Summer’s Laughter 2k14: a First-Person Review

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What up lifelovers (TM)? Now that my neck pain is gone, I’m ready to review my night at the Summer Slaughter Tour in Philadelphia last Sunday. By the time you read this the tour will be over; if you didn’t get to go and you were a fan of any of the bands that played, you missed out.

Not 48 hours after getting off the plane (from Spain, what a pain), I found myself at the Trocadero Theater with a bunch of other smelly people waiting to be entertained. 8 hours and 11 bands later I was tired, hungry, sore, wet and smellier, but it was well worth it.

Opening Band (I don’t even know their name): the singer sounded like Randy Blythe, the guitarist had a Confederate Flag Dean Dime, and they closed with a Lamb of God cover. Those are the facts.

Boreworm played prog-ish DM with a few breakdowns sprinkled here and there. I’d never heard of them, but they were good.

Fallujah were the first band I was really looking forward to, and they did not let me down. I’d read people saying that they were boring because it sounded exactly like on the albums. How the shit is that a bad thing? The bass player (who took Bass Tone of the Night, IMO) was constantly doing a ridiculously fast windmill and I was seriously worried about his neck. They were spot on, had good stage presence, and convinced me to buy a shirt.

 

Within the Ruins… played. Not much more to say here.

Decrepit Birth were alright. Their sound was kinda muddy, weed in the air and all. I don’t know who their bassist is, but he was pretty damn good (it used to be the dude from Suffocation, apparently not anymore). I have a ton of respect for Chase Fraser, he makes stuff look really effortless.

 

Origin killed it really hard, no doubt due to the fact that Jason Keyser is one hell of a frontman. He made the people in the pit do a silent wall of death before starting a song, just because. Then he jumped into the crowd, sang in people’s faces and crowd-surfed while screaming his ass off. And the other three dudes nailed the songs at breakneck speeds, so yeah. Origin stole the show for sure.

 

I’m not that familiar with Goatwhore’s material, but they were solid on stage and sounded good. My only complaint is that they had a shirt design for sale with a back print that read “Less White Chapel and More Haunting the Chapel”. Sigh.

Thy Art Is Murder really didn’t do much for me, but they were very tight and got the crowd really pumped. Lots of earth-shattering bass drops. I think if I ever heard them on the radio I wouldn’t mind, but I wouldn’t listen to it given a choice either.

 

The Faceless were tight (via click track), and it seems like the never-ending member changes haven’t made them skip a beat. Michael Kleene’s vocals were better than I expected, and everything else was exactly like on the albums (again, not something I’m against).

 

Dying Fetus tore stuff up, and didn’t even need to move around stage to do so. They aren’t the most engaging live band on the planet, but THOSE SLAMS MAN. The pit didn’t stop moving for 90% of the show. They played a shorter set than what I was expecting (given that they were second billed), but they played “Intentional Manslaughter” and “Justifiable Homicide” as I bid my neck farewell, so who cares.

 

Morbid Angel were good. They played a pretty A-B-C heavy set, and surprised the crap out of me by playing “Ageless, Still I Am” and a couple other songs from the Steve Tucker era (something I never thought would happen, let alone get to see). Sounded really on point (read: Tim Yeoung), my only gripe is I found PVC Vincent’s banter pretty annoying (“Hello, Philthydelphia!”).

 

All in all, it was a really fun night. When I got to the venue I bought an Origin shirt from Paul Ryan and it took a lot of effort not to fanboy all over the place. By the end of the night there were people from a bunch of the bands hanging around in the non-backstage area (including the dudes from Rivers of Nihil), really good all-around vibe. The Trocadero is a cool venue, so check it out if you’re in Philly and get the chance to.

That’s it from me, thanks for reading! I’m looking forward to doing this again next year If I can.

 

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  • Was the opening band by any chance derelict? I know their singer sounds like randy blythe. Also, lol @ within the ruins.

    • MoshOff

      They must have mentioned their name at some point, I just wasn’t paying too much attention.

