Marduk In Calgary June 12th/2012
|Event:||Marduk: Serpent Sermon World Tour 2012 - North America|
|Written by:||Doc Godin, Lemski|
Opening this night of extreme metal was local death metallers Reverend Kill...Not a whole lot to say, really. Yes, these guys are pretty solid, but after seeing them 3 days before, there wasn't a whole lot of surprises in the bag. Just solid death metal.
Now here's a band surviving solely on word-of-mouth alone...And not a whole lot more. Not to say this band is bad, but their music is about as creative as their band name. Coming across as almost a poor mans Deströyer 666, it's essentially a lot of decent riffs flung together haphazardly. Typical opening act material, right here.
Was this band good or bad? Honestly, I could not for life of me tell you anything about how this band sounded. What makes this even more odd was the fact that I was present (and sober) throughout the entire set. "Wall of noise" would be just about the only way to describe what I heard here. Not the bands fault, mind you. You could have replaced anything coming through the speakers with the sound of the inside of a jet engine and there really wouldn't have been much of a difference. The sound guy seemed to just have cranked everything as high as it could go, then walked away, making the music being played in this set totally indecipherable.
Just flat-out awesome. Reminiscent of a live Watain set (minus the dead animals), this is a band with stage presence. Unlike Watain, these guys projected the same atmosphere of menacing ferocity with absolutely no stage set up...Hell, there's barely even a stage at The Distillery! Combine that stage presence with material that seemed to pick up a whole other dimension to it in the live setting and what you've got is a band that really gave the headliner a run for their money. Even their most typical, bland tracks seemed like black metal super-hits here.
Remember when I said 1349 almost stole the show? Well, that's because the only thing that gave Marduk the edge was the crowd size/density, otherwise, it was neck-and-neck. Atmosphere goes a long way, having that extra couple dozen people crammed into the club can make the difference between seeing a great concert and having a real explosive party. Aside from a slightly warmer crowd reception, Marduk's set seemed to pick up seamlessly where 1349's left off. Stripped-down set with great menacing stage presence? Check. Material sounding better live? Check.
...And yes, they totally played your favourite song, and you missed it.
*Photos courtesy of Lemski
||Written on 26.06.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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