Wake, Mechanical Separation, Goathammer, Wrought: A Drunken Show Review

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I’m now fully recovered from this mighty show, so I figured I’d share a few of my thoughts on an evening of raw metal.

We arrived at the Thirsty Scholar here in my home city of “Saskatomb” before any of the bands had started. There was time to check out the merch tables while they set up and chat with some of the bands. Shannon, my partner in grime, knew the guys in Wake from when she lived in Calgary, so we chatted with them for a while about Maryland Deathfest this year and checked out their wares. We were feeling good due to pounding Bohemians since around 3 in the afternoon, but decided we should probably take advantage of the 5 dollar pints of “smart pilsner.” It certainly wasn’t the tastiest brew, but it beat paying 9 dollars for a pint of your standard domestic (which one of my buddies found out when he bought his girlfriend a Bud Lite). The next day everyone who I talked to that drank the smart pilsner was savagely hungover so I think the name may have been a misnomer. Then again, I kept drinking it, so perhaps I’m not so smart either.

After chatting with the Wake boys we went to check out some of the other merch. We chatted with some cool people from Edmonton, Tsultor Eknagnal and Xolaryxis Anakha. Tsultor Eknagnal did the art for the newest Goathammer release and got to design the shirts for the Canadian Mystifier shows they did after playing MDF. They suggested I check out a couple tapes of bands they played in: Wrath Bestial, a straight up raw black/death/thrash assault, and Sorguinazia, a more atmospheric take on raw black metal. Really solid stuff!  They had a nice selection of other stuff for sale, but I had to resist temptation as the night was still young. The first pints had already been crushed by this point, so it was time to get more. I ran into Logan Campbell (Possessor) from the Devil Cult Ritualism label on the way who had brought in a copy of the diehard edition of Revenge’s Attack.Blood.Revenge for me. So far, it was looking like a nice little merch haul.

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Wrought

The opening act Wrought was now ready to begin. This was their first show, although the members have played in various bands in and around Saskatoon including Agony Spawn, Putrid Soul, Narcissistic, Indecipherable, and Singularity. It was some solid death metal with a nice raw sound. The venue doesn’t really have a stage other than a little riser for the drum kit, so the bands are right in your face. Everyone had good energy, and they got a good amount of heads banging, including my own. I liked the big guy with the extra greasy hair, it added to their deathly aura for sure. They didn’t have anything recorded to sell, but I look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.

Goathammer was up next. This was the band I was the most excited to see since I had yet to catch them live. These guys play raw black/death/thrash in the vein of Black Witchery and Blasphemy, complete with copious amounts of spikes, combat boots and NWN band hoodies. Logan, who I mentioned earlier joined the band and played bass during their set. The tapes simply do not do this band justice. Their performance was absolutely barbaric. Ultra-tight, hammering blast beats, hoarse shouted vocals, shredding chainsaw guitars, an ugly low end and insane dive-bomb chaotic solos mercilessly assaulted us, and this time the crowd whipped itself up into a pit. My neck was not happy with me the next day as I banged my head like my life depended on it throughout the whole set. Prior to the show, Shannon had joked with front-man Sadowülf about buying matching shirts, so we snapped a photo with the band outside with said shirts.

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By the time we made it back in Mechanical Separation had already begun their set. These guys have been around for some time, although the band had gone dormant for a while. They’ve been very active lately, so I’ve seen them a number of times before. They play a somewhat unorthodox style of grind that brings to mind acts like Cephalic Carnage or Discordance Axis. Matt, the band’s guitarist was the guy who put on this show (and most of the heavy shows here in Saskatoon lately). So shout out to Matt! As always a solid performance, but by this point the beer had started making things somewhat hazy. I do recall buying Shannon a cool Wake shirt after their set though.

I hate to admit it, but we unfortunately missed Wake’s set as we were too distracted getting in long alcohol-fueled discussions with our many new friends we met that night outside. Thankfully, I have seen Wake more than three times now, so I’m certain they decimated that venue. Last time we saw them they were utterly pulverizing, so I’m sure this time was no exception!

Once the show was finished, and after coming out of the brief time-warp we’d found ourselves in, we decided we should keep the good times rolling, so Goathammer and crew came back to my pad for a rager of an after-party. Records were spun, tapes were blasted, my No Sanctuary Records order was dropped off, and by the time we finally finished off in the wee hours of the morning all flat surfaces in the basement were 100% covered in empty beer bottles and cans.

All in all, a great show and a great night (despite being a shitty drunk poser and missing Wake!). Looking forward to catching Matt’s next show featuring Iskra, Mechanical Separation, Hexxensabbat (which features members of Goathammer), and Hashfiend! It’s a Sunday show, so this time the plan is to not get black out drunk and miss the headliners. Also, no more “smart pilsner” for this guy.

  • Dubbbz

    Listening to Wake now. This is rad.

    • Surprised you never heard of them. Shit. Well, they are very good and that new album destroys. I was lucky to catch them at MDF last year. They filled in the slot for Excel, I had no clue who Wake was at that time. What a great surprise that was.

      • Dubbbz

        Me too. Seems this is something I should have known.

      • sweetooth0

        Wake is greatness, I think I’ve managed to get all of their records now.

  • sweetooth0

    ha ha, wasn’t sure if this was gonna end up posted. I’ll have to tell the Goathammer guys!

