Spread the metal:
Sepultura + Obscura + Goatwhore + Fit For An Autopsy
@ SWG3, Glasgow
March 14, 2018
Review by Pete Mutant
Photography by Carina Martins
The ‘Machine Messiah’ tour was wheeling its way into Glasgow, bringing a massive package with it as Sepultura brought along a mixed bunch with tech/prog death-metallers Obscura, blackened thrash masters Goatwhore and New Jersey Deathcore outfit Fit For An Autopsy. This was my first gig at the SWG3 as it is not a usual home for metal in Glasgow and is more renowned for its hosting of techno festivals such as Pressure. So I was very happy to get a new experience of this venue and also was looking very much forward to getting my first taste of Obscura live as I had not seen them before on stage.
It was to be the second last gig of the week with Cannibal Corpse playing the next day and Venom Inc. being on the Sunday so it was a full on week -and last couple of weeks- for metal in Glasgow. Metal March was banging on and this night was going to be one full of intrigue and entertainment with a mad mix of genres and genre over spilling to contend with; just to make things uncomfortable for the purists out there. The stage was set and it was time to get some more music in us. First up we had some Deathcore to contend with as Fit For An Autopsy were back in Glasgow
Having interviewed Ben Falgoust whilst the show started, I missed a good swathe of the action with Fit For An Autopsy [3.0/5] which interfered enough with the interview to be picked up. But once the interview was done, we were a few songs in but I arrived in time for the beginning of ‘Saltwound’ which was my first taste of this band live. It was pretty djenty with well measured blasts coming through and some strong vocals from frontman Joe Badolato. There wasn’t too much of a crowd to speak of and we could put this down to the extremely early start to proceedings (17:30). It may have affected the singer a little as his eyes seemed to roll a little when looking for a response and getting, well, not much in terms of movement. Those few that made it down early still seemed to be enjoying themselves though as the music was full of bottom end goodness and some very tidy leadwork with Pat Sheridan taking most of the lead duties.
Their next track ‘Iron Moon’ was renamed Irn Bru for the night by Badolato and it was an impressive song which reminded me very much of Meshuggah with its very tightly formulated sequences, djenty bottom end notes, polyrhythmic drumming and elaborate guitar leads. It was very similar to Meshuggah’s ‘New millennium Cyanide Christ’ in actuality but it was, after all, a very well executed song and had so many likeable qualities which went down really well in this live setting. Their last track for the evening was ‘Black Mammoth’ which brought a lot of their deathcore elements in and Tim Howley took over the lead duties. This one had much more atmospheric chords involved with some quick interchanges in tempo and was a worthy end to their set.
2. Heads Will Hang
3. Still We Destroy
5. Iron Moon
6. Black Mammoth
Goatwhore [4.0/5] took the stage next and due to his recent injury, Ben Falgoust had to sit on a crate whilst he delivered his vocal assault. The interim music was still playing as they took the stage until Falgoust advised to “turn that shit off and let’s play some rock and roll”; and it was so. They opened with ‘Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult” from 2006’s ‘A Haunting Curse’ which started us off at a great pace with some quality riffs being churned out by guitarist Sammy Pierre Duet.
Falgoust was being as animated as he could be on his crate but you are pretty limited when you have to remain in a fairly static position. We got our first taste of their newest album ‘Vengeful Ascension’ next with ‘Under The Flesh, Into The Soul’ and it was a fine example of Goatwhore’s dark take on thrash music.
We went back to ‘Vengeful Ascension’ for the title track for our fourth offering from the NOLA quartet and here we got heaps of groove and some brilliant lead that swirled and spiraled through giant squeals which was just full of some brilliant tone. ‘Collapse In Eternal Worth’ came out like Celtic Frost on crystal meth and the set wore on in a striking fashion.
The crowd was steadily increasing and a few heads were banging as Goatwhore kept the darkness rolling. We were getting a large quantity of new material as ‘Chaos Arcane’ followed on from ‘Mankind Will Have No Mercy’ and these songs were displaying the band’s different nuances in styles be it the thrash, old school death or even the more black metal related influences were coming through in a titanium strength alloy of solid metal. We got two big tracks to bring the set to an end in ‘Apocalyptic Havoc’ then the cherry on the brutal cake in ‘FBS’ which brought us to a delightfully satanic end. Things were spiraling out of control and more bodies were filling the gaps as we moved onto the penultimate act of the evening.
1. Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult
2. Under The Flesh, Into The Soul
3. Baring Teeth For Revolt
4. Vengeful Ascension
5. Collapse In Eternal Worth
6. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
7. Chaos Arcane
8. In Deathless Tradition
9. Apocalyptic Havoc
Obscura [4.5/5] were on the UK leg of their Akróasis world tour and the four piece outfit had not been to Glasgow for eight years so there was a lot of time to make up for. It wasn’t just myself who was very much looking forward to this band’s live experience and the crowd was thickening up around the stage and was several bodies deep by the time they took the stage.
They opened up with ‘Ten Sepiroth’ which served as our first taste of their new album and it had some very pristine Neo-classical elements which brought us in to the song and built with some very limber tapping techniques courtesy of guitarist and near virtuoso Rafael Trujillo.
