Go Bananas are a band from Salszburg, Austria, who I met and became friends with when ØSC played with Baby Woodrose in 2012 in Salszburg. They only had their debut album out at this time. This is a super cool record. All the covers are handmade and it is made in only 111 copies. The Banana theme is still in place and the band has a lot of humor as well as a cool mix of serious spacey stoner rock! The record features 7 tracks over 4 album sides. It starts off with the track, Never buy weed from an Alien for more than 386 liters of Water! A very nice spacey guitar line starts things off and some spacey sounds here and there before it starts to get much heavier a stoner rock like groove kicks in. A fantastic song.. Inna jo Inna Ging is a more uptempo stoner rock track with some psychedelic effects and sounds thrown in and some cool guitar solos as well as the stoned groove. The band has really grown in it’s sound and song writing from the first record. Flip over to side B for the long Vulko, which is instrumental and starts off with a slow building guitar line and spacey section before it builds up with some nice bass lines mirroring the main guitar while staying quite spacey and floating. It ends in a heavy fashion with some wah guitar solos. SUN starts with some beautiful guitar and then really takes off and develops into a real rocker but with a great sense of melody. BP-Black Death starts off side C with a beautiful guitar line before the rest of the instruments slowly enter into the mix. This track takes the entire side and takes a dramatic and heavier turn around 3mins. The mid-section has some nice ØSC-Hawkwind like space synth sounds as the rest of the band rides the track through all the different changes and themes that come and repeat themselves as it builds up to its ending. The final vinyl side has two tracks, GB and Ondas. GB is a short intro track, while Ondas starts off with a killer guitar riff, even though it is one I am sure I have heard before. Man the band really groove on this one but the band brings it down and really spaces it out. I have to say I really love this great record and cool to see the band taking a pretty different path from their wild stoner rock beginnings. Great stuff…
This is a site where I 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. I recently moved to Portugal so please request the new address and do not send any music to Denmark anymore. Tak..
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Space Debris- Phonomorphosis (Space Debris SDPH0314V)
The German instrumental band Space Debris is back with another 4 track double studio album. Sides A-C were recorded in August 2013 and side D October 2013. The band has a new keyboard player (Winnie) from the last studio album that I heard. Each side includes track that fills the entire song. Side A starts off with Colossus Stranded, a piece which has some singing here and there by Magic Petra, who did the fantastic artwork. The piece starts with a slow build and long organ solo. Magic mixes in some singing that I am not so fond of and this leads into a longish guitar solo and Winnie switches to the Fender Rhodes sound and a more upbeat heavy jam begins. The band is really great at keeping things dynamic, if they had a 2nd guitar player they could create dynamics like the Allman Brothers. Side B is the title track and starts off with some pretty cool and far out keyboards and then Tommy kicks in with some jazzy guitar but the whole thing really builds up and gets quite funky and psychedelic. What a great jam… Side 3 starts off with the Fender Rhodes solo and then the bass and other instruments slowly enter. The piece has a quite happy mood to it. Tommy sort of takes the lead for a while on guitar and then Winnie switches to the organ and they do a bit of back and forth intermingling for a while. This track is more loose and jammy and everyone plays to a really high level, with Mitja really grooving on the bass and Christian on the drums as the track just builds and builds. Journey back to the Moon ends side D and is another long jamming track with a bit of an almost Spanish style theme to it to start. The track comes to an almost complete stop where you might think it is ending but then it slowly grows with a long guitar part complimented with some nice drifting organ. The track does actually stop completely and start again, which is quite strange before fading out one more time… Cool record..
