One of the most widely anticipated shows in recent memory where black metal is concerned, the Decibel Magazine Tour rolled through Vancouver on Saturday to deliver Abbath‘s relentless black metal assault with wicked delight, flanked by an equally merciless support lineup. High on Fire is always a notable highlight – their blend of galloping riffage and stoner groove is a proven crowd-pleaser (and for good reason: despite technical difficulties on the bass end early in the set, vocalist/guitarist Matt Pike swooped in with improvised guitar filler that segued neatly back into the set once bass was restored.) Skeletonwitch provided an early adrenaline jolt by its supernatural salvos of riff wizardry, and Tribulation‘s opening set offered a beautifully lit terpsichorean display of ethereal doom.
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HIGH ON FIRE