PDA

View Full Version : Death to All Tour -- Hollywood, CA -- June 23rd, 2012


treghet
06-25-2012, 12:22 AM
As a younger fan, I never expected to have the chance to see Death songs live. When this tour was announced I was elated. It was like a dream. There was no way I would pass on this opportunity. I must say that anybody who is missing this tour because Chuck isn't there is making a horrible decision. These former members and other musicians are not claiming that this is a reunion. They are paying tribute to a man that had a major impact on metal, and they put an immense amount of time and effort to get this all together.

By the time I got to the venue the line was incredibly long. The show was sold out and people were walking up and down the line asking if anybody had extra tickets. One of the scalpers was selling tickets for $80 a piece and I saw multiple people buy them off him. Eventually the line started to move. By that time it had reached to the end of the block. From where I was it took forty minutes to get inside from when they started letting people in. Thankfully the show didn't start until hour after the doors opened, so I didn't miss anything, which I have actually had happen to me at the House of Blues numerous times in the past.

Gorguts was really the icing on the cake for this show. The last time they had played here was in 2001 on tour for From Wisdom to Hate. They came on stage not long after I got inside and people were chanting their name as the intro played. Their sound was immense and Luc's vocals were remarkable. I was in awe watching the crazy guitar work. Their style is something that I don't think has ever been replicated, even to this day. The setlist was great, including most of their best material. I wish they could have played longer, but it was awesome to even be able to see them in the first place. The pit really erupted for "Stiff and Cold", one of their heaviest songs. They closed the set with the title track from The Erosion of Sanity, which again had people going insane. The band seemed really pleased to have such an enthusiastic response from the crowd, and there was even a chant for one more song as they walked off stage.


From Wisdom to Hate
The Carnal State
Orphans of Sickness
Nostalgia
Stiff and Cold
Inverted
Obscura
The Erosion of Sanity


Despite how amazing Gorguts was, they could not top what was about to come next. The wait was short, and in no time the intro started playing with the lights on the Death logo backdrop. They came out to chanting and then they started playing the intro to "Zombie Ritual". Everybody cheered and immediately the floor turned into pandemonium. For me it was unbelievable that I was actually seeing this live. Then they played my all time favorite Death song, "Leprosy". At that point it was really just euphoria to me. When Charles Elliot did the opening scream to the song it was just incredible. His vocals are definitely lower than Chuck's, but he tried to stay at a mid-level range with some higher screams thrown in. He also alternated solos with Paul Masvidal, who was doing an exceptional job as well. However, what I was really blown away by was Sean Reinert's persistence. The guy ruptured his achilles tendon a few weeks ago and was still destroying his kit like it had never happened. He was actually wearing a boot cast. I was surprised he was even able to play, let alone do five songs in a row with that sort of injury.

After pulling out a couple of great deep cuts, "Torn to Pieces" and "Left to Die", Gene Hoglan took to the stage for "Suicide Machine". His kit sounded perfect, with the double bass thundering throughout the room. He was really into it, as were all the other guys on stage. After one of the songs Charles Elliot took a moment to tell the crowd that he saw Death in 1998 at the Whisky and that it changed his life. I can only imagine how he felt to be able to play those songs on stage.

They continued with a couple more classics from Human and then Danny Walker came out to play drums on another unexpected song, "Secret Face". After that Gene returned to the kit and Matt Harvey came out. Although it sucks that Steffen from Obscura couldn't make it, I was more excited knowing that Matt would be taking his place. Not only am I a big Exhumed fan, but Matt's vocals were much more fitting for the later Death material. Like Charles Elliot did, Matt played a lot of the solos, and he did so with ease. He seemed to really enjoy playing the songs and had a great presence on stage.

Something that I noticed as the show went on was that it seemed that the entire crowd knew every song. That's something I have never seen before, and it was incredible. At this point in the show I had taken a break from being in the pit and found a spot closer to the front. I wanted to be able to watch the awesome guitar work up close, as well as Gene behind the kit. They continued onward through the discography with a fair helping from each of the last three albums. "Bite the Pain" and "Flesh and the Power it Holds" really stood out to me. They pulled off the songs so perfectly, and the bass and guitar solo section in "Flesh and the Power it Holds" was simply stunning.

After the main set the acoustic guitar was set up on stage and everybody knew what that meant. Shannon, Bobby, and Scott then came out to play the beautiful instrumental, "Voice of the Soul". Then Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation came out to the stage to play another favorite of mine, "Living Monstrosity". After that all the musicians, with the exception of Danny Walker, came out for the final song, "Pull the Plug". Three vocalists, three guitarists, two bassists, and two drummers were all on stage playing at once. It was insane. At one point Matt and Travis were together screaming into one mic, and then Charles came over to join them. It was the most intense part of the set, with lots of crowdsurfers and a large pit going on. It was an excellent way to end the show.

