Sunday Sesh: Hit for Hit


On Friday, I had the distinct privilege of hanging out with fellow toileteers Vladimir Poutine and MoreBeer at Black Sky Brewery in Denver, one of the trvest and cvvlest joints to get a cold one in the entire Mile High City. While there, Sr. Beer told me about a set-up Black Sky is doing for a December 10th show headlined by Demolition Hammer. It seems the preeminent brewery is going to host a dueling battle between the venerable Exhumed and the juggernaut Skinless. The two bands will each trade off song for song, hit for hit, with a final champion declared! I’ve never seen this type of show played live, but I think it’s a capital idea. I got to thinking, “What other two titans of metal would I like to see throw down?”

I think the format would work best for two well-established acts. Bands with long discographies and fat dossiers to draw hits from would be well-poised to try to win over the crowd. Really, you could pair just about any two classic bands from thrash metal or death metal and have a hell of a competition. If you want to go riff for riff with classic Bay Area also-rans that just so happen to still be putting out quality thrash, my pairing would be Exodus and Testament.

For a fun death metal competition, we could pair two titans from the competing Swedish and Floridian death metal scenes. Care to hear the planet-leveling riffs of Obituary or the jagged serpentine brutality of Dismember?

I think this competitive idea has a lot of legs. Let me know who you’d like to see duke it out in the comments below.

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  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    That idea is freaking bad ass! Dubs, you started off with some good ones so I’ll have to ponder on this for a bit to find a match up that is equally enticing.

  • more beer

    It was a pleasure getting to meet you the other day. I certainly enjoyed myself. Thanks for posting this. Harry and the crew at Black Sky do a whole lot to support the scene here. Besides giving metalheads a place to go and hang out and drink outstanding beer and eat pizza. They do a lot of free shows at the brewery. They have at least one Sunday afternoon show a month. Plus the yearly Denver Black Sky which always has a diverse lineup and brings some great bands to Denver. Also don’t leave out Sherwood from Skinless. Denver Black Sky is his fest as much as it is the breweries. As he is the one who puts it together every year. Those Groovy’s are some pretty awesome beers aren’t they?

    • +1 to what more beer said. It was great to be able to meet you in person and a fun time in general.

  • Pentagram Sam

    This is really fun and cool sounding thing to do. Curious as to how it works out and if it’ll be a “thing” from now on. Prob work best if the bands are actually super close with each other and friends or else erryone be slipping on butthurt and ego backstage.

    • more beer

      They have a two stage set up at this every year. The main stage and another smaller stage in the round. So they face each other. While one band plays the next band is setting up on the other stage. It keeps the music coming almost nonstop.

      • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

        That’s an awesome idea.

      • Pentagram Sam

        Cool man! I was just thinking out loud if it was two bands that didn’t really know each other, someone out of the ten dudes in two bands might take it a bit too seriously and all that. But this really does sound interesting and fun. !!!!
        If this is a 90 min set, this couuuuuullld be a way to streamline tours in the future. While the audience is still getting the GOGOGOGOGOGOGO feel from the one-two punch of the double stage, the bands get more rest and don’t get as completely exhausted so maybe less illness on tour and better rest?

        just going with it off the top of my head here

        • more beer

          Except most venues don’t have the capabilities to do 2 stages. I have loved this set up. I have been to this every year since it’s inception. Most of all the best part is not having to wait for bands to breakdown and set up.

          • Sight Vnseen

            That’s why I was pissed when Peabodys in Cleveland shut down. Two stages and a bar upstairs. Same deal though. You could catch a local band while the touring bands were changing over. I never understood why that place got a bad rap. I always had fun.

          • more beer

            It always sucks when venues close.

          • James

            the scene and money ate everything and everyone.

      • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

        Hardly any downtime between 2 bands playing seems kinda cool. Hopefully the bar was strategically placed so as to allow maximum quick access to the beer.

    • Don’t slip on butthurt or you might hurt your butt.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Haha, Abbath vs Inmortal.

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      • Zeke

        As cool as Ihsahn’s solo material is, I don’t think he stands much of a chance against when he was a 17-year old black wizard

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Quite literally zero chance. Eclipse and Anthems are the best things he ever did and ever will do.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Eclipse is one of the best things anyone will ever do.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            So good.

          • Zeke

            This has been my jam this week. Fucking savage

          • Abradolf Lincler

            you guys said it all, so i dont have to.

            that said, can you really remove a man from his past accomplishments? is a man greater than the sum of his parts? what of the greatness of his turtleneck? these are all questions the philosophers will ponder but never answer.

            (i place this album very close to Anthems and Eclipse, and Prometheus)

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


          • Zeke

            That’s probably my favorite solo Ihsahn song. Btw, I recently revisited equilibrium, which was an album that I never particularly liked. There are actually some cool progressive black metal songs on there. Only two duds; I remembered there being more

          • Abradolf Lincler

            there are more duds with his solo work than there ever was with Emperor (which i would say had p much none). he has also done stuff Emperor never should have or could have to great effect.

