Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US)

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SATYRICON / GOATWHORE / NEVER SEE / DEADHAND SYSTEM

Date: 20th May, 2018
Venue: The Forge
Ticket: $24/€22
Promoter: Metalsucks


The economics of the Metal scene (or market, if you prefer) have gravely changed the last 10 years or so and one of the aspects of this is how difficult it has become for European bands to cross the Atlantic. I am referring to the bands that in Europe can have a fully booked club-tour (not arena tours) and succeed on having a positive total on their budget. In the US where the Metal audience has significantly decreased (or has been scattered among the States) doing something similar is almost out of the question so less bands are willing to take the risk and it is about time for people to understand this. The days when the record labels could invest money on a US tour are long gone simply because the margin of profit is practically non-existent. With this in mind, it is completely understandable why SATYRICON named this US tour as their last also considering the problems Frost had in the past with getting a Visa. Leaving on the side the INQUISITION drama, this show became a must-go as no one knows whether the Norse band will change its mind in the near future.

I may have messed up my time schedule because when I entered The Forge the onstage backdrop had the GOATWHORE logo and this meant no local supporting bands for me. There was quite an urgency to get the stage ready for the band from the New Orleans and this meant that SATYRICON had a long setlist planned for us. So, without wasting time GOATWHORE kicked off their set completely skipping the warming up part with the CELTIC FROST-esque “Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult”. The solid sound and the massive rhythm section were enough to get everyone going with L. Ben Falgoust II being the icing on the cake with his addictive energy and in-your-face attitude that goes hand-in-hand with GOATWHORE’s music. This was exactly what everyone needed to get off their Sunday mood and make this feel like a Friday night. Yeah, there was a solid fanbase in the front rows and got the moshing going without mercy during “Mankind Will Have No Mercy” (pun intended, of course). Putting a GOATWHORE album on the turntable at home requires being in a certain mood that is a bit hard to get at your comfort of you couch but in a concert setting this blackened Death / Thrash is absolutely awesome. The tall singer found some time just before “Drowned In Grim Rebirth” to let everyone know that GOATWHORE will be supporting ARCH ENEMY during the fall tour and then, let the thrashin’ do the rest. “Chaos Arcane” brought some chaos in the front rows with the moshing going strong and there were no signs of slowing down with the almost Punk guitars of “Apocalyptic Havoc” that has its way of sounding old-school or maybe borderline Crossover (that’s where the Punk aspect resides). Of course, there was no better way to end this short setlist other than with “FBS” (the “singing-along” part is absolutely amazing) which was also and a proper introduction for the Norse Black Metal which was upon us. L. Ben Falgoust II said “are you ready for some more participation? Watch for these poles though” referring to the two columns on the two sides of the venue’s arena. Guitarist Samm Duet corrected this request by adding: “in fact we would like you to rip those poles apart” and I think that was the best que for the setlist closer. Once more, GOATWHORE delivered the goods, made lots of people break the first sweat of the night, and yes, we were ready for SATYRICON.

GOATWHORE setlist:

01. “Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult”
02. “Mankind Will Have No Mercy”
03. “Schadenfreude”
04. “Drowned In Grim Rebirth”
05. “Chaos Arcane”
06. “Apocalyptic Havoc”
07. “FBS”

GOATWHORE

Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Goatwhore @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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I feels great when the anticipation builds up during the stage preparations. I mean, hearing the loud cheer the moment the customized mic stand with the SATYRICON logo was placed at the center of the stage was a powerful hint that this would be a good one. With the backdrop showing the cover artwork of SATYRICON latest LP everything was ready to welcome the Norse band. The lights went out and the taped intro accompanied the band member (except Satyr) as they found their onstage spots. As the intro was fading away, Satyr showed up and “Midnight Serpent” got everyone on and off stage into headbanging. It was kind of hard to get decent photos of keyboardist Anders Hunstad and drummer Forst as they were hidden behind the artificial smoke and the strong lights but I don’t think this bugged anyone else other than those inside the photo pit. SATYRICON fall into the early 90s Black Metal bands that people expect/demand to sound exactly as they did two decades ago… And for this, they are willing to complaint, whine and then, make fun of those who liked what they hear and see just because they (think) know best...

