Rotting Slow In Europe 2012
OBITUARY Support Macabre – Psycroptic
@ The Garage Relentless -London
5th December 2012
Review by Sabrina Dersel
Photography by Graham Hilling
This has to be the best gig for 2012!
Tonight; at The Garage in London we are treated to the best pre-xmas gift any metal-head could ask for!
The “Rotting Slow In Europe” tour of 21 dates takes the legendary Obituary band from Germany to Netherland, passing by Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, England, Switzerland and Netherland. It’s a very special one as only songs from the albums “Slowly We Rot” (1989),”Cause Of Death” (1990) and “ The End Complete” (1992) will be part of their setlist.
But firstly, a quick note about the support bands!
Psycroptic are an Australian technical death metal band formed in 1999, signed to Nuclear Blast.
The band is formed of Dave Haley on drums, his brother Joe Haley on guitar, and Cameron Grant on bass guitar.
Their lead vocalist, Jason Peppiatt, joined in 2004. Previously they have supported international bands like Incantation, Decapitated, Origin, Nile and Deicide.
Psycroptic incorporate many elements of music – extreme and otherwise – to capture a sound that is uniquely their own.Their latest album ‘The Inherited Repression’ (released in Feb 2012) has been hailed by fans and the media as one of the most original and ‘fresh’ release within the metal realm in years.
As a support band they are ok, as the musicians are tight, riffs are heavy, but I can’t help but think they wouldn’t notice if I actually just turned my back on them and left the venue.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like their sound but there is something missing from them, like stage presence or charisma which is lacking making them a bit boring to watch.
There isn’t too much crowd reaction on this one either, but the best is yet to come.
Soon to follow are Macabre!
Well, what can I say of a band whose t-shirt is a Ronald McDonald carrying guns logo? As I come back in the venue, the band are already onstage. This three piece Death Metal band from Chicago is formed with Corporate Death (Lance Lencioni) on guitars plus vocals, Nefarious (Charles Lescewicz) on bass guitar plus vocals and Dennis the Menace (Dennis Ritchie) on drums.
I am looking for the mic stand and can see Corporate Death singing with a headset microphone, call me old fashion but this is weird.Fair enough it gives him the freedom to move around and enhance his story telling with hand gestures,but still.
I overhear Andrew (hardcore Obituary fan) rightly saying “All is missing are tits, bra and a f*cking dance routine. Metal is Metal you have a mic stand!”. I couldn’t disagree.
Musically speaking they blend thrash metal, death and grindcore (sometimes with nursery rhymes and folk melodies) to form their own style dubber Murder Metal. It’s obvious Macabre has a small but strong cult status among fans, who know most of the lyrics inspired by serial killers and sick gore humour, but for me I didn’t take to these guys at all.He introduces each song of their gore splattered murder metal with an intro piece explaining the dark lyrics of each song with a creepy style voice. Unfortunately,the high expectations of a band that has been going on for many years are crushed.Their show comes across as ridiculous more than dark.
After quite a long wait for the turnover, finally the legendary Obituary invade the stage.
The band formed in 1984,in Florida,and is fronted by the very charismatic (his look never changed over the years!) John Tardy,Donald Tardy on the drums,Trevor Peres on guitar and Terry Butler on bass.The album “The End Complete” has sold more than 550,000 copies worldwide!
For any fans in the audience; mostly old school death crowd, this is the dream gig.The sound is one of the best i have heard in a venue for a while.The venue is packed,the party is ready to explode.A very large moshpit is created,brutal fans for brutal classic tracks.
Tardy yells: “Are you ready for our album’s title track?” before starting the great “Cause Of Death”, the crowd bangs their fists in unison chanting “hey, hey, hey” to the guitar solo intro. From the beginning and throughout the whole gig, there is a very cool and happy vibe, the sound is perfect, and you end wishing the next song is going to be lame because you can t handle it anymore, no time to breath, too many Obituary classics played.
Legendary anthems are executed to perfection, the bass is heavy, the drums are pounding, guitars are riffing heavily and John Tardy’s vocals are just effortlessly brilliant. This is Death Metal at its best! Once their set is finished,all of us are just covered in sweat,stinking beers,sore necks,big smiles all around. What a brilliant end of the year gig!
The Gates Of Hell
Cause Of Death
Chopped In Half
Turned Inside Out
Back To One
The End Is Complete
I’m In Pain
Slowly We Rot