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  • Class Live Bands

    26 May 2008, 04:03 by EnemyOfTheState

    I'll just mention some of the bands that I've seen in order from best live band to worst and then talk about some of the highlights of the last few concerts I've been to.

    Opeth - 9.6/10
    3 - 9.5/10
    Dream Theater - 9.4/10 (this is only 9.4 because I didn't get to see them very close, so this didn't feel personal like small venues do. But, they were incredibly spot on including LaBrie)
    Symphony X (seen twice) - 9.2/10 (shitty venues and a lack of energy in comparison to other bands didn't make one of my favourite bands the "top live performance" title. However, it was good. I'll pay any day to watch Romeo and Allen kill people metaphorically up on stage.
    Ensiferum (seen twice) - 8.9/10
    Turisas - 8.8/10
    Into Eternity (seen twice) - 8.4/10
    TYR - 8.2/10
    Epica (without Simone Simons) - 8.1/10
    Metallica - 7.5/10
    Obscurcis Romancia - 7.4/10
    Dark Forest - 7.3/10
    Godsmack - 7/10
    Redemption - 6.5/10
    Echoes of Eternity - 5.5/10
    Sanctity - 5/10 (average music + slightly above average performance of average music = meh)
    Ofaolain (seen twice) - 1.2/10 (poop)
    Deathmarch - 1/10 (bigger poop. Note that I haven't given then less than 1 though. I've seen way worse. They were just average and generic, and generic bands drag. If this were 20 years ago it would have been a fair performance. But, it's not and to top that off, nobody in the band did anything special)

    Bands I'd love to see live:
    Iced Earth (along with the Alive in Athens DVD)
    Cynic
    Atheist (one can always hope, even though their performances were a little rusty from what I saw on youtube)
    At the Gates
    Dark Tranquility
    Woods of Ypres
    Iron Maiden
    Agalloch
    Amon Amarth
    Meshuggah
    Megadeth
    Nevermore
    Porcupine Tree
    Keep of Kalessin
    Decapitated
    Necrophagist
    Rhapsody
    Obituary
    Cryptopsy I'm really debating over this one. They've fallen so short of the legend they used to be. Bad move on Flo's behalf stylistically and vocally. Flo's personality isn't very geared towards constructive criticism in the first place, so that aside, looking at The Unspoken King musically, I can't get past the cleans at all. They're horrible and I have no idea why Flo would even consider putting that on the album. Matt may be a solid growler depending on how you look at it, but regardless of how tight Flo feels he is, he doesn't have the same intensity Worm had, and in that sense, Matt's sound doesn't fit Cryptopsy at all. It's mind boggling how someone with as much percussive talents as Flo could just waste his time with this new sound along with the original guitarist. Seriously. I hope Flo grows some balls. A man can hope. The problem is like I mentioned before, Flo is a stupid dick (don't believe me? go on to Ultimate Metal forums into the official Cryptopsy forum and see how blind he really is).
    Nile
    Pain of Salvation
    1349
    Wintersun
    Vintersorg
    Unexpect
    Testament
    Suffocation
    Riverside
    Quo Vadis
    Orphaned Land
    Kreator
    Immortal
    Immolation
    Hypocrisy
    Finntroll
    Eluveitie
    Dimmu Borgir
    Behemoth
    Deicide
    Kataklysm
    Carcass
    Cannibal Corpse
    Blind Guardian
    Augury
    Amorphis

    Opeth with 3 and Deathmarch:
    Deathmarch (local band from Hamilton, Ontario) started off, and I think most of the crowd wanted them to leave as soon as possible. Good thing when they did because I was bored off my balls. "chugga chugga" *failed growls* "chugga chugga" *failed cleans* "chugga chugga". NEXT.

    3 came on rather casually with their obnoxious set up to the point where I thought they might pull a Slipknot on us by having a drummer AND a percussionist. Good thing they didn't when they surprised me in the first 10 seconds of their first song (Alien Angel I think). They completely blew me away and will always stand as one of the greatest live bands in my eyes (that is, until I see a better band). Even if I see a better show, I'll always remember this one. Top notch, professional musicianship and very crafty ideas coupled with a lot of energy. What more could you ask for? This band is ghetto fresh.

