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Who: Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed
Club Quattro, Shibuya Tokyo
Grim Gaijin

I've been a Cannibal Corpse fan since I was 18 years old! I can still remember the day Eaten Back To Life came out! Of course, I never heard of them at that time, but one look at the cover and I knew it was going to be something sick and brutal – and it was! Now 40, I finally got the chance to see them live for the very first time at Club Quattro in Shibuya Tokyo. I had been waiting on this moment for what seems like forever and now I can officially strike seeing them live from my bucket list!

Although my anticipation for their live show to begin was killing me, I was first treated to the Gore Metal sounds of Exhumed. I've followed Exhumed off and on throughout the years but I'm not that familiar with their back catalog. The only albums I have by them are Gore Metal and All Guts, No Glory! However, that will soon change because I was so impressed with their live set, I plan to get their other albums so that I can treat myself to all the gore they've released. They played for a good 45 minutes and not a minute was wasted as they bludgeoned their way through every song with such ferocity and aggression. Although I don't know many of their songs, they seemed to have played a lot of tracks from Anatomy Is Destiny. I could really tell that everyone in the band was amped up for this gig as their musicianship was amazing and their stage presence menacing!

After a great opening set from Exhumed, it was time for Cannibal Corpse to hit the stage. Like Exhumed, they wasted no time in claiming their Death Metal throne by pulverizing the audience with 1 hour and a half of pure death metal. They played several songs from their latest album, Torture, but they also played a lot from Evisceration Plague, as well as Kill. I was also glad they played some classics from Eaten Back To Life, Tomb of the Mutilated and Vile. Continuing with tracks from their back catalog, they slayed songs from The Wretched Spawn (although they didn't play Frantic Disembowelment) and Gallery of Suicide. All during the performance, Corpsegrinder was windmill head banging like no one else can! He even once challenged the audience during a song and the battle wasn't even close. George is the reigning king of the windmill head bang! Closing out the set, they played Hammer Smashed Face, followed by Stripped, Raped, and Strangled – a perfect ending to one of the best gigs that I've ever been to!

--Grim Gaijin

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