Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, & more – Halloween at Gas Monkey!

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Halloween night with Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, and Uncured – Live at Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX

Hailing from Finland, Lost Society opened up their first US set ever on Halloween night at Gas Monkey Live, bringing energy by the truckload as they hammered through insanely catchy thrash metal riffs and flawlessly harmonized solos. Dressed as a makeshift KISS in honor of All Hallows Eve, I felt as if I’d been transported back to the height of the power / thrash metal scene as Lost Society moved through their set. Toting mean rhythms and razor sharp leads, their performance was straightforward and full of action. I very much look forward to their next US appearance, hopefully alongside the likes of other thrash and death metal icons i.e. Revocation, Exhumed, etc.

Lost Society

Lost Society

Setlist
1. Tyrant Takeover
2. Attaxic
3. KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)
4. Hollow Eyes
5. Terror Hungry
6. I Am the Antidote
7. Riot

Carach Angren

Kings of Halloween, Carach Angren haunts year round, telling tales of ghost ships, death, doom, and eternal torment.

The haunting piano introduction to their newest album “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten” played over the PA as the ghouls took their places, leading in to the song “Charlie”. Keyboardist Ardek stood rigid as he awaited his “floating” keyboard to take its place at a harsh angle, and onward they moved into the music with windmills and jerky, inhuman movement. Emulating each and every vocal nuance on the albums, vocalist Seregor’s mic stand, formed out of a human spine and pelvis, matched the Halloween atmosphere perfectly as fog poured upon the stage, blanketing drummer Namtar’s graveyard adorned drum kit.

Stomping and windmilling through a plethora of tales, Seregor donned a realistic skull crown nearing the end of their set, performing their songs with death literally on his face as they moved between atmospheric orchestral pieces to heavy double bass drum backed chugged guitars. No sooner than they had taken the stage, the ghosts vanished as quickly as they had appeared, fading out in the fog as eerily as they had arrived.

Carach Angren

Setlist
1. Opening
2. Charlie
3. The Carriage Wheel Murder
4. When Crows Tick on Windows
5. Pitch Black Box
6. Blood Queen
7. Charles Francis Coghlan
8. In De Naam Van De Duivel
9. Three Times Thunder Strikes

In honor of Halloween, Finnish melodic metal band Children of Bodom started their set off with the perfect mood music; the iconic piano tune from John Carpenter’s “Halloween”.

Fading out from the intimidating theme, the PA began playing a mariachi song as the band took the stage in Day of the Dead themed outfits with matching face paint. To my elation, Children of Bodom’s performance was ten times better than the last time we saw them live, and as Alexi Laiho, lead guitarist and vocalist, nailed the solos and growled through their setlist with a seemingly renewed vigor, it made the experience that much more enjoyable. I haven’t been this excited in a long while. Growing up aspiring to be everything that Alexi and former guitarist Roope were as far as musicians, it not only blew my mind to see the music ripped as effortlessly as intended, they put on a hell of a show.

Each instrument functions as it’s own lead in a sense, as both guitarists, bassist, and keyboard player all seemed to have a moment dedicated to them where they really let loose, backed by thunderous and punchy drums. Though the music was incredible and led to an almost constant mosh pit, it being Halloween led to the serious atmosphere being shed ever so slightly, as assorted characters danced around and bounced into one another. Rick Sanchez versus as crash test dummy in a pit… think about that.

Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom played a lengthy set across their catalog, even going back to the first album and performing a song never before played in the US from album Something Wild to a great reception. Though the last time may have been just a bad night, Children of Bodom proved once again why they draw such a ridiculous and energetic crowd, and how they’ve managed to keep going for so long.

Setlist
1. Deadnight Warrior
2. Needled 24/7
3. Hatebreeder
4. Lake Bodom
5. Black Widow
6. Warheart
7. Hate Me!
8. Red Light In My Eyes, Part 2
9. Downfall
10. Everytime I Die
11. Hate Crew Death Roll
12. Bed of Razors
13. Children of Bodom
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14. The Nail
15. Towards Dead End

 

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