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jd091
11-09-2010, 12:28 PM
Overall, probably the sickest show I've been to this year. It was my first time seeing Nile, and shit... If you haven't seen them yet, you are missing out in one of the greatest live bands in metal today.

It was a Monday starting at 6:00, so I got down to Reggie's as soon as my classes got out. I arrived at the doors around 6:30 to see the last 30 seconds of Pathology... they didn't seem bad, but the vocalist seemed to be doing pig squeals for a good 20 seconds straight so that was very wtf imao. There was about 20 people there at the time.

It was my first time really hearing Keep of Kalessin, and they were pretty awesome. I love me a band of 5 long blond Norwegian guys! The bassist was particularly good at windmilling. There were about 30-40 people there for KoK, and they got a lot of horns from everyone.

Keep of Kalessin Set: (courtesy of Polock91 from the NY Show, I assume it was the same set):
Kolossus
The Awakening
Judgement
Dragontower
Ascendant

Now for Psycroptic... I fuckin' loved these guys. I hadn't heard much from them until a couple days ago when I looked them up. They remind me a lot like The Faceless; a really techy-death band that is science-fiction based. UNFORTUNATELY it seems that Nile fans are super hardcore, since almost no one was getting into them. Idk if people hadn't heard them before or if they didn't like the music, but I was one of, like 4 people banging my head and throwing up the horns. There was one guy in the front who, I jest not, was windmilling with huge hair THE ENTIRE SET. He had to have a huge bangover today. Anyway, I would love to see these guys on tour with The Faceless or Decrepit Birth; I'm sure they'd get the reaction they deserve. Incredibly talented musicians.

Psycroptic Set:
Horde in Devolution :rocker:
Lacertine Forest
Ob(servant)
*A new song, not sure of the title. Very techy*
Initiate

Next was the mighty EX DEO! I got a sick tour shirt from their merch guy (which comes with a complementary sticker) that's got a bunch of Roman Legionaries on the front with the band logo, and on the back says "Road to Conquer, Anno MMX" with all the tour stops in Roman Numerals and a big SPQR at the bottom.

I highly recommend checking these guys out. They remind me a lot of Amon Amarth, but Roman-themed. Maurizio and the boys come out decked out in fuckin' Legionarie armor! Anyway, like Psycroptic, they got a rather awful reaction from the crowd. Which sucks. I would love to see these guys headline, with a crowd that appreciates them. Highlight of their performance? At the end of "Romulus", when Maurizio shouts out, "I NOW DECLARE ILLINOIS... A PROVINCE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE!" :fist: It was hilarious.

Ex Deo Set:
Cruor Nostri Abass
Legio XIII
The Final War (Battle of Actium)
Storm the Gates of Alesia
Blood, Courage, and the Gods That Walk the Earth
ROMULUS :rocker:

And now... holy shit. Nile. I was worried they were gonna get the same reaction as Psycroptic and Ex Deo, but I was dead wrong. Everyone went crazy and knew the lyrics... so sick. There were so many times that Karl or Dallas just looked out at the crowd, and had huge smiles on their faces at the reaction they were getting. Highlights for me were Lashed to the Slave Stick and Black Seeds... the pit opened up huge and everyone went insane, especially during Black Seeds.

Nile Set:
Kafir! :rocker:
Sacrafice Unto Sebek
Hittite Dung Incantation
Serpent Headed Mask :rocker:
Ithyphallic
Those Whom the Gods Detest
4th Arra of Dagon
Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend into the Underworld
Sarcophagus
Lashed to the Slave Stick :rocker:
Black Seeds of Vengeance :axe:

Some more quick thoughts:

For all the haters about them playing Those Whom and Dagon live:

They weren't bad at all, imo. Both of them have catchy sing-a-long parts, and it gave a nice little break from the crazy pits. I do think that they should have mixed up a faster song between them and Sarcophagus... 3 epics in a row was a little too large of a break for my tastes.