Ad´Absurdum- Zeitverschoben (Acoustic Desaster Records AD036)
Ad´Absurdum are an underground band from Switzerland that have been around since 1991 in one form or another. They are happy living just beneath the surface of the musical world, where people leave them alone to make their own universe of instrumental, psychedelic space rock.. I have reviewed quite a number of their releases over the years. This one is coming out in May on vinyl and CD and as a digital download. Previously, many of the bands releases have been in very small numbers, sometimes only 50 copies. Anyway, this album has 9 tracks and a wide variety of material. Atomonoton starts things off with a quite repetitive guitar line that the whole track builds off and goes and comes back to. A very cool dynamic in this track with a great mixture of cool guitar effects, synths sounds and other oddities thrown in to make it quite psychedelic…Phosphor reminds me of Circle. It keeps the mid-paced drive in place with the guitars playing nice melodic lines but the pace keeps the hypnotic train on course. The train changes course dramatically at the end with a dark strange, piano soundscape. The next track, Deep #2 was recorded live and a bit more dissonant and challenging as far as the guitar parts go. The organ gives the track a sort of sense of balance as it floats and glides. There are some echoy vocals that can’t really be understood very well but are mostly for effect. Sunshine Baby is the sort of pop psych track on the CD with some melodic and distant vocals. Territor starts nice and slowly with a strummed guitar and flute like keyboard. The last three songs are a grouped together and called Suite about a Day at Home. This track has a lot of dynamics and reminds me a bit of Hawkwind, Circle, and AdÁbsurdum. I really like this creative band, just doing their own thing and not sounding like any other band from Switzerland.
Acid Elephant- Star Collider (Kiarama Records)
Ethiva- Ethiva (Clostridium Records CR010)
Ethiva is a new Spanish band released on the German Clostridium record label. Hope of Lamp of the Universe, Arc of Ascent, Propane Propane and other cool bands. The LP starts off with Forest of Pigeons. This track starts with very beautiful, melodic and building guitar parts before the vocals come in. The track just floats in a nice way and javi plays some fantastic guitar. Jandro plays the bass and does the lead vocals. Clouds has this airy singing that sort of floats over the guitar lines while Ramon builds the drums up. This one gets quite heavy as the riff repeats itself and then comes down to a more spacey feeling. When the Great Whale Comes is the heaviest track on the side with some more heavy slow parts. Fantastic guitar on this track. Flip the record over for the Eleventh. This song has a beautiful guitar line and again those floating vocals. The end of the track kicks in with a riff a lot like Monkey3. Chemical train is a bit more uptempo at the start but then really floats with some nice bass playing to lead the spacey section. Great track. No Birds soars too High ends this excellent record with an uptempo track with a rocking solo.I highly recommend this for people who like mostly instrumental music with some really nice and dramatic guitar parts mixed with a great Pink Floyd vibe at times. I really love this record. The artwork is really amazing and if you get the die hard version it includes a small puzzle. I have never seen that in any record.
Lords of Saturn- Pillars of Deception 7” (Some other Records SOR001)
Lords of Saturn are a new band from Norway. The band is led by Mathias Lodmalm who also wrote both the songs, does the vocals and plays guitar. The band is a 5 piece with drums, bass, percussion and additional guitars. The A side (Plays on 33rpm) starts with Black Triangles. This is pretty heavy and dramatic stuff. The singing in the heavy part reminds me a bit of Metallica. The track has good dynamics but I missed a guitar solo, just a lot of riffing and intensity. The title track is on side B. It is also a slow heavy riffer with some dark feelings and moods as the track does from dark to light. I don’t listen to much music like this so it is hard for me to compare it to anyone I know. Check them out on the web.. You get the lyrics on the back of the 7” to both tracks, which is nice. Cool artwork design.
Yama- Roadburn CD single (Holland 2014)
This was a pretty cool stoner doom rock band that I caught some of their set at Roadburn. They released this nice CD single in only 25 numbered copies in a small case with a clear top and a sticker and info card. I got number 24 of 25. It features two tracks. Ananta start things off with a good mid-paced stoned groove and some passionate vocals. Hollow has a nice melodic guitar line but then the track slowly builds up and gets pretty intense and heavy, more heavy than the opening track. The singer is really good and there is a guitar solo in this track. I look forward to hear more by this band. They have already made two records.
