WHO: Hypocrisy’s “Taste of Extreme Divinity Tour” w/ special guests Scar Symmetry, Hate, Blackguard, & Swashbuckle
WHERE: Uncle Pleasants in Louisville, KY (21+)
WHEN: May 25, 2010
We hit the road to Louisville around 1 PM Central Standard Time and got to the venue around 7:30 PM Eastern after driving circles around the city in search of it, thanks to Google’s directions. It’s only about a 4½ hours to get there so it wasn’t too bad. Anyways, the venue was adequate at best. The capacity was about 250-300 and it was a good thing it wasn’t completely full because it was like a sauna inside. Hell, I broke a sweat just walking in the door. The sound system kinda sucked because the PA speakers were crackling here and there and let out a high pitch frequency every once in a while.
Swashbuckle was on when we walked in and were already on their last song. I honestly couldn’t tell ya what it was because I’m not all that familiar with their stuff except for a few tunes. Nevertheless, they were all dressed up in their pirate garb and looked to be having a blast. The crowd that was there early gave them a good response too.
Blackguard was up next, definitely the main band I was there to see besides Hypocrisy of course. This was my second time seeing them, and they did not disappoint. Unfortunately, they only got to play 4 songs for some reason or another. My only guess is Louisville’s curfew. Either way, this was their set:
This Round’s On Me
Farewell (new song)
The new song sounded really fucking heavy, with catchy riffs and precise drumming as always. I talked to the guys before and after the show for a bit and none of them could really say when it’ll be out, but if I had to guess I’d say late 2010/early 2011? They also mentioned that they will be touring with Kamelot in the U.S./Canada this coming fall!
Hate came on next and I went outside to get out of the sweatbox for a bit. Luckily outside was cooler than inside. I did go in for about a half of a song and got bored. They wore black metal corpse paint and tried a little too hard to be like Behemoth. I do plan on checkin out their albums and givin them another listen though. It was just too hot inside.
Hailing with Sweden along with Hypocrisy, Scar Symmetry was direct support. Now I’ve listened to them for a while, but have not heard their new album. From what I recalled, I thought they replaced the old singer with just one vocalist. Instead, I was surprised to see 2 singers take the reigns. Nevertheless, they fuckin slayed. One of the guys did the harsh stuff, the other did the clean, and the setlist allowed them to do songs with both on it as well as one with only harsh vocals and one with only clean. It was really awesome. Their setlist was:
Pitch Black Progress
Last but not least, the almighty Hypocrisy was up. It was my 3rd time seeing them live, and this one was definitely the most intimate of them all. The previous tours I’d seen em on were Fear Factory’s 2006 Machines At War Tour w/ Suffocation & Decapitated and Dimmu Borgir’s 2003 Death Cult Armageddon Tour w/ Nevermore & Children of Bodom. Seeing them headline was definitely a treat. I had seen a few of the setlists from some of the other stops on the tour, but it seemed like they had to cut a few songs out because of time restraints. Nevertheless, it was fucking brutal.
Valley of the Damned
Hang Him High
Adjusting the Sun
Pleasure of Molestation
A Coming Race
Let the Knife Do the Talking
Weed Out the Weak
Fire in the Sky
The Final Chapter
The guys in Hypocrisy were really cool and came out of the bus to talk and sign stuff pretty soon after the show let out.
All in all the show was great. I’m glad it was 21+ and at an intimate venue. The merch was all pretty sweet for all the bands. Shirts were about $20 for Hypocrsiy except for one that was $30 but well worth it because of the awesome design. The prices were about the same for the other bands as well. I highly recommend going to this show if it comes to your town, or trek across the country and back in one night like we do!