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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 10:14 am 

The Hague Metalfest, feat. Bodyfarm, Het Paard Den Haag, April 28th

This festival is the follow-up to Musicon Metalfest, it’s just a tiny hint bigger than that as Het Paard is about double the size of Musicon. Even Paard’s small hall is bigger than Musicon. I’ve only been to Het Paard once (see http://metal-tavern.proboards.com/threa ... d-oct-2012 see remark below) but that was by train; now I drive. So, oggole that damned place, there’s a city park center nearby. I soon got three tickets, as I thought Bryan would join Wanda and me, but he hesitated. Alex did want to join me, but as I can’t find my phone I couldn’t contact him so easily. Wanda brought help via FB. Would King’s Day’s Mess have evaporated? The Hague is The Residency, you know. Biggest city in Holland without city rights haha, don’t push the venom when Koen or Ariaan is nearby ;) I guess they’d be present, even though Koen was totally underimpressed by Bodyfarm two weeks ago. At first I thought Gorefunest would start the day, so we’d drive early. That wasn’t the case at all, Bodyfarm headlined and Gorefunest was the afterparty. More party to be seen, but that’s of later worry. So, with only two pronounceable or legible logos I wasn’t in a rush anymore. I had bought an e-Bay copy of Fleshcrawl – Impurity before I knew Bryan got me an original, so I wanted to know if I had a genuine or a fake. It’s fake, it’s Russian; well done but you can see mistakes and the pictures are vague. OK, now I know where to look :) Thanks Bryan for the tips AND the original Impurity ;) Alex treated the CD with the dignity required (on the way home) and broke the too-thin CD tray >< He sat on it…

We picked up Alex and already had a great time driving. But as Alex had not eaten much, we decided to ditch the first couple of illegibles and got ourselves some chicken, showarma, fries and mushrooms (not the psilocin ones :) ) Alex’beer tasted so good I got him a big one ;) First band we got to see was Apophys. That was a short gig, even Daniel (hey!) got out before the first song was ended. He said something like ‘that singer should have stuck with Erebus alone’ and we’re off. We soon indulged ourselves in merch hunting, as Alwin Roes and his lovely assistant were present too. I think Wanda bought some 22 CDs and let me pick out two \m/ Thanks, you’re too kind. I got Escutcheon – Battle Order (Alwin Zuur’s old band, cool death metal) and Eternal Solstice (a split with Mourning, ES feat. Phil van Nugteren of Xerpentor). I got some patches for my Dutch Denim, coupled Brother Alex to Bassist Alex :) and the second band (to us; Daniel said he’d seen all bands so far and loved them all, except Apophys) got to stage: The Modern Age Slavery. This gig lasted some longer to us (two songs instead of a half one), the band has groove, the band slams and the band blasts. There was a guest singer present, but as there was so much smoke I don’t know which one was the original and which the guest… Daniel freaked out and his meter long hairs made friends ;)

The beers, waters and sodas flew and the other party got started as well, soon the foyer was filled with training pants, too fashionate baseball caps and loads of scruffy hiphoppers, most looked alike… uhm when Daniel asked one of them what played the dick growled ‘we’re not here for you’ and moved on, irritated. Turned out it was some huge Polish hip hop star, no idea which, don’t care, not interested. Not with such an attitude, losers! There even was a hipster training pants shop :o Third band to us was an error, as Human Error makes music I’m too simple for: slams, karate kids, pig squeals, deep gutter and gravelike silence in one song… that’s too much. OK, to Alex it’s new, Daniel likes slam to a degree, but to Wanda and me it’s plain annoying. CDs to the locker, festival shirt, Alex’ blouse (as usual ;) ) and back inside, no need for my Firing Squad mentioned two weeks ago, here’s Bodyfarm! During the sound check some man with a high Kiss-pitch (like Koen often does, but it wasn’t my big friend, haven’t seen him nor Ariaan at all) wanted to subscribe for background singer in Bodyfarm, Thomas reacted ‘fucking fout’ hahaha. The band did half of Tombstone Crusher as final all-instrument check and this already sounded 10 times better than in Amersfoort. Was it nerves, was it over-eagerness, I don’t know what the difference was with the Amersfoort show, but this was great! This comes off my picture of the set list (I was getting tired and a headache turned up after an unscheduled burst of frustration/anger from Daniel (...), I tried as hard as I could to fulfill the set)
- The Dark Age
- Tombstone Crusher
- Charlatan Messiah
- The Well of Decay (haven’t seen it, but Thomas got a beer cup to his head and reacted ‘if I find out who did this, I’ll kick your fucking head off’; Alex got all loose and started the pit himself. That was highly appreciated later on by nearly the entire band, happy Alex!!)
- Saxon Victory (the pit got thicker \m/)
- Der Landkreuzer
- Heartraped
- The Coming Scourge (yup, Bram and Thomas solo near me ^^)
- Malevolence (now nearly the entire venue joins the pit, hard to keep standing to the stage :) )
- Firing Squad (tribute to a recent deceased aunt of one of the band members, the cremation was apparently this day. Kudos!)
- Death by Fire (so lovely doomy start \m/)
- Unbroken (my neck cracks)
- Slaves of War (my esophagus cracks and I have some little guitar battle with Bram :lol: )

My 18th show of Bodyfarm was great, my body is dehydrated but my mind wants more; headache or not. What a killer show. Even with the little shitty things of today I must say this show evened it all out. No need to remember bands you don’t appreciate or people that are poepheads, get me some Bodyfarm and I’ll friggin’ survive anything! As Daniel had said he’d leave early if the show wasn’t up to his standards, I looked around and saw Wanda and Alex ecstatic, sweaty and over the top satisfied; Daniel just smiled widely and asked if he could join us back to Enkhuizen, so he could see some of Gorefunest with us. He’d enjoyed Bodyfarm nearly as much as I had. I found the next edition of The Hague Metalfest already mentioned Bleeding Gods. Missed the date...

