Blood Lust Death Tour packs a furious punch at Machine Shop
Tracy Heck

Saturday night in Flint found the year's biggest industrial metal tour hitting the stage at the Machine Shop. The co-headlining Dope and Combichrist tour also featured performances from Davey Suicide and September Mourning.

Davey Suicide opened the show with a short set that included new single, "Too Many Freaks," which is off their upcoming March 24 release, Made From Fire. The set also included crowd favorite "Generation F*ck Star."

September Mourning were up next with a visual set that captured the intricacies of the story the band tells of September (Emily Lazar), the "human-reaper hybrid." Their visual self-expression is so different from everything else out there that you can't help but be mesmerized by their eerie effects and by Lazar's haunting vocals.

September Mourning's set included their unique cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" and their current single "20 Below," which went over extremely well with the crowd.

Combichrist were up next and the Norwegian agro-tech band came to party, pulling out one hit after another from opener "What The F*ck Is Wrong With You" to closer "Maggots at the Party." 

The band's aggressive rhythms had the packed crowd going wild and frontman Andy LaPlegua's enthusiasm and stage presence kept the crowd in his hands throughout the set. Combichrist wrapped things up with a encore of "Sent To Destroy".

Dope then closed things out with a fiery set that managed to hit on every era of the band's career. They kicked things off with "Violence" and went on to perform hits like "B*tch," "My Funeral," "Addiction" and "Die, Boom, Bang, Burn, F*ck."

The band also pulled out their covers of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" and Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)," which frontman Edsel Dope introduced as "the stupidest song" that remains one of the band's most popular.

Edsel went on to thank the crowd for coming out and acknowledged that the Machine Shop is consistently his favorite place to play because of just how much energy the crowd puts out. Certainly, the sold out crowd seemed to love the set, which included a fantastic lighting and video package that helped give the tracks a added punch.

Dope closed things out with fan favorite "1999."