The Decibel Magazine Tour hit the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Thursday April 10, 2014 with metal legends Carcass and Gorguts, popular Michigan outfit The Black Dahlia Murder and young Baltimore band Noisem.
Squeezing the tour into this particular venue was probably not ideal for anyone involved as it isn’t really set up for shows of this type and when the venue was first announced for this show, I knew there were going to be challenges. Even if you had never been there, the clues to this mismatch were glaringly obvious once you looked around a bit. For example, the temporary barrier set up at the front of the stage only contained an average of two to security personnel at any given time and had about three feet of space between it and the stage. Barely enough room for the guards to stand in let alone grab a crowd surfer safely from a see of arms. Truthfully, I felt bad for all the guards there. They’re trying to do their jobs and aren’t used to crowds like this in a venue that typically books acts more likely to entice their respective audiences into a see of smiles than waves of head banging.
There are the signs posted all over the place stating that none of the activities typically associated with a metal show would NOT be allowed. Mosh pits, stage diving, crowd surfing and the like were clearly not acceptable here. This really isn’t a surprise if you have been here before but at some point a new unwritten club “rule” came into play about how hard you could actually thrash your own head around. I have no idea when this became the law of the land but I witnessed many individuals being told they were banging their head too enthusiastically, and that they would find themselves on the other side of the front door if they didn’t stop. I guess it is possible that the staff was simply concerned with the well being of all that grey matter being sloshed around and smacking the insides of skulls, but my spidey sense tells me this was not the case. I guess the club only allows mild head bobbing, an occasional hand in the air or a trip to the bar or bathroom.
I don’t even want to get into the issues I encountered while attempting to photograph this show but here is a cell phone photo taken of myself and a few friends which pretty much sums up my thoughts on that.
If you to go to a show on this tour when it comes around to you, and you really should, I hope it is in a more metal friendly venue than this one. Truthfully, I still am surprised this one wasn’t booked at either the House of Blues in Boston or The Palladium in Worcester.