Last year, when Dool‘s debut album came out, I was pretty excited of this new discovery. I listened to “Here Now, There Then” quite obsessively, being blown away by the music and the atmosphere contained in those 10 tracks and since then, I always wanted to see the band live someday. Life arranged it that after almost one year that “someday” became true last night, on the 12th of March, when Dool stopped in Budapest for their Hungarian leg of the Elate|Elevate European tour. The concert took place on the beautiful A38 ship and the Austrians from Harakiri For The Sky were chosen to open the night.
I arrived at the venue quite early, just after the gates opened and for some brief moments the quietness of the empty concert hall embraced me in its full. The merchandise stands were already prepared to welcome their customers with lots of cool things, from limited edition vinyls, metal boxes and art books to T shirts, long sleeves, patches and tote bags.
Last weekend, when the 11 killed the 10, Svoid performed another show in the series which occurred since their rebirth. Even if the setting and the company were a bit peculiar (the other 2 bands present on the bill came from a totally different musical background), it was still a very good opportunity for them to share their cursed crafts with the more or less unsuspecting audience.
The night was going to be a special one for the band, and that was quite obvious from the determination and the looks the quartet adopted before entering the stage.
Yes, I said a quartet because this time Svoid were joined by T on the bass, who relieved S from his bass guitar duties, allowing him to concentrate on channeling the gods of void by only using his vocals.
I did not catch much of the first band who opened the night, Dark Tears From Space, but what I could tell after listening to a song was that their Nightwish-like approach did not suit my tastes at all, so I decided to hydrate myself with some Hungarian beverages instead.
If the alchemical process of turning metal into gold could be applied in music, then Svoid would be the perfect example for this occult experiment.
After releasing 2 full lengths and 2 EPs while deeply rooted in black metal in particular and extreme metal in general, the hungry wolves from Svoid decided some months ago to change the settings completely and distance themselves from the “extreme” scene which they have been part of for quite some time.
This change resulted in a series of events which occurred in their hometown of Budapest, shows which revealed the other side, still dark though, of their craft.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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
3.Shadowed Heights of Ascension
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
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: