Sepultura is on their grand North-America Quadra Tour with Sacred Reich, Crowbar, and Art of Shock. Yes, it is a heavy metal buffet and Rock at Night was present at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philly to experience it. Sacred Reich was not able to perform at the show due to health-related concerns of vocalist Phil Rind. Hereby wishing him a quick recovery and hope to see him back on stage soon.
When I entered the pit, Art of Shock already started playing their first song and they were heavy and fast. They performed a setlist of 6 songs but that was all needed to set the tone for the rest of the night. The crowd started headbanging and moshing to the heart-thumping music.
Next was Crowbar – as they started to do a quick soundcheck people already started to scream and jump. When they finally started the show with the song “High Rate Extinction” the crowd just went crazy. Kirk Windstein is a veteran and he knows how to engage the crowd. With each song, the energy of the room was getting heavier. Though there was a bit of technical difficulty with Matt Brunson’s guitar, it was fixed quickly and they delivered a hell of a show. They did a setlist of around 12 songs that also included their latest single “Bleeding from Every Hole”.
What came next is the epitome of the thrash metal music of Brazil – Sepultura. People were jumping, screaming, head-banging, and moshing to all the songs they performed–and it was expected. Everyone performed their heart out–Andreas Kisser showed what speed means on the guitar. It was spectacular to see the coordination between Paolo Jr. and Eloy Casagrande on the bass and drums respectively. As always Derrick Green was in the beast mode throughout. It was a setlist of 17 songs that included songs like “Territory”, “Refust/ Resist”, “Arise”, “Machine Messiah” and for the final encore the 2 legendary songs everyone was waiting for “Ratamahatta” and “Roots Bloody Roots”. Andreas Kisser dedicated the song “The Pentagram” to Phil Rind of Sacred Reich.
A great thing I observed was the camaraderie between all the bands. I saw Crowbar wearing a Sepultura T-shirt and Sepultura wearing an Art of Shock T-shirt. While each band was performing the other bands were enjoying a drink and watching the performance. This is what keeps heavy metal going and this is what is going to keep heavy music alive for ages.
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