Metal Fest Day 2 @ Movistar Arena, Santiago (CL)

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT / CARCASS / MY DYING BRIDE / SYMPHONY X / BRUJERIA / NILE / BRUTAL TRUTH

Date: 14th 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)


The second day of the festival and according to the schedule saw many metalheads wearing AGATHOCLES and ANAL CUNT t shirts, packing up the main stage since BRUTAL TRUTH were about to bombard everyone with the most characteristic blast beats of “Birth Of Ignorance” and “Stench Of Profit”. This band is responsible for highlighting Grindcore as an absolutely modern genre that has a huge following.

The party continued with “Sugardaddy”, “Get A Therapist... Spare The World”, “Simple Math”, “End Time” and “Fuck Cancer”. With every song the band was getting better fueled by the fans’ energy and one could see that Dan Lilker was ultra-excited by this reaction; “Godplayer”, “Celebration Gunfire” and “Evolution Through Revolution” followed and then the charismatic and barefoot Kevin Sharp wearing a shirt and jeans started calling the metalheads to approach the stage as close as possible, so he could stage-dive! No doubt this was enthusiastically welcomed.

BRUTAL TRUTH setlist:

01. “Birth Of Ignorance”
02. “Stench Of Profit”
03. “Sugardaddy”
04. “Small Talk”
05. “Evolution Through Revolution”
06. “Get A Therapist…Spare The World”
07. “Fuck Cancer”
08. “Branded”
09. “Godplayer”
10. “Denial Of Existence”
11. “Walking Corpse”
12. “Time”
13. “Ill-Neglect”
14. “Choice Of A New Generation”

BRUTAL TRUTH

Brutal Truth @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Brutal Truth @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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NILE was one of the most anticipated bands for the Chilean Death Metal fans since the past years there were some unsuccessful attempts to bring the band in Chile. But when there’s will, there’s a way, so there we were in the second day of the festival and guitarist Karl Sanders commenced “The Blessed Dead” armed with a devastating sound. Yes, NILE sounded like a machine-gun and the bullets were “Defiling The Gates Of Ishtar”, “Sacrifice Unto Sebek”, “Sarcophagus” and “Supreme Humanism Of Megalomania” and without any doubt their first show in Chile was great. The technique, the precision and the flawless execution received the chanting “ole, ole, NILE, NILE and Sanders responded to this reaction with expressions like "wow, this is awesome"! I surely believe that NILE will return soon in Chile.

NILE setlist:

01. “The Blessed Dead”
02. “Defiling The Gates Of Ishtar”
03. “Sacrifice Unto Sebek”
04. “Supreme Humanism Of Megalomania”
05. “Ithyphallic”
06. “Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld”
07. “Sarcophagus”
08. “Lashed To The Slave Stick”
09. “Invocation Of The Gate Of Aat-Ankh-es-en-Amenti”
10. “Black Seeds Of Vengeance”

NILE

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

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Even though missing VOIVOD from the billing – due to Snake’s health issues – was a huge turn-off, I am sure many metalheads appreciated seeing Juan Brujo and co. filling up this spot under the BRUJERIA moniker. After all, who doesn’t love singing all these political aware messages especially if those are delivered by a super-band?

The setlist featured “Cuiden A Los Niño”, “El Desmadre”, “Marcha De Odio”, “Colas De Rata”, “Cruza La Frontera”, “Vayan Sin Miedo” and “Anticastro” and it felt amazing listening to the solid wall of sound created by Hongo’s guitar (a.k.a Shane Embury from NAPALM DEATH) and El Cynico’s bass (Jeff Walker from CARCASS) crushing our heads like a steamroller. The icing on the cake was a taste of the upcoming album with the song “Angel De La Frontera” that was welcomed by the fans. Of course the classics “La Migra” and “Lead Law” got everyone involved and sweaty proving the strong appeal of BRUJERIA in Chile.

BRUJERIA setlist:

01. “Cuiden A Los Niños”
02. “El Desmadre”
03. “Colas De Rata”
04. “Brujerizmo”
05. “Division Del Norte”
06. “Anti-Castro”
07. “Pito Wilson”
08. “La Migra”
09. “La Ley De Plomo”
10. “Hechando Chingasos”
11. “Angel De La Frontera”
12. “Vayan Sin Miedo”
13. “Consejos Narcos”
14. “Matando Güeros”
15. “Marijuana”

BRUJERIA

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

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The masters of Progressive Metal SYMPHONY X were next and proved their title to the Chilean fans with  “Iconoclast”, “The End Of Innocence” and “Dehumanized coming from their latest album. In “Sea Of Lies” we had the chance to watch Michael Romeo’s guitar magic as he performed flawlessly without even trying hard. The keyboard melodies of Mike Pinnella opened the way for the nine minutes of “When All Is Lost” and everybody was singing the first lines sung by Russell Allen who once again proved what a great performer he is. And there is no question about his high singing skills.

“Paradise Lost”, “Eve Of Seduction” and “Serpents Kiss” came next and one of the highlight moments was the setlist closer song “Set The World On Fire”; “Wake up” shouted Russel just before the fast intro of this headbanger. The audience joined in singing the chorus, giving a powerful ending to this great performance. No doubt SYMPHONY X is a super-tight band with a great in-between members chemistry, a combination for success.