Time for Gorefunest. I told my company I was getting out of it, but I just had to hear at least three, possibly four songs of one of the bands that gave death metal such a boost in my collection, my need to travel for metal and other likings, Gorefest. I had been discussing some of my Gorefest experiences with Wanda and she was all into it. I told her about the times I met Jan-Chris, spoke to Ed, got my nose broken, the winding career of the band and the side projects of both Boudewijn and Frank. The band, young as they are, made a party which brought back a lot of memories, again! I think the band played a set as if it were amongst the last shows of the False tour in 1992, where the song Erase was already put in the set list.
- The Glorious Dead (sooo tight!! *cool* )
- State of Mind
- Get-a-Life (I just had to do the pitch haha)
- Mental Misery
- From Ignorance to Oblivion (Quint enjoying himself greatly too, bro time!)
- Reality-When You Die (I couldn’t do it anymore, we left. With a broken heart, look at the rest)
- The Mass Insanity
- Confessions of a Serial Killer
- For the Masses (hey, my remark on 1992 is a flaw, that’s from the 2005 comeback album La Muerte) 8-)
- Erase

This band is police, advocate, registrar, judge and executioner in one. No it’s not Judge Dredd, but you get what I mean. The five piece is young, eager, tight, accurate, well trained, well-oiled and has clearly fun doing this tribute to one of Hollands most loved death metal bands, near-seventies-rock-album-Chapter-13-or-not-return-to-blistering-death-metal-as-they-do-best. It was that my head was impaled and the 1,000 μg paracetamol finally worked, but I couldn’t do the entire set. I needed some fresh air and luckily the car was a bit further away than I remembered (…) I was the one sober, right? :) Water and fresh shirt in the car, stroopwafel and fruit biscuit, out for something warm and out to Hoorn, Enkhuizen and then bedtime. I did not need an alarm clock, I’d sleep in at least twice, listen to my new CDs, maybe swim (too cold for Alex :) ), shave, Chinese, voetbal and enhappy the metal world with a review. Yeah, I’m a dick. A metal dick. Fanboy metal dick.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 2:11 am 

RockHard 2018, feat. Saxon, Overkill, Sodom

It’s been quite a while since I last did something more than just some one-day-fest with Stip and/or Daan. With Stip it was Bloodstock & Scotland in 2011, with Daan we had Graspop, some years ago. At my birthday I suggested I’d love to go on a road trip with Stip once more, as he’d been travelling with Daan on several occasions. Not that I wanted to see Manowar together ;) but still. I had been feeding them information about RockHard, as it’s one of my favorite festival grounds for quite some time. I know for sure it’s not only the line up they’re gonna love, it’s Gelsenkirchen as well, Veltins, the atmosphere, the cheery mood that usually surrounds this fest and… yeah what more do you need? The first bands were a bit of a letdown, but I kept positive: I have never seen Cirith Ungol and the return of Night Demon to the Amphitheater would wind me up. Forget about Diamond Head’s Sean Harris’ whine about Mecrappica, I just think. Oh, he’s no longer in the band? Ah, fine. End of October the second batch was announced, but also a fourth visitor: Saxon, Marduk, Tiamat, Uli Jon Roth doing Scorpions tribute, the return of Attic to the dome and… Wanda. She’d been fishing for a way to a foreign festival for a while, this suits her, I think. I wonder if my former colleague Sander and his lovely travelling companions would show up too. Third batch of bands brought Sodom, first show in the new line up, Armored Saint and a very special set by Overkill!! Would the tradition being broken [first band cool German, second band shit] for once? Time table said: YES! First band Dawn of Disease, second Attic!
We travel early and we tend to travel light. Uhm no, as I have so many denims now, I can choose so I choose 4: newie, Dutch, Neckwreckers and my ‘normal’one. I won’t bring in any beer as Stip is still totally off alcohol and to be honest, only good non-alcoholic beers are hardly sold in tin! At first I thought I wouldn’t even have space to bring in any beer at all, 4 people, four tents, four sleeping bags in a VW Golf Mk II diesel... But, as so often it didn’t turn out as planned: Daan had to work on Friday and Stip had an exam first!! By the time I got to know about this, there wasn’t any time left to get beer in cans anymore, but as Wanda hardly drinks alcohol, I wouldn’t need as much beer as that. I had brought my brother Theo’s old tent but it wasn’t so clear how to put it up, we got help (and beers) in seconds from our German neighbors Stef and Martin. Thanks a lot!! More help came, as I wandered to the metal bar and was pushed a plate of maccheroni and ham into my hands by Richard of Riff’s Merchandising! Whaoh, thanks, appreciated and needed! We got in time to see the metal bar being opened, but no metal karaoke this time, just a metal DJ. Wanda got me a RockHard shirt and I got her another one. Goddess of Desire claimed they had out-of-print-vintage shirts in big sizes, but I couldn’t find anything in 3XL as thank you to Martin for his help and beers… Soon I found the Brabo’s Tim, Eric and Maarten so no one needed to bring any fridges anymore ;)
During the days it was pretty warm and dry, but as the festival is along a river and the open sky evaporates heat fast, it was pretty cold in the morning. We got excellent bread and coffee at the parking lot of the festival and we were nicely on time for the first band: Dawn of Disease. The sound is insanely good and the band has a sharp mix. The music is of course fast, vile old school death metal, so we enjoyed it greatly. Knife vs. Flesh early in the set, let the carnage begin. Not much of a pit going on, but hey, that’s Germany, if German deathheads don’t wanna pit, they don’t pit. A mass of headbangers is what the band got and that suited. I felt my knees prickle and got back to the tent for a sec to get sun tan lotion, so I missed the first Attic song. I should have known better, but only one song missed is small price for not getting sunburnt. The falsetto is awesome and the band has fun on stage, interaction between band members and fans, no matter in what combination, is cool to watch. I had not written anything yet, but of course Funeral in the Woods and The Headless Rider were played last. Add to that I met Nina and Michael again and I wouldn’t want to break the lovely conversation we had, so you’ll have to do with only two song titles of this great set. Of anything else but great was Dool today. The band clearly hasn’t the support they had in Munich (?) and the band sounds dull. I didn’t even make pictures, it was over before I really realized it WAS Dool. We roamed the venues again, hunting for patches, noting a very poor quality cod in disputable sauce… this is the first time in my five RockHards I’ve had bad food! Back to the Amphitheater for Diamond Head. The band was announced as in ‘Ulrich and Mustaine sure knew what they supported when they wore their shirts’ or some bull like that. At least their nowadays singer Rasmus Dom Anderson sound OK to me, but I don’t really like it. Never understood this band, I guess, we leave after two songs. Turned out, we also missed Tiamat do their special Clouds – Wildhoney set. Uhm, I am no lover of Tiamat whatsoever… we wanted to be near the front for MY band of the day: Sodom. Wanda had seen pictures of me in my Westwoudse AC/DC Fans shirt so she wanted an AC/DC shirt to this gig. I mailed her a picture of three random AC/DC shirts I own, but of course, she chose the one not on the picture: Highway to Hell. Haha, she wore the shirt the entire weekend ;) Seeing Angelripper do a sound check is fun. It seems he’s nervous, even though he’s played with Blackfire for quite some time before and he knows Tormentor is a great drummer. The band starts off with a wobbly version of My Atonement/Conqueror, but that feeling of wobbliness is gone after that. Here’s the entire set:
- My Atonement/Conqueror
- Sodomy and Lust
- Nuclear Winter (Angelripper: ‘hallo Heimat, Hallo Freunde, Hallo RockHard!’ :) )
- Outbreak of Evil (Blackfire already handing out guitar picks haha)
- Christ Passion (hey, there’s Stip, finally)
- The Saw is the Law (… and that’s Stip’s favorite Wodos song :) )
- City of God
- Blasphemer
- One Step over the Line
- Agent Orange (OK, herrieman joins the pit and stays there *cool* )
- Strange Lost World
- Tired and Red
- Lifeline (a… cover… of… OK, I later read it was Sacrilege)
- Remember the Fallen (remember the documentary Lords of Depravity? So cool to see Blackfire freak out once more \m/ )
- Silence is Consent (indeed, this is a song of an album Sodom hasn’t played in years!)
- Ausgebombt / Bombenhagel
So, the Westfriesians unite under a clear sky, with huge grins, during Stip’s favorite thrash song (or something), band in blazing form, sound awesome, friends around (hey Marcel III-IV-V ;) ) all expectations made true. The show was announced as the first gig of the 2018-and-beyond line up and the band did a great job. This is quite an opposite set list than, for instance, Eindhoven Metal Meeting or Into the Grave or that tour they did with Kreator and it proves the band does improve with a second guitarist. Not a hint of blame to anyone playing guitar in this band before, but this was one of the best Sodom shows I’ve seen over the years (minus the one lying drunk in the grass on D.O.A >< ) and we head out for a nightcap in the Biergarten. I changed between beer and water quite often; as I knew it would be a long weekend if I didn’t, so the last beer tasted just as good as the first. When I brought Wanda home on Monday, Bryan said of this show he’d enjoyed the livestream a lot. I hinted ‘see them yourself’ but he didn’t take the bait yet :) He then said he might join me to PartySan, so who knows which band members we meet ;)

