"It's been far too long" was the common phrase heard
amongst friends and fans of the recent Walking Corpse Syndrome
and At Home in Hell show in Butte, MT. The Covellite
theatre in Butte opened it's doors to the fans of two of two
strong Montana Metal artists. Although it was a chilly night,
as I pulled into the theatre parking lot, I saw many familiar
friends and fans around the venue doors chattering up a storm
and catching up on things amongst fans and friends alike. We
arrived early enough to do a round of hellos and hugs in the
downstairs/bar of the venue. This all ages show consisted of
fans from all the bands playing on the stage upstairs. The
cover was a reasonable $5 presale, or $10 at the door.
The first band to take stage was new, at least new to
Metal local staff, Worship of Authority. Many of the
faces on staged looked familiar as members consisted of the
disbanded groups, verities and With Second Chances Broken;
along with members of At Home in Hell. They came hard and
heavy. On stage presence showed the experience between
the members and they sounded good. They warmed up the crowd
like an opening act should, with high energy and powerful
In between sets, it was time to hit the merch booths.
The only issue was, Walking Corpse Syndrome was the only one
with a booth. We saw some AHIH shirts and hoodies in the
crowd, but none for sale to the fans (maybe next time). The WCS booth
was loaded of course as always and we spun through some
hoodies, beanies and wristbands pretty well as we made the
staff dig through every tote they brought. Picked up a copy
of Human Delusion and some gifts for the Mistresses of
Mayhem and friends and made our way back to socializing
while AHIH set up for the next face melting excursion.
At Home in Hell dimmed the house lights and increased the
sound. Energy of the pit was high as AHIH took stage. The
venue floor was open to moshing, although the young audience
didn't take to much to bouncing each other off themselves.
They were there to enjoy the performance, and they did.
The At Home in Hell light show, matched with the music with
precision and Ben Epperle energy was a force to be reckoned
with as the band dominated stage. Kevin George shredded with
excellence as the band shared songs that spanned the At Home
in Hell lifespan. Due to playing the new with the old,
we witnessed a swap in performers as the bassist switched
mid performance and back again towards the end. The
audience was visited by multiple members of the band with
personal performances and mid song selfie opportunities. A
strong performance that everyone loved.
small break... a calm before the storm. Closing the show,
Walking Corpse Syndrome takes the stage. Simple white house
lights spotlighted the band and they dominated the stage.
The set list was heavy of Human Delusion tracks with a
sprinkle of Alive in Desolation. The large stage allowed for
the guitarists to mosh, and they took that opportunity. WCS
lead singer Leif Wintered hovered with monster like movement across the
stage and let loose as he chanted powerful lyrics and
encouraged the audience to sing along. The bass and double
drum kit echoed, the guitars wailed, and vocals felt strong
enough to melt the paint off the halls of this old church.
The show was a well needed, face melting, heavy metal
show that many of us needed. After the show, we drifted back
into the cold of the night and wore the sore necks of our
bang over well the next day. Horns high to every one
involved including Montana Booking, The Covellite Theater,
Worship Authority, At Home in Hell, Walking Corpse Syndrome,
and of course the fans that support the local metal scene.
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