The Decibel Tour with Kreator and Obituary

Decibel certainly seems to have a knack for creating great tour lineups, my personal favorite being Behemoth and Abbath last year. Their most recent tour, which featured Midnight, Horrendous, Obituary, and Kreator is no exception.  While my need to pay the bills prevented me from seeing Horrendous and Midnight, I was extremely grateful to have arrived just in time to see Obituary.  The Theatre of Living Arts was packed full of sweaty bodies on that Friday night and the air hung like a humid jungle.  My hair isn’t nearly as long as half of the headbangers’ present and even I wanted to immediately put it up and off my neck, it was brutal.



It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Obituary, and they still have the same incredible energy that they have always had – something that,  in my opinion, you either have naturally or you don’t.  As one of my favorite bands to come out of Florida (along with Bloodlet), I am glad that Obituary still has fun on stage after paving the way for many death metal bands so many years ago.  There is nothing repetitive or stagnant, the energy is as raw and fresh as the enormous beast-like circle pit they inspire.  At one point a crowd surfing gent came rolling off the top of the crowd and into a perfectly timed high-five from John Tardy, which left him grinning from ear to ear as he ran back and was engulfed in the pit once again.  They played some new songs from their recent self-titled LP, such as “A Lesson in Vengeance,” as well as classic favorites “Find the Arise” and “Slowly We Rot.”  



German thrash metalists Kreator finished out the night.  In late January they gave us Gods of Violence, and the crowd heard “Satan is Real” and “World War Now” amongst others.  We also heard some of their older material, as I’m sure many people were anticipating, such as “Flag of Hate” and “Pleasure to Kill.”  King Fowley of Deceased also joined the band onstage to perform “Total Death.”  

While Kreator’s music is not my personal favorite since I don’t find it terribly unique or earth-shattering, I do enjoy how engaging singer/guitarist Mille Petrozza is with the crowd.  He really gets everyone involved, whether it be shouting to hear the back of the crowd or getting the biggest circle pit going that the crowd can muster.  If it’s not to his satisfaction, he makes everyone do it again.

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Abbath at Webster Hall

It’s been a busy month for shows with just about everyone passing through.  The Decibel Magazine Tour ripped through Webster Hall on this brisk Tuesday night in April with a heavy hitting lineup that included Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation.  With a balanced mix of bands, there was something for everyone at this show.

Tribulation offered a bewitching set complete with corpse paint and tattered gothic clothes.  Guitarists,  Jonathan Hultén and Adam Zaars, spent the set leering at the crowd and swirling across the stage like characters from a Tim Burton movie.  They played songs such as “Melancholia” and “Strange Gateways Beckon” from their most recent release, The Children of the Night, balancing singer Johannes Andersson’s gritty vocals with hauntingly catchy guitar riffs.  Tribulation is now supporting Ghost on some of their tour dates in America, so if you missed them in New York City you can still catch them.

Skeletonwitch played next, with their new vocalist, Adam Clemens of Wolvhammer at the helm.  Although his vocals definitely give them a different sound, it works.   With tracks likes “Well of Despair” and “Burned from Bone” the crowd got what they paid for in double kick goodness and unrelenting vocals.  Skeltonwitch has a new EP due out this summer called The Apothic Gloom.

High on Fire continued to amp the crowd up with their own brand of sludgy stoner metal that is second to none.  Matt Pike casually strolled on stage, shirtless as we have come to expect, and continued to draw everyone in with his gravely vocals and classic guitar hooks.  To me, High on Fire is music stripped down to the essentials.  These guys come out and they just rock, plain and simple.

Abbath did not disappoint on his first solo venture to America in support of his first self titled release since his departure from Immortal.  He walked on stage smiling, said hello to the crowd and then immediately said goodbye and walked back off.  Whether it was accidental or intentional, it drew a laugh from the crowd, as one comes to expect of Abbath.

The set kicked off with newer tracks such as “To War!” before blending in some older Immortal tracks like “Nebular Ravens Winter.”  Abbath continued to entertain the crowd between songs, throwing his arms up in the air, drawing raucous cheer.  Through dense fog and strobing lights these corpse paint clad warriors of death metal were unrelenting in their delivery.  As they closed up their set, Abbath walked back on stage, cigarette in hand, asking the crowd if they really wanted to hear more.  The answer was, of course, yes.  With that vote, they closed with “In My Kingdom Cold” and left everyone in a headbanging haze they would definitely need to sleep off.

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High on Fire