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DethMaiden
12-10-2011, 06:27 AM
Ending up going to this by myself after my friend bailed, but it was totally worth it. Missed Abigail Williams, Hate was terrible, Keep of Kalessin was terrible, but Mayhem totally dominated. What a lot of people forget because of the relatively conventional nature of Deathcrush and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas that everything else this band has done is fucked up and crazy and avant-garde and off-kilter. That really shined through, and so did Attila's insanity. Not sure if there's another frontman who I think is legitimately a loose cannon like he is. I was pretty sure if the show went badly the fake noose he put around his neck would have become real in a hurry. Dude's crazy, but it only makes his performance stronger. No pig heads last night, but lots of fog, inverted crosses, a noose, weird pagan symbols painted on his face, and yes, the famous human skull. Great gig.

Silvester Anfang
Deathcrush
Cursed in Eternity
Ancient Skin
My Death
A Time to Die
View from Nihil
Illuminate Eliminate
Buried by Time and Dust
Carnage
Freezing Moon
Funeral Fog
Chainsaw Gutsfuck
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Pure Fucking Armageddon

:rocker:

Epidemic Reign
12-10-2011, 06:30 AM
Hate was terrible

Why you say this.

DethMaiden
12-10-2011, 06:37 AM
Because latter-day Behemoth isn't that fucking good, so playing a third-rate knockoff on it is going to be even worse.

Epidemic Reign
12-10-2011, 06:41 AM
I used to think the same thing, until I listened to their albums and found that they're a pretty damned good band in their own right. Save for their last couple albums, maybe.

treghet
12-10-2011, 06:47 AM
the relatively conventional nature of Deathcrush

:confused: If that was conventional in 1987 then what was original? I would say that Mayhem was never conventional. Even De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas was mostly (if not completely, I'm not sure to be honest) written by 1991, which was the year the Norwegian scene was only just becoming relevant. And not to mention that by the time they actually did the proper recording of it Atilla's vocals had dissented from the stereotypical ones of the other black metal bands.

DethMaiden
12-10-2011, 06:49 AM
Not "for 1987," with hindsight. The songs on those records at least "rock," whereas after that they became a much weirder band.

But you're right, Attila made DMDS an even bigger game-changer.

Listen, the point of this Mayhem is not normal, so don't argue. :tongue:

Epidemic Reign
12-10-2011, 06:51 AM
Deathcrush wasn't even black metal. It was punky lo-fi rock 'n' roll. :D

treghet
12-10-2011, 06:54 AM
Listen, the point of this Mayhem is not normal, so don't argue. :tongue:

Agreed on that. Especially Atilla.

DethMaiden
12-10-2011, 09:36 AM
Oh, forgot this: Hellhammer was wearing a Mayhem shirt that said "Black Metal for White People." Kinda lame since their music has never really dabbled in racism and as far as I knew neither have their public personas.

daimonos
12-10-2011, 10:49 AM
Oh, forgot this: Hellhammer was wearing a Mayhem shirt that said "Black Metal for White People." Kinda lame since their music has never really dabbled in racism and as far as I knew neither have their public personas.

Hellhammer has been quoted in some places saying some pretty racist things, but he's also said things that contradict those views in other places.

masterguy49
12-10-2011, 11:39 AM
Oh, forgot this: Hellhammer was wearing a Mayhem shirt that said "Black Metal for White People." Kinda lame since their music has never really dabbled in racism and as far as I knew neither have their public personas.

My review of my show will be up soon, but I am middle eastern and the whole band was super awesome to me. Then again I am considered white, but most people don't realize that. :D

Fates Guardian
12-10-2011, 11:57 AM
Looks like the setlist has been constant on this tour; I saw the same set in Atlanta three nights ago. I found that each opening band was slightly better than the last, with Abigail Williams being a horrendous bore, Hate being an unimpressive Behemoth clone (who themselves do nothing for me anymore), and Keep of Kalessin being decent but featuring a VERY good drummer.

Mayhem made up for the lackluster opening bands, though. The songs were well chosen, even the newer stuff, which I was not familiar with. Great atmosphere and stage presence from Attila, who was as weird as always, and delivered his trademark bizarre vocals with gusto. The venue itself was irritating, as they had Hellhammer completely barred from view from all angles. The crowd was energetic, especially during the old songs - things went completely nuts then. Definitely a fun night. Even the bad bands weren't insufferable, since that allowed me time to drink and talk with other metalheads.

Heiden
12-13-2011, 01:34 PM
I hate seeing people call Hate a Behemoth clone. Hate were doing this well before Behemoth changed styles.

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 01:37 PM
I hate seeing people call Hate a Behemoth clone. Hate were doing this well before Behemoth changed styles.

For the record, I don't like new Behemoth either.

So Hate play a style that I find bad in the first place, and they play it worse than the band that apparently ripped it off. Whatever.