Category Archives: Concert Reviews

Here I will add some reviews of some concerts I attended over the years.

Cobra Fest day 1: Alice Null, Breathelast si Daniel Payne – 02.06.17 AB

Aseara in Fabrica s-a intamplat ceva ce nu as fi crezut ca ma va face sa traiesc una din cele mai misto seri din ultimul timp. A fost vorba mai exact prima seara din Cobra Fest, organizat de baietii de la The Guest. Partea super misto a acestui fest e ca show-urile au loc in 3 locatii diferite, scena acustica de pe terasa, scena din B52 si scena din Fabrica. Astfel, publicul se plimba dintr-o parte in alta cu lejeritate, sunt baruri peste tot, e si merch si per total aseara chiar a fost o atmosfera ca afara. Concertele au inceput, cu mici exceptii, la orele stabilite, contribuind astfel la fluiditatea atmosferei, daca pot spune asa.

Seara a inceput cu micuta trupa Alice Null pe scena acustica, concertul lor debutand la 7 jumate fix. Spun “micuta” pentru ca aceasta trupa e un duo, deci descrierea chiar merge in cazul asta. Timpul alocat lor a fost de jumatate de ora, prilej suficient pentru ei de a-si prezenta piesele atmosferice in fata unui public nou, probabil nefamiliarizat cu muzica trupei bucurestene.

Alice-Null-live-Fabrica

Cand ai in fata o trupa de care nu stii nimic, nu prea ai idee la ce sa te astepti, asa ca reactia destul de “molcoma” de la inceput a fost pe deplin justificata.
Piese ca You, Beating sau In my Dreams au creat o atmosfera destul de “trista” si deprimanta, in deplina concordanta cu soarele care apunea peste oras. Cu un sunet excelent facut de baietii de la Green Sound Team, Alice Null au mai facut aseara un mic pas catre iesirea din anonimat, concertul lor fiind destul de reusit.

O mica obiectie am de facut la adresa unei parti a publicului, care, la fel ca si la precedentul show al trupei din Club Control, a vorbit si a ras foarte tare in timpul recitalului. Astfel de reactii mi se par complet deplasate si lipsite de bun simt, in conditiile in care trupa de pe scena (oricare ar fi ea) se chinuie sa transmita un mesaj.
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Jesus Died in Bucharest – Alice Null and Spiritual Front concert review – Bucharest 20.05.17 AB

Last Saturday, Club Control in Bucharest hosted a very interesting Spiritual Front show. The Italian trio played 2 dates in this part of Europe, one on Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria and the other the next day in Bucharest. For the Romanian date, the promoter ( Final Step Productions ) selected the young band Alice Null to open the hostilities.

The concert was supposed to start at 20.00 sharp, but it was delayed a bit because of the soundcheck both bands had to perform. For Alice Null this was the most important concert so far so before the show the tension was sky high. Once on stage the Bucharest based duo immediately felt at ease and immersed themselves and the audience into an atmosphere worthy of a Twin Peaks episode.

alice-null- live in control

Since the band had a limited time to play, they went through the 7 songs from the set list with very little talking, thus creating a depressive feeling. Alice Null‘s ethereal voice and the Alex Void‘s guitar parts, both enhanced by some space-like effects, filled the cozy Control hall with an impeding sense of melancholy. Continue reading Jesus Died in Bucharest – Alice Null and Spiritual Front concert review – Bucharest 20.05.17 AB

Kind Dude and Drab Majesty live in Budapest – 20.04.2017 AB

I think I have become a stalker. At least that’s how I would call myself after following King Dude in 4 countries in the last 2 years. First Paris/France, then Sofia/Bulgaria, last year Alba Iulia/Romania and now Budapest/Hungary. But it was worth it every time, no matter if he played solo (Paris and Sofia) or with his demon brothers. So when he announced earlier this year that in April he’ll be coming to Budapest, we booked the flights and the accommodation just to be there, to see this band again.

I really enjoyed the Sex album and I was extremely curious to hear the songs in a live version. Another great reason not to miss this show was the opening act, the mysterious and strange American group Drab Majesty, a relatively new band which plays some kind of ’80s infused goth, new wave or even shoe gaze but with a quite modern touch.
That being said, Thursday, April the 20th we found ourselves in front of this great location, Durer Kert, looking for the specific room where the concert was going to take place.
Once inside, we were happy to see a very nice selection of the available merchandise, both for Kind Dude and for Drab Majesty. Lots of LPs, tapes, patches, cd’s, pins and multiple t-shirt models were put on display, inviting you to buy as many as possible ( only if you had the proper cash). After doing the traditional shopping ( the Drab Majesty vinyl is really great) we moved in front of the stage to watch this mysterious band (at least for me).

