I don't have time for a full review, but I'm going to try to do one for the Anaal Nathrakh show this wednesday. Anyway, here's a really quick summary. I wasn't actually going to go to this in the beginning, but I bought one of my friends (a huge ATR and Dethklok fan) a ticket for his birthday, so I went with him and had a blast in the end. The turnout wasn't exceptional: 2/3 of the venue capacity wasn't exceded at any moment.
The Black Dahlia Murder:
Fun and aggressive as always. The guys seemed to have a blast (and to be high as fuck) on stage, and so did the crowd. There were some pits and lots of chanting. The sound sucked though; the triggers buried the guitars completely.
All That Remains:
Their set felt like a reunion with an old friend. I had not seen them since the In Flames tour about 4 years ago and I had not listened to their records seriously. Hearing the three songs they played from The Fall of Ideals
was absolutely fantastic, plus Phil and Jeanne's vocals were surprisingly spot on and brutal. The quality of the sound mix also went up a few notches, but they had some problems with the drums, which caused some delays and forced them to cut a song from their set. Speaking of the set, I thought there were too many pop-rock influenced songs (like "Hold On" or "Two Weeks"), but it made sense, because these were the songs that the kids around me seemed to enjoy the most.
Probably the best band performance of the evening. Everything about it was massive: the sound (those slow parts were crushing!), the stage setting and the band's presence. These guys seriously have what it takes to play in big arenas. The pits for "Imperium" and "Aesthetics of Hate" were the best of the night, and opening with "This Is the End" was a great choice in my opinion. However, the length of the set (only five songs
) and the lack of old school material was very disappointing.
My first time seeing them and it was one of the most entertaining shows I've seen, the videos were hilarious; Brandon and his crew totally exploded my expectations. Except for the feedback problems they had in the beginning, the songs were executed perfectly. The band didn't move that much, but their staticness was compensated by the video aspect of the show. My highlights were the all time classic "Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle" and when Brandon spoke to the crowd with all the Metalocalypse main characters' voices (except Murderface, of course).
Overall, it was a really pleasant evening with these four catchy, accessible, yet excellent bands. Nothing too demanding, just pure fun.
The Black Dahlia Murder
A Shrine to Madness
On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood
What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
Malenchanments of the Necrosphere
I Will Return
All That Remains
Down Through The Ages
Become The Catalyst
This Is the End
Aesthetics of Hate
I Ejaculate Fire
Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle
Go Into the Water
Crush the Industry