GIG REVIEW: THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER & BENIGHTED Live At Logo, Hamburg
The Black Dahlia Murder rolled on tour with their new record “Abysmal” and made a stop at Logo in Hamburg on 4th February 2016. The deathgrinder Benighted from France accompanied. When I entered the venue I was keen on the mass of people visiting the venue on a Thursday. They all wanted to see the both ass-kicking bands? Yes! They yelled the names of the bands before any of the band began to play. Oh man, they were massively motivated! I noticed inconspicuously that there was a greater part of female fans in the venue as for metal or deathgrind concerts commonly. I guess every third to fourth visitor was a girl, maybe the Hamburg girls are just harder as in other towns, haha. I ever saw that in this way. All of us drank some beers and waited for the slightly delayed concert. Obscenity had unfortunately canceled the gig, so maybe the crew and the bands had to improvise.
The venue became darker and Benighted began to play. The crowd in the venue was going crazy since the first second while Benighted opened with “Collection Of Dead Portraits”. I was surprised that the bigger part of the people in there moshed, headbanged and did some stage-diving, all the time. The most impressive moment was while they played “Slut”. I guess there headbanged round about 100 people in this small venue while the mid-part and outro of the song! It was a long time ago, I saw so many hairs in air and heard so much gang shouts so early on an evening. Maybe it was the spirit of the singer Julien Truchan. This crazy guy motivated the crowd to get mad while he was getting mad himself. Outstretched tongue, head-shaking and shadow boxing was his main movement so long as he didn’t raped his microphone with his brutal voice. But not only was he… the whole band crazy on stage while playing the awesome, brutal, high-speed deathgrind at its finest. It was a great fun with these guys!
The Black Dahlia Murder as the next artist with their headliner tour to their new album “Abysmal”. They started with the opener song “Receipt” of the new album and I never wondered that the crowd could be much crazier as before. At the latest when The Black Dahlia Murder played some good, old stuff like “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse” or “Everything Went Black” the crowd really slaughtered the venue and the craziness reached its peak. Circle pits rotated, people moshed as that’s the last day in their life, sweaty hairs and stage-divers flew through the venue, monitor boxes wiggled and people sang together with frontman Trevor Strnad. A friend and I had bet if one of the stage-divers would kick off the lights from the ceiling. I lost the bet although the crowd two times nearly kicked it off… mad guys. Of course The Black Dahlia Murder presented many, powerful new stuff like the title song “Abysmal” or “Vlad, Son of the Dragon” and we, the audience, had of course awesome fun with the new stuff too! The venue had heat up (people and temperature) with every minute of the concert. Sweat began to drop from the ceiling. Eeeew, but this is a sign that the people had some crazy fun and the guys on stage did a great performance, right? Of course! Trevor Strnad stripped and took off his shirt while we whistled and encouraged. Really sick atmosphere at the venue this evening but if you know the guys from some videos you know that they have a screw loose, very enjoyable! Trevor Strnad had anytime a little joke on his lips, make us laugh many times and impressed us with his voice and interaction. Guitarist Brian Eschbach was also a really noticeable guy on stage. He move like a superball, roared to the crowed often but played his riffs in maybe 90 percent of the time just blind. Sick dude, respect! At a stroke, Julien Truchan stood on the stage and sang with Trevor and us together: “Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn”… maybe louder as the amplifiers on stage. Incredibly awesome! The Black Dahlia Murder played nearly 90 minutes and the crowd went really crazy nearly 90 minutes. This was a mind-blow experience with these guys, anytime again!
It was a great Thursday evening with a really crazy crowd, very hellacious bands, and nice venue for these people and fine mixed sound. The Black Dahlia Murder and Benighted let the venue become a pure slaughterhouse and it was worth to be slaughtered by them!