SamaelIndustrial black metal act Samael channeled Rammstein , except they weren’t singing in German and playing with highly flammable props. Drummer Xy shifted from his electronic drums to his kit at a maddening pace. The band at points seemed to be performing a kinky Teutonic workout video, but the power of their songs was undeniable. Samael’s bass-heavy music was a bit tough to listen to at times, even with quality earplugs because of the Regency’s iffy acoustics, which make everything sound considerably louder.
Suicide SilenceDeathcore band du jour Suicide Silence took the stage and a gaggle of girls in the audience went wild. However, their set was grating, redundant and the stage decorations (cribbed from their first album cover) looked like a man feasting on a pesky sparrow rather than anything remotely unnerving. Vocalist Mitch Lucker’s between-song banter is so top-heavy with the “f” word that things get old fast. He appears to know few other words in the English language. Lucker kept asking for a circle pit and many obliged. He also kept plugging the new Suicide Silence album, which I will avoid.
Later in the set, Carcass started playing material from their older albums, and playing it better than the original recordings. “Genital Grinder” from Reek of Putrefaction sounded appropriately ominous. Guitarist Bill Steer quietly worked the right side of the stage for most of the evening but reached back and took his vocals to a guttural low for a “Exhumed to Consume” from Symphonies of Sickness.
Carcass’ older material sounded better live than it ever did in their early Earache releases. “Keep on Rotting In The Free World,” was the only song played from the Swansong, era, but fit well with earlier material. Carcass closed the long evening with a blistering take of “Heartwork.”
Carcass formed more than 20 years ago. This performance showcased a band that in some ways is more vital and important than they were in their heyday.