An Albatross

  • Berlin
  • Germany
  • Golden Gate
  • 2006-02-02

An Albatross are famed for a vehement thrash that rides through minute long tracks. It is also widely accepted that this band peforms their act well live, and that vocalist Edward B. Gieda III has an insantiable appetite for all the facets of a true glam/thrash diet. Whether you’re compelled by the possible irony in the visage of this band — or you’re simply a true fan of a gothic gameshow style of hardcore metal — the satisfaction you will find will be one and the same.

…Watching him was staring at a live video of Iggy Pop on fast forward

The band stripped the paint from the walls of this awful venue with an extremely corrosive initial outburst of antagonising ‘riffage’ and a digital breakdown on the keys. In fact, the premiere of their sound was pretty much what was to expected through the whole set: walls and walls of thrash quenching noise. Apart from staring at the waves of permed hair making faces at me from the heads of some frenetically tapping Pennsylvanians, I was obviously spending most of my time staring at the clamorous acts of the vocalist. Watching him was staring at a live video of Iggy Pop on fast forward. I was most definitely impressed. Someone commented on his “over enthusiasm”, which I think is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard. Firstly, what other choreography could you recommend to a man fronting a band like An Albatross? Secondly, there was a plethora of prosaic people in the audience; with most of them gaping cluelessly at the whole thing it was probably amusing to perform in such a beserk manner.

…a cymbal crash and a key smash

With a cover of Arthur Brown’s classic “Fire”, An Albatross superseded their usual short track length. It probably even went on for a good two to three minutes, and presented their cover with such a hellish psychedelia it would have made Brown proud. With the ending of their set near, they repeatedly proclaimed that they’d be playing one more — which was usually the striking of one chord over two layers: a cymbal crash and a key smash. I think this band certainly find it mirthful to act and play the way they do, and I’m behind them. We should all have an inner ardour for the jokey nature of the epic thrash sound, and it would be contemptible to attempt to ignore it by not enjoying this band live.

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