Sunday Sesh: Let’s Do It Live


Ah, Summer. The time of the year when pasty metalheads crawl forth from the comfort of their parents’ basements to brave the harsh wilds of public interaction in order to see their favorite bands on the tour circuit. This post is for all you brave warriors riding forth into glory despite the glowering hordes of insects, UV rays, and normies that stand against you. What shows are you checking out?

By the time you read this, I’ll be dragging my exhausted lack of a butt into bed after a night of mystery and debauchery with the one and only Randall Thor. You see, I just moved to North Carolina, so it’s only right that I make a day trip to Charlotte to pay my respects to the self-styled King of True Carolingian Metuhl. Sweetening the deal is the fact that weird death stalwarts (and friends of the Toilet) Pyrrhon and Replicant are playing a set in Asheville, the Austin of NC, land of a thousand breweries, today (Saturday). The show starts at 9 pm (yuck), so Randall and I will have to drive back to Charlotte super late (double yuck), but it’s worth it to me to have one last adventure before the heat really starts getting laid on me at my new job. Plus, the other two bands on the bill, Veldtchasm and GnarlScar, are both super gnarly death-worshipers who will fit right in with the skronk. Check them out below and buy some stuff on Bandcamp!


But wait, there’s more.

Before leaving Texas, I got together with the Dallas Toilet crew and crashed a cozy dive bar to see NY death metal luminaries Internal Bleeding and the legendary, undeniable Vader. There were several other bands on the bill, but in all honesty, those two main acts were really the only ones that did much for me. However, it was great getting to see Internal Bleeding live for the first time; despite the tragic death of drummer Bill Tolley, the bringers of brutality have soldiered on, and their live set was injected with a triumphant sense of vigor and celebration for Tolley’s legacy. It was great to see the band paying homage to their fallen brother while inviting members of the crowd to get down to some ignorant blasts!

Vader, however, was a revelation. Watching the death metal mainstays live was a pure affirmation of their iconic status. I can’t recall the last time I saw a band play with that level of consistency and energy throughout an entire set. The band pulled no punches, ripping through furious track after track with no quarter given. Whether it was old classics like “Wings” or new bangers from 2016’s Empire, the band showedwith glorious savagery why they’ve been held in such high esteem for over 30 years now. And by the look of it, they could keep on ripping through killer cuts like “Kingdom” and manic covers like “Raining Blood” for the next 30 years. If you get a chance, go see Vader live.

I’m going to sleep for the next century now. Tell everyone else what bands you’ve been seeing and will be seeing in the comments below.

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  • Edward

    I saw At The Drive-In last night and they were rad live. I’m seeing Melvins, Whores, Cherubs, and more in July at this annual Am Rep event, looking forward to that. Melvins go on first at like 1:00 pm lol

    • Óðinn


    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      At The Drive In is amazing live. Saw them last month and they put on an excellent show; the fact that not many people showed up didn’t seem to faze them

    • Howard Dean

      I saw At The Drive-In once, but it was in the old man’s Ford, behind the bushes…

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Did randall wear the leggings?

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Saw Tom Petty on Wednesday, seeing Fates Warning on the 30th. Summer of Dads for me so far

  • more beer

    I saw the internal Bleeding Vader show last week. Gonna meet up with Vlad Putin for Dischordia on Friday at the best dive bar in town. then There are bunch of bands on the 2nd who I am friends with playing Vale of Pnath and Scalafrea are on that bill. then a friend is playing with I Kill Ya on the 4th of July and then Thou on the 6th. After that there will be more shows but that is too far ahead to plan out yet.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      Are any you denver dudes thinking about trying to go to that spectral voice show in september?

      • more beer

        I will more than likely go to that. Are you going to be out here for that?

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          No, but hoping to find someone who may be willing to pick up the LP from the merch stand for me

          • more beer

            I am going to see they them in about a month. I don’t have a fuckface page. Hit up Vlad Putin or Boss the Ross. Both of them can tell you how to get in touch with me.

    • Óðinn

      Thou is a band I’d like to see live. Enjoy all of these shows.

      • more beer

        The last time I tried to see them with The Body I was at an early show that day. They were at a little DIY venue and it had sold out by the time we got there. Thanks I do plan on enjoying all of these shows. Summer is always a busy time for shows in Denver.

  • Megan Alexandra

    Razor. Asphyx. Next up are the mighty Antichrist.

    • Dumpster Lung

      Seeing them this Friday!

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    That Vader show ruled. I got a little rambunctious during Internal Bleeding’s set. Good times!

    • more beer

      That was a killer show it didn’t get that crazy here due to the venue set up. since there is only a small amount of space on the floor in front of the stage surrounded by metal railings. The Cryptopsy a show a couple of days before was a crazy show as well.

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        There was just enough room to move around. There is a group of local moshers that are at most shows to make sure everything starts up and gets taken care of, haha

        • more beer

          We have a couple of venues here, where it is just plain dangerous to mosh. Not much room and the metal railings will fuck you up. People still try and find out it wasn’t really a good idea..

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            Well shit!

        • Zeke


          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            That’s them!!

  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ


    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Warbringer sounded fantastic when I saw them. I wish they could’ve played a bit longer though

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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I’m seeing The Outlaws and Arsonists Get All The Girls in August with my friends and I’m seeing Udo in February.