Albino Rhino- Albino Rhino (Inverse Records INV127)
Albino Rhino is a new three piece Finnish band from Helsinki. They had an EP out last year and this is the new full length record. The CD is 4 tracks in about 40mins. The Forest Prevails starts things off with 9mins of heavy riffing. The sound is very compressed and strange with the bass and guitar mixed really in your face. It is very repetitive and then changes slightly at times to give it a bit of a twist and turn like some wind sweeps and the riff will change a bit. You can tell these guys like Electric Wizard! Sanctification is next and features Kimmo, the guitarist on vocals. The vocals are in the style of OM and Sleep as the heavy riffing continues. There is a short guitar solo section before back to the heavy riffing. Blue Mist is sung by the bass player Ville. While the vocals have changed, the music stays very down tuned and heavy. This track is more uptempo and reminds me of someone but I can’t place it? Kimmo plays some solo guitar which really changes the feeling of the track towards the end. The CD ends with the 14½ min track, Uphold the Light part 1. This one starts off with a really cool almost like solo guitar riff before the heavy stuff kicks in and it for sure brings some more light to the heavy start of this record. Each track is a bit different on this EP, making it pretty cool. Clearly, groups like Sleep, OM and Electric Wizard are the major influences on this group. Check them out…
Circle- Kumiluoti (Full Contact/Ektro records KRYPT-058)
Circle has already released 4 records this year and it is only April! This is a very short 7”, showing yet another side of the band, the PUNK side. 4mins of total music on this 7”. The title track starts things off and is all sung in Finnish with a snotty attitude but the music is actually pretty melodic and like pop punk! Liian Paljon Liimaa (Too Much Glue) is a bit longer and in the same vein as the first track but more energetic and a bit harder edge but still that slight melodic thread. This is actually a pretty fun track, especially if you can understand the lyrics!
The Socks- S/T (Small Stone Records)
The Socks are a new French band on the awesome Small Stone label. The band is really rocking out with a 70’s vibe for sure. They are a four piece band that have heard a lot of the current crop of Swedish bands like Graveyard, Witchcraft, Horisont and others, but they throw in their own twist here and there. The album starts off slow and building with Lords of Illusion. This one starts to build up with the rhythm guitar player Nicklas also adding some keyboards. Julien takes care of the lead guitar, lead vocals and can sound exactly like Eric Wagner of Trouble! This track really rocks out at the end. Some Kind of Sorcery sounds like they stole it from Graveyard. A high energy and passionate track but almost a cover song. Next to the Light slows things down and shows the strong side of this band, with great dynamics of guitar and keyboards and passionate singing. New Kings is back to the Graveyard boogie and vocal style with a hard hitting riff mixed with slower parts. Holy Sons is a great song and one of their most original with a heavy riff combined with the organ in a really effective way. Julien plays a very passionate solo and this is the most jammed out track on the record. Electric War goes back to the uptempo Graveyard style that they emulate so well. The mid section is a bit more doomy like Trouble. Nice double tracked wah solo as well. Gypsy Lady has a cool footstomping groove with a nice organ line that drives the track to start and another one of their more original sounding tracks. WE LIVE (not the Electric Wizard song!) is driven by some cool bass lines and aggression which comes and goes. The CD ends with another very Graveyard inspired track called The Last Dragon. Almost a cover song, it is so close to the Graveyard sound and feel. Anyway, despite them borrowing a few too many ideas from Graveyard, this is a solid record. This is a record, like most, that sound best when cranked up really LOUD… I hope to catch these guys live soon..
Sunday, April 27, 2014
The Copenhagen Psych Fest- Stengade, April 24-26th, 2014
Following the trends of a lot of cities in Europe (Berlin, Oslo, Liverpool, etc...), Kasper from Levitation Records decided to organize our very own here in Denmark. It was pretty ambitious to try to get around 50 bands, mostly pretty unknown, underground and mostly Danish at a small venue. The web sites for this festival were a disaster with little or no information about the bands. A name and a link to a Facebook page is not information about a band, I hate to tell them. Nearly worthless… You need to have a written description of each act, a link directly to web sites where one can actually read about the band and a place where you can hear some music or a video link, as this could really help to bring people in. Anyway, they will learn for the next year….. let’s get to the positive side of things, which was the cool gathering of mostly young people I had never seen at any of the shows I go to, the great sound (thanks to the very hardworking WILL), the bands for putting on interesting performances, cool psychedelic wallpaper projections by the Malmö Kristallen people (although they could be more active in changing them more often and giving some sort of light show, which was really lacking..).. The wallpaper made the places look cool for sure.
