Energetic music at the Slice with Rebel Angel, Tyrants of Chaos and Andi Roberts Band


The Slice was packed for another one of Ben Lamb’s massive multi-band shows, Sept. 19.

Curtis Vaselenak gets ready to rock with Tyrants of Chaos. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed Fractures of Etalon again, but was just in time for the debut of Ben Lamb’s brand new Volbeat tribute, Rebel Angel.

I’ve never really listened to the Danish rockers Volbeat, other than to hear them occasionally on modern rock stations, but I was impressed.
Ben Lamb impressively aped Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen’s voice.

 As a bonus, the more than sold out audience got to hear the more heavy rock side of country singer Breanne Urban, who was sharing lead vocal duties, of course behind plexiglass boxes due to Covid. I recognized a few  songs that are played on the radio.Andi Roberts band’s Sheldon Arvay reflected in plexiglass. Photo by Richard Amery
 Braeden Rouse was on hand to lay down some sizzling guitar solos, and the rest of the band shouted out some impressive gang vocals to add to the massive voices of  Ben Lamb and Breanne Urban.

 Tyrants of Chaos were up next. The local power metal band have a new bassist and introduced four new songs they have been writing since Covid crippled live music.

 They played a solid set of ’80’s  and New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, drawing heavily from the wells of Iron Maiden.
Powered by the air raid siren shrieking of frontman Phil Sirias, and twin guitar attack of Curtiss Vaselenak and Josh Nichol, there were plenty of galloping guitar riffs, harmonized soling and war history inspired lyrics. They happily delivered everything ’80s metal  aficionados could  ever want.
A couple of  war inspired new songs included  Black Cap and  Red Rage, which I think was inspired by First Nations and settlers.

They took things down a notch with a slower new song, then wound up another intense set with covers of Pantera’s “Cowboys Rebel Angels’ Ben Lamb and Breanne Urban at the Slice, Sept. 19. Photo by Richard Ameryfrom Hell” and a Slayer cover.

The Andi Roberts band are always a delight to watch. Powered by Sheldon Arvay’s guitar attack and lead singer Andi Roberts’ massive voice, they delivered a high  spirited set of classic rock covers. Tyrants of Chaos drummer Ryan Dyck was doing double duty as the Andi Roberts band’s drummer as well.
 They began a fast paced set with a cover of Don Henley’s  “Boys of Summer’ which had more in common with the Ataris’ punk cover than the original.
 The rest of the set was in the same vein.

Andi Roberts singing with the Andi Roberts band. Photo by Richard Amery
 They crashed into a fast version of Pat Benetar’s hit “Hit Me With your Best Shot.” and bassist Joey Steckly took lead vocals on John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good.” 

Roberts sang an impressive version of Meredith Brook’s late ’90s hit  “Bitch.”
Steckly also sang another Mellancamp hit “ Wild Night.”

 I would have stayed for the rest of the show, but  didn’t want to miss a revamped Chevelles at Sound Garden.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2020 13:19 )