BY MAURICE NUNEZ | Go Venue Magazine
Tonight brought 1349 to The Hi-Hat in Highland Park, California. This was the first time I’d been to this venue and was surprised to find out it was just minutes away. The show was completely sold out. Norwegian black metal masters 1349 recently released their new album this past October titled The Infernal Pathway. They had a full merch booth available where they were selling copies of their latest release on CD and on gold vinyl which is limited to 300 copies and is a tour exclusive. This is their seventh full-length album and is described as a journey through chaos and madness, darkness and peril, terror and annihilation. I wouldn’t expect anything less.
The opening band, UADA got things started. They took the stage in all black with their faces hidden by their black hoods. Their band name UADA derives from the Latin language meaning “haunted.” They were formed in 2014 and hail from the Portland, Oregon area. This four-piece has used a unique approach to combine raw black metal and spectral melodies.
Tonight they got things started with “The Purging Fire” and went on to play “Snakes & Vultures,” “Devoid of Light,” “Cult of a Dying Sun,” and “Black Autumn, White Spring.” The crowd at The Hi-Hat approved and was in full headbanging mode the entire time. What a killer set from these guys. Highly recommended it you get the chance.
Next it was time for 1349. First time I saw these guys was OzzFest 2017.
A good friend of mine recommended them so I checked out their set on the 2nd stage at OzzFest and instantly became a fan. This time not only were they in Los Angeles for a SOLD OUT show, but they were minutes from my place.
Never would of thought these guys would be so close to home and tonight they brought their chaos to The Hi-Hat. The venue was packed of loyal devoted fans who wanted to ensure they were here to capture these demonic messengers doing what they do best, play extreme black metal.
The crowd was restless and that’s when they appeared on stage and quickly went into “Cauldron” followed by “Through Eyes of Stone,” and “Sculptor.” The crowd went wild as the band ripped through a killer set of metal mayhem. Since there was no photo pit, I had to fight to keep my place up front. 1349 went on to play a 13 song set concluding with “Abyssos Antithesis.” Definitely one of the best shows of 2019. It was loud, brutal, aggressive and made for a perfect Friday night. I look forward to having 1349 back in Los Angeles.
See photos and set-list below.
1349’s set-list – Friday, November 8, 2019
Cauldron | Through Eyes of Stone | Sculptor of Flesh | When I Was Flesh | Slaves | Enter Cold Void Dreaming | Riders of the Apocalypse | Celestial Deconstruction | Necronatalenheten | Striding the Chasm | Golem | Dødskamp | Abyssos Antithesis