    A little wait longer and Opeth were there, by which point I was sweating like a fat man's rectum on a humid summer day in August. However, I can look back in retrospect and say that this suffering was worth it. Bloody brilliant they were. All the little talking interludes Mikael Akerfeldt had were genius. Before forking through Heir Apparent, Mikael said "this next one is about squeezing tits on a beach". Class. Good setlist too (In this order: Demon of the Fall, Master's Apprentices, The Baying of the Hounds, In My Time of Need, Serenity Painted Death, Wreath, To Rid the Disease, Heir Apparent, The Drapery Falls).

    Opeth: 10/10
    3: 10/10
    Deathmarch: 1/10
    Overall Experience: 9.4/10


    Now on to a little bit of a different show: Paganfest.
    Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr, Ofaolain.

    Ofaolain started off. I've already seen them with another drummer back when Ensiferum came with the Quebecois band Obscurcis Romancia and local band Dark Forest. Horrible sound both times. This time around, the vocalist in my band actually helped his friend take over the drummer spot for this band. Too bad they blew and he played through an entire set with a cracked cymbal. Pathetic. I only give them a 1/10 for appearing to try and for having a clean section that I quite like both in their grim basement demo and live. Folky it is, but otherwise, generic folk/black drivel hidden by horrible eq'ing at the venues.

    Tyr came on and played a very spot on, professional show and I don't think they missed a note. An amazing break from Ofaolain and fun band. However, in terms of the energy department, it lacked very much. I however happen to enjoy those sorts of bands too and their accuracy suffices.

    After a very long wait, Turisas came on and at that point I realized Eluveitie didn't make it and Ofaolain was their replacement. What can you do? Oh well. I digress a bit. On to Turisas. They slayed. They weren't used to the high energy show we put on from what I gathered from their expressions and what they said (and the preception that mosh pits in Europe don't really happen too much). Very, very energetic band though. Costumes and stage presence enhanced the somewhat two dimensional music for a very vibrant experience. Amazing show, and very memorable. They stole the show when they played their rendition of Rasputin.

    Another long wait, and Ensiferum came on. They were great as usual, and this time it was in The Opera House, which is soundwise 1000000000x better than The Annex Wreckroom where they played when I saw them the first time earlier that year. That place was literally a wreck. Another memorable experience from these guys too.

    Ofaolain: 1/10
    Tyr: 8/10
    Turisas: 9.5/10
    Ensiferum: 9.4/10
    Overall Experience: 9.3/10
  • Brutal Assault 12

    15 Aug 2007, 19:47 by Ali-eN

  • Review: Carpathian Forest's Fuck You All!!!

    12 Mar 2007, 13:01 by Cyanide-Assasin

    Band Name: Carpathian Forest

    Album Name: Fuck You All!!!

    Record Label:
    Season of Mist

    Release Date: 2006

    Track Listing:
    1. "Vi Apner Porten Til Helvete" – 6:36
    2. "The Frostbitten Woodlands of Norway" – 4:58
    3. "Start up the Incinerator (Here Comes Another Useless Fool)" – 5:12
    4. "Submit to Satan!!!" – 4:07
    5. "Diabolism (The Seed and the Sower)" – 4:14
    6. "Dypfryst / Dette Er Mit Helvete" – 4:04
    7. "Everyday I Must Suffer!”– 4:17
    8. "The First Cut Is the Deepest" – 4:45
    9. "Evil Egocentrical Existencialism" – 3:47
    10. "Shut Up, There's No Excuse to Live" – 4:14

    Album Length: 46:14

    Album Review:
    Although many people think Carpathian Forest have been going ‘downhill’ since Strange Old Brew, I completely disagree. The catchy drum beats from Kobro, the melodic riffs from Tchort and Bloodpervertor, the harsh vocals from Nattefrost all add up to make one of the best albums released in 2006! I mean it’s defiantly not the Carpathian Forest everyone knew and grew to love - the ‘True Norweigan Black Metal’ Carpathian Forest’, infact, it’s far from it! However, this is still a great album.

    It is much heavier and ‘thrashier’ than their previous works. Lots of songs start with melodic riffs, but as they progress, they get heavier and faster. Songs like ‘The Frostbitten Woodlands of Norway’ and ‘Evil Egocentrical Existencialism’ are perfect example of this. Also, I must mention, the production is MUCH better than their previous albums, vocals aren’t to high in the mix, the drums are a great volume and the guitars are pretty much where they should be, just in some parts the bass is a bit to high in the mix. I must mention how well the cover and booklet look. The images are all drawn by Nattefrost and are dedicated to Bernt Kristian Rasmussen (1959 – 1992) they portray images of religion (Satan, God, Death... ect.). Nattefrost describes them as ‘religious drawing from his mental months.’

