Skeletonwitch & 3 Inches of Blood @ Fubar – 4|21|2011

3 Inches of Blood & Skeletonwitch w/ Harkonin & ThorHammer
April 21, 2011
Fubar in St. Louis, MO

I must say that the few metal shows that do come through St. Louis make it worth the wait. I hadn’t been to a fun show in St. Louis in quite a while, so I knew I wanted to make it to this show. I thought Skeletonwitch was going to be headlining, but I found out a day or two before the show that them and 3IoB were swapping spots each night. Either way was fine with me as I’d never seen the ‘Witch before and I hadn’t seen 3 Inches of Blood since when they were on Ozzfest ’07 (and in 2003 with Satyricon).
First things first, however, as local thrashers ThorHammer took the stage to open up a night full of heavy metal debauchery. I’d never seen them before but I remember seeing and hearing their name recently. After watching them I definitely want to find an EP or something if they have one. I would’ve met up with them and asked but I didn’t want to lose my spot up front near the stage as more people started filing in.
The next band up was St. Louis black metal legends Harkonin. I had totally forgotten they were on the bill until I saw stickers on the guitarist’s amp. The drummer has a ridiculous kit that seemed to take up half of the stage in front of the headliner’s equipment. The band was full of energy and had a lot of fans there who were familiar with their stuff and started pits accordingly. I grabbed their setlist from the stage as they walked off for those of you familiar with them:

Ruled By Tyrants
Exhauster of Souls
Devil’s Rain

Next up was the almighty Skeletonwitch. You could tell most of the crowd were there for these masters of thrash as more and more people started packing in towards the stage as they got their gear set up on stage. I had spoken with a gentleman at the Amon Amarth show in Lawrence less than a week before this show and heard that they blow a lot of people away live – and they sure did. They sounded tight as hell, especially the neck-splitting riffs and machine-gun drumming they are best known for.
The singer was especially energetic, taking cue from certain drum or guitar parts to increase his intensity. He also got up into the crowd and put the microphone in the faces of fans during songs like Baptized in Flames and Beyond the Permafrost. They played a good variety of material, from 2003 to a few new songs on the new album coming later this year as well as the song Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery from the Brutal Legends video game soundtrack. They played a great set that seemed to go by way too fast:

Blinding Black Rage
Submit to the Suffering
No Rest For The Dead
The Skullsplitter
Crushed Beyond Dust
Infernal Resurrection –NEW-
Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod
Upon Wings of Black
Baptized in Flames
Repulsive Salvation
Beyond the Permafrost
Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery
Despoiler of Human Life
Within My Blood

Next up was Viking metal masters 3 Inches of Blood. Some people had left after ‘Witch but there was still a decent crowd for the Canadian quintet. I’ve always enjoyed them for their thrashy, catchy songs but I never could get into Here Waits Thy Doom as much as their previous two albums. Luckily, they played songs from each of those as well as a few new tracks from an EP due out this summer. They dedicated the final song Battles & Brotherhood to metal heads like those at the show for living and breathing heavy metal, and we answered by screaming the chorus on the top of our lungs. Their set was:

The Goatriders Horde
Destroy the Orcs
Lords of Change –NEW-
Trial of Champions
Fear On The Bridge (Upon The Boiling Sea I)
Sons of the Grave (pretty sure that’s what it was called) –NEW-
Silent Killer
Forest King
Night Marauders
Deadly Sinners
Battles and Brotherhood

All in all it was a great night of metal. Couldn’t believe I had the chance to catch two awesome metal shows in the same week. I saw a few of the same people I had seen at Amon Amarth, which led me to believe they must’ve taken a road trip as well. The merch was pretty cool, Skeletonwitch had the most including some very wicked tour shirts and their CDs. 3 Inches of Blood had a few shirts and some girl’s shorts which made me laugh. All in all a great tour with 2 good bands. Check it out!

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