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Reviewed by Thomas
Special guest: 3 Inches Of Blood, Carnal Forge
City: Gothenburg, Sweden
Venue: Sticky Fingers
Date: 29 Aug 2008
Carnal Forge setlength: 30 min.
3 Inches Of Blood setlength: 35 min.
Exodus setlength: 70 min.

Carnal Forge

A lot has happened in the band since I last saw them, for the better or for the worse I do not really know. I was not too fond of them the last time around (quite some years ago now, though) and they still did not do much for me. Although, weren't they more straight death metal earlier? Their hardcore-spiced trash/death combination served well as a warm up show and Carnal Forge do not need to feel ashamed as they did well, yet it did not do much for me.

4 chalices of 10

(sorry, no setlist)

3 Inches Of Blood

I had fairly high expectations on 3 Inches Of Blood and I am sad to say that they left me with a slight feeling of disappointment since they did not stir up quite the riot I expected. They started of well with their high-speed metal but there was something missing, apart from the intensity I yearned for, and that was vocalist Jamie Hooper that due to severe throat problems sits this tour out. Even if one of the guitarists filled in for him honourably I think that one of the strengths with 3 Inches Of Blood is the shared vocal duties, and I surely believe that with both regular vocalists on stage they would have risen a great deal as a band on stage.

In addition, the stage, perhaps another reason that stood in the way for the band to gain some momentum, was far too small when they had to perform in front of the drumkit of Paul Bostaph from Exodus. Nevertheless, as time went on they got better all along, and with Wykydtron things started to really get going and the crowd showed their appreciation for the band. Other highlights worth mentioning were Night Marauders and of course, the absolutely stunning song Deadly Sinner where I love to hear Cam Pipers really sing full-throttle with his high-pitch vocals, which worked perfectly live by the way.

Even if I am not totally satisfied with this performance I still have high hopes for this band, since on album I think they are absolutely fantastic, yet live they have much left to prove to me. I hope that they will return as headliners, yes I think they should be able to draw enough crowd for that, and that with a full setting in the band and with a bigger stage. Then I can hardly imagine not being satisfied by the Canadians.

6 chalices of 10

(sorry, no setlist)


I could probably use great parts of my previous review I wrote after having seen Exodus; "Rob Dukes on vocals still seemed to be pissed off to the brink screaming his lungs out and once again proving that he is a worthy successor to the band's former vocalists. And Gary Holt, the backbone of Exodus, seemed to be having the time of his life, smiling and banging head on stage while thrashing away with his guitar. To say that Exodus is an intense band live is an understatement, they start at full speed and then they only keep on going with no slowing down in sight."

Exodus completely runs everything else over, no pardons or lives spared. Many songs were picked from their Bonded By Blood album, and that might not by my first choice in the Exodus discography as I think their newer material stands much better. Although, the songs are classics to some and damn did they get the crowd going. This was mayhem, or mosh-bashing heaven if you are into that kind of good friendly violent fun.

The band was, as always, completely determined to deliver, you could see it in their eyes when they entered the stage, and as always they did an awesome job. Children Of A Worthless God with its massive riffing came out as a damn great live song that I loved every second of. Dull moments shine with their absence when Exodus performs and time flew away and before you knew it, all was at end. However, thanks so bloody much Gary Holt and Exodus, for bringing back Toxic Waltz to the set-list. It's truly an amazing song that you never should hide away again.

After the last song Strike Of The Beast was performed, the band left the stage and did not return for an encore! The crowd did not give up but kept chanting that Exodus should return to the stage, and after a while, Lee Altus came out and explained that they wanted to play more, but was not allowed. Sad but true and it felt like just two more songs would have been the finishing touch, which would have made this performance close to perfect.

8 chalices of 10

SETLIST: (might be slightly incorrect)

Bonded By Blood
Funeral Hymn
And Then There Were None
A Lesson In Violence
Children Of A Worthless God
The Toxic Waltz
Strike Of The Beast

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