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Old 03-05-2012, 06:36 AM
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Deicide -- Montreal, Quebec -- March 4th, 2012

Venue: Foufounes Électriques

I had a band rehearsal that day and the concert was starting at 7:00 pm, so I had to hurry in order to get there on time. In the end, I almost managed to: when I entered the place, Lecherous Nocturne was already playing and my friend had to buy his ticket, so we missed the first half of their set. The first thing I noticed is that they got a new vocalist and that he's not as good as the bearded behemoth that sang on their albums. He has only one style of raspy black metal vocals that didn't fit the music that much. Though, the band killed it: the complex riffs were spot on and the drumming was violent as hell. The crowd didn't seem to know them much, but most seemed to enjoy their performance.

The next band is one I always had trouble thinking of seriously, mainly because of their incapacity to settle on a particular style (their albums ranging from blackened deathcore to symphonic black metal and now to Wolves in the Throne Room-esque atmospheric black metal), but still I have to admit that the new album, Becoming, although not being that much original, was filled with quality songs. They played 3 very long songs from the new record almost without interacting with the crowd. It created a dark atmosphere, but their songs never appealed to me, so at some points I got a bit bored. Still they gave an excellent performance, much better than when I saw them open for Rotting Christ last year, and they managed to captivate the attention of most of the crowd. There weren't a lot of movement, but after the songs they got lots of applauses and screaming. Something that really made me laugh during their set is that some guy on my right was constantly doing weird gestures with an evil look in his eyes, like if he was doing some sort of satanic ritual. It was so ridiculous I couldn't keep myself from looking at him and laugh.

The band that really got things going was Jungle Rot. Their caveman groovy death metal isn't something I would regularly listen to at home, but it slayed in a live context. The slam/groove breakdowns were extremely heavy and the old-school death metal riffs were exquisitely thrashy. The pit started to look like a wrestling ring, with huge dudes slamming into eachother, it was fun to watch . The crowd really went crazy for them; everyone was headbanging, yelling, chanting and circle-piting. Also, one thing I really enjoyed about these midwest guys is that they were very sympathetic: on the oposite of Deicide, they seemed to have the time of their lives on stage and the frontman kept yelling "old school man, old school!" It was a huge death metal party and one of the most fun sets of this style of metal I have witnessed. After "Gore Bag", the crowd was chanting for them to come back, so they asked if they could play one more, and they did. I love it when bands like this one really seem to care about their fans.

At last, the band everyone was waiting for came in; the legendary Deicide. Just like when they played last year, they went on stage with their "no fuck given" attitude, just plugging their instruments in and playing. Also, they mostly played the songs they played last year (except for "Save Your", "Blame It on God" and "Oblivious to Evil" that were added and "Dead but Dreaming" that was removed). Yet, what was different from last year is that it wasn't Deicide's triumphant return to Canada after 7 years of absence anymore, so the crowd was thinner and less excited. The band line-up had also changed: Ralph Stanolla isn't in the band anymore and he was replaced by an excellent guitarist by the name of Kevin. His mastery of the solos was impressive. Speaking about technical skills, the band was tight as fuck, every riff was clean and crushing (except sometimes for Jack Owen's solos, but they were still awesome). Hearing these death metal classics once again was a treat, their songs (especially the old ones) are extremely fun live. However, the thing that bothers me about Deicide shows is that the band doesn't seem to care about being on stage. They don't move, they always waste too much time between songs and Glen Benton's interaction with the crowd (although it's funny sometimes) doesn't feel that warm. Even if the crowd's really into them, there are always discomforting moments when nothing happens and it kills the intensity of the performance; and at the end of their set it seemed like they were hurrying up to finish the two last songs because they were looking forward to get off the stage, which is waht they did without saying a word after "Oblivious to Evil". This leads me to the song selection: I believe that if they really cared about their fans, they would listen to them and play songs from Legion and at least switch up their set a bit more. Playing every song you played on the last tour is just lazy, but it still fucking Deicide. When you go to a Deicide show, you know you won't be surprised, but that you'll get a huge slab of excellent, classic death metal executed perfectly.

Lecherous Nocturne (partial)
Death Hurts Only the Living
Edict of Worms
We Are As Dust

Abigail Williams

Ascension Sickness
Infinite Fields of Mind
Beyond the Veil

Jungle Rot

Their Finest Hour
Blood Ties
Demon Souls
Worst Case Scenario
Misplaced Anger
Let Them Die
Rise Up and Revolt
Fight for Life
Strong Shall Survive
Gore Bag


Strangulation Mutilation


Homage for Satan
Dead by Dawn
Once Upon the Cross
Scars of the Crucifix
When Satan Rules His World
Serpents of the Light
Save Your
Hang in Agony Until You're Dead
Blame It on God
They Are the Children of the Underworld
Death to Jesus
Witness of Death
Into the Darkness You Go
How Can You Call Yourself A God
Kill the Christian
Suicidal Sacrifice
Lunatic of God's Creation
Oblivious to Evil
8/6 - SubRosa

Last edited by VoidFlame; 03-08-2012 at 03:03 PM.
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