Nile, Grave, Severe Torture, Omnium Gatherum - The legends are back!
Nile is one of the leaders in extreme technical death metal. I just can’t help myself but I check them out on every European tour they embark on ever since I first heard their music. Tonight's package was bound to be a party, for support at this show came from Grave and Severe Torture (who replaced the cancelled Belphegor). But first there was something else…
Omnium Gatherum is a Finnish melodic death metal band that probably bought their slot at this tour. Overall the compositions weren’t that bad, if you like yet another In Flames copy. But the performance of the band wasn’t impressive whatsoever, and to top it all the vocalist acted and sounded like an idiot. He sounded terrible at everything that he did, honestly. I was glad when it was over.
Up next was Severe Torture, the Dutch death metal legends that I’ve only seen once before, shame on me. Although the volume of the sound wasn’t impressive, the play of this band sure is. Brutal technical death metal brought to you by veterans in extreme music. A tight and professional performance was delivered which even got the first moshpit started by the end of their set. This was, for the mayhem yet to come, a decent warm up.
The Swedish death metal giants Grave were up next to deliver their death ‘n’ roll brutality, which was also played at a low volume. I guess Nile had strict regulations about them being the loudest band on this tour or something. The performance Grave gave wasn’t that impressive either compared to when I saw them a couple of years earlier, it seemed like a routine show to me. The smooth grooves weren’t really reaching me either and before I knew it, the show was over. Better luck next time.
Personally I felt that with every time I saw Nile lately, the shows were becoming of a lesser and lesser quality. Last time they didn’t even play a song from their debut album! I felt that if I wouldn’t like it this time, I'd stop going to their shows. It was as if they knew my feelings, because the band destroyed like a motherfucker! They immediately set the tone with ‘Sacrifice unto Sebek’ from the Annihilation of the Wicked record, of which three more tracks were played including the title track. Of course some tracks of Ithyphallic were played, but the tracks that really pleased me were the mighty ‘Ramses, Bringer of War’ and the inevitable ‘Black Seeds of Vengeance’ which wasn’t played last for a change. Fuck no, they closed the set with the song that convinced me of the awesomeness that is death metal; ‘Unas Slayer of the Gods’ which fucking rules. Nile convinced me once again that they’re one of the leaders in extreme death metal. I just have one point of criticism, drummer George Kollias might be one of the fastest drummers out there, but his ultra-fast footwork is a bit sloppy from time to time. Ah what the hell am I complaining, it was a great show! So next time, I’ll be there again!