Evil Scarecrow & Footprints in the Custard @ Satan’s Hollow
Satan's Hollow tonight plays host to an evening of comedy metal. First up were Footprints in the Custard who play a set full of good metal songs with some genuinely funny lyrics, mostly revolving around drinking and knob/lady bits gags. If the lyrics weren't disturbing enough, halfway through the set their lead singer revels in a tutu and the guitarist does likewise in a mankini, oh the horror.
While they are entertaining, I’m not sure the humour would still stand up after multiple listens. Having said that I’d still go and see them next time they play.
Evil Scarecrow play in the round on Satan's hollow’s circular stage and open with new track Rise. The much revered band take on black metal in more parody and unlike Footprints in the Custard, they are less gag related and more about having fun. Making the crowd part of the fun with tracks like Dance of the Cyclops which includes a competition to be crowned Evil’s best dancing couple during the song. There's a heavy leaning towards the excellent new album Galactic hunt tonight but with so many future classics on that album its no bad thing.
It's not all fun and games though with slower tracks like Black The Everything; a slow, brooding and a reminder that they can write songs that aren't necessarily silly lyric wise. There's sycronised robot dancing (crowd participating as well) during what has become a required fixture on their setlist, Robotron. And to top it all off final encore Crabulon has crowd and band complete with on stage Crabulon character putting their combined pincers in the air and scuttling left and right at the end of an excellent and packed for a mid week gig.
Words: Ian Cassidy