Photos By Damien Crocker
The night began with local Metal Veterans, Vanadium B.C. These boys kicked things off to a tremendous start. They played some new material alongside some of their stuff from 1995’s album The Damage Done, which is about to see a re-release for it’s 25th anniversary. The vocals on their lead singer K-B were incredible, he had the intensity and the ability of a performer half his age, and I don’t want to harp his age too much, but look, this man is a Grandfather, and you wouldn’t think it. These boys put on a show! Some of their thrashy tunes really felt like they could have been written by a young Metallica, I’m not trying to blow too much smoke but I really dug their tunes.
Wormrot were up next and were absolutely ferocious with their onslaught on the stage from the get go. This Singaporean Grindcore band proved why they are on this years Wacken bill, with this relentless go-to-woah attitude throughout the set. Arif on vocals literally had me say out loud… ‘Woah’. My favorite song of the set was ‘No One Gives A Shit’. I also particularly enjoyed how abrupt some of their songs ended, and how quick Arif was to say ‘Thank you’. I don’t really know why that stood out to me, it just showed how tight they were as a unit. It was a total joy to check out this wild act.
Up finally were the band we were all here to see perform their classic album Cause Of Death in it’s entirely, it was time for Obituary. I wish I span this album a few more times before this show, because my familiarity with the band itself isn’t very strong. Nonetheless, I knew this absolutely brutal Death Metal band would blow me away despite me being clueless to their music.
I can see how they have been such an influential band in the Death Metal genre for 36 years; just seeing the audience and their die-hard fans react to them really put a smile on my ugly mug.
From what I gathered upon post-show research, they opened the set with a few tracks not on Cause Of Death, namely Redneck Stomp from their 2005 album Frozen In Time, followed by 3 tracks from their 2017 effort – the self titled Obituary before they belted out the album from start to finish. Just blistering stuff really.
After they played Cause Of Death, they finished off the nights proceedings with I’m In Pain from 1992’s The End Complete, followed by 2019 single A Dying World before the set was completed with their final tune, Slowly We Rot.
It was my birthday, I had a really good time – Badlands is a wonderful venue and it’s a convenient venue. They have a Happy Hour, they have cheap beer options, they have a food truck, ample Security, enough bar staff to cover the load, I’m always impressed each time. Only negatives to take away from this show was some of the patrons and their horrible attitude toward some of the photographers of the few publications that were covering this big show. The treatment of them was a little out of line, and I hope this kind of behavior can be focused on in future at Metal shows. Photogs have a job to do, and there’s no reason to get aggressive! Just enjoy the show and take it easy. We’re all there for the love of Metal