High on Fire -- Santa Cruz, CA -- December 18th, 2012
Very fun show, I ended up giving slapguitarer and TonyD a lift over the mountain to Santa Cruz. Good seeing you as always slap and it was nice to finally meet you Tony! I also ran into like 4 or 5 friends from high school at the show which was nice but also really strange. I also interviewed Reed from CoC before the show- very cool guy!
Lo Pan opened up and were enjoyable, but not super great.
Goatwhore were just as awesome as they were at Summer Slaughter. Ben Falgoust needed barely any room to be a killer frontman and the live sound was perfect for the set. I think this is their set based on what setlist.fm had for previous shows, but a song or two may have been cut. They of course did end with Apocalyptic Havoc though.
1. Collapse in Eternal Worth
2. When Steel and Bone Meet
3. Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word
4. Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult
5. Embodiment of This Bitter Chaos
6. In Deathless Tradition
7. Sky Inferno
8. Beyond the Spell of Discontent
9. Judgement of the Bleeding Crown
10. To Mourn and Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways
11. An End to Nothing
12. Apocalyptic Havoc
Corrosion of Conformity tore the roof off. When they decided to be slow they were heavy as hell and when they were fast the pit flared up. Mike looked like a psycho farmer and Woody kept jumping around like he was young again. Reed's vocals were also much better now than they were in the 80s as were Mike's. they played for about 50 minutes or so. I'm definitely down to catch them on a headlining date sometime soon! This setlist is from the actual paper, so it's accurate. The Seven Days/Your Tomorrow medley wasn't labeled as such on the setlist but I'm assuming the medley is what they ended up doing since all the recent sets from setlist.fm have it.
1. Psychic Vampire
3. Rat City
5. Seven Days/Your Tomorrow
6. The Doom
7. Vote with a Bullet
8. The Moneychangers
9. Priest Brains
10. Mad World
11. Hungry Child
High on Fire slayed as usual. Serums of Liao was a much better opener than I thought it would be. Des was also in top form, his drumming sounded incredible at this show. Dude also added double bass to Devilution, which I don't remember him doing the last few times I saw HoF. Matt's voice was also his best that I've heard, it was super clear and be seemed to be trying to match the vocal lines from the studio versions more than in previous years. The intro to Rumors of War was a good example of this. He also talked to the crowd a lot more than usual. His soloing also seemed a little cleaner than in past shows. Looks like sober Matt Pike is a better overall live performer than drunk Pike. Jeff was on fire as always but he wasn't as audible as I would have liked. Still a fucking awesome set though of course it needs to be longer. This one clocked in at 73 minutes without the 5 minutes of feedback at the end. I jotted down the setlist as Matt announced it.
1. Serums of Liao
2. Frost Hammer
3. 10,000 Years
6. Fertile (fucking) Green
8. Rumors of (fucking) War
10. Fury Whip
11. Madness of an Architect
12. Snakes for the Divine
Brocas Helm/Hatchet/Exmortus/Midnight Chaser 11/22
High on Fire/Kvelertak 12/12
Exodus/Nails/Hellfire (???) 12/20
Neurosis/Bl'ast!/YOB (???) 12/29
Last edited by Onioner; 12-26-2012 at 06:33 PM.