Saturday started with a few ice cold HJs from Maarten, as he thought he’d brought too much beer for his own good. A breakfast with coffee after a few HJs is still a good idea, as it would take until half past noon to see the first band. We also walked to the car, a. to see if it still was there (not the normal parking spot, this area is secluded with a swinging pole. Uhm, place it near the industrial area / church area / garden with a tiny sign ‘to be towed away’ >< ) , b. to get rid of things I wouldn’t use again (one denim down, three to go ;) ) and c. to keep walking to show the village, the grocery, the bank, the pizzeria and whatnot. Traitor opened the Saturday and I was eager for it. I had seen the logo and instantly thought ‘thrash!’ and that turned out true. The band clearly likes the adagio ‘hakkuh en saagguh’ or ‘from thick woods excellent planking’ (word joke of course ;) ) and are energetic to begin with, a great drummer and a nice guitar split. A lot of headbanging, fistbanging and running on stage AND still be tight! That’s what I like about thrash: GO FOR IT! Mental note to self: Get the album Knee Deep in the Dead! With the annunciation of a guest a spontaneous 6 man pit starts, but I’m not sure who the guest was. Fun fact: there was an actual crowd surfer, as he literaaly surfed on a man planking! Most crowd surfers just want to be thrown over the little fence, but these men really added a new sight to a metal show.

Nocturnal Rites was also a band that I had not seen before. I must have misspelled something, as this band sounded completely different to the stuff I had heard on YT… way worse in a way. With a stand-still-performance, forgettable songs and a shallow sound I call this the most boring band in the world. Wanda, Stip and me chose to do the pizzeria a favor and got into the village. I wasn’t sure which band called The New Roses this would be, but as I was suddenly surrounded by tisted-up hairs, Aerosmith-like handkerchiefs and eyeliner I didn’t want to try it. I fucking hate glamrock, so the pizza was four times the better choice: in the shade, great coffee, good pizza and some Science of Stupid-like video on the huge TV screens next to us. Accidents on highways and kids with animals, strange combination but it worked for us. On the way home I spotted my beloved XG-30-Nocturnal Rites (coincidence, I just saw that :) ) and knew: she’s safe there. German industry is brought to a standstill in the Easter and Pinse weekends, no one will tow my beloved VW Golf Mk II away this time. Of Leatherwolf I have no idea and haven’t checked it before, so be it. We wanted to see Cirith Ungol, as Bryan totally freaks out on their old material and even wanted some stuff signed by the band. Wanda ‘just forgot’ to bring the vinyls to Gelsenkirchen, they would have molten instantly… But I can’t get it and so doesn’t Wanda nor Stip… the mix of the band is terrible, one guitar too loud and one too low and a singer that does his one trick forced like an atom bomb through a sphincter… ouch. Even though the band is hailed on RockHard as ‘inspiring to so many bands’ and ‘anyone seen this on Keep it True?’ we just didn’t like it. At all. We chose to get in line for the Overkill signing session, but when we finally got to the booth the signing session was over?? I had bought a copy of Live in Overhausen but Bobby Blitz was the only one that was still present. And there were some 100 Skullcrushers still waiting! Including Torty and Sandra, some Scottish Overkill freak called Marvin and more… I had met a few Skullcrushers the day before and asked ‘what to do for some Skullcrusher patches, to be sent all over the world to my friends that adore Overkill’ but got vague answers like ‘ask the president of the fan club’ and ‘not every hobo is worthy of being a Skullcrusher’. I said ‘what about Neckwrecker patches sets that Skullcrushers refuse to use?’ and nearly got into a fight as ‘you only wear your Dutch thingie’. Pfff, get lost dude; some of those club people need to stop being such motocycle gang pussies with their way too serious patches, stupid rules and tunnel visions. I know of at least one set of Neckwreckers patches set that someone REFUSES to use, much to dismay and anger to Stach, so get over your own huge shadow and do what you should have done at first. Thorsten later said he would inform if those Neckwreckers patches are still unused and get them to me.
During the wait for the Overkill signing session Marduk was setting stage. No need to think again, as they start off with Panzer Division Marduk and make the Amphitheater tremble on its hinges. Marduk is on the hunt, new Marduk live classic Werwolf early in the set, full power ahead, all guns well oiled and in for the kill. I haven’t seen the entire set, as I wasn’t in for Axel Rudi Pell much and wanted to bring my new CD to the tent. OK, it carries only one Overkill signature, but that can be solved the next Overkill show. I did see about a song and a half of said Axel Rudi Pell, but apart from one picture I have no recollection. People aren’t ‘only’ divided into Pell-lovers and Pell-haters ;) . I could be found in the Biergarten with the Dutchies, shopping with Wanda or drinking with any of the many friends I have in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands present.
Overkill was headliner of the Saturday. The band got a 90 minute set to play Horroscope and Feel the Fire set integrally. The Amphitheater was shivering with excitement; every one of the 8,000 present wore at least one Overkill patch, patch set, shirt or whatnot and could hardly wait. I had totally forgotten which parts I’d know best, but I was helped instantly: some gorgeous chick magically pulled out a copy of Feel the Fire from somewhere warm and dark and I think I know all songs by now :) Daan and Stip called the chanting of Rotten to the Core ‘Blubber in je kop’ but the overall feel was that of, cliché of course, an overkill. The band bashed in, even Derek was spotted with a grin on his face, Bobby running around, DD firing people up (some songs with a double neck bass ;) ). Everybody around me seemed to have a different Overkill tune to freak out to, as Wanda totally lost it during Hammerhead and I lost it to Elimination… pity Derek’s guitar freaked out just in the first verse of Fuck You, otherwise this could have been a totally perfect show. The band got a huge pit in front of them, I think there were at least 250 to 300 people going nuts to each other and on the stairs everybody that didn’t take a zip banged their head. Zip, bang, zip, bang heh heh. Repeat with fist, zip, shout, zip, fist und so weiter :p
After Overkill finished, the Amphitheater and the Biergarten soon got empty, so we all headed towards the tents. Stip and Daan had still not put theirs on, so they suggested we’d kip in my tent as Stip and Daan got hers? Uhm, for an unexperienced camper that doesn’t sound stressless, better not. So we didn’t swap. The boys went to Stip’s Panda and we’d meet again in the morning. Pity some asshole vandals wanted to awake the entire camping by flipping over a full Dixi… in the toilets near the festival area there were some huge posters of shows/tours to come. Which hung in the men’s department: a huge Vixen one, all female present. I wrote on it ‘Don’t stare @ my dick’ much to the likings of my fellows excrementers :p Breakfast was needed in double portions and a long day was awaiting us: Thundermother at noon, Memoriam, Night Demon, Coroner, Backyard Babies, Armored Saint and an extra-long Saxon set to be seen. But Wanda had checked out some bands so at least Thundermother (she hates the sound of high female vocals) and Backyard Babies (too Crüe for her) were scraped off that list. Walking to the stage I met Jonathan and Vincent of Carnation, they’re doing fine but wanted to have seen the entire festival ;) and of course: Memoriam! The band had an overwhelming sound, clear as Barbie in her collector box and soldier Ken is slaughtered for king and country. I soon found Iris and Bernd on their way to the first row ;) so here’s her set list:
- War Rages On
- Dronestrike V3
- Soulless Parasite
- Bleed the Same
- Resistance (K.I.L.L.L.L.L.L.E.D!!)
- No Known Grave
- Nothing Remains (dedicated to Karl’s mom but the set list said ‘ If Time????’)
- Flatline

