Sunday, July 1, 2012

Death to All at Irving Plaza

Gary Rossington, this is how you do it. Over ten years after Chuck Schuldiner's death from brain cancer, some of his bandmates, friends and admirers have joined forces to tour as Death to All, a Death tribute act donating 20% of their tickets to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Coincidentally performing on the day that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, Death to All played a two-and-a-half hour show dedicated to one of the first and best discographies in death metal. Obscura's Steffen Kummerer and Abysmal Dawn's Charles Elliott took vocals and guitarist duties, with varying degrees of talent and stage banter, but the draw was seeing Schuldiner's old bandmates, one of whom has gone on to be Gene Hoglan, play songs like "Crystal Mountain" and "Lack of Comprehension." Alex Skolnick and Richard Christy made Last Waltz-esque cameos. Reunited Canadian tech death act Gorguts played a smashing opening set. Other than a broken AC that had a few attendees literally passing out, it was a perfect tribute.

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