Chaos Reigns: 1349 Sets the Bar for Metal Tours in 2016


Earlier this year, the Chaos Raids Tour found 1349 galloping through the countryside with Tombs and Full of Hell. For my money, it’s not only been the pound for pound best package to hit the road in 2016, but it looks a lot better than some of the other pairings loading themselves into tour buses this summer. So what makes this bill so great, and what should metal a promoter consider going forward into 2016? Emily Harris took the photographs here from the show she caught at Reggie’s in Chicago, while I caught the tour in Atlanta at The Basement.

Full of Hell-1-2-1

We walked in while Full of Hell was pounding out their last song. I wasn’t too broken up about missing the bulk of their set, as I had seen them about a year and a half ago with Mutilation Rites. I do, however, appreciate what their brand of Converge-esque metallic hardcore adds to this tour. If 1349 had gone out with a pack of blast beat-hungry bands, the show would have taken on a very monochromatic vibe. Aside from filling the room, opening bands, or warm-up acts as they were once more aptly called, should get the crowd’s blood boiling so the headliners can deliver the money shot.


Tombs took the stage and brought much-needed atmospheric breathing room to the night. The band brought along an unexpected line up change with the addition of Fade Kainer from Battilus/Statiqbloom. Kainer split the vocal duties with Mike Hill, adding a bit of flavor and personality that honored the black metal elements of the band while also highlighting the industrial influence simmering under the surface. These elements cast a larger shadow in the live sound while subverting the post-punk moments. Obviously, touring with a band like 1349, they brought it in the most furious fashion possible while staying true to their darker, more introspective side.


No matter what you think of black metal’s more theatrical elements, 1349 is the real deal, and they perform with dead serious conviction. The stage was set for the ritualistic pageantry of black metal. The drummer came out in a hoodie and full corpse paint simply to adjust his drums before returning to the stage covered in sigils scrawled over his bare torso. Frost was unable to perform that evening, so 1349 employed Jon Rice of Job For A Cowboy. For a little guy hammering everything out with power and machine-like precision, he surprisingly didn’t break a sweat or smear his make up. Singer Ravn brandished Gwar like gauntlets on his forearms. His stage presence was commanding and engaging. The mix shifted and the vocals were much more audible from the house P/A, so the closer you stood to the stage the more his croaks and screams faded behind the buzz-saw guitar.


The band’s energy and intensity maintained the momentum of their set, regardless of rhythm or use of blast beats.  Archaon handled all the guitar duties by himself; some of the layers that are on the album were given a more stripped down and straightforward treatment. While the material from Cauldron of Chaos dominated the set, they made the unique choice of cramming “I am Abomination”, “Nathicana” and “Sculptor of Flesh” in onlookers’ faces. 1349 won the Atlanta audience with their punk rawness. Despite what you might have heard, the A-town is not really a metal town, but it does have many punk bands that converted over in the great sludge summer of 2005 after Mastodon broke big, so the 1349’s breakneck energy and antagonistic vibe certainly won over all the hearts and minds of the pit-dancers in attendance.

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If you missed the Chaos Raids tour and call yourself a fan of black metal, you did yourself a disservice. Both Tombs and 1349 are a must-see. They approach their respective sounds with all the passion they can hold in their black hearts. Full of Hell can still be caught with Pig Destroyer when they wreck the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on March 11th. They’ll also open for Converge April 13th in London before they head over to play the Roadburn Festival the next night. Tombs are easing back out by playing Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on April 29th. After that, they will hit up the Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh May 14th, the El Club in Detroit the 19th of May and Firehouse 13 in Providence the 19th. Don’t miss them.


All Photos By Emily Harris

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  • CyberneticOrganism

    Fuck, I wish I had caught that Reggie’s show. This looks and sounds badass.


    Great Article Wil Cifer. Great photos. Looking forward to more

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Who is drumming for 1349 live?

    • That dude from Job For A Cowboy.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


      • Max

        Job For a Viking.

        • Job for a Bro.

          • Max

            Bro For a Bern.

          • Max

            Burn For a Sin.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Cold Gin Time Again.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Bro for a Turn.

          • Max

            It’s my turn to Bro!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Circle Bro Jerk.

        • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

          Rimjob For A Cowboy

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Cowjob For A Rimboy

  • I’m not really much into 1349’s material, but goddamn the drumming is impressive. Certainty worth seeing live for the drumming alone. Saw em with Marduk, Weapon, and Withered so it was a killer dose of blast-beat annihilation.

    Atomic Chapel is a rad song!

  • Jason Kolkey

    I like the pseudonym, and I enjoyed that Reggie’s gig.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Great article, very nice photos. I wasn’t that fussed by 1349 live unfortunately, thought them a bit murky, wash of sound with songs just blending together. I enjoyed them well enough, good performances and atmosphere, but they lacked the fierce edge I’d hoped for, that I get from them on record. Mind you, this was mid sunny afternoon at a festival and I was really baked, so perhaps not ideal circumstances. I’ll look forward to seeing them under better ones sometime, though the 13th isn’t likely for me.

    • They bored the shit out of me when I saw them play with Inquisition, Goatwhore and Behemoth.

      • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

        Behemoth puts on one fucking hell of a show though. Their CDs are decent, but live is when they really come unglued.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Saw 1349 live once with Sahg and Celtic Frost in 2006. Excellent show.

    • Sahg is rad. Good stoner riffs.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I agree, though I never did check out out their later albums. Just own the first one.

    • Stanley

      I saw them on that tour as well. (Plus Sunn(whatever) and Goatwhore, right?) I’m not very familiar with their stuff but they were alright live. This was monstrous live.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Fantastic song

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Honestly can’t stand their last album. No riffs.

        • Stanley

          Yep. It’s mostly slow and boring.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Very, and overhyped.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      I’m proud to say they have preformed live at my school for 3 years 🙂

      – Valerie Gomez, 2 years ago

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Valerie “fuck middle school” Gomez

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    is this the terrorist group we’re trying to get??

    -notsomuch211, 3 weeks ago

    • You’re thinking of Beliebers. We need to rid of those fuckers.

      • more beer

        Beliebers AX7 fans all the same. Get rid of all of them.

        • Yeah, a big ol’ mushroom cloud of death.

          • more beer

            This all day long!

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Calm down I’m working on it

      • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

        The most genuinely frightening fans in all of music, and one of the few I can think of that have sent multiple death threats on his behalf. Even the most kvlt of fans have nothing on them!

  • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

    Kinda odd that they’d be playing Reggie’s, considering that’s a mostly a blues and R&B venue. Then again, Bolt Thrower played there two nights in a row a few years back.

  • Waynecro

    Awesome article. Thanks, dude! “Sculptor of Flesh” is one of my favorite 1349 jams.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    No Chaos Raids for me, bit going catch 1349 in a couple o’ months.
    Good writings, and welcome.

  • Thanks for sharing, Wil. Those photos are grrrreat!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Cool post, I wish I had caught this tour. I saw 1349 open for Behemoth last year. Even though I was disappointed that Frost wasn’t behind the kit (I knew he wouldn’t be), the Job for a Cowboy drummer did a good job. They played a brief but solid set, and I’d go see them again if I could.

  • Dubs

    Thanks for this post, Wil.

  • great to have you onboard, Wil! 1349 is a personal favorite of mine and i’m SUPER gelatinous.


    ive never seen em. probably missed a bunch of opportunities in the past


      sidenote: i can feel KJM lurking

      • (Waves)

      • I may have been here for a minute or three, but I passed out early last night.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          i got hold of some addies. i was up late.

          on a real note: im going to see about going to thr doctor and having my prescription to these renewed

  • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God
  • CyberneticOrganism

    “Fuck you guys for saying you were gonna wear your robes tonight. Fuck each of you.”

    • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

      Wait, wait, What?!?

    • That bass player always wears a robe. Rebel.

  • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

    Yada yada, someone whined about me posting a link from Blabbermouth before, but this I might give a couple bucks for.

  • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

    Gentlemen, behold, the worst music video of 2016. As if the name wasn’t enough, they dress up like the worst mall food court ripoff of Fields Of The Nephilim, and the music is……….. Gahhhhhhhhhhhhh! The music is beyond awful. Even 365Days would have a hard time sitting through this. (Sorta NSFW)