With fan favourites like “Hammer Smashed Face” and “I C*m Blood” (those being among the more tame song titles) Cannibal Corpse took the Commodore Ballroom stage on Wednesday.
They were joined by Fellow Death metal band “Behemoth.” The two kicked off their North American tour on January 29th in New Orleans and are set to hit just over a couple dozen cities, finishing off in early spring. That being said, both bands have recently run into their share of controversy surrounding their lyrics and overall vibe. With a total of eight show cancellations over a few months between the two bands late last year, the expectation for the show was heavy and the veterans proved that they still have what it takes to get a crowd going.
First on stage of the two was Behemoth, of course dawning their signature hellish look. As someone new to the metal scene, the transition between one band to the other was a great representation of why these two bands work so well co-headlining the tour.
If there was a way to describe the difference in sound between the two, it would be witnessing an execution versus a murder. If Behemoth was an execution it would be a evisceration whereas Cannibal Corpse would be an onslaught bludgeoning.
Either way, as a spectator it’s safe to say that the night was anything but a disappointment. The crowd was in it for the long haul and there was a satisfying amount of head banging in the sea of metal fans. The light show accompanying the show was enough to induce a seizure, and after hours of death metal the Vancouver crowd seemed like they were ready for even more. The tour should be a memorable one for all who decide to delve into the depths of the dark side.