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Old 09-14-2012, 03:46 PM
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Primordial -- Charlotte, NC -- September 13th, 2012

It would be hard to ask for a better four band performance than what I saw last night. These were four bands with different styles, different approaches to music, different influences, and different personalities, but they all meshed together incredibly well. Despite the variance of each performance in regards to the others, and all the contrasting styles of music being played, all these bands seemed to belong with one another.

I'm going to start by saying that there's a review over on Metal Archives for Metazoa entitled "A Life Changing Release." It was written by a certain someone that still drops in here every now and then. There's one passage that reads:

"This album is what I believe all modern metal bands should strive to create. It is an album that wears its influences proudly, but still forges its seal into the material, all the while creating something truly magical. This is a life changing album, and an effort that makes you excited about a young band's future. I will be watching these guys for the rest of their careers, and if this album is any indication, they will be making some of the best metal in a long time."

This was obviously written before Dwellings came out, and Dwellings sort of stamped a seal of approval on the last sentence of this passage. I still don't know which album I like more, to be honest, or which album is better, but I'm not sure anything will top the first time I really sat down and listened to Metazoa. From the first notes on "Scavengers Feast" to the final acoustic melody on "Voices of the Mountain," it was a very special experience... my best Cormorant moment. And at that point I had virtually no hope Cormarant would ever make it this far east, so I could actually hear them live, and nor did I expect them to, but they did. And so did Vektor. And less than two hours from where I live nonetheless. There was no way I was missing this show. Even though I had to get up early the next morning to give a presentation in state & local politics about Wilkes County funding a water intake project at the dam which will eventually pipe water to the two towns in the county so the towns won't have to draw water out of rivers and spend tons of money running it through water treatment plants, there was no way I was missing this show.

I rode to Charlotte with a friend after she got off work and she got me in for free. She's grown to know the management at Tremont, and they treat her and her guests like royalty. Free drinks, free pizza, free admission... I've been to some venues where I was treated like shit, but this definitely wasn't one of them. She sat back at the bar the entire evening and watched from a distance, too tired to really enjoy the brilliance that was emanating from the stage between 8:30 and 1:00am. I however...

...Walked up to the stage just as Nemesis finished, so I'll have to exclude them from this review, because I didn't see them. Ten minutes after I walked in, or thereabout, Cormorant took the stage. Their set was:

Scavengers Feast
Unearthly Dreamings
Junta

Now, keep in mind all these sets, excepting Primordial's, were abbreviated because Vektor was added to the line-up for this one night. This is a Primordial/While Heaven Wept/Cormorant tour. Vektor intersected them for this one night, so Cormorant definitely played a shorter set than they otherwise would have. But if they had to play three songs, I couldn't be more satisfied with these three. Of anything off Metazoa to hear, Scavengers Feast would be my number one choice. It's the first Cormorant song I ever heard, and it's burned further into the back of my mind than any other Cormorant song. So that's the perfect opener. And if I had to pick one song to hear off Dwellings it would be Unearthly Dreamings (followed closely by Funambulist), so I was completely satisfied with those two. But then Junta . I wasn't expecting Junta, but GOD YES. Awesome song. If I remember right they started it off by tapping some cymbals before a bass came in, and eventually it led into the actual song. It was kind of like an improvised intro. Maybe they had a little extra time to play with but couldn't play another song if they wanted to play Junta, so they improvised an intro? No sound sample at the 2:30 mark, and no sound sample during the intro of Unearthly Dreamings, but no biggie. Cormorant nailed it... very emotional music live. The guitar tone was dead on. At times Cormorant plays music you just start swaying to. It hits you down deep, which is the difference between good music and great music. A part of me wishes they could have played longer, but another part of me knows that a longer Cormorant set would've meant no Vektor. But actually...

While Heaven Wept played before Vektor. They played:

Vast Oceans Lachrymose
The Furthest Shore
The Drowning Years
Soulsadness
Vessel

I came to this show to see Cormorant and Vektor. I was unfamiliar with While Heaven Wept and Primordial coming in, but While Heaven Wept was absolutely spectacular. I had no idea... what I've been missing out on all these years. Or maybe they're just this incredible live? I got this set from a friend of theirs who obviously knew the band's material, so I'm fairly confident it's accurate. While Heaven Wept played some of the most trance-inducing stuff I've ever heard live. The Furthest Shore, all fifteen minutes of it, was incredible. That guitar solo that went on and on and on in The Furthest Shore blew my mind. If you're like me and haven't listened to this band, see them live. They won't disappoint you. Now I'm going to take the time to actually listen to their music, and hopefully I'm not let down comparing it to the awesomeness that they are live. Their vocalist embodied everything that's right about music. Heart, passion, emotion, energy, strength... he absolutely killed it. He spent as much time on his knees as his feet. And he's obviously talented too. When I wasn't watching him, my eyes were transfixed on the lead guitarist, who was also a pleasure to watch. After While Heaven Wept, next up was...

