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The True Mayhem with Cloak and Incantation Fete Music Hall Providence , RI 3/31/18 Live Show Review

The True Mayhem with Cloak and Incantation

Fete Music Hall

Providence , RI


Live Show Review by Allyson Kingsley Music Journalist with Boston Rock Radio

Photos courtesy of Charles Mattos and Ray Goyette


Of the many times I have attended concerts at Fete Music Hall in Providence RI, I can't recall seeing a line that reached almost the whole block. Indeed this was going to be epic fun. Donning corpse paint, I was immensely excited to see The True Mayhem perform tonight on the eve of Easter...how fucking appropriate for this notorious Norwegian black metal band. Now if you don't know the full history of Mayhem, who have been haunting the world much to the dismay of religious zealots since 1984, then I suggest you indulge in their history covered very well on numerous online sources and several books including Lords of Chaos. During the great days of yesteryear (early 90s) I had indulged in the underground metal tape trading scene and have in my possession a cassette of a live rather raw concert of Mayhem recorded in (?) 1994 or so in Norway. Of that era and of my collection of multiple underground cassettes, this was perhaps my most favored metal possession. But, I digress. On to the amazing performances of this evening.


The main ballroom of the club was darkened and only the stage was shrouded in blue and purple lighting. Cloak was set to perform first tonight. The band members are Scott Tayson (guitarist and vocalist), Sean Bruneau (drummer), Max Brigham (guitarist) and Matt Scott (bassist) and they originate from Atlanta, Georgia. Their current release To Venomous Depths is currently available on Season of Mist Records. They were an energetic groove-filled quartet filling the venue with black metal infused with hints of prog/power metal riffs. Their herculean shredding lit the fire for what was to come. A side note they were voted #20 on the Decibel Magazine Top 40 albums of 2017 and I can comprehend why. Amazing opening set.


The next set was Incantation, veteran black/death metal journeymen having been around since 1989. Originating from the NY/NJ area and well-known as the harbingers of the New York black metal scene, they are celebrating their current album Profane Nexus currently available on Relapse Records. The musicians are John McEntee (guitarist and vocalist), Sonny Lombardozzi (guitarist), Chuck Sherwood (bassist) and Kyle Severn (drummer) and with their mammoth talent, the crowd erupted into a bedlam of mosh pitting and head banging insanity.  Heading into their third decade of metal, Incantation have had 10 full length albums, 2 live albums, and 4 EPs, as well as tours around the globe. Together they created a summoning of collective souls at tonight's event as evidenced by the fans roaring along, entranced by the cold as steel lyrics and skull crushing rhythms. In this place age does not matter.



Finally, Mayhem takes the stage in all their satanic brilliance. Again, I need not go into their rather checkered past, but perhaps that adds to their uniqueness, a certain “ondt imperium.”  In my eyes they are the kings of black metal. The stage and club was bathed in red light, giving the illusion of the underworld from which they sprang. The stage became the altar. Hellhammer’s massive drum set was the demon’s  throne, complete with offerings of butchered pig heads. As Teloch, Ghul, Necrobutcher and Attila joined Hellhammer, the atmosphere darkened. The bodies in the audience became entranced, twisting, turning, raging almost serpent-like as one from the outside can only describe as a kind of Black Mass. In the pit was displayed agony and ecstasy, a dark love of the art. The vocals beseeched the living dead and if you listened carefully, as Attila whispered in the pig head’s ear, you could almost hear an entity speaking into yours. And that is the power that Mayhem have brought to the black metal world. Even at the concert’s end you were left yearning to revel  more in the devilment of the evening.









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