Lords of Acid Arouse Senses Los Angeles, CA 2-22-19 w/ Orgy, Genitorturers, & Gabriel and the Apocalypse

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Lords of Acid Arouse Senses Los Angeles, CA 2-22-19 w/ Orgy, Genitorturers, & Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Proven time and time again, bands that introduce something new to a genre of music will more than likely draw a good amount of attention. In the Electronic and Industrial music realm, out of the box band Lords of Acid have withstood the test of time. In fact, they have been around for over three decades and in honor of this special anniversary released a brand new album last May entitled Pretty in Kink.

A raw, powerful album that is chock-full of sexuality, in early 2019 they bring it on the road with their Pretty in Kink Tour with support from Orgy, Little Miss Nasty (on select dates), Genitortuers, as well as Gabriel and the Apocalypse. A raunchy, sex-themed tour package of Industrial music that kicked off on February 21st out in Phoenix, on Friday the 22nd it arrived in downtown Los Angeles to host The Regent Theatre.

Starting a little before 8 PM, Minneapolis’ Gabriel and the Apocalypse fired up the crowd with their dark Industrial tunes. Making due with an overcrowd equipment filled platform, Frontwoman Lindy Gabriel turned on the aggression with her voice, matched with harsh stage antics. Complimented by the rest of the band – Jake LaCore (guitar), Joey Connelly (guitar), Figgles McGee (keys), and Zach Williams (drums) – they filled the air with a drone-toned Industrial sound.

That in mind, it seemed to take a few tunes to really warm up the room, but they truly dominated the growing audience once they played their hit track “Beauty Under Glass” off 2016’s The Ghost Parade. Wearing primary all white outfits of various apocalyptic goth styles, the aggressively creative drumming, mixed with Gabriel’s hankering for spitting water on the audience, had Gabriel and the Apocalypse imprinting a lasting impression to start the show. 

Next up was Florida’s own Genitorturers bringing on perhaps the most impressive visual performance of the evening. Rocking their brand of Industrial Metal and Punk infused music since 1986, they often use adult toys and flashy whips as BDSM props to enhance their already naughty style. Now around for over 30 years with only three studio albums to their name, their last being 2009’s Blackheart Revolution, the stage show makes up for any lack of material.

Always led by the powerful lady Gen, the group nowadays consists of all pretty dark-haired gents – Eric Griffin on guitars, backing vocals, Ryan Seelbach on bass, along with Kriz D.K. on drums.  Carrying tons of energy, they also brought on a variety of entertaining character actors including stilt walker women with black taped nipples, masks on their faces, as well as strap on dildos over their pants. A visual picture that fails to escape the mind, meanwhile, Gen was great, dishing out songs such as “Cum Junkie,” “Devil in a Bottle,” and “Sin City.”

Back to the visual aspects of the set, the costumed characters also included a female spark grinder who was grinding on the crotch of her slave girl. It meticulously and craftily inspired the theme and enhanced the music rather than degrading it as one might imagine. Even down to the creepy masked and wigged judge character who held up the “Pussy Worship” sign at one point, the message never strayed. Overall, the excitement of the Industrial Metal Punk infused music of Genitorturers kept the adrenaline cranked up, yet leaving the crowd yearning for more.

Acting as direct support for the night, the most fitting band name of the tour bill, Orgy, was up next. Perhaps the most mainstream known act of the bill, Orgy has a lengthy history of their own which dates back over 20 years. Attaining platinum status with their 1998 debut record Candyass, their Industrial Rock sound has grown through the years, and it stands to reason that they are one of the first bands to be dubbed the munkier Death Pop.

Ready to bring their all, Frontman Jay Gordon, rocked hard, pacing the stage back and forth like a maniac, even with a walking foot cast on his right foot! Whatever the story was there, he certainly was not letting it bring his night down as he breezed through popular numbers including “Dissention” and “Suckerface.” Accompanied by current bandmates Carlton Bost on guitar, Nic Speck on bass, Creighton Emrick on rhythm guitar, and Marton Veress on drums, together, they rounded out the sound of Orgy’s super catchy tunes.

Mixing in some newer songs, as well as favorites including “Stitches,” the highlight of the set naturally came when they finished off with the easily recognized New Order classic “Blue Monday.” Cast and all, Gordon moved about the room singing while handing the microphone to various audience members, finalizing it with Genitorturers’ Gen joining in the vocals among others. Still a band well worth checking out, fans now patiently await some new music from Gordon and Orgy.

Last by certainly not least, the time came for headlining act Lords of Acid. With Praga Khan leading the project since the beginning, various supporting cast members have come and gone through the years. Always seeming to find great talent to fill roles, Khan did it again, bringing on the very charismatic, high sex appeal, and clearly talented Marieke Bresseleers as their latest lead vocalist. In truth, under normal circumstances, changing members every tour, especially vocalists, can be a drag, but not with Lords Of Acid. Instead, it makes every show extremely unique. Additionally adding spice for this tour, along for the ride is Ministry Guitarist Sin Quirin (his first time with them since 2010’s Sextreme Ball), DieTrich Thrall on bass, and Galen Waling on drums.

Making up a solid and entertaining team, brought to life by Bresseleers’ wildly projected vocals, they were all over the map with Lords of Acids songs – included “Pussy,” “Out Comes the Evil,” and “Slave to Love.” Meanwhile, Praga Khan, who is known to stand in the backdrop behind his double stack keyboards, often miming parts of the music that are back tracked, displayed humorous antics towards the stage show going on around him. For their last tour flashy hula hoop girls were brought into the mix, for this run they brought some willing audience members, including a kinky bunny eared girl, up to the stage to be dominated by Bresseleers during some of the raunchiest songs Lords Of Acid ever recorded. 

All fun and entertaining, there was no question the material from Pretty in Kink album was the ones Bresseleers was most comfortable with. However, in a live setting the chaos and nostalgia of the ’90s hits always grabs the attention of the audience more, and Bresseleers brought them each to life with plenty of spunk. Bringing the mood to the next level, the lighting was flawless and the changing colors fit right in with the changing tunes as they ended with a two song encore at the stroke of midnight.

Honestly, it is hard to put into words the vibe this show created. The visuals, no matter how well-captured in description, can not express the actions that took place along side the tunes themselves. It takes a very special ear and eye to successfully pull off a show as wacky as Lords of Acid create in an effortless matter. A tour that runs now through March 27th, if you into interesting mixes and themes of Industrial based music, be sure to catch the Pretty In Kink Tour package… it surely will blow your unsuspecting mind.

Photo credit: Karina Diane Photography

Tour Dates:
02/27 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
03/01 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
03/02 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
03/03 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
03/05  Cabooze – Minneapolis MN
03/06 Miramar Theater – Milwaukee, WI
03/07 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
03/08 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
03/09 Buick City Events Center – Flint, MI
03/10 Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
03/11  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
03/12 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
03/13 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
03/15 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
03/16 Underground at The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
03/17 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
03/18 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
03/19 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
03/21 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
03/22 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
03/23 Trees – Dallas, TX
03/24 Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
03/26 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
03/27 Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV

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Lisa Burke
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Lisa is a metalhead at heart with a variety of musical genre interests, and the determination to save the world, one Metal show at a time. Her professional passions range from Rock n Roll and Gothic Metal inspired fashion design to Heavy Metal and Rock n Roll journalism for live and album reviews. She currently contributes these reviews to Metal Assault and CrypticRock.

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