Fri 17 Jul – Summer Slaughter 3
So, my two friends (guitarists), my girl and I got to the venue around 1:30, after waiting in line for a bit we entered to find to find Northern Lights
with a stage in the back left corner and a nice large pit area behind the island bar. To either side of the two doors in the front was the merch area. A fairly nice set up for a 10 hour concert.
So first we get the local bands outta the way...
By 2:30 Scarver Protocol
was on stage. They were awful I thought. Nothing more than generic hometown hardcore like everything else you find in the miserably tired UpState scene. They were nothing more than bros trying to be heavy. This was not at all appropriate for the day. (0/5)
Plague Upon Thee
was equally as easy to yawn at. Just sounded tired out to me. But the whole grindcore thing doesnt raise my eyebrows after seeing Brutal Truth
. The breakdowns completely shut off my attention anyway. Sad. (1/5)
So then the tour started, first up: Blackguard
. Now, after listening to the CD a couple times through in the past month or two i had a decent idea what I was about see. I noticed the drummer was a girl, (being the first metal band I've seen with such, I was interested to see how it would compare). i was a bit worried when, during the sound check, she seemed to be afraid of the drums a bit and just kinda fucking around with shit. After the lengthy sound check the band finally got under way, and they were awesome. I think it would be fair to say that most of the people there weren't sure what to expect, but I'm sure this wasn't it. Cheese ball heavy fucking metal with incredible precision and an eye catching stage presence was the perfect way to open the day up for the rest of the bands. I wish they had played longer, but I did get to hear "This Round's On Me
", so all was right with the world. I believe that by the end of their set, they had really gotten the crowd into it (thanks to the fantastic frontman and having both guitarists, the bassist, and the keyboardist constantly headbanging). I would imagine that this tour (on top of Paganfest 2 that they did recently) has really grown their fanbase, as their merch table was absolutely packed for the next several hours. They were most definitely a highlight. The CD is ok, but their live performance was really top notch. (and btw, from the very first song all the way to the end, that drummer, yea, she kicked ass!) (5/5)
As the vocalist for Blackguard
said: "Get ready for Decrepit Birth
, because they will rip your face off." And so the ridiculously brutal death metal band took the stage much to my delight. And while I am not a huge fan by any stretch of the imagination, I thoroughly enjoyed thier set. it is kinda hard for me to distinguish some of the finer points of the instrumental orchestration with this kinda material, simply because my hearing isnt the best, but i can say that I appreciated the guitarwork very much. The obvious amazing part to this set would have to be the actions of the vocalist here. See, Albany is also infested with hardcore maggots, the bottom feeders of the heavy scene, and of course they were all there in packs to see the shitty bands of the day. As my girl says, there is nothing more humiliating than when you have these douchebags pit dancing while we have genuine death metal bands playing for us. Not only that, but we had idiot pit dancers at this one. They were out to just punch bystanders, and I have absolutely no tolerance for that shit anyway. So as a result, the singer made a little speech about how he wanted to see some circle pit goin on (because there was definitely room for it) and something to the extant of how he is "old as fuck, but if [he] needs to get down there and show [us] how it's done [he] will." To my incredible amusement, the hardcore kids shrugged it off, and sure enough, the very next song, we all stood there in awe as that very same vocalist stage dove into the crowd and almost instantly the pit dancing stopped and the metalheads OPENED THAT SHIT UP!!! oh it was good. I applauded. I will say that i was able to appreciate the music alot more during this point when the singer was in the pit. All around that was pretty fucking cool. (4/5)
Next up was After the Burial
, which is why we went to Pizza Hut. (0/5) (because I know it woulda sucked)
When we got back we found that we fortunate enough to have made it back right in time for Beneath the Massacre
to start. After "Society's Disposable Son
", there was some technical difficulties, and then the set continued with technical Death Metal. Those of you familiar with this band should know its almost a headache in audio form, but the technicality is incredible. i was a little disappointment that there seemed to be a second guitar overdub (considering there was only one guitarist), but watching the drummer was enough to make it for me. This man played gravity blasts with as much ease as I play patty-cake with my son. It was sick. The guitarist and Bassist were no doubt incredible but it mostly came out as sludge. The vocals were brutal as fuck, definitely on the hardcore side, but heavy enough for me not to be able to complain. This band was good, but not great. (3/5)
By the time Origin
took the stage, I was waiting for my second wind to kick in, and though I knew i was about to get a 2 and a half hour brake, I still sat outside most of the time smoking cigarettes (and not gonna lie, running out to the car to smoke my bowl). From what i heard however, they were just as insane live as they are on CD. This band really makes my head spin. Its a little too fast for me though, because its hard to distinguish the instrumentation. Nonetheless, it was definitely good. I am disappointed that i wasn't able to get into it more, especially considering what I had to look forward to next... (3/5)
So because Dying Fetus
didn't play our gig (and neither did Suffocation
), we had to sit through 3 shitty (and I mean shitty bands).Born of Osiris
was just plain horrible, making their set almost a solid 45 mins. of breakdowns, completely uncompromising and unoriginal. I really didn't even bother with it after the first 2 songs, and smoked all my last cigarettes outside (man was that a mistake).Winds of Plague
was a little worse because I was pretty sure they were trying to be a metal band at some points and then would absolutely desecrate the song with some shitty, awful fucking breakdown, oh god, it was so fuckin bad. Honestly, myself, and many other metalheads just sat at the back tables, sleeping, waiting, yawning, making fun, and getting pissed at the awful shit that was playing. Yes, we all applauded for the announcement
of their last song.
