We are not your kind! – Behemoth & Slipknot concert review

2020 started heavy and loud because Budapest Aréna took place one of the most anticipated gigs in January. The tour was announced in August and most of the tickets have been sold pretty quickly, which is understandable because Slipknot is still one of the biggest names in the whole music industry.

behemoth_budapestBut I’m gonna be honest with you, as I always am. I’m a huge Behemoth fan for years, last year we even traveled to Helsinki to see them live! (Maybe you remember, we’ve done there an exclusive interview with Orion.) I had been very sad when I saw – after their album release – that they weren’t planning to come to Hungary. I decided back then, that I want to attend one of their gigs under “Ecclesia Diabolica Evropa e.v. Tour 2019” flag and I was right, this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to! However, I still think that the behemoth_budapest3venue was too small and the guys deserved a much bigger venue (not to mention that if I remember well the gig was sold out pretty quickly), but despite this, it was such a huge show. I really love how Behemoth put those theatrical elements into their shows, and it’s almost impossible, but their songs are even better live than on recordings. So I was very stoked to see them again! Prior to the show I’ve seen their setlist and I was a little bit disappointed, I think it was a bit weak, but hey… They were a support band for Slipknot! They sounded pretty well, however, I didn’t see so much of the show (because I’m short and the projectors weren’t on that time). They are one of my all-time favorites and I just couldn’t see them disappoint me. I really hope that they will come back to Budapest again because they aren’t regular guests – sadly.

Setlist:

1) Wolves ov Siberia
2) Daimonos
3) Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
4) Bartzabel
5) Rom 5:8
6) Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
7) Ov Fire and the Void
8) Chant for Eschaton 2000
9) Outro (Nergal, Orion, Inferno, and Seth on percussions at the end)

slipknot2And let’s talk about the main reason you’re (probably) here. So if you’re an ’80s or ’90s kid then most probably Slipknot was a huge part of your teenage years. Actually, they were the biggest thing at the beginning of the ’00s. When the band went on hiatus a few years ago many fans were disappointed and worried at the same time, especially because it seemed that Corey Taylor put his focus on his other band, Stone Sour. Luckily this wasn’t the case, because Corey Taylor revealed in October 2018 that Slipknot would enter the studio in early 2019, with a targeted release for their sixth album that same year, followed by a world tour. And this really happened. On August 2019 the band announced their European tour and it was a huge thing. I haven’t really been a huge Slipknot fan, but sometimes I listen to them, I really like their latest album, ‘We are not your kind‘ so much (I know that it’s a kinda unpopular opinion), when we were in Belgium last summer we were listening to that album constantly. So that album brings me back such good memories. But now it’s time to talk about the concert itself: the stage presence and the show itself was great, it was really breathtaking, they really know how to put a show together. But the sounding was not great. At the halftime of the show Corey mentioned that he was sick for days (if I understood well he caught a cold), so huge respect goes to him! The stage scenery reminded me a bit of the classic Pacman, but I really like those unique ideas. The show itself was great, and a teenage dream came true!

Setlist:

1) Insert Coin
2) Unsainted
3) Disasterpiece
4) Eeyore
5) Nero Forte
6) Before I Forget
7) New Abortion
8) Psychosocial
9) Solway Firth
10) Vermilion
11) Birth of the Cruel
12) Wait and Bleed
13) Eyeless
14) All Out Life
15) Duality
Encore:
16) 742617000027
17) (sic)
18) People = Shit
19) Surfacing
20) ‘Til We Die

Special thanks to Live Nation Hungary

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