October 23, 2014 Deicide annihilate NYC 10-9-14 w/ Septicflesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn, & Carach Angren
The In the Minds of Evil North American Tour 2014 caused quite a stir of excitement in the extreme Metal scene upon its announcement back in August. Headlined by Floridian Death Metallers Deicide, along with Septicflesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn, and Carach Angren, the tour of chaos kicked off in Springfield, VA on October 7th and less than 48 hours later made the trip up north to New York City on Thursday October 9th, to decimate Santo’s Party House. Initially scheduled to take place at Gramercy Theatre ten minutes away, fans gathered at the new destination ready to bang their heads and get lost in the chaos this lineup was about to create.
First up, long-awaited on American soil were the Dutch trio known as Carach Angren. With their haunting stories and symphonic sound, they have had an established fan base in the underground scene for years. Their hardcore followers definitely made their presence known , as they chanted to their lyrics, head banging intensely, and reveling in the moment. Playing a short but sweet set that included songs such as “Bitte Totet Mich,” “Bloodstains on the Captain’s Log,” “Haunting Echoes from the Seventeenth Century,” and “Lingering in an Imprint Haunting,” Carach Angren satisfied in a big way. With a new single titled “There’s No Place Like Home” and fourth studio album on the horizon in 2015 the hope is they will be back in the USA sooner than later.
Up next, to give things a punch of sheer brutality, was Los Angeles, CA band Abysmal Dawn. Together now over a decade, led by vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott, guitarist Andy Nelson, bassist Eliseo Garcia, and drummer Scott Fuller, seeing Abysmal Dawn on the stage again piqued the enthusiasm of many in attendance. In support of their newly released fourth studio album Obsolescence, they performed an intense set which included songs like “Inevitable Return to Darkness,” “Programmed to Consume,” “Perfecting Slavery,” and “Leveling the Plane of Existence.” The sheer power and rawness of their performance was graciously accepted by hungry audience members as Abysmal Dawn solidified their place in American Extreme Metal.
The time then came for Colombian black metal duo Inquisition. After a successful opening slot for The Metal Alliance Tour with Behemoth, fans could not wait to see the return of Inquisition. Delivering a perfect set of blasphemous music, they slayed the stage and the crowd, playing through their songs flawlessly. Performing some of their best material, including some of their newer numbers like “Obscure Verses for the Multiverse” and classics such as “Astral Path to Supreme Majesties,” and “Crush the Jewish Prophet,” Inquisition were a force once again. Their latest album Obscure Verses for the Multiverse is out now.
Also making their return to North American shores for the second time in 2014 was the Greek heavy hitters known as SepticFlesh. Co-headlining The Conquerors of the World Festival Tour back in June with Fleshgod Apocalypse, it certainly came as a pleasant surprise to hear Septicflesh would be back on the road so soon. Igniting their fans’ passion throughout the set, they played songs from their latest album Titan such as “The Order of Dracul,” and “Prototype.” Creating a thick atmosphere filled with dark imagery and sound they also offered the audience “Communion,” “The Vampire from Nazareth,” and “Pyramid God.” Losing themselves in the music the audience was moshing, headbanging, and chanting throughout every song, which was an amazing sight to see. This was especially striking when Septicflesh leader Seth Siro Anton asked fans to sing the melody to “Anubis,” receiving amazing feedback from the crowd. It has been a long time coming for this Mediterranean juggernaut and it is incredibly satisfying to finally see such positive support for them on this side of the world.
After four bands impressed the room it was time for the Death Metal veterans, Deicide, to pulverize what was left of this crowd. Celebrating 27 years together as a band, the core of originals featuring Glen Benton (lead vocals/bass) and Steve Asheim (drums (1987) are joined by guitarists Jack Owen and Kevin Quirion, all of whom were eager to return to the city that never sleeps for the first time in over a year. The consensus from a sweaty, anxious crowd was that things were about to get wild very fast.
Bringing their A game to the stage, Deicide had everyone screaming atop their lungs from the moment they began. Not only was this set beyond fierce, it also featured some of their absolute best work to date, from 2013’s In the Minds of Evil along with such tunes as “Scars of the Crucifix,” “Once Upon the Cross,” “Serpents of the Light,” and “Dead by Dawn.” Reflecting on all the years spanning Deicide’s discography of inhuman guitar riffs and vocals, it was easy to see this audience was anything but exhausted as they moved about the floor faster than at any point prior. Deicide’s musicianship was splendid and flawless, everything from Asheim’s drumming to the tight guitar riffs of Owen and Quirion. Benton’s powerful vocals showed no sign of aging despite the ferocity of the vocal performance.
Fans continued to unravel in sheer bliss, thrashing about the pit, crowd surfing and stage diving with perfect abandon. In fact, the pit got so unruly, some were seen slipping on their own beers, which the luckless maniacs managed to spill during all the rumbling. As their set was ready to close with the bloodthirsty “Homage for Satan”, the venue began to shut the band down only a minute into the song. Benton worked up to the crowd as they asked for one more song and he himself did not want to say goodnight just yet. His request for two more minutes was unfortunately denied. Without any power Birch made the bad-ass move to keep playing the song as much as they could until they got completely cut off, showing Deicide’s dedication to the fans in the most sincere fashion. As everyone exited Santo’s Party House drenched in beer and sweet, loving every minute of it, the common feeling was that the In the Minds of Evil Tour 2014 was everything they could have asked for and more.
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