  • Hans

    Got invited to Devildriver this coming week. Nothing planned until October after that, but I’m sure something will come up.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    Seeing Morbid Angel and Suffocation, then Suffocation again the next day, and Iron Maiden a few days after that. Alas, I missed Vader earlier this moth because I couldn’t get the day off work

  • Leif Bearikson

    Had to miss Metallica (cuz expensive), but next week is Blood Incantation/Qrixkuor then Morbid Angel/Suffo/Revocation/Withered the next day. Few weeks after that is Thou/False/Cloud Rat, then hopefully in September I’ll be venturing to Denver for Spectral Voice

  • Rob M

    Not too many shows coming up that Im real interested in catching…

    Kill is coming in from Sweden in a couple of weeks and Undergang will be here in July, other than that it’s pretty dead here, for stuff I like, until the fall

    • more beer

      saw Undergang last summer with Sewercide, Go see them if you can. They played a daamn good set.

      • Rob M

        Yeah..I caught that show the last time they came through here…Got to see them…Spectral Voices, whom I’m sure you know being from that area…and got to see Taphos Nomos, who almost never come out of PA, as well….Really good show that night.

        This time around it’s Undergang, Necrot…whose pretty solid…and Isla, whose a really solid, local Death/Doom/Crust band

        • more beer

          Yea I am very familiar with Spectral Voice and have seen them quite a few times.

          • Rob M

            Yeah…I was a fan of their music before hand, but that was the first chance I’d had to see them live

  • The Arm(KJM)

    Saw Anthrax on May 5th and Tool on May 27th. I’ll be seeing Iron Maiden/Ghost & Primus/Clutch in July, Coven/Beastmaker in August, and (hopefully) Roger Waters in September. More concert news as events warrant.

  • JWG

    Had to miss the Unleash the Archers show attached to ISMMS because I had far too much work to do.

    I’ve been to every single local gig they’ve had in the last five years (and many more before 2012), so I figured just one missed won’t have me ejected from the fandom.

    If the “seeing” in “which bands you’ve been seeing” implies recency I have nothing. There have been a few gigs by local bands. I’ve missed them all.

    Last time I got out was the last UTA show before this one…

  • Gromit Burger

    Booked tickets to go to the Brutal Assault festival in August in the Czech Republic. Missed out on a lot of shows this year so this will more than make up for it. The highlights for me are Emperor doing Anthems, Mayhem doing DMDS, the Master’s Hammer reunion but also a lot of solid bands like Morbid Angel, Incantation, Suffocation, Demolition Hammer, Zhrine… Might have to take it easy on the booze to catch all the bands I wanna see.
    Apart from that, seeing Full of Hell next month and Paradise Lost in the fall.

    • krisdaschwab912

      Brutal Assault is awesome. Went there in 2012 and it was one of the best experiences​ I had that summer, up there with Tuska, Kilkim Zaibu, and Metalfest Loreley.

      If you have some time to kill, there is some cool stuff in downtown Jaromer within walking distance of the festival grounds.

      • Gromit Burger

        I went in 2014 and 2015 and loved it both times! It’s so much more pleasant than the bigger festivals like Hellfest or Wacken which are a bit much for me to handle.
        The line up is always stacked and the setting is amazing. Listening to black metal bands at night in the middle of a fortress is kvlt!

  • Fine Sexy Ladies

    I’ll be seeing Thou and False on July 4th, so I’m stoked for that. I hope I’ll get to see some of the Minneapolis Toileteers there as well.

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    I wish I got to see Vader, but the NYC date was on the same night as Day One of Defenders of the Old. Plus I’ve seen them twice already.

    Oh well, I made up for it by seeing a little known band called Cirith Ungol the next night.

  • The Arm(KJM)

    Here’s some excellent quality video from that Anthrax show. Out of the so-called Big 4, Anthrax currently puts on the best show performance wise

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Last thing I went to was Incinceration Festival, of which highlights were Cult of Fire, Akercocke, Sodom, Samael and 1349. Next coming up is Black Cilice, next Saturday. Then probably Bloodstock in August. Maybe Acid Mothers Temple and Akercocke again in October.

  • krisdaschwab912

    Saw Gorguts in Columbus last week but the sparse crowd (100? Maybe less?) sucked. Hoping to catch the Slayer/Behemoth show, which I believe is outdoors and also ungodly expensive because I don’t know, fucking Ticketmaster.

  • NDG

    I am not feeling all that motivated to see live bands these days.

    I had planned to go and see the Night Birds on Saturday night but as the evening drew nearer my enthusiasm went into free fall. Heavy spiral. I momentarily considered seeing them last night (Sunday) but the 200+km round trip and work Monday morning just seemed too much for me.

    No shows on the horizon really. My (old) band has been asked to play in November after not doing a show since Feb 2015 and I am struggling to feel motivated about that as well. On the surface it would be fun but I know the amount of hassle and frustration that will go into playing a 30 minute set. Not sure I can muster the energy needed to get from point A to point B.

    On the plus side I am feeling very enthusiastic about brewing, surfing and listening to music!

    • Lacertilian

      Brewing can be really rewarding if you’re motivated to read through all the crap you need to sift through to find the key tips for improvement.

      • NDG

        For sure, the good news is that I have reached a point where I find that stuff quite enjoyable. I am even doing a bit of study at the moment to further my knowledge.

  • AndySynn

    I need to grab a ticket to the first day of Tech Fest next month, but that should be pretty killer (TBDM, Aborted, Dyscarnate, Virvum)… then we’re on tour with Pteroglyph through July and August, so that’ll be taking up most of my “live” time… in between the legs of that tour we’re opening up for Cryptopsy in London which is going to be AMAAAAAAZING… then there’s a bunch of shows I want to hit later on in the year, Opeth/Enslaved, Life of Agony, etc, etc