DEICIDE Live Concert Review (2021)
- Venue: Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, Illinois
- Date: August 22, 2021
- Special guests: KATAKLYSM with opening bands Internal Bleeding, Begat the Nephilim
- Reviewed by Michael Juvinall – Horror Patch
- All photos Copyright Michael L. Juvinall / Monu-Metal Photography – All Rights Reserved
Special thanks to Kristin Torres @Nuclear Blast
In the heart of Chicago lies one of the best rock clubs in the city – Reggies Rock Club. On this hot & humid August evening, I was lined up outside to see one of the most infamous and controversial death metal bands of all time – Deicide. Formed in 1987 in the death metal hotbed of Tampa, Florida. The band is known for their anti-Christianity and satanic lyrics, which have caused quite a stir over the years.
Led by vocalist Glen Benton, one of the premier death metal vocalists of all time, he was at the forefront of most of the band’s controversy. The song lyrics have brought turmoil and some would say welcomed negative publicity, resulting in bans, lawsuits, and criticism from church groups. Frontman Benton has branded an inverted cross into his forehead on several occasions. I’ve seen it for myself, it’s hard to miss from the front row.
Earlier in the band’s career, Benton readily admitted to being a self-professed Satanist and that at one point he was even possessed by a demon. In later years, band members have commented that most of Benton’s antics were for sensationalism to draw attention to the band. Whatever the band has done over the years garnering good or bad attention has worked because they have been going strong for nearly 35 years now and show no sign of stopping.
Deicide took to the stage to a thunderous roar from the fully sold-out crowd. Now let me tell you they already had a lust for blood due to the previous band’s sets but when Deicide came out, they went ballistic. I’ll say that I’ve been to and reviewed a good many shows over the years but I will state that this is one of the liveliest crowds that I’ve seen in quite some time.
The guys started the set off with “When Satan Rules His World”, which really got the blood pumping in the mosh pit. I really don’t know how anyone wasn’t seriously hurt in the pit. Things were getting pretty violent. Guys and gals alike were in the melee together fighting it out. All in good fun, right? No, I’m too old for that shit. I was positioned in the front row at the stage and I was fighting for my life just to keep my spot in the front and shoot pics. I actually have a bruised stomach from the multiple times I was slammed into the front railing by the ever-expanding mosh pit.
The band went on to play several fan-favorite tunes including “Dead By Dawn”, “Once Upon the Cross”, “In the Minds of Evil”, “Sacrificial Suicide”, and “Seal the Tomb Below”.
Vocalist Benton has lost a bit of his growl ability compared to what he once could do but still can belt out the guttural growls and high screams with the best of the kids today. He also is a very proficient bass player with fast fingers.
The rest of the band, including veteran axeman Kevin Quirion and guitarist Chris Cannella were shredding it up with great precision. Keeping things in time was long-time original member and main songwriter on drums, Steve Asheim.
Seeing these death metal veterans was a first for me and I was super excited to see them perform. Would they live up to their reputation as musicians and put on a show worth seeing? They sure did and I was so glad I was able to watch these guys in their element. Frontman Glen Benton really knows how to reign over a crowd and is a wonderful performer. Well worth the effort to stay alive during the show, lol.
4 out of 5 Pentagrams!
- When Satan Rules His World
- They Are the Children of the Underworld
- Dead by Dawn
- Once Upon the Cross
- Behind the Light Thou Shall Rise
- Dead but Dreaming
- Scars of the Crucifix
- Seal the Tomb Below
- In the Minds of Evil
- Sacrificial Suicide
- Homage for Satan
Not headlining on this tour but no less capable are Canadian death metal squad KATAKLYSM. Formed in 1991, this band has it all together. They are one of the tightest and polished bands that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing perform live, and this show marks my third time seeing the band live. They were selected as special guests to perform with Deicide on their huge tour.
The band is multiple award-winners including a Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) in 2015 for best album of the year in the “heavy metal” category. The band has also been Nuclear Blast Records recording artists for most of their careers.
The band kicked off their set with the track burner “The Killshot”, which is off of their latest album Unconquered. They featured a good mixture of old and newer material, which made me happy. It’s nice to get a full representation of a band’s repertoire.
Some of my favorites from the show were “Underneath the Scars”, “Crippled and Broken”, and “In Shadows & Dust”.
Kataklysm was very appreciative of the sold-out crowd and to be back on the road again after the long hiatus from the pandemic. I could tell when frontman Maurizio Iacono was speaking that he was honored to be up there on stage performing again to a group of people who really wanted to see them.
Iacono’s voice was true to form on this night! His growls were down and dirty, you could almost feel the reverberation from his voice.
He had a great ability to capture the crowd’s attention and keep them entertained. That is what a good frontman is supposed to do.
As I stated before, the rest of the lineup was tight as Hell and sounded so good. They were there to destroy the crowd and pulled it off nicely. If I had any complaints, it’s that their set wasn’t long enough. They played for around 45 minutes, which is average for the direct support band.
4 out of 5 Pentagrams!
- The Killshot
- Thy Serpents Tongue
- Push The Venom
- Underneath the Scars
- Crippled & Broken
- In Shadows & Dust
- The Awakener (Epoch I: Summon the Legends)
- The Ambassador of Pain
- The Black Sheep
These guys are from New York and are the progenitors of a style known as “slam” death metal. Apparently, their sound mixes old-school DM with hardcore punk, which is what I thought deathcore was, but oh well. This group of fellows was lively as Hell across the stage.
The band themselves claim their music is “Total Fucking Slam!” and coined the term in 1992. The moshing that goes on during their shows is slam as well. The crowd went nuts for these guys and the pit was as brutal as ever.
Now I’m not saying I am a huge fan of metalcore-slam death metal but there is a place for this style of metal. It is brutal, harsh, and over the top. Just what you want on an incredibly hot and humid summer night where extremely sweaty and smelly people are crashing into you unmercifully for the duration of the band’s set. But really, they are an incredibly good band and have the chops to make it work.
3 out of 5 Pentagrams!
- Languish in Despair
- Patterns of Force: III. Aftermath
- Surrounded From the Inside
- Overthrow Creation
- Driven to Conquer
- Corrupting Influence
- Anointed in Servitude
BEGAT THE NEPHILIM
This band is a New Hampshire-based blackened melodic death metal outfit. I knew virtually nothing about this band prior to seeing them perform. These guys have been in existence since 2012 and they have one full-length album under their belt on Unholy Anarchy Records.
This 4-piece band seemed to be very technical in their guitar work. The single guitarist was very precise in his playing and it was very impressive. Overall, I enjoyed their sound. They seemed to be heavy enough and the vocals were good with the usual deep growls.
3 out of 5 Pentagrams!
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