Words: Brendan O’Mahony
Pictures: Olga Kuzmenko
In what has already been a cracking few months for music of the heavier persuasion in Dublin, tonight is no exception as Michigan’s Death Metal sons, The Black Dahlia Murder, roll into town to showcase their most recent album, 2018’s ‘Nightbringers’. Along for the ride tonight are Cork’s finest hardcore crew Bailer and Manchester’s Extreme Metal exports Ingested. As always, those who rejoice in the sonic extremities are out in force to show their support.
With an earlier than normal curfew due to another event later in the evening Bailer stride onstage to a great reception and, I must say, it’s always positive to see the local acts in Ireland getting the recognition for their hard work. They have a relatively short set of 30 minutes tonight but they waste none of it as the crowd migrates from the bar to the stage front. Songs such as ‘Tuesday Blues’ From their self-titled E.P and ‘In for a Penny, In for a Pound’ from the E.P ‘PTSD’ are crushing live and they even have new material in the track ‘Crawl Back’ to close out the set. This is a band that have already garnered a good deal of well-deserved attention and following recent tours in Russia and the U.K there are bigger things ahead for the lads from Cork.
Ingested have been on the go for over a decade now but are still relatively new to these shores. Having never graced a stage in Ireland prior to September 2018 they have been back 3 times since in ever growing support slots, previously the second of three for Aborted, while also finding time to fit in a headline slot of their own on this run in Belfast. Their set tonight is mainly focussed on their most recent record ‘A Level Above Human’ with tracks such as ‘Sovereign’ and ‘Purveyors of Truth’ really showcasing the range of Jason Evans’ vocals. We are also treated to a new track ‘Mouth of the Abyss’ which definitely bodes well for the next record.
To see out tonight’s proceedings The Black Dahlia Murder emerge to a rapturous welcome. The Death Metal Encyclopaedia that is Trevor Strnad leads his crew with a beaming smile while waving to, and dancing with, friendly faces within the congregation. The set blends material from two albums for the majority, 2007’s ‘Nocturnal’ and the most recent record in ‘Nightbringers’. The latter is a natural sequel to the former in both artwork imagery, with Kristian ‘Necrolord’ Wåhlin conjuring his magic again, and aural soundscapes. Opening with ‘Widowmaker’ sets the tone immediately and the bodies in the pit start flying straight away while Brandon Ellis weaves his magic on lead guitar. He appears to have opened up new avenues on the older material such as ‘Warborn’ and ‘What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse’ so while some of the jury are still out on Ellis, I for one see him as a welcome addition to the fold. An unrelenting set inclusive of ‘Funeral Thirst’, ‘Deathmask Divine’ and ‘Everything Went Black’ is brought to a close with ‘I Will Return’, from the oft maligned ‘Deflorate’ album. For me, this was a great set, straight and to the point, closing out a superb showcase of metals different genres and hopefully it won’t be 3 years again before TBDM return.