Many touring bands today enjoy their seldom “days off” while on the road. Every once in a while, a touring band will use these days off and turn them into one-off shows nearby to their trek. Abbath provided Boston with such an occasion, a day before the first official stop on the tour they were supporting. Add in a few solid local openers inside a smaller venue such as The Sinclair and you have quite the show for a Tuesday night!
First up was a great surprise in Infera Bruo. These guys brought a fun mix up of black metal with some elements of experimental/electronic. The guitar riffs were heavy yet epic at the same time and the song structures told stories rather than just a formula. Will certainly be keeping my head out for further work by these Boston natives.
Hitting the stage next from Providence, a more traditional black metal outfit known as Sangus. While Sangus creates a much more recognizable black metal sound, but still make it their own. Each song was an absolute burner outside of the short breakdowns just to keep your headbang game up to speed.
Two-piece, Obsidian Tongue, rounded out the local openers on the bill and they did not disappoint. While these locals also fall under the black metal genre, they also incorporate a slight doom metal influence along with, dare I say, beautiful atmosphere. Getting to see them play ‘The Lakeside Redemption The Noble Pt. II’ live is always an amazing experience and hopefully continues to be a sure thing in future set lists.
Finally it was time for Abbath and his slew of Immortal “covers”. Surprisingly, the Boston crowd got more Immortal songs than they did Abbath songs, to which I heard no one complaining after the show. ‘Tyrants’ , ‘All Shall Fall’ , ‘One by One’ , and ‘Solarfall’ all made their way into the set list. As for the originals by Abbath the likes of, ‘To War!’ , ‘Fenrir Hunts’ , ‘Winterbane’, and encore ‘Count the Dead’ to name a few all made the cut. For a smaller crowd on a Tuesday night, the reception for Abbath was quite impressive. Easily one of the better shows of 2016 and I will certainly be reflecting on as we move towards 2017.
WORDS BY TIM LEDIN
PHOTOS BY DANIEL NYMAN PHOTOGRAPHY