After only getting slightly lost and a little bit of a struggle at the door, I made my way once again into the Q & Z Expo Center to photograph the this killer line up during their only Wisconsin stop on this tour! Corrosion Of Conformity was on tour with some of the most amazing doom metallers and rockers to hit the stage! This included Witch Mountain, Mothership, and The Skull.
Witch Mountain was the first to hit the stage as we all eagerly gathered inside to escape the evening Autumn chill. I was captivated by the theater-like performance of the vocalist Kayla as she captured the audience with her hypnotic voice and movements about the stage. One fan was telling me how he loved the tone of Witch Mountain, “I could feel it in my blood!” he exclaimed with a smile. I couldn’t agree more with that statement.
Next up was a band I had been very excited to see live for a long time now- Mothership! These dudes came all the way from Texas to rock out for us in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin. They were so full of energy and that old fashioned rock n’ roll soul that I couldn’t help but smile the whole time I was watching them.
Something about their psychodellic sound just took you to that far away place. Honestly, they made it to being one of my favorite bands I have seen perform this year! Check Out our live footage below!
It was time for The Skull to take the stage. I have been hearing everyone in the doom music community talk about these guys, so I was excited to see for myself what everyone was talking about.
They definitly did not diasappoint. The venue was packed with fans who were filled with energy. They were the perfect level of hype to get everyone geared up for the big finale of Corrosion Of Conformity! It was totally cool to see the vocalist Eric shaking hands and exchanging fist bumps with the people in the front row as well, they all had the starry-eye look in their eyes as he walked away and they cleared the stage for COC.
I had just enough time to take a step outside and enjoy some of the food the Q & Z had forsale before the stage director gave the signal and everyone packed upfront. The stage went dark, and then the members of COC began to arrive on the stage. In one pulse the enterire crowd moved forward securing me in my spot at the rail. The guy next to me was to jacked he was belting out lyrics and jumping up and down. It was difficult to time snaps inbetween his enthusiastic movements.The room was so packed I felt like I was swimming against an ocean current trying to get my shots in, until eventually the crowd was so alive that I had no choice but to go with the flow.
Another amazing evening of music in the books for Wisconsin! Thank you so much to everyone involved with putting together this show tand to everyone who worked hard while it was going on. The bands all put on a spectacular performance! I was truly honored to be there.
The A Quest To Believe, A Call To The Void North American Tour is still going on! Catch them at a date near you!
10/01/2019 Canton Hall – Dallas, TX
10/02/2019 House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
10/04/2019 Jakes Sports Café – Lubbock, TX
10/05/2019 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
10/07/2019 The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
10/09/2019 Strummers – Fresno, CA
10/10/2019 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA10/11/2019 Glass House – Pomona, CAEnd Tour:
10/13/2019 MegaCruise 2019 – Los Angeles, CA *
* CORROSION OF CONFORMITY only
Find COC online HERE
Photos: Emily Maehem Photography
Article edited by Samantha Crocker