Sunday, 2 November 2014

Cannibal Corpse Live Report

If my memory is correct, this was only the second or third time I've seen the world's biggest death metal band in action. To be honest the last time they weren't all that great. They seemed to be going through the motions a bit but the support bill for this tour was to twist my arm into getting a ticket. That support consisted of Swedes Aeon and Americans Revocation who are both very good especially Revocation whose latest album is a real killer slab of tech death thrash mayhem.

The Forum is a large sized venue and the Halloween crowd filled out nicely by the end to over a 1000 I would guess. Some of the kids made an effort to dress up and the prize for dress of the night goes to the kid who came as an inflatable cock! Brave young man! The Teletubbies were also there and they came second..but I digress. There were plenty of ghoulish regular Halloween face paint jobs as well. In the end the serious matter of a death metal show was there to be witnessed and I decided to watch the show from the balcony as I'm carrying an injured foot at the minute and didn't fancy it getting trampled underneath the huge pits that were sure to start once the music was under way. There was lots of space in the balcony and I got a seat right at the front with a perfect view of the stage. Not great for taking photos but a few clear videos at least.

Firs up were Aeon the brutal God despising Swedes. I like their albums but this wasn't quite their night. They tried hard and got a fair response but the Forum sound mix rendered all their songs one big blurry mess to me. The final song of the set was awesome though and it's my fave of theirs. I forget the name now but it ruled.

Next up were Yanks, Revocation. Their new album Deathless is an awesome disk like I said earlier. The sound mix was much tighter and better for Revocation and speed they play at doesn't help but the tightness of the band is not to be sniffed at all. They also have an engaging front man who plays the music seemingly effortlessly whilst handling vocal duties as well. They were the most technical band of the night by far and played a very enjoyable set. The bass player was a headbanging mass of hair and spidery fingers as well - very cool to watch indeed.

The now fully pumped Halloween crowd was at fever pitch waiting for the 'Corpse to take to the stage and finally at 9.30 on the dot they did so with Corpsegrinder geeing everyone up before they launched into Staring Through The Eyes of the Dead with it's deadly groove bouncing along and the mad punters below already starting huge pits and in more than one place. The band sounded super tight and the sound was obviously the best it had been all night. The band sounds like a well oiled death metal machine as they are well into this European tour now so are playing these songs like they know their ABC. Corpsegrinder is one funny guy sometimes with some of the things he says. The way he windmills is something else as well. He challenged the crowd to a headbang war before one song and said to everyone "try to keep up! Even though you can't." and he declared himself gleefully the winner with a big "I win!!!" before roaring the first line of the song. Too funny!

One thing I noticed is that Alex the bass monster is headbanging a touch slower than I remember. He's still banging away but the tempo is a little slower I guess the old neck ain't as strong as it used to be. Corpsegrinder's neck, I can't even comment on. It's obviously made of steel!

My fave songs of the night were Sadistic Embodiment and Kill or Become from the new album. Make Them Suffer which is perhaps the catchiest song CC have ever written apart from THAT song of course! The Wretched Spawn had a monster groove with mass headbanging. I Cum Blood always get a god response and this was no different with a huge pit starting up. Of course the whole place went ape when Corpsegrinder announced it was time to play the song that everyone was gonna go mental for their biggest song Hammer Smashed Face. It segued into a blisteringly fast version of Devoured by Vermin and the night was over.

A suitable and fun night of death metal on an unseasonably mild Halloween night.

Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead
Fucked With a Knife
Stripped, Raped and Strangled
Kill or Become
Sadistic Embodiment
Icepick Lobotomy
Scourge of Iron
Demented Aggression
Evisceration Plague
Dormant Bodies Bursting
Addicted to Vaginal Skin
The Wretched Spawn
Pounded into Dust
I Cum Blood
Disposal of the Body
Make Them Suffer
A Skull Full of Maggots
Hammer Smashed Face
Devoured by Vermin

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