It was a rainy Cinco de Mayo this past Thursday in Providence, RI, perfect for an extreme metal show right? I headed over to The Fete to photograph The Coffin Dragger Tour with Dark Sermon, Fit For An Autopsy, Rings of Saturn, and Thy Art Is Murder.
Dark Sermon puts on quite the show. Its not often you see a band that actually performs a dark sermon on stage complete with altar, candles, and animal skulls. They were extremely fun to watch and photograph and the crowd agreed. As there was no photo pit at the show I found myself having to take my shots between the flipping hair of the enthusiastic head bangers in front of and around me. Directly behind me the pit was open and alive as the band played through songs from their newest The Oracle. If you’re planning on heading out to The Coffin Dragger Tour go early, you want to see this band.
Up next was New Jersey metal act Fit For An Autopsy. Easing the crowd into their set by starting with “Out To Sea” a calmer song from their most recent release Absolute Hope Absolute Hell. The band followed up with a more explosive song, “The Jackal” off of The Process of Human Extermination. The crowd began to really move at this point, several metal heads began swinging their hair wildly in the crowd as Fit For An Autopsy dominated the stage. The band finished with the title track from their most recent release with the crowd screaming every lyric back.
Rings of Saturn took the stage next with blazing guitar work and aggressive drums to back up the brutal vocals of Ian Bearer. The band ripped through song after furious song with the crowd shouting out track names in the breaks while head banging themselves into another dimension during the songs. I found myself just watching guitarists Lucas Mann and Aaron Stechauner multiple times as they shredded their way through the set. If you’re looking to see an extremely technical death metal band look no further than Rings of Saturn.
Thy Art Is Murder rounded out the night. As many know their vocalist CJ McMahon recently left the band for a more stable life. On the US run they have Lochlan Watt from Colossvs filling in who is badass to say the least. The crowd embraced the change as they opened a huge pit which had a couple of smiling faces with bloody noses after just a few songs. The band played songs from as far back as the Infinite Death EP including the crowd favorite “Whore to a Chainsaw” where Lochlan left the stage to sing in the pit with fans. During their set for the first time during the night someone made it up on stage to dive off, landing directly on me naturally, but a show is a show! Thy Art continued on into songs like “The Purest Strain of Hate” and “Light Bearer” all while a captivated audience shouted the lyrics back and violently head banged at the front of the stage. The band finished up with the title track off of their latest album Holy War another crowd favorite. If you missed them in Rhode Island the entire tour will be back on May 19th in Worcester, Ma.