Over the weekend: Napalm Death at Marquis Theater
Napalm Death, Coliseum, Toxic Holocaust and Kataklysm
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Marquis Theater, Denver
Better Than: A straightforward metal show.
The last time I saw Coliseum, the band had played at a warehouse space with Motheater. For this show, even though it was a more conventional setting, these guys from Kentucky still played an emotionally explosive, musically visceral set. At one point vocalist Ryan Patterson urged the audience to live a passionate life doing something creative and interesting. Throughout the show, Coliseum proved they were leading by example.
|Toxic Holocaust photo by Tom Murphy (click to enlarge)|
|Kataklysm photo by Tom Murphy (click to enlarge)|
|Napalm Death photo by Tom Murphy (click to enlarge)|
Throughout the set Greenway performed as though he didn't have complete control of his body, and Mitch Harris' vocals sounded like a wild and dangerous feline. Inside an hour, Napalm churned out at least 21 songs including "Suffer the Children," "Scum," "You Suffer," "Life and Limb," "The Kill," "Time Waits for No Slave," "From Enslavement to Obliteration," "Mass Appeal Madness," "It's a Man's World," "On the Brink of Extinction," and a cover of the Dead Kennedys' classic, "Nazi Punks Fuck Off." The set finished with the mind-shearing dynamics of "Siege of Power." Saturday's show will go down as one of the most powerful performances by any band that I've seen.
Personal Bias: Napalm Death recently became one of my favorite bands.
Random Detail: Shane Embury played through a Tech-21 SansAmp instead of a conventional amp.
By the Way: The merch from all the bands at this show was reasonably priced.