The Summer Slaughter tour is one of the most brutal metal tours of the summer. Metal bands ranging from local acts, to rising acts, to some of the biggest names in metal. This year was no exception as the tour was headlined by the biggest death metal band in the world, Cannibal Corpse! Playing before them were the tech-death metal giants, Nile! Other acts on the bill included Suffocation, After the Burial, Ingested, Krisiun, and lots more. This huge metal show took place at the recently re-opened/renovated Novo which was formerly known as the Club Nokia. This show was a good way to blow off steam on a Friday night except for plenty of fans whom turned up late to the show due to work schedules and typical LA traffic. Either way, it was set to be a wild and crazy night.
Nile are no strangers to the metal community with their release of eight studio albums including their newest What Should Not Be Unearthed album released in 2015. With lyrics inspired by ancient Egypt, It’s hard not to appreciate such a talented band. Nile came out to a huge cheer from the crowd as they started the show with Sacrifice Unto Sebek. With the ferocity of their music, a mosh pit amongst fans on the floor broke out. Frontman Dallas Toler-Wade would unleash his death metal vocals into the audience while ripping on his guitar. Guitarist Karl Sanders would also do backup vocals, but deeper to give the band an interesting blend of death metal vocals. Behind them on the drum kit was the Greek drum God George Kollias whom has gained recognition as one of the best and fastest drummers in the world. His double bass drumming technique is so fast that the Anubis designs on his bass drum heads would appear as a blur. Nile would play songs like Kafir, Call to Destruction, and Evil to Cast Out Evil. As Nile laid waste to the audience, the fans would respond with continuous mosh pits and even crowd surfing. With limited time, Nile sadly had a short time slot. To end the show, Nile played Black Seeds of Vengeance. To make this extra special, Ricky Myers from Suffocation came out to perform dual vocals with the band. Nile finished the show and left as they paved the way for the death metal legends.
Cannibal Corpse is one of the most popular metal bands in the world. With thirteen albums, you cannot deny their success or their hard work within the metal community. Lots of Cannibal Corpse fans could be seen in the audience and were more than ready to let loose. The lights went out as the crowd once again erupted into a roar as the members of the band made their way to the stage. The band started with Evisceration Plague. A bit of a slow song to warm things up, but that feeling would be short-lived. To speed things up and really let loose, Cannibal Corpse continued the show with The Time to Kill Is Now. Fans went crazy in the mosh pit and crowd surfers made an early appearance. Scourge of Iron was next and is one of the songs where frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher was able to display his infamous head banging technique with hair flying everywhere. Cannibal Corpse is notorious for their grotesque album covers and song titles. With song titles like: Stripped, Raped, and Strangled, A Skull Full of Maggots, and Icepick Lobotomy, it’s hard for the average non-metal fanatic to irk or look away in disgust. For metal fans, they are absolutely brutal tracks to rock out to. Fisher took one of his quick break to talk to the audience and cracked a few jokes for good measure. Fisher went on to say that the next song was a love song and that it was about shooting blood from your cock! The next song was one of the band’s popular songs titled I Cum Blood. Or in the growling style of Fisher, “I…CUM…BLOOOOD!”. Fans went extra crazy for this song and proved to be one of the best songs of the night. Now that the show was coming close to an end, it was time for Cannibal Corpse to bring out the heavy artillery. Up first was Make Them Suffer, a fast and brutal song that always has crazy mosh pits and crowd surfers. All while Fisher would belt out the chorus, “MAAAKE…THEEEM…SUUUFFERRR!!”. The show was coming to an end and Fisher asked the audience if they wanted to hear more than one final song. The crowd seemed to be a bit silent as Fisher looked disappointed with the response. He asked again, but this time the audience gave a huge roar. Fisher replied saying that after carefully thinking about it and taking it into consideration….it’s still the last song! Then he proceeded to call himself a heartbreaker. For the final song, Fisher introduced the band’s best known song and one of the best known songs in metal….HAMMER…SMASHED…FAAAACE!! Hammer Smashed Face begins and surely enough, the whole venue went crazy. Mosh pits and crowd surfers were everywhere with even a mosh pit in the non-floor area was taking place. The song finished and right away, Fisher asked if they wanted one more song. The fans cheered and so the band played the final song of the night which was Devoured By Vermin. The band raged on for the final song and soon the show came to an end. The band said their goodbyes and left the audience very satisfied to what was a very crazy and intense tour.