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Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by AchrisK, Nov 11, 2008.
They're weak, the guy has no balls behind his voice and more flem than i like to hear.
Not a big fan of Neuraxis or The Faceless but the new Decrepit Birth is great and they owned when I saw them a few months ago.
Actually I think I liked the lineup I saw moar.
That's fucking sick. The new Emeth is sleeper hit of the year for death metal.
Yeah. And even though it's way more simplistic stuff than Origin I actually prefer Unmerciful but then I prefer crust to most metal so..
Man, I'd love to see Decrepit Birth and The Faceless live. I also like Veil of Maya (When they aren't chugging away at breakdowns) and they did well on Summer Slaughter, and I've seen Neuraxis twice now, and both shows kicked ass.
The Faceless, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Veil of Maya and Neuraxis with locals bands HeadtR.I.P., Genocaust and Ashtaroth.
Tucson, Arizona, USA, 11-Nov 2008.
The bands appeared in the exact opposite order that I listed them above. We all have our opinions, but I think Neuraxis deserves top-billing in this show, because they have been around the longest. I guess popularity determines who gets top billing, these days. But if popularity (based on crowd activity) had determined the playing order that night, it would have been like this:
Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Neuraxis, Veil of Maya, The Faceless
Perhaps The Faceless would have been above Veil if it had not gotten so late.
I went with my good friends myself and me. Overall I would call this night disappointing, no fault to the bands. The turnout was horrible. The Rock is a small venue, but I think it could probably hold about 500 +/- 100 people. Last night I estimate that there were about 200 people there, which includes the staff, and members of all 8 bands. Yes, it was cold (in the 50’s F). Yes it was Tuesday. But these are “major” metal acts. It’s no wonder so many bands come to Tucson only once. There was this one dude that bothered me, for some reason. He had long hair and a fake leather trench coat (before the show someone asked him if it was real, and he said is was “pleather” and that he got it from his friend because Hot Topic was out of them) with hose buckle straps or whatever, with leather pants and those strap-having leather boots. He later removed his coat to reveal his Cradle of Filth “Jesus is a ****” shirt. Him and his friend were right in front the whole time, and sat in “their places” on the edge of the stage between sets, assumable to “save their seats”. The crowd was thin enough that when a pit broke out, there was only like one layer of people at the stage. He was always looking toward the pit with an annoyed face. I just had irrational negative impressions of the guy. At least he did some helicopters during Neuraxis.
This is the first time I had seen Ashtaroth, and I enjoyed them. They are a four piece (vox, drums and 2 guitars. No bass, if I remember correctly), and play a sort of epic black/death metal. Vocals brought to mind a mix of Kreator’s Mille and black metal. Probably my favorite set from the three locals. Thin crowd and not much movement for these guys. Genocaust was next. I have seen them at least one other time. They are a four piece with guitar, vox, bass and drums, playing brutal death metal, short songs, varied vocals, but mostly the subwoofer + some pig. It was hard to really distinguish their songs well with the sound mix. The tiny crowd slammed a little bit for them. I was anticipating the next band, HeadtR.I.P. I have also seen them once before, and they tore the place up with some serious death/thrash, with an emphasis on thrash. They are a three piece band. The guitarist sings, and he is a maniacal freak. For whatever reason, I was not all that moved by their set. Probably the thin crowd, and maybe they weren’t as sharp as before. I overheard the vocalist telling someone this was their first show in a while.
Neuraxis was the fist big band. They played a tight set to a crowd that started to get warmed up. At least the area in front of the stage was loosely full. No real pit, but some headbanging and the singer got the crowd to be much louder. (For whisky funeral: The singer was great. He had a good voice and was a great front-man. He is not a metalcore-leftover, either. Seems like a true raspy mid-range DM singer. He got into the set, including some pretty furious helicopters.)
Veil of Maya had a thinner crowd, and also attracted some of those hardcore dancers. Their music was ok.
Decrepit Birth owned the place. Their singer is a dread loc hippie looking dude who seems to be casting spells and directing spirits and summoning and casting out balls of energy while he sings. The drummer was pretty amazing, and he made it look easy. Killer brutal death metal with almost constant blasting, and songwriting that keeps it interesting. I haven’t heard any recorded material from them, but that is my impression from the show. There was a good crowd up front for them (larger than for Neuraxis) which broke into a pit near the start of their first song, and remained somewhat active the whole time. It was funny, at one point the singer kind put his foot on that Hot Topic kid’s back/neck and gave him a little shove. Nothing very forceful or anything. I wonder what the singer was thinking. I wonder what the kid thought. I laughed. I will definitely look into getting a CD from this band.
I sat down and watched from the “bar” area for Abigail Williams. They had the largest crowd and a pit that was just a bit more active than for Decrepit Birth. I had mixed feeling about their music. They had some pretty killer intensity, and an amazing drummer, but seem to have some musical roots in the metalcore scene, plus I am not a fan of their keyboards (which were “piped in”, and not done live). I was not inspired to check them out further.
I felt kinda bad for The Faceless. It was getting late, and the crowd thinned out quite a bit for their set. There was some enthusiasm up front, but no real pitting to speak of. The singer said he knew it was late and thanked us for hanging in there. I don’t know if it had much to do with the time, or if they were not crowd favorites. I tend to think the latter. Their set was good. I liked the older songs better than the newer, but it’s hard to really know live, hearing stuff for the first time.
It was 11:30 when I got to my car.