Those who missed Sadistic Intent’s show at last year’s Steelfest were lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the band in town again. The small but great venue Kuudes Linja hosted both Obscure Burial from Turku and Sadistic coming all the way from Los Angeles.
At the moment when Obscure Burial started playing, it came to my mind that blackened death metal was exactly what I needed on a snowy and grim (but surprisingly warm) January night. This and a cider, to be exact.Obscure Burial entering the stage and a bar in just a few steps’ distance from it have suddenly made me a very happy person…!
The gig kicked off with raw, breathtakingly aggressive songs from their first demo God’s Abomination. This review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning how new, in fact, the band is. The group formed in 2012 and has released two demos since then. I had to appreciate the fact that such a young band was playing before the veterans from Sadistic Intent, who’ve been in the scene for thirty years now.Obscure Burial proved that a long career is not necessary to have an absolutely absorbing, downright fiery performance. They took the whole venue by storm and entertained the crowd, and with their thick, incredibly dark sound and sinister energy onstage the gig was dynamic and incredibly powerful.
Another thing to appreciate was how well these Turkusians performed despite the size of the club and the amount of time they had. The band leaving after 45 minutes would have be a very sad thing if it wasn’t for the anticipation of Sadistic Intent conquering the stage (and the fans!) soon after.The stage drowning in blood-red light was a welcome sign for the Californian death metallers to start the metal massacre.
Crushing riffs and inhuman growls created an atmosphere which was even more hellish and intense than before. Not to mention the fact that I could only admire the lights playing on inverted crosses and the countless spikes of the band members’ outfits – which looked exactly as if they were set on fire – and in the reflections of light were millions of sparks.
Well-known songs from Resurrection and Ancient Black Earth were, without a doubt, the best kind of opening for the death metal madness Sadistic Intent masterfully created onstage.The first songs had already gripped the audience, but it wasn’t until “Death is Coming” from the band’s newest release that the fans really went into havoc. Within seconds, the crowd morphed into an insane storm of spikes and leather.
Not surprisingly, almost everyone in the crowd was taller than me. Being pushed from the left side of the stage to the far right was something I expected. Just as obvious was nearly having my nose piercing pulled out by the headbanging enthusiasts and their omnipresent long hair constantly tangling into everything. How can you not love death metal for its engaged (and enraged) fans?
With both the band and the audience enjoying their evening, it was just a matter of time to hear Sadistic Intent’s Bay Cortez saying “It’s fucking great to be back in Finland again!”The audience’s loud (and just slightly drunk) roar of approval only emphasized the frontman’s words.
Choosing one of the band’s best-known and most intense songs “Funerals Obscure” for the final song met with a very enthusiastic, almost fanatical response. Sadistic Intent did their best to make the gig’s finale truly spectacular.Crushing, furious riffs combined with the memorable refrain of the song encouraged the crowd to shout, chant the chorus over and over and get even wilder than before.
Sadistic Intent and Obscure Burial at Kuudes Linja was an event I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. Thanks to these bands, another winter evening turned into a real death metal inferno!