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Cannibal Corpse Turns Red Before Bristol With Help From The Black Dahlia Murder

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As one of, if not, the biggest name in death metal, a Cannibal Corpse show is never to be missed. For nearly thirty years, the Buffalo born gore peddlers have gone from strength to strength, featuring one of the best rhythm sections in all of metal, two excellent guitarists and a monster of a vocalist, Cannibal Corpse has continued to stay on top of the extreme metal mountain, and with their new album, "Red Before Black" under their belts, it's time once more for the quintet to take to the road, with a little help from some friends.

Opening the show was French deathcore outfit, In Arkadia. Like Fit For An Autopsy at the Sepultura show a few days before, it was a somewhat strange choice for a first group, as not everyone was keen to hear their style, though they received a pretty polite reception throughout. In Arkadia doesn't offer anything new, or for the neutral, anything particularly interesting, adopting pretty much every deathcore cliché in the book, from the dual vocalists which barely differ, to the poses and constant breakdowns. In their defence, they are highly energetic and very eager to win over the crowd. One can't fault them for effort.

Up next was one of the most popular death metal bands of the new millennium, The Black Dahlia Murder. The Michigan quintet stormed the stage and set the crowd alight with their superb brand of death metal, with much of their set being devoted to their latest album, "Nightbringers," which was released through Metal Blade last November. Their frenetic and powerful performance was made all the more impressive after discovering that members of the band were feeling very ill. The Black Dahlia Murder were impressive from start to finish and just as brutal as their namesake, making their live shows a treat for fans and a delight for neutrals.

Ultimately, along came America's most successful export of extremity, Cannibal Corpse. Their set was very close to the one performed at this year's edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal, but no less impressive. Opening with "Code Of The Slashers," the plodding single from "Red Before Black," the ferocious five piece set the mood perfectly with blood red lighting and a snarling sound which engrossed all within ear shot.

There were plenty more cuts from the new record, including the title track and "Corpus Delicti," though plenty of older songs from "Skull Full Of Maggots" to "The Wretched Spawn" were brought out to the delight of fans, as well as a venue full of Ric Flair style "Woos" brought on by Corpsegrinder. This was all before the band finished for the night with a trio of classics that featured a guest appaearance from Black Dahlia Murder vocalist Trevor Strnad during "Stripped, Raped And Strangled," as well "I Cum Blood" and obligatory finale, "Hammer Smashed Face." Thanks to a venue change and a club night being scheduled, it was an early night, but a brutal one nonetheless, thanks to the death metal extravaganza put on by the American masters.

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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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