This is clearly a band that’s got their eyes set on the future. They play their own material and no one complains about Bolt Thrower nor Benediction anymore. Good. OK, it is fun to hear for instance The IVth Crusade or I Bow to None, but we all still have Karl’s grin, Frank’s immortal bass lines, Scott’s razor riffs and Andrew’s poundhammer… I love all three bands mentioned but Memoriam seems to have the brightest future.
I got hailed by Claudia and Ursula, clearly on their way to the front of the stage for Night Demon. I like this band a lot on CD, have seen them twice, was happy with the shade near the stage and my company, but I had no real desire for the band live. OK that may sound double crossed, it’s true. I like their artwork and their CD but now I simply wasn’t ready for heavy metal. Could be the death metal of Memoriam of course ;) Night Demon played one new song, then Curse of the Damned and during the intro to Stranger in the Room I thought ‘oh no, the band is pissing off non-Night Demon fans already?’ as Jarvey called people not into heavy metal ‘Strangers in this room’ uhmm, OK, get out of here. Somehow the band let me down AND I thought it was OK this way. Weird. We went on merch hunt again, Wanda bought a new black denim but the sales man moaned about our Dutch cards? Do we really have to pay the € 20 Mastercard charges for use of their equipment? Per day? I thought ‘with € 45 for a denim the price is right’ and nearly left. He tried to correct himself seeing me hesitate, but as Wanda smiled and said ‘I might come back today’ his strange commercial hint was flamed out. Back to the tent to dump this denim. Of Uli Jon Roth I don’t say much. I am not familiar with his Scorpions-era music and I don’t like all the (too-) high vocals his band gives. Which metalhead is still waiting for a Hendrix cover, All Along the Watchtower is soooo overdone and Uli even plays a second Hendrix cover… time to eat. No need for cod, but pork or beef ;)
When can you choose between a good conversation (Iris, Thorsten, Wanda) or Coroner? I never was a fan of this band and after my second encounter I still won’t support. Thus, I did a little bit of both. I kept talking to Iris and Thorsten and signaled them to the bar near the stage for a beer and two Coroner songs. Uhm, when such an experienced band sounds like medium-era Sodom and shitty-era Metallica in one song I definitely go. We went to the tent again, sprayed some sun tan lotion and relaxed… music coming from four sides but Armored Saint sounded best from those four. Even from this distance you can clearly hear the musicianship, the great mix and above all, John Bush’excellent voice and stamina. But indeed, it’s funny to hear Delirious Nomad combined with ancient U2, human interaction and Fear Factory from the other sides ;)
Wanda surprised me again, as she bought me a special RockHard 2018 Saxon shirt (Thunderbolt cover)! What we didn’t know is that we bought each other 7 patches, most of them were similar. :) I got her the special RockHard 2018 Overkill shirt (with the Horrorscope cover on it). We were in time to hear the last bit of the Saxon sound check, loud, pretty shrill but also full of longing. Saxon played RockHard at least three times and band and audience are in for a nearly two hour example of the ferocity AND the calmness of the band. And as the band uses AC/DC for an intro, I’m all over it as well. Here’s what I wrote:
- Dogs of War
- Thunderbolt
- Sacrifice (whoah, Biff sounds like in his best days, so clear and powerfull)
- The Secret of Flight (mhwhhmm, only one guitar good audible)
- Motorcycle Man (Biff gets the entire Amphitheater jumping \m/ ) )
- Strong Arm of the Law
- Battering Ram (with Biff calling his friend Klaus Meine for his birthday :lol: )
- The Power and the Glory
- new song resembling Killed by Death a lot??)
- Denim and Leather (a denim is thrown onto stage, Biff checks it, turns it on and finishes the show with this denim. Probably some fan is hyper or pissed off now. I don’t know if he returned it ;) )
- Never Surrender
- Predator
- They Played Rock’n’Roll (Saxon’s ode to Motörhead)
- And the Band Played on (hinting towards their country- and genre-mates Judas Priest)
- 747 (Strangers in the Night)
- Crusader
- Princess of the Night (encore)
- Wheels of Steel
With a set list like this, I consider Saxon still a valid and powerful member of the heavy metal family. The band plays with feel, fire and has an excellent status amongst fans and other visitors. To me it’s like my feelings for Motörhead, I am not a huge fan, but I do own some material and my respect for what they’ve achieved is evident. The band also has quite a fuller Amphitheater in front of them than, say, Opeth last year… and must say it: much more fanatic audience than Opeth has had in years. It concurred to me that my previous editions of RockHard the Saturday still is fullest, but this year’s Sunday was by far the best attended RockHard Sunday in many years. I heard loads of people seeing this. Of course Saxon is no Opeth, Down, W.A.S.P (…), King Diamond or Bolt Thrower, but their headlining status is just. Would they have played Saturday and Overkill on Sunday, it would still have been fuller than during the 2011, 2013 and 2017 editions.
When the encore was near, we left to keep our easy pace going. Wanda had been suffering from some big blisters and walked most of the festival on beach slippers. Knowing the stony part of the camping, we moved out silently. Stip and Daan went home during Saxon, no tent seen :) . We had fun. Not much fun was some noise deeper in the night, as there was no more RockHard security personnel left… turning over Dixis, Kliko’s and a few tables full of empty bottles was pure vandalism to us. Add the fact that the night cooled off so hard, we had our tents packed in before 6:30 AM, had a coffee and one bread and were in my VW Golf Mk II around 7:15. Bryan was highly surprised we were at his doorstep around 11, got more coffee and exchanged all stories. Bryan had seen the Tiamat- and Sodom-live streams and was all over it. He was surprised and not surprised we had nothing much with Cirith Ungol. But you can’t have it all, right? What we do know is that the three of us head out to Germany for PartySan. We might head back to RockHard. More live metal. More Westfriesians. But mostly more metal.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:02 am 

