Photos and Review by Tanner Rawleigh
A busy night on the streets of Rochester is typically filled with college kids enjoying a night out. This past Saturday East Avenue looked a bit different as a line of eager fans wrapped around Anthology all waiting to get in to see Cannibal Corpse.
Starting off the night was Shadow of Intent, a Deathcore band from Connecticut, on tour in support of their latest studio album entitled Elegy. All too often the excitement for the headliners results in a weak crowd for the openers, but the crowd was ravenous for these guys. The band matched the crowd’s energy and put on quite the show!
Up next was Revocation. Technical death metal is a genre I am not used to, so I was excited to see them perform, and I left the show a new fan of this group. Releasing their first album back in 2008, they have consistently dropped new music yearly since, and with a vast discography to choose from, their set seemed like the perfect selection to keep the crowd engaged.
This is Whitechapel’s first tour since the pandemic. During their time off they released Kin in 2021. Their setlist was a mix of older and newer material. What struck me most about Whitechapel was the unique visual experience that accompanied the songs. A hazy mist alongside bright backing lights worked together to make an otherworldly feeling in the venue, which matched the intense live performance put on by the band. They are no strangers to the area, and we all hope to see them back soon.
The final act of the night was the almighty Cannibal Corpse hailing from Buffalo, New York. The crowd was full of longtime fans. But I did talk to a group of kids who said it was their first concert ever! Cannibal Corpse is one of the bands you can always rely on for pure metal aggression and fun. As much as I love fun visuals with lots of lights and gimmicks, it is so refreshing to see a band like Cannibal Corpse that does not spend time on cheap thrills and instead focuses on absolutely assaulting you with their sound. Their latest album, Violence Unimagined, is precisely how I would describe their live show, a truly can’t miss experience!
Check out http://www.cannibalcorpse.net/ for more dates!