Four youngsters with a half-stack of Marshalls and a boatload of aggression shook the shingles off Hollywood’s Viper Room while making some new friends. Age Of Evil, a Scottsdale Arizona-based act, comprised of two sets of brothers (ages 18-21), performed a brisk six-song set of vintage-styled metal that left the audience wanting to hear more. Though there were only a few dozen people in the tiny joint, the band played as if we were rock and roll royalty.
The zeal of singer/rhythm guitarist Jeremy Goldberg adrenalized the room immediately, and despite a few seconds of technical difficulty with his microphone, the frontman overcame the situation like a pro. Bassist Jacob Goldberg and hard-hitting drummer Garrett Ziff made the house shake as guitarist Jordan Ziff displayed the licks of a virtuoso with the swagger of a guy who’d just fucked everyone standing. This longhaired prodigy is going to be a guitarist to watch now and in years to come.
Age Of Evil’s teaser set consisted of songs from their debut album Living in a Sick Dream and the recent Get Dead EP. The show closer: a cover of Skid Row’s “Slave to the Grind.” It was stellar. The power, brutality, and musicianship of this band are unbelievable. They have great songs, and they work a stage like consummate showmen. Check them out.