When: July 29, 2011
Where: Pawn Shop, Edmonton, Alberta
Oh my. My oh my oh my. Exhumed return to life with All Guts, No Glory and that, thankfully, results in a tour. And surprisingly it stops in Edmonton, with fellow label mates Cephalic Carnage no less! Both are bands I’d love to see, and now finally have.
Before this night, I’d never even heard Macabre, and never even heard of Withered, and I didn’t know local metal bastards Begrime Exemious were going to be there until like two days before the show. So it turned out to be a killer night indeed.
First up, Begrime kicked some ass on the stage, pushing their brand of dirty sounding old school death metal onto the crowd that was slowly trickling in off the street. My second time seeing them live, and again I was quite impressed. I’m definitely a fan of these guys, and as an interesting note, they are label mates with Gravehill, and thus one member of Exhumed. (7)
After Begrime, Withered (who I had no idea were going to be there) took over as the night’s entertainment. They play “tortured blackened doom”, and are really fucking awesome. If you’re into feedback, heavy and loud riffs that are slower than hell, black metal shrieks, and insanely fast sections of songs, you should check these guys out. (8)
Cephalic Carnage were finally back in Edmonton, and I quite honestly could have had the concert end after they killed part of my hearing. It was a bit of a dream come true to see them, as they’ve been one of my favorite grind bands for years now, ever since I first heard Anomalies. For those that don’t know, Cephalic Carnage are a four-piece that combine death metal, grindcore, and a huge love of the herb to create some of the best metal you can hear. The crowd definitely was receptive for these guys too, as there were more than one shout of “One more song!” after the set. (9)
Macabre, a three-piece, were the wild card of the night. I’d heard of their murder metal, songs based exclusively on historic serial killers, but never heard a single song from them until the show. For the fourth time in the night I was impressed by a band. These guys were loud, and fun, like an evil version of Primus at times, crossed with a bit of GWAR. But, like GWAR, I don’t think these are guys I could buy an album from and listen to them, they’re definitely more of a live show kind of band. Hopefully they come back soon. (7)
Finally, the headliners of the night Exhumed hit the stage to destroy the Pawn Shop, and many an eardrum in the process. California’s masters of gore metal did not fail to exhilarate a single person in the venue with their fast, high energy performance and their even faster music. It would surprise me if they didn’t return within a year after seeing how insane Edmonton went for them, and again I would be there, front and center, for their whole set. Despite having my hand stepped on and my head kicked by the same asshole stage diver, or getting elbowed in the kidney by someone, or having my face whipped by the hair of the three chicks that were right beside me. All while holding a camera that ate up almost a whole pay check, and snapping photos. (8)
Fuck yeah, it was a great night. Got to hear some wicked death metal and doom, got a pair of records (Exhumed’s All Guts, No Glory and Dekapitator’s The Storm Before The Calm) and some buttons and stickers, and then got only three hours of sleep before having to go to work. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.