GIG REVIEW: Septicflesh & Inquisition Live at Sala Caracol, Madrid
Tuesday night, at the Caracol concert room, was the night black-death-metal fans had been waiting for. With Septicflesh and Inquistion on top of the bill and Odious for support, everyone was excited.
Odious symphonic oriental black-death metal sound was not easy for everybody to get into. But with a clear sound, good musicianship and impressive solos, the 40-50 early arrivals in the venue enjoyed them, making Odious a band definitely worth checking out.
The set changes between bands were a bit too long, but well managed while hidden behind high curtains covered with the logos of the bands. Girls started to scream earlier than the singer himself when the music prelude for Inquisition began to enchant us, and with the lights and smoke it was easy to tell why people were excited.
To enter even more into the Black metal mood, Inquisition with their corpse paint blew me away with their performance. A band made up of only two people, they had such a great sound and stage presence with their ancient, deep but solid growls.
Another half-an-hour set change, and we finally got to be introduced to Greek Gods, Septicflesh. Unfortunately, due to the heavy amount of dry ice, it took around three or four songs before it cleared and anyone could catch a proper view of the band. But when it did, the full venue saw what they were waiting for.
There was no doubt, Septicflesh created an atmosphere which went perfectly with their “Destroy Style”. A little more than an hour into the show, each song seemed to have every human culture parading on stage with the raspy high-pitched vocals of Seth behind them.
Seth, the leader of the band, led the crowd several times during the show to be part of this huge orchestration. You could really feel that each band member was well prepared to give everything they had, even if Seth seemed to struggle with vocals a little.
The best moments of the show were when Madrid crowd became finally fully enthusiastic with the bands songs “Pyramid God”, “Communion”, “Anubis” and “Dark Art” to end this show. It was a great night for Black Death Metal fans to celebrate some newcomers as well as the bands they know and love!