Behemoth is an iconic band. Not only for their music, but also for fighting for what they believe in regardless of what obstacles may come. I was lucky to photograph them this June 18, 2018 at a local venue: House of Rock. Somehow they made a headliner show while they were on tour with Slayer. I wasn't able to shoot them with the Slayer tour, so this gave me the opportunity to take photos and catch the show.
And what a hell of a concert it was. They completely blew away any expectations that I had and left me with my jaw on the floor. From their sound, lighting, performance, music; everything was top notch. Even tho this show was on a weekday, you wouldn't have known by the numbers in attendance. Everyone in the venue was packed to the gills, which made for the circle pits even that much more punishing. Behemoth is a band that must be experienced live; no questions asked.
The hour and a half set was started with Blow Your Trumpets and cycled through classics such as Ov Fire And The Void, At The Left Hand Ov God to name a few and came to a close with O Father O Satan O Sun!.
HELMET are legendary and have inspired scores of bands and musicians since their first inception and even today. This was my first time seeing HELMET and I had been looking forward to this show for over a month. Growing up, Page Hamilton graced the covers of so many guitar and metal magazines that I knew there was only one way this night would play out.
Lights dim, all the band members take the stage...Page softly strums a few jazz chords...and suddenly...BOOOOMMM!!!! You get hit like a sledgehammer to the face when HELMET turned it to eleven! After regaining my bearings, I was overjoyed with the sounds being produced. Everyone was like a well running clock that never missed a step. Page is a master musician, and we were all left in awe of his guitar wizardry. The crowd and myself were treated to a variety of songs from HELMET's extensive catalog. After a hour and a half, no one in attendance knew that we were to get more. The band dug deep and played tracks dating back to Meantime, which was the track that closed out the night.
After gathering myself and bringing my mouth off the floor, I was able to walk out into the night fully satisfied, even if I was left temporarily deaf.
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