Subtract, Blackleaf Gardens, Primacy and Average Mars Experience

Friday June 5, 2015 - The Kings Arms, Auckland

Average Mars Experience

I've always found it an interesting experience seeing a band's first public outing - interesting for many reasons, the excitement of hearing something new, the excitement of the band members as they shift from nervous wrecks to rock stars, the excitement from...  MARTIANS! If my first meeting with those of the red planet was anything to go by - things there are anything BUT average! In my mind I'm going to say they remind me of a more subdued Heavy Metal Ninjas - where the Ninjas are rather frenetic AME come across as a more groove oriented group - approaching but not quite crossing into full djent ( and this is a very good thing ).

Primacy

As well as the excitement of seeing an artist for either their first time, or my own; there is that followup experience when you see them again. Back in February I caught Primacy's first outing as a group together and remember being impressed; since then they've had several more shows but it's only now that I've managed to catch them again. Needless to say this is a group of musicians who now feel very much at home with each other ( this is not to say however that they felt awkward earlier ) - but now I'm hearing a group that really know what they're aiming for, and how to deliver. Together we've got a solid power groove metal thing going down - strong clean vocals that reminded me of Maynard James Keenen in parts that smoothly flow into a gravelly throaty roar to match pounding riffs and grooves.