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treghet
05-26-2013, 12:19 AM
Bolt Thrower is a band I never thought I would have the chance to see. They hadn't been to California since 1991 on tour for War Master. So when this show was announced I was completely shocked. It seemed too amazing to be real. It wasn't just Bolt Thrower though. The whole lineup was mind blowing. Benediction, another one the UK's finest, had never played on the West Coast before and who doesn't love Autopsy? Needless to say, I bought tickets the second they went on sale. There was no way I could miss this.

To ensure a good spot in line I arrived at the venue an hour and a half before the doors opened. With the show being sold out I expected there to be a fair amount of people lining up already, but to my surprise there were only about ten or fifteen people. Shortly after I got there Ben & Jerry's parked their truck out in front of the venue and gave out unlimited free ice cream to everybody. They even walked down the line to pass it out. When the doors finally opened everybody rushed to the merch tables. The tables were set up on the balcony and there wasn't much room up there. It was a giant swarm of people. Luckily I was able to get my shirts quickly since I got to the show so early. I picked up three Bolt Thrower shirts since they were so cheap. I was considering getting an Autopsy shirt, but I decided to just get as many Bolt Thrower ones as I could since it would be my only chance to do so. After going back downstairs I could see the massive line that had formed for the merch. There were so many people trying to get shirts that the security started to only let small groups go upstairs at a time.

While waiting for Benediction I talked with a guy who drove all the way from Salt Lake City to see the show. It wasn't a long wait though and before we knew it Benediction's intro began playing. They came out and destroyed. For whatever reason not everybody was inside for them though. They made a poor choice in missing them. Their riffs sounded ridiculously heavy in a live setting and Dave Hunt's vocals were great. They played a nice mix of new and old material; the highlight for me was "Nightfear". Going into the show I wasn't sure what to expect from them, but I ended up being really surprised by how good they were.


The Grey Man
Nightfear
They Must Die Screaming
The Grotesque
Unfound Mortality
Shadow World
The Dreams You Dread
Suffering Feeds Me
Jumping at Shadows
Subconscious Terror
Magnificat


Next up was California's own death metal masters, Autopsy. They were crushing when I saw them last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing them tear it up again. They set up quickly and were ready in no time. They didn't have an intro; they just burst right into "Severed Survival" and mass headbanging ensued. They continued on with two more cuts from Severed Survival and then Eric Cutler took over on vocals for "Dead". Both Eric and Chris sounded like sadistic killers. In between some of the songs Chris was letting out some torturous screams and the reverb made it sound insane. Somehow from behind the kit he still manages to be an awesome frontman.

They played a couple new songs from The Headless Ritual for the first time. "Arch Cadaver" had a slow, eerie intro that reminded me of the material on Mental Funeral. Both of the songs sounded good. After a track from Macabre Eternal they stepped back into the '90s with "Voices". Up to this point the pit hadn't very active. One guy was pissed about it and decided to start pushing everybody who wasn't moshing. Moments later somebody slammed him to floor. He took a few seconds to get up while people laughed at him and then he staggered off and didn't return. Autopsy finished off their set with more classic material and that's when the pit finally got intense. The band put on an awesome performance and the setlist ruled. I'm really glad I was able to see them again.


Severed Survival
Pagan Saviour
Embalmed
Dead
Gasping for Air
Arch Cadaver
Mangled Far Below
Seeds of the Doomed
Voices
Critical Madness
Charred Remains
Twisted Mass of Burnt Decay
Ridden with Disease


The show was getting progressively better as it went along and now we were awaiting the grand finale: Bolt Thrower. It only took them twenty minutes to get ready. The lights went out and the crowd was roaring. As their intro began to play it felt like a completely surreal experience to me. I've only felt this way a few times in my life. While watching the band appear on stage I thought there was no way this was actually happening. Then they started playing "The IVth Crusade". At this moment I was in awe that I was actually witnessing Bolt Thrower live. As they continued with "Entrenched" the pit opened up and there was a headbanging frenzy. Then they pulled out "In Battle There Is No Law" and everybody went crazy, myself included. The Glass House has a wide open floor, so there was plenty of room for a big circle pit. It was intense to say the least. They trudged onward with "Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)", opening with the driving bass intro by Jo Bench. The band sounded incredible. Karl's vocals were commanding and the guitars sounded spectacular. Nothing was overbearing in the mix.

