Traveling from St. Louis to Milwaukee, we headed out around 10 AM on the 25th of October in anticipation another brutal metal tour put together by Decibel Magazine (i.e. the Vader/Malevolent Creation tour a few years back). We left earlier than usual because you never know what to expect when traveling on I-55 and I-39 through Illinois. Luckily, we made excellent time and actually got to the venue at about 4:30 PM – an hour and a half before doors and 2½ hours before the show was slated to begin. Nevertheless, we chilled outside the club for a bit and soon saw Bill Robinson, the front man of Decrepit Birth, playing hacky-sack with a fellow metal head who had ventured to the venue early. We joined in for a bit and discussed the production quality of the new release, Polarity, in comparison to the older records that weren’t mixed as well as they could’ve been. He agreed that he wished they sounded better, but what lacks on their recordings is negated by their live performances.
After waiting for what seemed like days, the doors finally opened and the eager metal heads were led into the dungeon that is the bottom venue of the Rave/Eagles Club. This was where I saw the Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth and Gojira tour in the winter of 2004. It definitely brought back great memories of that epic adventure through ice and snow to get to Milwaukee. As the start of the show crept closer, Nick and I (Steve) snagged a spot towards the front of the crowd to watch Fleshgod Apocalypse. This was one of the main bands we had driven to see on the show and they did not disappoint. They came out in orchestra conductor suits with dirt and blood on them as if they just crawled out from under six feet of soil.
In Honour Of Reason
Blinded By Fear
Thru Our Scars
Requiem In Si Minor
The only complaint I have is that they did not play the heavy drum/guitar intro to In Honour of Reason. Other than that they were killer. They seem to be growing a following because the show that we saw was only halfway through the tour and they were already running low on the different sizes of shirts (seen above).
Next up was Decrepit Birth. I’d seen them a number of times on Summer Slaughter as well as the Faceless’ Planetary Duality Tour that came through Rockstar Nightclub. The performance they put on this time was phenomenal. The sound and the atmosphere made for a hell of a performance. Bill was doing his typical rocking out during the solos and fills. Everything sounded dead on. They’ve definitely grown on me, especially with their new album.
Prelude to the Apocalypse
Diminishing Between Worlds
Next up was a band I hadn’t seen in 5 or 6 years, since the original screamer was still in the band. Much like Decrepit Birth, Through the Eyes of the Dead put on a hell of a show as well. They did not, however, play Two Inches From A Main Artery. I was yelling “Two Inches!” between every song until the singer shot it down. Bummer. It was a solid set nonetheless.
As Good as Dead
Pull the Trigger
Failure in the Flesh
The Faceless was up next and you could tell a lot of kids were there to see them. Performance-wise, they weren’t as tight this time as they usually are. They had a few timing issues, such as when they broke into Planetary Duality to start the set. Nevertheless, they looked like they were having a blast and the new song sounded brutal from what I was able to make out, as I was in the second row at the center of the stage. Their set was:
Planetary Duality I (Hideous Revelation)
Planetary Duality II (A Prophecies Fruition)
Coldly Calculated Design
The Eidolon Reality *NEW*
The Ancient Covenant
The heavy-hitting metallers from New York took the stage after a short break between sets. The pits were insane as Suffocation’s front man Frank Mullen tried to keep the crowd awake and paying attention with his blast beat hand motions and his cryptic banter in between songs. Once again they blew me away. I had seen them a few years back on the Fear Factory tour with Hypocrisy and Decapitated when they were direct support and they stole the show. It was awesome finally seeing them headline a tour.
Liege of Inveracity
Suspended in Tribulation
Thrones of Blood
Entrails of You
Pierced From Within
Effigy of the Forgotten
Torn Into Enthrallment
Infecting the Crypts
All in all the show was great. Every band on the bill is worth watching and listening to without hesitation. Check back for updates on future tours here at Damnation!