The main hall was where all the more known bands played, while upstairs, a smaller scene was set up where there was also a bar, smoking room and a small place for selling merch. This could have been greatly improved with a long table on the wall giving each band some space to sell stuff. The merch was just chaos and most bands never even had anything or sold very little as it was not clear to anyone where it was, how to see it, etc. This could be improved a lot. There was plenty of space along the wall where the smoking room is and a lot of that was just filled up with junk, a sofa, extra tables, etc.
The schedules were off by 15mins to an hour so it was quite hard to figure out who was playing when and then they switched the Little Brain Attack (France) with the Wands and it was not posted or announced at all. Anyway, I arrived straight from work on the Thursday and Turquoise Sun was the first band on at 16:15. This is the guys from the old band from Jylland called Ancient Monuments. ØSC played a gig with them a year ago or so. Very nice folks and the new band are pretty eclectic. A wide range of songs from very dreamy pop like Tame Impala plays to more diverse stuff with saxophone (he never really plays any long solos, just small blips here and there), funky at times, etc.. The keyboard player is very good and they all play excellent together and three of them sing. The last track was called Oracle and I liked this one a lot. It started off with a theme on the guitar quite close to One of the Days by Pink Floyd and then a funky riff kicked in and it totally changed direction. A promising new band, pity only about 20 people saw them play.
I had never heard Echo Electric before but they reminded me straight away of Brain Jonestown Massacre style material, with that 60’s edge and good energy and a quite clean sound. They are a five piece band and had a very passionate and excellent front singer who also played guitar. The vox organ really gave them that 60s sound. The lead guitar player had this twangy almost surf guitar like playing style at times. Solid set but I did not see it all.
Set List: Nothing without You, I fell Blue, Cruel (video), Medicine, Wanna be with You, Night Time Queen, Baby, you’re on Fire, You don’t really care about me
Next, I went upstairs to catch Thor Bøding (guitarist and vocalist in Syreregn), who was playing solo upstairs. He played a mixture of his own originals (see the video for Stoffet), young flowers, and some other obscure Danish stuff from the 60s. He is excellent. He played to maybe 15 people like Echo Electric… not many people showing up. They had a 160 3 day tickets pre-sold, so that is pretty good.
The Roosters were a young new band that I had not heard of with some members for the hedgehogs (I think). These guys were young and just did not catch my ear. They are playing 60’s inspired stuff but it was just too straightforward, not really trying anything new or different and not very psychedelic at all. In fact, none of the bands so far would I consider psychedelic rock. I went back upstairs now to see what the hell KogeKunst was and got a great surprise! This was a duo that were really interesting, passionate and doing their own thing. They had a two piece drum kit that he played standing so he could also play guitar (sort of) and the other guy also played guitar. They also had a keyboard they would use later. This is really difficult stuff to describe but let’s just say the guys were into and giving 200% and playing raw, messy, music with a special energy. I was sucked in and enjoyed it a lot.
|Little Brain Attack|
Below Dreaming switched with ET Tumason. He is a great performer and this was the 4th time for me to see him. He is from Iceland and a passionate solo performer like a sort of twisted John Lee Hooker or something... I just love the guy and he is a very cool person as well. I filmed one of his songs…
The Wands are one of the more well-known bands on the bill today having released music outside of Denmark and played around a bit in Europe. I had seen them once when I played with White Hills in Malmo and they were very good. They just have a great authentic 60’s sound with really nice dynamics between the guitars and the singer has cool lyric just like what they would write in the 60s’s, even though I doubt these guys have even tired LSD.. Seems the young generation are not into psychedelics or even smoking weed, as I don’t think any of these bands were high. Seems they are more into speed, cocaine, MDMA, etc... much worse and dangerous stuff and of course drinking! Anyway, this is a great band and the best so far today. The room was pretty filled up by now.
