Cannibal Corpse – Obituary – Cryptopsy: Live At the Paradise Rock Club

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February 18th, 2016 will be a day that most Boston death metal fans will not soon forget. The Paradise Night Club was jam-packed for a tour package that consisted of death metal veterans Abysmal Dawn, Cryptopsy, Obituary, and Cannibal Corpse. Unfortunately, Abysmal Dawn did not make it out to this stop on the tour as they were apparently stuck in New Jersey. But, as the cliché goes, the show must go on!

 Cryptopsy, by Ebil Robb Photography

Cryptopsy, by Evil Robb Photography

Cryptopsy was up first which was probably my most anticipated band of the night as they were the only band I had yet to see live. It was nice to say I had finally seen the long time technical death metal band, but it just did not seem the same without hearing Lord Worm’s vocals. Even with a set list that was a majority of old material from None So Vile (Century Media) and Blasphemy Made Flesh (Century Media), I just found myself disinterested in Matt McGachy’s vocals. The mix was also a little off as the bass was clearly overpowering the other elements on stage.

 

 Obituary, by Evil Robb Photography

Obituary, by Evil Robb Photography

Next up, the legendary Floridian death metal outfit, Obituary. I, for one, was very excited to see them again since my first experience seeing them at Maryland Death Fest last year was limited (hey, a guy has to find food, even if that means sacrificing time in the pits). From the start of the set until the final note (which seemed like they were cut short), the fans had the floor moving violently and very well stole the show. Prior to this evening, I already considered myself a fan of Obituary. However, after this set which seemed to fly by was over, I realized that I liked them a lot more than I initially had thought. One of the better sets I have ever seen from a death metal band.

 Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

Finally, it was time for the biggest name in the death metal scene, Cannibal Corpse. Having seen this group countless times, I had most of the set list figured out going into the night. Staple tracks such as ‘Scourge of Iron’ , ‘Stripped, Raped and Strangled’ , and ‘Make Them Suffer’ were scattered into the sixteen song set. As for some surprises, we were lucky enough to catch ‘Death Walking Terror’ , ‘Pit of Zombies’ (my personal favorite) , and ‘Born in a Casket’. I had not yet seen any of those three songs live yet so it is safe to say I was very happy with Cannibal Corpse this time around. For a band that tours as much as they do, it must be hard to try and promote new material while also playing some older tunes but have about 30 years of material to cover in a short window. Having said that, switching up a few songs here and there to pull out some rarely played live tracks is always a crowd pleaser. Obviously the biggest pit of the night went to ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ which even included a few female participants!

 Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

Overall, I was very pleased with the show even after being let down by Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn not making it out of New Jersey in time for this show. Obituary and Cannibal Corpse proved to the Boston fans in attendance how they have stood the test of time as death metal bands and can still bring it on a live setting.

 Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

 

 Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

 Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

Cannibal Corpse, by Evil Robb Photography

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WORDS BY TIM LEDIN

PHOTOS BY EVIL ROBB PHOTOGRAPHY

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News: Abysmal Dawn Joins Upcoming Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy Tour

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Fredes

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Fredes

Los Angeles extreme metallers Abysmal Dawn will be supporting on the upcoming Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and Cryptopsy North American tour, with dates posted below.

Feb 12: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb 13: Ziggy’s by The Sea – Wilmington, NC
Feb 14: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Feb 15: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 16: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Feb 18: Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Feb 19: Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
Feb 20: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Feb 21: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Feb 23: Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
Feb 24: The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
Feb 25: The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Feb 26: Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Feb 27: Metro – Chicago, IL
Feb 29: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Mar 01: The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 02: Revolution Center – Boise, ID
Mar 03: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Mar 04: Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
Mar 05: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Mar 07: The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Mar 08: Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 09: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Mar 10: House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Mar 11: Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 12: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Mar 14: The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
Mar 15: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Mar 16: House Of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar 17: Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
Mar 18: The Side Bar Theatre – Tallahassee, FL
Mar 19: The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL (no Obituary)
Mar 20: Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn Book US Tour

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Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have booked a winter US tour featuring fellow brethren Obituary, Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn.

