One last thing, Marasmus out of Kansas City, MO just released a new single from their new album, Mountains of Dead, coming out this Spring on Disgorge Media. The song is Casket Made of Ivory isn’t exactly new for the band but they’ve put a lot of work into this and reconstructed it and polished it up and put it out for us to consume. Enjoy some brutal death metal, enjoy MARASMUS.
Erik, J.J. and Jade set up and the two front men turn their backs to us and check their tuning (I’m guessing), making sure everything is ready for what is about to happen. The main lights dim and the stage is illuminated with a dark blue color. Erik gets the guitar to scream a little and he and J.J. turn around to begin the sudden slaughter. The sheer brutality and immense sound that comes from the band from here on out was absolutely amazing. This was my first time seeing Hate Eternal live and It was far more satisfying that I had hoped for.
The sound was absolutely breathtaking and true to how the albums sound. Jade’s drumming was impeccable and the performance on J.J.’s and Erik’s fretboard was very impressive. J.J.’s work on that bass guitar was mind blowing and he is incredibly over looked when it comes to talented bass guitarists and even vocals. I managed to talk to both Erik and J.J. briefly and it’s awesome how two genuinely nice guys can growl and scream and play such savage music. They play their music with intensity and precision, the band’s sound throughout the entire set was very tight and just massive. Not one note was fucked up (from what I could hear, I was headbanging quite a bit) and these guys play with a fierce fire in their hearts and it truly shows on stage.
Battlecross came to Kansas City and filled in for 2 bands that couldn’t finish the tour, they received a call late one night and packed their shit and left. Fuckin rock n roll! That’s metal as hell and not only did they do their part and come and finish the tour like a bunch of bad asses, they started off with Kansas City, MO. Lucky us because Battlecross came and kicked our fucking chests in. I don’t think any of us were ready for them. I’ve heard a song by them once and that was it so the band popped my cherry live and in person. Their sense of “bring it the fuck on”, metal riffing and most importantly, headbanging and rocking the fuck out, made the set entirely too much fun.
Their sound was impeccable, the lighting wasn’t spectacular or anything remotely special at all but they didn’t need anything more than just their amps and talent because that’s their main focus. They came and just ripped through their entire set so fast, playing song after song and leaving hardly anytime for anyone to catch a breather. Their sound is so good, guitars and bass were audible, drums were clear and vocals could have slightly been turned up but I was also standing right in front of the lead guitars amp, so that may have affected my hearing a bit.
Feb. 29th, 2012 – The Beaumont Club – Gornography just left the stage and we all go about our business and wait for the next band to come out. Luckily, from one good band to the next, Troglodyte is coming up to kick our asses and drag us back to the swamp! Kansas City death metal titans Troglodyte waste no time and they get set up and go. In traditional Trog fashion, they just start ripping their fretboards up and the double bass and blasts from the kit are welcomed by the crowd. We liked what we heard, we liked what we saw. The lights stayed green, just how they prefer. The music was loud and crisp. The screams/growls & grunts were terrifying. Troglodyte was out to get you.
Troglodyte ripped through their set with intensity. They began, raped, then left us all dead in a ditch. I was outside between bands so I missed the main intro but walked in right when they started their first song “Bring Me the Head Of Bigfoot“. Right then, there was no turning back. Just to simply put it, nothing but barbaric attacks and infectious grooves happening on stage. Guitars and bass sounded good, vocals were clear and monstrous and the drums were severe trauma to the body. The only thing that was a little lack luster on stage was the singer, he seemed either tired or uninterested. He wasn’t going insane like I’ve seen before. Kinda just walking back n forth and going through the motions. Usually this motherfucker is jumping around, headbanging and going absolutely ape shit.
Sunday, October 16th at The Beaumont Club in Kansas City, MO. Revocation opened up for Impending Doom and Chimaira. I was highly anticipating this performance since they released an album earlier this year and I’ve seen them one time previously the year before, they fucking bring it.
The musicians strapped on their instruments and checked their tones and made sure the sound was ready. Once everything was set, it was fucking on. Revocation made sure there was very little down time in between songs (Except for the introduction of Conjuring the Cataclysm with the demon sex in the van talk) and they all ripped through their set easily and flawlessly. Each member wailed on their instrument and performed a very good set. There was nothing special on stage, just a band performing some good tunes. No flames nor fire, no skulls and not even a banner. Revocation deserve a big ass banner behind them, they have the coolest band logo.
Opening with Cretin and going into Cradle Robber, Revocation came out of the gate strong with new music. They played these new tracks like they have been doing so already for years and years. Some of the coolest guitar hooks are played from these gentlemen and they make it look easy. David brings the fury with his leads and Dan can definitely keep up with him. The combination of the two guitar players make quite a metal team and the music from these guys is nuts. Continuing through their set with old songs and new, Revocation brought it and won over some new fans. They did so well a guy in a wheelchair started a mosh pit. How fucking metal is that?!!?!?
The crowd was tiny at the moment as it was pretty early in the night (However it didn’t get much bigger for Chimaira later on) but plenty of people were getting into it. Screaming, horns, moshing and headbanging…Revocation made sure that the people that were there were going to leave fulfilled. They played a great set. The lighting stayed green most of the time, which was weird I thought. It was only until the last song when the lights started going nuts and flashing. It went well with the song.
I had a good time. The show went well and the sound was great. They sound amazing on stage and it was as if I was listening to the actual albums. Not a note was fudged nor was a verse mixed up. Revocation are very professional for such a young band. Quality music and quality performance. Thanks guys!