    The instruments are done really well on this album. The drums really catch the listeners attention, songs like “The Frostbitten Woodlands of Norway” and “Vi Apner porten til Helvete” have very catchy beats. The guitars are pretty catchy throughout the entire album aswell; a few riffs that really stand out to me are the riffs in ‘Dypfryst’ and the main riff of ‘Everyday I Must Suffer’. The bass is very powerful in some parts and really sets the mood of the song. The alternating vocal patterns, the midpitch growls/screams and the backing vocals all make the song ten times better.

    Not ‘tr00 Norwegian black metal’, but it’s a great listen. I’d recommend it to fans of Darkthrone’s “The Cult Is Alive”, Immortal’s “Sons of Northern Darkness”, Satyricon’s “Now, Diabolical” and I’s “Between Two Worlds”.

    Highlights: The Frostbitten Woodlands of Norway, Shut Up, There’s No Excuse to live and Start up the Incinerator (Here Comes another Useless Fool).

    Closing Comments: A More Thrashy Carpathian Forest.

    Final Rating: 8.3/10
  • CDs I Purchased in 2006!

    5 Jan 2007, 13:25 by Cyanide-Assasin

  • Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) Interview

    10 Dec 2006, 15:16 by Cyanide-Assasin

    This is an interview I did a while back with Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster.

    ALEX WEBSTER INTERVIEW
    June, 19, '06

    GORE OBSESSED: I Understand Your A Huge Fan Of Slayer, What Got You Into Them And When Did You Get Into Them?
    ALEX WEBSTER: I got into them back in the mid 80’s. I learned about them through word of mouth from some other metal heads at my school. They were the best of the evil thrash bands at the time. I can’t really stress how much I and the other Cannibal guys listened to Slayer. They were a massive influence on us.


    GORE OBSESSED: I'm Sure you have Been Asked This lots of Times, But How'd You Come Up With The Name Cannibal Corpse?
    ALEX WEBSTER: I actually thought of the name, I was trying to think of cool names, and that one seemed the best. We all came up with names for the new band, but everybody like Cannibal Corpse the best, so that’s what we used. It really seemed to fit the whole horror direction we were going in with our lyrics.


    GORE OBSESSED: Would You Say You and Paul have A Special Bond, Being the Only Remaining members Of the Original Lineup?
    ALEX WEBSTER: Well, we share a lot of the management duties of the band, so we have that in common. Really, the relationship between all of the band members is pretty good though. I wouldn’t say there’s anything particularly different in how Paul and I interact as opposed to the rest of the band.


    GORE OBSESSED: Do You Still Keep In Touch With Some Of The Members?
    ALEX WEBSTER: The only ex-member we’re out of touch with is Bob Rusay. He basically left the metal scene. Chris and Jack we see from time to time, and we are still friends with both. We are also still friends with Jeremy Turner, our touring guitarist for the Wretched Spawn tour.


    GORE OBSESSED: What Are Your Inspirations In Writing Such Brutal Music?
    ALEX WEBSTER: Well, there is a lot of violence in the real world, as well as in movies and books, so we have a lot of input from our environment for that sort of thing. I guess that making violent music is also a way for us to try and get our personal aggressions out in a positive way.


    GORE OBSESSED: How Do You Still Come Up With Brutal Lyrics after 10 years??
    ALEX WEBSTER: We work together to come up with interesting song titles and song concepts. After we have an interesting concept or title, then one of us will write the lyrics. We just try and use our imaginations at that point. Hopefully we don’t repeat ourselves too much.


    GORE OBSESSED: Its Presumed Your Music is Satanic, What Would Your Reply To that Statement Be?
    ALEX WEBSTER: Well, we’re not a religious band. We intentionally try and make our music sound evil, so I’m not surprised that some people outside of the death metal scene would say that, but we’re not Satanic.


    GORE OBSESSED: Finally, Are There Any Plans On Coming To Australia?
    ALEX WEBSTER: Yes! We’ll be coming in October of 2006 if all goes as planned, and we are very excited about it! We hope to see you and all of our other great Australian fans then!!


    ALEX:Thanks for the interview!!!