Posts Tagged ‘Morgoth’

Morgoth. Incantation. Two iconic bands in death metal and, particularly Incantation, two bands I have waited a long time to see live. Morgoth haven’t even played Scotland for 26 years. The last time they played here, I was 4 years old. FOUR! So when this awesome tour came around, the £16 I spent on a ticket was a ludicrous bargain. The venue was Audio, a tiny sweatbox in Glasgow, which mean you could get up close and personal with these killer acts.

My resolution for this year was twofold; make all efforts to see bands I had never seen before, and always be early enough for the support. The Killchain knows that support bands are not only the future headliners, but also need the financial and moral support to continue in their careers as musicians. Three unknowns for me kicked off with Swiss bruisers Omophagia. Their Origin-like assault was absolutely superb, and their dapper bloodstained suits gave that classy serial killer look. The venue was sparsely populated at this time, but those early birds like me witnessed a battering of supreme quality. CD purchased, and no regrets since!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up next were Italian death/thrashers Methedras, who were another excellent live act. Their blend of early Sepultura and more modern thrashers like Arsis was excellent, and damn could vocalist Tito Listorti get some serious growls. Guitarwork was stellar, and again the small crowd appreciated the work. I met Tito after their slot and showed my appreciation by making a purchase. They are just as excellent on record.

Unfortunately for the third support, Darkrise, I had run out of cash to support them, but don’t let that make you think they weren’t good. They were, despite some nagging vocal issues that led to Thibaud Ducrot being inaudible at points. Their technical death metal reeked of a latter day Cannibal Corpse influence, and it was a pummelling half hour set from them.

But now came the big guns. As good as the supports were, they were destroyed by the unfathomably heavy death metal of Incantation. It was simply crushing, and they featured classics from a range of albums, from ‘Diabolical Conquest’ to ‘Mortal Throne of Nazarene’, and including the devastating title track from ‘Vanquish in Vengeance’, they eeked out Morgoth as my band of the night, but only by a smidge. Disarming frontman John McEntee is one of the humblest musicians I’ve ever seen live, and seems genuinely happy that we were there to support old school death metal. We were John, we were!

And finally, Morgoth return after a vast absence to a Scottish stage. They were devastating too, their primeval death metal assault bringing to mind Obituary and Autopsy. Riffs were dense, the vocals were rabid and each song wrung the most evil of atmospheres from the riff. Morgoth are a criminally underappreciated band, whose classic records are as important to death metal’s future as they are to its history. As the gig wound down, there were less and less people there as trains were caught, or people left after Incantation. What a mistake. Miss that train, stay to the end and watch a legend return with a triumphant performance. I’m glad I stayed to the end, because Morgoth slayed.

I’m reading Lord of the Rings again. This is probably the 15th time at least that I’ve read it since the first time I picked it up as a kid. I like to read it once a year if I can, not only because it is a masterpiece of storytelling and world/mythology creation, but there is a huge link between Tolkien’s work and heavy metal in general. Bands, song titles, album titles; so many inspired directly or indirectly by the works of J.R.R, so I’ve built a playlist based upon bands that have some link to his works. I don’t normally do this, but each song can get a brief explanation for those who may be a bit confused about some of the links:

1. Blind Guardian – Lord of the Rings: no explanation needed here surely. I couldn’t miss the world’s best power metal bands, especially since their Tolkien obsession led them to write their best album based on Tolkien’s most impenetrable book, The Simarillion.

2. Amon Amarth – Amon Amarth: An alternate name for Mount Doom, the fire that forged the One Ring.

3. Burzum – Ea, Lord of the Depths: Burzum is the word for ‘darkness’ in the Black Speech of Mordor. It is found engraved on the Ruling Ring.

4. Gorgoroth – Gorgoroth: A vast, dead plain within Mordor

5. Cirith Ungol – The Troll: Cirith Ungol is the pass into Mordor where Shelob lives

6. Morgoth – Unreal Imagination: Morgoth is the Great Enemy, Sauron’s boss and the creator of all evil in Middle Earth

7. Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop: The Misty Mountains are probably the most famous range in the Tolkien works, and this is a rocking song!

8. Isengard – Dark Lord of Gorgoroth: Covers two bases by mentionion Gorgoroth again and Isengard being the home of Saruman the wizard

9. Balrog – Nazgul Warlord: A Balrog was the massive beast of fire and flame that fights Gandalf in Moria

10. Nazgul – In Summis Montibus: The Nazgul were the 9 Ringwraiths sent by Sauron to find the Ring

11. Nightwish – The Elvenpath: Contains samples from the animated Lord of the Rings movie, as well as referencing elves and Bilbo Baggins

12. Orange Goblin – Saruman’s Wish: Saruman being the traitorous white wizard

13. Three Inches of Blood – Destroy the Orcs: A kick ass song about destroying orcs

14. Ephel Duath – Vector, Third Movement: Ephel Duath is a mountain range on the West and South of Mordor. It means ‘Fence of Shadow’

So there we have it, a bit of everything and all mixed in with the heady goodness of dwarves, elves, men and wizards. Oh, and lots of unspeakable evil!