The Summer Slaughter Tour
Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
Photo Review By: ~Chase
The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus
As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Powerglove & Fleshgod Apocalypse
Summer Slaughter is always a fairly exciting, and a crushing event in terms of extreme metal. This was my third Summer Slaughter (first was in '07 in Chicago, and then '09 in Las Vegas) and based on the crowd and the performers, the annual summer tour is still going strong. I arrived a little late to the show, but caught As Blood Runs Black right as they went on, fortunately giving me enough time to enter the photo pit and catch some pictures before the third song was over (for those of you who don't know, most venues/bands have a policy that us photographers can only shoot during the first three songs of a bands set).
Following As Blood Runs Black came video game metallers Powerglove, who I had previously seen open for Dragonforce and Turisas. They are definitely one of the most fun bands I've ever seen, and by the blowup swords and candy flying through the air, I'm sure most would agree. Next up was Dying Fetus, which is actually the oldest band on the lineup (having formed in 1991). Despite being the oldest on the lineup, they were probably the best there was (okay, maybe I'm a little biased). Dying Fetus put on a powerful display of excellent death metal filled with complex riffs and relentless blastbeats. After Dying Fetus came another band who has long been in the death metal scene, lead by ex-Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes; Six Feet Under. Not only was Six Feet Under enjoyable to listen to and watch, but it was fun getting to take pictures of Chris Barnes' ultra long dreadlocks flying all around.
Darkest Hour was next up, and they put on probably the most energetic performance there was. At the same time, the lighting guy upped the ante as well, as can be seen from the photos, and they were probably the best band to photograph there. Whitechapel followed, and delivered their 3 guitarist brand of deathcore, and probably produced the most amounts of crowd surfers as well. Finally, headliners The Black Dahlia Murder hit the stage, and when I thought the crowd couldn't get any more excited, they did just that. Anyways, the Summer Slaughter tour will be continuing on until late August, and going throughout most of the United States. If you get the chance to check out the show, and enjoy deathcore and death metal, than make sure to stop by this.