Maryland Deathfest XVIII, May 24th – 27th 2018, Ram’s Head + SoundStage Baltimore MD

Of most of my trips I can spit out any information on when/why I got tickets, with whom I’d go and the build up in bands announced. Of this edition of Maryland Deathfest, short MDF, my trail is weaker. I knew I promised at least Nina (Germany, wheel chair, see RockHard + Ruhrpott reviews) I’d help her, but during Ruhrpott 2017 I already knew she and her hubby Michael wouldn’t make it. Bring in Wanda is on her bucket list, but by the time I ordered tickets (an later on flights) I still didn’t know her yet (see Baroeg Open Air 2017 review). The first bands announced were clearer, but not overall exciting: Master’s Hammer, Sinister, Bloodbath. Excuse my language here, I love (early) Bloodbath to bits and I’ve known Sinister for over 20 years, but I’ve seen both bands so often they wouldn’t prioritize this festival over others. Master’s Hammer, yeah, I’ve only seen them once. Until God Dethroned and Pig Destroyer were added, I took the decision to go. With a festival like this I’m more into seeing my Baltimore-, Arizona- and Philadelphia-Metal Tavern friends than the actual line up. Daniel brought in his own bookings, as he said he’d love to go to New York with Mark; I have seen New York and I’ve got other plans this year; I need my days off in October, note ;) And… Daniel flies KLM, I wanted to try a bit cheaper and ended up with Air Canada. Would I work between RockHard and MDF then? Uhm, no. At first I thought I could spare one day off by working at home on Tuesday, but I was glad I didn’t. I was exhausted because of the long night, the vandal noise and the cold in Gelsenkirchen and I still had not packed everything… That I’d miss the pre-party whatsoever was not a biggie. Up to Tuesday I had not even glimpsed who would play at the Ottobar.

I dumped my bag at my brother’s so I could easily cycle towards the station. The flights were no problem; Air Canada service is pretty good and the May-holiday-stress/strikes are over. My bookings were changed five times, but it was funny to hear my name pronounced and skipping the line because of that :) One problem though: I had a six-hour-turnover at Toronto or if I booked differently, it would have been only three minutes! So, when I got to the plane to BWI it was already some 2 AM in my Dutch day! First sounds I heard on Canadian soil: Infernäl Mäjesty on MP3 \m/. I was picked up by Scott and Missy and they were exhilarated by the stuff I got them: self made patches (Mutator ;) ) and cheese! Aren’t American customs officers used by now to Dutchies bringing in tightly sealed excellent Gouda or Leiden cheese >< ? Nope ;) But I work with a lot of farmers, I understand. Turned out Mortician played the pre-party, I’ve never seen them before but I couldn’t have flown earlier than I did now. The welcome at Dundalk was warm. Jason, Jason and Miss Kitty were all very happy, Daniel and Mark showed up after my first Yeungling. Gott, what have I missed this particular beer *cool* To fulfill my jetlag I had some four beers and my clock said ‘25 hours awake again’. Turned out Mark had photographed two bands and he said they killed. I ended my night with a guitar pick from About2Crash of the Buddy Holly Remembrance tour he’d done. Off to bed, thanks to Missy for preserving the guest room for me. That room has no air conditioning, so the noise wouldn’t keep me awake. I awoke refreshed, I thought ;)

My first band of the festival was Khemmis. I have some friends that are totally into this band, so I’d be taken into these guys anyway. And they delivered! The band had a near-stadium-full sound and their mix of heavy metal, doom, stoner and two types of vocals really put me on! As promised I bought a shirt for my friends and waited for -(16)- to begin. I thought it was just OK, but compared to Khemmis they have more stoner and more noise. Meeting my pit buddy Chicken Guy was fun as usual. I bought some more stuff and dumped that into Res’bag. Who knew if I’d end up in a pit or something ;) We moved from the Ram’s Head to SoundStage for Gutted; I just had not really seen when they’d start so I only saw two songs death/grind of high standards. Next up was Mortal Decay. Me, Crash and Scott had been hunting for patches and to be honest, that was more fun than see the deathslam/grind/slam happen on stage. I wasn’t so refreshed as I thought, as during Defeated Sanity Daniel tried to explain this band to me and all I did was mumble. I didn’t understand at all, it must have been an aftermath of jetlag and the combination Yeungling-Stella Abortion all day. Scott picked me up and even though he wanted to see Incantation and Broken Hope, he brought me to Dundalk and stayed there. So, some 72 hours later, thanks a million, Scott, I found it awesome you brought me to your home. You also look great (in a God Dethroned shirt ^^) and I hope you stay this way. As expected, I passed out.

Good thing about getting to bed (reasonably) early, is that you have all the time the next day. I made some sausage-mushroom-experimental nosh and offered that to everyone awoke. Uhm, even without hangover that was too early ;) Sorry Mark ;) When everybody was awoken indeed, a great eight-head-discussion followed, featuring politics, genderdiscussion, coffee when sowing patches; three man in a row. How metal can we be? \m/ *cool* Friday’s bands started out with Bound by the Grave in SoundStage. The simple-to-the-ear-but-astute-to-the-brain death metal sounds great. Very blunt as well, there’s a lot of Swedish influence here. And I like Swedish death metal ;) But how big a difference Durian brings to stage… we had no idea even powerviolence could get into overdrive, grindcore mixed with lava pellets. To the trained ear this could be great, I just had problems with the vocals. We were more content with Scorched (from Delaware), the band is some kind of inbred between Incantation and Godflesh but then from down the sewer. These guys have played with Mark’s band before and seem to like what they’re doing a lot. One of the shortest shows I’ve ever seen can be named to Cognisant… by the time I’d found my ear plugs they were already off stage. Uhm, OK, stick around for Gonkulator. The band had brought some Machine of Horror thingie, is this going to be like GWAR or something? Nah, not by far. The band does play with some zombie paint, the singer is brought onto stage in a coffin, but the rest is plain death metal, hand of doom into it, horrorthemed. Not bad, not bad at all.

