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Decibel Mag tour 2014: Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Carcass

Jeff Walker - Carcass - live from the Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio
Jeff Walker - Carcass - live from the Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio
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The Decibel Magazine Tour 2014

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On April 6, 2014 The third annual Decibel Magazine Tour stopped at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, boasting a stellar line up of genre bending bands; Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Carcass. The package did well this time around combining decades long extreme music veterans Gorguts, and Carcass with two bands from the new school of heavy metal. The crowd that turned up for the event was a well rounded collection of old school, beer soaked, uber fans and sophomoric, pit hungry, patrons; ravenous to see the likes of the legendary headliners Carcass for the first time. There was a little something for everyone and no doubt everyone left the venue that night with a new found respect for a band they may not have come to see, but left in love with.

Ben Ash with Carcass live at the Newport Music Hall
Ben Ash with Carcass live at the Newport Music Hall
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Noisem was the first to take the stage. Minds were blown when these boys blasted on the stage with a sound well forged by influence from their musical ancestors before them, with a fresh new technical take on what metal music can become when youth cut their teeth on the likes of the evenings headliner. The members of Noisem are barely old enough to drink legally but their sound reflects a hell bent brutality that is well beyond their years.

Next up was Gorguts. After seeing this band at the Alrosa Villa in December 2013 play 'Colored Sands' in entirety with an encore set of older favorites, the short but sweet Decibel Mag set left fans hungry for more. We cannot get enough of Gorguts in Columbus, Ohio! See "An evening with Gorguts at the Alrosa Villa" Luc Lemay talks one on one with examiner.com about the band in an exclusive interview.

The last band to take the stage before Carcass was The Black Dahlia Murder. Bridging the gap between the young laddies of Noisem and the aforementioned extreme music veterans, TBDM has been gathering a cult like following for years but are still young enough to have collected Carcass cassettes in grade school. The masters of their craft TBDM have a unique blend of melodic and brutal death metal influenced by the macabre horror stories and urban legends that leave young boys and girls afraid to turn out the light when they go to bed. It is no secret that TBDM front man Trevor Strnad is heavily influenced by Carcass. It was a privilege to be able to see the two bands share the stage.

Finally the long awaited heroes of the night, Carcass, took the stage. Battle weary after a long tour and a bout of Shingles, the band still played a brutal 17 song set long into the night, proving to be the heroes that everyone came to see. The songs played included;

  • "Buried Dreams"
  • "Incarnated Solvent Abuse"
  • "Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System"
  • "Carnal Forge"
  • "Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard"
  • "No Love Lost"
  • "The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills"
  • "This Mortal Coil" (with "Edge of Darkness" intro)
  • "Reek of Putrefaction"
  • "Unfit for Human Consumption"
  • "Genital Grinder"
  • "Pyosisified (Rotten to the Gore)"
  • "Exhume to Consume"
  • "Captive Bolt Pistol"
  • "Corporal Jigsore Quandary (with "The Sanguine Article" outro)
  • "Keep on Rotting in the Free World" (with "Black Star" intro)
  • "Heartwork" (with "Ruptured in Purulescence" intro and "Carneous Cacoffiny" outro)