Master at the Summit

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Update: This show has been canceled, due to the band being denied entry in the U.S.

Here is a statement from the band:

"We arrived Tuesday morning in Holland and after intense questioning we proceeded to the eye and body scan machine. Along with the other passengers we proceeded to the plane. We arrived in Detroit and went to passport control. I waited for about two hours for any word on the guys. The police came to explain that the visa waiver program didn't apply to musicians. So they sent me to customs and proceeded to tear apart everything and sent me on my way. I waited for six hours to get on another airplane and return to Europe. Thankfully the lady at the Delta checkout counter was very helpful and confirmed that the guys would be on the next plane in the evening and I could return with them. The guys were escorted to the plane by four police officers and returned their passports when we arrived in Amsterdam. Since when are musicians and terrorists in the same category? Again I apologize to all the bands, organizers and fans of course.

I guess the CD cover of the Human Machine CD has become a reality!"

At the dawn of death metal's long and illustrious history came Master, a Chicago combo as sonically violent as you'll find.

Founder Paul Speckmann is one of those guys who's mildly famous for not being famous enough. Despite being one of the initiators of the genre circa 1985, even some metal aficionados had probably never heard of Master when their show this Tuesday at The Summit was announced.

That's a shame because Speckmann has been more productive than ever since moving to the Czech Republic in 2000, and his recent material is as vicious and voluminous as his groundbreaking works of yore.

A hilariously monolithic slate of band names - Lightning Swords of Death, Mobile Deathcamp, Infernal Death and Death.3 - fills out Tuesday's bill.