Cannibal Corpse Kill the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ
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Cannibal Corpse filled the Stone Pony of Asbury Park, NJ full of death metal destruction on Monday, November 13, 2006. Opening for the legendary Cannibal Corpse were Unmerciful, Necrophagist, and Dying Fetus. The Stone Pony is a fairly small venue and when the show started it wasn't very full, but as the night went on it filled to a decent size, but thankfully not to the point of suffocation.
Unmerciful were the first band to play. Unmerciful are death metal four piece and I wasn't too impressed with their performance. They sounded like a generic death metal band that are heavily influenced by Hate Eternal and Kataklysm. Unmerciful features blast beats, "cookie monster growls," and guitar work that I've heard before in Hate Eternal. While I do enjoy death metal bands such as Kataklysm and Hate Eternal, I like to see those bands and not another band playing their music. Despite my lack of interest in Unmerciful, I do appreciate the skill of the guitar work and the effort that they put into the show.
After Unmerciful, Necrophagist came on. Necrophagist were quite impressive and one of the best bands that night, aside from Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus. I had heard of Necrophagist, but had never heard their music. They were a pleasant surprise with their long and musically technical songs. Necrophagist had songs with unparalleled guitar work, deep death metal vocals comparable to that of Cannibal Corpse, amazing bass work that featured a solo during one of their songs, I believe it was "Seven," and very fast paced technical drumming. The only flaw I saw in Necrophagist's performance was the length of their songs. Standing on your feet for so long can be quite a challenge when enduring songs that are at least five minutes long each. I know, I've been to an Opeth show before. Overall, Necrophagist is an amazing band and could definitely headline a tour. Check them out if you get a chance.
After Necrophagist, Dying Fetus came on and gave an outstanding performance. As with Necrophagist, I had heard of Dying Fetus, but had never heard their music. Dying Fetus was another welcome surprise. Dying Fetus was and stand as one of the most technical bands I have ever heard. They got everyone in the Stone Pony, which had turned from a little crowd when the show started to an almost full venue, moving and in a pretty big pit. Dying Fetus were most impressive to me because of the incredible guitar playing and because one the guitar players is also the vocalist. They reminded me, in this respect, of Hate Eternal, but much more technical. Dying Fetus also had some impressive drumming with impeccable double bass. Their bassist was impressive as well; Dying Fetus' abilities were best exemplified when they played the song "Reduced to Slavery."
After Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse hit the stage and killed everyone. I had been looking forward to Cannibal Corpse the entire night and was very excited as this was my first time seeing them. When Cannibal Corpse hit the stage they sent the entire venue into a giant pit. Songs that I recall from that night are, "Devoured by Vermin," "Death Walking Terror," and "Mummified in Barbed Wire." I can still not get over the fact that I moshed to "Devoured by Vermin" - that song is and will now always remain a personal favorite. Cannibal Corpse put on an amazing show; all band members are very impressive musicians and Corpsegrinder will always be the best death metal vocalist. Definitely check out this tour if it comes to a town near you, you will get your money's worth.
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