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Concert: Metal Threat Fest Warm-Up Show – Barbatos, Angelcorpse, Destroyer 666, Ares Kingdom, Nuke, Peucharist (7/14, Reggie’s, Chicago)

Posted in 2016, blackened thrash, concerts, war metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2016 by blackmetallurgy

Guess who didn’t get tickets to Metal Threat Fest in time to take off the whole weekend and go? THIS LADY. With class at 8AM Saturday, however, I wouldn’t have been able to stay the whole weekend even if I had wanted to. And so it was that I got tickets for the “Warm Up Show” on Thursday eve, inasmuch as fucking Destroyer 666 plays the “Warm Up Show.” The saddest part was that since everyone else stayed, I drove down and back by myself. At the same time, school has been stressing me out bad lately, and driving long distances while listening to Electric Wizard is kind of my zen place.

Me and the pals missed the first couple of bands, due to our getting stuck in traffic on the way to the Metal Haven Grill. I was starving by the time we got there, but fortunately they had 10 inch Polish sausages wrapped in bacon so that situation very quickly rectified itself. I don’t think that it has been a restaurant for very long as they still seem to be establishing a full menu, but my meal at least was delicious. They also had records and CDs to buy, and some books (like the Slayer Mag Diaries, which is the best book ever).

I snagged Forgotten Woods, an Arckanum album that somehow slipped beneath my radar, and some Kommandant, whose patch is on my jacket and whom I like, but for some reason didn’t own any of their stuff.

Well, we got stuck in Chicago afternoon traffic, so we missed Peucharist and Nuke, but we did get to the venue in enough time to see about half of Ares Kingdom’s set. Ares Kingdom is a band that a lot of my friends love that I don’t know much about because… I’m an idiot and also I need about four more hours in each day to be able to get everything done and listen to everything that I would like. I did greatly enjoy their set though, and I had pretty high expectations having had it built up for me so much.

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Ares Kingdom

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I’m not sure what led to the decision to have Destroyer 666 play next instead of in the headlining slot, and it’s kind of a bummer because a friend suggested that they might have played a slightly longer set (?). But make no mistake, this is what I drove down for and it was totally worth it. They played a variety of stuff, the ones off the top of my head that I remember being Lone Wolf Winter, I Am the War God, Wildfire, Live and Burn, The Calling, Hounds At Ya Back, and Trialed By Fire, which they dedicated to Selim Lemouchi of The Devil’s Blood (may he Reign in Chaos). Also, they did a cover of Motorhead’s Iron Fist, which was about as fun as you would expect. It was a fantastic set, the band was spot on, everyone was happy, no one was rousing rabble, and Mr. Warslut seemed practically cheerful (he only called a couple of people “fucking cunts,” and considering that they were filming the set, they probably deserved it).

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Destroyer 666

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Please forgive me for snapping photos, Mr. Warslut. It’s just for the blog.

Next up was Angelcorpse, who I was also excited to see. I love me some war metal, and having listened to pretty much nothing but Revenge leading up to this shindig, I was ready for some. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar enough with their catalog to give a run-down of the setlist, but it was much akin to being punched in the face repeatedly, which is kinda what you want when Angelcorpse plays.

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Angelcorpse

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The night ended with Barbatos, who I had never heard of, but is a project of Abigail vocalist, guitarist, and bassist Yasuyuki Suzuki. They play a kind of mix of punky, blackish thrash, and are fun as shit. While it would have been cool to get a full set from Destroyer 666, I was totally fine with Barbatos finishing up the night as they were fun, exciting, and a great ending to the first night of a metal festival and a warm up for a four day party (which I unfortunately could not attend the rest of).

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Barbatos

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I ended up with a lot of stuff; there was no merch for Angelcorpse or Destroyer 666 that I saw, but I cleaned up with the music. Along with the albums I bought at Metal Haven Grill, I acquired Destroyer 666’s Pheonix Rising and Cold Steel…For an Iron Age, Funeral Mist’s Devilry (I never owned it on CD, though I do have it on vinyl). I also got a Mgła patch, and from my friend Carlos, I got a Sacrocurse patch and a Transilvanian Hunger shirt that SPARKLES.

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No, I’m not kidding. The logo has glitter on it. GLITTER.

