Death-bliss: An Easter spent with Revocation, Black Crown Initiate and Sexcrement.

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Boston thrash lords Revocation are playing a handful of dates following their tour with The Contortionist and Fallujah. Fortunately for yours truly, they happened to be spending Easter casually dining on roasted lamb with cherished loved ones (OK, maybe that’s what I was doing)… before heading to Middle East in Cambridge with Black Crown Initiate and Sexcrement to whip a small army of New Englanders into a frothing fucking frenzy.

Having never seen any of the bands on the bill, I was particularly excited for this rager and the bands involved did not disappoint. Thanks to their generous and congenial willingness to sit down with the Toilet’s own Stockhausen I was at least somewhat familiar with BCI, though I hadn’t explored their material thoroughly. I had absolutely no familiarity at all with Boston’s Sexcrement. The big draw for this fan was Revocation- one of my favorite acts of the last several years.

Sexcrement got the party jumping early on with an incredibly entertaining set. While their band name and album art certainly imply that they’re a porno-grind outfit, their sound is a bit more… death-y. “You guys ready to have some fun tonight? We’ve got a hell of a show planned for you!” bellowed their front man to begin their set. They weren’t lying- a male slave and two gothic dom queens headed to the stage in corsets and garters that left just the right amount to the imagination, and so the show was rolling!

Immediately our two fem-doms led a dude in some skimpy boxers all around the stage by his hair and generally beat the holy hell out of him as Sexcrement bellowed to the crowd’s delight. Skinny-britches tapped out early (I imagine the studded belt that repeatedly crashed across his bare back was most responsible) and fled from the stage through the crowd, so for the rest of the set an assortment of scantily-clad attractive women performed pseudo-stripteases that had a few struck slack-jawed. Sexcrement’s punishing riffs had the crowd moving a little bit and certainly made a fan out of yours truly- I highly recommend seeing them if they ever make their way through your neck of the woods. Their stage show carries with it an incredibly high entertainment value that’s worth the price of admission by itself!

Toilet friends Black Crown Initiate hit the stage next and immediately made me regret not exploring their material more thoroughly! My fellow authors preached and regaled me with tales of their prowess and woe is unto me, for I did not take heed. Mixing their brutal growls and melodic clean vocals, BCI seemed to ebb and flow with waves of sound throughout the Gyro-scented establishment. The vast majority of the material played was from the recently released ‘The Wreckage of Stars’ with tracks like The Malignant, The Fractured One and A Great Mistake all receiving playing time among others. There was nothing particularly noteworthy about their stage show (which stood out after Sexcrement’s offering!) but their playing was incredibly tight and sounded great; they certainly brought the mosh.

You still got the feeling, though, that the crowd was holding some energy in reserve… and Revocation showed this to be accurate. This being a hometown show for them, a handful of folks who appeared to be friends with the band peppered the crowd. By this point I’d worked my way up to the stage where I would try (and fail) to stay once Revocation got to playing. Right from the outset, a guy to my left flagged down David Davidson and yelled ‘I made it buddy, how have you been!” to which Davidson responded by grinning like a maniac and taking the gentleman’s hat.

Revocation was INCREDIBLE.

 

Right away they took the stage and broke into ‘A Debt Owed to the Grave.’ The venue was set up in such a way that the stage is right on top of the crowd, so I started head banging and mixing sweat/hair with bassist Brett Bamberger. On at least two occasions, Bamberger, rocking out incredibly hard, simply bashed me on top of the head with his bass. I replied with a hearty ‘THANK YOU SIR CAN I HAVE ANOTHER?!”

The set featured tracks from all over Revocation’s discography; as you’d expect, there was solid representation from the most recent release, Deathless, but there were bits and pieces of every album sprinkled in. The setlist from that night can be found here. Songs that stood out to your author included: Leviathan Awaits, Labyrinth of Eyes, Madness Opus and Witch Trials.

When their set wrapped up, I came to find I’d been moved some 75-100 feet in the course of the moshing and madness; dazed, I made my way over to the merchandise table to buy BCI’s ‘A Wreckage of Stars.’ and make fun of Stockhausen together, an activity in which they happily obliged me. A faint smile playing across my lips, I made my way back outside with a fresh driving soundtrack to accompany me on my drive home!

Revocation are currently wrapping up a tour with Veil of Maya and assorted others (dates here!). Black Crown Initiate are out with Deicide, Entombed and Hate Eternal (dates here!) and Sexcrement are out defiling your sons and daughters in some Boston alley (You can find their bandcamp here, though!)

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  • GAHHH! it is worth noting that that first video is NSFW!!

    GL

  • BCI is metal – core canada goose poop. Fight me

  • Aaaaahhh, I’m jealous, Steve. The crowd at the last show I went to (Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha, and Soreption) was a fucking snore. Five people in the pit, tops, barely any energy in the people standing around.

  • Seems like a very fun show in this 3-pack tour, Schmitty. I still need to check Black Crown Initiate’s last album.

    Loved your writing. Here, have 50 bolívares, my friend.

