Friday, August 23, 2019

LUCIFER Invades Seattle! Highline Bar Seattle, WA 8/20/19


Highline Bar
Seattle, WA

(All photos by Mark Sugiyama for Eclectic Arts (c) 2019)


If you're like me, catching a band before they break into the big time is always an exciting prospect. And sometimes, a band is already big in one corner of the world compared to another part of the world.

No one can accurately predict exactly what bands are going to reach greater heights but I'll be damned if Lucifer isn't going on to bigger and better things.

The five piece started by vocalist Johanna Sardonis played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Highline Bar in Seattle, WA.

Featuring Nicke Andersson (of The Hellacopters and Entombed fame) on drums, Martin Nordin and Linus Bjorklund on guitars, and bassist Alexander Mayr, Lucifer launched into, "Faux Pharaoh" and never looked back.

The bands heavy rock sound steeped in 60's and 70's era tones and attitude blasted the audience all night long. A stripped down sound - nothing overly processed - made for a showcase of each band members talents. There was absolutely nothing to hide behind which was refreshing to hear.

Johanna's voice commanded the audience during each and every song. I was amazed to learn she doesn't have any formal vocal training. You sure as Hell couldn't tell based on how powerful she sounded all night. The entire band was in fine form. They were tight, well rehearsed, and made for any stage - bigger the better.

The band ran through tunes including but not limited to, "Eyes In The Sky", "Dreamer", "Phoenix", "Ghosts", "Morning Star" and a ripping version of Sabbath's, "Snowblind".

The encore came in the form of, "Anubis", half of the two-song medley, "Bomber/Beer Drinkers" (they nixed Bomber unfortunately) - with Nicke on bass and vocals and Alex on drums (which was interesting since Nicke is a lefty and his kit is set up as so - and vice versa as Nicke played the right handed bass as a lefty). The show ended with, "California Son".

The band left the stage, the crowd wanted more, and then the lights came on to signify the show was, indeed, over.

Lucifer came to play - even with earlier sound and equipment issues before the gig started, once it was time to hit the stage, Lucifer got up there and just crushed it.

The next time this band comes to Seattle, if they're headlining again, they'll be in a bigger club. If they're in the special guest slot, perhaps one of the larger theatres in town. Anyway you slice it, Lucifer is the real deal and I personally can't wait for them to come back to Seattle!

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
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Special Thanks: Claire for the credentials - I sincerely appreciate it. I'm glad I could finally cover a show for you. Thank you!



Two local bands - Sterling Serpent and Eye of Nix, opened the show. Spell were scheduled to be the main support act but couldn't get across the border from Canada (a problematic issue for many bands in the last two years or so trying to play US shows - due to the current political climate).

Eye of Nix were not advertised on the flyers so I'm guessing they were added to the bill at the very last minute to replace Spell. Or, maybe they were scheduled to open the show all along - hard to tell when it comes to club shows. In any event - they did a fine job getting the atmosphere going in the club. An interesting mix of metal genres and styles, I found myself intrigued throughout their set. A nice way to start any concert when the opener is good.

Eye Of Nix - Bandcamp

Sterling Serpent was up next. Celebrating their new CD release, this band is made up of some truly talented musicians. Another interesting mix of genres, the musicianship is what stood out to me. They created their own atmosphere during their set, which was dark, poetic, and unknowing. Another quality local band - I was impressed.



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