Review of Cannibal Corpse and Revocation at The Forum, London 31/10/14
by Matthew Green
Like many a gig reviewer before me, I fell prey to the vagaries of Friday night traffic and only arrived halfway through Revocations set, thereby missing Aeon entirely, for which I can only apologise. Upon arrival Revocation were in full flow and full control. Prior to the gig, I had felt pretty sure that Revocation would struggle in the face of Cannibal Corpse’s rabid audience but I was totally mistaken. The huge pit was threshing wildly and the roars of appreciation even from the very back of the venue, where I was initially stood, were full and meaty. The likes of ‘Madness Opus’ and ‘No Funeral’ which closed the set were lapped up by almost all and sundry. Even though not EVERY head was banging, I’m fairly certain it won’t be too long before Revocation are headlining tours of this calibre, even if they could do with a smidgeon more stagecraft and activity.
Once I’d bought my tee and got my pint of water, I headed down towards the stage to prepare for the headliners. This was probably my 7th time of seeing them, and though venue and crowd size may vary, the Corpse NEVER disappoint. Opening up with 3 of their best loved tracks (‘Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead’, ‘Fucked with a Knife’ and ‘Stripped, Raped and Strangled’) from an album celebrating its 20th anniversary (‘The Bleeding’). They served to rocket this gig out of the starting blocks with a manic intensity which never let up. The next 3 tracks all came off the newest platter ‘A Skeletal Domain’, one of my albums of the year, and these new songs seemed to be EVEN BETTER received by the baying mob. Few bands, 26 years into their career, can hope to pen material which matches up to that which made their name, but these men from Buffalo somehow keep the good stuff flowing.
Every facet of the band is represented, from the tricksy time-signatures of ‘The Wretched Spawn’ to the crushing sludge of ‘Scourge of Iron’, all the way through to the speed and insanity of ‘Disposal of the Body’, the perverted desires of every bloodied heart in attendance is surely fully sated.
They finish off with the time honoured classics ‘A Skull Full of Maggots’, ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ and ‘Devoured by Vermin’. Even though I valiantly tried to keep up with Corpsegrinder and his astonishing windmilling headbanging, I had exhausted my poor neck muscles. The band were tight, hard, unrelenting and technically unimpeachable, exactly as we all hoped and wished for, long may they destroy!
Check out some fan filmed footage below…