Decibel Magazine Tour
Vancouver B.C. Canada
on April 21, 2012
Review and pics by Monika Deviat
This year’s Decibel Magazine tour featured four bands bringing not only excellent live music but also engaging performances that in the smaller venues the tour is hitting gave fans a very intimate feel. The all European line up consisted of Poland’s Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood from the Netherlands and Watain and In Solitude from Sweden. The tour stopped at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver B.C. on April 21, 2012 to a packed venue.
In Solitude took the stage first. Incense was lit and the dim red and blue lighting created a ritualistic atmosphere. Their sound has more traditional elements of heavy metal and eerie qualities. Their brief set consisted mostly of songs off The World, The Flesh, The Devil [Metal Blade, 2011].
The Devil’s Blood
The Devil’s Blood strode onstage covered in blood as is customary for the band. The four song set featured new material, including the title track of their newest album, The Thousandfold Epicentre [Metal Blade, 2012]. “Christ or Cocaine” was the only song played that night not on the new album. All the songs really showcased the layered harmonies of the three guitars. Farida Lemouchi is mesmerizing when she stands before a crowd almost completely motionless exuding an imposing and powerful presence. She would raise her arms to exalt Satan and in between vocal lines kept herself statuesque still. Guitarist and composer Selim Lemouchi played a double shift, shredding menacingly with the Devil’s Blood, then immediately after taking the stage with Watain as their second guitarist.
Watain set their stage with inverted crosses, candles and pikes with animal bones and skulls. Even though the band was not allowed to bring rotting animal parts or throw pigs blood into the crowd, the way they dominated the stage and the snarling expressions thrown to the audience created the malicious atmosphere necessary to the music. Frontman Erik Danielsson held the audience rapt as he contorted himself and immersed himself completely in the ritual. Watain began with “Malfeitor” and expertly tore through their set, including songs like “Stellavore”, “Waters of Ain” and “Total Funeral” which was dedicated to Vancouver’s Blasphemy.
Headliners Behemoth took the stage and received a thunderous welcome from the crowd. From the beginning of the opener “Ov Fire and the Void” to the ending notes of their finale, “Lucifer”, the intensity coming off the stage was relentless. With the band constantly moving around the stage and a full on light show with some nearly epilepsy inducing strobes, Behemoth created a powerful and chaotic atmosphere. When Nergal roared, “It’s great to be alive! It’s so fucking great to be alive!”, before launching into “Conquer All”, the audience responded resoundingly. Behemoth’s “Chant for Eschaton 2000” inspired even more energy from the crowd. The final song, Lucifer” had Nergal donning the usual helmet before launching into one of the bands few songs sung in Polish. Nergal was appreciative to the audience and thanked everyone for coming out to the show.