Gig Review

The Black Dahlia Murder
Flashgod Apocalypse, Skeletonwitch
Bristol, Fleece
28th January 2012

The Black Dahlia Murder        Flashgod Apocalypse        Skeletonwitch


As we entered the Fleece it was already pretty full with eager metal fans awaiting the carnage that was hopefully about to take place. The room was full of black t shirts, jeans and long hair; just what we’d expect from a metal gig.

And so the time came for Skeletonwitch to make their presence known on stage. And so they did. The crowd were slightly warming to them, but nothing as much as you would hope for a band of this heaviness. They were heavy, powerful and eager to please. I guess they just need a few more people to listen to their music, a few more fans, and they’ll be well on their way!

Next up was Fleshgod Apocalypse. They certainly blasted out some epic tunes, they were forceful; and there was something about the death metal riffs that pulled you in and captured your attention. They were definitely pleasing the crowd as well, with fans lined up around the front of the stage to get closer to the action.

The Black Dahlia Murder – well, what can I say? Pure brutality, pure mosh-abilty, pure metal. Their music exploded all over the stage… and into the crowd. My ears were welcoming the strain they were being put under, it was dangerously delightful. They put their all into this performance, the crowd going mental for the mosh pit, every pair of eyes in the house was on them, and no one was distracted. Truth be told, I don’t think anyone had the capability of being unfocused on the power that was BDM. They ran few a few old tracks, a few newer tracks, and each one was as well received as the next. They had a real energy on stage, even the quieter band members seemed to emulate their presence to the fans. This was proper mental, lose-your-shit metal at it’s very best. This was one gig I definitely didn’t want to end, although I think my ears were grateful to have stopped bleeding! Y’know, in a good way.

Skeletonwitch 3/5
Flashgod Apocalypse 4/5
Black Dahlia Murder 4.5/5

Review By Karlie M

 The Black Dahlia Murder

Trevor Strnad
Brian Eschbach
Ryan Knight
Ryan Williams
Shannon Lucas

 Flashgod Apocalypse

Sean Smith
Gavin Butler
Matthew Davies
James "Bob" "The Fury" Davies
Rhys Lewis
Gareth "Snoz" Lawrence


Dustin Boltjes
Chance Garnette
Nate "N8 Feet Under" Garnette
Scott "Scunty D." Hedrick
Evan "Loosh" Linger

 Band Related Links
The Black Dahlia Murder Myspace
Flashgod Apocalypse MySpace
Skeletonwitch Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?