Entombed A.D. And Voivod Unleash Hell In Bristol
Continuing the string of exciting touring partnerships recently, which have included the likes of Amon Amarth & Testament and Rotting Christ & Inquisition, Entombed A.D. are currently on the road in support of their latest album, "Dead Dawn," with another of metal's highly respected veterans, Voivod, joined along the way by Lord Dying and Morbid Evils. Last Sunday, the tour rolled into Bristol for a show at the Fleece which had a surprisingly small attendance but a huge atmosphere.
Kicking off the evening was Finnish doom metal trio, Morbid Evils, featuring Rotten Sound vocalist Keijo Niinimaa. The group really live up to their sub-genre's name, taking to the stage shortly after doors opened and letting loose a highly morose sound, which caught the attention of the early birds in the audience. Performing material from their debut album, "In Hate With the Burning World," the three Finns could be one to watch for all fans of doom metal, though listeners who aren't so keen on very slow, very dour music may not find what they're looking for.
Things remained quite slow for the most part when American sludge metal group Lord Dying began their set. With two albums under their belt, the band are quickly making a name for themselves among those who like their metal slow and low. Much like Morbid Evils, the quartet from Portland, Oregon aren't too everyone's taste but the group are armed with some great riffs and were able to get a few more people moving in the slightly more populated crowd, which sadly wouldn't grow much throughout the night. All in all, Lord Dying are groovy, heavy and very talented, if not entirely memorable just yet.
Thankfully for those in attendance who like their music a lot faster, Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod were up next. Starting the set with "Killing Technology" from their beloved album of the same name. the band put on a frenzied and chaotic performance from beginning to end, executing their technical musicanship perfectly. Frontman Snake remains a fun figure, working the crowd up and displaying the sarcastically aggressive nature of a punk rock singer throughout and bellowing out such favourites as "Order of the Black Guard" and "Chaosmongers" with all the energy fans would expect of such a beloved band.
The group were also promoting their new EP, "Post Society," from which they performed the title track and "Fall," which was recently released a split single with the final band of the night, Entombed A.D. This new music went over very well with the crowd and after closing with their eponymous song, everyone surely agreed that Voivod are still up there when it comes to thrash metal veterans, treating the crowd to one hell of a show.
Finally, it was the turn of another legendary name, Stockholm's own, Entombed A.D. As expected, the band performed material from their new album, "Dead Dawn," but many were also happy that their set seemed to focus quite prominently on their material before they had to change their name. The crowd were treated to a range of classics (as well a big guy trying to start a mosh pit who really needed to put his shirt back) such as "Revel In Flesh," "Living Dead," "Left Hand Path" and "Wolverine Blues."
Much in the same vein as Voivod, Entombed A.D. are a metal band who possess the spirit and attitude of punk, particularly frontman L-G Petrov, who was engaging in banter with the crowd during the set, while the whole band looked as though they were having a great time, as were the audience. The group returned to the stage for an encore following, "Left Hand Path," performing a further four songs, which concluded with "Supposed To Rot" from the same record. As a whole, the "Dead Dawn" tour features a wide range of metal music and four bands who are all at the very least, solid and is sure to delight any and all fans who attend the shows.
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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