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No Cover: Immolation

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Immolation, the legendary New York City death metal band, recently played its first club show in seven years at New York City’s Webster Hall as part of the Blackened Music Series.

Before You Press Play:

Hometown:  Yonkers, NY

The Facts: Straight out of Yonkers, New York, Immolation has carried the torch for New York death metal for over twenty years. Robert Vigna formed Immolation in 1988 out of the ashes of his first band Rigor Mortis (NY) by recruiting vocalist and bassist (and truck driver) Ross Dolan. Immolation played its first show ever at the Nyack, New York venue Blondie's. An early demo which included the song “Immolation,” landed the group a record deal with Roadrunner Records. Immolation's debut album, Dawn of Possession (1991), as well as the subsequent albums Here In After (1996), Close to A World Below (2000) and Unholy Cult (2002), are considered genre classics. Angelcorpse guitarist Bill Taylor joined the group in 2002 and two years later drummer Steve Shalaty came aboard and cemented the band’s current line-up.

The Sound: Immolation’s pummeling, intense sound is built upon a gale force rhythm section that's in lockstep with complex dissonant riffs, dueling guitars and Dolan’s deep dark guttural growl. Soaring above it all is Vigna’s full-throttle and technically accomplished guitar playing. The set the band played at Webster Hall spans the band's career with an emphasis on the band's 2010 album Magesty & Decay. Listen for Dolan introducing the love ballad "Power and Shame."

Latest Release: Majesty and Decay (Nuclear Blast), 2010

He Said, She Said: “When I was younger I liked music a lot, then slowly got into some of the hard rock stuff like Van Halen, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, etc. But it wasn’t until some friends of my family asked me if I wanted to go see a concert one day that it really hit me. They said Ronnie James Dio was coming to town, and asked if I wanted to go with them. I said yes and it was all downhill from there." —Robert Vigna speaking to About Metal’s Chad Bower, April 3, 2010

“The night was filled with shout outs to old school Immo fans who've supported the band for 23 years. Dolan is as nice as they come, especially for a person who fronts a death metal band. His hair is longer than the height of many humans'. Yet what he grunts during songs has more power than a natural disaster.”Justina Villanueva, speaking to Noise Creep, August 9, 2010

Set List:
"World Agony"
"Father, You're Not a Father"
"A Thunderous Consequence"
"Dawn of Possession"
"Power and Shame"
"Harnessing Ruin"


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Comments [6]

Lou from Jersey

This is so awesome that WNYC is featuring Immolation. I don't think I have ever been prouder to be a WNYC member, and that's really saying something, because I already considered WNYC the greatest public radio station in America before the Immolation feature.

Seriously, what other public radio station would post a high quality live recording of one of the most extreme bands on earth? Amazing and wonderful.

Big horns up to WNYC! You can most certainly count on me renewing in 2011.

Sep. 15 2010 06:57 PM
Zander from UK


Great band and performance! Cheers.

Sep. 15 2010 10:39 AM

oops, ignore my last comment, sleep deprivation sucks.

Anyway, its great to see Immolation getting more coverage!

Sep. 12 2010 05:19 AM

The first poster is obviously Ross Dolan. Im pretty sure he'd know where they have and haven't played.

Sep. 12 2010 05:10 AM

Here is the full setlist for this show:
Intro- The Purge
Unholy Cult
Den of Thieves
Majesty and Decay
Swarm of Terror
Burial Ground
Glorious Epoch
World Agony
Father, You're not a Father
Interlude- A Thunderous Consequence
Dawn of Possession
Power and Shame
Harnessing Ruin
Passion Kill

Unfortunately, the recording didn't start until World Agony, so the first half of the show is missing. And this was our first headlining show in NYC in a number of years, but certainly not our first club show in 7 years.Thanks to everyone for their support!!!!

Sep. 11 2010 02:21 PM
Metal Chris from Washington DC

It should be noted that this is not their first club show in 7 years. I saw them on 14 Nov 2007 with Suffocation on a tour they did together. They also toured the US club circuit in 2008 with Rotting Christ. Maybe you meant their first club show in NY in 7 years, or maybe their first headlining show in 7 years? Regardless, this was definitely not their first club show in seven years.

Sep. 09 2010 04:22 PM

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