By Christine Leonard
February 21, 2015
CALGARY — Solid, shiny and proof that Kyle Reese walks among us, Monolith AB made a towering example of themselves before a capacity crowd. Huddled in the Palo’s smoked meat-scented basement on a -15 C Saturday night in the middle of February, the Outlaws of Ravenhurst made the affair feel like an old fashioned, carpet-blackening house-party. If an OoR song isn’t about a dragon, or a castle, it’s probably about a king. Cheap medieval costumes should always be tested for flammability. I’m guessing the Outlaw’s repurposed Samhain garb was too drenched in sweat to pose much of a threat. Perhaps thee-rockers-three should invest in a trio of “This Renaissance Faire Sucks” T-shirts, or forge an alliance with local LARP armourers.
The low-slung, beer-splattered ceiling was transformed into the vaulted arch of a stained glass cathedral as Oregon’s YOB mounted the stage. Lead vocalist/guitarist, Mike Scheidt, remained true to the edict tattooed across the back of his hands and made sure that the audience would “Stay” \m/ \m/ “Awake” until well past 1 a.m. Rumbling through their vast, ominous, 19 minute-long opuses and rarely-performed-live barrages, Scheidt sang the praises of the Palomino venue and staff, while fresh-faced bassist Aaron Rieseberg and indefatigable percussionist Trevor Foster cleared the path for the initiated to ascend.AB, Alberta, Monolith AB, Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Palomino, YOB