Metal Fest Day 1 @ Movistar Arena, Santiago (CL)

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DOWN / TWISTED SISTER / MORBID ANGEL / SODOM / CORROSION OF CONFORMITY / ARCTURUS / LOCK UP

Date: 13th April, 2013
Venue: Movistar Arena
Ticket: n/a
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Ivan Vega

(original text in Spanish: Ivan Vega / translation in English: Maria Voutiriadou / editing: Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)


Santiago, the capital of Chile is one of those South American cities that attract a great number of Rock and Metal first class events and of course many metalheads. And this is also the reason why bands like IRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD chose this country to film entire concerts and released them in DVD format.

‘The Metal Fest’ is a two-days festival that has gained much publicity and it is worth mentioning that last year it hosted bands like KREATOR, ANTHRAX, VOLBEAT, TESTAMENT, VENOM, OBITUARY among others. And 2013 was not an exception with a billing that had DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, DOWN, CARCASS, MORBID ANGEL and TWISTER SISTER with special moments, with Pepper Keenan and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY or LOCK UP with Dan Lilker, simply remarkable. So, allow me to present to the festival’s milestones one by one.

LOCK UP lead by Tomas “Tompa” Lindberg was the first band that appeared on Saturday in front of an enthusiastic audience. I shouldn’t forget Shane Embury (on bass), Nick Barker (on drums) and the Chilean Anton Reisenegger (on guitar) who delivered a barrage of Grindcore finest: “Brethren Of The Pentagram”, “Slaughterous Ways”, “Accelerated Mutation” or “Violent Reprisal”. The singer (also in AT THE GATES) spoke a few words for the deceased Jesse Pintado and then asked if the audience (that was eager from more brutality) wanted to hear something from the old school stuff. What followed was a moment like that you rarely see; Dan Lilker joined LOCK UP onstage for two TERRORIZER covers; “Storm Of Stress” and “Fear Of Napalm”. I am afraid words are not enough to describe what happened!

LOCK UP setlist:

01. “Brethren Of The Pentagram”
02. “Slaughterous Ways”
03. “Accelerated Mutation”
04. “Violent Reprisal”
05. “Detestation”
06. “The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos”
07. “Necropolis Transparent”
08. “The Jesus Virus”
09. “Vomiting Evil”
10. “Storm Of Stress”
11. “Fear Of Napalm”
12. “After Life In Purgatory”

LOCK UP

Lock Up @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Lock Up @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Lock Up @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Lock Up @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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ARCTURUS came from Norway to Chile to present a music genre/scene which is not very common to see in my country. Strange sounds and gloomy layers, presented by the always talkative ICS Vortex (ex-DIMMU BORGIR) in a Symphonic Black Metal was the best treat for a lot of fans in South America. Jan Axel Blomberg, better known as Hellhammer (MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR), confirmed his rich resume with a performance drawing all the limelight as ARCTURUS played “Nightmare Heaven”, “Nightmare Heaven” “Alone”, “Painting My Horror” or “Chaos Path” among others. It was clear that the underworld was manifested right in front of our eyes and there were moments it felt like watching a pagan/black arts ritual. After the awesome “Master Of Disguise”, ARCTURUS left the stage having  won an enthusiastic applause from the metalheads.

ARCTURUS setlist:

01. “Evacuation Code Deciphered”
02. “Ad Absurdum”
03. “Nightmare Heaven”
04. “Hibernation Sickness Complete”
05. “Painting My Horror”
06. “Alone”
07. “The Chaos Path”
08. “Raudt Og Svart”
09. “Shipwrecked Frontier Pioneer”
10. “Master Of Disguise”

ARCTURUS

Arcturus @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Arcturus @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Arcturus @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY was one of the most anticipated bands in this year’s ‘Metal Fest’ since it would be their first appearance in Chile and South America. Many have traveled from Brazil and Argentina just to see this amazing band onstage, so the level of enthusiasm was sky high. The band kicked off the setlist with “Psychic Vampire” for the latest and self-titled album and kept hitting us with “Deliverance”, “The Doom”, “The Moneychargers” and “Technocracy”. Reed Mullin was absolutely electrifying and was charged by the enthusiastic Chilean metalheads. Since DOWN were also on the festival’s billing, the rumor that was going around became reality when Pepper Keenan showed up onstage and joined the band for “Señor Limpio” and “Vote With A Bullet” (read below). Truly this was one of the festival’s highlights and it was not a great surprise that the audience was screaming for more.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY setlist:

01. “Psychic Vampire”
02. “Deliverance”
03. “The Doom”
04. “The Moneychangers”
05. “Technocracy”
06. “Señor Limpio”
07. “Vote With A Bullet”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

Corrosion Of Conformity @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Corrosion Of Conformity @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Corrosion Of Conformity @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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Germany’s SODOM made it clear that time has not touched them; the almost five decades of Tom Angelripper had nothing to do with the high level of energy that obviously was flowing in his veins. SODOM performed like a tank storming the battlefield shooting bombs like “Nuclear Winter”, “Outbreak Of Evil”, “Agent Orange”, “Blasphemer” and “In War And Pieces” while they added in their arsenal the brand new “Stigmatized” from their upcoming “Epitome Of Torture”. There is a special connection between SODOM and the Chilean fans, so it was not a great surprise that Tom declared that “Chile is one of the best audiences”. Ok, this is a cliché statement, but it felt sincere and had an immediate effect of the fans who put more energy, a sign that they believed this.

