Cattle Decapitation concert in Regina – October 22, 2017
When I was flying to the land of the living skies for my higher studies, I was wondering while the Saskatchewan capital seems calm and tranquil enough for the student me, is the lovely city happening enough to satisfy the metalhead me? The day I arrived in the Regina airport with the question still lurking somewhere at the back of my mind, a Bryan Adams concert ad got my attention. While it was nostalgic and the feeling was warm, I kept searching for traces of metal like a busy metal-detector inside the airport itself. Unfortunately I could not find a single metal concert ad anywhere. After reaching the cafeteria of the residence, totally tired and jet-lagged for my supper, someone from the kitchen exclaimed “Wow! Cool t-shirt dude!” looking at my Malmsteen-Trilogy shirt. I knew I had found a bird of the same feather; the very first metalhead friend in the city, Bree, an ardent admirer of bands like Ulver, Bolzer, Hades Almighty and Destroyer 666. With her was my now very good friend Mike, a die-hard Bathory fan, who gave a nod of approval. All my weariness disappeared in a flash and my metal hopes soared high like a zeppelin! A few weeks later on June 23rd when I attended an explosive Goatwhore concert in The Riddell Centre, I knew things are just getting started while I held on to the upcoming Planet Eater concert handbill (Clubside, June 29th) all excited. Working part-time in The Owl pub under the great guidance of my manager Karl Schubach, the former towering vocalist of Misery Signals himself, further added to the joy of the metalhead me. And last evening (22nd October) only said how rightly placed my expectations are in Regina, once again!
In The Exchange, I found many known faces from the previously attended concerts and many new ones, all gathered and counting hours for the Cattle Decapitation moment. But the wait was a high-octane celebration of metal all along as Artificial Brain, Full of Hell and the last but not the least, the raging beast Revocation gave the crowd plenty to mosh for. They paved the way for the big final attraction, Cattle Decapitation with killer, take-no-prisoner competency.
When the big moment finally dawned, howls and whistles rented the silent air of longing as the terrific Travis Ryan with his formidable army took the stage. The eruption was called “The Carbon Stampede” which sent the crowd in a ready-to-mosh state of rapture. Josh Elmore garnered admiration relentlessly as he continued working on the strings evoking sinister spells of chaos. Songs like “Dead Set On Suicide”, “The Prophets of Loss” and “A Living, Breathing Piece of Defacting Meat” kept the momentum building for more frantic moshing and head-banging. They kept decapitating the insane crowd with their merciless blade of metal as they went on with their powerful performance of “Clandestine Ways”, “We are Horrible People” and “Mad Cow Conspiracy”. Frontman Ryan expressed his sincere appreciation for the crowd’s response on behalf of the band and shared his thoughts on how amazing it is for them to perform in Regina. And I totally witnessed why he correctly thinks so.
As I made my way back gratified while my soul ratified the metal scene of Regina, my eyes gleamed at the upcoming concert ad in The Exchange on 27th October featuring The Black Dahlia Murder with Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot and Wormwitch promising another decimating evening of metal in the town.