Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 17, 2009

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chris La Putt

Mortuus of Marduk is angry. You won't like him when he's angry.
Marduk

Three beers and as many bands into the blackened bonanza at Gramercy, nature was calling. I scooted downstairs to a mostly empty bathroom where every stall was open but all of the sinks were occupied. Standing at the sinks were four men applying a base coat of white to their face, adding black around their eyes and upside-down crosses to their cheeks.

Mental note: corpse paint and beige khaki shorts is not a good look.

Gramercy's doors swung open for me a little bit before 9:30, missing Black Anvil & Tombs (who by all accounts, destroyed... me = not surprised) but just in time to catch Withered for the umpteenth time in a year. Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Kilgore was absent for the second time in recent months (similar to the tail end of Mayhem fest), but their new guitar player was a suitable replacement. In fact, the road has been good to Withered; every single NYC performance is better than the last, with Saturday's performance topping them all. It is debatable, yet entirely possible, that Withered were as or more powerful than the mighty Marduk.

Besides some of the more familiar landmarks in their setlist (from their two LPs Folie Circulaire and Memento Mori), Witheredalso revealed "From Shadows", a new song which, according to members of the band, will be recorded in the coming months for a new LP(!). The track retains all of the Withered signatures of subtle melody, blasting power, and unplanned left turns. Get psyched.

To chants of "Panzer Division Marduk", the Swedish black metallers took the stage clad in all black (doy), 14 hole combat boots, and the requisite corpse paint. The band was gloriously powerful, and I couldn't help but wonder about how the band would have fared on Blackened Fest. Would opening for the extremely theatrical Mayhem diminish their impact or would Cephalic Carnage's relatively clinical approach made them seem all the more punishing? Either way, dem boys were good. The sound was well balanced for Marduk from multiple points of view (as it was for Withered), with my single complaint being there wasn't enough guitar in the mix (which is probably is due to the fact that the band had one guitarist).

Before the set, multiple backstage sources were spreading the word that the band had gallons of cow blood prepped for use during their set. Gallons, I cannot verify, but vocalist Mortuus (also known for his work in Funeral Mist) did pause for a moment mid-set to "drink" a chalice filled with cow blood, most (all?) of which ended up on his chin and chest. Yummy. It was highly theatrical and down right hilarious/awesome. To quote Bon Scott: "If you want blood, you got it!"

Marduk has said in the recent past that these three dates are just a taste before they embark on a full-on US tour in the winter. Let's hope that NYC gets another date... just don't count on me to get made-up for it.

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Comments (21)

Just once I'd love to see a band like one of these name themselves something like 'Feathers' or 'Tiddlywinks'.

Posted by that's just me | August 17, 2009 11:21 AM

There is actually a black metal band out there that goes by the name "Happy Days"

Posted by BBG | August 17, 2009 11:24 AM

Great comment, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 11:29 AM

Black Anvil rules you

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 11:35 AM

all these new death and black metal bands are just a bunch of posturing glam metal poseurs. i like how everyone turns their heads to the national socialist (nazi) belief systems. soon screwdriver is going to make a big come back.

Posted by charlie | August 17, 2009 1:12 PM

Marduk are not new dude

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 2:01 PM

MEHrduk

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 3:09 PM

Where's the pics of Mortuus drinking the blood?

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 3:42 PM

All skrewed up is one of my favorite albums

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 5:51 PM

paul delaney is hot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 7:02 PM

yeah Charlie
im sure all these bands crank skrewdriver on the way to their shows.
and possibly so much that the CD gets jammed in the CD player.
making it not even an option to NOT listen to them.

Posted by IanGillanStewart | August 17, 2009 7:04 PM

Don't know about Screwdriver, but Skrewdriver had some quality material.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 7:40 PM

Hail the new dawn.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 9:10 PM

HAIL THE NEW DAWN
VOICE OF BRITAIN
BOOTS AND BRACES
ALL SKREWED UP

BEST 4 IN ORDER

WRECKINIZE MY NIGGAZ!! HAHA


Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 11:39 PM

1) if you think Marduk are new, you are a fucking poser idiot.
2)I you think Marduk is a Nazi band, you are a fucking idiot.

Read these steps repeatedly until the message sinks in.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2009 2:14 AM

NSBM and Nazi black metal are two different things you fucking idiot.

That's for the guy up top who said how he liked how everyone turned their heads to NSBM. Fucking moron, like you can understand the lyrics anyways.

That said, I like some NSBM but in no way consider myself a "Nazi" or nationalist or bigot or anything like that. I am actually quite left leaning but I'm also not some PC little prick.

Why don't you go listen to Eighteen Visions or some bullshit like that?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2009 10:08 AM

1:12 is right. Marduk may not be NSBM, but when all your records feature some kind of Nazi-related theme and you wear 14 hole boots onstage, there's not too much room left for interpretation.

The music is entertaining, but the whole quasi-NS shtick is suspect.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2009 2:08 PM

In the Withered review it list vocal/guitars Dylan Kilgore as being absent again with a new replacement. Actually Dylan IS new replacement for former Withered vocal/guitar player Chris Freeman...

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 10:15 PM

Chris is an awesome photographer. but edit!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 12:49 AM

Dark stuff - no light. Trying to cut down on the electric bill?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 11:44 AM

cheap tickets + small venue + beer + hash browns + bowling = asbury lanes. always a good time.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 1:03 PM

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