With all the metal tours going on throughout the year, it’s hard to determine which are the ones that are worth your time. After all, you can’t be expected to attend them all, right? Well, BD’s Lauren Taylor just got back from checking out the 2012 Decibel Magazine Tour, which features In Solitude, The Devil’s Blood, Watain, and headliners Behemoth. Check below for her thoughts on the show!
The average fan generally does not receive an epic, theatrical stage show from their favorite musician. Luckily black metal fans are blessed with not only insane music – but amazing visuals to accompany it. Monday, April 16th marked the first show of the Decibel Magazine Tour that Swedish band Watain performed – having been forced to pull out of the first four shows due to delays in obtaining visas. The band is known for a stage emblazoned with candles and rotting, severed animal heads on stakes. Perhaps due to the delays of entering the US, their set was subdued with only skulls and inverted crosses yet their costuming still remained brilliant. Singer Erik Danielsson crept the stage like a zombie on a nautical adventure through hell as they pounded out tuneage.
Headliners Behemoth took the stage with the intense blastbeats of Ov Fire and the Void shortly after. If you’ve never had the pleasure, lead singer Nergal (aka Adam Darkski) – who battled leukemia a few years back and was thankfully saved with a bone marrow transplant – alone is worth the show. He is quite the ominous creature. Picture Pinhead having a love child with a Polish businessman and raising said child in the Thunderdome. I mean that with the utmost respect. He is incredible to look at.
While the music is entertaining in the pitch dark, the theatrics of this genre, again, add an element that everyday Joe cannot comprehend. Fans should rejoice in this gift we are given. I know I did. I honestly had an epiphany of how grand life is during Watain’s epic Waters of Ain. Seeing a sea of individuals in the harmonious union that is black metal. With a mindblowing lineup of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude, the Decibel Magazine Tour of 2012 is not to be missed.