Deicide brought it's In The Minds Of Evil tour to Mill City Nights in Minneapolis October 14 and along with them was 4 very evil bands: Septicflesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and Carach Angren. The show start just a little after 8:30pm and the darkness was about to begin.
Next up was the LA Death Metal band, Abysmal Dawn. They brought a fury of awesome Death Metal, insane blast beats and an overall crushing sound that rocked the placed to it's core. The band also showcased a few new songs off their brand new album, Obsolescence. That should keep older fans of the band quite happy. This also kept the Death Metal crowd happy and engaged as the Black Metal assault of Inquisition was about to commence.
*No Abysmal Dawn set list available at this time*
Making their return to the states after a very successful run with Poland's Behemoth is Columbia's Inqusition. This two man Black Metal band brought the crowd to the depths of Hell and back with Dagon's unique Black Metal vocal approach and Incubus's insane hyper blasting on the drums. Their 5 song set felt very short, but like every time they play, it left everyone in the crowd wanting more. It's amazing that they have not done a US headlining run yet.
Force of the Floating Tomb
Nefarious Dismal Orations
Astral Path to Supreme Majesties
Infinite Interstellar Genocide
Where Darkness Is Lord and Death the Beginning
Main Support came all they way from Greece with the Industrial, Blackened, Death Metal band Septicflesh. Their 45 minute set, much like their headlining set back in June 2014, was a great sight to see. The whole band was firing on all cylinders, from their usual opening of Vampire From Nazareth (Which is the best song they could open with) to ending with the killer track, Anubis. Septicflesh know how to put the crowd into a frenzy and was a great choice for the pure evil that was about to headline, Deicide.
Vampire From Nazareth
Order of Dracul
A Great Mass of Death
Finally was the headliner of the night and one of the greatest Death Metal bands of the old school generation, Deicide. Right from the start, Glen Benton and Co. destroyed everything in it's path and did not let up until they left the stage for the night. While touring behind their latest album, In The Minds Of Evil, Deicide did make sure to play a great assortment of the bands entire catalog Everything from Once Upon The Cross to Scars Of The Crucifix to brand new songs like Godkill and Beyond Salvation. Deicide left the old school Death Metal fans cheering and new Death Metal fans wanting to know all they can about Deicide.
In The Minds Of Evil
When Satan Rules His World
Serpents Of The Light
They Are The Children Of The Underworld
Dead But Dreaming
Scars Of The Crucifix
Once Upon The Cross
End The Wrath Of God
Dead By Dawn
Homage For Satan
Simply put, the In The Minds Of Evil tour was one of the darkest and evilest tours to hit Minnesota in quite some time and was a rousing success. All 5 bands slayed and there is no doubt that these bands will be back and even better the next time they come to town.
- That Drummer Guy
*Pictures provided by Lynn Strege & Josh Rundquist*
As many of you reading this know, I am very fortuneate to be able a lot of the band who come to the Twin Cities area. Unfortunately due to this show being the day of touring, an interview was not possible, but it was still a spectacular night for any Agalloch fan.
The first band up was Blood and Sun, they describe themselves as a Heathen Folk band. They were Acoustic Guitar, Cello, Violin (on half the set and Timpini (with a suspended cymbal). They were indeed as they described. to me it became to monotonous after a couple songs and with their possible and questional, hateful background (that's all the farther I will go into the topic) it made their set not enjoyable for me.
Next up was Obsidian Tongue. They are a 2 man Atmospheric Black Metal band. Just guitar/vocals and Drums. They are absolutely mindblowing live. Both of the guys know how to whip the crowd into a frenzy druing the fast sections and calm them down during the mellow passages. I do not know any of the songs they played as it was my first time seeing them and I had just discovered them, but I highly recommend checking these guys out both live and on record. It's a real treat for any Atmospheric Black metal fan.
Finally the night ended with Agalloch. It was their first time in Minnesota, to which they even said a couple songs in was a huge mistake on their part not playing here sooner. Agalloch mainly stuck to their two last albums, which to me is not disappointing as I love both of them. They did play some deepr cuts off albums like Pale Folklore and The Mantle as well, which were some of the biggest highlights to me. The biggest highlight of all was when they played Into A Painted Grey, the first song I ever heard from the band. The only disappointing factor in the show was a very annoying couple that was standing next to my girlfriend and myself. My girlfriend named them Douche Bro and Tits Magee. Both were drunk the whole Agalloch set, Tits being the bigger fan kept bumping into my girlfriend with said thingees and was cheering waaaaaaay too loudly for even the biggest Agalloch fan. Douche Bro was being what his name implied and was shouting for songs in between songs, but in stereotypical fashion it was songs like Free Bird, ...And Justice For All, and Nailed to The Cross. At one point John Hauhgm said "Sorry we don't play Free Bird anymore" but did play a riff from AJFA. Overall they put on a spectacular set. I would even dare venture to say those who don't enjoy the latest album from Agalloch, The Serpent & The Sphere, may be won over by the songs live. I know a lot of people bagging on the album before their set were won over afterwards.
Merch had a few shirts for $15, a longsleeve for $25, Vinyl for $30, CDs for 20-25 (Depending on what you got) A logo patch for $5 and a back patch for $10. I picked myself up an Agalloch shirt which I am currently wearing.
All in all if this is coming anywhere by you, I highly advise going. And get to the show early because tickets may be sold out by the time Agalloch hit the stage.