Yeah! We had another opportunity to see two Thrash Metal legends unleashing their fury down here in our city Lima: HIRAX and SODOM performed a wild set of songs mixing their new stuff with some old classics we always love to headbang to.
The show started with some problems since the municipality patrol was around and the venue asked for our ID’s to get in. I was one of those unfortunate people that wasn’t carrying that shit with me, but my wit (or should I say desperation?) saved my ass this time! ;)
I couldn’t attend the first HIRAX show here two years ago, but since I heard nothing but marvelous comments about their killer live performance, I had high expectations.
Audience was shouting HIRAX, HIRAX, HIRAX!!! While the intros “Cuando cae la oscuridad” and “Battle of the North” were sounding on the amplifiers. Immediately after Mr. Katon De Pena went on stage like a mighty diablo negro! “Baptized by fire” began encouraging everybody to start headbanging and singing with great energy. I was admired by Katon’s presence and enthusiasm, hailing and pointing at everybody.
It was a very a physical concert. Songs like “Lucifer’s Inferno”, “El Rostro de la Muerte”, “Broken Neck” and “Hostile Territory” put the audience on fire and moshpits started to form in the center. Katon even jumped to one of the balconies of the venue and sang and hug the lucky crowd that was over there. HIRAX as usual played some of their killer old classics (my favorites of the night) “Bombs of Death” (I got nuts on this one!), “Hate Fear and Power” and “Destroy”… everybody was sweating like crazy and screaming for such an amazing Thrash Metal discharge!!
During “El Diablo Negro”, Katon grabbed our Peruvian flag and showed it off across the stage, it was a touching moment for us and we all roar at this gesture. Then he told us that lead guitarist Mike Guerrero had Peruvian family, so it felt like the bond between our country and HIRAX increased its roots. They closed their killer show with “Assassins of War” and man, my high expectations were not disappointed… thanks HIRAX for leaving everything on stage and for promising to come back!! Thanks Katon for being so fuckin real and loyal to your Thrash Metal essence!!
After HIRAX, some people went for a beer or to the bathroom and I took advantage of that shit reaching a spot on the front row. SODOM’s crew stepped in and took a hell of a time preparing the gear and the instruments… really, it was almost an hour… I rested my head over the fence and almost fell asleep! When they placed SODOM’s flag on the background, people gathered again and started screaming for the German musicians.
We waited and waited and waited and… Angelripper finally appeared on the stage sporting a big beard along Bernemann and new drummer Makka to start another Thrash attack. It was the third time of SODOM playing here and, as I’ve been on both previous shows, I knew what to expect: half “new” songs, half old godly classics and a little distant (but very professional) Tom’s attitude.
They started their performance with “In War and Pieces” from their last album, just like in their entire South American tour… I am certainly not a fan of their latest stuff, so I took the time to take some photos. Then a nuclear bomb right in front of our faces… “Sodomy and Lust” aaarrggh! Bath in sin! Sadistic Souls! Break their Crust! We all chanted as loud as we could! “M-16” was up next and something wrong happened: we heard a damned thing short-circuiting and everything stopped. The technical crew came in again and started to deal with the problem… such a turn off!
After some minutes, Onkel Tom just said “sorry guys!” and “M-16” started again, this time without bass… the good side of it was that Angelripper started to mosh with its flying bass guitar like a demon to make up for the loss! Bass retuned eventually for “Outbreak of Evil”, another awaited track of the night… shrill cries! angel dies! And I realized this new drummer was far better than Bobby… dude, Makka is fast!!! You can’t escape from its drumming! I was very happy and wet between those horns up of the guys around. Then, I don’t remember if it was at the end of “The saw is the law” or just before “Blasphemer”, but the bass was just not working and our Onkel just left it behind. The result: the remaining setlist was played without bass!!!!
Dude, setlist was awesome… that’s what I most grumble about. It came “Proselytism is real” (I lost it in this one, poor that guy behind me), MOTÖRHEAD’s “Iron Fist”, “Surfin’ Bird”, “Fuck the Police”, “Agent Orange”… without the motherfucking bass!! Still, they sounded somehow good, or maybe it’s just that I am such a SODOM fan, I don’t know…. but It could’ve been perfect (well, almost, there were still some new songs) without the technical difficulties.
SODOM closed their show with “City of God” shortening the setlist by 4 or 5 songs. There was no encore but we understood that (without asking for it in the first place). Some people say that Angelripper caused the short circuit when he threw a bottle of water over his head and shaked his hair all over… Actually it just doesn’t matter; he still managed to pull the shit off without complaining and playing his air bass, taking his shirt off and head banging like in the 80’s.
We still have confidence in the producers DANGER STEEL since they have always organized gigs professionally, but we hope they’ve learned about all the complications that surrounded this Thrash Metal night. That’s all. Long Life to old school Thrash Metal!!!
(Text & Photos by Roxana Vivanco)