British grindcore legends Carcass teamed up with Deafheaven, one of the most prominent (and divisive) rising black metal acts, for an explosive show at Providence, RI’s Fête Ballroom on Nov. 19. Progressive act Inter Arma and local band Murdoc provided support. Enjoy some pictures from the show and descriptions of the action.
Bassist Jeff Walker appeared to charge through his lines rather than simply playing them.
Deafheaven’s whirring black metal was a significant change from Inter Arma, but the crowd seemed to break out of its swaying trance as “Brought to the Water” opened the set.
Daniel Wilding, who joined with Ash in 2013, was a monster behind the kit, with blast beats and furious rolls that powered the set.
Local band Murdoc opened things with a high-energy half-hour set, alternating between kinet riffing, punishing breakdowns, and introspective clean breaks.
Inter Arma brought forth their genre-blending sludge attack as the crowd began to build, though playing in the venue’s near-darkness gave their set an eerie malevolence.
In comparison to Walker, founding guitarist Bill Steer appeared more focused on his highly techincal guitar lines than of making a visual show.
Macabre imagery has been a trademark of Carcass since their debut album, 1988’s “Reek of Putrefaction.”
Though only ten songs were on the set list, the band played three extras between “Reek of Putrefaction” and “Corporeal Jigsaw Quandry,” and added two encores in “Heartwork” and “Mount of Execution.”
Guitarist Ben Ash, who joined Carcass in 2013, brought plenty of energy and fan interaction to his side of the stage.
Deafheaven’s indefatigable drummer Daniel Tracy laid down walls of intricate and powerful percussion patterns.
The arrival of British grinders Carcass brought a palpable excitement, with longtime frontman Bill Steer leading the way.