This show was easily one of the best I have ever witnessed, and I was very pleased with the song selection. Of course there were a couple other songs that I would have liked to hear, but it was very balanced throughout the discography and I even got to hear my favorite song, which I wasn't expecting! They really exceeded my expectations in every way possible. I would like to thank everybody who was involved in this. It was so cool to see the former members returning to the stage to perform these songs, as well as other musicians carrying on the legacy. It was the perfect way to commemorate Chuck Schuldiner and his music.

At the bottom I have a list of the main lineups for the set. Any exceptions to the lineups are noted in parenthesis. Hopefully it is not too confusing. I didn't want to type out the entire lineup for every song, because then it would just be too clustered. I tried to keep notes of everything as the show was going on, but there is the possibility that I missed something or messed up.


Zombie Ritual (Start of lineup 1)
Leprosy
Within the Mind
Torn to Pieces
Left to Die (Scott on bass)
Suicide Machine (Start of lineup 2)
Lack of Comprehension
Flattening of Emotions
Secret Face (Danny Walker on drums)
The Philosopher (Start of lineup 3)
Trapped In a Corner
Overactive Imagination (Matt off guitar, Bobby on guitar)
Bite the Pain (Scott on bass)
Zero Tolerance (Start of lineup 4)
1,000 Eyes
Crystal Mountain
Flesh and the Power it Holds (Matt off guitar, Shannon on guitar)
Symbolic
A Moment of Clarity (Shannon on guitar)
---
Voice of the Soul (Shannon, Bobby, Scott on acoustic guitar)
Living Monstrosity (Travis Ryan, Bobby, Charles, Steve, Gene)
Pull the Plug (with everybody, except Danny Walker)


Lineup 1:

Guitar / Vocals - Charles Elliott
Guitar - Paul Masvidal
Bass - Steve DiGiorgio
Drums - Sean Reinert

Lineup 2:

Guitar / Vocals - Charles Elliott
Guitar - Paul Masvidal
Bass - Steve DiGiorgio
Drums - Gene Hoglan

Lineup 3:

Guitar / Vocals - Matt Harvey
Guitar - Shannon Hamm
Bass - Steve DiGiorgio
Drums - Gene Hoglan

Lineup 4:

Guitar / Vocals - Matt Harvey
Guitar - Bobby Koelble
Bass - Scott Clendenin
Drums - Gene Hoglan

treghet
06-25-2012, 12:26 AM
Videos from various people:

Zombie Ritual - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5eVmJzZXnQ
Secret Face - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LneKac9XO3c
The Philosopher - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuXHYLL8B5M
Trapped In a Corner - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ql7O2dK64M
Overactive Imagination - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alHR-jhXfvg
Zero Tolerance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sO3PtEX5rs
1,000 Eyes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4VKB-p7JyM
Crystal Mountain - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J12-LkJD8cQ
Flesh and the Power it Holds - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AynLp40JKKA
Symbolic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg4VYv4bmTI
Voice of the Soul - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWvO8AmTMO8
Living Monstrosity - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHwx7jvlNsA


Travis Ryan and Matt Harvey during Pull the Plug

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/229803_10151242273554097_331990067_n.jpg

Pull the Plug

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/285654_386172988106836_1851112251_n.jpg

Sepultura69
06-25-2012, 12:31 AM
amazing review my friend! Sounds like Gorguts delivered the goods! Goddamn hearing you rave about how spectacular their performance was is making me wanna kick my self in the head for missing out on what truly was a grand show. I would say this show as well as getting kicked out of the free scion YOB show are the biggest disappointments of 2012 for me, as far as concert going goes. I'm really pissed i missed out on this. Glad you went for the brothers in metalsetlist.com and REPRESENTED TO DA FULLEST. HAIL SATAN.

anomynous
06-25-2012, 12:42 AM
Wait................you're saying Matt Harvey's vocals fit later Death material more than Steffen's?



:eyes::eyes:

treghet
06-25-2012, 01:05 AM
Thanks, Sepulwizard. I'm sorry you missed it. :(

Wait................you're saying Matt Harvey's vocals fit later Death material more than Steffen's?



:eyes::eyes:

Yes, definitely. Steffen is a great vocalist, but Matt's screams more closely resemble how Chuck sounded on Symbolic and especially The Sound of Perseverance.

Statutory-Mike
06-25-2012, 01:30 AM
This is so cool, I really fucking want to go to the NYC date but I am strapped for $

rjturtle9
06-25-2012, 03:07 AM
It was probably top 5 shows of the year material! I'm glad I was apart of that!

treghet
06-25-2012, 03:15 AM
It was probably top 5 shows of the year material! I'm glad I was apart of that!

