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Demon Hunter and Living Sacrifice Rock Philadelphia

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I recently had the chance to check out the Demon Hunter tour in Philadelphia, PA. The show was on June 22nd and featured Living Sacrifice, Oh Sleeper, The Famine and The Advent.

Being a huge Demon Hunter fan, I was excited to see who they had touring with them. Since I've only heard Living Sacrifice before, I had no idea what to expect with the other acts that were performing.

The Advent opened the show and they had an incredibly energetic presence on stage. The songs were some-what clichè, though. They were talented musicians but the music was lacking something...originality.

A band called The Famine took to the stage next, and they immediately pummeled the audience. Having never heard them before, I thought they did a damn good job at getting me into their set. It was a short set, unfortunately, but that is typical of an opener.

Oh, Sleeper was the next band to take the stage. They had a great stage-presence and the crowd really got into their set. I say this with the most respect possible but I did not enjoy their set at all. The music just wasn't my style. Had they been a style of music I liked, they would've been awesome to see live. I'll give them credit, though, the sound was great and they are talented musicians as well as good performers.

Next to set foot on-stage was, the legendary, Living Sacrifice. I've never had the chance to watch them live, so I was definitely excited. They came out with their guns-blazing so to speak. It looked as if they've never stopped playing or touring. They sounded amazing and after taking pictures for a couple songs, I couldn't help but jump in the pit myself. The set lasted somewhere between 45-50 minutes and I can definitely understand how they've lasted so long in the viciousness of the music industry.

Demon Hunter was next up, as the lights dimmed you could hear the crowd chanting their name. The music had not even begun, yet there was a big area opening up on the floor for the pit. The band came out playing the first two songs off their new CD, entitled "Storm The Gates of Hell" and "Lead Us Home." The sound engineer for this band definitely knew his job. They sounded amazing in concert, almost better then on CD, which is something I cannot say for a lot of bands. Just when the crowd thought the show was over, they came back out for an encore, playing two more songs for everyone. One of which being their most popular song entitled "Not Ready to Die."

All in all, it was a great show to attend. I was fortunate enough to witness Living Sacrifice play in Philadelphia for the first time in close to a decade. Not to mention seeing one of my favorite bands, Demon Hunter, live for the first time. Although the tour is over, I highly recommend checking out these bands on future tours.

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1. warlockzero writes:

I would check out demon hunter.... if they ever decide to play new york city!!!

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2. darenloster writes:

Cristian metal is the place to be.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 9:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianSD writes:

When is the last time Demon Hunter played Chicago? Ever? They don't seem to tour much and never seem to come within 3 hours of Chicago.

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4. Txmetalhead writes:

Yes - Demon Hunter rarely tour. If you get the chance - go see them. They are pretty good LIVE.
I still prefer Living Sacrifice, though. Heavier, and just more technical. I really had an adrenaline rush listening to LS..as opposed to DH.

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