May 07, 2011
Last week, when I saw Pinback perform, I had failed to do any research on the opening band, Judgement Day, so I kept low expectations. But very soon after the Oakland based trio took the stage, my mind was blown. Playing their own brand of metal on violin and cello, the Patzner brothers, accompanied by drummer Jon Bush, rocked the crowd with their lively set. When I think of metal played on strings, I think of Apocalyptica, a group of Scandinavian cellists that got famous by covering Metallica songs and now collaborate with prominent metal singers. But now, thanks to the famous singers and Apocalyptica's growing popularity, the cellos have taken a supporting role. Judgement Day is exactly the opposite. The trio creates a larger than life sound, while keeping the strings in front, and manages to sound like a full band. All of their albums are available on their Bandcamp and they recently recorded a session at Daytrotter that is free to download here. Check them out! You won't regret it!
Judgement Day-"Peacocks/Pink Monsters"