Whitechapel at The Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY 01-MAR-2017

Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary show features a powerhouse set by Whitechapel with support from Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone and BeyonDuplication.

This is how an anniversary should be!  Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary tour, headlined by Whitechapel with Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, Necromancing the Stone and Local group BeyonDuplication certainly lived-up to everyone’s expectation.

On a backlit stage with almost blinding white lights coming from the stage sides, Whitechapel was greeted to the Mercury Ballroom stage with a great roar.   Capitalizing on the energy in the room they launched into their opening songs, “The Saw is The Law,” “Faces,” “I, Dementia,” “Our Endless War,” “Mark of the Blade,” in a dominating way while barely stopping as they transitioned thru these songs. 

Lead Singer Phil Bozeman was great tonite, delivering his powerful vocals while bandmembers Ben Savage, Zach Householder and Alex Wade on Guitar, Gabe Crisp on bass and Ben Harclerode on drums were sharp and ferocious.

Whitechapel’s set drew songs from a number of albums including their 2016 release, Mark of the Blade as well as their 2014 album Our Endless War.  Continuing with the dazzling display of brutal tracks and lightning fast riffs they continued with “Elitist Ones,” “Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation,” “Eternal Refuge,” and “Vicer Exciser,” with a fury that had the room buzzing.

While the circle pit was giving all they had, Whitechapel closed their main set in a fantastic way with the riff dominant “Let Me Burn,” followed by “Section 8,” before ending with “Possibilities of an Impossible Existence”. While the chants of “One More Song” rolled thru the venue, Whitechapel catapulted into their encore song “This Is Exile” closing out a brutal and satisfying evening of metal and properly celebrating Metal Blade’s 35th Anniversary.      

By the time the house lights dropped and Cattle Decapitation took the stage the fans at the Mercury Ballroom were ready to throw down.  Coming out with a ferocity that only grew as their set progressed, Cattle Decapitation was dominating tonite. With his insane death growl, Travis Ryan lead the way thru several songs from The Anthropocene Extinction album, much to the delight of the mosh happy fans. Not to be outdone was the feverish guitar work of Josh Elmore with Derek Engemann on bass and David McGraw on drums nailing the riotous and chaotic rhythms, Cattle Decapitation created a very memorable and satisfying set.

Tonites Set list: “Manufactured Extinct,” “The Prophets of loss,” “Your Disposal,” “Krokodil Rot,” “We are Horrible People,” “Circo Inhumanitas,” “Apex Blasphemy,” “Forced Gender” and “Pacific Grim”

Touring in support of their recent album “Proponent for Sentience”, Denver based Allegaeon kicked the evening up, into another gear. The quintet, fronted by singer Riley McShane along with Greg Burgess and Michael Stancel on guitar, Corey Archuleta on bass and Brandon Park on drums were high energy, hard and heavy from the word go.  

Second to perform was Necromancing the Stone. From the opening chords of their first song it was clear that the Louisville fans were in for a treat. Performing songs off of their 2016 release, Jewel of The Vile,   their set had it all, monster riffs, crushing rhythms and the colossal vocals of “Big” John Williams. Necromancing the stone is ‘Big’ John Williams (vocals), Justin ‘Justin’ Wood and James ‘Tone’ Malone-(guitars), Ryan ‘Bart’ Williams (bass) and Jeramie Kling ‘Diamond’ (drums)

Louisville show Promoter Terry Harper always seems to find great local bands to open his shows, tonite was no different. Scottsville, Kentucky based metallers BeyonDuplication started us off in a great way.  Their 30-minute set of original music included songs from their Open Eyes album and featured some soaring riffs and dominating vocals. BeyonDuplication is Zack Paul (vocals/lead guitar), Josh Harvey (drums), Daniel Parkhurst (rhythm guitar), Matt Harvey (vocals) and Chris Henry (bass)


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