Summer Slaughter Tour has slashed its way across the US, bringing the best death metal acts to cities across the country.

Metal legends Morbid Angel crowned the tour with 90-minute long set with killer riffs, crowd pleasing stage antics, some good old-fashioned baby band bashing, and pure rock and roll grandstanding. I would have expected no less from one of the world’s original death metal bands having formed back in the 80’s before death metal even became a genre.

Morbid Angel has been widely credited for taking thrash metal and adding the death to it with guttural vocals and mind-blowing technical guitar arrangements thanks to Decibel Magazine’s number one rated guitarist Trey Azagthoth.

Supporting Morbid Angel were a slew of heavy hitting bands with stand outs being Goatwhore, Decrepit Birth, Origin and Dying Fetus.

I was highly anticipating Northern California’s Fallujah to hit the stage, but they seemed to have a ton of technical issues with the lead mic to the point where you could barely hear Alex Hoffman’s vocals during their set but had a nice following of fans cheering them on regardless.

I had a chance to talk to Hoffman after the set and will have a brief interview here on National Rock Review in the coming days.

Boreworm, The Facelessand, Thy Art Is Murder rounded out the show with each having a solid fan base of their own with strong sets. Mosh pits were churning and people were surfing along in the maelström of death metal fury.

When listening to a ton of death metal, it’s hard to weed out what’s actually good. I look for what is interesting or what doesn’t sound like anything else in the lineup. The bands that have been around forever are automatically going to get respect and stand out from the rest.

Sometimes it just takes a front man like Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore to give you that little something extra or lagniappe if you’re speaking Goatwhore’s native New Orleans vernacular. Falgoust is an enigmatic, powerful, entertaining and intense lead and every time I’ve seen Goatwhore in one of these multi-band Tours, they always rise above the rest and beg to be reckoned with.

Summer Slaughter as a tour never fails to bring the best in death metal and are a pleasure to work with on all accounts. The moral of the story is that if  you are into heavy metal with a dark twist, be sure to keep an ear out for Summer Slaughter Tour coming to a city near you in 2015.

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