On Thursday night, Metalachi appeared at the Turf Club in St. Paul. I had heard of Metalachi, but have never seen them live. I watched a few YouTube videos, read a few articles and couldn’t wait for the concert. I went to the concert with high expectations and I was not let down. Metalachi was high energy, a little raunchy, OK, maybe a lot raunchy, hilarious and sounded great. Judging from the after-concert comments, cheers and crowd energy, I wasn’t alone.
Madness Malaga opened for Metalachi and my first thought was let’s hurry it up and get to Metalachi. They must have felt it as well telling the crowd, it’s great to play in front of such a large crowd, but we know that you aren’t here for us. After a couple of songs, I changed my mind and so did most of the crowd. Much like Metalachi, they have a very unique sound, but it was completely different than Metalachi’s blend. On their website, they describe themselves as “Madness Malaga formed in 2014 through an evolution of unique and characteristic rhythms that fuse rock, surf, cumbia, and a touch of musical madness that soars with lyrical poetry, making Madness Malaga the new sound of Latinx rock in Minnesota”. They completed their set and said they had to go and there were chants of one more from the crowd. But they said they had already ran long and needed to go. If Metalachi wasn’t scheduled to play next, I could have listened to them a lot longer.
After a quick teardown and setup, Metalachi took the stage at around 10:15. The audience danced and jumped around throughout their set and I had beer dumped on me, I was bumped into repeatedly and I had a great time. According to them I am also pregnant since I was in the first 3 rows, but I would think the odds are slim being male and all… They covered several iconic metal songs from artists including Metallica, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and also threw in a few Mariachi songs. They had numerous women’s undergarments adorning their mic stands, which the band said was a collection from previous concerts and they added to their collection Thursday night, as several more were thrown onstage.
At one point during their show, they requested one of the beautiful women from the audience to come onstage and I was nearly stampeded from women rushing to the stage trying to be selected. The chosen woman was serenaded by band members and really seemed to enjoy it. Several other woman continued to try to get onstage but were rebuffed. One threw an undergarment onstage but was still turned down. They played for over an hour and came back for an encore.
Metalachi is an extremely fun band to listen to and especially fun to see live. They asked the crowd if this was their first time seeing them and there were numerous repeat fans at the concert. And after Thursday night, I will definitely look forward to attending another Metalachi concert in the near future.