Twenty seven years ago, Chuck Schuldiner and his band Death, the pioneers of death metal, gathered in Tampa, Florida and postulated that if they sped up Slayer's brand of thrash about a third and growled like Cookie Monster over it, they would capture the souls of disaffected long haired youth.
It worked. To those unfamiliar with the sound of death metal, imagine the sound of a high-speed blender filled with wood chips and gasoline.
Why would someone want to hear that? Every once in a while, the deathmetallers hit a nice groove or two in between 250 bpm blast beats. And the comedic value of every death metal singer sounding like Cookie Monster is not unlike an Andrew Dice Clay concert. Sure, you know it's coming, but the delivery never fails to either make you laugh or run out of the room. Or in this case, run around in circles on a concrete patio banging your head with abandon.
Tonight, Death's legacy lives on via Polish "deathcore" band Decapitated and the rest of the 10-band "Summer Slaughter" package tour - which lands at Revolution in downtown Fort Lauderdale tonight. Among the acts joining them are California act All Shall Perish - who enjoy changing their lineup like their underwear - and Massachusetts "deathcore" act The Red Chord.
Can you hear the roar from six blocks away? if so, get out of the office and bang your head. Otherwise, you better make a run for it, because the show will be going for 10 hours straight.