SYMPHONY X setlist:

01. “Iconoclast”
02. “The End Of Innocence”
03. “Dehumanized”
04. “Sea Of Lies”
05. “When All Is Lost”
06. “Of Sins And Shadows”
07. “Eve Of Seduction”
08. “Serpent's Kiss”
09. “Set The World On Fire (The Lie Of Lies)”

SYMPHONY X

Symphony X @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Symphony X @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Symphony X @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Symphony X @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Symphony X @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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Then it was time for a hearty dose of darkness and despair as the tolling bells of MY DYING BRIDE’s “Kneel Till Doomsday” opened the setlist of the British Gothic Doom metallers. Aaron Stainthorpe’s theatrical performance combined with Gothic dress-code and the dominating keyboards proved why  MY DYING BRIDE is considered one of the flagships of this music genre. The mesmerized audience seemed totally absorbed by the slow tempos, the down-tuned guitars and the full of despair vocals giving the impression that was part of MY DYING BRIDE’s show. “Turn Loose The Swans” sounded amazing with the violin melodies delivered by MacGowan who charmed the audience like a wizard using the most evil spell. I guess using the word scary is the most appropriate word to describe the sound of MY DYING BRIDE and their genuine Gothic aesthetics. The setlist ended with the faster (for the MY DYING BRIDE standards) “The Forever People” and I think I got a couple of chills down my spine listening to Stainthorpe’s deep growling.

MY DYING BRIDE setlist:

01. “Kneel Till Doomsday”
02. “Like Gods Of The Sun”
03. “Turn Loose The Swans”
04. “From Darkest Skies”
05. “The Raven And The Rose”
06. “She Is The Dark”
07. “The Cry Of Mankind”
08. “The Forever People”

MY DYING BRIDE

My Dying Bride @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) My Dying Bride @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) My Dying Bride @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) My Dying Bride @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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Images of surgery were the most fitting introduction for UK’s finest Grindcore/deathsters CARCASS who opened their set with “Buried Dreams” and the moshing started no questions asked. Of course “No Love Lost” got everyone involved to the violent festivities while the football chanting “ole, ole, ole CARCASS, CARCASSpassed the baton to the guitar driven intro of “Edge Of Darkness”.

Some classic Grindcore was also on the CARCASS menu with “Genital Grinder” and “Death Certificate” while things got really brutal during “Exhume To Consume” and “Corporal Jigsore Quandary”. Of course, the classic hit and riff driven “Heartwork” was also included in the setlist bringing more headbanging action and it would not be too much to use surgical terms to describe what happened in the front rows as CARCASS were the leading surgeons... Yeah, they were that good and I wouldn’t mind at all if they were playing live in Chile every weekend.

CARCASS setlist:

01. “Buried Dreams”
02. “Incarnated Solvent Abuse”
03. “No Love Lost”
04. “Edge Of Darkness” / “This Mortal Coil”
05. “Reek Of Putrefaction”
06. “Keep On Rotting In The Free World”
07. “Genital Grinder” / “Pyosisified (Rotten To The Gore)”
08. “Death Certificate”
09. “Exhume To Consume”
10. “Corporal Jigsore Quandary” / “Forensic Clinicism” / “The Sanguine Article”
11. “Ruptured In Purulence” / “Heartwork”

CARCASS

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

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Do you believe in extraterrestrials? If your answer is negative then you haven’t watched Devin Townsend and it was huge score for the festival to have him on the billing. And I’m saying this because this musician and mad genius (as some branded him) seems to be from another planet. The space trip started with “Truth” and everyone was drawn into the thick Progressive atmosphere with modern Metal and technical songs. I think the audience seemed a little bit worn out and who can blame them after the two days of aggression, although the long duration of the song might had something to do with this (there was a lot of music information to digest). So, no hard feelings for the ones who left but I think they missed a great performance by this charismatic artist who was backed up by a solid band and additional kudos to Ryan Van Poederooyen for his impressive drum work.

Anyway, “ZTO”, “By Your Command”, “Epicloud”, “Deadhead” and “Where We Belong” were on the setlist and it was great watching Townsend making all those faces constantly smiling while staying connected with the audience bouncing back the energy he was getting. “Do you like guys to hear a cover tune? Some Canadian band you might have heard of, is it RUSH or SLAYER?” joked Devin before the STRAPPING YOUNG LAD song “Love?” that came for the delight of all the fans of this artist’s brutal past.

“Grace” was the final song of the regular selist, a song that Devin dedicated to everyone inside the venue and added “Santiago, we love you”. Of course this was not the end and it was funny watching Devin saying goodnight making again those funny faces hinting that there would be a two-song encore. And so there was one with “Planet Of The Apes” and “Bad Devil”. Especially the latter hit us with clear and sometimes chaotic sound, representing the best way the mind of this most innovative musician. Someone must have chaos in his mind to create music like this that seems to be an exit from reality.

Also I have to mention that Devin Townsend has both feet on the ground, a tremendous amount of humility and good sense of humor, plus he is so close to the fans that after the end of the set, he remained onstage for about 10 minutes to greet every fan!

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT setlist:

01. “Truth”
02. “Regulator”
03. “ZTO”
04. “By Your Command”
05. “Deadhead”
06. “Where We Belong”
07. “War”
08. “Supercrush!”
09. “Kingdom”
10. “Juular”
11. “Liberation”
12. “Love?”
13. “Grace”
14. “Planet Of The Apes”
15. “Bad Devil”

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

Devin Townsend Project @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Devin Townsend Project @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Devin Townsend Project @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Devin Townsend Project @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega) Devin Townsend Project @ Movistar Arena (US) (photos by Ivan Vega)

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