Concert Review: Devastation on the Nation Tour 2022
On April 26, 2022 I saw the Devastation on the Nation Tour 2022 held at The Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. The lineup for the tour included Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Abigail Williams, Ghost Bath, Vale of Pnath, and Stormruler. However, Stormruler wasn’t in attendence as they were dealing with a mechanical failure of their tour van. This caused them to miss both the Boise, ID, and Salt Lake City show.
The Metro Music Hall is an small venue which consists of a large open room with a bar. There are five private seating areas that can be reserved that can accommodate up to six people. The rest of the venue is standing room only. This makes for a long night of standing on concrete, but fortunately they have a covered patio outside with picnic tables available. I really wish I would have paid attention to that detail when walking into the venue because I would have taken maximum advantage of the free seating between sets.
The overall concert was alright, nothing spectacular to write about. There were a few surprises for me early in the night. When I first heard about this tour in January of this year, I was excited because Abigail Williams would be back in town. The previous December I saw them live at small bar on the outskirts of Salt Lake. They were amazing, and I was looking forward to seeing them live again. Hence you can imagine my surprised when I found out the lead singer Ken Sorceron was pulling double duty that night singing for Vale of Pnath.
Another surprise for the night was the band Ghost Bath. When I heard they were a depressive suicidal black metal band I wasn’t looking forward to their set. I was expecting to hear some slow and depressing songs that would suck the life out of the room. Things weren’t looking good when lead singer Dennis Mikula started off saying “Here’s a bunch of songs about killing yourself”, but once the band started playing slow and depressing were thrown out the window. Sure the lyrics were about self-harm and suicide, but it was fun (or as fun as a subject like that could be). The facial expressions Dennis made throughout the set added to the appeal as well. I was very surprised to discover this band, and I’m glad I was able to see them live.
As far as the rest of the concert went I wasn’t impressed by Borknagar at all. Viking metal is a genre I just don’t enjoy. While they were on, I should have taken advantage of some the outdoor seating. My feet were killing me. By the time Rotting Christ took the stage I was just two tired to care. They were excellent, and the crowd was absolutely into it, but my feet and back were not fans of spending another thirty minutes standing on the concert floor. All things considered the Devastation on the Nation Tour was a fun experience and I’m looking forward to seeing a few of these bands again the next time they pass through Salt Lake City.