Mainman Steffen Kummerer added the rougher layers with his signature guitar as well as the harsh vocals which connected the heavier dots of Obscura’s music and merged them into a collage of enigmatic metal. The second track is my personal fave of the band’s music in ‘Ocean Gateways’ which was a prime example of the band’s knack for turning their progressive skills into some ultimate death metal.
Obscura played the title track of their latest album before taking us back to a song which they played the last time that they were in this neck of the woods in ‘The Anticosmic Overload’ which brought some potent riffs into the mix and some high quality harmonisations between Rafael and Steffen.
Bassist Linus Klausenitzer looked very confident on his six-string bass and seemed to be at ease when throwing out the complex lines whilst drummer Sebastian Lanser was providing immaculate rhythms on his massive drum kit, addressing the softer, more transient passages with delicate hands which could then switch and unleash a barrage of polyrhythmic chaos at a moments notice.
This was a proper display after all which demonstrated the vast spectrum of the band’s abilities and song styles and they closed the set with a fairly emotive number in ‘Sermon Of The Seven Suns’ which had the crowd clapping along to the base rhythm whilst we were treated with some deep and atmospheric guitar work by Rafael Trujillo which was truly captivating but he, of course, made it look effortless. They bowed out to great applause and looked awful chuffed with themselves and why not, they were exceptional and actually exceeded my previous expectations of seeing them and I will look forward to the next time they come back to Glasgow.
1. Ten Sepiroth
2. Ocean Gateways
4. The Anticosmic Overload
5. Ode To The Sun
6. Centric Flow
7. Sermon Of The Seven Sons
It was now that time where the big guns were out in force and the crowd was at its optimum level. Sepultura [4.5/5] carry a massive name and history behind them; with a shit ton of good music as well and with this tour, this grand package of a tour, was for their latest album ‘Machine Messiah’ -and we were going to head right into it with the first track.
‘I Am The Enemy’ started us off after the band walked onto a great raucous of an applause from the now near full audience. Of course we were going to start of fast and ‘I Am The Enemy’ brought in some chunky thrash and it wasn’t long before Andreas Kisser came in with some very characteristic was driven soloing. Big Derrick Green was a massive presence on the stage and was delivering a oral tirade of harsh lyrics to the music. We kept to ‘Machine Messiah’ with the next track ‘Phantom Self’ before going back all the way to ‘Chaos AD’ for ‘Territory’ which had a definitely larger reaction than the previous tracks. The new music was well received but you can’t beat the classics and ‘Territory’ is one of classiest classics to ever hit the… well… class.
We were getting a major dose of their latest efforts though and ‘Sworn Oath’ morphed into ‘Resistant Parasites’ which displayed Sepultura’s inclinations towards dirty, impactful groove which was being soaked up by the crowd. The pits looked like a fun way to get hospitalised as bodies were flying all the over place and were tumbling to the ground in their droves before getting picked up by their sadistic allies.
We took a small moment out here as we recognised big Derrick Green’s 20th anniversary on the vocals. I last seen them in 2009, a time when he still possessed those mad dreadlocks but here we were nine years later and he was a big ball machine, leading the way with some very direct and sustained verbal assaults all to the power of Sepultura’s mighty music. We went back to their latest effort for the title track and then we went into a very special section where an acoustic was left out on stage and Derrick Green swapped the mic for a massive samba drum and we heard them perform ‘Iceberg Dances’ live.
I really enjoyed it as it was a spectacle to behold live. The percussion was as deep and primal as you could desire and the all round coming together of the instruments was mighty in its tribal fury. Drummer Eloy Casagrande was an absolute beast behind the sticks and really captured the essence of Sepultura and drove it home superbly. From this point on though, our time was strictly reserved for the old stuff and we were crawling closer to the end of the set; ergo the end of the night. It was going to be a blockbuster of a journey to this end though as we got ‘Inner Self’ then ‘Refuse Resist’ which had three crowd surfers simultaneously being dragged to the front and nearly colliding in the mess of limbs and bodies that were in constant motion. We even went all the way back through the Cavelera doctrine to the point of ‘Arise’ for the title track of that album, that was something glorious. The band wandered off though as it was time for the encore and our final servings of metal this night.
Of course, we were going to keep to the old stuff and they came back out and went into ‘Slave New World’ with that mega opening riff which is unmistakable in any circle.
‘Ratamahatta’ followed as our penultimate track of the night before the set was brought to a close with the highly predictable but absolute Sepultura staple in ‘Roots’ and nearly the whole crowd was bouncing from the front to the back. It was a solid set with a mix of some of the best of the very new and some of the best of the fairly old and it was executed near perfectly.
If you were not used to Derrick Green by now then you never will be and I can’t really see why. The Max days are far gone and this man knows how to deliver. It would be nice to get something off of the even earlier works but beggars can’t be choosers and it was a truly fun night out which ended up a great experience in more ways than one.
1. I Am The Enemy
2. Phantom Self
5. Desperate Cry
6. Sworn Oath
7. Resistant Parasites
11. Machine messiah
12. Iceberg Dances
13. Inner Self
16. Slave New World
18. Roots Bloody Roots