JUNE 20th 2012
18 NIGHTS OF BLOOD
Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper
Its Wednesday, June 20th and we’re heading off early to get down to Seattle, Washington. Having to cross the border can make for an extra long day depending on what happens there. But the weather was great, listening to some great music, what more can you ask for, even the border crossing went well.
The bonus for this show, is that it was held at Studio Seven, much better for sound, and for viewing, as there is also an upstairs, which is fantastic when the mosh pits start. Everything went so smoothly after contacting the Tour Manager Gypsy, boy this lady knows her work, and she made sure that everything worked out for us here at Metaltitans. Much appreciated Gypsy.
Now on to the show. First up is Thou Shall Kill, their appearance on stage, wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, lots of blood on the singer, but that’s been done a lot now. Its an all kind of metal type band, black, death and thrash, and I do “not” enjoy thrash unless done to perfection, but to me they sounded like someone thrashing around with no real purpose. The kids down front enjoyed of course, because it meant mosh pit time. Its good to have your own sound, not something that sounds like others, so maybe with some more work, they could reach that goal.
Out of Seattle comes Deathmocracy, they have some promise, they are more the melodic metal band. And I can see them going places. Good head banging material. The only thing I have to say on the negative side, get rid of the fog, there was too much of it, and it was extremely hard to see the guys, and I was upstairs. Other than the fog, they have promise.
The third band up is Devils of Loudun out of Tacoma, Washington. Six people make up this band of rapid paced melodic death metal. Again the crowd loved them, so I am thinking they must play a lot of the local shows to have such a following. What I must remember is that they are the local bands, they are not the big bands up there. They showed some promise though. But have to say I am impatient now waiting for the bands that I came to see.
4th band before the heavy hitters hit the stage is Psychonaut Deathtrip, also out of Tacoma, and they are pure and simply metal. They haven’t been around for long, but they are working hard to be the blackest, freakin metal band. There are 5 guys making a go of this band. And the crowd loved these guys. They seemed to have their metal act together, so I am expecting to hear more from them.
FINALLLLYYYYYY…..now its time to enjoy some very talented bands, that have worked their butts off to get where they are.
REVOCATION, was a surprise for me, hadn’t heard of them before. Technical and thrash is the mix you get here. A little complex guitar and bass playing, along with some fast drum blasts, definitely some death metal tempos here, put in the depths of vocals, and you have a band that had the crowd moving almost the minute they started playing. Plus the floor was filled up almost to capacity. Needless to say, everyone was enjoying. Including myself.
DYING FETUS, they need no introduction, everyone who has heard the words death metal, automatically thinks Dying Fetus, who are one of the most infamous and influential death metal bands of the past 10 years. And all by just 3 brutal, in your face guys. I ventured down to the floor just to experience Dying Fetus, I survived, but I stayed to the side of the floor. Let me tell you, that floor was jammed packed with their fans, moshing, horns high, or just head banging. They really have their music down. I enjoyed every minute of it, and it sure didn’t seem like a long set, because before I knew it, they were exiting the stage, we all wanted more. Excellent performance.
Now, here is the last of the bands for tonight…and everyone is anxiously waiting for them to hit the stage. No room to move, but I managed to get up front and side to watch. You see this was my first time watching SIX FEET UNDER live. And I wasn’t missing this for anything. I had reviewed their CD, and knew what I was in for. If you came to see some powerful brutality, some skilfully created riffs, some intensive drumming , some aggressive vocals, then you got what you came for. Sometimes I just don’t expect the band to be as good as what they sound like on a CD, but SIX FEET UNDER proved me wrong. I was completely blown away by these extremely talented men. They played some material off their new album “Undead” and many from their older material. Such a variety, and all executed to perfection. This is what I love to see, when a band has such phenomenal talent, and puts everything they have out to the fans. The crowd was more than happy to wait to see SIX FEET UNDER destroy, and so was I, this wont be the last time I see them live, and I don’t mind the trek down to Seattle to see them, well worth it.
There are only 6 more dates left on this tour, make sure you get out and see them, don’t miss out.