The Decibel Magazine Tour 2014 passed through Phoenix, AZ yesterday, on its third year installment. The tour’s lineup of this year was heavier than last year’s bill. Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem delivered solid performances at The Pressroom in downtown Phoenix, AZ.
To begin, The Pressroom is a re-structured venue with a capability of almost 1000 people. The place didn’t disappoint at all. It’s spacious, the sound is good from any point within the venue, the stage area is big, and the lighting system is phenomenal, and to top that it counts with a huge patio, big enough to accommodate a food truck (which they did last night)
The doors opened at 6pm, and the first band to take the stage was Noisem, whose sound was very powerful, and their set was well received by the few dozens of people who were little by little filling in the venue. One odd thing about them, was the fact that the singer performed the whole time in the photo pit area. Which was interesting for those in the front row.
Gorguts, returned to the valley after a long absence, and their return was well received by their fans, as they praised their new album Colored Sands released last year. Their sound was tight, and it was one of the strongest performances of the night. They played a set based on their latest album, that included songs like: Le Toit Du Monde, An Ocean Of Wisdom, Colored Sands, and the 1998 classic Obscura. Great performers as their music was heavy, well-crafted, and complex.
The Black Dahlia Murder delivered a solid show that was based around their latest album Everblack (2013). Their set included songs like: Raped In Hatred By Vines Of Thorn, Phantom Limb Masturbation, Their Beloved Abstinee, and In Hell Is Where She Awaits For Me. They also played material from their previous album Ritual (2011) in the form of Moonlight Equilbrium, and On Stirring Seas Of Salted Blood. Statutory Ape from Mismal (2005) and What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse from the Nocturnal (2007) album were also present on their set list.
Finally, after five years of absence Carcass returned to the valley, with a new and named by many ‘the death metal album of 2013’, Surgical Steel. Their entrance was anticipated by a crowd chanting ‘Carcass!!!Carcass!!!Carcass!!!‘ that when in a collective frenzy as soon as the band took the stage. The selective set list for the night was carefully crafted to deliver the perfect Carcass show. From Buried Dreams, Carnal Forge, No Love Lost, Heartwork, and This Mortal Coil out of the Heartwork (1995) album. Genital Grinder & Pyosified out of their début album Reek Of Putrefaction (1981) Exhume To Consume, Reek In Putrefaction & Rupture On Purulence out of the Symphonies Of Sickness (1989) album.
Between classics they also played some new songs out of Surgical Steel (2013) album, like: Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System, A Congealed Clot Of Blood, Unfit For Human Consumption, & Captive Bolt. Overall, it was one of the most complete shows that I have ever seen this year. They played a big deal of old and new songs that the crowd sung, headbanged, & moshed from beginning to end. One thing, I believe made this show so great was the acoustics of the venue, the excitement of the crowd, the great lights and visual show, and of course how great these guys sound live together.