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Heron and Bort bring the heavy to a Wednesday night

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Things got loud at the Slice, Wednesday, April 24.

A decent Wednesday night crowd was on hand for The Rainbow Patrol and Vancouver bands Heron and Bort. local band Monolith wasn’t able to make it.
 Heron borrowed Bort’s drum kit and amp stack. Bort playing the Slice, April 24. Photo by Richard Amery

There was nary a bassist in sight as the two guitarists, including one of them playing a seven string,  layed down super heavy, gloomy, Black Sabbathy, sludgy, massively detuned depressing riffs that could only come out of a depressing, endless rainy winter of their Vancouver home.
 The vocalist howled and growled his death metal best punctuating  it with the occasional blood curdling shriek.

He thanked the audience of approximately  30  for “coming out on a Wednesday to hear bands you’ve never heard of before,” before the band crashed into a song abut “ the  vastness of the universe and meaninglessness of life.” In addition to punishing riffs, they enhanced their set with sound effects of car crashes and news clips.

I was there to see Bort,whose CD I’d been playing on my radio show.

Heron playing the Slice, April 24. Photo by Richard Amery They had a more accessible, ’70s style heavy rock sound along the lines of Grand Funk Railroad and Foghat, with more modern influences like Monster Truck and Truckfighter, whose shirt the lead singer was sporting.

 They were a little more upbeat than Heron and even had a couple tasteful guitar solos to go along with the big riffs.
As a bonus, they even turned Tears For Fears’ ’80s pop classic “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” into a sludgy stoner rock anthem.

 They played behind a double stack of 4x20 cabinets, which were probably unnecessary for a room the size of the Slice, but surprisingly reined in the volume a little bit through their solid  set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 May 2019 12:36 )  
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