For me it is by far number one! I don't expect anything to surpass it.

rjturtle9
06-25-2012, 03:17 AM
For me it is by far number one! I don't expect anything to surpass it.

Well, no offense to this, but I saw Rammstein. ;)

Plus two Maiden and two Rush shows later this year are probably gonna top this. But that's just my opinion bro.

treghet
06-25-2012, 03:27 AM
Well, no offense to this, but I saw Rammstein. ;)

Plus two Maiden and two Rush shows later this year are probably gonna top this. But that's just my opinion bro.

Oh yeah, I totally get that. Those Maiden and Rush shows will be great as well. For me this show was pretty much a dream come true, as Death is my favorite metal band. I will say that Autopsy earlier in the year was amazing too, but nothing can top this once in a lifetime experience.

scrunt
06-25-2012, 08:37 AM
Awesome show; I did the VIP deal; it was well worth it.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc115/sheepsushi/IMG_0258.jpg

Alduin
06-25-2012, 10:53 AM
This NEEDS to come to Canada

TheNobleFaceHumper
06-25-2012, 12:32 PM
Awesome show; I did the VIP deal; it was well worth it.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc115/sheepsushi/IMG_0258.jpg

I noticed there are 9 signatures, did the 2 vocalists sign it? I got VIP as well for the Orlando show, can't wait! :party: :rocker:

scrunt
06-25-2012, 01:49 PM
I noticed there are 9 signatures, did the 2 vocalists sign it? I got VIP as well for the Orlando show, can't wait! :party: :rocker:

Yep, Matt and Charles are the two extra signatures. You should have a blast with your VIP package; I was happy I got mine.

XDoomsayerX
06-25-2012, 06:26 PM
Nice Review! Haven't listened to Death in a while but always enjoyed Sound of Perseverance a tons. Would've hit this up if cash wasn't tight. The Philosopher alone would of pleased me.

TheNobleFaceHumper
06-25-2012, 07:42 PM
Yep, Matt and Charles are the two extra signatures. You should have a blast with your VIP package; I was happy I got mine.

Were the 2 vocalists present during the actual meet and greet or did you run into them later on?

I know this sounds stupid, but I'm not sure if I'd ask the vocalists to sign, I'm taking a drum head that i was to get signed by all 7 ex Death members + Richard Christy who will be at our show, it just would feel less valuable personally, idk i know it's dumb.

My 2nd item I'm taking is Cynic's "Traced In Air" LP to get signed by Sean and Paul, I'm a massive Cynic fan.

I'm hoping they'll sign the post I'm buying at the show too.

TheNobleFaceHumper
06-25-2012, 08:32 PM
Also did you have time to actually have a conversation with any of the band members?

scrunt
06-25-2012, 08:40 PM
They had a row of tables that they all were sitting at (ex Death guys, Charles, and Matt). You can pick and choose whichever ones you want. I'm jealous that you get Richard Christy. There wasn't really much time to get photos but they did take a group photo with everyone and the band. You can talk to them a bit during the signing but I didn't want to be the guy that holds up the line so I kept it short and simple. Also, not really part of the meet and greet but I'm guessing Eric Greif will be there; definitely worth talking to him too; he can answer just about any question you have about Chuck and Death.

bigguytoo9
06-25-2012, 09:56 PM
My 2nd item I'm taking is Cynic's "Traced In Air" LP to get signed by Sean and Paul, I'm a massive Cynic fan.

I'm hoping they'll sign the post I'm buying at the show too.
I met Cynic on the Re-traced Re-focused tour a couple years ago. Paul is one of the nicest musicians ive ever talked to. Sean was cool too, he was a GIANT compaired to everyone else around us.

TheNobleFaceHumper
06-25-2012, 10:42 PM
They had a row of tables that they all were sitting at (ex Death guys, Charles, and Matt). You can pick and choose whichever ones you want. I'm jealous that you get Richard Christy. There wasn't really much time to get photos but they did take a group photo with everyone and the band. You can talk to them a bit during the signing but I didn't want to be the guy that holds up the line so I kept it short and simple. Also, not really part of the meet and greet but I'm guessing Eric Greif will be there; definitely worth talking to him too; he can answer just about any question you have about Chuck and Death.

I mainly just want a picture with Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert, I'm a drummer and they're two of my biggest influences, so i hope the two of them would take a picture with me lol

I'm assuming the only time you really get to talk to any of them is during the dinner?

Also I mainly just want to talk to Gene, Sean and Paul lol, no disrespect to the others, they're great players, but these 3 guys are huge influences on me.

OraclesofAgony
06-26-2012, 03:26 AM
Wait................you're saying Matt Harvey's vocals fit later Death material more than Steffen's?



:eyes::eyes:

Matt did an amazing job on vocals!

This was such an amazing show. Definitely the show of the year for me.