Vektor. And they played:

Cosmic Cortex
Black Future
Tetrastructural Minds
Dark Nebula
DNA
Asteroid

Vektor is kind of like Cormorant in that they've put out two full-lengths, both of which are fantastic albums. Both Black Future and Outer Isolation are brilliant. If I had to choose a favorite between the two, it would probably be Outer Isolation, and they played the best two songs off that album last night. Vektor's set was another winning set. It's nice to see bands play what you'd like them to. I've got to say, Vektor brought as much energy live as any band I've ever seen. The energy radiated from the stage throughout their set. I tried to give up headbanging a long time ago, but it's fucking hard when you're standing four feet from Vektor. These guys really brought it, like they always do from what I've heard. Slap's review said it all. Awesome tone/sound, utter mastery of their material, great stage presence, awesome looking equipment (including the sparkling pink drum kit)... when you watch Vektor it's like you're in the early 1980's witnessing the beginning of the thrash movement (not that I would know from experience, but still...), that's what it feels like. It just feels so real. There's no new age thrash band that can do what Vektor did last night. At least not that I know of. All the solos were dead on. Not one second after that choppy guitar part kicked in at the 2:08 mark of Cosmic Cortex a pit erupted. A girl standing right in front of me with her boyfriend looked back at me with bewilderment in her eyes... with a "god, shit just got real quick" kind of look. Cormorant's guitarist was standing right in front of me during the first part of their set too, trying to avoid the madness in the center of the crowd. I can definitely understand the people saying Vektor's giving "performance of the year" type performances on this tour. Again, I wish this show had started about two hours earlier so all these bands could've played more. Around 11:30 or 11:45pm I'm guessing...

Primordial took the stage, and their set:

No Grave Deep Enough
God to the Godless
As Rome Burns
Lain With the Wolf
The Golden Spiral
The Mouth of Judas
Heathen Tribes
Bloodied Yet Unbowed
Gallows Hymn
The Coffin Ships
Empires Fall

And I'm not sure about this set. This is what it's been though, and I know their last song was Empire Falls. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know and I'll change it. Like I said, I don't know this band's material at all; I came into the show unfamiliar with them. But like While Heaven Wept, oh can they can perform live. Their lead singer was the best front man of the night. He did everything While Heaven Wept's vocalist did except longer. I was pretty tired by this point, so I watched at least half of Primordial's set with my friend back at the bar. Which was kind of a bummer, but I'd seen the bands I went to see. I got to watch the members of Cormorant, Vektor and While Heaven Wept come out of the backstage room in a single file line, all wearing corpse paint, storm through the crowd to the center of the stage and riot. There was a great atmosphere to this show. All the bands got along really well and supported and talked to each other. The drummer of Vektor was wearing a Cormorant shirt by the end of the evening. Of all the bands, I saw Primordial the least, but I didn't exactly hang around after the show. We left during Empire Falls to beat the crowd out.

Like I said, this was a spectacular show. And a spectacular tour. I hope all you guys that were fortunate enough to see it got as much out of it as I did.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:59 PM
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Great show, easily one of the best packages I've seen in years, and the Primordial set was one of my top 5 all time...incredible.

The WHW set was:
Vast Oceans Lachrymose
The Furthest Shore
The Drowning Years
Soulsadness
Vessel

The Primordial set you have is correct but they also played Gallows Hymn immediately before The Coffin Ships...

This is what I'd written on another board regarding this show:

Either of the 3 'main' bands (Primordial/While Heaven Wept/Vektor) would get me to drive 3 hours for a show, so last night was a no brainer.

Nemesis started off the evening with a nod to the Toxic Holocaust/Municipal Waste school of new-thrash. The three piece tore through their set, with their exuberance somewhat smoothing their rough edges. So-so for me, but one in our group loved 'em-- bullet belt, white high tops, festooned denim jacket and all.

Cormorant were a bit of mystery going in-- I hadn't heard of them until a few weeks ago when this show was announced. I picked up their recent "Dwellings" album and gave it some cursory listens but wasn't immediately sold. About 1 minute into their set I was hooked-- progressive 70's mellow vibe stuff coupled with blackened recent Agallochisms stretched into long flowing passages-- great stuff. I immediately picked up their other 2 releases following their 3(?) song, 30 minute set. This band definitely deserves some more time...

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT
I've been a fan since the shortened version of "The Drowning Years" appeared on Knuckletracks 45 back in 2002. Around this time (as well as on the same compilation), various DC folks and Unrestrained! Magazine's Adrian Bromley started touting the incestuously-related band Brave. Simultaneously, Tom "Plomerus" Phillips' drive-by doom postings on the BW&BK Braveboard regarding doom's 27 sub-genres and mandatory listening made me even more interested. Sadly, it was also in this era that I learned that North American While Heaven Wept shows were only more rare than said band's recorded output to date...I figured they'd be "one of those bands" that I'd never see...

Last night marked the 3rd time in the last year I've had the opportunity to see them-- all in different cities, in different roster slots, and the mainstay (besides "Vessel" always bringing the house down)-- is HOW FUCKING INCREDIBLE THEY SOUND, regardless of venue-- modern small theater, suburban sports bar, or dank shit club. Being up near the front did make Rain's vocals and Michelle's harmonies a bit difficult to hear, but everything else was seamless. Being near Jim Hunter's bass cabinet is also a treat-- that guy is a monster-- sadly his watch-me-fly-all-over-the-place showcase of "Thus With a Kiss I Die" was not in the set last night, but still...

