Cannibal Corpse brought the battlefield to the Boise Knitting Factory alongside Gatecreeper and Power Trip. This touring cycle is in support of their new record Red Before Black (check our review) Power Trip also pumped out their killer new record Nightmare Logic last February.
To start the show, locals Abaasy took the stage with a new lineup. Even with fresh blood the 4-piece set the tone for the show in their rather short but oh so sweet set. I have seen these guys headline the same venue and open for several other bands, and they always bring the house down. If you’re eve in the Boise area and you hear these guys are playing, do it!
Gatecreeper was next to perform. Adding a deathish-doom band to the roster was a great way to diversify the lineup. While at times thrashy, these guys don’t need speed to punish. During their set, the stage was consumed by a thick fluorescent green light, obstructing the facial features of all the members. This gave a cool element to the group’s presence. The Arizona-based quintet crushed fans with songs from 2016’s Sonoran Deprivation album, as well as both tracks from their new Sweltering Madness EP.
Which brings us to our third band, Power Trip. These guys were insane. They brought an old school sound to a new school audience and everyone seemed to receive it well. Their set was diverse enough to keep everyone in the room on the edge of their heels. The mosh pit was frantic the entire time, and it seemed to work as a sort of catalyst driving the tune. Loudwire just named Nightmare Logic as the “best album of 2017” in a recent article, as well as calling them the “breakthrough band of 2017”, and for good reason. The bulk of the band’s 8-song set came from the new record, including show openers, “Soul Sacrifice,” “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe),” “Crucifixation,” and the title cut.
Finally, Cannibal Corpse. As soon as George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher walked on stage to dismal lighting, the entire venue went berserk. Not saying a word, he stood in front of the drums with his back to the crowd. I took it upon myself to organize a wall of death during the intro of “Code of the Slashers,” and then hell broke loose.
This was the mood and feeling of the entire show. The set was compiled of just enough classic tunes to keep old school fans happy as well as some of the heaviest of hitters from beginning to the end of Fisher’s catalog. Some of the tracks included; “Scourge of Iron,” “Evisceration Plague,” “The Wretched Spawn,” “Pounded Into Dust,” “Kill or Become,” “A Skull Full of Maggots,” “I Cum Blood,” “Make Them Suffer,” and the closing masterpiece, “Hammer Smashed Face.” They also played four others from the new album including “Only One Will Die,” “Scavenger Consuming Death,” “Corpus Delicti,” and the title track, “Red Before Black.”
One of the coolest personal experiences for me was seeing Alex Webster play bass in person. Hearing his stupefying tone and watching his fingers move at the speed of sound was overwhelming, for lack of a better word.
Overall, this was one of the more intense shows I’ve ever been to. If you have the opportunity to see any of these bands play, do it! You won’t be disappointed.