Behemoth, Suffocation Live Report
Band Photo: Behemoth (?)
It turns out that The Palladium in Worcester, MA has a hidden gem that has somehow eluded my attention before. "Upstairs" is a 350- capacity room with atmosphere and sound that "downstairs" comes close to but fails to top. I'm not sure if it was the size of the venue or the fans, or maybe both, but this show felt so much... intimate and heartfelt. The bands too felt these emotions floating in the air and responded accordingly. It was one of those nights when you get this awe-inspiring feeling that you belong to the metal community.
Unfortunately, by the time I arrived at the venue, the opening band Devilinside had already finished their set. Misery Index were off second and they rocked. The set, though short, was comprised of their well- known songs and a few tracks off the new EP. The entire front row was headbanging and inevitably a mosh pit ensued.
Cattle Decapitation fired up the crowd furthermore, playing a bunch of songs off their latest album "Humanure". Though the music in not exactly to my liking, I have to admit they were better live than I had expected. I also have to admit that I was grossed out by the singer's constant spitting, which is not all that enjoyable when you're nesting in the left corner of the stage taking pictures.
Behemoth reigned like the ancient gods. Though they've departed from their black metal roots, they're still wearing face paint which only compliments their mighty stage presence. Tremendous amount of energy and musicianship. The crowd was chanting along and headbanging through the entire set, which mainly consisted of tracks off their latest masterpiece "Demigod". One of the things I admire this band for is that thay're not content to merely string riffs and gory imagery but instead blend chaos and control and back it up with well- thought and sophisticated lyrics. For me Behemoth are one of the most talented death metal bands on the planet and the reason that they're still not getting the deserved recognition here in U.S. is beyond me.
Later on when I talked to Nergal he said he'd been feeling really sick all day. You wouldn't know it, seeing how much focused intensity was emanating from him and the band as a whole. Inferno is the reason gods gave us the drums. And on a more personal note, Orion was sporting the most impressive attire, hands down.
And just when you thought it couldn't get any more electrifying, recently reunited Suffocation emerged on stage. One thing is crystal clear about this band- they're back with a vengeance. They were treated like returning heroes by the locals. Mullen was showing off his physique and was very much engaged with the audience, praising them for coming out and supporting the scene and at one point singling out the ladies for particular recognition. You're welcome.
With a set exceeding one hour, Suffocation covered an extensive range of their discography- old and new. Pierced From Within, Funeral Inception and Thrones Of Blood to name a few. Their performance summoned high levels of excitement and energy, which, if generated, could provide electricity for the vast New England region.
A great night for beer consumption and metal. What else could a mortal want?
Live pics from the show can be viewed in the Gallery section.
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