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**A note on Destroyer 666 because I feel like in the midst of all the hubbub I should probably say something: their set was absolutely fantastic, and if anything was done to offend anyone, I certainly didn’t catch it. Going in I was a little worried because I thought that someone might use it as a chance to cause trouble, but contrary to my fears the crowd was absolutely wonderful. KK Warslut briefly alluded to the recent blog posts about him a couple of times so it was clearly on his mind, but they played a hell of a set and were extremely gracious, and the crowd was supportive as well. So, by chance anyone from Destroyer 666 happens to come across my little blog—Thank you guys for coming here, and I hope the rest of the tour was a brilliant as the Chicago show.**

I apologize that this review is not as good as it should have been- I know Destroyer 666 well enough, but the other bands are still pretty new to me (I know Angelcorpse in that I know that they are like other stuff that I like, and I enjoyed the shit out of it, but I don’t know specifics). While I only got to go for one night, what I saw of Metal Threat was fantastic, and as this summer has been very stressful for me with school it was nice to have a day off to enjoy myself and get out of the Twin Cities.

I’ll be working up a review of Macabre (!) and Ghost soon, both of whom I know a lot better than the bands that played this night.

-Hagalaz

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Concert: Absu/False/Christworm/Treasons (4/19, Triple Rock, Mpls, MN)

Posted in 2016, black metal, blackened doom, blackened thrash, concerts, minneapolis, minneapolis/st. paul, triple rock, united states, USBM with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2016 by blackmetallurgy

This week’s adventures in metal shows featured Texas-based black-thrashers, Absu. Since the show fell on a Tuesday, I was running a little late (I work Tuesday nights), and I missed the first band (Treasons, I think it was). This was a much more comfortably attended show; I didn’t have to hide in a corner by the bathrooms to avoid getting smushed like at Pig Destroyer. At the same time, it’d be nice for Absu to get a bigger turnout- it was a smallish crowd last time as well.

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Christworm

The second band, Christworm, went on shortly after I arrived. I was really impressed by them; they played a kind of sludgy, doomy death metal. I texted a friend and said that it was cool to hear a band like this amongst all the death metal around here, and that friend then informed me that Christworm is actually from Baton Rouge, LA, which… explains why they sound so different from all the bands around here. Ha. Christworm is the sort of band that makes feedback between songs on their sets, though, and I’m pretty much always down with bands that do that. I was really impressed with them, and I’ll be keeping an eye on them in the future.

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False

Next up was False, who always put on a good show. They opened with “Heavy As A Church Tower,” which never fails to give me chills, and followed up with a song I’m not familiar with (I… need to get their full-length album. I know people in that band and it’s just embarrassing that I don’t have it yet). Rachel paced in front of the stage for the bulk of the first song, and once again I was reminded of how much she looks like some kind of big cat when she does that. A very solid, strong set.

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Proscriptor hasn’t got a lot of hair, but the other two guys got it covered.

Finally, Absu! I like Absu; I don’t listen to them as much as I should (I was hoping to pick up Abzu at the show, but alas, they had no CDs for sale. Will have to do that with the spring shopping binge I’m plotting), but when I do, I am very aware of the sheer musicianship of these guys. Seeing it live, however, is always insane. They are so tight and so spot-on and the drumming is always so phenomenal, it’s crazy how those three guys make that much monumental racket.

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Ezezu handling some vox

Absu played a variety of songs from their extensive catalog, including a song off a new album we were told would be out later this year, and Ezezu handled the majority of the vocals for the bulk of the set, since Proscriptor McGovern was busy destroying his drumkit. Like last time, the band took a short break and had another guy come fill in on drums (anyone know who this was? Hit me up if you do) while Proscriptor came out to do several songs just on vocals.

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A closer pic with everyone in it

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Proscriptor on vox

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Absu!

(I’m… actually pretty happy with that last pic. Huh.)

As I said earlier, I had planned on buying some music but Absu only had vinyl with them, and while I dig vinyl I generally only buy it in special cases (see doom; rare black metal). I have added “more Absu” to my mental list of things, though (and it occurs to me that that should probably become a physical list if I am to actually remember anything on the list. Hmm).

Anyway, every band I had the good fortune to see on this night played a solid set. False tore it up as usual (nice to see them again since I missed them before Abbath), Absu was absolutely dumbfoundingly good, and I was introduced to Christworm, whose set I greatly enjoyed.

Next up, Behemoth! Playing The Satanist in its entirety on Walpurgisnacht. Should be a good one…

-Hagalaz

Concert: Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation/False (4/7, Mill City Nights, Mpls, MN)

Posted in 2016, black metal, blackened thrash, concerts, doom, doom metal, mill city nights, minneapolis, minneapolis/st. paul, norway, tours, true norwegian black metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by blackmetallurgy

Decibel’s lineups for their annual tour never disappoint, and when I saw that Abbath was headlining this year’s edition there was no way I was going to miss. (I also never got to see Immortal, so there is that.) I was also really excited for the chance to see High On Fire, whom I have never seen despite the fact that it feels like they play here every other month, and Tribulation, whom I have also never seen.