Anyways, to my ears and to my eyes SATYRICON were great and it was awesome watching Satyr doing much without doing much... I mean, the way he was standing behind the mic grunting the lyrics, headbanging  and occasionally walking close to the edge of the stage to provoke the crowd with a clenched fist felt fantastic. The massive drum sound of “Black Crow On A Tombstone” was the only excuse the US metalheads needed to get the mosh-pit going and I think it was the first instance for some hey, hey action. I have not paid much listening attention to the band’s latest album so getting the title track from a live setting gave me the nudge to spin this one more. Yeah, the chorus (grunting deep calleth upon deep along Satyr was a must) with the catchy riff and the keyboard sounds came out great and if I am not gravely mistaken there was some strong singing-along action. After the first climax of the set SATYRICON left the stage and let a pre-recorded part to build up some dramatics because it was time to speed things up with “Walker Upon The Wind” following Satyr invitation who stepped on the stage monitor and screamed with his fist in the air. Who needs words when a scream and a clenched fist can convey the message in such direct and Metal way? As I said, there was not much talking but still, the communication channel between the band and the audience was wide open and for this reason, there were no signs of slowing down neither from SATYRICON nor from the crowd. The hey, hey part during the riff of “Repined Bastard Nation” prepped the way for the sing-along during the groovier “Commando” with Frost tormenting the drum-skins without mercy. I think the loudest singing-along took placed during the even groovier “Now, Diabolical” with Satyr inviting everyone to join in and I think he was successful in doing so.

The dramatic tone of the mid-tempo “To Your Brethren In The Dark” was amazing and along with “Black Wings And Withering Gloom” opened the time capsule for “Walk The Path Of Sorrow”. For this one, Satyr got his guitar and gave the overall sound a huge boost which stayed loud and clear despite all the things going on. Oh my, this was an energy boost to the mosh-pit and the first attempts of crowd-surfing started happening. Yeah, being that deep into the set had nothing to do with the energy level inside The Forge which remained on the red zone. “Thank you so much!” said Satyr before introducing two songs from “Nemesis Divina”; with “Transcendental Requiem Of Slaves” being the first but it was “Mother North” that got the biggest participation from the still-going strong crowd and this is how the regular set ended.

It did not take long for SATYRICON to return and it was Satyr with his guitar kicking off the encore with “The Pentagram Burns”. “That felt good” said the singer who acknowledged the audience’s hard work and full participation by applauding for them. That was definitely deserved but the icing on the cake was the fast “Full Of Hatred”. Frost stepped down of this drum kit and started slamming his foot on the stage as if he wanted to underline the fact that he was with SATYRICON upon US soil. Of course, the crowd joined in and that was the best assist for the setlist-closer “K.I.N.G.”. The way the band and the audience performed that night was the best way to drop the curtain on SATYRICON’s crossing the Atlantic adventures but hopefully, this decision will change but I would not bet hold my breath no matter how successful this tour turned out to be.

SATYRICON setlist:

01. “Midnight Serpent”
02. “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight”
03. “Black Crow On A Tombstone”
04. “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”
05. “Walker Upon The Wind”
06. “Repined Bastard Nation”
07. “Commando”
08. “Burial Rite”
09. “Now, Diabolical”
10. “To Your Brethren In The Dark”
11. “Black Wings And Withering Gloom”
12. “Walk The Path Of Sorrow”
13. “Transcendental Requiem Of Slaves”
14. “Mother North”
15. The Pentagram Burns
16. Fuel for Hatred
17. K.I.N.G.

SATYRICON

Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Satyricon @ The Forge, Joliet (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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