Ramming Speed performed at Slim’s as warm up for Valient Thorr. No doubt big part of the audience came to see Valient, but they definitely left the venue knowing of Ramming Speed. It was a slow monday night and when the first band, Lord Dying started there were only few dozen people at Slim’s.
Lord Dying, a thrash/sludge band from Portland, OR, made the best of the night and played their hearts out. It must be hard to play for nearly empty hall, but it didn’t seem to bother the guys and towards the end of the set there was more people in the audience and the band was also playing and moving more relaxed on the stage.
The main band for me was Ramming Speed. I had only heard and liked them on album before and didn’t really know what to expect of the live performance. I was definitely impressed with the energetic and loud performance by the band. The stage at Slim’s felt small for the guys who seemingly enjoyed performing and got the audience involved.
The music of Ramming Speed could be characterized as beer fueled party thrash complete with dueling guitar solos and super fast riffs. The guys definitely pay tribute musically to the old school thrash bands, but the vocals pull the music towards death metal. The band sounded more brutal live than on the album. It felt that the guys were a bit in a hurry to get through their set and it could have used some kind of a breather for the audience.
The evening was crowned by always entertaining set by Valient Thorr. Valient Himself was his goofy … well … self and the audience was whipped into a frenzy. Even if the venue wasn’t full of people they definitely went home satisfied for what they saw and heard.