Posted in metal | music | pictures on December 12, 2011

words by Kim Kelly, photos by BBG

Antaeus @ Rites of Darkness
Rites Of Darkness

Rites of Darkness hit the halfway point Saturday with no more major disasters (comparatively speaking, anyway) and a sicker than sick lineup. Doors opened at 3pm but the show didn't actually start 'til after 5, when Texan grind 'heads P.L.F. hit the stage followed by death metallers Blaspherian and Grave Ritual. Hooded menace Midnight were a crowd favorite; framed by stagedivers' flailing limbs, Ohio's finest tore through a half hours' worth of black thrashing, neck-snapping, punk as fuck anthems like "Black Rock'n'Roll" and "Endless Slut" and left us all wanting more.

Adversarial's head-down Canadian war metal assault brutalized those who remained, then Black Witchery stalked onstage and tore the joint to shreds with an onslaught of Satanic might (as seen at Europa this past summer with Proclamation). Total death!

Chicago death metal legends Cianide were nothing short of fantastic; their guitar tone alone was worth the trip down. Grecian horde Zemial played a solid ninety minutes of old-school black metal (Quorthon would've been proud), which felt a little longer than necessary but still slayed. Antaeus's first-ever North American performance was the indisputable highlight of the evening, if not the entire fest so far. Spewing forth violently intense and utterly focused, savage black metal, littered with razor-sharp shreds of melody and drenched in evil, these corpsepainted wraiths stood and fucking delivered. Cut your flesh and worship Satan.

Day 1 pictures HERE. More pictures from Rites of Darkness day 2 are below

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Comments (32)

Chicago death metal legends Cianide were nothing short of fantastic; their guitar tone alone was worth the trip down. http://www.rainingblossoms.com/

Posted by Kenneth L. Walker | December 12, 2011 5:09 AM

smh at these retards. grow up. do something useful or kill yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 11:46 AM

What does "smh" mean?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 12:00 PM

boring

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 12:03 PM

11:46 what do you do...sell insurance?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 12:11 PM

smell maple ham?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 12:17 PM

sausage metal heads?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 12:20 PM

Great pictures, man. thanks for braving the front of the stage and documenting it.

Posted by Eric | December 12, 2011 12:51 PM

shaking my head

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 12:52 PM

stealing my hummus

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 1:31 PM

Midnight deliver in Spades!!!!!!! All Hail Hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Danno | December 12, 2011 2:33 PM

really people? this is taking clown shit to the next level.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:08 PM

Choad Overload

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:31 PM

lol @ autistic, butthurt comments from /mu/ fags. Fest was fucking amazing, Cianide and Antaeus absolutely destroyed. I feel sorry for anyone who missed it!

Posted by Kalash | December 12, 2011 5:00 PM

It's really funny how none of these load-swallowing hipsters never have the balls to talk all this shit in front of a show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 5:45 PM

For guys who spend their time in dank basements hurling themselves against other fat, sweaty dudes these steamed sausages sure are a homophobic bunch.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 5:59 PM

@5:45: Do you really expect any of these autistic whiners from 4chan to drag themselves away from the computer screen in their parents' basement and go to a metal show?

Posted by Kalash | December 12, 2011 6:03 PM

Man what a bunch of losers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 7:00 PM

Sausage comment.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 7:53 PM

So many main comments. I was at this shit. (I'm the guy in the untied luchador mask in some the shots) and I'm about to graduate college.

Different people are into different things. Calling them losers makes you look juvenile and whatnot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 8:16 PM

^ you are young still. There is still hope. Turn away from the dark lardy 'comfort' foods. Turn to the hummus!

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 9:57 PM

Yes... Let the hummus take you toward the light my young lad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 11:45 PM

Fest was incredible. Huge fan of Cianide and Midnight. Black Witchery fucking sucks though. Most boring, repetitive, minimalist shit on Earth since Von. To hell with minimalist black metal. Long live death metal.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 6:53 AM

what a dumbass. hooded manace didnt play idiot!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 1:00 PM

Learn to fucking read - I referred to Midnight as a "hooded menace," you jackass.

And I will never understand why you indie rock hipster cretins bother to comment on metal posts. Clearly it doesn't interest or concern you, yet you take the time to leave cringe-worthy comments. Go autoerotically asphyxiate to Best Coast.

Posted by Kim Kelly | December 13, 2011 2:45 PM

FUKKING MIDNIGHT FUKKS YOU

Posted by Adam Murray | December 14, 2011 5:23 AM

KimK don't listen to the hatesters! They are just trolling/dumpsterdiving for your affections!
BeeBGe pics are marvelous thank you! Wish i was there!
Good job guys hope i see you soon maybe Chaos or MaryDF perhaps!! xoxoxoxoxo lookit this positivity load i just shot all over BV!! sorry dudes! Sausage 4everr yeaahhh!!
<3 <3 <3 <3

Posted by Adam Murray | December 14, 2011 5:31 AM

Great show. Traveled from Arkansas. Cianide, Midnight, Demigod fucking ruled. Black Witchery, and the new blaspherian fucking sucked. very boring in my opinion.

Posted by Rob S. | December 20, 2011 11:02 PM

Great show. Traveled from Arkansas. Cianide, Midnight, Demigod fucking ruled. Black Witchery, and the new blaspherian fucking sucked. very boring in my opinion.

Posted by Rob S. | December 20, 2011 11:06 PM

goodshow all weekend. lots of badass bands

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Posted by jocuri | August 28, 2012 2:10 AM

I'm a gigantic fan of rites of darkness.

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