AUSTIN — There are two main reasons the Summer Slaughter tour is labeled as such:
- It takes place during the hottest time of the year
- The bevy of bands on it aren’t for the faint of heart
The scene Thursday, at a quaint outdoor shack called The Scoot Inn on Austin’s famed 6th Street district, provided all the evidence. Pent-up fans, mostly of the younger generation, filled The Scoot’s capacity of 700 to see headliners The Dillinger Escape Plan along with Animals As Leaders, Norma Jean, Periphery, Cattle Decapitation and The Ocean.
The San Antonio Metal Music Examiner was on hand for four of the early bands: Thy Art Is Murder, Rings Of Saturn, Aeon (from Sweden) and Revocation.
The first three of those brought their brand of extreme/death metal to a venue whose only true shade was above the stage covering the performers, on a tour where most of the shows are being played indoors. But not Thursday’s. When Australian group Thy Art Is Murder and singer Chris McMahon thanked the fans for sticking it out in “500-degree” weather, he didn’t appear to be that far off even though it was at least 102.
By the time Rings Of Saturn and Aeon hit the stage (click slideshow at top), the metal remained heavy, but the circle-pit participants had taken a break from the heat.
That is, until Revocation came on board with its style of pure, technical thrash.
Prior to the quartet from Boston becoming the latest band to play a brief 25 minutes, the SAMME was privileged to have been granted exclusive permission to film singer/guitarist David Davidson’s guitar lesson up the street outside a coffee shop. Click on the video box at the bottom for Part 1, and here for Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. As an Easter egg of sorts, see if you can identify Davidson’s Metallica riffs on his sleek Jackson axe (hint: the SAMME requested he play part of a rarely-played-live Metallica tune Revocation covers on the deluxe edition of their self-titled album that comes out Aug. 6).
Revocation’s set was enough to inspire not only a restart of the pits, it also incited the first stage-divers of the day. A pair of testosterone-charged teenagers took to the platform between thrashing members Davidson, guitarist Dan Gargiulo, bassist Brett Bamberger and drummer Phil Dubois (he of the daisy duke jean shorts) during songs such as new tune Invidious and older offering No Funeral.
A stagehand with a squirt gun tried to cool off the diehards in the pit. But no amount of flying water or steam bath conditions was going to temper the enthusiasm for, and fury of, dark metal on another accomplished campaign of Summer Slaughter.
For the SAMME’s previous interviews with Davidson and Norma Jean singer Cory Brandan, click the “Suggested” links in blue below.
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