Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Red Chord, Goatwhore, and The Absence - October 2, 2007 - Back
Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Tour
Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall

The central, NY metal congregation gathered at the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY on October 2nd, 2007 to witness a celebration. This celebration was for Metal Blade Records' 25th Anniversary and this was one of the many on this tour. The lineup for the night included The Absence, Goatwhore, The Red Chord, The Black Dahlia Murder and the headliner of the tour Cannibal Corpse.

As I walked in to the venue The Absence took the stage. It was the first time I had a chance to see them on stage, and they didn't disappoint. They played a selection of tracks off their 2007 release "Riders of the Plague." They even played their cover of the Testament classic "Into the Pit." A very lively performance by these American melodic death metallers. Actually this show is what really got me into their band.

Second to play on the evening was Goatwhore. Iíve seen these gentlemen play many times, and this was another entertaining show. Vocalist, Mr. Falgoust, knows how to get the crowd going. His actions and mannerisms on stage kept the audience focused on their brand of Louisiana black metal. Musically speaking the shredding guitars and blasting drums was just what the doctor ordered.

The Red Chord was the third band on the night. Their stage presence was inspiring and got the crowd going. Several tracks from their 2007 release "Pray For Eyes" were showcased in the set. Another solid concert by The Red Chord.

Getting towards the end of the evening, the second to last band of the day was The Black Dahlia Murder. This is another band that I've seen several times and they always seem to put on a great show. These rabid wolverines from Michigan put on a show like their European metal brethren. A selection of tunes from their summer release "Nocturnal" were the highlights of their set for me.

The headliner for this Metal Blade Records' 25th Anniversary tour was the legendary Cannibal Corpse. Brutality was the message of the evening. Quite a few of their classics and new greats were played throughout their performance. Everything from "Hammer Smashed Face" to "Death Walking Terror." Is there another death metal band in the world that has been around for this long, making high-quality death metal, and putting on shows of this intensity? I think not.

What a great show! The best band of the evening was either The Black Dahlia Murder or Cannibal Corpse. I'd have to give it to Cannibal just because of their numerous great tunes. It was an awesome show to celebrate 25 years of Metal Blade...I can't wait for their next anniversary tour!


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins