Noxious puts on one hell of a live show. I say this after having just seen them as the opening act for Assemblage 23 -- though, in reality, they were more then just an opening act because they did a good 6 pieces, and Symbiont was first, anyhoo, but I digress..

Among the other antics done, there was a vicious 10 minute drum solo on a 55-gallon drum that was hucked into the crowd (knocking some poor girl over, but she seemed to enjoy it), and then a lighting on fire of the same drum (using paraffin) while Megan pounded on it in its still-flaming state and then did a little fire breathing act.

As for the music, they have a very interesting range from a Front 242 sort of style down to something that sounds like some the lighter stuff from Apoptygma Berzerk. But their most widely known stuff tends to hit in the "Hard, Sinister and Thumpy" range as to easily drive adrenalized Gen-Xers to their feet to dance to it.

And the people in the band themselves are just top notch, too. I only spent a few minutes chatting with them after the show, getting some things signed, and saying they're nice just doesn't cut it -- they don't seem to be pleasant just for the sake of it, but instead seem to have a genuine interest in their audience which is something that seems rare these days I hope they never lose it. When I produced an ancient demo tape of theirs to be signed, they were more then happy to do it and seemed to seriously enjoy the idea that someone had kept a cassette tape that was that old for as long as I had.