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Videos from Obscura, Septic Flesh and Devin Townsend - 6-27-2011 at The Showbox
by Metal Shop,posted Jun 30 2011 3:24PM
June 27th, 2011 proved to be an awesome day for metal here in the Northwest, as the Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend Project, Septic Flesh, Obscura tour rolled in to brutalize the Showbox at the Market.
Obscura opened the show, and damn near stole it! They blazed through some older tracks before playing the title track from their latest record, Omnivium, out now on Relapse Records. You'll notice that there's a bit of a lack of "audience participation" but I think that's because people were busy collecting their jaws up off the floor. Here's the video: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/riEen242VpA" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
Up next were Septic Flesh from Athens, Greece. These guys definitely killed it! They combined a great stage set-up, spooky ethereal samples and face slamming riffs that left me feeling refreshed on the epic death/slam sound. Here's the first song from their set: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/I-bxK2T4gRU" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
Up next were the Devin Townsend Project, or as Devin put it, "the turd in the punchbowl" for the evening. Haters are gonna hate, but as far as I see it, the man is damn near impossible not to like. Despite being the odd band out on the bill, Devin and company brought the heavy in one of the most entertaining sets I've witnessed all year long. Check out our full interview with Heavy Dev himself to find out more about his two latest records, "Deconstruction" and "Ghost" out now on InsideOut media. Here are a couple songs from The Devin Townsend Project that night: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Zn9n0rvNX2w" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
Last but not least were Children Of Bodom. Unfortunately the camera froze up during their set so we have no video footage, but below is a photo of their set list taken earlier in the night. As you can see, they played mostly newer material, with a few old school jammers peppered in here and there. I know Kevin will disagree with me here, but as far as this blog and reviewing this show goes, I couldn't help but feel a little let down by my dudes in Bodom. Don't get me wrong, musically COB was on point. They did everything right, they whipped up the crowd, Alexei killed the riffage, and Janne Wirman made setting that keyboard on fire look as easy as breathing air (I even saw him yawn once). They played being Children of Bodom to a T. But as new song went into new song after new song, I couldn't help but feeling that COB has reached their musical plateau. For being some of the most talented musicians in metal, they are wayyyy too good at sounding the exact same, record after record. Or maybe it's just me.
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