The Beast of Milwaukee tore the roof off of The Red Raven, on Aug. 20. They were the opening acts along with Origins in Eden, Bridges and Cuatrachos. Force The Trigger was the main support and Awaken The Prophets was the headlining act.
Steve Casey is the bassist, Alex Mulford and Alex Vargas are the vocalists, Geoff Clausen and Robin Trujillo are the guitarists and Rusty McBee is the drummer of The Beast of Milwaukee.
Clausen welcomed everyone to the venue, before The Beast of Milwaukee began their set with Bloodbath and
Beyond”. As they continued on with the instrumental, Mulford and Vargas gathered behind McBee to prepare for the recital to come. Afterwards, both vocalists made their way to the forefront of the stage and unleashed their vocal abilities.
Prior to “Rebirth”, Vargas mentioned how he and Mulford were the two new vocalists and how they were a new-old band. As he did so, Mulford jumped into Trujillo several times to get him pumped up for the second song. During the performance—Vargas walked out of the performance area, circled around in the general admission area and belted out his vocals. Afterwards, Vargas spoke highly of the bands on the same bill and thanked them all.
Casey and Clausen became exhausted from the heat and removed their shirts, before “Carne Asodomy”. Vargas mentioned the song was inspired by the not so intelligent residents of Pueblo. Then, members of Awaken The Prophets continued to chant “Beast”. As soon as the song began, those in the front row head-banged with The Beast of Milwaukee. As they did so, Vargas walked between some of them and performed off stage.
Before the start of “Yoko Ono”, Vargas mentioned the day would have been the late Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott’s birthday. After he acknowledged the former Pantera and Damageplan guitarist, members of the audience cheered aloud in his honor.
Vargas handed his microphone to Clausen and had him explain the story behind the next song, “Cheers to Uncle Keith”. Clausen reminisced when they first moved into the venue. Uncle Keith was the first neighbor to welcome them to the neighborhood and into his home. Whenever they needed somewhere for drinks and food, he would provide it. Afterwards, The Beast of Milwaukee ended their set with “It’s a Shame That Whole Families Have to be Torn Apart by Such Simple Things as Packs of Wild Dogs”.