After a couple tracks from ...For Victory Karl announced that it was time to roll out the big guns. They started to play "World Eater", prompting the most violent pit of the night. It was pure chaos. I couldn't help but completely lose it in there. The end of the song segued into "Cenotaph", keeping the pit going strong. The band seemed to be feeding off the energy of the crowd. They were headbanging just as much as everybody else. After a couple more songs they finished the main set with the monolithic anthem, "When Cannons Fade", which sounded even more powerful live.

After leaving the stage the crowd chanted their name. They returned for a few more songs before saying the final farewell. When it was over I really couldn't believe how incredible the show was. I still can't. It's hard to properly explain it. It was truly an experience to see Bolt Thrower live. Adding Autopsy and Benediction to the equation just made it that much better. I've never headbanged and moshed so much in my life. I can honestly say this is the most fun I've ever had at a show.


The IVth Crusade
Entrenched
In Battle There Is No Law
Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)
When Glory Beckons
...For Victory
World Eater
Cenotaph
Salvo
No Guts, No Glory
When Cannons Fade
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War
Remembrance
The Killchain
Powder Burns

Onioner
05-26-2013, 12:56 AM
I took care of transportation bullshit at like 7 PM and arrived a couple songs into Autopsy, right around Embalmed. My phone died on the way over so I wasn't able to get ahold of Chris :(

Bolt Thrower- We weren't worthy.

christopher
05-26-2013, 01:15 AM
That was an amazing show. I'll post a detail review tomorrow.

mankvill
05-26-2013, 06:01 AM
:party:

Sepultura69
05-26-2013, 08:02 AM
I sold my second bolt thrower ticket to some poor sap for a hundred dollars(original ticket price was twenty two). I ended up using that 100 dollars to buy a fuck ton of autopsy/Bolt thrower shirts. The best part was that most of the shirts were running at ten bucks a piece.

OraclesofAgony
05-26-2013, 11:09 AM
This show completely exceeded my lofty expectations.

christopher
05-26-2013, 12:02 PM
I think I'm speaking for us all when I say there isn't much of a review yet because words can't describe how amazing it was. It is still sinking in that I saw Bolt Thrower play that majestic set.:bowdown:

slapguitarer
05-26-2013, 12:13 PM
I sold my second bolt thrower ticket to some poor sap for a hundred dollars(original ticket price was twenty two). I ended up using that 100 dollars to buy a fuck ton of autopsy/Bolt thrower shirts. The best part was that most of the shirts were running at ten bucks a piece.

Damn son, you hustling hard.

Onioner
05-26-2013, 03:12 PM
I think I'm speaking for us all when I say there isn't much of a review yet because words can't describe how amazing it was. It is still sinking in that I saw Bolt Thrower play that majestic set.:bowdown:

Yeap. My friend after the show- "There was none heavier! Dammit there was none heavier!"

treghet
05-26-2013, 04:29 PM
Review added!

infinitydeth
05-26-2013, 04:42 PM
Nice review
It sucks that I couldn't go :bouville:

El Gordo
05-26-2013, 04:53 PM
Aw fuck me in the beard, I wish Bolt Thrower were coming to Toronto!!

OraclesofAgony
05-26-2013, 08:46 PM
I was mesmerized by how awesome the bass was for Autopsy and Bolt Thrower. It made me want to try and learn to play bass now, that's how great it was.

OraclesofAgony
05-26-2013, 10:52 PM
When it was over I really couldn't believe how incredible the show was. I still can't. It's hard to properly explain it. It was truly an experience to see Bolt Thrower live. Adding Autopsy and Benediction to the equation just made it that much better. I've never headbanged and moshed so much in my life. I can honestly say this is the most fun I've ever had at a show.


You said it better than I ever could've.

Sepultura69
05-26-2013, 11:02 PM
This is from last nights show. :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
MdzrDiNUYQA

OraclesofAgony
05-26-2013, 11:09 PM
I watched every Youtube video of this show I could find earlier.

christopher
05-27-2013, 12:10 PM
Here's my review:

I remember walking up a few months ago to my phone going off and my friend telling me about this amazing show. Tickets went on sale a few days later and I spent the last few dollars in my account to purchase tickets online right when they went on sale. I had no idea there were going to be physical tickets at the record store. I would have gone there to save $10, but oh well.

