Karma Club, Victorville, CA
Sunday, December 28, 2009
Reviewer: Scott Robinett

The collective participants that made up the crowd yelled in excitement for the main reason they trekked out to Karma Nightclub in Victorville on the cold Sunday night, Austrian Death Machine. The Tim Lambasis fronted band baited the crowd with an intro from the Terminator movie. As the band took the stage the crowd went wild! ADM performed an hour long set that consisted of almost every song on their debut CD, Total Brutal. Even the newly released Jingle Bells song was performed. Who would have thought Jingle Bells could have been moshed to? The band’s performance was tight and flawless. Not bad for their second headlining show with impromptu band members, which included an AILD member on bass and the drummer from Job for a Cowboy. And what Arnold Schwarzenegger imitating band would be complete without the big guy himself? Yes, “Arnold” was singing side-by-side with Tim for the duration of the set. Tim and “Arnold” set the mood for the night by asking the crowd to join them on stage to do “one armed pushups and to lift weights,” weights being extra amps that were located around the stage. “Arnold” would often ask questions to the crowd such as “Who is your daddy and what does he do?” before the band would break out in the next song. During the songs, the crowd could even watch the correlating Arnold movie to the song that was being performed by the screen located behind the band. Lambasis summed the night up perfectly when he explained to the crowd that “metal can be fun” and that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously sometimes. They ended the night with “It’s not a tumor” with a stage full of active participants “lifting weights.” It was a perfect ending to a “total brutal” concert.

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