The October 11th lineup at The Fillmore (Silver Spring) was supposed to be a monster FILMAGEDDON show with MACHINE HEAD, SUICIDE SILENCE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EPICA, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, and (squee!) BATTLECROSS! Hopes were dashed when MACHINE HEAD delayed the tour in favor of completing Bloodstone & Diamonds (You can read our review HERE). I was not disappointed though because SUICIDE SILENCE and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER kept their promise. Jeremy Tozier, my photographer for the evening, is also a huge fan of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. Click on the photos to see Tozier’s brilliance in technicolor. Here’s the line-up:
The opening act was CEMETARY PISS and they delivered a technically accurate rendition of every popular death metal band in America, which is great if you want to remain an opening act for the rest of your career. Labeling it black thrash doesn’t change the spots on this kitty. Fortunately, they are a young quartet with years ahead of them to expand their horizons and mature musically. Being in a band is more than being able to play music. There has to be a vision, which comes naturally to some and must be painstakingly developed by others. Let’s see what happens.
One of the aims of touring is to gather new listeners and develop a larger fan base. I think ALTERBEAST has succeeded. I was so impressed with their delivery that I went back and bought the CD and a hoodie so that I could advertise my conversion. The audience agreed. Hair flew, heads banged, and we moshed out to a melodic death metal accented by skin-shivering guttural growls and soaring screams. Their CD Immortal is damn good but the actual show is fucking awesome.
CHELSEA GRIN started out with a soul-shredding bass boom and proceeded to pulverize the inner ears of all present. Security finally got busy as the crowd erupted in response to some serious extreme metal. The wall of sound was pierced by the Chiquita banana as the be-costumed metal head bounced and shimmied above the crowd and claimed the first crowd surf of the evening. I watched open-mouthed and breathless as the tableau unfolded into some serious metal mayhem. CHELSEA GRIN is currently touring the U.S. and CANADA with a skip across the pond in early 2015 to play EUROPE. Tour dates can be found HERE.
My SUICIDE SILENCE cherry was popped at Mayhem Fest 2014 and the review described their awesomeness. I’ve heard the second time is always better but I wasn’t prepared for this. Eddie Hermida as front man is now woven tightly into the weft of the band and it shows in the ease with which he worked the crowd. He even commented on it saying that this is “one of the funnest tours of my life.” I felt as if he threw his arms out to the audience while the rest of his band members moved as extensions of his will to embrace us all. That’s how a great band operates, like one mind and they direct that amazing focus on the fans. One wall of death, dozens of crowd surfs, and a mosh pit that required full crowd participation later, I have to give a double horned salute to the men of SUICIDE SILENCE. They are currently touring EUROPE and you can check it out HERE.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER (TBDM)
My son is a TBDM fan. Hardcore. He cut his extreme metal teeth on this band when Shannon Lucas was the drummer. He then proceeded to cram their brand of nocturnal, Detroit melodic death metal into my ear holes at every opportunity, especially Deflorate. I would tolerate (!) it, but I think I have TBDM to thank for laying the very groundwork of my love for extreme metal today. Sentiment is a very metal emotion because it is tenacious and brutal when crossed and turns into a fine, burning rage. Standing there listening to the songs live as opposed to (what I thought at the time) screeching across my bass-heavy car stereo, made me realize just how amazing TBDM are. They’ve been around forever and are a pillar in the metal community. They played the “old, stinky” stuff along with the new, and what I’ve discovered is that they redefine rage with each successive album and tour. The more seasoned they become, the more complex the expression. All that “sentiment” became a circle pit of roiling bodies and near limb-rending crowd surfing. I bought a patch (because we have the discography \m/) and will wear it proudly as a testament to their persuasion.
I.O. Kirkwood is Metal Descent’s Senior Live Music Editor. You can read her personal blog HERE.