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Dead Void and Sincarnate live in Bucharest – April 2017 AB

Yesterday, April the 1st was the day Sincarnate celebrated the release of their second album, In Nomine Homini (review here). To mark this special occasion, the band was invited to play in the show organized by Romanian Thrash Metal Club, alongside bands like Dead Void, Root and Cardinal. Everybody knows the good work RTMC is doing when it comes to support the underground, so this event was not different at all.

The line up consisted of 2 new bands, Denmark’s Dead Void and Romania’s Cardinal, one old band which recently celebrated 30 years of activity, Root, and another one, Sincarnate, a name which doesn’t need any introductions to the Romanian metalheads. I was really curious about Dead Void since all I knew about the band was that they play some sort of blackened death metal and one its members is/was a part of the already cult band Grave Miasma. Since no info could be found on these guys on the internet, I decided I had to watch their show and decide for myself whether they rock or not.

When I arrived at the venue, I had the big surprise to see the band had for sale a very recent 3 track self released demo tape which contained very little information about the band. Not that it’s a bad thing. The minimalistic lay out of the tape matched perfectly the music they delivered so I completely understand their lack of details. As they told me after the show, they were a bit curious about the reaction of the audience, since no info was previously available (more or less a deliberate tactic) and not many people got to know their music. Well, I must say that after the 30 minutes of their set passed, I was left wanting for more. Even though half an hour might seem too short of a time, their show was fucking intense and powerful.
Dead Void play some sort of putrid death metal with many slow, doomy parts, mixed with psychedelic guitar solos. They played only 4 tracks (the 3 from the demo plus an extra one) but I can’t wait for the full length to be released, hopefully in the very near future.

Dead Void live in Fabrica

Dead Void is a trio but the music is so violent that you might think there are more members in that band. Kai, the guitarist/ vocalist has a very energetic style of shredding his instrument and plays like he’s possessed. The other two guys, David (bass) and Adam (drums) back him up on the vocals so when you have 3 growls at the same time you can actually tell these guys don’t joke when it comes to their music. They said they plan on coming back so maybe next time they will play an extended show and they’ll have an album released until then. Anyway, Dead Void‘s music was the real epiphany for me last night and I am already a big fan of their work.

Next on the bill were Sincarnate, the other reason I came to see the concert last night. I like their new album very, very much and I was really curious to listen to their new songs live, as on the record they are extremely well played and sound very powerful and scary. A great band can reproduce in the same way live the music they have recorded in the studio and since the new songs are quite difficult, I thought it as a test the band had to take. And they took it very well, in my opinion.

The set list consisted of almost the entire album played in full, except two songs, Lamentatio Christi and Dies Illa maybe because the time was limited and two more bands were scheduled after them. But that did not prevent them to deliver on hell of a concert, where only the music mattered. With the stage presence almost non existent, the band compensated with their most violent show I’ve ever seen. Vicious riffs, superb growls, insane drumming and the need to surpass themselves each time – these are the elements that make Sincarnate stand out from the majority of bands we have in our sad underground. When almost everybody is trying to copy each other and what they hear on YouTube, Sincarnate are dead fucking serious and take the things in their own hands.

Sincarnate live in Fabrica

In Nomine Homini is the darkest and the most violent album made by a romanian band since Zarnindu-sa and I am so happy the band managed to evolve so much into what it is today. Again, without undermining the other musicians’ prowess, the addition of Andrei Jumuga to their ranks has taken the band not one step, but several steps further onto the evolution scale. His skills and the easiness with witch he plays those poor drums cannot be equaled by any of the drummers our scene has to offer at this time.
From where i stood last night I could watch him carefully and I was amazed how easy it was for him to destroy those drum kits. At some point, in the middle of a blast beat, he even dropped a stick but he quickly took another one and nobody could tell something happened, he did not lose a beat.

This new formula is the strongest the band had so far and I urge them to take as much advantage as they can and to use it to its fullest (tours, recordings, maybe a live DVD). I also want to mention the perfect quality of the CD which I bought (collector’s edition digipak), it looks really impressive. If you want to support the band, buy their CD ( 2 versions are available), it’s really worth it from all points of view – cover, booklet, band pictures and music.

Unfortunately, due to some personal reasons I could not stay to watch Root and Cardinal, but I’ m pretty sure I’ll see the young Romanian band pretty soon, considering how often they play in Bucharest. Congrats to RTMC for organizing such an interesting event and for booking such a promising band like Dead Void. Really hope they will visit us again soon.

