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ConcertsJagermeister Music Tour featuring Ghost, Gojira, & The Defiled 3/18/2013

Posted on Tuesday, April 16 2013 @ 19:20:55 CDT by Pete Pardo
Heavy Metal Who would believe that you could see three bands for the princely sum of £5 (about $8) in today's recession hit world. That's what the Jagermeister tour was all about, a platform to put on three bands and give some rising Metal maximum exposure for minimum cost, all at the Sheffield Academy in the U.K.

Newly signed to Nuclear Blast Records, The Defiled from London are an acquired taste. Mixing their industrial elements with some hard hitting rock it's certainly dividing the crowd. With enough blast beats to summon the brown devil from your bowels things are getting a little repetitive. With the keyboard player performing some sort of keyboard twisting/throwing ritual it's all a little unconvincing, hell, is the damn thing even plugged in? With a lack of any guitar solos or bursts things go downhill very quickly.

The best French export since….correction THE best French export, Gojira are simply stunning. From the first time I had the pleasure of witnessing them at Hellfest they have gotten better each time. With their latest album L' Enfant Sauvage widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike it's good to see them earn some success at last. The sound is thunderous, heavy and this Monday night crowd are up for it. With projections beamed onto a backdrop of the album covers head their progressive metal is going down a storm. With a set consisting of 'Explosia' 'Wisdom Comes' and ending with 'The Gift Of Guilt' it's a sonic lesson of masterful metal delivery, excellent set.

The white smoke is rising above Sheffield as Ghost (or Ghost B.C as they're known in the States), take to the stage; communion is in session as the holy chants flood through the venue. Papa Emeritus stage presence is as haunting as it is captivating as the smell of incense wafts through the air. Choosing to preach from their new book of Infestissumam for their first sermon is a bold move. The title track sounds phenomenal, with the guitar tone absolutely pitch perfect. Many people in the audience not sure how to take Ghost but having been to a number of their communions I was well aware of what to expect. Tonight the clergy are magnificent; the faceless ghouls are performing out of their robes as Papa Emeritus almost floats around the stage keeping on stage chatter to a minimum. "Do you like to see women bleed?" as he introduces 'Elizabeth', with 'Year Zero', 'Ritual' and an encore of 'Monstrance Clock' bringing the curtain down on this unholy communion. A stunning performance from a band you just have to experience live, so good in fact I did it all again four days later in Birmingham.


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