Natrlhi
06-26-2012, 11:27 AM
Nice review, Tregs. I am green with envy for all you sons of bitches who get to see this tour. :bouville:

TheNobleFaceHumper
06-26-2012, 12:28 PM
Oh and I am curious as to what the "Special Exclusive Item" we get with the VIP.

kommie
06-26-2012, 01:48 PM
about what time did this end?

TheDragonaut
06-26-2012, 03:07 PM
What kind of Gorguts merch was there?

treghet
06-26-2012, 05:01 PM
Nice review, Tregs. I am green with envy for all you sons of bitches who get to see this tour. :bouville:

Thanks!

What kind of Gorguts merch was there?

Gorguts only had one or two shirts. I didn't look closer, so it might have been just one with dates on the back. It had the new logo and some kind of design.

about what time did this end?

11:30, but the time the show ends just depends on the venue. To give you an idea for your show: Gorguts played for around 45 minutes, ~20 minute turnover, then 2 hours and 20 minutes of Death.

hiddenzombie013
06-27-2012, 12:11 AM
I debating on going to this in Orlando, but I'm not sure. While I love me some metal, I'm sad to say that I'm not too familiar with Death. I was originally going to miss it, but now I'm not sure. I hear of people that drove hours to go to this., and how so many are pissed they aren't even getting this tour. That's combined with all of the amazing reviews I've heard, and how respected of a band Death is. I'm not starting to think that I'm doing myself a disservice by not going, since I do have an opportunity to go and many others, who would seem to KILL to go this, do not have that same chance.

Basically, since I don't know much of Death's stuff, how much will I get out of this show? Would it be worth the hour-and-a-half drive for someone like me? Obviously I'm going to start listening to get a better idea for myself too.

kalfitegrdan
06-27-2012, 12:47 AM
I debating on going to this in Orlando, but I'm not sure. While I love me some metal, I'm sad to say that I'm not too familiar with Death. I was originally going to miss it, but now I'm not sure. I hear of people that drove hours to go to this., and how so many are pissed they aren't even getting this tour. That's combined with all of the amazing reviews I've heard, and how respected of a band Death is. I'm not starting to think that I'm doing myself a disservice by not going, since I do have an opportunity to go and many others, who would seem to KILL to go this, do not have that same chance.

Basically, since I don't know much of Death's stuff, how much will I get out of this show? Would it be worth the hour-and-a-half drive for someone like me? Obviously I'm going to start listening to get a better idea for myself too.

I just got back from the Chicago show...GO, DUDE! If you like death metal at all then you are definitely doing yourself a disservice by not going. It doesn't even matter if you know the songs or not, this is just a spectacular show.

OraclesofAgony
06-27-2012, 01:05 AM
I just got back from the Chicago show...GO, DUDE! If you like death metal at all then you are definitely doing yourself a disservice by not going. It doesn't even matter if you know the songs or not, this is just a spectacular show.

Agreed. The energy at the Hollywood show was insane. The crowd erupted when they opened with Zombie Ritual. And everyone on stage was enjoying themselves. It was a unique experience.

slapguitarer
06-27-2012, 08:45 AM
You make it sound like an hour an a half is a long drive. I have to travel about the distance for almost every concert I go to. Anyhow, my friend came to Death To All with me knowing very little an he had a blast. The matter of fact is you're seeing some of the best musicians in metal playing some of the best metal ever written. Even if you don't know the music they're playing, the musicianship and energy from both the band and the crowd is worth the price of admission.

smearCampaign
06-27-2012, 08:54 AM
Excellent review man. :rocker:

I was pretty pissed when they announced that the Dallas date had been 'postponed'. :bouville:

rjturtle9
06-27-2012, 09:20 AM
What kind of Gorguts merch was there?

Two shirts. One of the shirts had dates on the back with Death to All Tour written above the dates. Don't really remember much else sorry.

street_burial
06-27-2012, 10:12 AM
All the Death shirts that were made just for this tour can be found here

http://www.vipmerch.com/category/death

metallicbrian666
06-27-2012, 10:28 AM
The Death shirts were terrible...what happened to them having Ed Repka do a special design or whatever?

Gorguts had one shirt with dates on the back. Unfortunately shirts were 30 dollars and it has the new logo on it, but it didin't look like a Tapout shirt like a lot of their merch so I bought one.......Luc Lemay was selling their merch so it was awesome to briefly meet him

metallicbrian666
06-27-2012, 10:32 AM
http://www.vipmerch.com/product/death-death-to-all-human-2012-t-shirt

This shirt is so much better than the godawful MS Paint font over a Children Of Bodom album cover shirt they were selling at the show

anomynous
06-27-2012, 11:02 AM
I know some of the proceeds from those shirts are going to charity, and they apparently want people to buy them to show support for more shows later on, but they aren't that good looking, especially for $30, with $6 shipping on top of that.