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treghet
01-15-2012, 04:47 PM
After being canceled months ago the festival was finally set to happen this weekend. Needless to say, it has been a long time coming. After a few bands dropped off earlier this week I was worried the show might not go smoothly, but that was not the case. In fact, the show ended up being a blast and well worth the long wait.

When I walked into the venue Depths of Misery was playing, but I was much more interested in the numerous vendors and bands who had set up booths. I walked around to every one of them, checking out their shirts, CDs, and records trying to decide what I should buy. I was actually overwhelmed by all the awesome stuff. It was like an underground metal swap meet.

By the time I had made my purchases Depths of Misery had finished their set and Hod was getting ready to start theirs. They were decent, but I didn't like their vocalist. I noticed they had a female guitarist though, so that was pretty cool. After Hod was Divine Eve, the first band I was interested in seeing. The crowd began to fill in before they got on stage. For the first couple songs their sound was a little bit off, but after that it evened out. Their style of death and doom metal comes off incredibly heavy in a live setting. They put on a great performance and the crowd seemed pretty into them. I'm not sure about the first two songs and fourth song in the set, but the rest are correct.


A Somber Blossoming (Soulsflight)
Vindication
As the Angels Weep
The Last of the Sunset Faded
Innocence Lost
Harlequin of Perpetual Destiny
Velvet of the Godless


Next up was Acheron from Ohio. They hit the crowd with a fury of Satanic death metal. This was their first show out here since 2007 when they played the third Gathering of the Bestial Legion festival. I am not sure about the first two songs.


The Apocalypse
I Am Heathen
Godless (We Are Gods!)
Church of One
Blessed by Damnation
Ave Satanas
Satan Holds Dominion
Power and Might
Fuck the Ways of Christ


Now the New York (currently Pennsylvania) death metal legends, Incantation, would take the stage. I don't think they've played a show in California since 2006, so it was a real treat to get to see them. They opened with the eerie instrumental from their last album and then exploded into "Thorns of Everlasting Persecution". Their set mostly focused on their more recent material, but they brought out "Rotting Spiritual Embodiment" and one of their classics, "The Ibex Moon", which no Incantation set is complete without. I'm not 100% sure on the eighth song, but all of the others are correct.


Primordial Domination
Thorns of Everlasting Persecution
Absolved in Blood
Hailed Babylon
Lead to Desolation
Rotting Spiritual Embodiment
Sacrificial Sanctification
Dying Divinity
The Ibex Moon
Impending Diabolical Conquest


Seeing Incantation was worth the ticket price alone, but now Autopsy was going to take over. Surprisingly, the show was only fifteen minutes behind schedule by the time Autopsy came on. They opened with a song from their new album and then delved into their classic albums. Their sound was unbelievably crushing. I would go so far as to say they might be the heaviest band I've seen. Chris Reifert's vocals sounded just as sadistic as on the albums and he pulled them off with ease. There are very few drummers who also take on lead vocals, so it was interesting to watch him. I expected it to be awkward not having him up front doing vocals, but it wasn't. Despite being being behind the rest of the band and unable to move around he managed to fulfill the role of any other frontman.

Their set was exceptional and it contained almost all of Severed Survival. They pulled out "Mauled to Death", a song from their first demo which they had never played live before! They also played "Service for a Vacant Coffin", which was not listed on the set list. Their set ended up being about an hour and a half long and it was an experience to say the least. The festival ended up being way better than I expected and I feel lucky to have seen both Incantation and Autopsy. :rocker:


Born Undead
Twisted Mass of Burnt Decay
In the Grip of Winter
Severed Survival
Ridden with Disease
Voices
Pagan Saviour
Embalmed
Mauled to Death
Always About to Die
The Tomb Within
Critical Madness
Gasping for Air
Dead
Slaughterday
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Charred Remains
Service for a Vacant Coffin

mankvill
01-15-2012, 04:54 PM
:rocker:

treghet
01-15-2012, 05:19 PM
I realized I put 2011 instead of 2012. Two mistakes in a row. :eyes:

