If you aren’t quite in the spirit for Halloween just yet, you might consider hitting up Studio Seven on Monday night to check out one of the current torchbearers of black metal, Watain. First off, the band totally shreds, playing a raw form of punk influenced black metal, even throwing in a trace of crusty d-beat awesomeness. Second, their live show is second-to-none in the category of pageantry. If you’ve ever been to a religious mass, you’ve surely experience the wall-to-wall white drapery, the ornate stained-glass windows and the overall peaceful, calming vibes. Now, consider what the complete opposite of this might be. No expense is spared as Watain creates the ultimate in black metal grandeur —flames of burning candles light up the stage as corpses of rotting animal sacrifices are often displayed on spikes. Upside-down crosses balance onstage and a makeshift altar is formed to give their praises to the Dark Lord.
In an interview I did for my radio show a couple months back, Watain bassist and vocalist Erik Danielsson claimed this is done in an effort to “create an energy force” that allows them to tap into the true evil their music is inspired by.
I tapped into a little bit of that evil energy this past week, as I went to go see O.G. bible bashers Deicide back at Studio Seven Wednesday night. While I love me some Glen Benton and can't deny the overall awesomeness of their set that night, the band that truly stole the show for me was a brutal death-metal band by the name of Disgorge. These dudes haven’t played Seattle in close to 10 years, but they showed no signs of rust, blasting through a powerful set of slams and blast beats that left an ear-to-ear grin on the faces of sick fucks like me. In anticipation of the night’s event, I drew a 3-minute sketch of Mr. Benton at my boring ass day job. (see above)
In case you haven’t heard, the almighty Godflesh had to cancel their gig at Neumos that was originally scheduled for this next week. Apparently there was trouble with their visas and they won’t be able to make it overseas just yet. But fear not, that just means you can save your sheckles to see the masters of fastcore themselves: motherfucking INFEST at El Corazon! Okay, okay, it’s all the way in March, but goddamnit, that announcement got me so amped I was circle pitting my cubicle!! RAGE!