    • Randall Thor

      I died at the WTR part hahaha

  • Tyree

    One of my favorite Steve Tucker Morbid Angel song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6jk-ZTaYrw

    • MoshOff

      They played that too.

      • Tyree

        Fuckin killer! I remember an interview with Pete when he was still in the band and he said this was his favorite Morbid Angel song to play.

        • MoshOff

          I’ve never seen them with Pete, but I get the feeling they’re a lot tighter with Tim.

          • Tyree

            Tim is a tight drummer but Pete had a drumming style that was a big part of Morbid Angel’s sound. Even though Pete triggered the fuck out of his drums you could still hear the human behind the kit. On another note, the new Carcass drummer sort of ruined the new Carcass album for me. Ken Owen had flaws that added feeling and character to Carcass’s sound. This new guy was to tight and polished for my taste. I guess what I’m getting at is sloppy is some times better. Sorry for rambling on 😉

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You know he played for Aborted too and many fans said pretty much the same. I ‘spose it’s in ‘im

    • Cock of Steele

      I liked this album, but Ithink they went overboard on the ambient stuff. Especially clumping 3 of them in a row at the very end.

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        I dug that bit though, the whole album had this otherworldly feeling that really drew me in.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    “Hello, Philthydelphia!”

    My reaction:

    • MoshOff

      Exactly. And at one point he said something like “I know some of you have been here all day, and it must have been a Day of Suffering!”, and guess what they played.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        That’s like one of those awful superhero/villain lines. Except worse.

        • MoshOff

          PVC Vincent has that cheesy villain thing going on, for sure.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            All that tight latex is cutting off the circulation to his brain. Did they play the kill-a-cop song?

          • MoshOff

            No, but I would have stayed and yelled along to the whole thing. And laughed as everybody else evacuated the premises.

            THE TOP OF THE LINE
            SINCE 1985

            That song is hilariously horrible.

          • Mother Shabubu III

            I went to DarkLyrics. This is douchechill inducing.

            “‘Cause we’ve been crossing the line since 1989We’re moving the world
            Because our power is a shining
            Sick groove with fucking magic to prove that
            The radicals are here to stay!”

          • MoshOff

            Yeah, I was close haha. It’s still bad.

          • Cock of Steele

            “Flush, and barf”

          • Max

            Especially since they were actually formed in ’84, so the lyric should read

            OPENING THE DOOR
            SINCE 1984

      • Cock of Steele

        idk, when I saw em, I still felt like it was one of the greatest showed I had ever seen. I can handle David’s “evil tough dude” banter as long as it’s short and paves the way for the next song.

        • Howard Dean

          Exactly how I feel. At the end of the day, it’s still Morbid Angel, and they kick ass (most of the time).*

          *It’s really annoying that I can’t make definite statements about MA anymore, and need to qualify everything with a “mostly” or “almost.” Damn you, Illud. Divinum Insanus.

          • Cock of Steele

            Hey now, I think they might just admit that as a failed experiment.

    • Yeah that’s pretty bad.

      • Det. Flushin Bohl

        At least Lamb of God used Killadelphia, I kinda dug that.

    • dingus

      Yeah his banter is fucking HORRIFIC, I really wanted to hate them after Illud having never seen them before. Gotta say though, really on point live show

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      sorry for the dust coming off this one, it’s burning my throat and eyes too. But i never tire of it.

      • hopefully they release another experimental record so i could watch all u trve metolheads crying!

  • Dental_Damnation

    “I wanna fuckin thank fuckinnnn all you motherfuckers for fuckin comin’ out tonight, fuck yea” – every bands frontman with his radio announcer voice. Just relax bros.

    • Det. Flushin Bohl

      Coal-rolling BDubsBro’s eat that shit up.

    • Xan

      Those kind of frontmen make me cringe. On a video from Stonehenge 2014, I was laughing at some of the frontmen’s lines. There was a dude who managed to work in “fuck” about 20 times in one sentence.

