When Death comes a’knocking, this party gets a’rocking... Ok, there were no hokey lyrics like that, so far as I can discern the guttural renderings of the genre, but an evening of death metal was a nice way to top off what was, personally, a lovely weekend of family, friends, and sunshine.
Alas, it was the family part (diapers!) that delayed my arrival, and thus Emerging From the Cocoon 破繭而出 gets the short end of my review. Sorry, guys. I did have the pleasure, however, of catching their last few songs, and I liked what I heard - heavy-hitting, tight, bludgeoning deathcore. Not till the very end did I notice there was no bass player. Well, who needs bass? EFTC don’t need no bass! It was a solid performance and I’ll certainly make the effort to catch the whole set next time. They deserve as much.
Revilement, jazzed to be back on stage after 9 long months, deserved their moment, too, and gave us all a good thrashing. It was great to see Allen (guitar) and Vic (bass) work their intricacies up close. Vocalist Joe Reviled stomped, scowled, and balanced the heaviness with some timely one-liners, mostly directed at a rather enthused fan whose middle finger never strayed far from Joe’s face. I was pretty much expecting it to get bitten off (and somewhat disappointed it remained attached - it would have felt so...perfect).
Raping the Comatose, Perverse Malevolence, Pity the Humans.. we not only got all the hits, but also something special by way of some Brutal Truth covers. Those were sweet. It wasn’t until after I got home that I figured out it was that Brutal Truth, the Danny Lilker (ex-Anthrax, SOD, Nuclear Assault) band. Fun stuff! No doubt, the set must have felt twice as satisfying for Revilement as it did for us. Welcome back!
South Korean headliners Diablo caught me off guard. They looked so... fashionable, with their haircuts and clothes, but their sound was nothing I’d associate with such trendy, popular looks. It was heavy shit, man. And it was real. Growling, roaring vocals alternated with melodic choruses, so I wouldn’t say it was strictly death metal, but it was definitely Metal, intense and heavy. And they have the chops and pedigree to prove it. Opening for Judas Priest in 2012 and current winners of a Red Bull band competition, atop other festivals and tours, it is no surprise these guys played with efficiency, enthusiasm, and refinement.
The Wall deserved a fuller audience, so it got a little awkward when the band requested a circle pit, but only got a circle. Maybe folks were feeling shy. I think many of the crowd were like me, unfamiliar with Diablo, but curious to check ‘em out. And taking that into consideration, the band can feel good that we were definitely listening. That’s called respect, and fans weren’t shy to throw the horns or cheer when they heard something they liked (which was often). I think if Diablo keeps Taiwan on its radar for the future, they’ll find the word has spread. That pit will see more action, for sure.
All in all, it was a splendid night of sonic carnage.