After a quick bite you could find us at Ram’s Head once more, as Morta Skuld was setting up stage. The band already had a full house in front of them when they checked sound and the audience got what they wanted: extinction eternal caught in death metal! The band played rough as a bread knife and sharp as a grind path ;) Fun to meet Mrs. Baayens once more ;) and some more American friends of Andrée and Käthe showed up, this was very cozy! Beers and shots exchanged easily ;) If there is a band on stage or not is no problem this way, especially as Lord Gore is the one that follows. The singer does pig squeals and deep grunts in one sentence, but it sounds too forced for my likings. Blood Incantation is a band that, as far as I know, is hot in the entire Metal Tavern Team so noticeably, everybody of our group was present to watch this sonic torment. Hey, there’s Darren as well, handing out flyers to the Full Terror Assault Mk III this September. I won’t make it this year, maybe next year! For some $ 100 you can you can see Demolition Hammer, Death Angel, Warbringer, Immolation, Power Trip, Midnight, Birdflesh and way more; September 6th-8th in Illinois! Blood Incantation was friggin’awesome. It’s been a while since such an explosion of sound, hairs and necks combined made so much sense! I heard someone talk about Metal Storm – Face the Slayer, was this about Blood Incantation as well? It must have been a real old school Slayer fan to have Metal Storm as your favorite Slayer song ^^ (but I forgot…)

Next up is one of Daniel’s favorites of the festival: Sinister! He told me his friend Richardo is officially out of the band but agreed to do this show. You can hardly speak of a Dutch band anymore, Daniel said, as Richardo originates from Brazil, Nico lives in Italy now and Stabath used to come from Transylvania, I’ve heard :lol: but I wore my Dutch denim with pride… the band does a varied set of old and new and they play sharp. It was soooo cool to see Scott not only join the pit, but rule it as well!! I don’t think you can have a clearer example how much he’s better now, lighter, sharper in the eyes, right on the tongue and not so goddamn tired anymore… Kudos!! And now… now… in for my treat of the festival? Yeah, God Dethroned played after Sinister and They. Fucking. Grind. Millstones. With. Bullets!!! My Allseeing Blindness, was this a great set or what? The band thanked the audience literally every song and they gave the reason to that themselves! Volume up, SKG all around, rolling bass, monster behind the drums, killer songs and this set list doesn’t need more introduction:
- The World Ablaze (minor technical glitch for Henri)
- Villa Vampiria
- Nihilism (some more technicalities)
- No Man’s Land
- Poison Fog (bro time with Henri about FC Emmen :lol: )
- Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
- Annihilation Crusade
- Boiling Blood (now it was Mike with a cabinet problem)
- Storm of Steel

This might look like a short set, but if all you want is in those songs, why bother? It’s not like God Dethroned is the headliner, that should have been Bloodbath tonight, but they got nearly an hour and filled it with razorsharp death metal; not so much the blackened part anymore, but who cares? The next day I spoke to Henri (about voetbal indeed haha) and he explained he likes to wash around the set lists a bit. Not every gig Into the Lungs of Hell or The Warcult, sometimes Firebreath or Under the Golden Wings of Death is taken out of the attic and why not? With those last three albums I think they can do ‘An Evening with World War One’, but what’s the fun in that? There are already so much bands doing so, not every of those are good gigs, remember? This was a great gig, nuff said.

Just before this gig I met a man called Todd and he was all over the band. He’d bought a vinyl version of The World Ablaze and wanted it signed. As I didn’t know if the band would hang around (I’ve known Henri a bit too long to know that) I gave him the bass pick I got from Jeroen. Just as he drooped off, who’s there, watching Suffocation: yeah right, Henri, Jeroen and Michiel stuck around. I tried to call Todd but he didn’t react no more. Suffocation was called in last minute, as there seemed to be problems with visas of Bloodbath members. Again, a headliner that had to cancel, how often have we heard that on MDF? Of My Dying Bride I knew longer they wouldn’t show up, everybody’s read about replacements and so on, but Bloodbath too? OK, forget about Bloodbath for now. Suffocation has been stirring pits to insanity for years and this wasn’t different. I didn’t write anything, handed my camera and glasses to Jason and off I was! I do remember some song titles being played, but I just wanted to mosh my balls throughout Ram’s Head on these great tunes… No shirt swap ;) but definitely recognition (Dave, Terrance, Charlie) and a band in full swing, full guns packed, blade like butchering once more… Funeral Inception early in the set, I heard Souls to Deny (I think hihihi), Effigy of the Forgotten (bumping into Crash, of course!) Name 15 Suffocation songs, probably 12 of those were played. I didn’t bother. I just had a great technical death metal show and a LOT of Fun!! Pity I got an elbow to my eye socket around halfway in and had to back out again. I saw the rest of the gig from the sideline. What a great band!

But at the end of the Suffocation set list I lost all my friends. I wasn’t overtly drunk but couldn’t find anyone, even walked up and down to SoundStage to find one person I knew. Phoned Scott, phoned Missy, but they were already at home (…) but then you know how welcome you are when suddenly Res showed up and got me to Dundalk! Jason to the Rescue, thanks bud! We did some afpils with pizza at Scott’s and onto the pillows we got. This was a good day. I just should have not left Ram’s Head…

No worries for the Saturday morning. Missy had made excellent chicken chili and the coffee was great too. One pile of dishes done later, some patches and CDs swapped between Jason, Jason and me [THANKS!!], and we’re ready to go once more. This Saturday would be mostly inside Ram’s Head, apart from a peek here and there. I wanted to see Phrenelith, as they play Schoonebeek next September too and liked the stuff I had found on YT. Turned out they were the first band we saw and I was right: this is a great band. The band changes vocal style just like ancient Nile used to do, the one even deeper and fouler than the other. Musically I thought of a freight train on the loose, heavy, fast, uncontrollable but still cool. I think I saw most of the show, but there was rumor about a free Goatwhore show as well, probably in the Angels Rock Bar in the Power Plant. They would play at 4 PM, that was said. But at 4.15 PM there only was a handful of crowd watching a couple fight at the pool table and I headed back in for Pessimist; clearly Scott’s favorite of this edition of MDF. What I heard was some vile blackened death metal, like ancient God Dethroned mixed with nearly as old Kataklysm and a hint of Celtic Frost. I decided to get my head empty a bit by walking up and down the harbor, but what’s the point of a rescue vessel near a bridge that can no longer open :o (22 cm gun included :) ) I returned to Angels Rock Bar and indeed a band was playing, but I found the metalcore-with-Guitar-Hero-guitars so lame I didn’t even make pictures. Uhm they were probably a local band, unexperienced, not tight, no interesting riffs. I went to SoundStage instead where another Danny Lilker band was to be seen: Blurring. With Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., Brutal Truth and Autopsy (hired in for MDF 2010) I think I already miss a band or two I’ve seen The Tall Baysider play in ;) This was plain grindcore, but with Lilker’s characteristic pose I enjoy just the sight. Hasn’t he been on nearly every MDF since a long time? ;) Each time in a different band ;)