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      Saw Nile years ago. Singer said in his death metal voice-“We have MERCHANDISE for SAAAALE!” as he motioned to the table at the side of the gym. I found that to be amazing. Still didn’t buy anything though.

  • Randall Thor

    “Less White Chapel and More Haunting the Chapel”

    Sounds like a great idea

    • Reading that made me groan out loud. I cringe when people talk about REAL metal. Not as hard as I cringe when people talk about REAL hip hop though. Barf.

      • Randall Thor

        So, sweet thrash EP or deathcore band?

        The only reason I didn’t buy that shirt is because I’m not a big enough fan of Goatwhore to justify spending that much money on a t-shirt

        • Christian Molenaar

          Neither!

          • Randall Thor

            CORRECT ANSWER! DEATH METAL VICTORY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RgLpujM9ec

          • Howard Dean

            Bah! Haunting the Chapel is great! Chemical Warfare, Captor of Sin, Haunting the Chapel… three classic Slayer tracks! 9/10 Byahs! from the Howard.

        • I like both! Goatwhore is just OK doe.

          • Randall Thor

            Yeah I’ll go see them live because their pits are really fun, but that’s about it

      • MoshOff

        It was extremely ironic given that Thy Art Is Murder were higher billed than Goatwhore, and their singer actually said that they really dug GW even though he’d never heard of them.

    • Cock of Steele

      It’s cheesy, but agreeable. Heavily.

  • MoshOff

    Also worth noting: there were 10 minute breaks for tear-down and set-up between every band.

    Morbid Angel took half an hour.

    • Tyree

      Those fuckers!!!

      • MoshOff

        I was dissapointed that they kinda acted like Rock Stars. They were also the only band who had techs soundchecking.

        • Tyree

          Dude, they can be huge assholes, seriously. When I saw them last year they were supposed to play 5 more songs and they just left the stage with out even giving an explanation. I was so fucking pissed as were a lot of the people that spent money to see them.

          *This was in Philadelphia as well.

          • Death

            Do you mean “Philthydelphia?”

          • Tyree

            Correct Lord Death.

          • Death

            You don’t have to lord me. Just call me death.

          • Cock of Steele

            I blame Vincent for everything douchey that they do.

          • Death

            I blame Vincent for everything.

    • Sight Vnseen

      I’m surprised Origin didn’t take longer. I got to see them last year when they toured with Gorguts and their sound check took like twenty minutes. At one point the crowd got restless and started yelling to hurry up. John Longstreth ended up telling them to shut up, that they wanted to sound perfect (or something liike that). Ha. Guess they made it quick because of the huge bill.

      Origin KILLS live. Highly recommended seeing them if you haven’t. Nice dudes too.

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    i got a picture with John Gallagher. I just about pissed myself

    • MoshOff

      Can you hear the sikk lows from the picture though?

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        yes

    • Death

      You could say that you almost soiled it.

  • I must be the only fucker on here that likes Within the Ruins and Thy Art is Murder. They put on great live shows. Good article! Wish I could’ve gone to one of the dates.

    • You’re disappointing me right now, phallus.

      • I’m a shameless phallus. I’ve seen WtR live quite a few times, talked to the dudes at just about every show, and they’re always really nice, and they have a super-tight, high-energy performance. I saw TAIM live for the first time a few months ago, and it was INSANE. The vocalist hung upside down from the rafters while doing his vocals for about 2 entire songs. Disclaimer: I live in Kansas so all the shows they play here are at small bars that get packed absolutely full and rarely have much problem with sound setups.

        • The Black Dahlia Burger

          I FINALLY get to see TAIM live on the Born of Osiris tour in November and I cannot wait

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      I don’t really listen to Withing The Ruins but they absolutely killed it live. And I love Thy Art Is Murder they’re awesome. One of the best deathcore bands around

    • MoshOff

      Admittedly I’m not a huge deathcore/djentcore/bassdropcore fan. The thing is, TAIM put on a good show, whereas I think WtR relied way too much on guitar backing tracks with harmonized leads that were out of sync with their guitarist’s. It just didn’t sound good, to my ears.

