Nile And Immolation Engulf Philadelphia In A Typhoon Of Brutality
Band Photo: Immolation (?)
Nile’s first big US tour in support of their latest album, “Those Whom The Gods Detest,” rolled its way through Philly on January 17th. Immolation, Krisiun, and Dreaming Dead provided support, ensuring that a night of brutal death metal was on the menu. A dreary, drizzle-soaked night made for a perfect accompaniment to the reign of terror that was on display from the time the doors of the Trocadero opened to the bitter end. While the lack of Abigail Williams, who had to drop off the tour due to a band injury, was disappointing, the rest of the bands held their own and put on a show that left many necks aching from all the headbanging going on.
Dreaming Dead was up first, getting the crowd riled up with their brand of killer death metal. The band released their debut album, “Within One,” early last year and played a majority of it during their 25 minute set. Frontwoman Elizabeth Elliott not only had a strong raspy voice behind her, but wicked guitar skills to boot; the solos on the title track flew from her fingertips like lightning bolts from the almighty Zeus. Drummer Mike Cafelli not only kept a steady rhythm, but provided dueling harsh vocals that complimented Elliot nicely. One of the rising talents in death metal, Dreaming Dead is definitely a band to look out for in 2010.
Krisiun came around Philly last September with Obituary and Goatwhore. While they put on a solid set then, this one definitely topped it by leaps and bounds. The energy emitted from the trio was off the charts and their interaction with the crowd made for a personal experience. The band seemed legitimately thrilled to be in Philly, thanking the crowd at least four or five times during the course of the set. While Krisiun had a relatively short set, the band packed it with one scorcher after the next, including “Kings Of Killing” and “Vicious Wrath.” Closing with “Hatred Inherit” was a brilliant move, as it completely floored the Trocadero crowd to its knees with its intensity.
The legendary Immolation were given a warm reception as they came on stage, a reception that grew in volume as the set wore on. Playing a mix of old favorites and a few new tracks from their forthcoming album, “Majesty And Decay.” After almost 25 years, bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan still has a bite to his trademark growl, making classics like “No Jesus, No Beast” and “World Agony” sharp cuts of death metal. Dolan noted that pairing up with Nile for a full tour was over a decade in the making, and the audience sparked their approval at the partnership. The circle pit was wide and deep, though it paled in comparison to the mayhem Nile would create once on stage.
“How the fuck are you doing tonight?!” Nile vocalist/guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade screamed to the rabid audience before tearing into another brutal onslaught of speed and aggression. For a little over an hour, the South Carolina foursome completely raped the ears of the hundreds of concertgoers, tearing through one song after another with reckless abandon. The musicianship of the band can’t be denied, especially the precision drum work from the ever-reliable George Kollias.
The band played a varied set from all corners of their catalog, pulling out “Cast Down The Heretic,” “Execration Text,” and “Lashed To The Slave Stick,” to name a few. The songs off “Those Whom The Gods Detest” were played to perfection. The highlight from the new material was easily the monstrous epic “4th Arra Of Dagon,” which had the circle pit literally walking like an Egyptian. All throughout the set, the band joked around with the crowd, especially Dallas. When a fan asked for “Freebird,” Dallas immediately shot back with, “Did I hear somebody yell ‘Freebird?’ I got your free bird right here,” flipping his middle finger to the audience, to the glee of all in attendance. Ending with “Black Seeds Of Vengeance,” their set seemed short, but considering how fast and unrelenting they were, it wasn’t a surprise that they wouldn’t play for two hours; not that anybody would mind that, of course.
Nile and Immolation made a hell of a duo, with strong support from Krisiun and Dreaming Dead. Unlike a lot of metal shows, the in-between breaks were quick (only 15 minutes or so) and everything flowed steadily, avoiding unnecessary wait periods or boredom. The sound mix was surprisingly solid the whole way through, even with the opening acts. The “Those Whom The Gods Detest North American Tour 2010” made its mark on the Tracadero, one that may take a while to fully dissipate from the club.
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