On the way back to Ram’s Head I spotted way more activity up the stairs and yeah, here’s Goatwhore for you. They tour with Satyricon these days and they had a day off, as Satyricon was to headline Ram’s Head today. It was so packed I have no idea what they played, but inside the small rock bar there was some pit going on and the safety bars near the ministage were needed too ;) Ross Dolan enjoyed it too, handing out drinks to friends of friends of friends (so, of mine now too, hey Rob, hey Nadine!) was fun. As I’ve said before, I do own a Goatwhore set list, but this paper is so old the recent material is probably not on it, so I have no song titles. Was impossible to make out as well, as the song titles were growled out just like the lyrics :) Indeed, SoundStage time again, now for Cripple Bastards. With a band name and logo like this I expect crust and I got it: a perfect mix of that 1989 show Doom + Concrete Sox. It was insanely hot at that moment, so I didn’t really stay long. What’s the point, apart from an unexpected cover, if you don’t know any music? I walked up and down for Bölzer but didn’t even get the chance to get a water or a beer as I was so easily bored now… I wanted some more action and got… Pig Destroyer! Holy Chip in a Syrian Ass, was this a party or what? The band set up, guitars, check, drums, check and effect board (???), check and insanity commands! Fuck everything I said about grindcore, with was P.A.R.T.Y W.I.T.H.O.U.T C.O.N.F.E.T.T.I T.O. T.H.E M.A.X!! Mark had asked Daniel to take care of his equipment, as he had said ‘I simply have to party hard during Pig Destroyer 8-) ‘ and he did. Whoah, what a swerving mass of limbs, beer, hairs, beards, heads, entire Crash, entire Mark (Crash fits three times in Mark, but both men flew) entire Res, so cool to see. I couldn’t do zilch, as Mark had not found Daniel so I volunteered to keep his stuff. But stashed to the side stage, with movement all around me, such an expensive and heavy sack of gear… I think I sweated nearly as much as Mark did :lol: At the end of the show Chicken Guy got the mic and I thought he was in for a guest spot but no: he cheered for his girlfriend and after a devastating silence he proposed to her! And she said yes! And as a replacement for an engagement ring, they flew hand in hand off stage. Alison was down earlier than Chicken Guy, but so cool of the band to allow that during their show! He got cheered and booed for doing so, but I highly respect him for actually stepping onto stage and ask…

I had no interest in Prong and replacement-headliner Helmet (even less than Prong ><) so I cued up for Sadistic Intent. Oh my, do you really have to check EVERYTHING by police for entering PowerPlant? Uhg, this way I might miss friggin’Sadistic Intent! Checking every purse, even pulling out patches of pant pockets decreased my amount of Sadistic Intent to only three songs, happily including Ancient Black Earth in those three. But seeing a blackened thrash band do some headbanging and a crowd with a minor pit is a bit of a huge difference with what we just experienced on Pig Destroyer! OK, it was OK, but nothing more than that. I’d had seen Sadistic Intent before and those (also festival-) shows were great, band eager, crowd going nuts, I don’t know. I was getting tired anyway, so I watched Master’s Hammer with only half an eye and then, my readers, you’d better Über yourself home. I nearly missed Scott and Missy again and felt my shoulders sink… what the hell am I doing? I just got upset and thus, upstairs without saying much. Brushed my teeth, didn’t even turn off the light and I was gone. In the morning I found out Maryland Deathfest 2018 was over for me the moment I decided to ditch Satyricon’s headlining show. I awoke a train wreck and stayed in all day, chilling with Missy, Jason, Jason and Scott; Mark and Daniel had to see Wormrot, looking at the band list of Sunday I must say I did the right thing. I’d fly home early on Monday, no need for Violation Wound or Ascended Dead, my only two true interests for the Sunday. We talked, played each other music (from Gouge to Deftones and back to God Dethroned), ate, drank and watched Maryland nearly overflow. Hurricane season started early, images of swimming cars soon were shared… not where we sat. OK, there are some branches Crash can clear out ;) but around Scott’s place there only was minor damage. I hope further victims survive and don’t have to start all over again… on the road to BWI Scott and me talked more, I was literally the second person to arrive in the entire Air Canada/Star Allegiance hall and literally 26 hours later I begin typing. Hence the ittybitty harsh start of this review. But no worries, I will return to the States, whether in 2019 or later or MDF, LVDF, California DF or Full Terror Assault. I will return to metal. Anywhere in the world. Metal.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:31 am 

FortaRock 2018 June 1st, Kreator, Body Count, Death Angel, Suffocation

For once I’d say: why don’t organizers skip all the modern and hip shit for one time? See FortaRock 2018, Nightwish, Opeth, Meshuggah, Parkway Drive, Avatar and what the hell more when all I wanted to see was Kreator, Death Angel and Body Count? At first Kreator was scheduled for the Saturday (main festival day) and Body Count on the Friday… Nah, I won’t go for Body Count alone, even though I’ve known Ice-T, Ernie C and the crazy rest since my early fraternity days, shouting Cop Killer to every dick that stole another bike ;) But luck changed: Kreator was moved from the Saturday to headlining the tent stage on Friday. OK, now it’s getting interesting, as Suffocation, Death Angel, Body Count AND Kreator would be most of this festival day. Texted Tom ‘whaddayathink?’ He responded ‘you drive to Nijmegen, I drive you home’. Best friend in the world ;) We’d pick up Belinda and off we go. But a rainy Friday afternoon traffic jam later we’d nearly miss Death Angel entirely. No problem for me, but as Belinda is a huge, huge Death Angel fan we got in hearing the annunciation of the last song (would it be Evil Priest?) … The Moth. Quickly a few pictures, saying hello to Laurens of Distillator and off to the tent for Suffocation. Of course, they were my main dish at MDF last week, but my strangulationary greatness, this was some great gig. Intimate as such a tent still can be, nice set list but we were sorry the sound man was asleep. When Terrance played a solo you only heard Charlie and vice versa. Pity. A new song I didn’t know was followed by:
- Funeral Inception
- Effigy of the Forgotten
- Pierced from Within
- Clarity through Deprivation
- Return to the Abyss
Stop writing ;) start moshing ;) As the mix was bad we didn’t need this entire set and wanted a nice place for my first viewing ever of Body Count. I’ve kept a sideways interest in the band ever since the infamous Cop Killer (there were some fifteen guys in my college that had the original, not me :-/ ) but like said, I’d never seen them. I knew some band members got killed in weird ways, but this band is really up to it. With Juan Garcia of Agent Steel on guitar I think the metalness of this band needs no introduction and Ernie C still rocks the joint, so let the anti-racism, anti-government and anti-ghetto anthems begin! What I certainly didn’t expect, was that the band started off with an entire version of Raining Blood! To be followed by half of Postmortem!! A nice pit occurred, but as Belinda wanted to go to the Death Angel signing session, we kept quite a distance to the stage. Waiting for autographs, with Dutch band members swarming (hey Alwin, Marco, Marloes, Jeroen ;) ) it’s fun to watch Body Count freak out on themselves during Bowels to the Devil, a long band introduction, Manslaughter, Body Count, There Goes the Neighborhood, DISORDER (!! \m/ !!) and Cop Killer. I might have missed a tune when I got hugged by Simone, René and Anton ;) The Death Angel signing session was hilarious, so even before Watain got to stage in the tent we decided to do the line once more :) now signing her denim. I think I nearly needed a rope to ty Belinda to the ground as exhilarated she was :) :lol:

