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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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 – Video and Demo Tape Debut

Bucharest-based Alice Null have just released a brand new video for song Eclipse which will be featured on their demo tape Null and Void.

The demo tape will be released today, April 15th, by the small but dedicated Romanian label Valse Sinistre.

It contains five songs and it will be limited to 100 copies, which will come on a violet cassette.

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The band was born 2 years ago, when Alice Null (vocals) and Alex Void (guitars) decided to join forces and create something different than the average rock/metal music you get to hear everyday.
The music the duo makes is some sort of dark, urban folk with eerie vocals and haunting guitar parts that together with the lyrics build a perfect symmetry, enveloping the listener in a strange, creepy atmosphere.

The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41un8_srgnE

King Dude and Foie Gras Live in Mixtape 5, Sofia – 30.05 AB

Almost 2 months ago, we saw King Dude in Paris and had so much fun enjoying his show. Then, when we heard his last leg of the In Flesh & Blood Tour will be in Sofia, Bulgaria, we decided on the spot that we’ll be there no matter what.

And so it was. On the 30th of May, we arrived in Sofia ready for what was to be a very intimate but powerful show.

We arrived at the Mixtape 5 club in time, just to find out that the show will be delayed a a bit, due to some unexpected events that occured on the road from

Greece. Eastern Europe, you rule 🙂

Nevermind that, we were there, King Dude finally arrived and the 1 hour lateness didn’t even count.

The 1st surprise when entering the small but very good looking venue was that it was a non smoking club, and that could only mean AIR!!!. We were kinda amazed
that the Bulagarians can do this while in Bucharest you have to shed your skin after one night out in a rock (and not only) club.

But let’s skip the technical details and proceed with what happened on the small stage:

The first band to open the night was Leaver, a duo, which is a mixture of noise, post rock, metal etc.
Definitely not my cup of tea, but the short set did not bother me at all. I admired the dedication of those 2 guys, even though they made some mistakes during
their set.There’s place for improvement and maybe we’ll hear of this band again in the future.

Next on the list, after a much deserved cigarette break, was Foie Gras, the Greek/American artist who accompanied King Dude on his last dates
of the tour in Greece and Bulgaria. When reading several King Dude interviews, I came across Foie Gras, as she was mentioned
as one of the artists that TJ is very fond of.
Our Curiosity grew bigger when we looked her up on You Tube and discovered some pretty weird videos, with a strange music but we were anxious to see her play
live nonetheless.

The 2nd surpise came up when we actullay saw Foie Gras walking on stage, a tiny woman carrying a big guitar and playing something that at first resembled
Chelsea Wolfe a bit,then developped into something even weirder and in the end, with the song about the Dominatrix, I realised how much I enjoyed her short
performance.
Definitely glad to have seen her live and I admire her honesty and her not pretentious way of talking about things. And the fact that you can download her
albums for free, with her permission, is quite funny.

The moment passed, the little club was even more crowded than before (not a full house at all , but a decent audience) and the stage props were put in place
for King Dude.(11 white candles and the now famous banner).
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The man in black appeared at some point and began the show with Deal with the Devil, a powerful sad song that will be featured on his next
album,”Songs of Flesh & Blood – In The Key of Light” due to be released 2 weeks from now.

Actualy the whole set consisted mostly of new songs, (Desolate Hour, A Little Bit of Baby, Silver Crucifix,
You Know My Lord and Rosemary, a song he played together with Foie Gras on the chorus), mixed
with good old classics like Witch’s Hammer, River of Gold, Born In Blood, Jesus In the
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Watching Over You, a song that I really wanted to hear live and I liked it very much.
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During the whole set, TJ was relaxed, sipped his Jim Beam, talked a lot to the audience and even asked at some point if he can have a cigarette break. I admire
a lot this friendly approach, this dialogue between the artist and his audience, it makes everything so sincere and true.

What can I say more? Seeing the Dude twice this year was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever lived (together with The Devil’s Blood show in Bucharest) and I cannot wait for the new album to be released.

It will become a masterpiece, I am pretty sure of it.

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