The Pageant was packed in a frenzy waiting for a night of an all out metal assault brought to them by The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, and Dethklok for the Metalocalypse tour 2012. Machine Head was supposed to be on the list, but had to back out due to unknown reasons.
The night began with Black Dahlia Murder enticing the crowd with their trademark earth shattering screams and growls from front man Trevor Strnad. The crowd was so loud you could barely hear the person next to you. Many of the fans had waited a few years to be able to see them. This made the night for them even sweeter that they had the crowd on fire when they finished their set with songs like “Unhallowed” and “Funeral Thirst.”
All That Remains was up next. if the room would have gotten any louder at this point…glass would have been breaking throughout the venue. All That Remains put on a set unlike any of the other bands. They had amazing lighting and charisma that outdid both Black Dahlia Murder and Dethklok. They even tried to rile up the crowd by upsetting some members when front man Phil Labonte gave his political views. But that didn’t get the crowd to slow down. They picked up the pace and started some mini mosh pits. By far, All That Remains put on the best show…singing some of their best songs one right after the other. It was a show St. Louis would not forger.
Last band of the night was Dethklok. The band came on with a very original animated intro, which was very enjoyable to see. From the first LED lighting up on their gigantic backdrop screen…you knew that this was going to be the most mind blowing and unique metal show you’d ever witness. But came up short very quickly as the band was blacked out by smoke and dark lighting as the screen behind them came on.They were telling everyone how great it was that they weren’t douchebags for making it out to a real Dethklok show, instead of watching the animated series at home.
Many of the hardcore Dethklok fans stayed and enjoyed the music thoroughly but many of the Black Dahlia Murder and All That Remains fans left after the first song, This show was visually amazing if you didn’t mind not actually seeing the band. But they were good and they sounded as good as their cd quality which is a feat most bands cannot replicate live. Is Dethklok a band to see live again…yes. But do some research on them so you understand that they are a cartoon band off of cartoon network called “Metalocalypse” for which the tour is named after. They put on a show with some amazing songs, but All That Remains for this show came out ahead with getting the crowd up and going and entertained throughout the night.