Napalm Death -- Chicago, IL -- November 27th, 2006
Last night I caught the Death by Decibels tour, featuring: Napalm Death, A Life Once Lost, Dead to Fall, Animosity, and Bludgeon. The venue was The Pearl Room, which is a new venue located in Mokena, IL. The Pearl Room is located in a strip mall, and holds around 1,400 people. The set-up there is odd. As you enter the place, the first thing that you notice is a bar that must be over 1,500 square feet. After walking through that area, you enter the stage area, which is just a little bit larger than the bar area. The stage is on the left, so most individuals at the bar would not see the stage. A couple of balconies were added, but appear to be an afterthought. Though the venue was architecturally challenged, the sound was surprisingly great.
I met a buddy there and we were ready to go see our boys from Birmingham. We walked up to door to purchase our tickets and the woman there said “two dollars.” The show was supposed to be $20, so we asked her again and she said the same thing. I guess that they didn’t sell enough tickets and were hoping to make up some cash on beer sales.
We had to wait through the first few bands, but were pleasantly surprised with Dead to Fall and A Life Once Lost. Prior to Napalm’s set, the sound guys had difficulties with Barney’s microphone. Basically, after 20 or so minutes of trying to figure out the problem, they ended up routing a couple of new cords, plugged in two microphones, and were finally set. Napalm Death finally hit the stage and they started with Sink Fast, Let Go and then went straight into Unchallenged Hate. During this song, the crowd went nuts. These guys tore it up and offered the crowd one of the most brutal sets yet! The majority of their songs came off their Smear Campaign and The Code is Red…Long Live the Code albums.
Even though only 500 or so individuals showed up, these guys played like they were playing in front of 10,000. After the show, we met the band and hung out with them for a couple of hours. We had a great time and I got to hang with one of my all-time favorite bands. Plus, I got to see one of the best shows of the year for $2.00!
Here is their set list:
Sink Fast, Let Go
Suffer the Children
Silence is Deafening
Instruments of Persuasion
When All is Said and Done
Puritanical Punishment Beating
The Code is Red…Long Live the Code
Persona Non Grata
Nazi Punks Fuck Off!
Siege of Power
Last edited by jeremysaal; 11-28-2006 at 12:17 PM.