The Dreaming | 06.09.15

thedreaming sqSpawned from the demise of Stabbing Westward, The Dreaming is ethereal hard rock at its finest.


Fubar, St. Louis
with Death Valley High, Blackdeth

Fubar rocked when The Dreaming took the stage Tuesday night. Spawned from the demise of Stabbing Westward, The Dreaming is ethereal hard rock at its finest. Touring in support of their latest opus, Rise Again, the band brought then new material to life, as well as a Stabbing Westward favorite or two.

The band raged into the opening track, their latest single, “Alone.” From the start, the band took over the stage with a definite presence. Christopher Hall is a vocal powerhouse with a great tone. He brought the material to life with a dead-on vocal attack. The band was tight and precise as they performed songs from the new album, as well as past releases. Scorching tracks like “Blink of an Eye,” “Kisses Taste like Death,” and the title track blazed from the speakers as the band gave us a high-energy set. Bassist Francessca D’Struct was of notable interest, fluently blazing through her bass lines with perfection.

Also taking the stage that night was San Francisco’s Death Valley High, a no-holds-barred rock juggernaut ready to rock the road. Composed of Reyka Osburn, Adam Bannister, Huffy Hafera, and Chris Sanders, the band has a signature sound, à la Wednesday 13 and the like, but with more sass. Their set was explosive and very enjoyable. Promoting their new album Positive Euth, they played tracks from the new release, as well as their 7” vinyl release, Survival Program. They have a bright future, indeed.

On the local front, St. Louis’s own Blackdeth graced the Fubar stage. Doomy and dark, Blackdeth is not just your typical doomsday metal band. The players approach their art with a hard-rock sensibility, not the usual cacophony of noise sometimes associated with this genre. Their material is dark, yet approachable. Guitarists Justin Keane and Eric Woods trade riffs that grind. Tight and on point, Blackdeth was a highlight of the evening. Their rhythm section, composed of Jeremy Phillips on bass and Aaron Matthews on drums, was impeccable, as the two are seriously talented. Phillips reminds me of a young Cliff Buton in style and delivery. A band to watch. (Support local music!)

Overall, a great show at a cool venue. | Marc Farr

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