Obituary and Abbath, last night at the Granada (photos, setlists)

Obituary
with Abbath, Midnight, and Devil Master
The Granada
Thursday, October 10

Florida’s Obituary traffics in a style of death metal that brings out the old-school heads. Lumberjack beards and denim jackets were abundant at last night’s show at Lawrence’s Granada, and the faithful were rewarded with a set that dipped heavily into the band’s early catalog. Fully half of Obituary’s debut, Slowly We Rot, was represented, and getting to hear all those cuts (along with a four-song string of tunes from 1990’s Cause of Death) was a special treat for the fans.

Obituary

Obituary has a bit of swing in its sound to go along with the usual straightforward pummeling its contemporaries embrace, a trademark that came alive toward the end of the show on Slowly We Rot‘s title track (which closed the set) and the encore, the Adult Swim digital single “A Dying World,” released earlier this year. This is a band that is not averse to a groove.

Obituary

Obituary

Abbath

Clad in battle gear and wearing corpse paint, the Norwegian black metal act Abbath performed prior to Obituary. The songs are solid, but I get a weird vibe from Abbath; it’s like they’re ever-so-slightly taking the piss out of black metal. There’s a KISS thing to it at times. I don’t hate it. If nothing else, a black metal band performing on a fully lit stage was definitely a new experience.

Abbath

Abbath

Abbath

Midnight

Cleveland’s Midnight was the exact opposite: fully masked faces and 100 percent into the music they were making. The band seems aware of just how crazy its sound is, which is a kind of bullet-belted black metal with plenty of more traditional rock and roll qualities. It was obvious so many folks turned out early to catch the band’s first area appearance in years (maybe ever?). Midnight’s set was over far too quickly.

Midnight

Midnight

Devil Master

Philadelphia’s Devil Master opened the show at 7, with the light outside barely having faded. Inside, though, the stage was barely lit, and the band had strung cobwebs from the monitors to the mic stands. Guitarists Darkest Prince and Hades Apparition wore robes, and the band was facepainted up. The members seemed a little under the weather, with the band pausing longer than even necessary for dramatic purposes between each song. The songs were there—”Devil Is Your Master” conjured the appropriate black metal meets death rock vibes—but Devil Master’s set didn’t quite have the energy to live up to the evil.

Devil Master

Devil Master

Obituary setlist

Redneck Stomp
Threatening Skies
By the Light
Chopped In Half
Turned Inside Out
Dying
Straight to Hell
Find the Arise
I’m in Pain
Internal Bleeding
Godly Beings
Suffocation
Words of Evil
Intoxicated

A Dying World
Slowly We Rot

Abbath setlist

Count the Dead
Bridge of Spasms
The Artifex
Harvest Pyre
In My Kingdom Cold (Immortal cover)
Tyrants (Immortal cover)
Ashes of the Damned
Hecate
Outstrider
Winterbane
To War!

Midnight setlist

Penetratal Ecstasy
Endless Slut
Black Rock’n’Roll
Satanic Royalty
Evil Like a Knife
Lust Filth and Sleaze
You Can’t Stop Steel
Who Gives a Fuck?
Unholy and Rotten

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