Date: 18th March 2018
Review by Sabrina Selkis
Photography by Graham Hilling
AH!! London and snow is a bad combo! It has been really cold again but the snow isn’t stopping the fans to show up early at the Kentish Town O2 from 5.30pm on a freezing Sunday evening.
First, our photographer and I head to The Black Dahlia Murder bus tour for an interview, and then it is time for us to get into the venue.
Tonight In Arkadia is in charge of opening the festivities. It is always hard to tell whether having two singers is a good thing. To be honest, it is not to my liking. I should maybe be more supportive of my French compatriots but In Arkadia just doesn’t do it for me this evening.
It does sound a bit samey, nothing really new is added here. Opening for Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder has to be a tough gig so kudos to them on that. Maybe another time I will enjoy them a bit more.
The crowd gathers and the venue is nearly at capacity when The Black Dahlia Murder take to the stage.
The American band from Michigan formed in 2001. They are no strangers to criticism, but tonight they play a great set, fast and full of energy. Singer Trevor Strnad tell us that tonight is the 170th gig they have played with Cannibal Corpse. If this is not an endorsement from one of the biggest death metal bands, I don’t know what else to say.
Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder have a long touring history together and slowly but surely TBDM is showing that they are here to stay.
The crowd is hyper as soon as the riffs from “Widowmaker” resonate throughout the venue. The sound is great, Trevor is definitely in very good shape despite the long tour they’ve all been through (maybe because of the tour….)
Drummer Alan Cassidy doesn’t slow down a minute. The band plays quite a lot of tracks from the new record “Nightbringers”, and to my surprise fans are already familiar with them all! The eighth studio album actually has become the best-selling direct-to-consumer pre-order in Metal Blade Records’ history. Congrats on that, well deserved!
When the Last Grave Has Emptied
Kings of the Nightworld
What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood
Everything Went Black
Now time for the mighty Cannibal Corpse to get on stage and unleash their brutal sound. Formed in 1988, the New York band has managed to stay on top pretty much at all times during their career.
How impressive! Famous or infamous for their very straight forward horror/gore lyrics and album artworks, it is always a pleasure to see them perform.
From the first note, fans are going mental in the mosh pit, guitars and drums are pounding, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher on vocals… terrifying. The set has something for fans new and old, mixing a bit of everything and showcasing their biggest tracks. The ongoing tour has left the band sounding very tight and the sound in the Forum tonight is truly pummeling!
“I Cum Blood” definitely tops tonight’s performance, the whole venue goes berserk!! Corpsegrinder, dominates the stage, hair obscuring his face for most of the set, this is a man who seems to have built up specific muscles on his neck to support the prolonged windmilling he does at every gig!
Whether you have seen Cannibal Corpse once or many times, the band never disappoints, it is no surprise that they are still so relevant in today’s music scene. Precise and sharp as a knife they blister their way through a set of classics, in particular, Alex Websters bass playing a pleasure to behold!
Now excuse me while I go find my neckbrace, I ain’t Corpsegrinder… I am just a weak citizen!
Tonight was all you could hope for such a cold, cold Sunday night, death metal, beers and awesome fans. Till next time.
Code of the Slashers
Only One Will Die
Red Before Black
Scourge of Iron
Scavenger Consuming Death
The Wretched Spawn
Pounded Into Dust
Kill or Become
Devoured by Vermin
A Skull Full of Maggots
I Cum Blood
Make Them Suffer
Stripped, Raped and Strangled (with Trevor Strnad)
Hammer Smashed Face