Revocation, Goatwhore, Alluvial, Creeping Death – The Dome, Tufnell Park, 12th February 2023

Their hour on stage sped by in a riot of evil chaotic noise. If the devil is said to have the best tunes Goatwhore chose his playlist tonight.

Reviewed by: Smudge

 

Easy like Sunday morning someone once said – wait until 6pm, because that’s when the brutality starts! Queueing up to enter I could hear the excitement for this bill, people saying that they had never seen Revocation and it was a ‘bucket list’ gig for them and with the added bonus of Goatwhore ,I was promised that it was going to be one to remember.

Creeping Death

A good sized crowd welcomed Texan death metallers Creeping Death. Frontman Reese Alvari encouraged the crowd to get a lot closer, which they did, so the madness could begin. Guitarist Trey Pemberton obviously wasn’t stopping because he played with his coat on, didn’t stop him from ripping out some good old fashioned death metal riffage along with his compadre AJ Ross III no less. Having only 30 minutes to impress they did exactly that with ‘Edge Of Existence’ new number ‘Intestinal Wrap’ and the huge ‘Specter Of War’ all going down well. A new album coming in the summer is something I’m looking forward to from these guys. Only complaint – Bass player Rico Mejia sporting a Spurs shirt! What’s that all about?

Some footage of a recent show in Paris is below: 

Alluvial

Portland, Oregon’s Alluvial stepped up and proceeded to up the intensity with some more superb death metal which, at times, verged on technical death but kept the brutality way up there. Guitarist and occasional singer Wes Hauch had three setting on his weapon of choice – stun, crush and obliterate! Another 30-minute set to impress with ‘The Putrid Sunrise’, ‘Sarcoma’, the monumentally heavy ‘Exponent’ and ‘Anodyne’ all hitting the mark and boy did the pit get bigger.

Some footage of a recent show in Paris is below: 

 Goatwhore

The excitement was tangible as we waited for Goatwhore. People rushed to the bar and came back quickly to get closer to the front. Goatwhore took the stage and basically showed everyone how it’s done with a lesson in absolute brutality. Lead singer Louis Benjamin Falgoust II – a dead spit of Aussie heavy metal comedian Steve Hughes – engaged the crowd throughout and high fived or fist bumped all those within reach. Their Venom/Motorhead hybrid got the heads banging and how drummer Zack Simmonds kept up the relentless pace is beyond me, this fella is a machine! Their hour on stage sped by in a riot of evil chaotic noise. If the devil is said to have the best tunes they chose his playlist tonight. The phenomenal new album ‘Angels Hung From The Arches Of Heaven’ was well represented tonight with the title track, ‘Born Of Satan’s Flesh’, ‘The Bestowal Of Abomination’, ‘Nihil’ and ‘Death From Above’ all sitting comfortably with the likes of ‘Apocalyptic Havoc’ and the crushing ‘FBS’. This was world class death metal played by a band at the top of their game that knows how to deliver. The roof was well and truly torn off!

If you want a sense of how intense the set was, check this out: 

Revocation

Big cheers for Revocation, usually a trio, but rounded out to a quartet by a guest guitarist. They gave a masterclass in tech/prog death. Opening with tracks from their new album ‘Netherheaven’, which the crowd knew, I managed to get to ‘Godforsaken’ before I had to tap out and get my train home. Leaving the crowd in full swing and the band dishing out an aural battering.

Looking around I saw a very diverse crowd with people of all ages, races and genders. This extreme music is much maligned mainly through a religious sense but if an outsider witnessed what I saw then they would truly see what an all-inclusive and accepting community the metal world is, and a good time was had by all.

Some footage of a recent show in Paris is below: 

SETLIST
Nihilistic Violence
Diabolical Majesty
The Outer Ones
That Which Consumes All Things
Godforsaken
The 9th Chasm
Re?Crucified
Madness Opus
Communion
Of Unworldly Origin
Dismantle the Dictator

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