|the skull hath been effectively bombed.|
Skullbomb opened the evening and I must admit that I was somehow asleep at the wheel the first time I caught these guys back in November opening the Exhumed show. They offer a tight, ultra-aggressive brand of thrash that was the perfect prescription for whatever was ailing me. From the first notes I was instantly engaged and loved every bit of their set. The evening's merchandise was exclusively Dismemberment and I was disappointed this morning in my failure to find any traces of CDs or downloads online. It may have been the more focused setting or perhaps it was an exceptional set but, after this second experience with Skullbomb, I can say they're a band for whom I would easily shell out cash for a record and for whom I would readily pay to see again.
|this one is about driving nails|
- Last Rites (Denied Salvation)
- Perpetual Malice (Denied Salvation)
- Possessed (The Condemned)
- Dementia Decay (The Condemned)
- Reap What You Sow (Denied Salvation)
- Cryptic Isolation (The Condemned)
- Triumph of Death (Plague) (The Condemned)
- No Peace on Earth, No Rest in Hell (The Condemned)
- The Condemned (The Condemned)
- Gateways to the Past (Denied Salvation)
- System to Rise (Denied Salvation)
I am hard-pressed to think of many other bands for whom every song they have on record would play well live. Dismemberment, so far, are one of those few. Each number was a highlight, seemingly flawlessly executed and the energy never flagged for what had to be an exhausting set in what had become very warm and cramped quarters. Still, if I had to choose knock-down, drag-out killer performances from the evening they would be the opener with "Last Rites" and J.D. Henderly's awe-inspiring bass intro, "Cryptic Isolation," still one of my favorites from The Condemned, and "System to Rise," which may have raged harder than any number in the evening, closing the show as ferociously as it closed Denied Salvation.
I made a point to stop between sets and double my Dismemberment wardrobe with another t-shirt as well as a physical copy of the Denied Salvation CD we were all there to celebrate and was also rewarded with a free pin and concert poster. Not a bad haul by any means for a mere sixteen bucks and the show, five dollars at the door, was criminally underpriced. The crowd was impressive, especially for a Saturday that merged the biggest drinking holiday of the year with a college basketball tournament, and the attendance was a testament to Dismemberment's massive talent and the mutual respect they've cultivated in the metal community. All in all, absolutely fantastic and, while we were all present to help the band kick off a brand-new release, I'm already anxious to hear whatever Dismemberment have planned next.