At one point this dude tried to crowdsurf, at which I was afraid Karl was going to impale him with that fucking weapon guitar (you know which one I'm talking about). Bouncers got him out right away. I was afraid he was gonna hit Karl's computer, which would have fucked up the whole show.

I only moved up to Chicago a couple months ago from Cleveland, and was excited to see so many African American metal heads at the concert! I hate the stereotype that only skinny white kids like metal, so many people of all ethnicities are part of it. There was this HUGE guy who looked like Mr. Eko from Lost, which was badass.

At the end, I was fortunate enough to meet Karl and shake his hand. He's such a nice dude, and I could see that they were all so pumped to play for us. The bassist Chris must have said 10 times that we were the craziest motherfuckers he's seen in a while. WHICH REMINDS ME that Chris does a SICK job as fronting with the bass. He's singing a lot of Dallas' parts now, and is awesome at it. Such a great stage presence, they should consider him a permanent member of the band IMO.

AND IF YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING A SHIRT:
You might just be shit out of luck. I went up at the beginning and they were out of all official tour shirts, with only a few variations of different albums avaliable in large for $20. They also had sweatshirts for $35 and a making-of dvd for $20. I originally passed, but afterwards I was so blown out of the water by how amazing the show was that I picked up the last "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephrem-Ka" shirt in Large. Worth it now, since online I see that the cheapest I can find one is $25 plus shipping. Anyway, I fear there's not gonna be any nile shirts left at all for the people at later tour dates...

Sorry if I wrote so much; I can't get over how great of a concert this was.

mankvill
11-09-2010, 12:35 PM
Keeper of Kalessin Set:

hehe.

"Keep" of Kalessin

jd091
11-09-2010, 12:52 PM
hehe.

"Keep" of Kalessin
Oh damn. You see how little I know about them :D

Jasonic
11-09-2010, 12:57 PM
Glad you had a good time.
Welcome to Chicago!!!

Reggie's is a cool venue.

Kind of odd that Ex Deo are touring now, considering the new Kataklysm just came out.... :confused:

larvtard
11-09-2010, 01:19 PM
African American metal heads

Black metal heads. Liberal.

Great review, though :cool:

jd091
11-09-2010, 02:02 PM
Black metal heads. Liberal.

Great review, though :cool:

Originally I actually wrote "Black Metal Heads", but then I re-read it and I thought it could be confused as "Black Metal" heads, like troo kvlt guys. I'm nowhere near being liberal on the political sectrum ;)

larvtard
11-09-2010, 02:16 PM
Originally I actually wrote "Black Metal Heads", but then I re-read it and I thought it could be confused as "Black Metal" heads, like troo kvlt guys. I'm nowhere near being liberal on the political sectrum ;)

Haha, it just occurred to me a couple minutes ago that that was probably the case. Sorry for rushing to conclusions man.

Elvenking
11-09-2010, 03:28 PM
Glad you had a good time.
Welcome to Chicago!!!

Reggie's is a cool venue.

Kind of odd that Ex Deo are touring now, considering the new Kataklysm just came out.... :confused:

Not sure about that, the bartenders are dicks, well to my friends, one of em got arrested for assault. basically what happened is..well nothing. my friend and i got in a normal drunken scuffle, and we told security...they were fine, the bartender said something, then the police were there arresting my friends for assault. I was the one who was "assaulted" tried to tell the police that...still went to jail.

Magson13
11-09-2010, 03:51 PM
That's weird, because only the person who got assaulted can press charges..... Unless your state has some dumbass laws......


Nile will probably have some shirts made, and shipped to a venue/promoter they're playing later in the tour. If it can get done fast enough, that is....

