Death Metal music as an art form got popular in the 1980’s and the band Death and its leader Chuck Schuldiner are often called the “father of death metal”. This form of music is a subgenre of the thrash music and early black music. Bands like Obsessed and Morbid Angel are considered the early bands that ventured into this kind of music. The band usually consists of two guitarists, a vocalist and a drummer other than a bass player and drummer.
The Inquisition, a Comlumbian black metal pair of two, played at Vancouver recently at the Funky Winker Beans dive bar. The location of the bar was ideal, just where the filth and grime of Vancouver breathes. The opening act was from Radioactive Vomit and they got into the heavy metal producing act almost immediately. Headed straight from the province’s central Victoria, was Mitochodrion which played hardcore death metal music stirring the crowd to create the right evil atmosphere. The upcoming band dished out music that was mature. They ensured there was never a dull moment, so to speak and though lengthy the show didn’t lack in its brutal assault. (Though, there was this animated couple right in front of me who actually had the time to compare caravan insurance quotes!) Up next was the Gyibaaw as the lead guitarist J. Pahl had master minded the entire tour plan. Not falling for the “we are the clones”disease the band played great metal music that actually reeked of their youngster spirit!
It was the turn of the sans bassist team of Inquisition to play out full volume next. The secret of the success of this team of two is their melodies tunes that lead to an almost eerie manner of celebrating the dark and paying homage to it. Their stint, though short, left a lasting impression on the audience who kept asking the team of Dagon and Incubus to get a bassist.
The night was long, winding and full of red painted burly guys on their own weapons. It was the perfect setting for death metal fun and the crowd received their freebie, of an enjoyable evening!