Sepultura69
01-15-2012, 05:52 PM
I ended up getting to the show around 10 pm and got there just in time to see the last two bands play their full sets. Incantation and Autopsy were bone crushingly evil and heavy to watch. I personally liked Incantations performance a tiny bit more but that is just me, and that still saying alot because Autopsy were fucking incredible, especially when they busted out their "slower" songs(if you even wanna call them that ahahhaha) and good god oh mighty I was banging my head to the fucking ground when they exploded into the "Mental Funeral" tunes. The thing that stood out to me more the most out of everything about Autopys performance was The vocals being spewed out by Chris Reifert. Holy fucking shit does that man bust out some eerie evil fucking vocals, Christ all mighty. Chris has to be seen to be heard, I was getting the chills just hearing him scream and tear the stage up with his Evilness! Highlight was when the band first got onstage. Jesus christ that pit JUST EXPLODED into all out assault and mayhem, and next thing i know I see like 3-4 security rushing in with there little mini flash lights and kicking people(cause too many fucking fights were breaking out left to right, i witnessed a couple right by me). I never seen security this tight at the echoplex. Good stuff...anyways, Met up with Christopher after show and almost ran off with his vinyl Record that he had purchased at the show, my bad Chris!! ahahha, anyways sucks we didnt meet treghet, hopefully sooner than later my friend. Great show and good way to start off 2012. Incantation and Autopsy were nothing short of amazing and Jaw dropping and those who are going to MDF gotta witness those evil ass vocals by fucking Chris.

:rocker:

masterguy49
01-15-2012, 08:26 PM
This made me so much more excited to see them at MDF:rocker::rocker::rocker:

Good to see you made it Sep(or Wizard now, whatever). You always seem to manage to go when you think you won't.

Sepultura69
01-15-2012, 09:24 PM
This made me so much more excited to see them at MDF:rocker::rocker::rocker:

Good to see you made it Sep(or Wizard now, whatever).

Sepulwizard is fine with me ;)


You always seem to manage to go when you think you won't.

Me too. Autopsy may be the heaviest band Treghet has ever seen but I thought Autopsy was the most Evil band that I have ever seen and i can't think of another band that captured the evil aura that this band carried through out their performance, fuck i'm sorry i just gotta say it again but holy fucking shit Chris is an incredible vocalist. And i gotta give him his dues, Belching out those fucking vocals while playing drums must not be an easy task so for that I give him a

:fist:

treghet
01-16-2012, 01:04 AM
Sepulwizard (:lol:) we will meet up eventually! I hung out with Chris for a bit and saw Robert (rjturtle) earlier. Glad you were able to make it to the show though. That would have been horrible if you weren't able to get off work.

This made me so much more excited to see them at MDF:rocker::rocker::rocker:

You will not be disappointed. Especially if they get to play as long as they did at this show. I still can't believe they played eight songs from Severed Survival. I wish more bands played sets like they did.

VoidFlame
01-16-2012, 05:23 AM
I want to see Incantation! :boohoo:
I hope they tour for the new album...

Natrlhi
01-16-2012, 05:40 AM
Now that's a fucking badass Autopsy set. Sweet Satan, do I wish I was confirmed to go to MDF right now. :bouville:

treghet
01-16-2012, 05:45 AM
Now that's a fucking badass Autopsy set. Sweet Satan, do I wish I was confirmed to go to MDF right now. :bouville:

Well they're playing Chicago on May 5th, so if you can't see them at MDF you could try to make it to that show.

GarageMetal468
01-16-2012, 05:48 AM
Well they're playing Chicago on May 5th, so if you can't see them at MDF you could try to make it to that show.

And you better hurry the hell up getting the tickets for that as well! Apparently it's almost sold out.

Natrlhi
01-16-2012, 07:54 AM
Well they're playing Chicago on May 5th, so if you can't see them at MDF you could try to make it to that show.Yeah, that show is actually on my radar screen as well.

And you better hurry the hell up getting the tickets for that as well! Apparently it's almost sold out.Well, all I can say right now is that the decision probably won't be made for a while, so if that's the case, I might end up losing out. I don't always believe the "almost sold out" rumors anyways.

The story on the few Chicago metal trips I've made (Meshuggah, Giant Squid / Grayceon, Arch Enemy) is that I have to come up with a reason to convince my wife to go visit her family, who live in NW Indiana. It sounds simple enough, but with the kids it really is a pretty big deal. If only there were another reason for making the trip besides just Autopsy...like another concert that same weekend or a good baseball game or some other event. I've got to look into it further...

Wizzbang11
01-16-2012, 10:17 AM
Well, it's good to know that the retardedly short and Mental Funeral-less SBTW set was a fluke. Every other show they've played since reuniting seems to have a long and badass set. I'd like more than 4 tracks off MF but I would be more than ecstatic to see this. I get that they like to bust out new material but there is soooo much good old Autopsy it still seems like a shame to drop all Shitfun songs and only play one off Acts, but again, it's Autopsy, so who cares.
If I had had money I was thinking about going down with my friend because she was driving from SF but I wouldn't have even had enough to get it, let alone hotel and all that, and I am gonna save my Rites airfare for Chaos in Tejas I think.
Sounds like an unforgettable experience for sure!

treghet
01-17-2012, 01:54 PM
Edited the Autopsy set. A photo of the set list was posted by The Gauntlet. It should be correct now.

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