It is not often that I am in Oslo
by chance, but I'd call it good luck when I get invited to a show in town I
actually can attend.
The bill is not intimately known to me, but at least it has been proved that the
main act of the evening are a live band of choice.
The gig is set at the relatively new Vulkan Arena (hosting ca. 600), a bit
outside of town, situated close by the autochtone district, counting several
streets full of bars serving beer, if not metal. For that, you'd have to head to
the touristic center. Tonight, metal largely makes up for bad beer.
Aeon (Östersund, SE)
When we enter the venue, Aeon have been playing for a little
while; the remaining of their set still shows the heaviness (and loudness) in
the band's sound. Aeon act like they are born onstage, although
a representative part of their rhythmic section seems to be vacationing at
times. Yes, I get oversensitive for details when I'm bored. I hear Obituary,
Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, and after listening through Aeon's
discography, I still haven't figured out who Aeon are when I've
gone empty for comparison material.
Aeon's last album: Aeons black (2012)
Aeon's label: Metal Blade Records
Little Oslo has so many metal shows to offer that you'll have to make choices
after a while. Thus my friend had chosen to drop Cannibal Corpse tonight. But if
he were to go, it would have been for Revocation. I could say
the same. Revocation has definitely become a new name on the
playlist. A fresh show, with slightly punk-influenced riffs, an ounce of 90's
sound, a coherent mix of the band's influences that calls for originality marks.
The more I listen to Revocation, the more I dig it.
Revocation's last album: Deathless (2014)
Revocation's label: Metal Blade Records
Cannibal Corpse (US)
Tonight's main act doesn't call for the same surprises as their fellow
Revocation. One good reason is that I've seen Cannibal Corpse
several times. The band's own "Corpsegrinder" cultivates his standard jokes and
ways of approaching the audience (are they reharsed?), but Cannibal
Corpse are a band who come as they are, play the hell out of the the
audience's ears and are not onstage for making a visual show, although they
can't help it: skills jerk out of the musicians fingers and headbanging hair
Tonight's set is long of hits, although some awaited titles are missing. To me,
the show is good in average, a bit monotonous after a while, with a winning
middle section that shows Cannibal Corpse's ability to dissect
their expression into finely sliced nuances.
Cannibal Corpse website:
Cannibal Corpse's last album: A skeletal Domain (2014)
Cannibal Corpse's label: Metal Blade Records
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