OBITUARY & MUNICIPAL WASTE Live Concert Review (2022)

OBITUARY & MUNICIPAL WASTE Live Concert Review (2022)

  • Venue: The Forge – Joliet, Illinois
  • Date: February 15, 2022
  • Special guests: ENFORCED, GATECREEPER, SPIRITWORLD
  • Reviewed by Michael Juvinall – Horror Patch
  • All photos Copyright Michael L. Juvinall / Monu-Metal Photography – All Rights Reserved

Death metal veterans Obituary and crossover thrash mainstays Municipal Waste share the spotlight in a co-headlining North American tour this winter season. Tapped to head The Decibel Magazine Tour 2022, they kicked off the festivities on January 28th in Tampa and will end things up on February 21st in Richmond, Virginia.

I caught the tour near the end, which makes no difference in regards to the performances. Some people think when you catch a tour on the last date or near the end, the bands are tired and worn out and don’t give as good a performance. I have never found this to be the case at all. These bands are professionals and I believe their last show of a tour would be just as good as the first show. 

Anyway, I caught up with the tour the day after Valentine’s Day in Joliet, Illinois at the premiere rock club in the Chicago suburbs, The Forge. 

OBITUARY

It’s billed as a co-headline tour, but most were there to see the mighty death metal giants, Obituary, myself included. I’ve seen the band live a few times in the past and they have never disappointed me. After their entrance tune, the band stormed out to fan favorite, “Redneck Stomp” and it only got better from there. 

They played a wonderful array of tracks from throughout their career, so it wasn’t heavily skewed towards their newer material. These guys never disappoint, they’re consummate professionals and know how to put on a great set for the fans. Obituary has been around since 1984, so that’s 38 years of prowess behind them. 

The band still has three of their original members, brothers John & Donald Tardy, and Trevor Peres on rhythm guitar. At one point, vocalist John Tardy was the most dominant voice in death metal. He had the most brutal vocals ever. His vocals are still great but time has taken its toll on the old vocal cords. They aren’t as brutal as they once were, but that’s ok. 

The rest of the band don’t pull any punches and are heavy as hell. The level of musicianship of the band is top-notch. 

I did have one minor problem with their set though. I’m not sure if it was intentional or a machine malfunction but the fog being put out onto the stage was almost non-stop and was so thick you could hardly see the band members most of the time. And as a photographer trying to shoot the band in action, it was very difficult. As a photog, fog is not your friend. 

Obituary is one of the progenitors of death metal as we know it. Seeing them live can be equated to seeing the progenitors of heavy metal, such as Black Sabbath. They are that important. It was a wonderful show and great to see them live again. 

4 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist:

  1. Redneck Stomp
  2. Threatening Skies
  3. By the Light
  4. Visions in My Head
  5. Final Thoughts
  6. Sentence Day
  7. A Lesson in Vengeance
  8. Find the Arise
  9. Circle of the Tyrants – (Celtic Frost cover)
  10. Chopped in Half
  11. Turned Inside Out
  12. Deadly Intentions

Encore:

  1. Kill for Me
  2. A Dying World
  3. I’m in Pain
  4. Slowly We Rot

MUNICIPAL WASTE

The co-headliners on the tour were Richmond, Virginia-based crossover thrash metal mainstays MUNICIPAL WASTE. These guys have been around for over twenty years, veterans to say the least. 

Their brand of thrash consists of short songs and a fun atmosphere. Their lyrics don’t delve into heavy material, they stay on the party side of life. Their music is fairly heavy and really pumps up an audience. 

The band revved up the audience very quickly once they came onstage. The circle pit was furious throughout their set. They instigated the crowd and the crowd surfers barely stopped. They had to call up additional security to handle all the surfers coming over the rail.

MW was a good show. Their music is short, heavy, and to the point. No long, drawn-out twelve-minute opus’. It was a great atmosphere with a great band.

This was my first time seeing these guys and I was impressed. I’ll be looking forward to the next time. 

3.5 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist

  1. Intro
  2. Breathe Grease
  3. You’re Cut Off
  4. The Thrashin’ of the Christ
  5. Poison the Preacher
  6. Beer Pressure
  7. Gravedive
  8. Headbanger Face Rip
  9. Mind Eraser
  10. Wave of Death
  11. Sadistic Magician
  12. Slime & Punishment
  13. Wolves of Chernobyl
  14. Under the Waste Command
  15. Pre-Game
  16. The Art of Partying
  17. Born to Party

ENFORCED

Enforced are a great thrash metal band out of Richmond, Virginia. They’ve been around for five or six years now and have two full-length albums to their repertoire. 

These guys are an impressive band. I’ve seen them before but they hadn’t made as big of an impression as at this night’s set. This quartet is a massive ball of power. They’re so much fun to watch. There is so much energy in what they do. This is what thrash metal is meant to be like. The band reminds me of old-school bands in their sound. 

These guys are definitely worth checking out if you get the opportunity to do so. 

4 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist

  1. Hemorrhage
  2. Beneath Me
  3. The Heat
  4. Blood Ribbon
  5. UXO
  6. Reckoning Force
  7. At the Walls of Antioch
  8. Malignance

GATECREEPER

Arizona-based death metal horde GATECREEPER has been making quite a few waves in the extreme metal underground since its inception in 2013. The band has repeatedly made several lists of the best death metal bands around for the last few years. 

I saw them perform live about four or five years ago when they were a newer band and I can really tell how far they’ve evolved in the years since. They are a much tighter and brutal band. 

4 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist

  1. Puncture Wounds
  2. Ruthless
  3. Craving Flesh
  4. Starved
  5. From the Ashes
  6. Amputation
  7. Patriarchal Grip
  8. Barbaric Pleasures
  9. Desperation
  10. Flamethrower

SPIRITWORLD

Spiritworld is something of a unique band. This Las Vegas-based group touts itself as the first death-western band in existence. The band is signed to Century Media Records and seems to have a decent following. They released their first demo in 2017 and have one full-length album under their belt from 2020. 

Full disclosure here. I don’t agree with saying good things about a band in order to get in their good graces or their labels. I try to be honest without being hurtful in my reviews. Many reviewers out there will play up a band just because the band got them into a show or sent them a free CD or something, even if they don’t like the music. I’m not one of those reviewers. 

Spiritworld was not really my cup of tea. They’re a really good band and great musicians, but their sound didn’t do anything for me. I’m not a fan of country western music and I don’t want it incorporated into my metal. 

2.5 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist

  1. Pagan Rhythms
  2. The Bringer of Light
  3. Comancheria
  4. Unholy Passages
About Michael Juvinall (6240 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5 and metal fan since I was 14. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all-around affinity for things that go bump in the night! I'm also a huge fan of extreme metal music.

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