Death Angel Blasphemes The Sabbath In New Orleans; With Video Footage
Three of Nuclear Blast’s best took a free day off from their huge tour with Soilwork to play in New Orleans, and we were very grateful. Although it was a Sunday (even the heaviest metallers have day jobs) many showed up to see Death Angel, who have not visited our swampy soil in decades. I was able to tape the first few songs of Death Angel’s set for your viewing pleasure.
Swashbuckle is one of the few pirate metal bands out there, but being a huge fan of pirates myself and living in a historical pirate city, they fit right in. (Believe me, pirate costumes are quite common in the French Quarter. I’ve done it myself and have pictures to prove it!) Admiral Nobeard’s awesome vocals filled the hall as Commodore RedRum’s guitar spewed out very fast thrash licks. Their setlist of dirges consisted of “Scurvy Back,” “Raw Doggin' at the Raw Bar,” “Back to the Noose,” “Walk the Plank,” “Rounds of Rum,” “Cruise Ship Terror,” “It Came from the Deep,” and “’X’ Marks the Spot.”
Augury did a very interesting set. I can only describe it as rich. Not only was their music great, but the energetic vocalist/guitarist Patrick Loisel kept the crowd entertained between each song they played. In his thick French-Canadian accent, he kept complaining of the heat in the city’s most air-conditioned and chilly venue. After each sip he took of his water, he threw the bottle down with great force like a senile old man throws his cane. Silliness aside, Augury came to play death metal, and did. Their music is different, like a blackened death metal played by total nerds. The guitars by Mathieu Marcotte and Patrick were really incredible. Their hands blazed up and down the neck playing technical, yet heavy riffs. For the song “Beatus,” they used the volume knobs on their instruments to create a sound like a violin; turning the volume down at the beginning and end of the strum, something I’ve never seen before and was very impressed by. Augury is a band that people faithful to a single genre can not only enjoy, but love passionately.
Death Angel played as if they were at a festival, with all of the energy it takes to reach people 500 deep. Each song was aggressive and furious. It’s a complete mystery to me how vocalist Mark Osegueda’s incredibly long dreadlocks didn’t maim his band members or those in the front row! His screeching voice had great range, hitting some high notes that I bet Mariah Carey couldn’t hit on a good day. The guitars by Ted Aguilar and Rob Cavestany shredded through the whole set and each guy did great solos on many of the songs. You can watch “Lord of Hate” and “Voracious Souls” in the two videos below. Death Angel finished out the night with an encore of “Bored” and “River of Rapture” off of their upcoming album “Relentless Redemption.”
In the NOLA metal scene, this show is still being talked about. Those who begrudgingly missed it are still weeping. Hopefully it won’t take 20-plus years for them to come back again, and when they do people will be asking Mark to hit them with his dreads.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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