I first saw Nunslaughter in 2019 at Reggie’s in Chicago, playing with Blood, Squash Bowels, Anarchus, and Viogression. This was my second time seeing Nunslaughter live, and the band’s first time playing St. Louis in their 35 year history. A small but enthusiastic crowd turned out at The Sinkhole to show their support. The Sinkhole is a small club with a capacity of 150 and no stage, making the band hard to see if you’re not up close.
Local band Blackwell started the night off. Blackwell is a 3-piece that plays ‘bestial blackened speed metal’. These guys sounded amazing. Their Bandcamp page says that a full-length album is coming soon. I’m looking forward to checking it out when it’s released. For now, you can listen to the two songs from their split with Acid Leather below.
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Next up was Defcon from Belleville, IL. Defcon are a crossover thrash band. These guys were solid too. Lots of catchy riffs and a great vocalist, they’re definately worth checking out. I couldn’t find them on Bandcamp, but their EP is on Apple Music and Spotify. The EP is really good, but some of the newer material they played live sounds even better.
Finally, Nunslaughter took the floor. Nunslaughter should need no introduction. As I mentioned, they’ve been around since 1987 and Their discography spans a staggering 200+ releases. They opened their set with Cerebus and tore though 21 total tracks. Don of the Dead was in great form, belting through track after track. Hex, Black Horn of the Ram, 3 Nails 1 Liar, and of course Raid the Convent, Nunslaughter played all the classics that you’d expect. See the complete set list below.
Overall a solid bill with great performances from all, especially the mighty Nunslaughter. If I had any complaints about the show, the aforementioned lack of a stage was frustrating. I stood near the back during Blackwell and couldn’t see shit. Also, the fact that Nunslaugher only played two songs from their latest album was a little disappointing. The new album is amazing and has several tracks that I would have loved to hear live. Oh well, there’s always next time.
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