Soulfly @ The Bottom Lounge, Chicago (US)

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SOULFLY / INCITE / LODY KONG / WYKKED WYTCH

Date: 18th April, 2012
Venue: The Bottom Lounge
Ticket: $25 (€19)
Promoter: n/a


DimK: SOULFLY’s “Enslaved” could be the sole reason to attend this show. I mean this is the most extreme SOULFLY album with killer guitar work and the trademark attitude fueled by Max’s iconic singing. So, leaving behind the exhausting day at work, METAL KAOZ was ready to rock with this touring package although the billing was rather weak, but we will get to this later.

MariaV: Arriving on time outside The Bottom Lounge, everything seemed to be running according to schedule. First to hit the stage were Miami’s WYKKED WYTCH and since this was my first contact with the band live ‘in action’, I wanted to be in the front row and enjoy Ipek’s remarkable vocal skills. Of course, having many orchestrations and beautiful enhanced atmospheric melodies, gives more points to the Black / Gothic metallers stage presence, even though a laptop has to handle that part. WYKKED WYTCH seemed ready to deliver us in their twisted, dark world and Ipek’s presence (loved her hair!) was able to be our travel guide but the weak attendance of the audience inside the venue, plus the even weaker response to Ipek’s call to show us how WYKKED this WYTCH is, didn’t allow to the rest of us (and I’m pretty sure, to the band also) to enjoy that night, even Nate’s guitar work was excellent. “Is this a funeral or a f**king Metal concert?” rhetorically asked Ipek but unfortunately there was no response. Well, I don’t know for the rest of the crowd, at least I really enjoyed their show and I wish to have the chance to watch these guys again, having in their setlist some treats from their previous works.

WYKKED WITCH setlist:

01. “Birthing The Beast”
02. “Prayers Of The Decapitated”
03. “Despised Existence”
04. “The Ultimate Deception”
05. “Serpents Among Us”

WYKKED WYTCH

Wykked Wytch @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Wykked Wytch @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Wykked Wytch @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Wykked Wytch @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: After WYKKED WYTCH’s honest efforts to warm up the rather cold and definitely indifferent crowd (I cannot understand the reason for this), it was time for the unknown band LODY KONG. Apparently this four piece group of youngsters (two members were part of the Cavalera family) like to call themselves a music band. But this was far from the truth since I only listened to noise (and a bad one, I may add), while watched to some kids messing with the music instruments (only the drummer was good) without having a single idea what a band should sound and look onstage. The crowd was still indifferent and kind of annoyed, so the show came to an awkward end with the band destroying the instruments, being pissed by the crowd’s stillness. The thing is that I do not see how this group can improve… If you plan to get to a SOULFLY show, you know what to avoid.

LODY KONG

Lody King @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Lody King @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Lody King @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: The sure thing is that INCITE had the difficult task to warm the crowd up after the disappointing LODY KONG set (you see, just by carrying the Cavalera name couldn’t/shouldn’t grant you a successful recognition), so without losing time, Phoenix, Arizona’s INCITE stepped onstage, ready and willing to treat us with a 40 minutes show with their Thrashy groove sound. I tell you, Richie Cavalera (the other part of the Cavalera clan) and the rest of the band gave a hell of a show, showing signs of improvement since the last time I watched them live (supporting SOULFLY of course), pointing quite straight from the beginning that Richie has copied lots of stage poses/moves/talking of Max (like “raise your hands up to the sky”), without this fact being bad at all. Wearing an OBITUARY tee, Richie walked the stage up and down countless times, demonstrating the band’s will to gain the best of our impressions and save the day of the previous unfortunate circumstance. On the other hand, INCITE have a skillful guitarist, so this could not turn into a bad set. “Down And Out” was the opening track of their set, “Tyranny End” came up next without a pause and till “Nothing To Fear”, everything looked back to normal, giving guarantees that this would be a great evening.

INCITE treated us with a brand new song, “Witness The Aftermath”, giving promises for their next studio work and then, the way Thrash and groovy “The Slaughter” passed the button to the closing “Army Of Darkness” that left the entire Bottom Lounge sweaty and ready for some ‘traditional’ tribe Metal ala the Brazilian way, the way of Max/SOULFLY.

P.S.: Extra kudos go to the INCITE bassist/ Marc Rizzo’s guitar roadie, Luis Marrufo who was headbanging during the majority of the SOULFLY set.

