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Cannibal Corpse/The Faceless/Neuraxis/Obscura - Calgary, Canada - 13 April 2009

Discussion in 'Metal Concert Discussion' started by optionthree, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. optionthree

    optionthree Better than the first two

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    Cannibal Corpse/The Faceless/Neuraxis/Obscura
    MacEwen Hall, Calgary, April 13 2009
    By Neil Hauer

    Live death metal is quite a unique phenomenon. Barring the obvious differences, it’s not so far removed from skydiving – it’s filled with adrenaline, slightly frightening and impossible to accurately convey to one who has not actively partaken in it. I was hardly familiar with either, so I was eager to refresh my memory with a healthy dosage of Cannibal Corpse and their tourmates, especially emerging progressive death metal prodigies Obscura. It didn’t hurt that the show was conveniently located fifty feet from my economics classroom! After finishing my scholarly pursuits for the day, I was lucky enough to catch Paul Mazurkiewicz for a short chat before the concert, which you can read here. There were still a number of hours until the show, so rather than linger on campus I opted to head home for a while, figuring it would raise no issues.

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    Obscura

    Unfortunately, if something can go wrong, it will, and I arrived at the show’s scheduled starting time to see Obscura standing at their merch table while Neuraxis ripped into the first song of their set. Making the best of a poor situation, I took the chance to salvage what I could by meeting them and giving fellow bassist Jeroen Thesseling (whose birthday it happened to be) my regards for his stellar work on Pestilence’s jazz-metal opus Spheres. Frontman Steffen Kummerer also expressed his admiration for my Atheist shirt, proving the old adage that great minds do indeed think alike.

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    Neuraxis

    Donning my freshly-procured Cosmogenesis attire, I headed towards the stage to better absorb the intricate pyrotechnics of Neuraxis. Being previously unfamiliar with their work, my respect for them at this point stemmed solely from their Canadian nationality, but upon hearing their unique brand of technical death it quickly became obvious this adulation was certainly justified. Despite lacking a bass player, they were able to fire off an impressive sequence of racing death metal numbers, surprisingly unhindered by their lack of a low end. They would also prove to have the best mix of the night, with crisp drumming, crunching guitars and commanding vocals. Overall, their performance was thoroughly enjoyable and made the lack of Obscura sting slightly less.

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    The Faceless

    Following them was a band I had heard much about, but never listened to myself: The Faceless. I knew they too played some form of progressive death metal, and being the last opening band I was expecting them to deliver a performance that was at least competent. I could hardly have been more misguided. The first signs of the musical atrocities that were to come were the irritating piped-in vocoder vocals that opened their first song. Apparently not satisfied by subjecting their listeners to a mere one instance of this shrill, robotic cacophony, they made sure to insert it at a multitude of inopportune moments, which combined with the seemingly aimless technical noodling of the guitarists and trendhopping deathcore wailing of the vocalist to produce an opener that was irritating to the extreme. Repeat this formula seven or eight times, occasionally replacing the autotuned vocals with equally subpar clean ones and forcing in the odd conspicuously out of place “jazz” break, and you have a basic idea of how The Faceless’s fifty minutes of stage time went. It appears their musical philosophy revolves around combining mediocre, overdone deathcore with copious amounts of Cynic worship in an attempt to be labelled progressive. I guess no one told them that Cynic’s fame stems from their groundbreaking and fluent combination of metal and fusion elements, not from near-plagiarism of an existing band’s style.

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    Cannibal Corpse

    After spending the break between bands drowning all memory of The Faceless’s performance in the beer gardens, I headed back upstairs to catch the night’s main event: the legendary Cannibal Corpse. They immediately roared into action with the chugging title track from their latest offering, Evisceration Plague. Never having been much of a Corpse fan, I was surprised at the level of proficiency with which they executed their material, especially bassist Alex Webster. I was well aware of his talents, being an avid Blotted Science listener, and he solidified his reputation as a virtuoso with his relentlessly accurate bass lines. The sound man appeared unaware of this, however, and as such the bass was at a nearly inaudible volume compared to the rest of the band, who were somewhat hard to distinguish themselves. Despite the muddy sound, the band were firing on all cylinders, and they delivered an exhaustive set of death metal classics worthy of their reputation. Corpsegrinder, eloquent as always, delivered perhaps the best line of the night during an introduction to one of CC’s classics (‘I Cum Blood’), when he announced that, “this next song is about shooting BLOOOOOOOOOD from your COOOOOOCK!” Fully astute this evening, he also made the somewhat depressingly-accurate observation that, “it looks like we have about ten girls here… good turnout for a death metal show.” The band closed out the night with an encore headed by their most ‘famous’, if such a word can be applied to extreme metal, song, the Ace Ventura-gracing ‘Hammer Smashed Face’. If one negative comment can be applied to their performance, it would likely be the somewhat monotonous nature that is inherent in a set of similarly-paced and structured death metal numbers, but such a thing is hardly noticeable if, like a true metal fan, you spend the entirety of the set deep in the mosh pit.In all, this was a successful trial by fire for three relative newcomers (well, two of three), and a further testimony to the capabilities of a giant.

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  2. sprachistri

    sprachistri New Metal Member

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    gbfdgdfgfdg New Metal Member

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    That is so nice collection.Well after finding your this comment there is no need for any book reading search of last few years.I like your idea for distributing the books by years.Thats so nice attempts with links.Please continue this type of activity.Thank you for sharing such a nice comment. ans sources
     
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    gbfdgdfgfdg New Metal Member

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  5. Frantic Disembowelment

    Frantic Disembowelment The Spinesplitter

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    i just seen unearth Cannibal and hatebreed in seattle and im a huge Cannibal fan and i have been since "eaten back to life"
    it sound's to me like George has been playing the same set since the tour started.I personaly think hatebreed is trying to rip off Suicidal Tendencies look. i personaly think Cannibal stole the show and made jamie jasta look like a young punk who is trying to be something he is not "METAL" i couldnt stand around watching them trying to play some metal when the god fathers of metal were probley sitting backstage drinking
    Hatebreed was a waste of time and the only reason i spent $25 was for THE ALMIGHTY CANNIBAL:headbang:
     
  6. ikickass

    ikickass New Metal Member

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    Certainly right......!!!....

    Its the same feeling I get when I watch Slayer play here in London and wait for 'em to play.....and they got Slipnot as opener.....really don't get it ffs....:Smokin:
     
  7. Chaos Logic

    Chaos Logic New Metal Member

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    Dude, I think the Faceless are sick and Michael Keene is a top notch guitar player (you know... musician? Which is what their highly technical blend of death metal, prog and jazz is about. Music.) And how can you say they're biting on Cynic when Obscura, whom you obviously love, is clearly more into "Cynic-worship" than the Faceless. Don't get me wrong, I love both those bands for different reasons.

    Anyway, how is it that you're doing a review for technical death metal acts? It doesn't sound like you know much about the bands in said genre. Granted, opinion is always going to be supreme in underground reviews, but what did the crowd think of it?
     

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