The Black Dahlia Murder + Aborted + Revocation @ O2 Academy Islington, London – Friday 20th September 2013

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Review by Brady Deeprose

 

Boston’s Revocation, after hitting the scene in 2006, have been striking fiercely out into the tech/death scene and 2013 saw them release their 4th, and self-titled, studio album. For an essentially underground band from the US, getting out across Europe with The Black Dahlia Murder is always going to be a massive thing and you can see from the band on stage that they live for metal. While not playing as much from the stunning Chaos Of Forms as I’d have liked, the band gave a great account of themselves and clearly won over some new fans.

The multi-national gore-fiends Aborted followed suit with a crushing set that, despite some early technical difficulties, absolutely levelled the place. The professionalism onstage was phenomenal, especially after resigning to the fact that they were only going to get one guitarist up and running after the first song! After being graciously lent some gear, the band soldiered on, fully manned, and despite being significantly heavier than their tour buddies, the band were well received, getting the first convincing circle pits of the evening to ‘The Origin Of Disease’ from Global Flatline.

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The Black Dahlia Murder are one of death metal’s shining lights and after 2011’s masterpiece Ritual, they’ve returned with the almost-as-stunning Everblack and have come over to the UK for a brief run. It’s been a long time coming and the anticipation was palpable, meaning that the second ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me’ rang out, the crowd lost it. Ripping through hits including ‘Statutory Ape’, ‘Moonlight Equilibrium’ and ‘Necropolis, there seemed to be no limit to the boundless energy Trevor Strnad brought to the stage, matched only by the ferocity of the bands songs. As ever, a clean, accomplished performance was brought to the table and the band have reached  a volume of material that they can play hit after hit without performing any ‘filler’ tracks live, which definitely keeps it interesting. It’s a shame the gig didn’t sell better and actually says quite a lot for the state of extreme metal when a Friday night show of a 3-date UK run in our capital doesn’t sell out.

bdm-europe-2013Setlist:

1. In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me
2. Goat Of Departure
3. Everything Went Black
4. On Stirring Seas Of Salted Blood
5. Statutory Ape
6. Every Rope A Noose
7. Phantom Limb Masturbation
8. Moonlight Equilibrium
9. Funeral Thirst
10. Closed Casket Requiem
11. Raped In Hatred By Vines Of Thorn
12. Into The Everblack
13. Necropolis
14. Deathmask Divine
15. I Will Return
16. Map Of Scars