My overall excitement was flagged a little by the fact that it was on a night I had class, so I GUESS I WILL JUST MISS TRIBULATION AGAIN. Someday. Someday I will see them. (Seriously. Every. Freaking. Time. Which deity did I piss off for this to happen? The one that governs graduate students? Because after seven years of grad school I believe that there is a malevolent deity in charge of it.)

Ahem. Anyway. I had class, so I had to arrive late and I got there about midway through Skeletonwitch’s set. Admittedly, I didn’t pay very good attention; I like Skeletonwitch fine, but I’m always a little distracted when I have to walk in on something halfway through. I wasn’t aware that their lineup had changed so much, as I’m only the most casual of fans, but I was impressed with their new vocalist. I saw enough of their set to hear a range of songs, including “Beyond the Permafrost” and a brand new track.

I didn’t get any pictures though, because I forgot that I am now snapping terrible pictures until later on in the evening. Whoops.

Next up was High On Fire, which was long overdue for me. They play here a lot, but I always have something else going on and never get to actually go. I have seen Sleep, but I hadn’t seen High On Fire, which is silly. They played “Speedwolf” and “Rumors of War,” and I noted that Matt Pike still hasn’t found his shirt, which means that God is still in his heaven and all is still right with the world.

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I was back sorta far, which was ok, because there was much moshing. 

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Doom.

Then was Abbath, who came out to a crazy, weird-sounding thing that was not unlike a movie soundtrack, which made me giggle. They opened with “To War,” which makes logical sense as the opening track on the new album, and then I got to deal with the crushing reality of the fact that Abbath and King ov Hell were less than twenty yards away from me. From that point on my brain kind of went into a weird euphoria and I spent the rest of the night alternating between singing along and screaming like a little girl in sheer excitement.

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King ov Hell and his glorious hair

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Dudes

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You can see Creature if you squint hard. This is about the best my little phone camera can do

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ABBATH!

Because I knew that they were going to play Immortal songs going in, but I didn’t expect damn near half the set to be Immortal songs. It was nuts. They pretty much alternated between the two all night. Most of the Abbath album got covered (“Fenrir Hunts” is fantastic live, by the way), and even though, with the exception of “Nebular Ravens Winter,” they didn’t play anything older than At the Heart of Winter, any Immortal is better than the alternative, which for me was never seeing anyone in Immortal play Immortal songs ever, and thus it was that I left that show a much happier person than I was when I went in. Also because they played “Solarfall,” and that’s about the point where my brain melted out my ears.

I admit, I had had a long and trying day and was very tired when I went to this show, and that paired with the knowledge that I’d be missing Tribulation again kind of put a damper on the start of my night. But I left there happier than I have been post-concert since that time I saw Mayhem and Watain on the same night. Holy crap. And if you think I’ve been doing anything but listening to black metal for a solid week now you’re kidding yourself.

Also, I missed our local False, who opened the show, and I just have to say- props to Decibel for letting those guys open. I don’t think that local bands get to open very many of the shows on the Decibel tour (and I understand why; there are always a lot of bands already playing), and it’s super cool that False was able to open for this. It’s also super lame that I missed it, but… well.

And let it be known, that the next day, in early April in Mpls/St. Paul, MN, we got heavy snow dumped on us all day. It didn’t stick, because the ground was too warm, but it’s worth noting that Abbath came to our cities in April and gifted us with a mini-blizzard.

-Hagalaz

 

 

Iskald’s Nedom og Nord and Kampfar’s Djevelmakt at Burning Fist

Posted in black metal, blackened folk, blackened thrash, burning fist, norway, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by blackmetallurgy

Hi all,

My review of the new Iskald album, Nedom og Nord, is up at Burning Fist. I just submitted a review for Folge Dem Wind’s new one as well, which you will hear me gush about on here in a few days.

Likewise, here is the link for my review of the new Kampfar, Djevelmakt.

Ave.

