Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse @ The Fonda Theater – 02/21/2019
The Decibel Magazine Tour came to Los Angeles on Thursday February 21, and brought two of the biggest names in Death Metal. Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse decimated the Fonda Theater, and indeed cranked the decibels high! As two pioneers of the genre, the night was sure to be one for the books, and the bands did not disappoint. The sold out venue was teeming with loyal fans eager to have their faces melted, and get their mosh on. Rising brutalizers Necrot and Blood Incantation rounded out the bill in the opening slots and primed the fans for their old-school lesson in Death Metal.
After opening the set with three new songs off 2017’s Kingdoms Disdained Morbid Angel gave fans a blast from the past by going backward in their discography as they progressed through their set playing a perfect mixture of David Vincent era songs with Steve Tucker fronted material. The metal veterans played “I,” “Day of Suffering,” “Unholy Blasphemies,” and closed their time on stage with “Blood on My Hands.” The band drew a mix of young and aged metal enthusiasts, coming together over low chugs and the growling voice of frontman and bassist, Steve Tucker along with the in-human guitar sounds of Trey Azagthoth. After a set like Morbid Angel’s, there was only one act that could follow…
Cannibal Corpse took the stage, and the entire general admission floor erupted into a mosh pit that was not for the faint of heart. Crowd surfers and elbows galore, these fans know how to rage. The band played a blistering set, including “Code of the Slashers,” “Evisceration Plague,” “A Skull Full of Maggots,” and “Hammer Smashed Face” (and yes, that would also be a good description for post Cannibal Corpse mosh pit).
Due to recent legal issues with longtime guitarist Pat O’Brien, Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan has stepped in for the fore-seeable future as touring guitarist and did a phenomenal job holding down the solos throughout the show.
Cannibal Corpse puts on a great but intense show that would be considered hard-mode in video game terms. If you aren’t the moshing type, you can always stick to the sides of the floor, and enjoy raw, unfiltered Death Metal. This year’s Decibel Magazine Tour is as hot as hellfire, and is a must see for the old-school metal fan!
Morbid Angel Photo Gallery
Cannibal Corpse Photo Gallery