Concert Review: Slaughter Survivor Battle Of The Bands
I feel like I was just hit by a semi-truck. I have a ringing in my ears, some new battle-scars, and incredible whiplash. At the risk of of sounding like a hyper teenager, this show was EPIC. Behold:
Defleshment, hailing from Laguna, NM, are a force to be reckoned with. They kickstarted the entire concert with intensely brutal riffs and machine-gun drumming. It was fucking awesome. Thier performance was a taste of New Mexico Death Metal, and pretty much set the tone for the badassery of the whole show.
Next up was Eulogies Of The Forgotten. They have neither CD’s (that I know of) nor online music, save for some youtube videos which don’t quite do them justice. Hell, that’s just more reason to to see them live. These guys are truly badass, coming all the way from Taos to perform, and supporting al the other bands as well. The fact that they could play such an energetic set and then mosh the rest of the night is freaking impressive. They’re pretty cool guys, too. Meeting them offstage,you would never guess that they were the crazy bastards who just fucked your shit up in the limelight.
Eat A Helicopter is straight up scary. The name is deceptively goofy, but the music basically delivers a pre-emptive strike on all five (six?) of your senses. It was during their setlist that the mosh pit grew massive. Rowdy doesn’t even begin to describe it. If you want a taste of their awesome insanity, check out this video. If you like what you see, CD’s and other merch is available. Contact the band on their facebook, I already gave you the link. Fuck yeah.
Futilitarian, in their own words, incorporate “an offensive amount of guitar.” Yeah, that sounds about right. The music is painfully loud, so awesomely unholy that it’s almost ambient. Their style is so melodic that it borders on symphonic. Their sound is atmospheric and poignant. The murcery icing on the Metal cake is that they gave out free CD’s. (EP To Earth is available on Bandcamp, by the way.) I’m going to be honest: One of my favorite things about Metal is the unique vocal styles, which obviously differentiate it from other genres. As such, I’m usually pretty sketched out by Instru-Metal. However, Futilitarian holds thier own, and they are one of my favorite bands despite (or even due to) the lack of vocals.
Weslandia were the winners of the Battle Of The Bands, and I hope they realize that they competed with worthy opponents. Apparently they are also a Christian Metal band, which is great. Christian Metal has a reputation for being kind of lame, but musicians like this prove these negative opinions wrong. They’re almost as brutal as The Old Testament itself.
Of All Forms was a band I had anticipated all night, for they were the only musicians representing my hometown: Santa Fe. And holy faith, can those guys represent. They seem to be the quintessential modern Metal band, almost Dethklokian in their style. Think caustic drumming, with melodic strings juxtaposed against relatively monotone growls. I don’t mean to be insulting when I say the vocals are monotonous… as this Interview with Brendon Small demonstrates, the deeper growls are too brutal to be melodic. I’m psyched that I had such a beastly band to show Albuqurque what Santa Fe is made of. I also appreciate their lack of gimmicks. In a local scene that prides itself on novelty, it’s refreshing to see a New Mexico band that can just play Metal, heavy as fuck.
A Malicious Plague is amazing. Everything about them is apocalyptic. Their sound, their stage presence, all of it rocks. It’s the next best thing to actually festering in your own squalid pestilence. I swear, I’m sure that if The Black Death makes an unexpected comeback, humanity’s dying words will sound something like this. They came all the way from Gallup to perform, which increases my already immense respect for them.