                          (Peace)
Hisingen Blues                                 (Hisingen Blues)
Uncomfortably Numb                      (Hisingen Blues)
Bird of Paradise                               (Peace)
Cold Love                                       (Peace)
Buying Truth (Tack och Förlåt)         (Hisingen Blues)
Hard Times Lovin’                            (Lights Out)
An Industry of Murder                      (Lights Out)
It Ain’t Over Yet                               (Peace)
Goliath                                            (Lights Out)
Magnetic Shunk                               (Innocence & Decadence)
Encore:
Low (I Wouldn’t Mind)                      (Peace)
Ain’t Fit to Live Here                         (Hisingen Blues)
The Siren                                         (Hisingen Blues)


Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats is a throwback to the late 60s and early 70s heavy metal and psychedelic rock.  The music is intended to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD.  During the entire show, the band had a backdrop movie playing that reminded me of the late 60s and early 70s concerts with the bands name plastered all over the screen and multiple colors splashing around on the screen like a tie-dyed mixture or a lava lamp.  The only bad part was the band for the most part was backlite the entire show.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats hale from Cambridge, England and formed in 2009.  The band consists of Kevin R. Starrs (“Uncle Acid”) on lead guitar and lead vocals, Vaughn Stokes on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Jon Rice on drums and Justin Smith on bass.

The show was just a nonstop psychedelic experience from their opening song, “I See Through You” to their final song “No Return” both from their newest album, Wasteland.  The band has produced 5 albums and tonight’s show covered songs from all 5 albums.  Personally, I loved the heavy beat of both “Mt. Abraxas” and “Mind Crawler”.  It reminded me a lot of the first Black Sabbath album.  As Robert Cubinelli so rightly stated about “13 Candles”, “Sounds like Black Sabbath meet Electric Wizard on a dark psychedelic nite”.  They ended the show with “No Return”, a heavy guitar riffed song from their latest album, Wasteland that even Tony Iommi would have been proud of.

Having grown up in the 60s and listening to Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, King Crimson and Black Sabbath, I felt right at home with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.  Even without the drugs, the show was still a mind-expanding experience and pure fun.  If you want to see a through back 60s band playing great music then Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats is definitely a show to see.  If you liked Black Sabbath music, then you definitely need to checkout Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.  Their latest album, Wasteland is truly amazing.

Photo © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved


Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats Setlist:         (Album)
I See Through You                                        (Wasteland)
Waiting for Blood                                          (The Night Creeper)
Mt. Abraxas                                                 (Mind Control)
Mind Crawler                                                (Mind Control)
Death’s Door                                                (Blood Lust)
Shockwave City                                            (Wasteland)
Crystal Spiders                                              (Vol. 1)
Dead Eyes of London                                     (Vol. 1)
Pusher Man                                                   (The Night Creeper)
I’ll Cut You Down                                           (Blood Lust)
Blood Runner                                                (Wasteland)
13 Candles                                                    (Blood Lust)
Melody Lane                                                  (The Night Creeper)
No Return                                                      (Wasteland)


Twin Temple

Twin Temple started the evening off with a weird combination of Satanic doo-wop music and Satanic overtone rituals.  At first, I was not ready for this bizarre event, but as the show went on, I really enjoyed it purely as a stage show with music.  The band is fronted by lead singer Alexandra James and lead guitarist Zachary James.  They proclaim themselves as the high priests of Twin Temple.

Once you get past the theatrics and the “Hail Satan” cries, Alexandra’s voice is extremely good and is reminiscent of female crooners from the 60s.  Zachary is also very good on lead guitar and can deliver powerful riffs interlaced with the rest of the bands thumping bass.  They even have a saxophone player that provides the doo-wop sound for their songs.

I did not know a lot about Twin Temple before getting to the show, but really loved the stage performance.  I have seen a lot of bands with great stage theatrics, but this was truly the first Satanic theatrical performance I have seen.  For a lot of people this might not be “your cup of tea”, but for a lot of the crowd, they seemed to love it.  Also, the band’s merchandise booth seemed to do a good amount of business prior to and after their performance.

Photo © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved

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