Finland’s Children Of Bodom, Concord, CA’s Death Angel, and the Faroese viking folk metallers, in Týr made a collective stop at Philly’s TLA theater for a packed house as all bands support current full-lengths.
Kicking the night were the vikings of Týr, who are currently supporting their seventh studio album, Valkyrja, released in 2013 via Metal Blade Records. MetalInjection commented on the album stating, “The music is what matters first to those of us who became Týr fanatics after being whipped into a frenzy by “Hold the Heathen Hammer High.” While not phenomenally groundbreaking, Valkyrja stays true to the sound that fans expect. ..Týr worked at tightening each song down to the smallest detail. If anything, the band’s energy has only increased.”
Next up was CA’s thrash metal juggernauts, Death Angel, who wasted no time displaying their ability to pack a mean punch, now over three decades since joining forces in 1982. Death Angel is also supporting a 2013 release entitled The Dream Calls for Blood on Nuclear Blast, which for the first time in the band’s career, cracked the Billboard Top 100 chart with an impressive #72 debut. Ultimate-Guitar.com commented on the release stating, “It’s been three years since Death Angel’s last studio effort, and the band more than makes up for it with the proud collection of heart racing new compositions.. Any established fan will feel right at home while listening to this new release, while any thrash metal fan should find no problem with falling right into the groove of their new album”.
Last and certainly not least, the mighty Children Of Bodom took the stage and proceeded to melt faces as they too support a new album, Halo of Blood, which was released last summer via Nuclear Blast Records. After a string of albums dabbling with new sounds and varied approaches, critics and fans alike have hailed Halo of Blood as a return to form. Blabbermouth.net commented on the album stating, “By presenting their listeners the best tones they’ve uncorked over the course of their career, Children of Bodom calibrates their already extraordinary chops. Despite some of “Halo of Blood”‘s dark overtones, the band sounds like they’re having a party instead of forcing their hand to broaden themselves. By attrition, the seasoned Children of Bodom listener will easily glue onto “Halo of Blood”‘s violent cadences and swarming virtuosity. If death metal can be considered a pleasure pill, “Halo of Blood” is headbanging nitric oxide.” And if the headbanging be any measure of the greatness for on this particular evening, there was no shortage, as hair flew steadily at all points throughout this showcase of extreme metal talents.
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