Behemoth -- West Hollywood, CA -- February 2nd, 2005
Originally posted at Ultimatemetal.com
KEY CLUB - W. HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 2, 2005
BY RODRIGO ESCANDON
Behemoth is currently touring with Suffocation and Cattle Decapitation but they were the only band that interested me in watching. So on a cool and crisp night I made my way to the Key Club, which is quickly becoming the favorite destination for most of the metal tours that come to Los Angeles and undoubtedly it’s one of the better places to catch a show. The stage is just about 3 or 4 feet above the pit area and there is no division to separate the stage with the fans. So one can really see a performance really up close and personal.
I made to the club just as Cattle Decapitation was beginning their set. By this time the club was already packed and it took some time of pushing my way through to go to the bottom part of the venue where the merchandise section was. Down there I met some of the Century Media folks and just talked to them during the entire time that Cattle Decapitation played. During our conversation I found out that Behemoth was going to have a shortened set possibly due to some curfew that the Key Club had to honor. This was very unfortunate to hear but what can you do?
Once Cattle Decapitation ended their set, I went back upstairs, got a beer and got as close as possible to the stage. It didn’t take the band long to setup their stage and soon we were experiencing the intensity that a Behemoth show provides. Nergal and the rest of the band do an outstanding job of commanding the stage and capturing everyone’s attention. Since this is a tour for their newest album Demigod, the band played “Conquer All”, “Demigod” and “Sculpting the Throne ov Seth” and got an enthusiastic response for all these new songs. They rounded up the set list with such classics like “Christians to the Lions”, “As Above So Below” and “Chant for Eschaton 2000”. Behemoth relentlessly played for 30 minutes and everyone at the sold-out Key Club looked to have thoroughly enjoyed their performance.
With no interest whatsoever of seeing Suffocation (I am just not a fan) I decided to call it a night and head back home leaving totally impressed by Behemoth’s performance and hoping to see them again quite soon.
The setlist should be exact except I could be missing one or two songs.