Pig Mountain, NIAH, October, Old Scratch – The Milestone
The lights at the World Famous Milestone Club went dark for about an hour Thursday night as Pig Mountain took the stage, but not before a night of great North Carolina metal warmed things up.
Old Scratch kicked things off. The three piece metal outfit from Charlotte played an energetic, wild set that made sure everyone in attendance was awake for the rest of the night. Playing a solid mix of sludgy, southern metal, with hints of old thrash metal sprinkled in, I was immediately nodding my head. About halfway through their set I realized that they reminded me a lot of a slightly slowed down Metallica (Ride the Lightning era) which pretty much solidified the fact that I loved what I heard. It’s incredibly clear that every member is incredibly talented, so if you’re not listening and supporting these guys I would strongly advise you to go ahead and start doing that.
October kept things moving next. Hailing from Salisbury, NC, October is a four-piece punk/metal outfit and they do it well. One minute you’re hearing fast, aggressive hardcore/punk, and the next it’s slowed down to a nice sludgy metal. I’ve seen these guys a couple times an they always manage to play a killer set. This show was no different. This was the first show I’ve seen with their new drummer, after the unexpected passing of their former drummer, David Hughes, in late March. “He has some pretty big shoes to fill,” guitarist Brian Dunlap said on stage mid-set, and from what I could tell he’s filling them. David was an incredible drummer, so I’m sure it’s no easy task, but I’m glad to see October has decided to carry on and keep making great music.
Next up NIAH decided to slow things down a little bit. This Asheville, NC, three-piece plays doom/sludge metal with hints of shoegaze and post metal mixed in. Though they play music that’s a slower tempo than the previous two bands, they kept the intensity up just as high. You know when you see a new band for the first time and you have no clue what to expect, and they completely blow you away so you go home and immediately continue to listen to them? That’s NIAH. Listen to NIAH.
After a brief set change, the lights finally dropped and the curtain was pulled back to reveal Pig Mountain ready to annihilate everyone’s ears. Another local metal band, Pig Mountain plays sludge/doom metal, but with very obvious black metal influences. The skull with fog spilling from it’s mouth and eye cavities, in conjunction with the projected images on the band and almost no other light set the perfect tone for the Charlotte four-piece. This is another band that you’re going to want to start listening to if you haven’t already, and one of the countless reasons that I continue to adore the North Carolina music scene. They played one hell of an incredible set that left the crowd asking for more. One attendee was heard after the last song as saying, “Please play that song again!” and I don’t think anyone would have objected.
Pig Mountain (facebook.com/PIGMTNx)
Old Scratch (facebook.com/OldScratchNC)