Death Metal pioneers Morbid Angel made a stop at Piere’s in Fort Wayne on their United States Tour Of Terror last week.
Tampa, Florida old school death metallers Morbid Angel are one of the most respected – and most often emulated – death metal bands to ever exist. This is primarily due to not only their creativity and ingenuity but also their place in time: they were one of the first bands, if not the very first, to create death metal, transforming the conditions of thrash into a darker place by using guttural vocals, raging blast beats, and sinister themes. Their first album, Altars Of Madness (1989), is an undisputed metal classic, and this year the band is celebrating their music with the United States Tour Of Terror.
Toward the end of the first half of the tour, tragedy struck in Belvedere, Illinois at the Apollo Theater on Friday, March 31st when a severe thunderstorm with extremely high winds caused part of the roof of the venue to collapse just after the opening act had finished their set. Many people were seriously injured, and one fan died in the incident. I saw the show four days later at Piere’s Entertainment Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana – the second performance after the Apollo show – and the bands dedicated their sets to the injured and fallen from the tragic night in Belvedere.
Crypta opened the show. They are a death metal band from Brazil. Their first full-length album, Echoes Of The Soul, came out in 2021 and it was widely celebrated, including here at FFMB. They played all the songs we mentioned in our original review a couple years back, and reached into the corners of that set to round out their performance. Crypta was the only band to have equipment damaged in the destructive weather event, so if you want to lend a hand, pick up some of their music or merch through the link at the end of the article.
I am a big Morbid Angel fan, and I wanted to see Crypta because I liked their album and hadn’t seen them live yet. But in the end, it was Skeletal Remains I was most excited to see because I have been a fan for many years but never caught them live. The show at Piere’s was the last one they played on the tour, so I caught their set just in time. The most recent album from the Whittier, California death metallers is 2021’s The Entombment of Chaos, and it was well represented, but they also hit a couple of other cuts I was dying to hear. Their set meshed perfectly with Crytpa’s to keep the death metal rolling. They have hopped off the Morbid Angel tour but they have been doing a number of headlining shows along the way on off days, too. See them whenever you have the chance.
Revocation shook up the line-up in the sense that they do not tread traditional death metal grounds. The band from Boston is more of a progressive thrash metal outfit, and they have a quirky sense of humor – the music they had playing before their set was by Phil Collins. Their performance was unexpected and it charged the atmosphere with an enhanced bristling energy along the edges that swept the stage clean for the headliner.
I have seen Morbid Angel many times over the years, and it is always a great show. I last witnessed a performance of theirs in 2019 at the Webster Theater in Hartford. Sporting a slightly altered set list from the one I expected, the death metal icons played many songs from their most recent record, Kingdoms Disdained, and a few from way back, including “God Of Emptiness” from Covenant (1993). The band is rumored to be working on a new album, an outcome that would be gratefully embraced by their hordes of fans.
The US Tour Of Terror continues through most of April with Vitriol filling the Skeletal Remains slot for the second half of the tour. Check out the tour poster below to see when the show rolls into a town near you. Choosing to go out and see Morbid Angel play is always a good call.
Photos by Wayne Edwards.
Morbid Angel, http://www.morbidangel.com/
Skeletal Remains, https://www.skeletal-remains.com/
Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/
More Morbid Angel photos, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2023/04/08/photo-gallery-morbid-angel-at-pieres-april-4-2023-fort-wayne-indiana/
More Revocation photos, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2023/04/08/photo-gallery-revocation-at-pieres-april-4-2023-fort-wayne-indiana/
More Skeletal Remains photos, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2023/04/08/photo-gallery-skeletal-remains-at-pieres-april-4-2023-fort-wayne-indiana/
More Crypta photos, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2023/04/08/photo-gallery-crypta-at-pieres-april-4-2023-fort-wayne-indiana/
© Wayne Edwards