Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Kill It. Skin It. Wear It. - Man Must Die
Stabwound Orgasm - Avulsed
Compulsory Resurrection - Abysmal Dawn
Scar Spangled Banner - Exodus
Draw Blood - Witchery
Removing the Common Bond - Psycroptic
Darklands - Paths of Possession
I Am Abomination - 1349
Mock the Cross - Bloodbath
Iron - Ensiferum
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Bagpipes, fifes, flutes, and more bagpipes; how great is it that metal is finally integrating these instruments into its underground depravity?!?! I am a huge fan of folk metal and I believe that more people need to get into this genre. I think that my interest in the genre comes from the same reason that the Irish punk stylings of the Dropkick Murphys is one of my favorite bands. I crave these less than popular instruments that creates an amazing sound. I've been listening to Eluveitie, Ensiferum, Alestorm, Finntroll, Korpiklaani, Suidakra, and many others for a couple years now and I cannot help but love these bands. Even though I love death and thrash (and I always will), I need some wrench to throw into the gears. That comes in the form of different instruments that may not sound very heavy to begin with, but when you see two women performing twin wind-mill headbanging while playing a fiddle and a hurdy gurdy, your opinion will definitely change. Watching a hundred black clad metalheads performing a jig in the middle of a moshpit makes me so happy I can not even put it to words. There needs to be some sort of levity in the metal underground because in this day and age people get so consumed with a feeling of "I'm metal and need to be serious about it," we need bands that can simply bring a smile to peoples' faces. Some people have told me that folk metal is just too simple and that does not make it very metal. I have one opposition to that; how simple is it to bring 7 instruments and4 vocalists together and make a heavy as well as melodic composition? Even though it may just be a fad, I believe that this is a sub-genre that I will continue to love. When I turn 70, it might be easier to listen to Ensiferum than Withered Earth!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Man Must Die - Kill It. Skin It. Wear It.
Gama Bomb - Final Fight
Ignominous Incarceration - Elusion in Mortality
Opeth - Moonlapse Vertigo
Melechesh - Tablets of Faith
Dark Fortress - Satan Bled
Dew-Scented - Act of Rage
Angelus Apatrida - Room 237
Final Breath - Killed by Lust
Coldworker - Paradox Lost
AC/DC - Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
Check them all out and have fun!!
Kreator, Kataklysm, Evile, Lazarus AD, Lightning Swords of Death
El Corazon; Seattle, WA; 3/18/2010
Starting off the evening was the blackened thrash styles of Lightning Swords of Death. I was not familiar with this band but their presence was very good for an opening band. With a heavy fog machine and very high volumes, they kicked the evening off very well. The crowd was not too rowdy for them but in between songs and after their set they received a very solid ovation. As a result of their very heavy set and intense stage presence, I became interested in them and have since become a fan, which is pretty much the exact result a band in their situation could want.
Up next was the thrash stylings of Lazarus AD. I was able to catch them several months ago when they came through town with Testament and they seemed to have pretty much the same set. The crowd definitely got into the band; after a couple songs the pit erupted into a circle of destruction. If there is one thing that Lazarus AD is good for, it is a solid headbanging time. They have enough breakdowns in their songs that allow the audience to headbang along with the band for what seemed like the majority of the set. The vocals need to vary a little bit but they are a very young band with plenty of potential. They very well could be a top tier band in the future.
Up next was the classic thrash sounding of England’s Evile. This was their very first trip across the pond and they could not have picked a better tour to kick the trip off with. While not a huge name in the mainstream, in the underground they are definitely an up and coming band. They have had great success with their debut Enter the Grave, and they showed why so many people have jumped on their bandwagon. Thrashing through hits such as Thrasher and Enter the Grave, Evile showed their technical expertise while still making sure the audience does not get bored with heavy guitar wankery. If you have not checked out this band you need to go out and buy their music as soon as possible and catch them on tour when they come through your town.
The only death metal band on the bill was the direct support for the headliner. Hailing for Montreal was classic death dealers Kataklysm. Never a band to disappoint, they came out brutal and never let up. The crowd was whipped into a frenzy from note one and they hardly stopped throughout the entire set. They played such hits as Ambassador of Pain and Crippled and Broken which at times seemed to be sing-a-longs for the crowd. They were relentless with their brutality that fueled the crowd into a monsoon of bodies that flew across the floor with no thought of safety. Kataklysm have been around for many years and they never fail to put on an unbelievable performance for the crowd.
Finally, the headliner for the evening, Kreator took the stage. One of the originators of German thrash, Kreator have the ability to play any song from their collection and any crowd will eat up every word and note. They played songs from Pleasure to Kill, Coma of Souls, Enemy of God, Endless Pain, Hordes of Chaos, and others which delighted the audience to no end. When they plated such hits as Pleasure to Kill and Flag of Hate the audience sang along while moshing harder than they did for any other band on the bill. Mille Petrozza still has the ability to coerce the audience to destroy anything in their path even this late in his illustrious career. Kreator is simply a band that every metalhead needs to see live at least once in their life.