Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Blood Red Throne, Sadist, Cerebral Bore, Carceri @ Academy 2, Liverpool

(review n pix by mwj)

Knowing that there was an imminent weekend’s Hammering coming up this was a timely warm up with a concentrated level of extremity that would be in relatively short supply over in Prestatyn. This was a colossal bill from the local Whiplash promoters put together backing the strength of the U.S. headliners reputation as death metal legends, but the rug was somewhat pulled out from under it with the news that vocalist Frank Mullen couldn’t make this tour due to day to day commitments. As one of the most entertaining and charismatic frontmen I’ve seen there was a wonder whether their level of impact could be maintained with a stand-in but the ticket was already bought so lets dive in anyway.