Posted in metal | music | pictures on December 21, 2009

words by BBG, photos by Paul Birman

Marduk

Tis the season for corpsepaint? The coal-in-stocking crowd was on hand... to catch Marduk's first proper trek around the country since dropping off the Blackenedfest tour earlier this year. A good portion of the crowd appeared to have already spent their Christmas money on elaborate spiked armbands that could be classified as weapons.

Openers Merrimack played streamlined and fierce French black metal to a gathering crowd, bedecked in enough spikes to host a shish kabob dinner.

Marduk closed the evening... [and could have] been on edge; a fan at an earlier southern California show tried to torch a Bible and an overzealous security guard shot pepper spray, forcing the venue to clear for 10 minutes. In San Francisco, Marduk didn't withhold crowd pleasers from Panzer Division, Opus Nocturne and early tracks like "Still F-ing Dead." But the strongest moments were from recent albums including "Into Utter Madness," and "Phosphorous Redeemer" from Wormwood and "The Leveling Dust," from Rom 5:12. The more expansive Marduk tracks showed a side to the band neglected by fans who stick to earlier albums... Marduk's latest albums have showcased a rejuvenated band that is heading in more creative directions than at any point during their career. But on this night they might have been slightly bested by Nachtmystium, who buckled down and showed where black metal is headed as we enter the new decade. [About.com]

Marduk joined dark forces with Nachtmystium, Mantic Ritual, Merrimack, Black Anvil, and Dimentianon at Gramercy Theater on Wednesday (12/16) as part of Marduk's US Plague tour, their second trek to the US and at that venue this year. The above review comes from the band's San Francisco gig, the same show known for the infamous Mortuus hip toss. Word has it that the NY show saw Nachtmystium joined by Merrimack vocalist Terrorizt for a cover of GG Allin's "I Kill Everything I Fuck".

More pics from the show are below...

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Comments (23)

I'll meet you anytime, anywhere you black metal faggots! Mardouche, this means you!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 11:19 AM

ooooo Markduk...you're so dark and scary... Next time someone gets on your stage, it's gonna be me knocking you out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 11:21 AM

why book a metal band and then ban moshing and crowd surfing? but then again, if people are wearing sharp spikes on their wrists its probably a good idea

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 11:49 AM

what a bunch of morons. who takes this garbage seriously? Why all the BV coverage of these douches?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 12:06 PM

Mayhem > Marduk

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 12:09 PM

Marmaduke > Marduk

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 1:12 PM

Britney Spears>Marduk

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 1:18 PM

The singer from Marduk should have been charged with assault after throwing that fan to the crowd. Why is he free to roam the country?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 1:58 PM

Marduk >>>>>>>>>> nigel hipster internet trolls

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 2:55 PM

@1:58 definitely a good question.

this is not a girl talk concert where it's ok for anyone to jump on stage. and just like gt, mortuus is more than a singer, he is a performance artist.. every detail of his performance is well coordinated and thought through. furthermore, his concentration and his ability to tap into whatever he is singing about takes him to another place, a place where he is no longer the same human that goes to the gym or calls his mother on her birthday. you can only guess what he becomes.. i was trying my best to capture it on film.

so when someone tries to impede on that image and invade that world, the only way mortuus the performer can react is in a violent, irrational manner. which leads me to believe that he really does tap into something absolutely amazing and powerful and what he does is not just an act, but honest, genuine form of contemporary art.

..in layman's terms... if there is a 6 foot, long haired norwegian dude wearing corpse paint and combat boots, screaming about WWII bombing campaigns and you decide to come up from behind and put your hands on him... you deserve to get your fucking bones broken.

Posted by paul birman | December 21, 2009 2:59 PM

Marduk set list anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 3:44 PM

LOL at how angry people get over black metal...jesus, this band seriously pisses people off. i'd say they did their job well based on the comments. idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 4:01 PM

awesome, that dude was there.

Immortal > Mayhem > Marduk

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 4:34 PM

I did acid that evening and went to see the until the light takes us doc

then went to the show

lml

Posted by p | December 21, 2009 5:58 PM

Awesome photos!

Posted by CH | December 21, 2009 6:14 PM

fuck that kid.
he got his ass handed to him.
thats what you get. anyone on here that talks shit about Marduk is an actual faggot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 6:22 PM

December 21, 2009 12:06 PM :Yet we are supposed to take any of a number of marginally talented indie douchebags dressed in a bear/animal suit seriously...

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 7:30 PM

actual faggot

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 10:10 PM

Actual faggot == good band name

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2009 11:49 PM

Nice Gorilla Biscuits tattoo. Haha

Great photography overall!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2009 12:39 AM

A few things...

I was at this show and it was great.

I hate hipsters and hate most of the people who will read this.

Although I hate about 80% of the music that BrooklynVegan covers, I'm a LONG TIME Metal and HC fan that appreciates the coverage on here of the music I love.

The photos from the Metal shows on here are always FUCKING AMAZING!

Have a swell day.


Posted by SatansSon718 | December 22, 2009 9:54 AM

Watch hipster jump into another cool trend in the new decade.

Metalheads, however, will always stay true to themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2009 1:57 PM

The whole Snow LP is pretty solid. And these guys easily sold out 3 NYC shows already.

^^^Maybe these are scalpers upset about the T5 addition?

http://www.chatdrdsh.sa-girl.com

Posted by شات دردشه | October 10, 2010 9:56 PM

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