The November 20th, 2011 show featured the original lineup of musicians from the In the Flesh record, as well as two new performers. The original lineup consisted of Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY), Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR, AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM), Novy (ex-BEHEMOTH and ex-VADER), and Steve Tucker (ex-MORBID ANGEL in his first and last live appearance for this project). Those greats are joined by Sean Frey as guest live guitarist and Carmen Simoes on backing vocals.
Living Flesh also brings you photos of that evening, demonstrating why Nader Sadek has been a favorite set-designer for the likes of SUNN O))) and Mayhem. Nodding to the petroleum theme, the Egyptian artist brought the drums to the front of the stage as a metaphorical engine driving the music, while the disembodied voices of the singers emerge from the rear of the stage, behind the guitars and bass. Sadek himself takes the stage to baptize small, gut-like objects in a black tar-like liquid and throw them into the crowd.
The songs themselves differ from the original studio album arrangements. Not only are they played at a much higher speed, but have been extended to allow the audience to sink into and absorb the relentless riffs. Carmen Simoes' operatic voice enhances the melodies and darkens the atmosphere. The live show also features one track that does not appear on the studio album: Flo Mounier's extraordinary drum solo that shifts from brutal mechanical noise to rhythmic musical patterns, paralleling the overlap of man and machine charted by Sadek's petroleum-based project. Living Flesh will also be released in a single, unique vinyl edition. Consisting of a very special packaging and extra content, this piece is limited to one exclusive copy worldwide. Details to be announced.
'Nigredo In Necromance' (live)
'Mechanic Idolatry' (live)
'Rusted Skin' / drum solo (live)
'Of This Flesh' (live)
Rune Eriksen - rhythm guitar (Aura Noir, ex-Mayhem)
Flo Mounier - drums (Cryptopsy)
Novy Nowak - bass (ex-Vader/Behemoth)
Sean Frey - lead guitar
Steve Tucker - main vocals (ex-Morbid Angel)
Carmen Simoes - female vocals (Ava Inferi)
Nader Sadek - vocals and samples
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