Tonight we, the sold out crowd, were treated to a metal all-star show. Now I have seen many shows at Fillmore and typically the first band of a three-act night doesn’t quite pull in the crowd. With my place in line almost halfway around the block and looking behind me and seeing it extend around the corner again let me know that tonight’s opener was going to have a substantial crowd, and I was right.
The stage was bathed in imagery of surgical implements – those old torture device looking tools from a more primitive time of the medical field. The decor of the stage was in honor of Carcass’ most recent album (from 2013) ‘Surgical Steel’. The lights went down, the crowd went wild and Carcass took the stage – that is when I sprung into action for the first of three times that evening.
The pioneers of grindcore showed the audience that even after 30+ years the guys could still get in the spotlight and invade your ears with brutal yet melodic death metal. They sounded incredible their entire set. Vocally Jeff was able to bring the aggression and grind that can still outshine many of the new bands around.
I think it is safe to say we all, as fans of metal and hard rock, have witnessed bands that have either gone away and are trying to make a comeback, or bands that are still trying to cling on to what they use to be. Often times the live performance suffers, especially vocally – I mean how long can you keep up doing that to your voice night after night and NOT start to lose it. I must say that this is certainly not the case for Carcass. The music was tight, the vocals were amazing and everyone on stage looked like they were having a good time slamming out the tunes.
Musically we were bounced around their catalog but leaving out any tracks from ‘Symphonies of Sickness’ and “Swansong’. The rest of their catalog was put on display for us to ring in the ears. Starting the show off with the ‘Surgical Steel’ (2013) first track ‘1985’ an instrumental throwing back to the band’s beginnings. From there we traveled back to 1993 with ‘Buried Dreams’ off their “Heartwork’ release – which we return to later in the set when they perform the title track from that album. We then go further back in time with ‘Incarnated Solvent Abuse’ off their 1991 release ‘Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious. And before going further back in the catalog Carcass brings us back to modern times with a few more cuts off of ‘Surgical Steel.’ The band then merges the new with the old by diving into’ ‘Captive Bolt Pistol’ from ‘Surgical Steel’ and then ‘Genital Grinder’ jumping us back to 1988 – their ‘Reek of Putrefaction’ release.
Carcass finishes off the show with more from their ‘Necroticism’ album and by the end the crowd was about as sweaty as the guys on stage. Their set was loud, heavy, and a perfect demonstration as to why they are not only the pioneers of grindcore but that they still have much more to show us. I can’t wait to see what their next move will be.
Carcass – Fillmore