Fun show! I went inside as soon as Pig Champion, an awesome local Chicago hardcore group came on and as usual, they were crazy as all hell. As soon as they started the singer did his usual thing of bashing the mic into his forehead so he had blood dripping down from his head the whole time. All those guys are fucking nutcases on stage but the nicest people off stage. I'm glad these guys got a spot on this show, they deserve a lot of attention.
Next up was another local band called Skinwalker. I actually enjoyed them. They were a combination of thrash with power metal song structures as well. Can't really think of what to call them, all I can say is that I probably wouldn't enjoy listening to them all the time but they did put on a great show. And they did a cover of Dio's "The Last In Line", that was cool.
Havok were next and I really don't like them. This was my 3rd time seeing them and they played the exact same set when they opened for Exhumed last fall, minus a couple songs. They do have a great live show, I'll give them that but I really don't like their music all too much.
And shortly after they were done I discovered one of my new favorite live bands and will do whatever I can to see them every time they come near by: KRISIUN. HOLY FUCK. I was anticipating them to be awesome but they blew those expectations away. Mother of fucking god. I don't even know how to put it into words... all I can say is INTENSE. They stole the show, no doubt about it. They had some guitar problems for the first 2 songs, the drummer did a solo before "The Will to Potency" so something was going on. That guy is a beast. Also met all of them and got them to sign my copy of Southern Storm
! Not 100% sure of the set, should've kept track but it doesn't really matter in the end because they were too good.
Kings of Killing
The Will to Potency
Black Force Domain
Death Angel had been in the Chicago area at least 3 times in the past 2 years and this was actually my first time seeing them. I used to be big into The Ultra-Violence
a couple years ago but lost interest since, but man I'm gonna have to give that another listen! They were fantastic! Lots of energy from all the members. No one was in the same spot for every song. The sound was great too. It took them a while to set up but it was worth the wait. I'm definitely gonna have to see them again next time they're back!
I Chose the Sky
Mistress of Pain
Claws In So Deep
Seemingly Endless Time
The Ultra-Violence (first couple minutes)
Thrown to the Wolves
The place cleared out after Death Angel were done, looked like a lot of people were there just to see them. That or one of two other things. One being that people can't accept the Sepultura line up as the "real" Sepultura, which is kinda bogus because they put on an awesome live show to this day. And they did tonight, which then leads me to the second thing. Their set list blew, HARD. Last year they played mostly classics with some newer songs thrown in. This year was the exact opposite. I left half way through because it wasn't worth sitting through waves of boring ass groove metal to hear "Arise" or "Inner Self", especially since I saw both early in the set last year. The set is from setlist.fm from a previous date, and it's not any different. I highly doubt they'd pull out another song from Beneath the Remains
just for our date. Take a look and commence the
Dark Wood of Error
Dead Embryonic Cells
Convicted in Life
Septic Schizo / Escape to the Void
Just One Fix(Ministry cover)
Roots Bloody Roots
Overall, it was a great show and if it's coming through to your area I suggest going for Death Angel and Krisiun. Again, Sepultura are great live but god damn, that set was awful.