We’re nearing the end of 2019, so my concert schedule is naturally winding down. And one of the last shows I was fortunate enough to take in was the one and only CANNIBAL CORPSE live at the TLA with special guests THY ART IS MURDER and PERDITION TEMPLE. I didn’t really know anything from PT and quite frankly didn’t care because the other two bands were higher up on my priority list. Even more important was getting to spend some time with one of my most favoritest peoples in Kelly, concert partner extraordinaire!! Some tasty food and cold beers at Milkboy across the street was the perfect way to start our evening before the onslaught of Death Metal that awaited us.
As I’ve said in the past I am very picky when it comes to Deathcore. THY ART IS MURDER happen to be one of the bands in that particular genre that I do enjoy, and live they certainly didn’t didsappoint. With a well-balanced setlist drawing from all over their discography the crowd ate them up like candy. Newest album Human Target was represented with four tracks, “Death Squad Anthem”, which also opened their set, “Make America Hate Again”, “Human Target”, and “New Gods.”
Two highlights for me were “Holy War” from the album of the same name, and “Slaves Beyond Death” from 2017’s Dear Desolation. Not only do those songs fucking destroy, both of the records they’re on are absolute bangers and you should check them out if you haven’t already. Closing their set was a sonic one-two punch of “Reign of Darkness” from Hate, and “Puppet Master” also from the Dear Desolation album. All told my first time catching THY ART IS MURDER live was pretty damn good, and I look forward to seeing them again in future.
And now it was CANNIBAL CORPSE time! Hitting the audience with a triple shot from latest album Red Before Black, we were treated to “Code of the Slashers”, “Only One Will Die”, and the title track in rapid succession. 2012’s Torture made its lone appearance with “Scourge of Iron”, one of the tunes Kelly and I were most excited to hear. Corpsegrinder was just in positively evil form vocally and the band behind him was tearing it up as well. We went back to 1994 for “Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead” from The Bleeding, then into another of our favorites, “The Wretched Spawn.” If this isn’t one of your favorite CC songs, then you’re just not a real fandau, simple as that.
Hot on the heels of these classics came another one in the form of “The Wretched Spawn” followed by “Devoured By Vermin.” This was an almost perfect setlist with nary a clunker in sight, and we were only seven songs in! “Unleashing the Bloodthirsty”, “Gutted”, “Kill Or Become”, and “A Skull Full of Maggots” beat our faces in, and then “Evisceration Plague” brought an anvil down on our fucking heads. Of course the final salvo would have to include “I Cum Blood”, “Make Them Suffer”, “Stripped, Raped and Strangled”, and closer “Hammer Smashed Face.”
And that was it. Show was over. CANNIBAL CORPSE came, saw, and conquered Philly once again. These guys tour their asses off for years at a time, and I am thankful they do. Because as long as they’re in my area I will be there every goddamn time. And it’s safe to say that my dear Kelly will be, too. Great shows are always made greater by the company, and she’s an awesome gal to go to shows with. Wish we could do it more often. Delicious food, cold beers, and a night of ripping Death metal made these metalheads very happy!
LIVE IMAGES: KELLY SHARADIN
LIVE WORDS: THE MAESTRO