@ La Respuesta, San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 16th 2013
Produced by K&K Entertainment
Review by Titus Isaac
Videography by Dennis Rivera
Photography by Fran Jaume
The anticipation for this particular show was built not only because of the production team’s promotional efforts, but also because a particular group of religious fanatics who decided to start some silly campaign to boycott the show.
Apparently, these people felt that it was just “too much” to allow a band with a name like Satan’s Host to play on the island, even though bands like Marduk and 1349 had already visited Puerto Rico.
I guess we should thank these people for promoting the show through means such as the local news programs and newspaper articles. Although not one of these people showed up the day of the show, they definitely helped in getting the attention of Metal fans that were otherwise unaware of Satan’s Host music or the fact that they would play here in Puerto Rico.
The day of the event, everything seemed quiet outside the venue, even though most of the Metal fans showed up expecting to find aggressive religious fanatics, they were instead greeted by other metalheads, and there was a cool gathering of people in the parking lot. By the time the doors of La Respuesta were opened, everyone was psyched.
Salvation Denied was the first band to hit the stage.
Even though the band indicated that their singer Luis Vila had a severe cold, the band gave a great performance.
The band proved why most enjoy their live performances, as the band gave the audience a decent dose of their brand of Progressive Rock- tinged Power Metal.
At no point did it become evident that the band’s frontman was ill, as they the music was played flawlessly.
They helped in getting the crowd warmed up for the rest of the evening.
Many of the fans in attendance were in front of the stage, headbanging alomg to songs such as “Mindfield” and “Inframundo”, all the while showing their support.
Salvation Denied Setlist:
4 At The End
Next band to hit the stage were Black Metallers Serpenterium; a veteran band who have been active for a couple of years, even though they don’t play shows regularly.
They do have several releases, including five demos and a full length album entitled “The Withered Spirit of a Shattered Reality”, so you can definitely say that they are a cult band on the island. They also contributed a song for a Bathory tribute album entitled “A Tribute from the Hordes to Bathory”.
The band’s set was both very atmospheric and tight, as they played both originals as well as cover versions of songs by Satyricon and Emperor, with their sound incorporating keyboards, which aided in making the music sound eerie, along with dual guitar melodies that added an additional layer of melody.
The crowd was definitely caught up in the band’s music, being almost in a trance during their performance.
By the end of the day, the band left a very good impression on everyone, and I bet they definitely made some new fans that evening.
1 Show No Mercy
2 The Coming of Chaos
3 Mother North (Satyricon cover)
4 Deep Wounds
6 Inno A Satana (Emperor cover)
Dantesco were next on the bill, and even though time constraints limited the band to only playing four songs, the band demonstrated that they could still kick everyone’s ass.
The veteran Doom Metal outfit from Puerto Rico has released three great albums and has gathered a very distinctive reputation as a great live band.
They definitely proved that, as they basically left everyone asking for more after they completed their short set that night.
The band played “Morir de Pie” and “We Don’t Fear Your God”, then ended their set with a blistering rendition of the classic Dio-era Black Sabbath song “Heaven and Hell”.
Everyone chanted along to the main riff of the song.
1 We Don’t Fear Your God
2 Morir de Pie
4 Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath cover)
After Dantesco’s short performance Humanist; a new Black Metal band that has participated in many recent local music events, took the stage.
The band is notorious for their stage antics, such as the use of dead animals and blood!
While they were still playing their first song, it was a shock when suddenly everyone in front of the stage was drenched in blood, the band also carried what appeared to be dead animal remains on stage.
Their music, in keeping with the tone of their performance, was both ugly and menacing.
They played a slower version of Black Metal with some Doom Metal touches here and there, this time, the band played more songs than in previous shows, as they have had time to compose newer material such as “Seek, Attack and Devour” and “The Power of Belief”.
After the band was done, the stage looked like a site of mass murder, with all the blood and gooey remains covering the floor as well as some of the audience.
1 Coitus divine
2 Seek, Attack and Devour
3 Fearless We Shall March
4 We Despise Your Kind
5 The power of belief
6 The act of will
Doom Lord; another new act, were scheduled to play next.
The band’s sound incorporates influences from bands like Savatage and Black Sabbath and have been playing a lot of local shows for the past few months, gathering followers from around the island.
It seems that their hard work paid off, as many on attendance had already been familiarized with the band’s material.
Songs like “Evil Rises Again” and “Black Testament”, which the band had released prior to the show through their website, were very well received by the people in attendance that day.
Overall, the band demonstrated that even though they are a new band, they have a lot of potential.
The guitars sounded killer, and their stage presence was very good. It seems to me that they also made some new fans that evening as well.
Doom Lord Setlist:
1 They Must Die
2 Death Penalty
3 Wedding Of The Dead
4 Evil Rises Again
5 Black Testament
Weeks prior to the show, there were many people who often commented on how one simply had to experience Satan’s Host live shows to further appreciate the band’s mixture of Metal genres within their sound.
Most of the people who had already seen the band in show abroad were very enthusiastic about this event, so when it came time to see the band in action, all I can say is that they delivered the goods and then some.
There should be some words devoted to describing Leviathan Thisiren’s performance that day. The man sang, screamed and growled for two hours straight, without his vocals ever straining or letting up. He just kept coming with each song, laying his distinctive voice to the band’s distinctive sound!
The rest of the band were just as awesome, as guitarist Patrick Evil and bassist Margan delivered riff after pummeling riff with a sound that can only be described as massive.
The drummer kept a solid beat underneath, delivering some choice Black Metal-esque blast-beat sections that mixed with the soaring vocals and the rest of the band definitely impressed the audience.
It was quite a sight to watch the band in action indeed: the band got right down to business and began their set with a brand new track from what is to be their upcoming record entitled “Virgin Sails”. The song is entitled “Cor Malifecus – Heart of Evil”, and it definitely sparked interest for the band’s new record.
The band also played the title track of the upcoming “Virgin Sails” later on during their set. Basically the band played most of their newer stuff off of their last record “By The Hands of the Devil”, as well as material from their older albums. Newer songs such as “Shades of the Unlight”, ”Inferior Worlds”, ”Fallen Angel” and “Demontia” were played along with “Metal from Hell”, “Nightside of Eden” and “Witches Return”.
The band played song after song until finally closing with “Metal from Hell”, as the audience all had satisfied looks on their faces, as the band was relentless.
Most had not even noticed that the band had spent two hours playing a ripping set of sixteen songs, and one of the topics afterwards how many in attendance were impressed by the band’s stamina and energy onstage, which was intact even after a two hour set.
The band members seemed pleased with the reaction they got that night, so that may result in future Satan’s Host gigs on the island. They themselves were very nice to everyone, spending most of the night out of their dressing room, sharing a beer or two with the fans in attendance.
In summary, it was a show to be remembered, not only because of the controversy prior to the show, but also because watching Satan’s Host performing live is a unique experience.
Satan’s Host Setlist:
1.Cor Malifecus – Heart of Evil
2. For the Love of Satan
3. Satanic Grimoire
4. Island of the Giant Ants
5. Shades of the Unlight
8. By the Hands of the Devil
9. Nightside of Eden
10. Black Hilted Knife
11. Witches Return
13. Before the Flame
14. Dark Priest
15. Virgin Sails
16. Inferior Worlds
17. Fallen Angel
18. Metal from Hell