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Glass House, Pomona, CA, USA
10th October 2009
Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch

When you enter the world of metal what is expected to normally happen? Well, of course chaos should be one and that is indeed what happens when you enter this "sea of chaos" or perhaps a "sea of black". On this night, three metal bands have come together to create a unique musical atmosphere that all metal heads would be amazed and satisfied with from all various angles. Be sure to capture all the chaos that Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH build up, leading straight into the thundering force field of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, right into the main attraction of the night, CHILDREN OF BODOM from Finland!

Ever attended a mini block party? Well now is your chance at experiencing your first one. How about joining in on all the fun with the spiralling circle of black? Hence I mean the crowd of people dressed all in black proudly expressing their love and devotion to one of the three musical acts that were set to set the stage that forsaken night out at the Glass House in chilly Pomona, California.


First up was an act from Athens, Ohio one who dislikes the fact that not too many people are aware of what type of music they actually perform, so I guess it would just be your plain old heavy metal if I do say to myself but a very upgraded version. Any who, Ohio’s Anthener’s SKELETONWITCH brought on the fiery blaze for a non-stop 30 minutes bringing on the skull crushing beer drinking sensation left and right, as the crowd interacted from all various angles - singing such songs off ‘Beyond the Permafrost’ and newcomer ‘Breathing the Fire’ due out on October 13th. Some of the head crushing tunes consisted of ‘Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery’, ‘Within My Blood’, the title track, along with a douse of double trouble off the newbie album, ‘Crushed Beyond Dust’ and ‘Strangled By Unseen Hands’. The front man declaring his statements throughout the set wrapping it all up when it came to a closing point with “Smoke Weed, Drink Beer, and Eat Some F**king Pussy”.

01. Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod
02. Fire from the Sky
03. Crushed Beyond Dust
04. Upon Wings of Black
05. Beyond the Permafrost
06. Submit To the Suffering
07. Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery
08. The Despoiler of Human Life
09. Within My Blood

The Black Dahlia Murder

Next up was a band everybody was in “die-hopes” of seeing and of course they did, known simply as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER who threw together a 45 minute set capacity that couldn’t hold it. Altogether it came to this aggressive crowd of metal heads shouting and being thrown around like a rag dolls singing along to each and every song that came pulsing out of the vocalist along with his band mates to top it all off. Once their set had come to a closing point, the final contender of the night that everyone was obviously here for was up for their hour and a half glory.

01. Everything Went Black
02. Black Valor
03. Closed Casket Requiem
04. Necropolis
05. A Vulgar Picture
06. What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
07. Christ Deformed
08. Miasma
09. Funeral Thirst

Children of Bodom

Finland’s finest musicians around being led by one of the most talented guitarists around, Alexi Laiho, CHILDREN OF BODOM was the main attraction of tonight’s metal frenzy, starting the show off with ‘Living Dead Beat’ rolling right into ‘Hellhounds On My Trail’ and finishing off the introduction with classic but true ‘Silent Night, Bodom Night’. But that’s not all. The band continued their classic chaos with ‘Hate Me’ going down the lines of other top notch tunes like ‘Bodom After Midnight’, ‘Are You Dead Yet?’ or ‘Blooddrunk’ rounding it all off with ‘Hate Crew Deathroll’ dedicated to all the hardcore CHILDREN OF BODOM fans within the sea of black. The night closed off to being as I foretold it would, a “sea of black”, and indeed that’s what it was and had becoming, its waves of triumph pushing over anyone/anything that came in its path of destruction.

01. Living Dead Beat
02. Hellhounds on My Trail
03. Silent Night, Bodom Night
04. Hate Me!
05. Follow the Reaper
06. Lake Bodom
07. Bodom after Midnight
08. Are You Dead Yet?
09. Blooddrunk
10. Angels Don't Kill
11. In Your Face
12. Children of Decadence
13-.Bodom Beach Terror
14. Downfall
15. Everytime I Die
16. Hate Crew Deathroll

Overall Rating
Music: 9
Performance: 9
Sound: 9
Light: 9
Total: 9 / 10

All pictures by Natalie Perez

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