Sepultura brought their brand of thrash and death metal to The NorVA with support from Starkill, Arsis and Destruction.
The evening started off with Yorktown-based groove metallers, Mindvent, taking the place of The Last Ten Seconds Of Life who had to drop off the tour due to a family emergency. They played a selection of songs off their unreleased CD including “Neighbor” and “Etched In Stone.”
Starkill played next being their first Hampton Roads appearance in several years. The band played a mix of songs from their two albums, including “Winter Desolation” and “Fires of Life.”
The last time Arsis played the Hampton Roads area was December 5, 2012. A number of people in the audience were thrilled to see them as part of the bill as they played songs including “The Face of my Innocence” from Unwelcome and “Wholly Night” from A Celebration of Guilt. The first mosh pits of the evening formed during Arsis’s set.
For the veteran German thrashers Destruction, it was their first ever appearance at The NorVA and Hampton Roads. Past shows were played at the former JAXX/Empire in Springfield, which Schmier talked about briefly between songs. Their set included songs from six albums and their second EP including “Thrash till Death”, “Carnivore” and “Bestial Invasion”. Next to Sepultura, Destruction was the most well received band by the crowd and Schmier thanked the crowd for the warm reception.
Sepultura started their set just after 10 PM with “The Vatican” from The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart and went into “Kairos” before alternating between old and new material. Fans of the old Sepultura were not disappointed as the band indulged their desires with songs like “Arise” and “Refuse/Resist.” The mosh pit was going and a stage diver managed to get past The NorVA’s security. For the fans of thrash and death metal, it was a very good night to be at The NorVA.