Set List: Circles, Door, Totem, Colours, Hello, Spell My, She’s Electric, the Dawn, Get it Out, No one,
I went upstairs and caught a little bit of Below Dreaming, which features a female vocalist, two guitars, bass and drum machine. This was not really my thing but it was pretty out there and experimental for sure. There were only about 15 people watching them. The smoking room upstairs always seemed to be filled up there... A lot of Danes are showing up to be seen and to hang out and are not really into the bands anyway… They are often quite rude and just talking loudly, even when these bands play mellow tracks, not even caring or aware that this is annoying and disrespectful for the artist. Go outside if you just want to talk and have no interest in the music…
Set List: Kosmonaut, Himmellegemer, jeg graver huller I Mørket, Fribyttedrømmen, Fem er det magiske nummer
|A Tree of Night|
Set list: Vulture, Call, Sunrise, Absent, Raga, Tree
It was getting quite late and Papir was supposed to start at 22:15 and it was almost 23 now so I sadly had to leave as I had to be up at 6:45 to go to work. So I missed Papir but was told they were absolutely amazing and floored the place. I also did not get to see Baby Jesus, Wonderland or The Electric Set. I spoke to some of my friends and they all left after Papir who finished at midnight. It was a great night and a lot of young people I had never seen before... something is happening… the scene is growing...
I left work about 2:45 and got home around 3:30, had some time to change clothes and pick up my equipment for the gig later with Agusa. All the heavy stuff was put on one day, which was an interesting choice and a pity that the great Finnish bands, Mr, Peter Hayden and Dark Buddha Rising were so early. Magnus was there and managed to get one of the 1 day tickets so we had a beer in the sun with Daniel and his girlfriend from Heavy days in Doomtown festival..
When Mr. Peter Hayden (Finland) started at 17:30, there was only 2 people in the room besides the staff and myself. I even told my friends they were starting but they did not come in from the nice weather for another 10-15mins… Anyway, the band sounded great and the set was more or less one long 45min trip and only material from the new double CD-vinyl release called Arch Dimension Now. This is dark moody music, mostly instrumental but some vocals by one of the guitar players. Heavy riffing, occasional solos, loud, penetrating… hypnotic… Not a whole lot of people experienced the show, perhaps 20.
RA is a four piece band and I am not really sure how to describe them. There were still very few people here yet. It was a bit too normal or something for me. I filmed one track and you can see what you think. Upstairs was a unique act called Jin & Daun, as Swedish synth duo with Rikard from Flowers must Die and a nice Asian lady. I filmed nearly the entire last piece of their set (missing the last 1mn or less). They had a lot of gear on a small table and she seem to make the mostly deep drone stuff while Rickard experimented with some small gadgets and a kasossolator pad, etc.. I like it..
Dark Buddha Rising (Finland) was up now and this features two of the guys from Mr. Peter Hayden (the keyboard player from MPH plays guitar) and the other guitar player. The usual singer, who lead the blood ritual has left the band as he is moving to Brazil. They had a
keyboard noise maker guy instead. Some people like my friend Jacob came out from hiding to see these guys. A pretty small crowd still, maybe 30-40 people to see this intense show. They played 45mins and it was 3 pieces of music, I believe. Not sure from what releases. I really love the moods these guys create. Powerful music…
keyboard noise maker guy instead. Some people like my friend Jacob came out from hiding to see these guys. A pretty small crowd still, maybe 30-40 people to see this intense show. They played 45mins and it was 3 pieces of music, I believe. Not sure from what releases. I really love the moods these guys create. Powerful music…
I was playing on the main stage next with the Malmö based band Agusa, who has recently released their debut record on the Kommun2 label. I played with the band previously in Malmö but this was the first gig with the really cool new young drummer. It took us a while to set up but in the end the sound was great on stage and the room filled up and two girls came and danced on the stage and we played a solid concert. The crowd seem to really be into it. The music is like Progressive rock from 1975, with some Swedish folk music themes thrown in and me making space sounds in the open sections…. I had a blast…
In between a few bands were playing upstairs and I occasionally ran up there and took a photo or shot a short video but since the schedules were all off, I don’t know who these acts are but enjoy…
Set List: Narcodoom, Vile, Voodoo Jesus, King Crust, Sax Jam, Nausea, Salt, Haunzinationsrhusch
