Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Tribulation, and Aeon have joined forces for a run of Death Metal tour dates across the States.

Kicking off the Metal festivities this evening were Tribulation, who, with their own brand of Swedish Death Metal, had the still filtering in crowd immediately making their way to the front of the stage to check them out. As their incense burned and the smell waifed through the air, the band put on a somewhat short but succinct set, highlighted by “When the Sky is Black With Devils” Although it was great to see them on the bill, it would be nice to see them have a longer set.

Up next were Aeon, who picked up right where Tribulation left off. Led by singer Tommy Dahlström and the duel guitar attack of Zeb Nilsson and Daniel Dlimi, the Swedes delivered, and kept the now packed crowd banging their heads and throwing their collective horns in the air. The band wrapped up their set with “Forever Nailed,” and left the crowd not only wanting more, but also primed for Behemoth.

As the lights dimmed and Nergal of Behemoth walked out on stage with fire in both hands, it was clear that although they were co-headliners, the evening was about to belong to them.

Opening with “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” off of The Satanist Nergal, Seth, Inferno, and Orion just completely dominated, and tore through a 50 minute set while the metal-heads in the front row banged their collective heads and pumped their fists high in the air. It was Death Metal at it’s finest, and as Nergal bellowed “Doesn’t It feel good to be alive?” It was clear that everyone in the venue agreed.The set light was heavy on songs from their latest release, and highlights from their set included “Messe Noire,” “Ben Sahar,” and “Slaves Shall Serve”.

Although Behemoth’s time on the stage as far to brief, they left the evenings headliners with their work cut out for them.

If there is one band that could follow an epic Behemoth, it’s Cannibal Corpse. Hitting the stage with “Scourge of Iron,” they simply put on a clinic in Death Metal. With the throat grunts of George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, the band annihilated everyone, including the fans were spotted leaving the pit with bloody noses or lumps on their heads.

Led by the guitar attack of Rob Barrett and Pat O’ Brien, the band ripped through “Kill or Become,” “Icepick Lobotomy,” “Make Them Suffer,” and “The Wretched Spawn.” Of course no Cannibal Corpse set would be complete without “Hammer Smashed Face,” and after a ripping version, they close the show with “Devoured by Vermin,”

The tour now steamrolls its way through Canada, before hitting the Mid-West and the East Coast. It is highly recommended that you make it to one of the shows.

National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was on hand in San Francisco to report.


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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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