          • Is it finally okay for us to talk about that white elephant of a turtleneck? Not talking about it is like holding in your farts for years.

          • Zeke

            Given the fact that he’s responsible for possibly my all time favorite metal, I’ve always been very hesitant to make fun of Ihsahn’s sometimes “questionable” fashion choices (the no shirt, soft underdeveloped body, spiked shoulder pads look; the half-ponytail look; the black rimmed glasses hipster look). But I’ll admit that turtleneck really is… something.

          • I like the turtleneck and glasses. I just wish he would still wield a sword while wearing them. 🙁

          • Zeke

            Well he’s obviously very proud of that turtleneck. He didn’t try to just ease people into at all. Instead he decided that a close up picture of himself in all his glory with that massive turtleneck would be the perfect promo shot for his new album

          • Ihsahn: The Face of Literate Black Metal

        • *17-year old black wizards.
          (I will never let this joke die. Never.)

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Napalm Death vs. Repulsion? Or is there a more appropriate exemplar of US grind?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      That would be sick

  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

    Too bad the Dismember/Obituary thing couldn’t actually happen (since Dismember broke up a while back).

    Maybe Entombed vs Obituary instead, whichever Entombed lineup is currently active?

    How about Nails vs Trap Them?

    • Definitely the latter! Great idea.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Nails would go on hiatus a month before the show tho

      • more beer

        Nails played this show 2 years ago.

        • If only they’d play it again. I sincerely regret being too drunk to clearly remember their set the one time I saw them.

          • more beer

            I am sure Sherwood will be running around the brewery that entire weekend. Bring it up to him there. They tore the roof off of the Gothic. That place was fuckin moving.

          • Will do!

  • AeonsOvChaos

    Testament and Exodus, old but gold: and I add this one too:

  • Dismember >>>>> Obituary. It’s just facts.

    • Hubert

      I agree with this human

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Sumerlands vs Eternal Champion

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Eternal Champion wins. Flawless victory.

  • Hey I’m curious, over the course of the evening, did you have a disagreement with him resulting in him throwing a tantrum? He doesn’t seem to be able to handle the emotional strain of someone younger than him who disagres with him.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      and you think doing this is somehow better?

      • Reposting publicly available comments from a bully? I fail to see how it ranks worse.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          by reinstigating and necroing yesterdays posts to try an illicit a similar response from the writers and the rest of the commentors.

          • I wouldn’t have bothered if he hadn’t continued this throughout Friday (the day of), yesterday, and today. I want a response from the mods.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Dude chill out. I’m even mostly in agreement with you, but it’s not the mods responsibility to monitor political discussions and penalize people for having different opinions. Both sides got a little out of hand. Did he get unnecessarily personal? Sure. Was your tone patronizing to elicit that response? I’d say so. Just let it die man. If you don’t want a shitshow of a discussion that will get ugly 10 times out of 10, don’t talk about politics.

          • I’m not asking for anyone to be penalized for their opinions, I’m talking about his conduct. Mine wasn’t squeaky clean by any means, but his was way over the line. People have been banned for more or less the same thing in the past. I’d settle for a mutual apology between him and I but that’s most likely out of the question at this point.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Gotcha, yeah that last comment was a little much and personal attacks should probably be removed. The image didn’t refresh when I opened this article up so I thought it was just a continuation of what was already going on.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Consider me a honorary moderator: everyone drop it.

            Talk about metal instead. Its sunday and yall are fucking up my elevated heartrate during my back and leg day.

            bad when one of the most absurd people here has to be a voice of reason

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      If yu have a personal question for W, ask him personally. No need to bring this back up in the public.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Angelcorpse vs Ares Kingdom
    Pissgrave vs Revenge

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Set vs Demoncy

  • Abradolf Lincler

    this is the first time ive ever listened to Be’lakor. Is it just me or does this seem like Amon Amarth aping?

    Or is all melodeath this now?

    • Listen to the new one, it’s the one I truly recommend of them.

  • Max

    I dunno, I think maybe this is the sort of thing that could only work with lesser-known bands – Exhumed and Skinless was probably about the ideal magnitude (or preferably less).

    Something like Dismember vs Obituary isn’t necessarily going to work; because they’re both already too representative of a particular sound and have their own established fanbases. There’d be too many punters walking into the gig with preconceptions about how good those bands are to give an objective judgement, and instead the contest would be decided by how many Dismember fans vs Obituary fans each act managed to draw.

    For completely unknown bands, however, it’s a pretty good variation on the battle-of-the-bands format.

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Bought the new version of Duke Nukem 3D for Xbox One.

  • JWEG

    Master Sword vs. Scythia vs. Unleash the Archers.

    Because I couldn’t settle on which two…

  • Thanks to more beer and Vladimir Poutine for hanging out with Dubs <3

    • more beer

      Speaking for both of us. Ot was our pleasure.