This is a site where I will post reviews of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and concerts. I have been writing music reviews on and off since 1984. I ran a heavy metal fanzine from 1984-1988 called Metal Madness and have been a staff writer for Aural Innovations for many years. I have also contributed to Chrohinga Well (RIP), Bad Acid (RIP), Lowcut (RIP), Roadburn and a number of other zines as well.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Elder, Mos Generator, The Order of Israfel, Horrible Dearth for a Horrible Man, The Hyle- Pumpehuset, CPH, DK Aug 5th, 2015
a great concert bill. I showed up at 18 and the local Danish heavy band, The
Hyle were just setting up to play. I met up with some Jens, Ole, Lasse, some of
the guys from Doublestone, Jacob (Rising) and his wife, Daniel and others I had
met at Kildemose. My friend Lone would come later. I also hung out with Tom and the Order of
Israfel guys for a bit.
The Hyle are four piece band and
quite inspired by Electric Wizard and Windhand and play doom rock with a
sometimes melodic edge and some cool guitar parts. Their opening track must
have been over 20mins long at least and had a lot of dynamics but the doom riff
was a pretty common one.The next track
started off really bluesy but then went into Doom. Not a bad young band. I
could see they had a CD and vinyl for sale.
A Horrible Death for a
were some short haired indie rock looking guys but they played some really aggressive
rock and metal stuff. They had a new vinyl record out that was laid out at the
front of the stage. I was not really getting into these guys and my back was
really hurting so I was moving around a lot and talking with different people.
It was not the kind of music that I like much but they have a lot of powerful
energy for sure.
Set List: Sudden, Drift, Tide, Radiant, Burn, Verwh
Generator and Elder guys had a lot of trouble with the van and did not arrive
until nearly 20 after an 11hr drive from Oslo. They were visibly tired from
that but had to quickly get the gear in and soundcheck. The Order of Israfel was supposed to start at 20:50 but they did
not even start letting us in until 21:15, I think and they started about 21:30.
Tom and the Order of Israel
had never seen my friend Tom’s band, TOOI before. They had played at Stengade
and also Heavy Days in Doomtown but I had to miss both gigs. They were very
tight and excellent and played all the songs off their debut record. They have
finished the demo of 4 new long songs for the next record now but did not play
anything new. I think the band come across better live than on the LP.The crowd seem to really like them as well.
Mos Generator, was a new band for this
tour, just Tony left from the last line up that I saw at Freak Valley. This is
a great live band and they have a huge repertoire of songs to choose from but
Tony said these guys only know 10 songs so they have been playing the same
sets, more or less of the last 38 gigs! Drummer was a killer and intense bass
playing as well.Tony was sounding great
and played great riffs and solos. I had a blast at their show. I think they
played about 40mins. I picked up the European tour 7".
List: This is the gift of Nature, Lonely One Kenobi, On the Eve, Breaker,
Electric Mountain Majesty, Step Up, ??, ??
Elder hit the stage pretty soon
after Mos and the place was pretty packed. Their friend from Boston, Adrian,
did some really cool projections.The
band was absolutely on fire this night and the crowd was totally into it. This
was my third time seeing the band and their 2nd time in CPH (I
missed the first one at Loppen). They played 3 of the songs from the new
record, which I think is really great. The set was pretty long and Compendium
was amazing. This is my fave track from the new record.These guys remind me so much of Colourhaze
but they do it with a different sound but the vibe you get is the same. He
plays the guitar at times a lot like Stefan Koglek.. Anyway, this is a totally
killer band and super nice people. IT was a fun night and Lars did a great job
on the sound. Sounded fantastic.I am
not 100% sure of the set list but it was something like that. We got 2 encore
Roots Stirring. Compendium, Spires Burn, Spirit at Aphelion, Gemini, Lore, ?