[the best part about this point in the night, is I met a Chris Mattot (a.k.a. Gallows) at one of these tables. I managed to get the "An Infernal Grave" demo outta him from his band Mythology
(US), a black metal band outta Plattsburgh, NY. Here's the Metal-Archives page for the band.
It's actually really really good. I was very pleasantly surprised. But then again, I had a feeling there was something awesome going on there... i mean, he was wearing a Wolven Ancestry
Next up was Darkest Hour
, of whom I was unfortunate enough to see play terribly back in '06 with Soilwork
& Threat Signal
in Binghamton, NY. Fortunately, they were much much better this time around. I was even pleasantly surprised at how good it was. r maybe it was because the two previous bands sucked so fuckin much. I dunno, and I don't really give a shit, cuz that isn't really my thing. I can tell you that the highlight of their set for me was when they announced their last song, because I fucking navigated my way through the hardcore kids, right to the front gate... Ensiferum
was up next!
, I was second row, dead center when you opened with Hero in a Dream
, and I went fucking crazy, screaming back every fucking word to Petri. I had tried to warn the "bros" directly in front of me that I would be headbanging
, but they laughed it off... yea, i wasn't kidding. As soon as I saw the Finnish fuckers come out there with their kilts on, I knew it was over. They continued to play One More Magic Potion
, Deathbringer from the Sky
, Token of Time
, Into The Battle
and ended with Iron
; as well as a couple others I'm sure I'm forgetting... but as you might imagine it was amazing. Just fantastic music, and a great atmosphere. The atmosphere can partly be attributed to the fact that most everyone had practically left at this point (retarded right?), but that was ok with us considering how many douchebags were there. Speaking of which, those two bros I tried to warn... they severely pissed me off. I soon realized that they had no idea who they were standing directly in front of and made it a point to not let anyone get any closer than they were. It really pissed me off that they were so gay about it too... the constant hugging and high fiving because they were front row at a metal concert... oooo... aaahhh, how fucking cool. So, all us metal heads made it a point to flail our hair in their general direction... or right on them. haha... it worked though, because by the last song, I was directly front and center, and could finally find my girl... 3 people down, front row, straight up headbanging over the rail... goddamn i love her! So unfortunately no encore for Ensiferum
, but they did announce a new CD to be on its way, and a headlining tour over here in a couple of months. fuck yea!
And then the band I that I waited all night for... the one and only Necrophagist
. i remember the entire stage being cleared (as the drumset was in the back all night long and everyone else set up in front of it) and standing in the middle was a single microphone stand... and then they walked out on t stage and just ripped that shit apart. I am proud to say that I was standing DIRECTLY
in front of Muhammed for the entire set. I know I remember songs: Stabwound
, The Stillborn One
, Diminished To Be
, Intestinal Incubation
and another song from the Onset of Putrefaction
album that I don't remember. I was most disappointed with Seven
though because the beginning riff (the chugging) was way too slow or the rest of the song.. It sounded awful, and the reason that I like that part so much on the album is because of that constant speed. But I guess I am picky. The new drummer was absolutely incredible. It wasn't the best sound for the band I'm sure, and I know that the drummer was pissed off about it, because while he was playing that sick shit he was talking to crew embers on either side of him trying to fix the problems. It was so intense. I know that at least some of the people i knew there were all about goin crazy for this band, but when it came right down to it, we were all standing there with our jaws on the floor. Muhammed is a fucking beast of a musician to pull that shit off. The growls were impeccable and the soloing (by both guitarists) were flawless. The bassist was disgusting as well. Everything that you hear on the albums is real... all of it, they really do that shit. I would say the best part of it was hearing the new song they had. i had heard rumors that they would be playing a new one, but was thrilled when I actually heard it. it is obviously almost impossible to describe what a Necrophagist
song sounds like in particular to any of their other songs, but let me say that it may have been the most intense, technical thing I've ever heard, let alone seen live. Since I know drums the best instrumentally, i focused mostly on them, and was astonished to watch this incredible drummer struggle to keep up and get everything in there. There was SOOOO much going on it was just a headtripp. I swear to god it sounded like the song changed riffs and beats every 7 seconds and never ever slowed down. There were solos up the ass, and techniques i have never even thought of before. It was just incredible. When it was all over, he announced the new album would be recorded sometime after that tour was over (and its over now)... so we eagerly await that shit.
Such a good show. They was alot of bad shit, but alot of really really good stuff too. I would thank the guys (and gals) from Blackguard
, Decrepit Birth
and Beneath the Massacre
for being so friendly.