- Venue: The Forge – Joliet, Illinois
- Date: November 12, 2019
- Special guests: THY ART IS MURDER, PERDITION TEMPLE
- Reviewed by Michael Juvinall – Horror Patch
- All Photos Copyrighted by Michael L. Juvinall
On this unseasonably cold and frigid evening in early November, I was trekking out to Joliet’s premier rock club, The Forge to see the infamous death metal legends CANNIBAL CORPSE. It was a packed house and things were about to heat up in Joliet tonight.
Even if you don’t know metal or their music, you know their name…Cannibal Corpse. They’re one of the most controversial bands in all of music, even heavy metal and that’s saying a lot. That’s because they’re known for their gore-filled lyrics and even gorier album covers. They’ve been banned in many foreign countries who won’t let the band perform live. With song titles like “Meat Hook Sodomy”, “Fucked With A Knife”, and “Necropedophile”, some might agree, but not die-hard death metal fans. With these fans, and I include myself as a fan, the band is storied and has garnered a cult following over the years. That’s why their shows consistently sell out on a regular basis.
At this show, it was a near-capacity crowd, even though it was a weeknight when most folks had to go to work the next day, and the actual temperature was around 12 degrees with wind chills below zero, now that’s what I call die-hard fans. Cannibal Corpse took the stage and the crowd erupted with cheers as frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher appeared. He’s known for having an abnormally thick neck that he says is from headbanging and lifting weights when he was a kid and for being the “so-called” best headbanger in the world. I tell you, I don’t know how the guy does it. The only time he stopped banging and windmilling is to talk and sing. My neck would’ve been fractured after the first song.
The band has been relentlessly touring in support of their current album, 2017’s Red Before Black. They opened their set with “Code of the Slashers”, which really got the crowd going. Everyone seems to love George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, he has a knack of knowing how to work the crowd into a frenzy. The setlist consisted of a good array of tracks from their extensive discography. They played many favorites including “Devoured By Vermin”, “Evisceration Plague”, “I Cum Blood”, and “Hammer Smashed Face”.
This band is at their best when playing live. They are all excellent musicians and are tight as hell. Bassist Alex Webster and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz are the sole original members of the group dating back to their beginnings. Guitarists Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett are excellent in their roles.
Something I love about the band is they are not gimmicky, they get down to business without distractions. Their stage is plain, except for amps, which is all a band needs. There are no props, no band signs on stage getting in the way, not even any mic stands. They’re all about the music.
If you’re looking for good old American death metal in its truest form, look no further than Cannibal Corpse. They are one of the pioneers of the subgenre and nobody does it better than they do. These guys are one of the few that give people their money’s worth and played for 90 minutes. Many headliners today barely play for an hour. It’s great to see a group that plays old-school.
4 out of 5 Pentagrams!
- Code of the Slashers
- Only One Will Die
- Red Before Black
- Scourge of Iron
- Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead
- The Wretched Spawn
- Devoured by Vermin
- Unleashing the Bloodthirsty
- Kill or Become
- A Skull Full of Maggots
- Evisceration Plague
- Firestorm Vengeance
- Death Walking Terror
- I Cum Blood
- Make Them Suffer
- Stripped, Raped and Strangled
- Hammer Smashed Face
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Direct support came from Australian deathcore outfit, THY ART IS MURDER. This band has been around the block a bit. They’ve been a band for about thirteen years. The crowd seemed to really enjoy the band. Most people knew many of the lyrics to their songs and sang them back to the band.
The guys were pretty energetic, not a static band at all. They all were great players and really knew their stuff. Vocalist Chris McMahon has a good stage presence and works the crowd really well.
For me, their music is decent at best. I’m not a huge fan of the deathcore sound, but the crowd seemed to be. Their set lasted 45 minutes.
3.5 out of 5 Pentagrams!
- Death Squad Anthem
- Make America Hate Again
- Fur and Claw
- Slaves Beyond Death
- Holy War
- No Absolution
- Human Target
- The Son of Misery
- New Gods
- Reign of Darkness
- Puppet Master
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The opening spot of the night belonged to Tampa, Florida based blackened death metal outfit, PERDITION TEMPLE.
These guys had a good sound I enjoyed. They played traditional black/death metal and are a pretty decent band. They were not quite as polished as some of the more veteran groups but still great players. They were really heavy with a great guitar sound. The vocalist was solid as well. A good, solid band.
They played for 30 minutes.
3 out of 5 Pentagrams!
- The Tempter’s Victorious
- Testament to Annihilation
- Devil’s Blessed
Note: Setlist is not complete for this band
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