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Concert Review: Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Lair of the Minotaur, Daath – Burbank, Illinois

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Champs Rock Room, Burbank, Illinois, December 2, 2006

Daath's Eyal Levi (guitar) and Michael Kameron (vocals) brought this group to existence out of the fertile ground of the Atlanta, Georgia music scene. They have an album coming out on Roadrunner Records. They opened the show with a crisp set of classic death/black metal. Look for The Hinderers coming out in January of 2007

Lair Of the Minotaur was formed by vocalist/guitarist Steven Rathbone from his previous band, 7000 Dying Rats. The lyrics for LOTM are heavily influenced by mythology, death, and monsters. They play a style that has been described as "aggro-thrash." They played a very competent set of furious music fueled by the incredible drumming of Larry Herweg, formerly of Pelican. Maybe it's because they are a trio, but I kept thinking of the sound and fury that was Husker Du back in the day.

Metal Blade Record's Goatwhore played a great set of blackened death metal. Goatwhore initially formed when Sammy Duet (formerly of Acid Bath), Zak Nolan, and Patrick Bruders began experimenting with black metal. One of the highlights of their set was a brutal rendition of "Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult". The video for this song was nominated for Best Video of 2006 on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball.

Cattle Decapitation is a San Diego, California-based goregrind/deathgrind band founded in 1996. While Cattle Decap's sometimes over the top antihuman, pro-vegetarian stance might put off some folks, the fact is they play some of the most visceral music in their genre. With Kevin Talley of Dying Fetus and Chimaira fame on the drums, they played a stunning set of deathgrind at Champs.

Songs from their split with Caninus and their second release on Metal Blade, Humanure, were played as well as tracks from their recent release. A standout was the title track, "Karma Bloody Karma". Piercing, intricate guitar work with solid bass playing and the infernal rhythm machine that is Kevin Talley kept the pit in a state of frenzy. There was some insane push-moshing going on.

While I am more of a hardcore guy than straight-up metal, I had a great time at this show and look forward to seeing any of these bands again.

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