SODOM setlist:

01. “Among The Weirdcong”
02. “The Vice Of Killing”
03. “Outbreak Of Evil”
04. “Surfin' Bird”
05. “The Saw Is The Law”
06. “Nuclear Winter”
07. “Burst Command 'Til War”
08. “Stigmatized”
09. “Agent Orange”
10. “City Of God”
11. “Blasphemer”
12. “Fuck The Police”
13. “In War And Pieces”
14. “Bombenhagel”

SODOM

Sodom @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Sodom @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Sodom @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Sodom @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Sodom @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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I think that MORBID ANGEL after so many shows in Chile they can call this country as their second home and I think their solid fanbase will agree with me. The band included some classics for the Chilean fans: “Immortal Rites”, “Maze Of Torment”, “Lord Of All Fevers And Plague”, “Chapel Of Ghouls” and I tell you it felt like the anniversary of “Altar Of Madness”. David Vincent as a charismatic frontman delivered “Fall From Grace” and “Where The Slime Live” during which the audience joined in singing. Perhaps the setlist’s lowest points were the songs from “Illud Divinus Insanus”, “Existo Vulgoré” and “Nevermore” which although are great songs, they left the audience kind of apathetic. I should not forget Trey Azagtoth who was in spotlight of all the Death Metal fans. “God Of Emptiness” and “World Of Shit” dropped the curtain for this memorable performance by MORBID ANGEL.

MORBID ANGEL setlist:

01. “Immortal Rites”
02. “Fall From Grace”
03. “Rapture”
04. “Maze Of Torment”
05. “Existo Vulgoré”
06. “Nevermore”
07. “Lord Of All Fevers And Plague”
08. “Chapel Of Ghouls”
09. “Where The Slime Live”
10. “God Of Emptiness”
11. “World Of Shit (The Promised Land)”

MORBID ANGEL

Morbid Angel @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Morbid Angel @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Morbid Angel @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Morbid Angel @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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TWISTED SISTER took over the stage with an audience that was hit by brutal Death Metal, but as soon as the first seconds and the first line of “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” hit us, Rock was in charge. On the side of the stage there were musicians from other bands watching the show and one of them was Phil Anselmo who seemed having a real good time.

The setlist included classics like “The Price” and “Burn In Hell” serving us a taste from the best days of the 80s when cassettes were weapon of choice and video clips like “I Wanna Rock” ruled the Metal TV waves. One of the setlist highlights was the classic “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during which Snider asked the Chilean public to sing as loud as the other parts of Latin America had and everyone followed his command.

Dee tried to communicate with the audience using the Spanish language and even asked for Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda’s help, but it didn’t work as he wanted, so they abandoned the efforts. TWISTED SISTER is a guarantee to have fun on one of your best nights and that’s exactly what happened during the 10-track setlist.

TWISTED SISTER setlist:

01. “You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll”
02. “Shoot 'Em Down”
03. “Stay Hungry”
04. “The Fire Still Burns”
05. “The Kids are Back”
06. “We're Not Gonna Take It”
07. “The Price”
08. “Burn in Hell”
09. “I Wanna Rock”
10. “It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)”

TWISTED SISTER

Twisted Sister @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Twisted Sister @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Twisted Sister @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Twisted Sister @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Twisted Sister @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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DOWN with Phil Anselmo on the helm appeared was the final band of the festival's first day and I think it was a very good choice since the last show in Chile left us wanting for more. So, the show starter was “Lysergik Funeral” during which Anselmo seemed restless demanding more reaction from the crowd but I think he had forgotten that everyone was there for the last nine hours. Anyway that did not stop him and continued with the set by dedicating “Pillars Of Eternity” to Dimebag Darrell letting the mosh madness to start.

DOWN played songs like “Lifer”, “Witchripper”, “Losing All”, “Ghosts Along Mississippi”, “New Orleans Is A Dying Whore” and an excerpt of PANTERA’s “Walk”, that has become part of the live tradition of the band. One of the night’s high moments was the celebration of CROWBAR’s Kirk Windstein's birthday, having a packed arena singing the “Happy Birthday” tune, while Anselmo was asking for a smoke... “Bury Me In Smoke” was the final song of the set with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s Reed Mullin and Woodroe Weatherman joining DOWN onstage, putting a powerful end to the first day of the fest.

DOWN setlist:

01.  “Lysergik Funeral Procession”
02.  “Pillars Of Eternity”
03.  “Lifer”
04.  “Witchtripper”
05.  “Temptation’s Wings”
06.  “Ghosts Along The Mississippi”
07.  “Losing All”
08.  “New Orleans Is A Dying Whore”
09.  “Eyes Of The South”
10.  “Walk” / “Hail The Leaf”
11.  “Stone The Crow
12.  “Bury Me In Smoke”

DOWN

Down @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Down @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Down @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)
Down @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Down @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Down @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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I should note that during the breaks, some of the best Chilean bands were playing in another stage bringing more Metal to the fans. The production and the organization of ‘The Metal Fest’ was top notch (there was no delay in the announced timetable) following the high standards of European festivals.