Cannibal Corpse USA tour dates, with Obituary, Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn.
Feb 12: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb 13: Ziggy’s by The Sea- Wilmington, NC
Feb 14: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Feb 15: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 16: Irving Plaza- New York, NY
Feb 18: Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Feb 19: Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
Feb 20: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Feb 21: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Feb 23: Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
Feb 24: The Ready Room – – St. Louis, MO
Feb 25: The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS –
Feb 26: Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN –
Feb 27: Metro – Chicago, IL –
Feb 29: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Mar 01: The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 02: Revolution Center – Boise, ID
Mar 03: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Mar 04: Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
Mar 05: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Mar 07: The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Mar 08: Avalon Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 09: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Mar 10: House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Mar 11: Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 12: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Mar 14: The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
Mar 15: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Mar 16: House Of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar 17: Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
Mar 18: The Side Bar Theatre – Tallahassee, FL
Mar 19: The Ritz Ybor- Tampa, FL *no Obituary
Mar 20: Revolution Live- Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Cannibal Corpse continues to tour in support of A Skeletal Domain released from Metal Blade in 2014. You can purchase it here: http://www.metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse

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Knotfest 2015: Live At San Manuel Amphitheatre in Devore, CA.

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Slipknot brought back heavy music into their brand of a festival called Knotfest once again to Southern California as they packed two days (plus a VIP only Friday evening event for campers) full of headbanging and mayhem at San Manuel Amphitheatre in Devore, CA.

The VIP pre-party show consisted of brief sets by Khaotika, Motorbreath, Rings of Saturn and The Faceless, while Sepultura became the main focus of that evening, performing many longtime favorites from their 30th anniversary tour, such as ‘Refuse/Resist’, ‘Arise’ and ‘Propaganda,’ while working on a few of the newer songs such as ‘Choke.’

 Corrosion of Conformity, by Melina D Photography

Corrosion of Conformity, by Melina D Photography

Saturday’s main stage led the charge with the return of Pepper Keenan with Corrosion of Conformity, working in favorites such as ‘Clean My Wounds’ and ‘Albatross’; then Trivium and Mastodon both brought out powerful sets of powerful guitar driven hard rock leading into Korn’s semi-setlist of their début self titled album (ie they played only half of the album but they still brought their usual powerful live show) while working in other favorites like ‘Freak on a Leash’ and ‘Falling Away From Me.’

Korn, by Melina D Photography

Korn, by Melina D Photography

 

Mastodon, by Melina D Photography

Mastodon, by Melina D Photography

 Corrosion of Conformity, by Melina D Photography

Judas Priest, by Melina D Photography

Headliners Judas Priest came out strong with a cross-section of newer songs such as ‘Dragonaut’ and ‘Valhalla’ while working in longtime favorites such as ‘Breaking The Law’ and ‘Hell Bent For Leather,’ as well as ‘Turbo Lover’. Following a strong showing on their previous tour, they did not disappoint and showed that after all of these years they can still deliver classic metal the right way.

Unlike the 2014 edition, Slipknot only played one day instead of both days, and they brought back the mini roller coasters and the Slipknot museum for attendees to enjoy. Another addition to this year’s edition was the Extreme Stage with such bands as Kataklysm, Abysmal Dawn, Belphagor and Inquisition living up to their musical brand and the headbangers representing as well.

 Reaktion, by Melina D Photography

The ReAktion, by Melina D Photography

The only band who did not quite fit the stage was Chilean-Canadian alternative-metallers The ReAktion, where their synth-driven riff metal was something fans grew accustomed to but was greatly out of place on that stage. The early set time worked in their favor on Sunday, with fans enjoying sightings of Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson around their set. Despite that, their eclectic sound was refreshing and somewhat interesting to see how they evolve from here.

Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor made a brief appearance with fellow Iowans Green Death during their brief set later on Sunday. Fans got acquainted quickly with the band despite their lack of recognition prior to the show.

Stages 2 and 3 were placed on the revolving stage where bands could get going much easier. Saturday’s set began with Battlecross, Red Fang and Goatwhore getting early set calls, but the packed crowd showed up to rock out with each band. Even the well publicized Josh Barnett joined in the pit action early on.

Trivium, by Melina D Photography

Trivium, by Melina D Photography

 

At The Gates, by Melina D Photography

At The Gates, by Melina D Photography

Veteran metallic hardcore outfit Earth Crisis brought back memories of their appearance of Ozzfest 1996 at this venue. Other highlights included At The Gates’ aggression driven set, while Body Count plowed through their set of classics (despite minor technical difficulties with Ice T killing time with his attempt at telling jokes on stage). GWAR capped out the stage with their usual antics and over the top stage show, moving forward post Oderus Urungus (a.k.a. Dave Brockie).

Mobb Deep, by Melina D Photography

Mobb Deep, by Melina D Photography

Sunday’s main stage opened with Ghostface Killa and Mobb Deep’s brief old school hip hop set that attracted curious onlookers, while Clutch came in with their usual power riff rock set that their stripped down stage show appeared a bit bare for such a large sized stage.