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        thats why i don’t really listen to WTR, but Thy Art Is Murder is fun if you just want heaviness. And there’s no djent in their stuff so that helps

        • TAIM is great for ignorant heaviness to mosh and get wild to.

          • The Black Dahlia Burger

            TAIM is also good for every single song being about hating god and wanting people to die haha, but I agree, I think Hate is a really great album.

      • WtR is actually beginning to disappoint me with their over-reliance on production and sample tracks for their live shows. I’ve always been in the camp of “if you can’t do it live, don’t do it on the album”

        • MoshOff

          This. At least half the bands that played did it to a click track. From what I was able to hear, Fallujah, Within the Ruins, Thy Art Is Murder and The Faceless all had metronome/backing tracks. Origin, Decrepit Birth, Goatwhore and Dying Fetus didn’t. Not sure about the other bands but yeah, it gets to the point where I start to question the difference between a live show and a studio playthrough.

          • Yup, exactly this. I go see live shows to feel the organic chemistry between the players, not some studio playthrough. If I want to hear the album played perfectly, I’d just listen to the recording. One of my favorite live bands is Every Time I Die because they don’t do any of that shit, and their live shows are organic and interesting because of it.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Hold on a second…
            “I’d read people saying that they were boring because it sounded exactly like on the albums. How the shit is that a bad thing?”
            “…everything else was exactly like on the albums (again, not something I’m against).”
            Which is it?!

          • MoshOff

            Hahaha. I don’t mind it, as long as it’s well executed (like Fallujah and The Faceless). When it gets to the point where you can clearly see that the band is barely keeping it together while using a backing track (like Within the Ruins) it’s a different story.

          • He didn’t say he disliked it he just said

            “Not sure about the other bands but yeah, it gets to the point where I start to question the difference between a live show and a studio playthrough.”

      • Dental_Damnation

        I’m developing srs beefs with bands that rely heavily on backing tracks. A couple synths here and there sure, but if your MacBook goes down and you “can’t” play your set, that’s about as un-metal as it gets.

    • Randall Thor

      There’s a reason you’re still flaccid

      • I hope to one day become rigid, with the help of you and other Denizens of Das Terlet.

        • Randall Thor

          Warrior, if you wish to unlock your true potential, you must open your heart to the mighty dragonflame

        • Death

          Join Thelema, follow your true will.

    • Siegfried and Roy are more metal than WtR and TAiS. They also put on great live shows.

      • I can say cool things too, like “Clay Aiken is trver than Origin”
        Doesn’t make it true. I’m not saying I dislike Origin and the rest of the bands above, I just also like me some good deathcore, that’s all. Love you MSD.

  • Death

    Finland never gets any great bands to come here, save for Ulver and Swans. But I can’t go see Swans because it’s in the middle of the week. Fucking fuck fuck.

    • Randall Thor

      I don’t want to hear you complaining when you have Ulver

      • Death

        They played a great concert here earlier this year.

        • Randall Thor

          They were supposed to play a great concert for MDF 🙁

          • Death

            But health reasons

  • Gorgasm

    That Origin Drummer is something otherworldly.

    Also still have to pick up that Fallujah album somewhere. I haven’t been able to find it at any of my local music shops.

    Listening to Thy Art is Murder makes me miss Despised Icon and their ridiculous overuse of the “chug”

    • Tyree

      John Longstreth is an alien like Luc Lemay.

    • Death

      I’m trying to find the album as well. I don’t want to order it from foreign countries because the postal fee will be so fucking big.

      • Why not just use itunes?

        • Death

          Two reasons:
          1. I like physical copies.
          2. FUCK APPLE!

          • Very good reasons. I like physical copies as well but I will settle for digital if shipping is gonna cost more than gta5.

          • Was gonna pre order the beyond creation CD but it would be 50 bucks.

