Aug 08

The Summer Slaughter 2016 show review (Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head /07/27/16)



Well now… Summer Slaughter is a decade old and what better way to celebrate than have one of the most legendary and iconic death metal bands headline your tour.  This year American Satan presents Cannibal Corpse and Nile on this year’s tenth Summer Slaughter tour and one of the most brutal and death metal focused packages to dates.  

The whole tour package is incredibly death metal focused from brand new deathcore acts like Slaughter to Prevail to long time genre-defining icons Suffocation.  Great combination of the new and old, giving faith that the genre is ever evolving. As always Summer Slaughter brought together a very comprehensive tour package, which means a very long day for fans to enjoy and over 9 hours of live music for this concert photographer to shoot. Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After the Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail, Ingested, Enterprise Earth.

Well, we were lucky enough to catch up with this tour not once but twice to snag some pictures.  First show that we caught up with was in Baltimore at the Ram’s Head and then two days later in Poughkeepsie at The Chance.  I always particularly enjoy seeing tours in multiple cities, it is interesting how different the crowds are and how the impacts the energy and vibe of the sets.


I had my own personal agenda and was super stoked to see Slaughter to Prevail on their debut US tour, but this lineup definitely had some pleasant surprises.  The tour opener- Enterprise Earth – was most definitely one of those surprises and face the challenge of engaging a mid-afternoon distracted crowd at 2 or 3pm every day.  Providing 20 minutes of quick paced brutal deathcore.  Even though they are vets in the scene, Ingested  was up next, but their set was the perfect choice to keep that momentum going. Vocalist Jay Evans is an absolutely beast on stage and can have a pull on one my cigarettes anytime.  These two bands were new to me before this tour and our now going to be staples in my gym playlist for sure.


Third up was Slaughter to Prevail and to be perfectly honest they were one of my main interests in covering this fest.  Even though they are new and US tour debut, this placement in the line up was wise.  Ingested and Enterprise Earth brought some serious energy, but Slaughter to Prevail has a totally different vibe.  Their debut EP Chapters of Misery is twenty-six minutes of thunderous deathcore that sounds like it is attempting to crush you… well their live set was most certainly no different and live Alex’s screams go cut through you.

I am going to say this again I am really impressed with the lineup order for this tour, they obviously gave heed to the pull of bands, but really kept in mind what each band brings to the tour.  Technical death metal is a beautiful thing, but you can’t have to bands throwing odd times at you in a row to a mixed audience. Their heads might explode. So obviously Revocation and Suffocation were not back to back and Krisiun provided a reprieve from the odd time madness that those two bands provide.


Carnifex just seems to be getting better and better live.  At Ram’s Head, their ambience was set with props and my personal favorite red lighting.  Their set up at The Chance was a bit more bare bones, but like all the bands on this tour, it did not change their intensity.  Their set was filled with both Carnifex essentials like “Hell Chose Me” and brand new songs from their upcoming release Slow Death  which is set for release on August 5th.


All hail the mighty kings of Death Metal that are Nile  and Cannibal Corpse!  Both legendary in their own way.  Nile has been blasting us with technical, Egyptian death since ’94 and has not relented in their assault.  Karl Sanders and Dallas Toler-Wade are both master shredders. Probably the highlight of each night was Nile closing their set with “Black Seeds of Vengeance”.  Absolutely epic.


Well, Cannibal Corpse is one of those must-see bands if you are a metal head… even if you aren’t into their particular breed of death metal.  Corpsegrinder is one of the best frontmen to ever grace us with his death growl… well and his jokes.  Like I said even if you don’t like their music the whole set will be filled with laughs and brutality.

Summer Slaughter  is doing a great thing this year and this 10 year anniversary tour is probably one of their best packages to date.  All the bands not only bring solid music but super good vibes as well.  If you haven’t missed it in your town yet, you should definitely go and go EARLY because it is great from start to finish.

7/23 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
7/24 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
7/26 Knoxville, TN @ The International
7/27 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
7/28 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/29 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/30 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
7/31 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
8/2 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
8/5 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
8/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8/8 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
8/11 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
8/12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
8/13 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
8/15 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
8/16 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
8/17 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
8/19 Richmond, VA @ The National
8/20 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
8/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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