MAY 20th 2019

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos: Char Tupper

Well this tour was announced back in February, and I was so looking forward to this one, the countdown was on.  You want doom, black metal, death metal, well that is exactly what you are going to get. For many reasons I was excited for this, one I have not seen Dark Funeral since Oct 10, 2012 in Seattle (7 years ago), and now they were coming to Vancouver, second, haven't seen Hate since 2011 (8 years), and for Hate, the band members are all different except for ATF Sinner (vocalist), so wasn’t sure what to expect. 

First, I want to apologize for not being able to get there in time to cover the first 3 bands. Sadly, due to it being a long weekend, not off until 5pm, (doors were at 5), then 2 accidents on the highway, which meant being delayed getting into Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre. Just barely got there in time for HATE, in fact only ran into the venue to hear their last song. You can just imagine how disheartened I was about that.

Review starts with HATE, even though it is the one song, it was executed to perfection. The vocals took me back in time, and musically it was amazing, would have loved to hear more. I know the work and the time and effort that is put into their music, so I know everyone would have enjoyed themselves to the max.

Up next is INCANTATION, America’s Death/Black Metal band out of New Jersey. I wasn’t too sure about the band, as I haven’t heard them before and someone told me before they came on they were doom, now you know me, I am not a fan of doom. But I was pleasantly surprised not at all doom, well a little when the tempo slowed, but wasn’t all down and out. So, made for some pretty good listening, looking around the room, people were enjoying, and moshing.

I stepped out of the venue for a bit, but knew DARK FUNERAL were about to go on, so this old gal headed back in, didn’t get my usual spot though, but close enough to enjoy for a few songs, until the moshers went bat ass crazy, and that is how it should be. Letting go and just getting your fill of the band that is without a doubt the most notorious and very highly regarded in the Black Metal scene, and who have survived since 1993. The floor was packed, and you could sense that this is who everyone was coming for. Great selection of songs, they achieved getting the full attention of the crowd, they demanded it. I was in awe, especially since seeing them back in 2012, and then seeing them now, you can understand why they are the most highly regarded band. The music, the lyrics, the talent of pulling it all together and giving 150% on stage, if you missed this, I hope you are kicking yourself, because there is no other like DARK FUNERAL. I know for sure, the next time they come through, I will be there, and maybe for 2 shows, (depending on the venues). You guys were brutal, dark, mysterious and all around accomplished. Thank you for coming to Vancouver and giving us something we won’t soon forget.

Up next is Diabolical Black Death Metal Art from European Hell. Who is that, well you should know .. it is BELPHEGOR. Belphegor has been around since 1993, and gone through changes, but still comes back to kick your ass. If you enjoy the dark powerful demons, and maybe you have made a pact with the forces of hell, then you know what Belphegor is all about. It’s really like standing there watching the devil do his work, while the crowd worships. They really do the devils work, they drink blood, yep the real stuff, they have bones on stage, maybe a sacrifice from their last show, but they have created their very own style, and even if you are not sure about it, there is something that holds you, that grasps you around the throat and holds you there. Damn good performance by all.

Now, I have one thing to add here, there are many from Vancouver and area, who are constantly complaining that there are never any shows like this that come to our town, well, it just did, and this was not a sold out show, so where were you? You know what happens when the crowds are not there, the next tour doesn’t come to Vancouver, it will bypass it and go where they are appreciated. Remember that, support the scene as much as you can, to keep metal coming to Vancouver.

Remaining tour dates:

5/24 - Denver, CO - The Roxy Theatre
5/25 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
5/26 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
5/28 - Cleveland, OH - Phantasy Nightclub
5/29 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
5/30 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
5/31 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell
6/01 - Boston, MA - Middle East
6/02 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bazaar **SOLD OUT**
6/04 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
6/05 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
6/06 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
6/07 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
6/08 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
6/09 - Houston, TX - White Oak
6/10 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
6/11 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
6/13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
6/14 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
6/15 - Los Angeles, CA - 1720 **SOLD OUT**