GIG REVIEW: BLOODBATH & ABORTED Live At Electric Ballroom, London
Perhaps the final extreme metal tour to hit the United Kingdom in 2015 was that of Bloodbath, one of Sweden’s crowning achievements when it comes to evil and sinister death metal. Approximately one year following the release of their 2014 record Grand Morbid Funeral, the band continues to go from strength-to-strength, culminating in this tour alongside Belgian death metal greats Aborted.
The opening band for the show, Ancient Ascendant, received its promising slot due to a victory in a competition, and the audience in attendance who had amassed prior to the beginning of the concert presented a somewhat lukewarm reception to what they were witnessing. Nonetheless, the band’s performance as a cohesive unit was impressive, and was definitely more satisfying as an opening act than a lot of introductory bands nowadays.
The energy in the crowd definitely ramped up when the Belgian death metal band Aborted took to the stage. Opening with “Meticulous Invagination”, the audience roared into violent moshing rage with the pit centre-front being particularly savage. Following the opening track and a call from a crowd member to initiate a circle pit, Aborted performed songs from all across their vibrant discography including “Parasitic Flesh Resection”, “Hecatomb”, “Necrotic Manifesto”, and the fan favourite “Fecal Forgery”. Two new songs from the band’s upcoming January 2016 release Termination Redux were also performed; namely the title track and “Bound in Acrimony”, which sounded fantastic. Ending on their classic song “The Saw and the Carnage Done”, the band revelled in the praise from the audience, and such an incredible performance makes their return to the United Kingdom in early 2016 with Kataklysm and Septicflesh an exciting prospect.
The headlining performance of the night came from beloved Swedish death-metallers Bloodbath, fresh off the back of their album Grand Morbid Funeral which came out the prior year. Kicking off the proceedings with “Let the Stillborn Come to Me”, the band performed an assortment of material from both the aforementioned album as well as older records. Crowd energy was still on a relatively high-note, even due to the enthusiasm displayed during Aborted’s set earlier in the evening. Continuing on with tracks such as “Mental Abortion”, “Breeding Death”, “Ways to the Grave” and “Cancer to the Soul”, among others, before finishing on a three-song encore consisting of “Outnumbering the Day”, “Eaten” and “Cry My Name”, the audience reaction to Bloodbath was legitimate excitement as every song struck a chord with the extreme metal faithful who had gathered in attendance to watch Bloodbath.