This was definitely the best performance I've seen TBDM give, and one of the best shows I've been too in a long time.
We got there towards the end of Hatesphere, about 2 songs. They were pretty generic in my opinion, and just didn't do it for me. Felt like they were trying to hard to be the likes of Unearth minus all the heavy. They weren't bad, just nothing new.
Up next was Augury, and I have to say, I'm not sure how I feel about them. They had one of those cheesy epic choir and orchestral opening tracks, and they just felt a little ridiculous, especially between songs. I really dug their TechDeath side, some great guitars and bass work, but the vocalist threw in Folk Metal-esque clean parts that just did not mix and added to the whole cheesy effect.
Next was what I was most excited for, Obscura. Fucking unbelievable. They sounded absolutely perfect live, and the crowd was eating out of the palm of their hands. The reaction they were getting was better than I've seen a lot of headliners receive, the room was on fire the whole time they were on stage. They said it was their first time playing in NYC, and I can not wait for them to return.
Set list should be the same as of late:
The Anticosmic Overload
Choir Of Spirits
Finally, the mighty Black Dahlia Murder. These guys never disappoint, nor did I expect them to, but they really stepped up their game from their last headlining run. They had that wacky energy that some may say they are known best for, and they sounded amazing. This sort of venue definitely caters best for the band, small club with no barrier. As much as I like them in an outdoor festival enviornment, it felt like the walls were going to blow out during their set, which follows.
Noticeably shorter then recently, which is kinda lame considering they had to be done before 11 for a dance club, but hey, everyone needs to dance
However, they cut out most of the new material, which I love, but I would much rather hear Elder Misanthropy. I did miss I'm Charming and Christ Deformed, though:
A Vulgar Picture
Everything Went Black
Closed Casket Requiem
What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
I Will Return
On topic of the venue, this was held in Santo's Party House off of Canal Street. If you ever hear of a show there, GO TO IT!! It was a bit of a trek from Midtown, but it was an easy walk (right down 7th). What I fell in love with was the intimacy and the sound was unbelievable. They had a great board/technician, and they had speakers lining the walls. I can't remember the last time I heard such good sound.