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Gig Review: Cattle Decapitation @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 8/02/2018

21 Feb 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous

Thursday nights are always a good night to go out if you live in Auckland, with most international acts 'fitting us in' on their Australian tour nowadays, even a show this close to the weekend is a blessing. San Diego death metal giants, Cattle Decapitation had shown up to the iconic Kings Arms and the line to the was stretched out into the street. A packed venue added to the atmosphere, and I was more than ready to see four of the heaviest bands around, back to back, in one place.

First, to destroy the stage was local favourites Silent Torture, with a couple of line-up changes recently, I was eager to see these guys in their new form. Not disappointing at all, these guys roused the crowd with their usual displays of savage riffs and with some added new solo work. Coming out swinging, they absolutely awoke the crowd and lit the night right up, a perfect build-up for what was about to go down.

New kids on the block Scorn of Creation punched in closely behind with a sudden attack of brutality and deathly blast beats these guys clearly ruled. With vocals that reminded me of Aborted and a savage stage presence. The rumours I had heard were obviously true. My first time experiencing this band was a definite success and I was keen to check out their self-titled, debut album immediately the next day.

The next band up Organectomy, interested me particularly because they had recently been signed to none other than, Unique Leader Records, a very famous label supporting such bands as Disgorge, Psycroptic and Rings of Saturn. straight away I could see why, with a unique stage presence and sound but still sporting the very core of modern death, these guys took things to another level entirely. Humble but mean, humorous but ruthless the whole venue pulsated with energy. A definite must-see, before they get even further whipped away by the international market.

Headlining the night was the mighty Cattle Decapitation. Smashing out some of the most extreme progressive death that anyone has ever heard in their life! We had no choice but conform to our clandestine ways. Some of the best vocals in the business ranging from pig sequels to an almost operatic haunt, I watched as the faces melted around me. Their awesome rapid riff work and butcher hacking bottom end, I don't think anyone knew just what had hit them.

The perfect way to spend possibly my last gig at the Historical Kings Arms, it will be a sad day when this place goes. Freedom to experience and sometimes, even meet bands are what this place is known for. A true staple in the Auckland music scene. On a positive note, I was glad to see so many people here and what felt like a community united once again in the sickest possible way! 

5 Stars

Review written by Matt Mutinous

Silent Torture Spotify Link 
Organectomy YouTube Link 
Scorn of Creation Spotify Link


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