Monday, May 7, 2012

Behemoth @ Ram's Head Live - 5/5/2012

Behemoth and Watain (and some other bands too but we got there after they got off stage) came to Ram's Head Live in Baltimore. I would have liked to hear the retro Devil's Blood, but it was fine- better not to rush rush.

We were putting on corpsepaint, which was fun. However, I noticed that NO ONE else was sporting any paint. Which, after see Turisas where a good number of people had facepaint. The actual bands were the only ones with paint besides us LOLZ.  I opted for a variation on Immortal (with some Zartan looking eye makeup), Milla went for a Behemoth look, and Kate  had some crazy stuff.

After we finished applying corpsepaint, we went to the venue, got patted down, and entered. Watain's roadies brought in a bunch of candles/candlesticks/etc. and we knew they would start soon. A pretty good crowd for Behemoth- the floor was pretty crowded. Balcony was not open tho. Chicken suit guy was there too. Some people around us remarked that he should have something more metal than a chicken suit.

Watain came on (I was not very familiar with any of their songs, apart from a bunch of yubtub listens in the background) to some mood setting strings. They were pretty energetic and definitely entertaining, but ultimately unintelligible. The crowd seemed pretty pumped for them. The bass player in particular was very animated and GRIM.The vocalist seemed to have some sort of what looked like a dead bird strapped to the back of his vest. Not sure tho.

Behemoth came on a bit after- to a very enthusiastic crowd. Their sound was like as it should be- Heavy Metal Thunder \m/ Nergal vox were, as expected, a bit muddy- but the power of everything together made that perfectly fine. The lights were pretty well done- except for the strobe lights (see below). The band was pretty tight and no one screwed anything  up as far as I could tell

Crowd was a bit rowdy at times, until the wheelchair guy entered the pit. He was also hoisted up at a couple points. Wow. I did not like the combination of a wheelchair that can run people over, a couple shorter people in the pit, and strobe lights blinding me combination. I did not get run over, so that was good. There were a couple parts that I thought would be played live, but they were piped in. Odd. Behemoth only played about an hour. That was a bit disappointing, but I think Nergal's  still not feeling fully 100%, so that makes sense.



Note:  Pretty much all songs I got from selist reports from other places- I had no idea any of Watain's songs names, but why would they play anything different?

Watain
  1. Malfeitor
  2. Reaping Death
  3. The Serpent's Chalice
  4. Total Funeral
  5. Waters of Ain

Behemoth
  1. Ov Fire and the Void
  2. Demigod
  3. Moonspell Rites
  4. Conquer All
  5. The Thousand Plagues I Witness
  6. Alas, the Lord is Upon Me
  7. The Seed ov I
  8. Decade of Therion
  9. At the Left Hand ov God
  10. Slaves Shall Serve
  11. Chant for Eschaton 2000
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  12. 23 (The Youth Manifesto)
  13. Lucifer