The Mayan Theater in Los Angeles certainly looks like the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, but on this night, pure death metal was held at this venue.
ABYSMAL DAWN returned home to butter up the crowd with their technical brand of death metal. Emphasizing a few tracks off their latest album, Obsolescence, Charles Elliott and company delivered an enthusiastic set that kicked off this wonderful show.
A buzz was in the air as fans were awaiting CRYPTOPSY’s return to Los Angeles, and the Canadian death metal quartet did not disappoint. Despite their short set, the band blasted through some brutal classics, notably fan favorites such as “Slit Your Guts” and “Phobophile.” Vocalist Matt McGachy pleased old Lord Worm-era fans with his guttural delivery, and bassist Olivier Pinard showcased his fantastic skill on bass. Of course, the highlight of the band is to watch Flo Mounier’s precise delivery on destroying the drum kit with his intricate fills and sheer bad ass mastery of the kit. Wish they played longer – maybe next time.
Those who are familiar with the swamp groove masters, OBITUARY, know that the band always delivers live. They punished the crowd with old classics, which only sound heavier in the live setting. Guitarist Trevor Peres’ one-of-a-kind distortion is always great to hear, and the band was firing on all cylinders. Glad to see these classic bands are still on top of their game. “Chopped in Half/Dying” and “Slowly We Rot” brought the crowd into a frenzied, bloodied mess…leading the way to the headliners…
The crowd was getting anxious for CANNIBAL CORPSE, and while some songs sounded a bit slower than normal, they ripped through their gems from all eras of the band, from “Born in a Casket,” “Covered With Sores,” the love ballad “I Cum Blood,” to “Unleashing the Bloodthirsty,” and tracks like “Kill or Become” from the latest album, A Skeletal Domain.
CANNIBAL, while a bit older and slower, still deliver the goods, and the boys are still going strong. Kudos to Rob Barrett for wearing MONSTROSITY’s Imperial Doom shirt, which was Corpsegrinder’s first band (for the uninitiated).
This was definitely one of the more killer packages with four great bands, so be sure to check this tour out if you haven’t already!