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Photo Coverage/Gig Overview:
Antediluvian & Mitochondrion in Vancouver

I have always fallen short with words when it comes to reviewing shows, as most stories for me have always been better told and projected in photos rather than in words, but in this case I feel that it’s only mandatory to do a brief summary of the chaos which ensued this past Saturday in Vancouver, BC – headlining with a full line-up of obscure death metal Canadian legions from start to finish. This event was held at the Rickshaw Theatre, where I had previously shot the Decibel Magazine tour a week prior, except with this round there were less attendees that were drawn into the venue but many, if not all of them consisted of die-hards. The atmosphere was that of which I’ve grown more adapted to than ‘bigger’ tours and there was no shortage of good times had. Of course without making it more obvious than it already is, all the bands did an excellent job of running on schedule as well as putting on stellar and exceptional performances in their own light. The only band I regrettably missed was Auroch, as the schedule was running smoothly (something which I am also NOT used to!) and as I decided to step out for a brief moment for inbetween-set-drinks, I later realized that they had already finished. Although I’m bummed about missing them live, I was told by those who caught them that they were great and would have also been along my lines of interest as far as top-notch Lovecraftian death metal goes.

Radioactive Vomit were the first band to kick off the show, as being the only “bestial” death metal band on the line-up, or as they presented themselves as such, a lot of energy was emanating from their stage presence as their frontman was wearing the full-on war metal attire from head-to-toe and bringing the place to life both musically and aesthetically.

Next were Auroch, and as I stated previously, I unfortunately had to miss them which I hold fully accountable for. So the band who was next for me in this case were the deadly Mitochondrion. Upon their performance this past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to have seen them live twice in the past, but out of both of those times, this one was one of their most intense and finest shows – especially for being able to project such intense energies on a large stage with good-quality sound radiating throughout the venue. Mitochondrion on record are already ranked as one of the most intense bands I’ve ever heard, so being able to witness such blasphemous recordings live is an even more amazing experience. Definitely a personal favorite whom I recommend for anyone to witness when the opportunity is given.

Next up, and also the final band of the night were Antediluvian, whom I was most looking forward to as I had never seen them live before and I am quite fond of their most recent release “Through The Cervix Of Hawwah” which ranks up there as one of my favorite albums of 2012 thus far. Antediluvian delivered themselves very well as a live piece and played a lengthy and energetic set without breaking a sweat. With that said, there was certainly no lack of energy with these guys on stage, along with no shortage of ritualistic bone décor and whirl-winding riffs. An appropriate closure for the evening. It was overall a night of live carnage on a grand scale, well representing some of Canada’s best in black-death.

For full photo sets of each band, separate links can be found here:

Radioactive Vomit | Mitochondrion | Antediluvian

Over and out,
Tracy /

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