It was 'Extreme Chaos' in Dublin on Wednesday night (1st March), as the Gods Of Violence met the Machine Messiah, with Kreator taking on Sepultura for a packed show at the city's Vicar Street venue. Heading up a line-up that also included Soilwork and Aborted, the four-band bill was a treat for fans of extreme metal.
Heading up the line-up, German originators Kreator may have brought the big production and theatrics, but it was Brazilians Sepultura catalogue of metal anthems that gave the headliners a real run for their money.
Exuding a knowing confidence, in both themselves and their new material, Sao Paulo natives Sepultura opened with a brace of tracks from their latest release 'Machine Messiah'. Kicking of with a pulverising 'I Am The Enemy', and following with 'Phantom Self', it was third song 'Choke' however, that really ignited the audience. The track that introduced front man Derrick Green to the world back in 1998, the set list staple has become synonymous with the man mountain, and has lost none of its bite.
Greeting the crowd, Green said; "Dublin, it's good to be back here. Thank you for having us again - it's wonderful". Launching into their first classic-era track, in a simply battering 'Desperate City', it was drummer Eloy Casagrande who mesmerised, with his hard hitting, percussive performance.
Finishing their brief eleven song set with a brace of their most famous tracks - 'Ratamahatta' and 'Roots Bloody Roots' - Green signed off by praising the Dublin crowd, telling them; "This is one of the best places to play in the world. I tell you no lie".
Carrying on the goodwill left by Sepultura, Kreator took to the stage in an explosion of light, ticker tape and hellish music. Kicking off with the title track from their 2009 album 'Hordes Of Chaos', the Essen thrashers set their infernal tone from the off, bathed in a sea of blood red light.
Mixing the extremes of the genre - heavy riffing, demonic vocals and lightning-fast drumming - with melodic guitar soloing and technical brilliance, the four-piece gave a lesson in measured brutality.
Letting the music do the most of the talking, singer / guitarist Miland 'Mille' Petrozza took time to praise the Dublin crowd too, declaring; "It's great to be back in Ireland. It's been a while, right?"
With a set high on heavy metal theatrics, Petrozza - a seasoned ring-master - fired a dry-ice gun on the audience, before leading them in a mass mosh pit, and finally splitting the entire venue down the middle and inciting a "total massacre" on the Vicar Street floor.
Signing off with early classic 'Pleasure To Kill', Kreator closed what has thus far, been the heaviest bill of the year to hit the city.
The tour continues tonight (Thursday 2nd March) in London, before finishing in Kreator's home town on 4th March. The remaining dates can be viewed below.
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2 Mar – UK, London, O2 Forum
3 Mar – Belgium, Torhout, De Mast
4 Mar – Germany, Essen, Grugahalle