By James Barager
It’s rare that a package tour is as thoughtfully booked as the upcoming run with Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, and Horrendous. In that vein, we present bios on the bands on the bill. If you aren’t initiated yet, read on.
While German thrash stalwarts Kreator have replaced a couple of their limbs and organs over the years (like if Frankenstein’s monster wanted to changed his own arm), they’ve always had the same heart. On their debut and follow-up, they were a frenzied, savage animal of a band that left one in danger of contracting rabies by the mere act of listening. They started cleaning things up to a sleeker, more refined sound on subsequent releases, while still maintaining the riff mania at their core. While their mid ’90s material saw a dip in quality for a questionable quest in compromise and relevance in a changing metal scene, 2001 saw their praised return to balls-out thrash, this time with a noticeable influx of Iron Maiden. Which brings us to the present, and their 14th studio album. Gods of Violence is exactly what we’ve come to expect… No surprises, no frills, and no games.
There’s a reason why these Floridian death metal eternals have lasted so bloody long. John Tardy’s ghastly vocals could be easily mistaken for someone holding a microphone next to the corpse to capture the sound of its gaseous exhalations, and their beautifully simplistic style is somehow doomy, thrashy, and reminiscent of traditional heavy metal all at once. Nobody matches their approach of ‘Celtic Frost as death metal.’ March will see the release of their 10th full-length, simply titled Obituary. It marks almost three decades of disease and death.
Cleveland’s Midnight have garnered a well earned reputation as underground champions. Their particular brand of Venom inspired black ‘n roll by Athenar and co. has been an unstoppable force of satanic mayhem, lust, filth and sleaze that has been steadily gaining momentum since their inception in 2003. Their combined number of splits, EPs, live releases, and full-lengths is jaw dropping, so it’s great to see the Noctis Metal Festival veterans finally getting a little more recognition with this tour. So grab your torches and don your hood… The witching hour draws near!
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