By Jesse Gillett
Black Thunder w/ Crooked Spies and Cheer
October 16, 2019
The Ship & Anchor
Emerging from the depths of the Saskatchewan prairies, Black Thunder rolled through the Ship leaving a trail of thick, math-heavy riffs and huge psychedelic grooves in their wake. The Regina-based trio are a phenomenally tight unit of pure shred energy.
A perfectly engineered rock machine, Black Thunder seamlessly shifted between complex progressions and time signatures, with razor-sharp finesse and freight train power. Guitarist Tony Frank dispatched bulldozing riffs and scorching solos, melded with spectacularly wonky sounds from the void. Dustin Weibe’s fingers were a blur delivering an endless stream of blistering psych-fueled bass lines, while Neil Lutz blasted off animalistic beats with laser precision. Black Thunder have created a formula for achieving the maximum amount of rhythmic complexity while maintaining peak levels of insane rock power.
Opening the night were local psych-rockers, Cheer, who formed a three-headed hydra of prog-rock grooves, transporting the crowd through time and space with their ethereal melodies. Crooked Spies followed, rounding out the night with a high energy set of their classic, kick-in-the-teeth, singalong rock and roll.Black Thunder, Ship & Anchor