The plan was to pick my friend up around 5 or 6 and head to the Glass House. My friend was coming back from TJ, so it took him a lot longer to get there than expected, so he ended up meeting me outside the venue right before Autopsy went on. Anyways, I just went and got the venue a little after 6. I met up with some friends. I ran into treghet and srm90 and got our free Ben and Jerrys. It was amazing!! I snacked on it while I waited in the will call line to get my ticket. Doors were at 7 but we waited until 730 to head in cause the line to get in was fucking terrible. It literally wrapped around the building. I got in around 740 and went straight the the merch booth to get my shirt. I was about to head upstairs to the merch but the security told me I had to wait in a line to get into the merch line. Luckily it was only a few minute wait before I could get into the merch line. I then had to wait about 25 minutes before I could get my In Battle shirt. It was amazing seeing everyone walking away with arm fulls of shirts. There were two boxes on the table for money and it was seriously just full of cash as everyone was buying their shirts.

Benediction started while I was still waiting to get my merch. The merch tables are in a spot where the stage is very clear. It is actually the best spot to view the bands from, so I didn't mind waiting to get a shirt while they played their first few songs. I went downstairs around the third or fourth song and got a good spot. I didn't know this was Benediction's first time on the West Coast. I never really listened to Benediction too much. I had the Subconscious Terror album and really dug that, but just never got around to listening to anything else. I was seriously blown away by how amazing Benediction was. Every song sounded so great! I really wanted to get in the pit but I was holding my shirts and didn't want to lose them. I'm super grateful I got a chance to see them. I'm going to get all this cds now and I seriously suggest everyone see them.

After Benediction, I went to my car to put my merch away and met up with my friend who I had a ticket for. We went into the bar next to The Glass House, grabbed some beer and headed into the Glass House to get a good spot for Autopsy. This was the second time seeing Autopsy and they put on just as awesome of a set as the last time I saw them. They're just a really fun band to see live. They played two new songs live for the first time and I really dug them. I can't wait to hear the new album next month when it comes out. They played for about an hour and ended at 10:10. Bolt Thrower was scheduled to go on at 10:30, but we figured it would be a little later, so we went outside to smoke a little weed and prepare for what was next.

We got back to the venue at 10:30 and there was a line to get back in. I suggested we go in through the bar to skip the line, so we did and literally the second we walked into the Glass House, the lights went out and the into track began. It was perfect timing! My friend turned to me and said that the into track made him feel like he was marching into Lord of the Rings. :lol: It was so true! I just can't explain how amazing they were live, especially seeing them stoned. Every riff was just so fucking great. When they played the opening chord to In Battle There is No Law, I squealed in excitement louder than a girl at a Justin Timberlake concert! I was so damn happy they busted that out. I had to jump in the pit for that one and went crazy! I used Anti Tank to run to the bathroom and grab another beer really quick and close my tab before I forgot. I'm not a big fan of that song. While I was in the bathroom, I guess some guy had to clean his pants off cause someone puked all over the rail in front of the band and he got pushed into the puke. That sucks!! I got back to my friend and just watched the rest of the show, not believing I was actually seeing the mighty Bolt Thrower! I was happy they played all of World Eater since they sometimes cut the last half out. In the end, the played for about 75 minutes. Karl said he would see us next time...in 15 years haha. I really hope they come back one day. If not, then no worries because I at least got to have this religious experience once in my life. This was probably one of the best shows I have seen.

After the show ended, we went across the street to the Fox Theater cause there was a taco place open and got some food to sober us all up before we went home.

XDoomsayerX
05-27-2013, 03:39 PM
Nice reviews by treghat and christopher! Srm90(my homie scott) told me his tales of this day in person and honestly it sounded epic as fuck for any Bolt Thrower fan. Good stuff!

treghet
05-28-2013, 11:06 AM
When they played the opening chord to In Battle There is No Law, I squealed in excitement louder than a girl at a Justin Timberlake concert!

Imagining you doing this... :lol:

Nice reviews by treghat and christopher! Srm90(my homie scott) told me his tales of this day in person and honestly it sounded epic as fuck for any Bolt Thrower fan. Good stuff!

It really was. Like Chris said on the first page, it's hard to put it into words. It's one of those things you just had to be there for.