Due to time constraints I'm guessing (Vektor being an add-on for this show), the final show in the "Fear of Infinity US Tour 2012" had no songs from said album included in the set, which was about 40 minutes long:

Vast Oceans Lachrymose
The Furthest Shore (the complete song)
The Drowning Years
Soulsadness
Vessel

VEKTOR
I love these guys. Their 2 albums have been among my favorites from the years they were released. They sounded awesome. They looked awesome. Their Voi-Vod meets Destruction thrash rules. But you know what? After the path taken by Cormorant and While Heaven Wept, I honestly wasn't in the right place for them last night. Any other night, who knows? I watched the entire set from midway back, as well as from the bar. I will always chuckle when thinking about what I'll remember from them most-- David Disanto's mouth-only-visible-through-mountain-of-hair, screaming a mid-80's Schmier scream. Awesome. Just not the right time for me...

PRIMORDIAL
Incendiary. Assault. Violent. Dunno how else to say it-- Primordial put on one of THOSE shows-- one you'll never forget-- about a third of the way through their set, I turned to my buddy and said, "Top 5 all-time set for me...". Another in our party marked it "best set...ever".

Vocalist Alan Averill was the focal point of the night-- clad in black boots, braces, pants, shirt, and corpsepainted face-- he sauntered the stage, he thrust himself into the front row, he dove into the crowd a half-dozen times, he sang while being thrown to the stage and continued on without fail-- absolutely the most enigmatic and mesmerizing frontman I've ever seen.
At the peak of the evening, I'd imagine there were maybe close to 200 in the club-- by the end of the night, Primordial finished to about 75 people (at best) -- and still charged through the set as if they were at Wacken or Long Beach Arena. Their set, as best I can remember, was:

No Grave Deep Enough
God to the Godless
As Rome Burns
Lain With the Wolf
The Golden Spiral
The Mouth of Judas
Heathen Tribes
Bloodied Yet Unbowed
Gallows Hymn
The Coffin Ships
Empires Fall

During Empires Fall, Rain Irving of WHW joined Alan on stage and was also covered in corpsepaint, while most of the remaining members of the other bands (sans Nemesis) donned paint as well and rushed the front of the stage. When they finished, a few dozen people jumped onstage for final fist-banging, grapefruit clutching, and handshakes-- it was incredible.

One guy in our party dubbed in a night of "Metal Royalty" and was so smitten with all bands he picked up 5 shirts (one from each) as well as 2 cds. Another in our party finally recognized his dream of seeing Primordial (his favorite band of the last 12 years or so), and even said "Fuck it" and headed out to Atlanta today to catch their one-hour ass-kicking set at ProgPower USA.

Me? I will never miss another regional Primordial show if they ever make it back to the states...sadly, like I said, maybe about 150-200 people at this show-- and the ticket was $12 and featured 4 signed bands...disappointing...

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The Primordial set you have is correct but they also played Gallows Hymn immediately before The Coffin Ships...
Noted, and I changed the OP to make it correct.

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Dave DiSanto told me at the show that their next record will be a concept album, and it will be their first to contain all original songs.
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Dave DiSanto told me at the show that their next record will be a concept album, and it will be their first to contain all original songs.


Did he say how far along in the writing process they are, or when they might record, or when we might expect the album?
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Did he say how far along in the writing process they are, or when they might record, or when we might expect the album?
http://metalassault.com/Interviews/2...t-album-audio/

Dude answered pretty much all those questions and more in the interview I did with him.

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If I remember right they started it off by tapping some cymbals before a bass came in, and eventually it led into the actual song. It was kind of like an improvised intro. Maybe they had a little extra time to play with but couldn't play another song if they wanted to play Junta, so they improvised an intro? No sound sample at the 2:30 mark, and no sound sample during the intro of Unearthly Dreamings, but no biggie. Cormorant nailed it... very emotional music live.
Every now and then they do little jams on stage. Sometimes they last half a minute sometimes they last 10. I saw them do some cool jams the first time I saw them.

Junta is probably the best song they offer live. Really awesome stuff in that setting.
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Dude answered pretty much all those questions and more in the interview I did with him.

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So we can expect a new album in fall 2013. Thanks for the link, shameless plug or not. Wasn't it Vladimir Putin who said anyone with a heart should regret the passing of the Soviet Union? So you either have no heart according to Putin, or you're only talking about yourself.

Which is what most people mean when they say things like "I regret nothing." They're only talking about what would be personal regrets, not considering the statement can be all-inclusive, because regret by definition doesn't have to be a personal thing.

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Every now and then they do little jams on stage. Sometimes they last half a minute sometimes they last 10. I saw them do some cool jams the first time I saw them.

Junta is probably the best song they offer live. Really awesome stuff in that setting.
I think of the three songs, Junta was my favorite. Maybe because I wasn't expecting it or maybe because it was just performed better. It was impressive because they didn't seem scattered at all. If it was an improvisation, they all knew exactly when to start into the actual song; the timing was perfect.
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