Clutch, by Melina D Photography

Clutch, by Melina D Photography

 

Bring Me The Horizon, by Melina D Photography

Bring Me The Horizon, by Melina D Photography

Bring Me The Horizon’s updated stage show and sound definitely caught the attention of the crowd with their LED powered backdrops with the letters to SPIRIT aligning with each word of their opening song ‘Happy Song.’ Frontman Oli Sykes had the crowd moving along with his commands, and kept the show entertaining. Plus their newer synth oriented melodic rock sound on songs like ‘Throne,’ and ‘Can You Feel My Heart’ made their live show much more anthemic driven tunes for the crowd to sing along to. Even with the older heavier songs like ‘Chelsea Smile,’ Bring Me The Horizon showed that they have a full arsenal within their bag of tricks and is no surprise why they have the attention of the hard music world.

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

 

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

When Slipknot took the stage, they unveiled their new stage setup that resembled the carnival from hell, and they took charge from the opening minute. Opening with ‘Sarcastrophe’ and leading into ‘The Heretic Anthem’, Slipknot was on a mission to show why they are one of the biggest hard acts on the planet and can command their own festival. They even worked in ‘Me Inside’ (which they have never played live before apparently) and ‘Eeyore,’ giving the crowd more to get manic over.

The second and third stages on Sunday featured hard rockers Devour the Day and Kyng giving the crowd energetic melodic rock to nibble on, while semi-hometown favorites Snot got the crowd rocking with selections from their Get Some album while paying tribute to their late singer Lynn Strait.

Cannbal Corpse, by Melina D Photography

Cannbal Corpse, by Melina D Photography

Helmet, All That Remains and Beartooth all plowed through power sets of rock and metal that got the crowds working up a sweat, while led into the massive stampede of fans eagerly awaiting Cannibal Corpse and Suicidal Tendencies to perform. Cannibal Corpse simply owned Knotfest’s second stage and possibly had the largest crowd of headbangers and mosh pit participants of any act, which bled into Suicidal’s already veteran LA punk rock fan base. Overall, the insanity that came with those acts simply made the observing that much more enjoyable.

Overall, Knotfest 2015 brought together a strong collection of acts within the heavy music world once again and gave fans something to be excited about. After two consecutive years, hopefully Knotfest will continue to be an annual event (or something close to it).

 

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PHOTOS BY MELINA D PHOTOGRAPHY

Festival Preview: Knotfest

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Slipknot’s Knotfest is taking over, and if you have doubts about this I feel sorry for you. Growing to new locations and opportunities, Slipknot continues to grow their brand and the legend of these concert events. Taking place this weekend at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in an Bernadino California, kicks off tonight with a private pre-party for campers ad VIP’s with performances from Sepultura and The Faceless among others. In addition to camping and vendors, this year’s Knotfest has crazy attractions like the Knotfest Museum, Street Drum Corps Blood Drums Experience, Thunderdome – Fire Area, Ring of Fire Carnival Ride, Flaming Carnival games and more.

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Music is the thing that makes Knotfest come alive and Saturday is headlined by the mighty Judas Priest prepared to put on their legendary stage show. Followed up by Korn, who is in the midst of their debut album, 20th anniversary. Next on the main stage is Mastodon, followed by Trivium, COC with Pepper Keenan and a surprise special guest TBD.

Dr. Michael Bishop as Blothar of GWAR, photo by Meg Loyal Photography

Dr. Michael Bishop as Blothar of GWAR, photo by Meg Loyal Photography

The #2 and #3 stages for Saturday boast the likes of GWAR, Earth Crisis, Body Count, Goatwhore, At The Gates, Red Fang, Born of Osiris and Battlecross. Meanwhile the extreme stage has Kataklysm, Inquisition, Her Name In Blood, Belphegor, Abysmal Dawn, and Khaotika. Plus there is a Headbang for the Highway Stage sponsored by Zippo.

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Sunday is no less impressive with Slipknot putting on their typical astounding show. They have out done them selves in every edition, and this should be no different. Bring Me The Horizon has possibly the biggest album of the year on their hands and are in the penultimate support slot appropriately. Rock giants Clutch follow closely along with Mobb Deep and Ghostface Killah.

The eclectic and star heavy second and third stages have bands such as Suicidal Tendencies, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Snot, Helmet and Devour The Day. On the extreme stage legends Dying Fetus with have a chance to show fans how real technical death metal is done. They are joined by Internal Bleeding, The Reaktion, Disgorge, Green Death and Kings of Carnage.

You can still get tickets for Knotfest here: