Games Meet Metal: The Riff Concert Review: FUCKING MESHUGGAH!!!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Riff Concert Review: FUCKING MESHUGGAH!!!


Oh hell yeah!! No delaying here, let's jump right in!


It's been a long time since I saw Decapitated. I believe it was the first or second Summer Slaughter tour. Since then, the guys have gone through some horrific stuff. A bus crash killed their drummer Vitek and left their vocalist Covan in a coma. The band eventually reformed under Vitek 's brother's Vogg's directions, recorded a new album, and started touring

Now the guys are good to go with a new lineup and were amazing. I'm not too familiar with their back catalog, but what they performed on stage makes me want to spend some cash. The best way to describe their sound is that of Cannibal Corpse mixed with Swedish melodies. Fuck, I wanted more from this band, but they were only given 30 minutes . Damn shame, considering what was coming up next.




Now let's make something clear. Baroness are way talented. They would fit perfectly in with the stoner metal crowd, like High on Fire and Clutch. Those would be good tours. But this tour? Oh no sir, not a good idea. The main issue was that Baroness kept wanting to go into hippy trippy land and play these super long simplistic instrumental bits that just came off as boring at best, pretentious at worst. That works fine of you're a headliner like Sleep, because then your audience expects that. These people were asking for the heavy, and they didn't get it.

Baroness should of done what Coheed and Cambria did when they toured with Slipknot: stuck to their heavier material. Instead, they tried to differentiate themselves too much from the rest of the line-up and ended up alienating themselves from the crowd. A true waste, since Baroness has great heavier material. Go look up Wanderlust and tel me that shit doesn't rock!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



And we get back the the uber heavy. Oooooh, and what a glorious heavy it is. The last I saw Meshuggah was on Ozzfest a gazillion years ago, and every time they came back around, my plans always fell through. Well, not this time dammit! The most beautiful thing about Meshuggah's set was that the band played so much variety from just about their whole catalog. They included stuff from their latest Koloss (which I'm listening to right now), all the way back to the Destroy Erase Improve cd. Holy hell, did that crowd light up when New Millennium Cyanide Christ started playing.

As good as Meshuggah's set truly was, the cherry on top were the two hot chicks next to me that were totally macking on each other for the second half of the show. Nothing like a couple of hottie metal babes getting damn near x-rated to round out a damn good night of metal.

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