The sixth annual Summer Slaughter tour is self-described as “the most extreme tour of the year.” So did it live up to that claim? Yes and yes.
After nearly four hours and 10 hard-hitting bands, headliners Cannibal Corpse took the stage. By that point, the crowd was primed—voraciously head banging and building the most aggressive mosh pit of the night. The numerous opening acts had been strong, but Cannibal Corpse was strongest. The five-member group worked in unison to deliver the sharpest and clearest-sounding metal of the night. The guitarists created a fast-picked guitar “dance” with complementary single-note bass-playing that produced a beautiful death-metal melody. Lead vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher was the most aggressive singer of the night. He shrieked over tracks such as “Disfigured” and “Make Them Suffer.” Accompanied by drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz and his sweaty, fast-paced percussions, Fisher energized the crowd. He moved back and forth during classic Cannibal Corpse material “Pick-Axe Murders” and “Hammer Smashed Face,” provoking the mosh pit into a delightful frenzy. ★★★☆☆