Venue – The Beacham
Location – Orlando, FL
Date – 3/18/2014
Lineup – Carcass w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem and Maruta
We arrived at the Beacham in Orlando, FL for one of my most anticipated concerts of 2014, I was looking forward to every band, which seems rare with most tour packages nowadays.
Up first were FL natives, Maruta. I were pleasantly surprised to see so many people get to the show early to see this band, and after seeing their set I can see why. I was absolutely blown away by Maruta, they brought such a raw intensity to their live performance, their vocalist reminded me of Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates. Maruta were so impressive, that they deserve to be on the entire tour. The band were recently signed to Relapse Records, and it’s clear why, I can’t wait to see them again at Maryland Deathfest.
Up next were the first band on the tour packed, Noisem. The one thing that obviously stands out about this band is how incredibly young they are, all are between 15 and 20 years old, which is mind-blowing in itself. But there is a reason why this band are able to get on tours like this, Noisem were incredibly solid live, the only thing that somewhat irritated me was at the repetitive drumming, but it definitely fit the style, so it’s not big enough to keep you from enjoying their set.
Now it was time for the band that I was most excited to see, the legendary Gorguts. Gorguts are hugely influential in my taste and style of playing, their musicianship and technically is impeccable, not to mention they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever talked too. I was able to interview Luc after their set, and he informed me that this was in fact Gorguts’ very first show ever in Orlando, so it was a very special show for them, as well as the crowd. Gorguts’ performance was incredible to say the least, my only complaint was the incredibly short set, only 5 songs, I look forward to seeing them perform a longer set at Maryland Deathfest.
At this point in the show it was time for The Black Dahlia Murder. This was my third time seeing this band in the last eight months, and it definitely never gets old. The Beacham generally have a “no moshing rule”, which almost defeats the purpose of going to metal shows, I heard people in the crowd shout to the bands, “Tell these guys to let us mosh!” on multiple occasions, but once The Black Dahlia Murder kicked into “In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me”, there was no stopping the chaos that was about to ensue. This band somehow seems to get tighter and more energetic live every time I see them, it’s always good to see Trevor and the rest of the band fist pumping, and getting the crowd riled up, they are masters at working the crowd. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this band’s set, I’ll definitely go out to any of their future tours that hit this area.
And now, it was time for one of the most important bands in extreme metal history, the legendary Carcass. As soon as the intro track “1985” started up, the crowd roared, and started cheering “Carcass! Carcass!”, and when the band walked on stage and kicked into “Buried Dreams”, chaos ensued. I’m pretty certain I have never seen an indoor pit as intense as the one that took place during “Heartwork”, which I still consider as one of the greatest melodic death metal songs ever written. My absolute favorite part of the evening was getting to see Jeff Walker in person, he is undoubtedly one of the finest and most distinctive vocalists in metal, and he was pretty funny at times as well. As great as every band up until this point were, Carcass quickly showed why they are considered the legends that they are, everything about their set I can only describe as “perfection”.
The Decibel Magazine tour is easily the metal tour of the year so far, and I can’t imagine anything could possibly top it. If this tour comes near you, I heavily recommend you attend, don’t think about it, just go.
4)Congealed Clot Of Blood
5)Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
7)No Love Lost
8)Edge Of Darkness
9)This Mortal Coil
10)Reek Of Putrefaction
11)Unfit For Human Consumption
13)Pyosisified (Rotten To The Gore)
14)Exhume To Consume
15)Captive Bolt Pistol
16)Corporal Jigsore Quandary
18)Keep On Rotting In The Free World
19)Ruptured In Purulence
The Black Dahlia Murder’s setlist
1)In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me
3)On Stirring Seas Of Salted Blood
4)Their Beloved Absentee
6)Phantom Limb Masturbation
7)What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse
8)I Will Return
1)Le Toit Du Monde
2)An Ocean Of Wisdom
4)Reduced To Silence
4)March Forward (Into Regression)
5)Solace Through Self Annihilation
6)In Perpetual Narcolepsy
7)The Great Delusion