Due to some day job obligations, I wasn’t able to catch them in Joliet, or Milwaukee, so my lady and I road tripped it out to Iowa City, IA to catch the show.
We have never been to the Wildwood BBQ & Saloon venue before, so we really didn’t know what to expect. Upon arriving at the venue and stepping out of your vehicle, you immediately notice the smell of BBQ. Not surprising, considering the term, “BBQ” is in their name, but will it be good BBQ – and more importantly, are they serving everyone, or just the band? We get inside the venue and find a table, a waitress comes over and gives us menus. We order a full dinner (which at/before a metal show, is pretty uncommon for me) and wait for it to arrive. Since this is supposed to be a show review, not a Yelp review, I’ll wrap this up by saying – if you ever find yourself in Iowa City and want really amazing BBQ, DO NOT HESITATE to stop at Wildwood BBQ & Saloon! The brisket melts in your mouth!
So back to the metal!
The venue is small, and doesn’t have much in the way of stage lights (but there is a huge chandelier on the ceiling and the entire inside of the venue looks like a barn). The stage lights were like small mobile DJ lights, and they were all static colors – not great for photos, but I’ll work with what I’m given!
After the local openers finished, Terrorizer took the stage. It was great to see Pete Sandoval behind the kit. I haven’t seen him since his days in Morbid Angel. He’s lost none of his talent.
Admittedly, I’m not that familiar with Terrorizer’s work (but I am aware of their significance in the scene). They ripped through their set and got the crowd riled up. I enjoyed hearing them live, so I’ll up my metal cred and pick up their albums soon.
Now it’s Nile’s turn to take the stage. Oh, did I mention there’s no photo pit? Yeah – there’s no photo pit. I’m grateful for Midwestern hospitality – everyone in the front row let me snake my way through to get shots of Nile.
Since Nile has a new album out called, Vile Nilotic Rites, one might think that the setlist would be heavy with new songs, but it wasn’t. Karl and the gang know what the fans want to hear and there were plenty of fan favorites interlaced through the show.
One thing I love about seeing Nile live is the smiles that you see from everyone in the band while they’re playing. The camaraderie between them is amazing – especially when Karl and Brad get together.
Musically, Nile is as tight as ever. I think it all stems from the camaraderie I mentioned before. They mesh very well, and that seems to have reinvigorated them to put on the best show they possibly can.
1. Sacrifice Unto Sebek
2. Defiling the Gates of Ishtar
4. Call to Destruction
5. Long Shadows of Dread
6. In the Name of Amun
7. The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased
8. Vile Nilotic Rites
9. Snake Pit Mating Frenzy
10. The Howling of the Jinn
12. 4th Arra of Dagon
13. Black Seeds of Vengeance