          • Death

            #PcMasterRace

          • Yes

          • Death

            #JackBauerMasterOfTheUniverse

          • #yes

          • Death

            #JackBauerClosetCrossdresser

          • #no

          • Death

            #Don’tDenyYourDestinyJackie

          • Do you want to replace you with Mr Bojangles?

          • Death

            Sorry Jack. Plz forgive me.

          • I’ll think about it.

          • Death

            Plz Jack, I’ll give you anything you want.

          • Xan

            Indeed.

          • Death

            Yesh

          • Cock of Steele

            WORTH IT

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            yea, a LOT of sellers are charging as much as they can when they can either send it cheaper OR they still send it cheaper and pocket the extra money. Either way it sucks and it just translates into lower sales on their end. I’m in canada, so i get fucked over big time, as does everyone else in the world no doubt.

          • Yea I imagine they are screwing themselves over too because people will just default to digital instead of paying an arm and a leg

          • Death

            Buy it from steam when it comes out. No shipping costs mate.

          • That’s the plan. I was just using gta5 as a pricing example. Lots of stuff I willl be buying on steam this year.

          • amazon MP3, drm-free

          • Death

            Look at reason one.

          • fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck i’m dumb

          • Death

            Don’t say that babe.

          • Cock of Steele

            I have to agree, although I still use iTunes, especially if it’s one or two songs or an extra from the bonus track of a CD I already have.

          • Xan

            I use iTunes mainly as a media player simply because it is easy for me to manage my music due to my rather large library. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a song from iTunes though.

          • Howard Dean

            Same. I only buy physical music. I rip CDs to iTunes. It’s a great way to manage my collection, and I do like my 160GB iPod classic quite a bit.

          • Xan

            I’ve filled my 160gb iPod. I could probably fill another up halfway. I could listen to one song everyday and wouldn’t be able to finish my collection by the time I die. It is a pain in the ass to store so many CD’s. With BandCamp, my library doubled in size. I try to get it digital now because I have so little room for physical shit now.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Death ain’t that bad after all!

          • Death

            Bears are nice.

          • Xan

            3. You don’t actually own the music. iTunes goes away, so does your music.

          • crazytaco_12

            I completely agree, I refuse to use any apple technology at all; making me install their shit and then suck ass in every aspect of functional use. I use WMP and always buy Sony MP3 players off of ebay for a fraction of the price with exceptional quality. Any downloads I make are from bandcamp (like that Vektor album Jack Bauer reps pretty hard). I try to burn downloads to disc immediately though just to make sure I don’t lose it if my computer craps out.

    • Xan

      I’m pretty sure Origin’s drummer is just a robot. I have had very minimal training in metal drumming (about a year’s worth of lessons) and I can’t even play 1/8 as fast as he does.

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    I feel bad that I missed the New York date now.

  • actiondonkey

    Damn makes me wish I was in a bigger market. Must see Fetus live!

    • Death

      I can help with that. What kind of a fetus do you want to see?

  • Owlswald

    Jesus tap dancing Christ I need to see Fallujah live. Andrew Baird is a machine and the band as a whole is flawless. Also, that is best live sound I’ve heard from the Faceless who have historically sounded TERRIBLE live.

    • MoshOff

      They sounded quite good the other night.

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    I wish Venom would tour the US with Mayhem, Emperor and a reunion of Celtic Frost. I would pay infinity dollars to see that.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      Also with a live Darkthrone and Varg doing the soundcheck.

      • Kevin Nash and Friends

        Howard, I never said in which order the bands would be going. It would be the four bands you mentioned opening and then Mayhem, followed by Emperor, followed by Venom, followed by Darkthrone and headlined by Celtic Frost. I guess Burzum could open the show.

    • Howard Dean

      Pretty good, though I’d rather see a tour of Carpathian Forest, Emperor, Taake, Enslaved, with the reunion of Celtic Frost or Sarcofago headlining, if we ‘re going to put together a “trve Norwegian bm with a first wave legend headlining” tour.

