The Blackfires Rock Tammany Hall [8/20/11]

Posted on: August 24th, 2011 at 10:19 am by

To be honest, we weren’t sure what to expect of The Blackfires.  It was Saturday night, and we just wanted to see some live music; Tammany Hall was where we landed.  And glad we did.  The gig was billed as their first, but it certainly didn’t seem that way.  Not in the least. Sounded more like grizzled veteran musicians who had been on the road for a decade, and quite refreshing at that.

[Photo Credit: Facebook]

The Blackfires brought their A-game, delivering an hour-long set of balls-to-the-wall “Pirate Rock,” complete with thick bone-yard crushing riffs and a punchy hard-rock backbeat.  Man, they completely pwned every inch of that stage, selling themselves as metal heirs incarnate.  Led by soaring twin Gibsons and the flamboyant stage antics of soprano lead singer Cheggi Chegodaev, the band cherry-picked sonic elements from the likes of Led Zeppelin (they covered “Rock and Roll”), Iron Maiden, and Skid Row; and with a touch of that lighthearted Darkness flair.  Each song was essentially its own experiment in theatrics, with plenty of head banging and some interesting costume selections.  For instance, wearing a crown of thorns during “Real Jesus,” then swapping it for a three-pointed pirate hat.

[Photo Credit: The Blackfires]

The perfect description of their musical style, however, was given by frontman Chegodaev himself – “Don’t think too much about it, just go crazy.”  That we did.  So if you’re starving for some ear-splitting rock ‘n’ roll badassery, look no further than the Blackfires.


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