INCITE setlist:

01. “Down And Out”
02. “Tyranny End”
03. “Nothing To Fear”
04. “New Shred”
05. “End Result”
06. “Witness The Aftermath”
07. “Root Of Evil”
08. “The Slaughter”
09. “Army Of Darkness”

INCITE

Incite @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Incite @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Incite @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Incite @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Incite @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: Last time I watched SOULFLY in the Windy City was at House Of Blues with the previous lineup. That show was kind of disappointed since the setlist lasted almost 70 minutes and Max was clearly disconnected. I have watched Max onstage with SEPULTURA and many times with SOULFLY, so there was no way that lukewarm performance could stop me for going to this show. Have faith fellow metalheads, since everyone deserves a bad day, after all.

So, 25 minutes after 11pm (although this was according to schedule, it was late for a working day), the lights went out and the short intro brought the band onstage. The audience had managed to leave behind the indifferent attitude (INCITE helped a lot to wipe off our memory the LODY KING bad joke) and welcomed “World Scum” with striking enthusiasm. The love that metalheads have for Max knows no boundaries, so when Max announced (shouted to be precise) “Refuse / Resist” as the first SEPULTURA setlist addition, mayhem erupted inside The Bottom Lounge. The centre moshpit was on fire and I was really happy to see that it was a right one. I mean, it was not the usual push-me-to-push­-you­ ritual that we usually see in shows here in the States. It was nice violent fun that to my surprise was topped with stage-diving! Yep, you read right, I am talking about stage-dive and some nice crowd-surfing! The venue’s security did nothing to prevent this and honestly they did well. There was no obvious danger and also the band seemed to love it.

“Back To The Primitive” got everyone jumping up and down with the tribal based rhythm, and in some extent reminded me how I have missed this side of SOULFLY. Don’t get me wrong since I love the last Thrash-based albums, but man, the tribal rhythms and percussions sounded magnificent in the first two albums. Still the new songs fuelled the audience even more and it was great watching the band performing at matching energy levels. Max looked and sounded in a top mood and condition (his voice is literally ageless) and hence the previous Chicago show was forgotten way before the short “Arise” / “Dead Embryonic Cells” medley. Marc Rizzo is the best partner ‘in crime’ for Max and it would be a joke to comment on his flawless guitar playing. But what I was to comment on is his great mood and the way he was smiling each and every time one metalheads was onstage just before stage-diving.

“I’d like to introduce Tony Campos, our new bass player” said Max and then he added “This song is about Pablo Escobar and is called “Plate O Plomo”. This one comes from the band’s new album with lyrics in Portuguese with Max and Tony sharing the singing duties. The way this language fits SOULFLY’s is amazing and once again I will state that I’d love to see an entire SOULFLY album written in Portuguese. Tony did great on singing and it took seconds for the audience to join during the incredibly catchy chorus.

Max showed up with the traditional Brazilian music instrument berimbau and everyone quickly understood what was next; “Roots Bloody Roots” and the mid week fatigue was erased, giving its position to headbanging and even more crowd surfing. This was also the last song of the regular setlist, but no one moved an inch, even if the time was way after the US working day bedtime. SOULFLY did return and caused more chaos with Jumpdafuckup” / “Eye For An Eye” meeting the high expectations I always have before a Max fronted show. I am so glad watching him in such a great shape, having overcome his last health issue, plus the new lineup sounds and looks absolutely tight and solid. So if SOULFLY come in town, you know what to do regardless if it’s on a working day!

P.S.: Yeah, watching the Cavalera father and three sons jamming with “Troops Of Doom” was one of the night’s climax points. I hope these kids will get some of Max’s onstage magic.

SOULFLY setlist:

01. “World Scum”
02. “Refuse / Resist”
03. “Prophecy”
04. “Back To The Primitive”
05. “Seek 'N' Strike”
06. “Porrada”
07. Drum Solo
08. “American Steel”
09. “Troops Of Doom”
10. “Arise” / “Dead Embryonic Cells”
11. “Plata O Plomo”
12. “Revengeance”
13. “Roots Bloody Roots”
14. Jumpdafuckup” / “Eye For An Eye”

SOULFLY

Soulfly @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Soulfly @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Soulfly @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Soulfly @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Soulfly @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

Soulfly @ The Bottom Lounge (US) (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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