    • Herr Schmitty

      Gracias mi amigo, gracias.

  • EsusMoose

    That Revocation setlist would have made me soil myself.

    • Herr Schmitty

      That’s exactly what I did. It was literally every song on Deathless that I wanted to hear, with Leviathan Awaits thrown in for good measure? + Invidious? Yeah, they slayed.

      Only thing I missed that I would have loved would have been ‘Tragedy of Modern Ages’ and I’m not sure they play that live (7 minute song from the first full-length? Probs not.)

      • EsusMoose

        I really want to see them live and hope if I’m able they’d play The Grip Tightens

  • Stockhausen

    I thought I felt a disturbance in the force. Turns out you were making fun of–*SOOOOOB*

  • I caught a band here in NJ a few weeks ago called Pink Mass who do a similar act to Sexcrement. They only had one girl but the singer, guitar player and bass player all come on stage chained together. Along with the girl they would take turns punching and kicking the victim. If they come through your area, check em out. Totally worth it.

  • Tyree

    Since we are talking shows and tours and what not. This keeps popping up on my Facebook wall and it pisses me off because… 3 festivals in one year might be pushing it. Money, who needs it, right?

    https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/t31.0-8/s960x960/11406428_953581044662180_5581390300621262095_o.jpg

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    I’ve got woes when it comes to shows. Superjoint is coming to my area but I’m already seeing Neil Young the same day. Coal Chamber and Fear Factory are coming to my area and I’m seeing them if I don’t work. Lynch Mob is coming to my area this Sunday and I’m seeing them. So many shows that my wallet is crying because I have no money.

  • Awesome show. Finally got to see Revocation do a headling set.

    • Herr Schmitty

      Oh damn, you were there too! Siqq show, hope you had as good a time as I did!

      Pictured: Sexcrement with two of their dancers.

  • Malted Hate
    • Tyree

      FUCK. YES! Good choice Malted Hate.

      • Malted Hate

        Only found this guys today and I’m completely addicted.
        Patiently waiting for the second press on vinyl (apparently it sold out rather quickly).

        • Tyree

          Enjoy it! it’s an album the requires multiple listens, but since it’s an AOTY pick for you I’m assuming you will.

          Fallen Empire are on fire this year. Check out that Hæthen
          release too ” Shaped By Aeolian Winds”. That’s one of my favorites
          from this year too, and it’s also on Fallen Empire.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU6EWqWYaGs

          • Malted Hate

            Thanks dude, will give it a listen.
            And yes, I listen to it 3 times today ahah. It keeps getting better. The Icelandic scene is making some of my favorite BM ever.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            And some killer death metal too! Malignant Mist,, Severed Crotch, and Beneath are some heavyweight contenders. I wish Myrk were still around. Not sure if Potentium is still around, talked about promoting them way back when before I got out of the music biz.

          • FUKKBEARD

            severed crotch lololol

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs
          • FUKKBEARD

            sweet hitler poster.

          • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

            Damn, I didn’t even notice that before!

          • #doomloaded to consume it full tomorrow!

          • FUKKBEARD

            its a good album, kinda forgot about it til now

        • Tyree

          Vinyl sold out fast. TWICE I think. I’m waiting as well.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I think C was very fond of this too. I checked it out then, it was pretty good

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      This is some dank shit!

    • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

      Tickle me tenders, I’m loving this!!!!! Guð jeurgvet!

    • Óðhinn

      Þetta er frábært! Great Icelandic Black Metal.

  • KJU’s Dancing Pubic Hairs

    Good lineup!

  • MoshOff

    Side note: why the FUCK is BCI’s album not on bandcamp in this day and age? smh.

  • CT-12

    Sounds like fun man, I’d love to see Revocation do a headlining set! Also, gotta thank the toilet community for getting me to finally buy “Deathless” when I was skeptical of how good it was gonna be after being underwhelmed with the self-titled; it fucking rules!

  • Maik Beninton

    Deathless don’t do much for me :/

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    David Davidson looks like he would have made quite the hockey player. Him and that beard look like that of a hard-noised, 4th line grinder. I bet he gets drunk and plays men’s league.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    toilet ov hell—
    the beginning –of the greatest internet phase—of the first half of the21st century
    as art/music—destroys tyranny—-forever—-peacefully
    for all the people of the world
    1st vid mute—2nd vid full vol-both at once
    https://youtu.be/1OOnn5JN4EI

    -https://youtu.be/7oKPYe53h78

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    both at once–full vol
    https://youtu.be/dIYZkC-mLIc

    -https://youtu.be/BmX_7B8c-ww

  • Óðhinn

    ~~~

  • KJM
  • Lacertilian

    Leviathan Awaits would have been cool to see live, they only played a 5 song set when they came to Sydney because another band had a delayed flight from Perth.
    All I wanted was to be as close to front and center for the solos in Madness Opus, which eventuated but I was too busy breaking my neck to watch, hopefully they tour Australia again some day.

    Glad you had a good time dude.

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    I can’t believe I missed this show! I live so close to it!! Fuck