Metal bands seem to like naming themselves after a favorite band’s album or even song title. You’ve got Bonded By Blood from LA who named themselves after an Exodus album, Overkill who took their name from a legendary Motorhead album and even Firehouse who took their name from a KISS song. This is all fine and good but if you’re going to name your band after one of the most pinnacle and righteous of all Black Sabbath records, you better be able to have the chops, songs, and vibe to back it up. On a gloomy, rainy Wednesday night in Atlanta, GA I was about to find out first hand if this four piece Atlanta band would do just that.
This was an important night for Volume IV (comprised of former Nihilist guitarist Joe Carpenter (vocals/guitar), Troy King (Drums), Blake Parris (Bass Guitar) and John Gentry (Guitar)) as this was their debut performance. As a band, you never get another “first show” so it’s always important to remember that first impressions are everything. As the first song “Hammer To The Nail” kicked in, the sheer bombastic and thunderous groove hit me right in the chest and right away I knew I was seeing one of my new favorite bands. The band’s performance was stellar and the band trucked through a mighty selection of originals such as “One Eyed King”, “Poison Holy Water” and a total facemelting cover of the Thin Lizzy classic “Emerald.” Carpenter and guitarist John Gentry played off of each other as if they’d been playing together for years as they did some really tasty twin harmony guitar work that I felt as a nod to bands like Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy while the rhythm section of King and Parris set a chest crushing foundation that was the fuel that kept this machine rolling. The band closed with the original tune “To The Mountain” which totally sealed the deal on the fact that Volume IV is a band I would love to see more of.
The local scene here in Atlanta, like many other scenes in the US. may seem dead to a lot of people. While the scene definitely doesn’t thrive like it used to back in its glory days, it’s nice to know that there’s a band like Volume IV who are breathing some life into this scene. If you really want a fix of some facemelting, groove oriented metal, Volume IV has it and then some. They have the songs, the determination, and a no frills live performance that will definitely make you a fan right away. Volume IV definitely proved worthy of the name that they bare and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Volume IV Debut Show Setlist
Hammer To The Nail
One Eye King
Poison Holy Water
Emerald (Thin Lizzy)
To The Mountain
For more on Volume IV, check the Volume IV Official Facebook Page
Special thanks to Shawn Evans for the awesome photos. Go to Opaque Visions to see more of Shawn’s kick ass work!