Concert Review: Death (Metal) Takes a Holiday

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By Jon Konjoyan

Bay Area extreme metal band Severed Savior performed locally as part of the “Summer Insur-rection Tour.”

Summer is time for vacations, lazy days at the beach, and concerts in the park. The Tolucan Times caught up with the recent “Summer Insurrection Tour” featuring a trio of acclaimed death metal bands — Severed Savior, Arkaik, and Genocaust — at one of three Southland stops.

For those unfamiliar with the genre, death metal is an extreme form of heavy metal music featuring distorted guitars, deep guttural vocals, blast beat drumming, and intricate song structures with multiple time changes. Classic death metal bands include Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Deicide.

The Bay Area’s critically acclaimed Severed Savior headlined the tour and demonstrated a polished yet pummeling dark metal attack with lyrical themes of misanthropy and violence. Songs like “Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis” and “Rewards of Cruelty” from their Servile Insurrection CD can be heard on their website at www.severedsavior.com.

The head-banging fun continued with supporting acts like the brutally progressive Arkaik from Riverside(www.facebook.com/ArkaikBand) and Arizona-based Genocaust whose performance pays tribute to benchmark influences like To Violently Vomit, Disgorge, Decrepit Birth, and Suffocation.

Keep an eye out for an up and coming band that also played called Ontogeny. Hailing from San Francisco, they’re currently working on a follow-up to their debut CD Pillars of Perversion. For more go to www.ontogeny.bandcamp.com.

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