    • Sorry about the delay. We (shockingly!) had a backlog of posts to publish. That pretty much never happens.

      • sweetooth0

        No worries! I didn’t think it was my best work, but the guys from the bands seemed to like it!

  • Howard Dean
    • Howard Dean

      P.S. Mechanical Separation is an awesome name for a band. I’m genuinely disappointed that I don’t have a band named Mechanical Separation. That name alone will make me check them out. Thanks.

      • sweetooth0

        they’re killer. The vocalist used to be in a band called Noodled.

        • Howard Dean

          Is there anywhere I can listen to them? I tried searching “Mechanical Separation grindcore” and only got a grind band named Doperunner who has a song called “Mechanical Separation.”

          • sweetooth0
          • sweetooth0

            they have a split with Sanity’s Dawn, but that is an old lineup. They’re working on a new release though I believe.

          • more beer

            Doperunner Are local band where I’m from. They are alright. I’ve seen them numerous times.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Noodle Separation

        • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo
      • Waynecro

        The ingredients list of one of my favorite meat-stick products (Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage) includes “mechanically separated chicken,” which is pretty fucking metal as far as ingredients go.

        • Howard Dean

          Haha, yeah. That’s exactly what I was thinking when I saw the band name. A lot of those processed meat snacks (especially those hot sausages) have mechanically separated chicken.

          • Waynecro

            I imagine that the machines that separate the chicken play in tech-death bands at night.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I love jerky and Slim Jims!

          • Waynecro

            I cannot deny the deliciousness of Slim Jims even though they’re a garbage food.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Waynecro plz! Any food Randy Savage advertised for is the food for me!

          • Waynecro

            They do contain traces of protein, though they’re probably more petroleum product than food product. You could use Slim Jims as a lubricant for industrial machinery.

          • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

            How’s about Jesse Ventura workout videos? Lolbuttz =

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guYJgAbcP-o

          • Dubbbz
        • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

          Which pretty much means that they threw old/sick animals into a centerless grinder, alive. There’s videos of that on Youtube, and it’s pretty fucking gruesome. Also explained in Food, Inc.

    • Dubbbz

      Might as well just go in the bathroom and have another concert goer fill up a cup with alcohol-infused urine for you.

    • sweetooth0

      ya, harshness

      • CyberneticOrganism

        No better Canadian options?

        • sweetooth0

          I’m sure there was, but considering that was the price for a standard blase beer, I’m guessing that was what you’d pay for everything but the in-house stuff they had on special.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I wouldn’t drink Bud Light if it was free.

      • sweetooth0

        Let’s be real here, if a concert had free beer and the only choice was bud light, 99.9% of beer drinkers would choke that shit down.

  • I must hear this Mechanical Seperation band, sounds like something I would enjoy. And I haven’t gotten around to giving the new Wake a proper listen. Sounds like a fun night.

  • Haha, I just listened to the new Goathammer. No fucking joke! Rad write-up, rad night, rad bands man! Killer work duder.

    If you dig Goathammer, check out the new Pigs Blood demo. Shit is so good! Bestial with some goregrind influences thrown in too. Love them pitchshifted vocals.

    https://pigsblood.bandcamp.com/album/demo

    • Howard Dean

      This is rad. I almost want to buy the cassette (I broke down and actually buy some cassettes now). It’s an edition of 20 so I’ll probably need to pull the trigger sooner than later if I want one.

    • Dubbbz

      Yah, this is cool.

    • sweetooth0

      I’m on it!

    • Abradolf Lincler

      the pitch shifted stuff is minor and super tastefully done. i actually like dis

  • Heliocrat

    Check this nasty shit out folks!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVEAEE8FnHs&t=965s

    • Heliocrat

      Favorite Demo of the year so far.

    • I played the first track on the podcast this week

      • Heliocrat

        Ah fuck, I need to catch up on it!

      • And it’s a good. Thinking about getting that cassette. Silas already did, I want to be just like him.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Brutal.

  • Dude. I fucking love your Author’s description. Thumbs in your head up.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/tjSnPTYYFl5Ju/giphy.gif

  • Fun read, man. I am now, against my better judgement, thirsty for a “smart pilsner”.

    • sweetooth0

      I know I’ll end up drinking them again. Glutton for punishment!

      • more beer

        The metal way!

  • Scrimm

    Sounds like a good time

    • sweetooth0

      Yup, feel super bad about missing Wake though.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Hahahaha, this was fun and entertaining to read. Thanks dude!

  • RJA

    great job sweetooth0 – these remind me that I need to get out to more shows. I always find reasons not to go but always enjoy myself when I do.

    never heard this before – someone may like it?! free download.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdcds3gA14E
    Earthling – “Dark Path”
    http://downloads.archivalmusic.com FFR035AB8R2MVE

  • Incontinent Gorilla Rodeo

    Kickass article, my fellow ex-Chicagoan brethren!

  • No more early posts?

    • Abradolf Lincler

      would have settled for dank mè-mès

    • I think they’re only doing early posts when there’s something super news-worthy that happened after they already scheduled the posts for the day

      • tertius_decimus

        Most posts appear in the evening here. The latest one usually is “Flush it Friday”, pop-ups near the midnight, when it’s time to sleep.

        #time zone woes