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Old 10-16-2010, 11:00 AM
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Immolation -- Santa Ana, CA -- October 15th, 2010

I arrived about an hour before the show was supposed to start, so I went and sat at one of the tables and ordered some mozzarella sticks, which were pretty damn good. After a bit of a delay, the first local band, Crepitus, came on. They're a decent band, but their sound was pretty muddy. I would say it was probably due to having three guitarists. After their set the place filled up quickly and the mighty Gravehill was setting up. I was surprised, because last time I saw Gravehill there was hardly anybody there for them. I'm not a big fan of them, but they are incredible live. Their sound was spot on and the crowd was really into them. For anybody who doesn't know of Gravehill, they wear spike gauntlets and spit fake blood everywhere. Also, one of the guitarist puts on armor and a helmet with horns. While they may look ridiculous, it definitely adds a lot to evil vibe of their live show. They played about six songs, but I don't know their material well enough to remember the whole set. They did play a new song, but I didn't catch the title of it.

The first two songs were:
  1. Rites of the Pentagram
  2. Bloodsoaked

After Gravehill most of the crowd went outside or to the lounge. Lecherous Nocturne was up next. They really didn't impress me much. Some of the riffs were good, but the vocalist was terrible. Also, I could tell the drummer had talent, but he relied way too much on blast beats. I don't know what their set consisted of.

Next was Abigail Williams. Now, I wasn't too excited about them being on this tour, but they really impressed me. Their new material sounds nothing like their older stuff. While it is not revolutionary, it is a big step in the right direction. Also, they have all new members since the last time I saw them and their stage attire is more of the typical black metal style, versus the trendy look the band had in the past. They only played songs off their new album, which I was happy with.
  1. Final Destiny of the Gods
  2. The Mysteries That Bind the Flesh
  3. Infernal Divide

Finally Vader was setting up. I have been dying to see them and I was pretty excited. As expected, they were awesome, and so was the set! The crowds from outside and the lounge had returned and the pit was intense for the whole set. Peter talked to the crowd a bit between songs and dedicated one to Oscar, the bassist of Pathology. I'm not sure what happened to him, but I assume that is why Pathology didn't play the show. Anyway, they played some of my favorite songs and did This Is The War as an encore. I'd also like to add that Devilizer is incredibly heavy live.
  1. Silent Empire
  2. Act of Darkness
  3. Blood of Kingu
  4. Incarnation
  5. Sothis
  6. Revolt
  7. Vision and the Voice
  8. Reborn in Flames
  9. Wings
  10. Devilizer
  11. Carnal
  12. This Is the War

After Vader about half of the crowd left, which was a bit disappointing, but those who stayed were there to have fun... mostly. I would like to say that at most metal shows there are a couple assholes in the pit, and I try to avoid them, but I had a minor encounter during Immolation. During the second song my friend was trying to start a pit and he pushed me into some people. One guy pushed me back, I ran into some other people, and then I pushed him. Then he gave me this pissy look and said started yelling at me. If you're going to be a little bitch, don't go in the pit. Those of us who are in the pit are they to push each other and have fun, not stand there like lifeless drones. But whatever, I didn't let it bother me too much. I just stayed away from him for the rest of the show.

Immolation blew me away. I knew they were good live, as I had seen them with Nile earlier this year, but it was so much better to see them headline. Their setlist spanned throughout their discography with a good amount of old songs and some of the best ones from the new album. I really couldn't ask for much more. Their sound was perfect and they seemed to be happy to be playing to us, thanking us multiple times throughout the set. One of the surprises for me was seeing World Agony. I was really hoping to hear that song, so when it was announced I think I shat a little bit. And the epic Close to a World Below was another highlight for me. All in all, this was a pretty damn good show, and Immolation topped it off perfectly. Since the show started late, they didn't get to play Harnessing Ruin, but I left energized and ecstatic.
  1. The Purge
  2. Majest and Decay
  3. Once Ordained
  4. Father, You're Not a Father
  5. Hate's Plague
  6. Close to a World Below
  7. Nailed to Gold
  8. A Glorious Epoch
  9. Of Martyrs and Men
  10. Thunderous Consequence
  11. Those Left Behind
  12. World Agony
  13. Power and Shame

I was originally only going to buy one shirt, but Immolation was selling the last of the Whispering Death shirts for $10 (all others were $20), so ended up getting that too. Also, after going to shows my neck is usually pretty stiff the next morning from all the headbanging, but this time I thought of stretching my neck a bit beforehand, and it really helps. I don't know why I hadn't thought of doing that before. So, I recommend it if you don't already do it.
Ride the wings of death.

Last edited by treghet; 10-16-2010 at 12:45 PM.
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