I am thrilled to have a couple useful shots from this show! It was too damn dark. I interviewed Candiria 121199 in Roseville, CA at Big Shots. Anyone remember that spot? It was awesome seeing this band again, and you can read the interview on this blog here—-> Candiria Interview, 12.11.99
High on Fire came through Sacramento, CA and we all met our doom. I had never heard the band until tonight. Its obvious everyone else knew of the band because Goldfields was packed early this evening. Horseneck started the show off. I have been watching the folk in this band perform for years in the Sac area in different groups. Its awesome to see the musician itch still going strong in people!
Tonight I rented a Nikon d610 after the d750 was already rented out. I figured I should see what the newer body can do if I may buy one. I will speak on this later.
Up next was another band, and I do not remember who it was. Oh Archon! I really can’t give you a thought on them because this venue seems to have the sound behind you if you are standing at the stage. I really could not hear anything. With earplugs in and the speakers behind you, the sound is almost non existent because the bands monitors are pointed towards them. Anyways, here is a shot of Archon. It looked like they were killing it at least!
The crowd got a bit tighter in the front before High on Fire went on. I havent been to a show where I really dont know what I am about to hear beforehand.
One of the last times this happend was at Club Extreme in Pollock Pines? Mr Bungle and The Dillinger Escape Plan. A friend of mine were talking to them before the show and we asked what they sounded like. Ben said “Dont worry, we arent death metal or anything.” I really didnt care too much what they sounded like but I certainly was not ready for the bassist to jump from the stage during their first song and swing shit around.
Back to Oaklands own High on Fire. Sludge, bong metal, doom metal, just slow hot bacon grease flowing downhill almost ready to solidify is what I would say they sound like, but speed it up, or well, slow it down. Now that I am thinking of it, Id say a bit Black Sabbath and old Slayer. Everyone was all about Matt Pike though and the dude slays on guitar. I couldnt stay in the front any longer because folks were just coming up wiggling their hands in the air as Matt noodled on the fret board.
This is a first in over a year for show reviews. It is pretty difficult to get a photo pass now so I gotta keep this page legit in order to have a chance to shoot any shows, when I am able to get to one.
Tonight was my first time shooting at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. I think this show was sold out or was certainly real close, it was hard to get anywhere in there.
Absymal Dawn from Los Angeles, CA started the night off and they were fantastic. They were the only band I was able to get the set list from. The audience was very into them and got a great response throughout their set.
Programmed to Consume
In Service of Time
The Inevitable Return to Darkness
Cryptopsy, one of my favorite bands was up next. I first heard them when …And Then You’ll Beg came out in 2000. I went back a bit into their back catalog but it didn’t do as much for me as ATYB did. I could listen to that album all the way through. I havent seen them since I think 05 at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA with Lord Worm on vocals, and the first time was Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA with Dimmu Borgir and Krisiun 31302 with Martin on vocals. Tonight they came out swinging. I do miss the extra mayhem of two guitars but Christian Donaldson and Oliver Pinard hold up the past songs quite well and the new EP The Book of Suffering is like a return in a way to ATYB and some hints of None So Vile at times. I need to check out their self titled album because a bit of the focus on the EP has to have already been coming around within that album. I rarely ever know song titles so just know they played nothing but hot tracks.
Obituary had San Francisco, CA in the palm of their hands their whole set. I saw a lot of old metal heads singing and just smiling a lot. The band sounded good and the people were receptive.
When you talk death metal, Cannibal Corpse and Obituary are certainly at the top, especially when you have been around since the late 80’s and are still performing. Cannibal Corpse turned the stage dark and red for at least the first few songs. I then left. I did not hear anything that grabbed my attention. This is not to say they were not good, they are legends and have influenced many bands I listen to I am sure, I just could not get into it. Maybe I am too old? One thing I know is I need a new wide-angle lens. Using my crappy 28mm 2.8 lens was frustrating, and the shots I saw from the other photographers that night were helping with my decision.