Live at The Viper Room

Los Angeles, California

August 21st, 2015

Review and Photos by Travis Baumann

It has been quite a while since a new Industrial band has emerged that has created such an immediate fervor and following in the scene as Los Angeles based 3teeth.

It has been even longer than that since a good band has played the legendary Viper Room on the Sunset Strip.

This Friday night we got to see 3teeth lay down their aggressive fusion of metalized guitar and distorted synths set in one of the more renowned rock centers in the world and one of the last bastions of live music on the Strip. 3teeth exist as a quartet with live drums and keyboards accompanied by guitar and vocals.

They immediately gave off a great presence with their style choices and stage setup. Attached to the mic stand were an array of electronic surveillance devices aimed at the crowd and slightly obscuring the lead singer who sported circular shades and a signature mustache.

The keyboardist stood to the left of stage and had long hair which he whipped around as well as shrouded his face with.

On the opposite side of the stage stood the guitarist with a tussle of platinum locks and a black and white shirt that immediately brought to mind uniforms on a space faring vessel.

The drummer was hidden in the back behind his kit, his bald head and big beard the only things visible besides the instruments he beat upon.

Their sound brings to mind all of the awesome bands from the 1990s into early 2000s such as Diatribe, Drag, Haujobb, Frontline Assembly and company. With the use of harsh distorted sounds, sinister vocals, danceable beats, and inventive layering of guitar riffs, they create a complex cinematic experience that exemplifies what Industrial music is all about.

They released their debut self-titled album last year which was loaded with fifteen hard-hitting tracks that illustrate their pension for lyrics that address the state of the world as well as focus their aggression like a laser beam.

Songs like "Nihil" became sing alongs with the active crowd at the Viper Room. Despite the confined quarters, a mosh pit broke out multiple times during the set when the band played their heavier, more aggresive songs.

It was a good show, lengthy enough to cover a good portion of their album and kept the crowd enthralled until well after the midnight hour. They hit upon some of my favorites songs of theirs such as "Dust", "Pearls 2 Swine" and "Consent" before the night was up.

I highly recommend listening to these guys and if you have a chance to see them live, take it as they are even more impressive in your face than they are on recorded media.

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