Norwegian Death Metal beasts Blood Red Throne have made an Iberian tour in the past month, playing 5 dates in Spain and 1 in Portugal. This tour happened to promote their latest record “Union of Flesh and Machine” and to early celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band.
The Portuguese date took place at Cave 45, Porto, a venue well known for its support to the underground scene and well organized gigs, and was organized by SWR.inc. The opening acts were Corpsia and Pestifer.
Corpsia, a Thrash Metal trio from Paraná, Brazil came to present their debut full-length “Genocides in the Name of God”. The venue was still half-empty when they started to play, but after one or two songs, it started to get packed. A little bit shy at first, Gabriel Stobbe took the spotlight as frontman and guitarist, always focused, dedicated and angry. Songs like “Prophecy”, the great “Execution” or “The Rite” were good examples of the heavy and furious kind of Thrash that these guys deliver. Corpsia could use use the advantage of having a second live guitar, specially when Gabriel would perform solos. Nevertheless, this was a good surprise. Good performance!
Portuguese Pestifer were up next. For those who didn’t know them, this was a great opportunity to check out what this killing machine can do. Promoting their most recent record, the debut full-length “Execration Diatribes”, what came next caught us by surprise: a well oiled destructive mechanism which left no one unimpressed. Fast, brutal, incisive is how their show can be described. The setlist was mostly based on the debut album, starting with “Mars Exult” and following the track order of the record. Pedro, Jorge and Diogo sounded like a Portuguese version of Angelcorpse mixed with Krisiun and Cryptopsy. According to their setlist, for encore, the track “Vengeance upon the Plague” was selected.
Coming all the way from Norway, Death metal maniacs Blood Red Throne returned to Portugal after the appearance at the SWR Barroselas Metal fest, back in 2014. With the new album “Union of Flesh and Machine” in the bag, the band had a lot to offer. 13 songs of some of the most vicious, harsh and alcohol-driven death metal that Cave 45 has ever witnessed, for sure. Even though the members were notoriously tipsy, to say the least, they sounded tight and strong. The band did focus on the albums “Union Of Flesh and Machine” and “Altered Genesis” from 2005. Songs like “Arterial Lust”, “Brutalitarian Regime”, “Smite” or the crushing “Gore Encore” made no head stay still and were good examples of the skills of these 5 norsemen. Looking totally comfortable on stage, these Norwegians enjoyed every single minute of this memorable concert and didn’t have any will to end it. And judging by the reaction of the attendees, no one was disappointed.
Special thanks to SWR inc.
Report by: Filipe Gomes (Photos + text)