-Hagalaz

Concert: Absu/Maledicere/False/Nuklear Frost (4/19, St. Paul, MN, Station 4)

Posted in black metal, concerts, local, united states, USBM with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

**Edited 2/8/14- Because of some erroneous reporting on my part about the number of guitarists in Nuklear Frost. Sorry ’bout that guys.**

Last Friday I went down to Station 4 with a friend of mine to see Absu, as well as a sampling of some of the Twin Cities’ finest black metal. We got to the venue early, about the time the doors opened, although the show didn’t start for another hour (Station 4 should start posting that. I mean, it was fine. We hung out and talked. But still). The crowd was a weird size; big enough to call it a good turnout, but certainly not as good as it could have been. About ¾ of the crowd was up in the bar all night, too, so it was hard to judge how many people were there. It was a good natured crowd for the most part, though, and they seemed to enjoy the show.

First up was Nuklear Frost, about whom I know very little. Their set was good; the vocals, however, were a little hit or miss for me. Sometimes I really liked them and at other times I was less impressed. I did find it cool that all of the members (minus the drummer) did vocals at some point. In moments, they reminded me of Inquisition with the layering of the guitar sound, despite there being only one guitar player. It was a perfectly fine black metal set, and I am looking forward to seeing more from this band and getting to know their music a little better.

I wasn’t able to find a video of Nuklear Frost on YouTube, but here is a link to their Bandcamp page, where you can listen to a song from their demo.

The next band on the bill was False, who I have been dying to see again since I saw them in January. False was absolutely incredible, just as last time. They played two songs again, a new one that hasn’t been recorded yet and Heavy as a Church Tower. It was also interesting to see them in a different performance space; unlike at Cause, Rachel couldn’t jump down into the crowd, so she paced back and forth on the stage instead. She looked like a freaking lioness up there stalking her prey. Amazing.

[From the Gilead Media fest last year that I, unfortunately, had to miss. I might be a False fangirl]

Maledicere was the third band on the bill. I looked them up when I saw they were on the bill, and in that short time they have become another of my favorite local bands. They play more traditional black metal, so it was kind of cool to see them right after False. Their set was as tight as expected, and the ambiance was nice as well. They had some incense burning on the stage, and it was a little strong for my tastes (and by strong I mean it made my eyes water), but it was a cool effect. Reminded me of going to mass at Christmas (the Catholic Church is the only place I’ve seen with as potent incense). Great band, and I’m really happy I got to see them perform live.

[This video is a little old, but this song is one of my favorites on the album]

Absu took the stage next, and they were freaking incredible. Coming into it, I had wondered if Proscriptor McGovern would play drums and do vocals when they played live, and he did- the live set up was much like it is on the albums, with most of the vocals handled by Proscriptor McGovern and some of them by the bassist. After the first couple of songs, they announced that they would be playing for the next 93 minutes, and while I’m not sure if it was exactly that long, it was very close. It was a long set.

Absu’s set was incredible- I would have thrashed around to it more, but my neck was still in recovery from Paganfest the week before. They played songs from all throughout their catalog- Never Blow Out the Eastern Candle, Abraxus Connexus, Vorago (Spell 182), and Swords and Leather, just to name a few. They also played Amy, which was the first Absu song I ever heard long ago while listening to Pandora. For the final song, they had another guy (I didn’t see who he was or where he came from) play drums, and Proscriptor McGovern came up front in a shearling coat and fringed boots to do vocals. His stage presence was incredible both behind the kit and in front of it. It was a long set and a great one, and I’m really glad I got to see it.

I decided to spend my merch money on the local acts tonight, as I just recently acquired an Absu album. I ended up going home with the False/Barghest split (which came with a gigantic poster) and a copy of Maledicere’s full length album Leave Only What Is Fit To Burn. I feel really fortunate to live in a place with such fantastic black metal. We don’t have much of that where I come from (although there are some brilliant Texas bands, too. See Absu).

In true black metal fashion, Maledicere's album refuses to take a good picture. This was the best I could do. Maybe it's the red?

In true black metal fashion, Maledicere’s album refuses to take a good picture. This was the best I could do. Maybe it’s the red?

False/Barghest split.

False/Barghest split.

The monstrously huge poster that came with the record.

The monstrously huge poster that came with the record.

Basically, Absu is incredible. I’m not sure how much longer this tour is going on, but if you get a chance to catch them, you should totally do it. You will definitely get your money’s worth- a little over an hour and a half of Absu makes me happy indeed. Proscriptor McGovern is dumbfoundingly awesome to watch, even when dressed up like some of the sorority girls from campus, and the band on the whole has great stage presence. Get thee hence and see Absu when you can, and if you’re from the Twin Cities, or even if you’re not, be sure and check out False, Maledicere, and Nuklear Frost.

-Hagalaz

P.S. I’m going to hold myself to a post a week, at least until school is out. Then I’ll have more time to write…