Elvenking
11-09-2010, 03:54 PM
well its Chicago, its in a kinda bad area, and he had a knife on him, which he did not use against me, honestly the whole situation is weird, we just know the one hipster bartender hates us.

metallicbrian666
11-09-2010, 04:44 PM
Oh yeah, Reggies is in a total shit area. It's like an ok area up to Reggie's, and then next door there's a liquor store and from there on it's garbage.

jd091
11-09-2010, 05:03 PM
Oh yeah, Reggies is in a total shit area. It's like an ok area up to Reggie's, and then next door there's a liquor store and from there on it's garbage.

The 2 times I've been there so far I just take the Red Line down to Chinatown and walk over... It doesn't seem bad at all from that direction, but I haven't gone past Reggie's. I mean, it is the south side...

metallicbrian666
11-09-2010, 06:08 PM
We've only gone past once because we had to turn around to get to the venue, and it's just a terrible area. There's always the stupid bums staggering around down the street.

Elvenking
11-09-2010, 07:30 PM
The 2 times I've been there so far I just take the Red Line down to Chinatown and walk over... It doesn't seem bad at all from that direction, but I haven't gone past Reggie's. I mean, it is the south side...

Yeah, right down the street is where all the robert taylor homes were.

treghet
11-09-2010, 08:29 PM
We've only gone past once because we had to turn around to get to the venue, and it's just a terrible area. There's always the stupid bums staggering around down the street.

That reminds me of a time when I was waiting in line outside the Wiltern Theater in LA and a bum was walking up and down the line trying to sell heroin.

Sepultura69
11-09-2010, 09:07 PM
That reminds me of a time when I was waiting in line outside the Wiltern Theater in LA and a bum was walking up and down the line trying to sell heroin.

:lol:

jd091
11-10-2010, 11:29 AM
Glad you had a good time.
Welcome to Chicago!!!

Reggie's is a cool venue.


Yeah, I really love Reggie's. I used to be in love with Peabody's back in Cleveland, which was a little larger, but Peabody's had these poles that could potentially block your view and Reggie's slanted floor is great for viewing from the back. That's a genius idea, imo. The shatty, small venues are always the coolest for metal shows... and you can get up right next to the stage.

HOWEVER it didn't seem so genius when a guy spilled his beer and the floor became somewhat like an icy sledding hill and about 5 people fell down in the pit at once :lol: It was all good; I don't think anyone got hurt.

Northern_Shaman
11-10-2010, 05:55 PM
While I personally would like to see Ex Deo live, I can somewhat understand a lot of Nile fans not digging them as much. I think it'd be awesome to have them on the next Amon Amarth tour, actually. They'd get a great reception, have some good exposure, and continue AA's recent trend of having kickass openers.:fist:

jd091
11-10-2010, 07:22 PM
While I personally would like to see Ex Deo live, I can somewhat understand a lot of Nile fans not digging them as much. I think it'd be awesome to have them on the next Amon Amarth tour, actually. They'd get a great reception, have some good exposure, and continue AA's recent trend of having kickass openers.:fist:

THIS.

They would be the perfect opener for Amon. Or even Behemoth; they both wear epic tier-11 armor sets :D

jagbag
11-10-2010, 08:51 PM
well its Chicago, its in a kinda bad area, and he had a knife on him, which he did not use against me, honestly the whole situation is weird, we just know the one hipster bartender hates us.

I take it you're talking about Bill there.. and then further more Rich when it comes to Reggies hating on them. It's nice that they have been more loose with them lately. For the most part at shows.. wherever Rich or Bill are, I am nearby as I typically hang with them at shows. Chances are we have probably met?


Now to the OP:
There really are quite a few African Americans at shows. Mainly a heavy set dude and then the dude with dreads who is in the local band Kastasyde. Sounds like it was a fun time @ the Nile show, I had to skip it tho since I had prior obligations.

jagbag
11-10-2010, 08:53 PM
HOWEVER it didn't seem so genius when a guy spilled his beer and the floor became somewhat like an icy sledding hill and about 5 people fell down in the pit at once :lol: It was all good; I don't think anyone got hurt.

That is probably the one thing I dislike about Reggie's. My Chucks are too worn out to handle the slippery floor.