Trummor & Orgel (Drums and Organ) are a duo as the name suggests from Sweden. They had to drag this huge Hammond B3 and Leslie speaker onto the stage but in the end they sounded great and the crowd and people were quite into it. This kind of set up really limits what you can do but the organ player was fantastic, as was the intense drummer, to really mix it up a lot. Sometimes they were funky, happy, high energy… People dug it.. Westerbur and Rowe, is an US drum and organ duo, but the organ player also plays a lot of spacey keyboards.. some of it reminded me of what they can do also…
Things were more than 1hr behind now so it was looking like the Cosmic Dead would not hit the stage before 1 in the morning. I was getting really tired but I had to see my friends in this band play.. De Underjordiske was next on the big stage but I ran upstairs and caught a couple of songs by Danske Så ddddwho I think was Danske Spor. This was a young kid playing his guitar and harmonica and singing his heart out in Danish. Not too many people but a few.. The Technicolor Poets had a completely new line up from the last time I saw them at Drone. It was now a female singer, drums, bass and guitar. Previously they had two guitar players and I did not recognize any of these people. Anyway, some of the new tracks reminded me a bit of Jefferson Airplane. The guitar player had an intense way of playing but did not do any solos. Seems hardly any of the young bands know how to play solos or fit them into the music properly.. I am not sure..
Sadly, I could not make it to the festival on the 3rd day due to having to spend sometime with my family. This day featured 17 bands including The Hedgehogs (the band the organizer plays in) VED (cool Swedish psych band), Elevatorfører, Telstar Sound Drone, Lorenzo Woodrose (solo), ET Tumason, and the Telescopes plus many more. I am sure it was another great day.. thanks again to Kasper and everyone at Stengade for making this a smooth and great event. For next year perhaps they should have fewer band and start a bit later. I don’t really see any point in having these bands come on at 16 and play for 5-10 people. No one came to see the bands before 19… I was there both days and not a single band that played between 16-19 had more than 20 people watching. This is not cool really. So start a bit later, have fewer bands and perhaps let a few of the bands play longer sets. Try to get Vibravoid and make a proper web site also.. Congrats to the organizers... KASPER..... Peace..
Monday, April 21, 2014
Church of Misery and Tombstones- BETA, Copenhagen April 20th, 2014
This was an interesting way to celebrate Easter, with some friends and Church of Misery singing about serial killers! Easter was originally a holiday to celebrate the goddess of sex and fertility, before the Christians stole and converted it into something else… Anyway, Sue and I had a nice dinner and then showed up a bit early and talked with the guys in COM. They are such nice people even though we struggle to communicate a bit.
Tombstones, are a Norwegian band trio playing doom. I only have their album called Vol. II, which we heard today but they have released 2 since, which I have not heard. The guitar player said they were heavier, slower and more bluesy. They started right at 21 and there was only a few people in the room but as soon as they heard the music start they came up the stairs and I guess there was about 40 people watching them. They played a 45mins set of some pretty heavy stuff. The guitar player and bass player did a lot of trading lead vocals. This was really doomy but not a lot of variation, in the sense that there were no guitar solos. It gets a bit too boring if he does not change his guitar tone (he did not use any pedals either) or solo. They could use another solo guitarist. People gave them a fair reception. I filmed the 2nd song Unveiling.
Set List: King of Daze, Unveiling, Obstefelder, Red Skies, Black Moon
Since the bands shared backline, they only had to set up some cymbals and the singer’s synthesizer and they were ready to go at almost 22. The band opened up with a new song and the sound was very loud but great where we were standing. The place was pretty packed and people were really into it. It was easy to make some contact with the band as well. I filmed the 2nd song. The band played about 75 mins and since it is nearly impossible to understand anything he sings, it was only when they played a long jammed out version of Born to Raise Hell, that the crowd could participate! The new guitar player is really great and fits in very well. He is a big fan of Jimi Hendrix and likes to solo, he told me. This is just what the band really needed! Tom was going to be hard to replace as he was a great guitar player. They played a total of 9 songs in about 75 mins, with some cool jams in some of the songs. We were hungry for more and only got Candyman for the encore. Great show and night.
