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Concert Recap & Video: Cannibal Corpse, The Faceless, Neuraxis, Obscura @ Station 4

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, April 20, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Cannibal Corpse live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN

The infamous death metal superstars in Cannibal Corpse were gracious enough to bring the prestigious death metal package they’re headlining with The Faceless, Neuraxis, and Obscura to the Station 4 metal club in St. Paul, MN on Friday, April 17th. Throughout the night, the music in the air was of the most savage kind imaginable; brutal-fucking-death metal in layman’s terms. Predictably, my mind and body both took on a lot of abuse Friday night, and it has taken me a few days to come back to my senses enough to finally put this post together.

Obscura came highly recommended from several “internet” friends of mine, and I was pretty bummed when traffic kept me from missing the first half of their set Cannibal Corpse live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(sorry for the lack of photos because of this). Even as the openers, their technical death metal commanded the attention of the already fully packed venue and their skills especially shined on some of the heaviest tracks from their newest Cosmogenesis. French-Canadian hardcore/tech-death mainstays in Neuraxis   followed suit with an incredibly tight set, despite the fact that their bassist was still held back in Canada due to a visa dispute. The band were probably pretty excited to be opening for Corpse either way, and just turned the distortion a bit higher to compensate for the lack of low-end. Personally, I was most impressed with the opening set from the young technical death metal band The Faceless on Friday; having spent the last half of a year on the road opening for some of the best death metal bands in the world, the band seems to be operating on another plateau of confidence these days and it shows. Their set was perfect, and I’ve got nothing else to say besides that. Cannibal Corpse came out on stage to the kind of  maniacal, rabid  crowd that only the most extreme cult bands can be proud to call their own. This is a band is still referenced as one of the most overtly violent and sexual bands in history; they pioneered a style that a million death metal bands have tried to emulate, and their set that night was as vulgar, vicious, and violent as they could make possible. During their performance, Corpse proved their still on top of theirgame and had the crowd going crazy for songs from all eras, from Tomb of the Mutilated and Butchered at Birth on to the newest Evisceration Plague. It was an impressive performance that had the crowd and band band feeding off each other in a celebration of the sickest side of metal .

Despite being scared for my safety more than a few times, I was brave enough to stick my arm out and snap a few photos as well as videos of Cannibal Corpse’s “I Cum Blood” and “Hammer Smashed Face” and “Xenochrist” by the Faceless. The media portion of the recap continues below!

VIDEO: Cannibal Corpse, “I Cum Blood” (live at Station 4, 4/17/09)

Cannibal Corpse live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Cannibal Corpse)

Cannibal Corpse live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Cannibal Corpse)

Cannibal Corpse live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Cannibal Corpse)

Cannibal Corpse live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Cannibal Corpse)

Cannibal Corpse live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Cannibal Corpse)

VIDEO: The Faceless, “Xenochrist” (live at Station 4, 4/17/09)

The Faceless live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(The Faceless)

The Faceless live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(The Faceless)

The Faceless live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(The Faceless)

The Faceless live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(The Faceless)

Neuraxis live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Neuraxis)

Neuraxis live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Neuraxis)

Neuraxis live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN(Neuraxis)

Fans of Corpse, don’t stop reading now.. We’ve got a full live video of the cult classic “Hammer Smashed Face” waiting for you right after the jump! Continue reading

Concert Photo Recap: Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless @ Station 4

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, February 16, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Meshuggah live at Station 4

Wow! I don’t think I should be allowed to review this one beyond that one word, seeing as how all these bands place among my favorite active music groups (uh yeah, if you didn’t realize yet, I’ve got a very soft spot in my heart for progressive metal). Years of anticipation for both Meshuggah and Cynic to play again in Minnesota were met with great rewards on Friday, February 13th at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN, with both bands dishing out equal servings of old and new mind-boggling progressive metal. Though nearly half the age of the members of the other bands, The Faceless were right at home on the bill and seemed to turn quite a few heads.

It’s always very difficult getting any good photos at Station 4 when you don’t line up a photo pass. When Station 4 is packed with a metal hungry sold out crowd that is switched on into tornado-mode, thrashing to Meshuggah, it becomes nearly impossible. I did my best, and surprisingly got quite a few keepers. Here are the photos from the Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless show at Station 4:

Meshuggah live at Station 4(Meshuggah)

Meshuggah live at Station 4(Meshuggah)

Cynic live at Station 4(Cynic)

Cynic live at Station 4(Cynic)

The Faceless live at Station 4(The Faceless)

Keep viewing the gallery! There’s still many photos of Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless left, so just hit read more to continue… Continue reading

Meshuggah plan to release live concert DVD; BUT they’ll be in MN next week

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , on Thursday, February 5, 2009 by Ryan Buege

In an interview with the Hornet this week, Meshuggah drummer and group leader Tomas Haake revealed that the band was finishing putting together a live DVD for possible release later this Spring. While that’s all fine and dandy, the main thing I want to emphasize with this post is that Meshuggah is playing what promises to be an unbelievable show with other progressive death metal elite Cynic and The Faceless only a few days from now in St. Paul at Station 4. Really, when they’re playing LIVE down the street in two weeks, why should I even concern my self with this lesser DVD business right now?.. Come one, come all! Get out to the fucking show:

Feb. 13 – MESHUGGAH, CYNIC, THE FACELESS live @ Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

Meshuggah and Cynic team up for 2009 tour

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Ryan Buege

Progressive death metal masters Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless have announced that they’ll be collaborating on what is sure to be the best metal tour of early 2009!

Seriously, WHOA! That is one of the most impressive metal touring packages I’ve seen in a hell of a long time, and anyone who’s familiar with these bands know that we’ll be able to expect and amazing show. To begin with, all three bands have just released some of the best albums of their career. Not only is this is Meshuggah’s first U.S. tour in support of frighteningly chaotic obZen,  but Cynic will be supporting their career-reigniting mindtrip Trace in Air and the Faceless will be starting the show off with songs from their incredible new tech death release Planetary Duality. To say that the crowd will be excited will be an huge understatement. Meshuggah have some of the most passionate fans in all of metal, and it’s been a long time since they set out on a real headlining tour in America. Even, Cynic is a landmark in the genre that will have many longtime metal fans giddy. Thank Lucifer a metro Minnesota date is on the itinerary! We’re going to tear Station 4 apart!

Feb. 01 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 02 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Feb. 03 – House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 04 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Feb. 06 – El Corazón – Seattle, WA
Feb. 07 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Feb. 08 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
Feb. 09 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
Feb. 11 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
Feb. 13 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
Feb. 15 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
Feb. 17 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
Feb. 18 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC
Feb. 20 – Recher Theatre – Towson, MD

ps. A few more dates are still forthcoming!