Behemoth -- Austin, TX -- April 12th, 2014
Blow You Trumpets Gabriel
Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
As Above So Below
Slaves Shall Serve
Christians to the Lions
Ov Fire and The Void
Alas, The Lord is Upon Me
At the Left Hand ov God
Chant for Eschaton 2000
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O Father, O Satan, O Sun!
Force of the Floating Tomb
Nefarious Dismal Orations
Command of the Dark Crown
Embraced by the Unholy Powers of Death and Destruction
Those of the Night
Astral Path to Supreme Majesties
Infinite Interstellar Genocide
So the organizers of the Austin date turned Metal Alliance into Texas Independence Fest by adding Abigail Williams, Wayne Static and a bunch of shitty to mediocre local bands. Oh and of course tickets jumped 10-15 dollars more than what Metal Alliance would have been. With only one stage and a bunch of bands doors were at noon, but I didn’t show up until the Metal Alliance bands started around 6:30pm. After watching a couple Black Crown Initiate songs I was quite bored, so I went outside until Inquisition started.
Inquisition opened and closed their set with the respective opening and closing tracks off last year’s excellent Obscure Verses for the Multiverse. Their sound got better as the set went on, so by that virtue alone Infinite Interstellar Genocides sounded great. The other five songs of Inquisition’s set was comprised of tracks from four older albums, so they definitely varied the short set well for the time given. In my opinion they are one of the best black metal bands currently making music and their live performance only strengthens their devoted following. On setlist.fm it looks like they played 9 songs in Colorado, so we got shorted a couple great songs with this stupid festival format; but I will take any Inquisition I can get.
So on our date Goatwhore played next so I’m not sure if they’re trading on and off the direct support slot with 1349 or if this was something else that had to do with our little festival thing. Anyway, Goatwhore sounded solid as usual. I wasn’t keeping track of their set, but they played at least 10 songs including that new one Baring Teeth For Revolt. They had a brilliant shirt for sale that said “Less White Chapel, More Haunting The Chapel” on the back.
1349 played next and delivered a fierce set. I’m not familiar enough with them to provide any set at all, but after seeing them I think I’ll check out one of their early albums. I was more interested in the prospect of seeing Frost behind the kit, but their drummer sounded great.
Behemoth closed out the festivities in grand fashion. Their standard smoke machines and strobe lights were in full effect. The new songs from The Satanist sounded quite epic. The rest of their set was all pretty standard staple for Behemoth, which is kind of a let down. I wish they’d pull some deeper cuts from the past albums. I mean they still sound brutal, but how many times do you need to see Conquer All when they have such a rich discography? But, they still put on a powerful show. Behemoth and Inquisition were worth the price of admission, Goatwhore and 1349 were black icing on the cake.