Voltaire @ Area 51 with Ego Likeness

Voltaire @ Area 51 with Ego Likeness

Ego Likeness really encompasses a lot of the elements I thoroughly enjoy about industrial/electronica/metal—great rhythms with dark electronica elements (think a cross between My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Lords Of Acid, minus the sex), metal guitars (in the realm of, at times, a Middle-Eastern influenced Pretty Hate Machine–era Nine Inch Nails) and incredible vocals provided by Donna Lynch. Considering I spent most of the next morning streaming this band, I can attest to the power to draw one in that their music has.

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He informed the audience that he typically has a bottle of rum next to his feet, and every time he forgets the lyrics, he would take a drink. Because of Utah laws, he couldn’t have a drink on stage. So he said he would kiss someone from the front row if he made an error. Next song in, he did. He ended up kissing a very bearded, bald man on the lips for his penance. It was awesome. He ended up, by the ending of the evening, having to kiss three of four people. It was always a blast to see it take place.

He played crowd favorites like “To The Bottom Of The Sea,” and “Brains!” during which he got an offer for a threesome with two gentlemen after the show. To which he responded, “Sure.” He then stopped the song and had to remind the audience that there’s nothing like talking about threesomes during the “kids song,” this was followed by much laughter from the nearly sold-out crowd.

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