We saw SubRosa @ Psycho Las Vegas this August. The quintet (Rebecca Vernon: Guitar, vocals, Sarah Pendleton: Electric violin, vocals, Kim Pack: Electric violin, vocals, Levi Hanna: Bass & Andy Patterson: Drums) call themselves an experimental sludge-doom metal band. I was fascinated then by the combination of very heavy metal riffs with fierce attacks by the two violins and the voice of Rebecca - an unique experience. Unfortunately we missed one of the female violin players yesterday, which reduced the sound experience somewhat. Maybe the tiny stage was too small for so many people (their website shows still 5 members subrosa). But anyway - the gig was an experience I want to repeat sometime. And I am grateful to the band who took the effort to squeeze themselves and their equipment through the densely packed audience (there was no back stage).
Wovenhand delivered a very different show. We had seen the band @ Madrid`s Kriston Fest last May, which focused on stoner metal. This time Wovenhand was much more aggressive and heavy. Their sound changed from balladesque to gothic & psychedelic - a real gain. Frontman David Eugene Edwards has a strong voice, which reminded me a bit of Danzig singer Glenn Danzig. David, who is known as a devout christian, seemed to celebrate a Holy Mass. Even though I am an agnostic I was mesmerized by David´s powerful gospels which were enhanced by the massive riffs of the band - a kind of metal opera.