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High on Fire/Meshuggah

 

 

High on Fire has always been a favorite of mine. The doom metal genre isn’t, but I always appreciated Matt Pike’s lyrical ability and musicianship. This evening he wowed the crowd playing tracks such as “The Black Plot”, “Rumors of War”, “Turk” and “Fertile Green”.

My second favorite Swedes. Who are the first you may ask? Click the link to find out. But yes, Meshuggah are definitely a close second. To appreciate a Meshuggah performance, you might need to get plenty of rest beforehand. Not because they are boring, oh no. Instead, it’s because the hard driving rhythms, killer riffs, and time changes will exhaust the hell out of you. Mind you, I wasn’t in the pit. I was off to the side with other press people, taking in the sight and having some libations, watching the melee unfold while the band were on stage playing their asses off. To say the crowd wasn’t totally into it would be wrong. They were, and although the performance was on the same night as the Cubs playing a world series game at home, the people in attendance cared little about what was going on in the outside world and gave all their energy and attention to Meshuggah.

And rightfully so. They played quite a few of their best songs as well as some off of their latest disc Violent Sleep of Reason which, in my opinion, was the best album of 2016. Meshuggah’s performance was one for the ages, cementing their place as one of the top bands in metal right now. The show and the disc will be talked about for years to come.  

SETLIST

Clockworks

Born in Dissonance

Sane

Perpetual Black Second

Stengah

The Hurt that Finds You First

Lethargica

Do Not Look Down

Nostrum

Violent Sleep of Reason

Dancers to a Discordant System

Bleed

Encore:

Demiurge

Future Breed Machine

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KMFDM/Chant/Legion Within at HOUSE OF BLUES

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KMFDM/CHANT/Legion Within

March 23, 2013

House of Blues CHICAGO

Industrial is back! Perhaps it is or maybe we’ve just taken a trip back in time when the music was more electronic, heavy, with some obscene lyrics and guys and or gals wearing slick leather.

A little bit of both then.

The show at House of Blues was electric, filled to capacity to see KMFDM, and band that never disappoints their fans. Dimmed lights, some in red and blue, crowds moshing to heavy beats provided by one of the masterful bands in metal history. Their sound, never truly duplicated well, has lasted for nearly three decades and Sascha and company don’t show any signs of slowing down.

Most of the set was from the newest album, Kunst, the band did manage to play a couple of favorites. One of mine, Son of a Gun from XTort which always got me going back in the day. I always appreciated KMFDM’s sound, the rebellious lyrics and the kind of in your face attitude because they pretty much do whatever the hell they want. And when you’ve been around almost 30 years, you can do that.

Openers, Chant and Legion Within were also entertaining. Chant, a two piece from Texas where both members play drums and garbage cans. Yes I said, garbage cans. The whole set featured red lights, members wearing clothing that might’ve looked like something Fred Flinstone would wear but hey, who am I to judge. Funny attire aside, I liked Chant and thought they were a perfect fit for this tour.

Legion Within was also impressive. Though they sounded more like a rock/metal outfit instead of the industrial band, I enjoyed their energy and wouldn’t mind seeing them again. Of course the outfits grabbed me. Matching suits, a lead singer in tight leather. Yeah I had to look. *laughs* Truly an enjoyable night, one I wished wouldn’t end.

As usual, Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid or Kill Motherfuvkin Depeche Mode rocked the house. Oops… No we’re supposed to say they sucked.

Here’s to 30 more years, God willing!