Kid, don’t lose your cool, there’s tons of heavy doom rolling through Ace of Cups. Next week will mark the unofficial kick off of perhaps the greatest run of heavy rock shows in Ace of Cups history with Red Fang, Whores and Wild Throne coming to town next Thursday, October 8th. Red Fang returns to Central Ohio after a long six year hiatus, which encompasses the entire amount of time I’ve resided in Columbus. I last saw them in Huntington, WV at the V Club in 2009 with Clutch. It was my first time hearing the band and I’ve been itching to rage to these guys live again ever since. They’ve forsaken us for Cleveland for many a tour, but finally they’re back. And while it will be Whores 3rd overall appearance in town, I get the feeling this is the one we’ve been waiting for, when a sure to be packed house feels the impact of this destructive noise-rock juggernaut. They are not to be missed.
While it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for that bill to arrive, Starwood Presents has seemingly decided this is just the opening salvo in a heavy rock blitz at Ace of Cups, seeing Russian Circles play on October 10th, Cattle Decapitation on November 2nd, and Windhand on November 11th. As if that wasn’t enough last week saw the addition of Earthless to the already can’t miss Graveyard set on December 4th. Even bigger announcements from last week saw two major “gets” announced back to back with Baroness opening their tour in support of their upcoming “Purple” release on November 27th, and the one that truly blew my hair back, the mighty Goatsnake coming to town on December 13th for their very first Ohio appearance ever.
You’ll have to forgive me, if it seems like I’m having a fan-boy moment here, it’s because I am. Ever since I’ve been going to heavy shows at Ace of Cups, any of the bands I just mentioned would have been on a wish list for performances I’d love to see at the venue. While Graveyard came to town earlier this year at the LC Outdoor with Clutch and Mastodon, this is the small room experience I think we were all craving. And it warms my heart to not only see Baroness coming back to town, but once again opening a tour in Columbus (they began support for Yellow and Green at Ace of Cups before their tragic bus accident later that year) back in an extremely intimate venue. And while Goatsnake might not be the biggest name on that list, in my opinion, they are the most impressive booking. Inactive for over a decade, since their return they’ve done extremely limited touring, appearing at overseas festivals such as Roadburn and in short runs on the West Coast where they reside. Some of their first East Coast shows ever are set to take place this month in major cities like New York City, Washington DC and Philadelphia. I was pretty close to pulling the trigger on a road trip to DC to see these guys so the opportunity to see them on home turf does not go unappreciated. So a big tip of the hat to Starwood Presents for lining up such premium acts here in Columbus, seemingly all at once. We’re going to be the envy of heavy rock fans from all over the Midwest and beyond this Fall and Winter. Heady times for heavy rock fans indeed. Tickets for all shows are currently on-sale at www.brownpapertickets.com with physical tickets for Red Fang and Russian Circles available at the bar as well. In this writer’s opinion, a good deal of these shows will sell out. Get your devil horns ready, it’s time to raise them high.