Posted in metal | music | pictures on May 28, 2010

words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman, additional pics by Samantha Marble

Luc LeMay of Gorguts
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Gorguts. Portal. Krallice. Bloody Panda. On one show! Knitting Factory on Wednesday (5/26) was a bit much to comprehend, what with a stellar four band bill like that, and as expected the sold-out Blackened Music/BV show was a jawdropper.

Bloody Panda started the evening out sans their usual executioner hoods, blasting out a powerful set of ominous darkness that was a perfect opposite to the tremolo-picking/riff-tastic bill that would follow. Starting with a shriek from vocalist Yoshiko that sent a shiver up my spine (imagine the middle ground between a high-pitched squeal and a door hinge creaking), I realized that it had been quite sometime since I last saw the band (members are now scattered around the globe) and had forgotten how compelling they were live. The band seems as though they have moved past shock & awe in the riff department and on to moody, powerful soundscapes with riffy passages (ala Swans). Either way, incredible set from this sextet.

Krallice swapped slots with Portal before the show started, and followed BP. As usual, the fearsome foursome played a rousing set of technical yet tuneful black metal which, much like at Europa, featured a decent amount of new songs. No word on what that material will hit the shelves, but expected it to be as brutal, complex, and powerful as their previous two releases. Incredible band.

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The atonal and costumed beast Portal was next, and the room was buzzing with anticipation. How would Portal's music translate in a live setting? What would they look like? Would the band come off as schticky or theatrical? Around 10PM, the band sauntered on stage, each clad in all black with hoods, one wearing a hangman's noose around his neck. Once the down-tuned and discordant riffs began, in came The Curator, the band's theatrical vocalist. Dressing in a black pope outfit, The Curator summoned some of the most unholy of bellows, gesturing in ways not unlike the pontiff himself. Extremely theatrical and totally fun, Portal are fascinating live, and hopefully we won't have to wait to see them again.

After a bill like that, I would have more than content with calling it a night... but Gorguts was next! The reunited Canadian DM gods (now featuring Colin Marston & Kevin Hufnagel) delivered a powerful set of brutal, eclectic tunes, with a good portion of those coming from the bands FORTHCOMING album (in 2011!). Classics from Obscura and beyond were all well represented, and the band were balanced, tight and badass in the live setting.

The thing that I enjoyed most about Gorguts' performance was the focus on something that I find lacking in tech-death in 2010; too many bands think that technically impressive riffs always equals brutality. Some of the simplest riffs ever are also the most brutal... it's more about feel and power behind those riffs and not that really rad seven-fret stretch you can do. Hey, it is called technical DEATH metal after all, amirite?

More pics, some setlists, and some must-see video is below....

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Bloody Panda (by Greg Cristman)

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Krallice - "Timehusk" 5/26/10 at Knitting Factory

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Portal - "Larvae" 5/26/10 at Knitting Factory

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Gorguts - "Obscura" 5/26/10 at Knitting Factory

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Comments (16)

Hell yeah! More coverage of polarizing music. This is going to be only the third thread like this of the day.

And yes...I know already hipsters and psudo-hipsters, wearing a costume is not cool unless you are Sufjan Stevens or Bjork. Got it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 3:42 PM

Portal were mesmerizing. Incredibly powerful stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 3:48 PM

LOL...polarizing music! yes! again, love you guys BV! this is why i check this blog like 500 times day when i am at work. holy shitballs, awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 3:49 PM

Portal came off as very campy and silly. I think if they didn't take themselves so seriously I would have enjoyed them 1,000x more. Definitely entertaining and would be happy to see them as an opener again.

Gorguts were completely awesome. The new material sounded great.

One other fun fact about the show. BLACKIE FROM VOIVOD was running sound. I was so pissed to realize that I had seen him much earlier in the night by himself at the bar, thought he looked vaguely familiar and brushed it off. Bummer summer.

Posted by noamjamski | May 28, 2010 4:10 PM

4:10
well, he sure as hell did a shit job during Krallice and Portal

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 4:18 PM

GoGurt? That shit sucks. Dannon any day.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 4:23 PM

Just so everyone know a bass guitar has four strings.

I think a couple people at this show didn't get the memo.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 5:11 PM

The crowd of 4 older people, one in a wheelchair: I had a feeling a family member was performing in Portal. Great show. I got too distracted by Portal's costumes & just closed my eyes during half the set. Focusing on the sound of the band made the show much better. They sounded incredible. Its awesome they can pull that technical shit off with a hood over their face in a live setting.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 5:37 PM

That dude's bass has 6. Without reading the article I would think they were playing jazz fusion.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 5:37 PM

dont read these fucking posts...but why does krallice seem to pop up every 3 days?

upon viewing these pictures: unless you're in metallica circa 1984, there is no goddamn reason to look like that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 6:24 PM

Necessary post here is that metal fans are the hugest nerds, love to get game and chat and give brooklyn vegan an edge that is built buy losers sitting in a basement eating mushrooms and feeding their snakes with crazy shit.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 8:39 PM

Good Try Anon 8:39

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 9:28 PM

As a rule of thumb, metal dudes like hummus, so they arefriends of mine!

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2010 6:07 AM

people (non-musicians) always shit on basses with more than four strings, but no one mentions the 8 string guitars?
btw, fender made 6-string basses in the 60's.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2010 6:06 PM

Really nice shot....Well done

Posted by walt | March 28, 2011 11:46 AM

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