Set List: Brother Bishop, ?, ?, Born to Raise Hell, Monster, ?, Shotgun Boogie, Encore: Candyman
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland April 9th-12th, 2014
This is my 9th year in a row coming to Roadburn, my favourite festival in the world.
|The Copenhagen Gang waiting for the Tram in Amsterdam|
Anyway, straight into Brutus, which was too packed on the floor so I hit the balcony and was able to squeeze nearly to the front. Band was in a great mood and the people were totally into their rocking groove. The singer drank constantly, as he usually does and says a lot of funny stuff. The crowd loves it.. It was great to hear a lot of these new songs live and they come across even better than on the record. I think these guys are one of the best of the 70s style bands around. If they would just have 2 songs every show that they just jammed it out with some longer solos the crowd would love them even more. Especially me..
I hung out with an old Finnish friend that I also see at Sweden Rock every year or nearly. They were fantastic but the bass player had some technical problems and was very annoyed and threw his bass into the audience and then jumped in himself while the band just kept on rocking and playing some ripping solo guitar. It all got sorted out and they were back on track in 5mins.. Crazy way to start the show…
|The Cult of Dom Keller|
then the massive grooves kicked in. Christian, the singer is a very charismatic guy and an excellent front man. What he lacks in voice, he makes up with performance and passion in his delivery of his vocals. I know some people just think he sings poorly but it is not what you should focus on, focus on the way he puts his words into the heavy music, then you get it…. It was a powerful set with more guitars at the beginning and more riffing at the end.
Set List: Full Moon at Noon, King One, Shadow Land (new song), Tentacles of Zen, The Orange
Amazing set. Promise and the Monster, were a three piece all female group with acoustic guitar, flutes, hand drums, synthesizer, harpsichord and just beautiful voices. I was pretty mesmerized but sadly could only see the first two songs before MAGMA was to start. I have nearly all the Magma albums but have never seen them live. I was really looking forward to this and they did not disappoint. The bass player is just amazing. They actually all are all great and the voices in a strange made up language. Far out. Great sound and lights as well. One did not know how the normal RB crowd would appreciate Magma, if they would just not get it and leave, which Walter was not sure of either as this is a very musically challenging day. Anyway, the room stayed packed the entire show. It was a great concert and they did not just stick with old music. They actually played most of the set as recent material. Such incredible intensity in this band.
Set List: Song of Comus, Diana, Out of the Coma, The Herald, The Bite, The Sacrifice, Drip Drip, The Prisoner
I was very curious what the Nicklas Barker (Ankedoten, My brother the wind) and Reine Fiske (Dungen, Elephant 9) were going to do. It was two of these modern mellotrons and some other desktop synth gear. Nicklas said they had no plans, just freeform. I watched about 30mins and it was really cool dreamscape stuff a lot like mid 70s Tangerine Dream. Great lush sounds and cool movies. I filmed about 5mins but did not have a very good spot. My friend Anders, a big guy was right in front..
I think we missed the last little bit as Claudio Simontetti’s Goblin was on the big stage with a tiny overlap.
|Claudio Simonetti's Goblin|
Circle… wow.. what the fuck.. how to describe that. A simple drum beat starts the show off while the band gets undressed and then dressed in their spandex and spikes and then into a long repetitive track that morphs into and out of Heavy metal, and just strangeness and back and forth for an hour. What a mind fuck and unique concert. Totally blew us all away! There is no other band quite like these guys. Utterly unique and talented..
Set List: Meat, Ghost, Bull, Meth, Riddle, DRI, Irish, JMV, Alone
|Rich (Carlton Melton) and Mike BONG|
Set list: Soundhead, Nail, Pulse, Straight to the Heart, Fade Out, Collision, Vapour Arc Lite, Feverknife, Afterglow, Buring, Breathe, Mother Sky (CAN)
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