Play list Dead Void:

1. Repulsive Bliss

2.Isolation’s Hold

3.Shadowed Heights of Ascension

4.Hydra

Play list Sincarnate:

1. Attende Domine
2. Agrat Bat Mahlat
3. Curriculum Mortis
4. She-of-the-Left-Hand (Sophia Pistis)
5. In Nomine Homini
6. The Grand Inquisitor
7. L̄iwyᾱṯᾱn

To convince yourselves how powerful Sincarnate is live, I have added a video for She-of-the-Left Hand (Sophia Pistis), video which was uploaded on my YouTube channel ScrollsofDarmoth:

Rezident Ex in concert la Bucuresti (opening act – Alice Null) – Martie 2017 AB

Aseara in Club Quantic a avut loc lansarea oficiala a noului album al trupei Rezident EX, sugestiv intitulat Audio Doping. Aflati in plin turneu national de promovare al albumului, trupa timisoreana a facut un popas si in Bucuresti, in Quantic, acolo unde circa 150 de oameni s-au adunat pentru a se bucura de muzica lor.

Trupa care a deschis concertul a fost Alice Null, un grup tanar din Bucuresti, aflat la doar al 3lea concert din scurta lor cariera. Formata din Alice Null (voce+efecte) si Alex Void (chitara+efecte), trupa bucuresteana canta un dark neo folk aflat in totala opozitie cu heavy metalul pe care il baga baietii din Rezident Ex.
Dar cum extremele se atrag, acest lucru nu a facut decat sa sporeasca ineditul serii, astfel ca prin muzica lor etherica si pe alocuri depresiva, Alice Null au reusit sa transforme sala din Quantic intr-un loc plin de intimitate si introspectie.

Alice Null Band live

Reactia publicului prezent in numar destul de mic, ce-i drept (dar absolut normal daca te gandesti ca trupa e inca o mare necunoscuta publicului authoton), a fost pozitiva si incurajatoare, astfel ca dupa cele 30 de minute alocate initial, Alice Null si-au incheiat recitalul cu un bis cerut de oamenii aflati in fata scenei.

Per ansamblu, desi la prima vedere alaturarea lor cu Rezident Ex poate parea bizara, duo-ul Alice Null si-a facut foare bine treaba si au demonstrat ca de la show la show trupa creste si se incheaga din ce in ce mai bine. Cu o singura caseta demo la activ, Null and Void (aparut anul trecut la Valse Sinistre) trupa a compus si aranjat materialul ce va fi disponibil pe primul album care probabil va aparea anul acesta. Printre piesele cantate aseara au fost Reminiscence, In My Dreams, You, To Be Alive si Everything Stops.

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Alice Null and Negru Latent concert review – Club Surubelnita November 2016 AB

Thursday night, on the 24th of November, two Romanian bands, one quite old and one a newcomer joined their forces and shared the stage together in Club Surubelnita.
The opening act Alice Null is a new band in the scene and for them this was the first time they played live, 2 years after starting up this project. The music they play is not commercial at all, it can be defined as a mixture of dark urban neo-folk with some eerie vocal and guitar passages and effects.
Earlier this year, in April, their first demo tape “Null and Void” was released by the Romanian label Valse Sinistre and since then the band has worked on many of the songs that will be featured on their first full length which will be released somewhere next year.
Since the band focused their whole attention on rehearsals and writing new material, the concert activities were put aside and they waited for the perfect opportunity to reveal itself.
It turned out that, just like the ouroboros is eating its own tail, Thursday night’s event was the last in this format for Negru Latent and also marked the debut for Alice Null. A chapter closes, while another one opens. Continue reading Alice Null and Negru Latent concert review – Club Surubelnita November 2016 AB

Russian Circles Guidance Tour – Bucharest 12.11.2016 AB

Saturday night’s alright for fighting. That was the reason for us to attend last night the Bucharest leg of the tour which Russian Circles were doing in support of their latest album, Guidance, released in August 2016 on Sargent House Records.

For us this was the second time watching them live and we were anxious to see how the band will perform in Bucharest. I discovered them 3 years ago, just after the band released Memorial and opened Chelsea Wolfe‘s  European Tour . I was really impressed how a band can sound so heavy, with only 3 members (and absolutely no vocals at all) so after the Parisian show we promised ourselves we’ll see them again someday.

Well, that someday came yesterday, in Bucharest’s Control Club, the perfect location for such a show.

On this tour, Russian Circles were joined as an opening guest by Helen Money, an American cello player who has also worked, besides her collaboration with Russian Circles for their Geneva album, with artists like Mono, Anthrax and Jarboe. To be honest, I didn’t listen to her music before, so I did not know what to expect.
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