I promised you part II — now I deliver! Back-to-back show weekends are exhausting and wonderful, I had to be careful or my liver would dessicate. You’ll notice that the quality of the pictures tends to deteriorate alongside my sobriety…so, apologies for the fuzzy snapshots!
This show was originally slated to have Faces of Bayon, a local psychedelic doom act, play a set — unfortunately, their drummer, Matt Davis, passed away unexpectedly earlier that week. As a result, this became a tribute show (and warmed my heart a little).
First up was Cacophonous Death, who were far and away the most fashionable band of the evening. Shredded acid wash jeans, studded gauntlets, and armored epaulets all up in this bitch! They’re a very riff-based, blackened death band from Cape Cod, their stage presence reminded me a little bit of Cannibal Corpse but with a lot more sass and a healthy injection of black metal. Will definitely come out ofr these guys again.
Summoning Hate followed and brought the thrash, they played a really tight set and I enjoyed every minute. The thing that stuck out the most to me with this band was their guitarist — nobody who looks this chilled out should be able to shred as hard as this guy did.
Our headliner for the evening was Scalpel, giving us our daily dose of grind, with some death metal influences thrown in for good measure. The crowd got really into this act — they just threw down a great set, a pit opened up and Alonso the vocalist invited lots of audience participation by calling our mothers whores in Spanish.
Thanks to everyone for an awesome show!
(Surprise, I’m stumbling back out to Champions again this weekend to see Upsidedown Cross! If you don’t hear from me next week, I’m surely dead in a ditch somewhere.)