The Industrial Sound is a brand new indoor/outdoor venue in Las Vegas, located and this was their very first show and what a way to make a impact! Co-Headliners The Hu and Asking Alexandria were joined by Zero 9:36 on this Psycho Thunder Tour, and Vegas just made the second to last date before the tour ends this week.
Zero 9:36 opened up the show in this new outdoor venue in Las Vegas. Zero 9:36 was a 3 piece band with a guitar player and drummer along with Zero on vocals. Zero 9:36 has amassed a very impressive 41 million streams of the 2021 CD, If You Don’t Save Yourself, and the band's sound is a blend of hip hop and rock. Interesting group to open this show.
Metalcore's ASKING ALEXANDRIA have been around since 2006, but this was my first time seeing the band - and I really liked what I saw. Coming off a performance at Aftershock, lead singer Danny Worsnop hit the stage wearing a baseball cap and a black hooded sweatshirt despite it being in the mid 80’s outside. This eventually got to him, he asked the crowd "how do you all live here as it's so hot" haha. Danny told the crowd that they were going to play some old stuff and new stuff, and they were going to "open this motherfucker up and to “START THE PIT”, and that's what they did. The crowd really broke in the new venue with a moshing good time.
AA slowed down for the acoustic take, and Worsnop told the crowd to get out their lighters or cell phones and light up. This being an outdoor venue, things happen, and a train just happened to go by feet from the venue, blasting its horn... Worsnop starts improvising lyrics about the train and its loud horn without missing a beat lol.
The band sounded fantastic, and between songs reflected on how long they have been playing, thanked the crowd for supporting them the last 15 years, and gave a toast. They also stated they are tired from being on the road the past 6 weeks, but thye had a great run and took a photo of the crowd and told them it was for a book they were putting out from the tour. As the show wound down Worsnop asked the crowd to jump with them, and that had the venue rocking to the end. A fantastic solid show.
I asked people in line who they were here to see, and the top answer was The HU. It's hard to imagine, unless you go see this band live, that traditional Mongolian instruments paired with electric guitars and drums would even work. I can tell you that not only does it work, but it's phenomenal. It's a full, rich and solid sound and the crowd loved them. The Hu is Galbadrakh "Gala" Tsendbaatar, Nyamjantsan "Jaya" Galsanjamts, Enkhsaikhan "Enkush" Batjargal, and Temuulen "Temka" Naranbaatar. Got That? Their vocal style is called throat singing, and sounds very tribal, and the instruments they use are the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp).
The Hu sing in Mongolian as well as English, and talked to the crowd in both as well, with a set of more traditional sounding tunes as well as harder heavy rock sounds and a few choice covers. They obviously love Metallica , and we got our first glimpse of that with the cover “Through the Never”. Video single "Wolf Totem" and "Black Thunder" made high points, and The Hu finished their set with yet another Metallica cover, "Sad But True", that sounded so good with the combination of instruments, both traditional and modern. Metallica would be proud. A great night at a new location, and I look forward to more outdoor shows at The Industrial Sound.
The Hu Photos : Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos
Asking Alexandria Photos : Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos
Zero 9:36 Photos : Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos