Live review: Monster Magnet / Orange Goblin / Scorpion Child

US space lords reactivate the time machine

Monster Magnet on stage
(Image: © Kevin Nixon)

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Kicking off a night of high-grade stoner rock are Texas’s SCORPION CHILD [8].

Their crisp, clean guitar riffs and Aryn Jonathan Black’s stellar voice pierce through the psychedelic fog as they deliver an animated set that evokes the likes of Zeppelin and Free while still sounding modern.

Scorpion Child spread the love

Scorpion Child spread the love (Image credit: Kevin Nixon)

ORANGE GOBLIN [7] can barely conceal their glee at supporting one of their heroes. As they tear into their grooviest live favourites, their infectious energy spills over into the crowd as the towering Ben Ward eggs them on in his booming rasp, lubricating his vocal chords with beer between songs.

By the time MONSTER MAGNET [8] take to the stage to celebrate their A&M discography – from 1993’s Superjudge to 2001’s God Says No – everyone is suitably amped up. Dave Wyndorf remains the heart and soul of the band, his rebellious charm carrying the show effortlessly through the super-heavy Powertrip to the spaced-out Look To Your Orb For The Warning.

The show culminates, of course, in the band’s first commercial hit, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, reaffirming the strength and timelessness of their early releases. It’s a powerhouse performance of a special set.