      • Kevin Nash and Friends

        I think this tour with Celtic Frost and Sarcofago headlining with Venom and Darkthrone as direct support with specials guests Mayhem, Emperor, Taake, Enslaved and Carpathian Forest with Burzum opening this whole thing would be extremely successful attendance wise and possibly financially. I say it could be the Mayhem Fest of black metal.

      • Kevin Nash and Friends

        Howard and Smee, I expanded on the idea and you can see the idea above. It’s a festival of real metal which has expanded far beyond just black metal. It now includes a death metal stage, a thrash metal stage and a black metal secondary stage that also includes Danzig because I couldn’t fit him anywhere else. The main stage performances would begin at 7 and end at 1 AM. The other stages would begin at 9 am.

  • oh, i was fanboy-ing all over Paul Ryan. no shame.
    (this was years ago)

    • Cockypock Aioli

      Hey McNulty, my girlfriend and I were looking for something new to watch so we started The Wire after hearing it was really good from someone. Haha I had no idea that was your shit! It added another level of amusement on top of your already rambunctious antics. I was like, hey that detective kicks it in that metal site I frequent! Dammit McNulty, get it together!

      • his drinking skills are a true inspiration!

        • Mr.CustodialArts

          I’ve had McNulty-inspired Jameson moments…

    • Howard Dean

      It’s amazing how much Paul Ryan looks like Euronymous in this picture.

    • crazytaco_12
  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    The first concert I went to where the band sounded just as they do on record was Cannibal Corpse, like 14 years ago. That shit still impresses me to this day, I love when that happens.

  • Xan

    I wish I could have gone to this and Stonehenge 2014. That lineup on Stonehenge was out of this world. Anarchos, Katalepsy, Bliksem, Bodyfarm, Burning Hatred, Eyeconoclast, Beheaded, Impaled Nazarene, Sinister, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Possessed, Entrails, Immolation, and Obituary. Alas, I cannot afford a trip to Europe at this point in time.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      This is where my idea for the Mayhem Fest of real metal came in. Because there is a lack of good festivals in the US when it comes to real metal, I came up with one. It would be Celtic Frost and Sarcofago headlining the main stage with Venom and Darkthrone as direct support with Carpathian Forest opening the main stage. There would be a stage with death metal headlined by Morbid Angel with direct support from Dying Fetus and Aborted opening. The third stage would be headlined by Slayer and Exodus with direct support from Obituary and Testament with Toxic Holocaust opening. The fourth and final stage would be headlined by King Diamond with Burzum as direct support and Mercyful Fate and Danzig opening. The secondary black metal stage would be Mayhem and Emperor headlining with Taake and Enslaved as direct support. I say that this could draw a good crowd and there would be one on the west coast in San Fransisco, one in Austin, one in Seattle, one in Chicago, one in somewhere in New York City, one in my hometown of Poughkeepsie divided into two days, one in Orlando and one in Montreal as well as one in Toronto.

  • Call the Slambulance

    1) MoshOff, I found your avatar’s photo on Google Images and was totally going to use it for the main photo on my first post. I’m glad we’re on the same page.
    2) Morbid Angel were incredibly boring to me live. There was almost no difference between song (and not in a cool way). Nobody moved a fucking muscle during their set, except for a few dudes that were being all evil-like. Other than them, everyone just stood around and watched.

    • MoshOff

      Dude, what’s your opinion on the new Pathology album? I loved Time of Great Purification, but I feel like Dave Astor is turning into the Kerry King of slam.

      • Call the Slambulance

        I’m not really a fan of Pathology. They are one of the bands that include a couple half-assed, high tempo slams every once in a while, but aren’t really slam. To me, they are just generic, overproduced BDM. I especially have a distaste for them because they are what people think that slam is, when they are nothing of the sort.

        • MoshOff

          I know what you mean, I think of them as DM with pig squeals and lots of triggers. They do have a couple of very wignorant slams, but they aren’t ignorant enough to be a slam band.

  • P-ST0LER0

    Awesome… thanks for featuring three of my videos- ThirdDraft…!