The evening of November 28th and Le National were the time and place to be if you like loud music to which you can headbang. If you weren’t at this show, you were missing out…big time. Honestly, I wasn’t in the best of moods and didn’t feel like going anywhere, but in the end, I’m glad I attended this gig. I didn’t know what to expect as the only band I knew on the lineup was headliner, Death. The band set to play first was dropped due to van troubles, unable to get to the venue. Le National was packed, the crowd a bit rowdy and drunk, and the upper level filled up more and more as the night progressed.
The first band up was Pennsylvania-based death metal band, Rivers of Nihil. While their music is decent, an excellent choice if you’re looking to headbang, they, as a whole, lack power. I couldn’t hear the drums as much compared to the other bands, but the guitars, which were really good, came through loud and clear. Considering they were the first band to play and it was still only 7:30pm, they had a crowd gathered that was much larger than I anticipated.
Massacre was second to take the stage. There was a change of pace in their music. The last two songs were definitely better than the rest, perhaps because they had a faster tempo. What I liked most about these guys was the distortion of their guitars, which really set them apart from the other bands. The members of this band definitely have some talent; the drumming was amazing, and I was impressed with the vocalist as well as he was able to do some wicked screaming. All in all, the band was interesting to listen to, and the distortion element worked really well throughout the set.
To be honest, I have to say that I enjoyed Obituary’s set more than that of Death. Their performance was amazing, to say the least. There was never a boring moment in the time they were on stage. These guys came out heavy and hard, packing a punch with their powerful performance. Their music was more melodic than the other bands, which I found to be more enjoyable because it wasn’t repetitive. While I loved how hard and loud the drummer played, the guitar solos also blew me away. These guys have pure, raw talent and it really shows in their live performance. The crowd seemed to love this band, and I definitely fell in love with them after watching them perform. They were flawless; I found absolutely nothing wrong with this band’s set.
The venue was jam packed when Death began their set. Replacing vocalist Chuck Schuldiner him was Max Phelps and damn, does he have a set of lungs! The rest of the lineup consisted of Steve DiGiorgio on bass, Bobby Koelble on guitar, and Gene Hoglan on drums. I loved the guitars during their set; you can really tell that this is what the guitarists were born to do. I watched their fingers dance across the frets as if it was easier to do than breathing. They played some songs from all the Death records, my favourites being “Symbolic” and “Overactive Imagination”. This was definitely a night to remember. Even if all the original members weren’t there, they still put on an amazing show!
Overactive Imagination (from the show) :