Fueled By Fire, Nile, Morbid Angel, Kreator
Fryshuset (Stockholm, Sweden)
I arrived late to the show and missed all but the last three minutes of FbF. Did catch a glimpse of them on stage, saying their thanks - they seemed like alright guys. A friend of mine that went to this same show - arriving on time - said that they rocked.NILE
But the main reason I came was to see NILE. Have been obsessed over this band since 2007 - both worshipping their early discography and following their latest releases (Those Whom The Gods Detest, At The Gate of Sethu) with delight. After years of watching old and new live footage on YouTube, I finally stood physically in the same room as them.
Their set was not
opened by 'Kafir', to my surprise (many shows have been), but instead with 'Sacrifice Unto Sebek'. Think it might have to do with their set being so short (~45 minutes, I expected them to play for an hour at least) but I didn't mind - the song always gets me going. Speaking of which, Nile had a real small audience: there was a chunk of people at the very front, a few on the sides (older men, but they wore nile shirts) and then me + a few others in the back.
Best parts of the set were Defiling The Gates of Ishtar (Karl/Dallas/Todd re-created the chanting part live; epic as fuck and one of the highlights of the evening since this song means a lot to me as a Nile fan) and Sarcophagus. A pleasant suprise was to hear 'Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame' LIVE, with the kind of guitar tone I imagined for the song in the first place [...Sethu
as a whole suffers from thin tone] - this made me actually enjoy the song for real.
Moment of the night that I won't forget: Prior to going on stage (with sound guys/crew testing the gear) Karl could be seen in the back. I flashed the horns for the hell of it - and he made eye contact with me, flashing them back at me. This meant the world to me since I'm such a huge Nile fan (and did not stand at the very front during their set). I have experienced some sort of contact with Karl FUCKING Sanders.
Which brings to mind how fucking happy the guys in Nile are when playing. Karl couldn'ẗ stop smiling!
In conclusion, I was fucking happy finally having seen them - even if they didn't play a single Ithyphallic song
(Ithy happens to be my favorite album of theirs) they made up for it by including 'Defiling...'. So I'm more than pleased.
One thing that really stuck with me about Nile is they genuinely looked to be really enjoying themselves. Playing music is clearly a love and passion of theirs. I never got the impression that I detect with some bands that playing shows is a burden or viewed as a job. Nile were smiling and having a great time throughout the duration. They were precise, well-practiced (obviously), and very cohesive throughout all the twisting, winding turns of the many songs they played.
I certainly agree on that!
Did I tell you how Nile had a small crowd? Well, when Morbid came on all the people from the back (and the smokers from outside the venue) flooded the place. ~15 minutes prior to the band appearing on stage and it was packed.
I don't listen much to MA, but do know Immortal Rites, Chapel of Ghouls and Maze of Torment. Those songs fucking slayed, with Immortal Rites being the opener. As for the rest of their set, I'm not familiar with which songs come from which album.
Now, I've read a lot online about how Morbid Angel (or at least David Vincent) are posers and Illud Divinum Insanus a shit album... But they did play Existo Vulgore which was alright. Poser or not, Vincent has a great voice these days, at least to me (fits with the heaviness of the music), with a great stage presence to boot.
It felt nice being in the presence of pioneers of Death Metal. Definitely paying more attention to Morbid Angel from now on.
Also worth mentioning: Somewhere in the middle of the set, one of the guitarists did a nice and noisy solo while the rest of the band went backstage for a break. Sounded real cool.Kreator
I'm new to Kreator. Prior to attending this gig I had only heard Phantom Antichrist the album, and the singles Hordes of Chaos + Enemy of God.
Well, after it was over I left the place a new excited-as-fuck fan. Spent a week and a half listening to the band's entire discography (and now put them above Slayer). I headbanged like fucking crazy (sore neck that-was-not-able-to-bend-comfortably-in-all-directions for nearly a week. Worth it.). The songs off of Phantom Antichrist worked surprisingly well, the audience singing along just as if they were playing the older, more well-known songs. Highlights of the entire set were (without a doubt) Hordes of Chaos, Phantom Antichrist, PtK and Coma of Souls/Endless Pain.
Mille is the fucking man, my favorite frontman in all of Thrash Metal.
FbF - N/A
Nile - 4.8/5 (deserved a bigger/better crowd + one Ithy song (preferrably The Essential Salts, but they only played that one back in 2007)
Morbid Angel - 3/5 (not my taste, save for a few songs. But insanely heavy wall-of-sound)
Kreator - 5/5 (Thrash perfection)
edit: LG Petrov (Entombed) came out on stage during 'Black Seeds of Vengeance', singing along in the ending chants of the song. Metal as fuck.