Bands (those that I happened to catch, anyway): Kreator and Kataklysm
Venue: HOB Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, California
Date: March 23, 2010
Here’s a brief blast show review after I traipsed out to the HOB Sunset Strip after a long day at work to catch Kreator and Kataklysm. I wasn’t able to make it out in time for any of the openers, but I was only really interested in the triumphant return of Kreator, anyway. Heading out on their second swing through North America in support of Hordes of Chaos, Kreator threw such a good show last year around this time that I had to see them again.
I arrived at the HOB just in time to catch most of Kataklysm’s set in front of a packed HOB crowd. A good set, some of which I spent wandering around (Sam Dunn was spotted in the audience). After checking out the well-stocked merch tables, I finally settled down to catch the last few songs. A good show, from what I saw, as Kataklysm finished with a rousing rendition of “Shadows And Dust”.
Anticipation grew to a crescendo as Kreator hit the stage. Opening with “The Pestilence”, Kreator were tight as Hell throughout their 90-minute set. Playing an anniversary tour of sorts, Mille informed us all early on that many past classics would be played for the first time in many years. We were treated to “Endless Pain”, “Tormentor”, “Coma of Souls”, and “Flag Of Hate”, as well as recent staples such as the title tracks of the band’s last three full-lengths. Overall, a great show.
A few phone shots of Kreator (courtesy of concert going companion Cosmo Lee). My camera phone is on the fritz (I’m living in the dark ages), and my photo pass fell through. Oh, well.
The t-shirt haul (finally replacing an old classic from my youth)...
Special thanks to Dave Brenner!!
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