We still trying to wrap our heads about the amazing show that Conquering Dystopia delivered last Friday here in Mesa, AZ. I remembered talking with Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow last January before their début show at the Schecter NAMM party in Anaheim, CA. At the time their material was unknown, so their live performance was regarded as a great display of technical metal without any released music backing up the show, but after the show we just knew their début album was bound to be a promise of extreme metal goodness.
Back in March, they released their self-titled début album Conquering Dystopia, which made sense to the brutal performance they had in NAMM. Once you listen to the album there is not way back, you love it, or you don’t. And what is not to love about one of the most extreme instrumental albums released this year. Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), Alex Rudinger (The Faceless), Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) & Keith Merrow‘s talent combined, could be potentially equal to have Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Paganini together in a band creating amazing musical pieces.
Later in the year, when I learned that Conquering Dystopia was touring as one of the support bands for Animals, As Leaders along with Chon this summer, I knew I had to be there. Their show here in Mesa, AZ was packed as we had high expectations of all three bands. Chon, opened the night with a great set, their musical talent and skills with their instruments are just way over the top for a band of their age, and their just know how to deliver a great instrumental show.
Conquering Dystopia‘s live performance is just difficult to grasp at first hand, as your eyeballs are bouncing from Jeff, to Keith, to Alex, as you try to admire their individual performances, and at the same time trying to understand how magnificent their collective music really is. Songs like; Tethys, Ashes Of Lesser Man, and Kufra At Dusk were just fantastic live.
Unfortunately for the last three shows of the tour (Tucson & Mesa, AZ and Pomona,CA), Alex Webster was unable to play as he had crossed booked shows with Cannibal Corps in the Midwest, but regardless of that their show was beyond fantastic.
Before the show, we had the chance to speak once again with Jeff Loomis about the people’s perception of their music, their tour experience, and what is next for Conquering Dystopia for the rest of the year.