Justin Symbol & the God Bombs | 05.02.17

Given the right tour and exposure, he may be a bigger star that the one he paints over his eye.

Fubar, St. Louis

New York shock-rocker Justin Symbol brought his Glitter, Guts, and Glamour tour to St. Louis’s Fubar. The self-described “King of Negativity” is on the road promoting his first full-length album Voidhead, and he is starting to turn heads.

With an ever-growing fan base, Symbol and his cohorts—known as the God Bombs—are taking the country by storm. Those lucky enough to see him in these venues may not get another chance to see him somewhere so intimate, as he has the makings of a true star.

His material takes on a much different edge in the live setting, with more guitars, less keyboards, and a more raw vocal delivery. A conduit of energy, Symbol seems possessed when on stage. Whipping and contorting himself, he is emblematic of the rage and angst of his generation.

Vocally, Symbol has the pipes to hold a good melody, while at the same time, his screams can be downright brutal. Including tracks from his debut album, including “Control,” “Digital Penetration,” and first single “Purgatory,” the material is much harder live, and done quite well. Symbol also treated fans to some new tunes, including the title track from his forthcoming album, Godhead.

Dark, sinister, and not for the faint of heart, Symbol and his God Bombs may just break through to the top of his genre. Given the right tour and exposure, he may be a bigger star that the one he paints over his eye. | Marc Farr

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