The night’s lineup was just the right kind of self-inflicted, sweet-destruction on the mind and body. Each band on the bill wove metal into the fabric of every soul, beginning with This Curse, formerly known as The Blessing Of This Curse. These five young men from Jersey may have a new name, but the merciless barrage of metal reigned down like a familiar firestorm. I was able to catch up with the guys before the show and they were cool enough to talk with me about their name change, tour, and growing up together. Check out our little hang time below:
Next to rip the hairs from your chest and make you cry for momma, was Enterprise Earth. If you haven’t read my review on their April 14th release of their new album Embodiment, make sure you go check that out. Enterprise Earth awakened the death metal genre and pinned back its ears. In a short time, EE gone from a new death metal band to being counted as a contender with popular bands such as Whitechapel and Slaughter To Prevail.
Playing songs from Patient 0 and Embodiment, Dan, Yusef, Gordon, Aaron, and Gabe sought and destroyed with horror-heavy screams and breakdowns that leave you in a cold sweat. If you have ever seen Enterprise live you will understand, because when Dan Watson opens his mouth to scream, Satan submits to defeat. I mean damn, where is the honey and hot tea? Even my throat feels the fire from his lungs.
There was no stopping the reign of terror as Gideon took the stage. Starting their set with “Calloused” and “Prodigal Son,” Gideon kept the house in a solid state of metal mayhem. Bodies slammed and fists flew, like a UFC cage match. If they can cause this much damage in seven songs, imagine when the release of their full-length album, called Cold, drops on May 12, 2017. You guys better go to the gym and buff up if you dare to enter a Gideon pit.
The building reeked with frenetic energy, insatiable and unwavering. Ice Nine Kills summoned the crowd like disciples as darkness illuminated red, rolling, fog. Conor, Justin and JD creeped out of the shadows to screams and whistles, with Spencer Charnas emerging to cries and howls. INK began with “Hell in The Hinlways,” and Spencer stepped up on the riser as the cult rose to meet him. With horns held high and fans roaring the words, by the time “Connect the Cuts” was performed, the atmosphere turned cinematic. It was reality hidden inside a horror movie, with a killer soundtrack playing to every scene.
As I felt compelled to be a part of the production, like masses at the gathering, I lost my voice singing my lungs out. Ice Nine Kills played nine songs and we wanted more. Guess we’ll have to wait till next time, but we didn’t have to wait too long for more screams and mosh pits, because Chelsea Grin was next.
I had a few moments to speak with Stephen Rutishauser, guitarist for Chelsea Grin and we talked about the tour and the writing process for Self Inflicted. Stephen said they pretty much all have written songs for the album and collaborated to choose what stays or goes.
We also discussed all the tours they have coming up after Self Inflicted; as well as overseas, and what they do in their off time. Stephen said they really don’t have much time off, maybe a month, and they like to visit family and friends. Totally off topic, I asked Stephen who was the weirdest person in the band? If someone were to choose, who would they say doesn’t fit? Making me laugh, Stephen said,
“That would be Pablo, our drummer. He’s the extrovert and is always talking to fans and stuff, I have a hard time talking to people. We are all pretty quiet and reserved.”
I said,” Oh, so he’s the one who hangs at the merch table and talks to fans?” Stephen said, “Well, we all go to the merch table, because we think it’s important to meet our fans, but he’s just the loudest one of us.” I said, ”You guys have a packed house in there and you have quite a following.” To this, he stated that he thought that was great and he loves how supportive the fans are.
Every show gets better and better. Can I say the light show was insane? The light show was insane. Alex tore at the mic. Stephen, Dan, Jake on guitars and David shredded like they created deathcore. Pablo showed no mercy as sticks got splintered and snares and tom’s cowered from the damage.
Self Inflicted came out July of 2016 and is still smashing sales. The Self Inflicted Tour is selling out shows, gaining more, and setting the bar high for the deathcore genre. If you don’t know who any of these bands are, I think you should stop wasting your time listening to mediocre metal and expand your sense of listening pleasure. I can guarantee that attending the Self Inflicted Tour will convert the holiest of thou’s to the metal masses.
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