Dublin has been a hotbed of gigs for the last couple of weeks and this one came at the end of a 3 night run, Saxon and Sabaton having played blistering shows over the previous 2 evenings. It is Sunday night in Dublin and the hordes came out from North, South and beyond to worship at throne of Morbid Angel.
First up was Overoth from the “Dark Shadows” of Belfast who played to a healthy crowd with their now instantly recognisable death metal attack, having caught only the end of the set, the sound was crystal clear and the closer ‘The Greatest Lie’ paid tribute to all the great death metal bands with slow brooding riffs all topped off with the engaging presence of frontman Andy Innis. Next up was Seprevation from Bristol whom delivered a tight frantic set of thrash inspired death metal. The band are more punishing in their slower sections as when they are in full speed mode definition gets a bit lost. They played a solid set topped off with a frenetic cover of ‘The Trooper’. Good band, nothing inspiring but solid.
It was time for the main event; Morbid Angel paying homage to their classic 1993 album “Covenant”. David Vincent led his troops to the stage and dispensing with the pleasantries launched headlong into “Rapture”. he sound from the off was perfect, Trey Azagthoth guitar cutting through with his crunchy rhythms and wailing guitar solos. Tim Yeung on drums recreates Sandoval’s parts perfectly and even has the time for a bit of stick showboating, although he dropped most of them. The band raced through the album in order and it was a pleasure to hear these songs in this set up. “God of Emptiness” was particularly sinister sounding, the only small niggle was the time spent between songs changing guitars it impacted slightly on the energy. At this point a break was in order – not at all – straight into “Where the Slime Live”. The band continued on and played a track from each of their other albums and finished with the double headsmashing of “Immortal Rites” and “Fall from Grace”. The mosh. In recent years the band have endured a lot of flak for their last release, however this evening proves that they are still a mighty force to be reckoned with live. In a final gesture, Vincent pointed at the crowd, slapped his hand on his heart and left the stage. Morbid Angel, No words necessary.
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