Carnis Immortalis unleash their latest album The Ecstacy of Death at the Sanctuary in Detroit with Archthrone, Dagon, and Recorruptor.
Carnis Immortalis – a discovery
When I saw that Recorruptor and Dagon were doing a show at one of my favorite venues, The Sanctuary, I was in regardless of who else was on the bill. It turns out this is the record release show for The Ecstacy of Death by Carnis Immortalis. I then learned that Kye Wagner (bass) and Erik Partin (guitar) were in Carnis Immortalis. Now I was really intrigued.
You see, I’d met and witnessed the musical sorcery of Kyle and Erik in their other bands. Kyle playing drums in the fantastic death metal band Nethergate and Erik shredding it up in the thrash-tastic Manic Outburst. I figured any project involving these guys would be worth checking out. I had no fucking idea what lay in store.
Blazing blackened death from the ninth level of hell best describes the onslaught of Archthrone. Raw speed and intensity combined with violent vocals make for one hell of a way to kick off an evening of metal. Archthrone brought a sizable contingent of rowdy fans who wasted little time in getting the pit going.
It has been a few minutes since I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dagon live. I can still remember the first time I witnessed them back in 2018 when they released Back To The Sea. I’m a huge fan of melodic death metal and Dagon are masters. I felt giddy with excitement as they took the stage.
Randy, Jordan, Kris, and Chris launched into “To The Drums We Rise” and never looked back. The thrashing on stage was met with equal measure from the fans upfront. I had to focus on taking pictures instead of headbanging myself. Dagon’s set was a feeding frenzy of metal goodness.
To say I was stoked to see Recorruptor is an understatement. Their album The Funeral Corridor is an incredible release of death metal savagery. Being able to witness them perform songs from this album will make this whole year of limited shows and pandemic blues worth it.
I have to say that I was shocked at Recorruptor’s ability to amplify the ferocity of their music live. They have transcended to the next level in terms of performance. Clint (vocals) seemed possessed as he stalked the stage. The riffs and technical solos from Caleb and Seth are incendiary. However, the true physical force of Recorruptor’s show reverberates from the pummeling rhythm created by Alex and Josh.
The insanity of the pit reached critical mass when Kyle (bass – Carnis Immortalis) joined Recorruptor for a blistering version of “Fight Fire with Fire” by Metallica. The mayhem was pure bliss. I can’t wait to see Recorruptor again.
Carnis Immortalis – In The Flesh
As spectacular and brutal as the other bands tonight have been, nothing prepared me for the ensuing carnage of Carnis Immortalis. The blasting waves of vicious technical death pushed the nervous system toward shock. I seriously stood in awe at the front of the stage as the pit roiled behind me.
The Ecstacy of Death is a remarkable display of technical death metal. Carnis Immortalis rivals national acts such as Origin, Necrophagist, and Beyond Creation. Their performance of this material live was simply breathtaking.
Kyle Wagner (bass) and Eugene Boyd (drums) dominated with a mammoth onslaught that was both nuanced and infernal. Guitarists Erik Partin and Craig Kirk displayed virtuosic talent with sensational riffs and mind-bending solos. Jalen Wallace conjured devastating despair, pain, and menace through his vocals.
I left the Sanctuary in Detroit marveling at the immense musical talent I had just witnessed. We here in Michigan are blessed with a dazzling array of bands and musicians. This show by Carnis Immortalis, Recorruptor, Dagon, and Archthrone is a testament to that gift.
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