Belinda was so happy she bought me a pulled pork sandwich and we kept moving to avoid Watain. In the mean time Arch Enemy was building up. I think I could have placed them in the list above, with all hipster and semi-popular shit… it’s so over choreographed, the songs get weaker every album, the band tells themselves they’re what ‘kids want nowadays’… uhgg I’m no friggin’kid anymore, I’m one of many adult metalheads that don’t need rebellion but a nice job… and a nice car to get me from show to festival and home again… I didn’t even note what songs they played, it’s all so intercrossed these days… but when they played a new song they did the best they could think op: BLIEP! One light flash and all you could hear were the monitors on stage. The rest of the show was completely blacked out and the band DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE! HA HA HA suckers! It took them two minutes to finish that half heard song and then the band was off for some 10 minutes, splitting their show time in half. They returned with a half baked version of We Shall Rise and this show is easily forgotten haha.

I decided to grab another sandwich before entering the tent for one of my all time favorite bands: the mighty KREATOR took the stage in almost a church setting, with crosses and silverware (happily no frankincence ;) ), huge mirrors reflecting the band’s video clips and get thrashed:
- Mars Mantra
- Phantom Antichrist
- Hail to the Moshers
- Enemy of God of Mosh
- Satan is Real, so is Mosh
- (Dutch) Civilization Collapse (was that a hint to VVD/PVV up here? Probably!)
- Flag of Mosh
- Phobia for an empty mosh floor
- Gods of Pitting
- Fallen Crowdsurfer
- Hordes of Moshers
- The Patriarch
- Violent Moshing
- Pleasure to Kill all those who don’t mosh

OK, I haven’t seen Tom most of the day and certainly not during this killer Kreator set, but I kept throwing people, pushing people, helping people up, pushing them away again *evil* and in the meantime, kept listening to a razor sharp Kreator set. The sound was incredibly tight, not that loud and the band clearly made their third (!) FortaRock appearance one to remember. I’ve seen all three FortaRock shows Kreator did, I think this is the best one. If I have to choose between an outdoor set early on the day or a tent set as headliner, I’d pick the headliner status and Kreator deserves it. The band got to do a near full set, still most classics present, plenty of good recent songs here. Mille sounded dirty and aggravated, exactly the way I got to know them some 32 years ago. I was 14 when a neighbor of my then best friend held Pleasure to Kill in front of my greedy eyes, I’ll never forget the impact that record made on me. This was my 21st Kreator show, and I think this band still has the power to thrill me hugely. The show was decent, not much annoying lights but with a great atmospheric effect. I was so wet I think I could have made a whale swim deeper ;) Back to the car for a clean shirt, water, Luikse wafels, apple juice and the stories… this was great. Pity the fact that the A73, A15 and the fucking Houtribdijk (Lelykstad – Enkhuizen) were shut, so we had to make a two hour detour to get home. Get the friggin’signs out earlier, so we don’t have to do a near 200 km detour, you Rijksmaggots! This is NOT cool! Then again, because of the rain, now I know what Tom’s getting me for my birthday: windshield wipers :) Oh well, did the outside stage have a headliner as well? Never noticed there was some hipster band performing for sissies… uhm Parksnot Drive. We had the real deal, we saw the Moth fly, were suffocated and refound the desire to kill.. Metal!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:24 pm 

Herrieman 40 years metalhead anniversary
June 9th, my backyard, feat. beer, band, barbecue, buddies, 'bors

This has been on my bucket list for a lonnnngggg time: have a band play for me. For me, myself and I. Screw From the Soul, I wanted to combine it with an anniversary in metal, ever since 2003. My idea back then was to have a party to celebrate 25 years of me being metalhead, but as my father died that year it never got to that point. But the idea stuck. Back then I didn’t have such a big group of metal buddies as I do now, but also my financial state is somewhat better ;) so I opted for a surprise for all my friends other than ‘just get to Forever Young and the first beer is on me’. Jovink & The Voederbietels and Within Temptation were on that festival, as did Alex&Thirza, Marleen&Marco, Jeroen, Clemens and so many others. I had € 150 on me that day and that wasn’t enough. I PIN’ed quite an amount more and even that wasn’t enough. And… people got their beers and were off. So.. no, that’s not another birthday blurred. Nah, I’d have control this time. In secret I gave Alex Metal a serious idea to show up at my place, hush up about the rest. I’ve been doing BBQ’s for my birthday for quite some time, thanks to RockHard I have an Original Deutsche Schwenk Grill haha. I’d celebrate me being metalhead for 40 years straight, as my parents had done. They wanted that anniversary to raise some money for a world tour, but my mother died three weeks later… not that I will die in a couple of weeks from now, but the combination is special to me. But I wasn’t in for all the shopping and wandering if I’d had enough, I’d do it big this time. I got a hint from Frank MACABRE (old friend of Westwoud, still hasn’t seen Macabre :o ) to rent a big horeca fridge and meat combined for a reasonable price. The beers were a give-away, as Appie H had an advertisement on HJ just the right week. I begin with 10 crates. Ellen wasn’t sure if she’d make it, so I wrote ‘Ellen’ on as much pieces of paper a single bottle of HJ has :) and app that picture to her. The band wasn’t a hard choice, as I’ve known Alex Metal for a long time and have seen all line ups the band ever rehearsed in ;) The price wasn’t a big deal, as I instantly doubled the ‘friend fee’ he suggested *cool* But getting all gear in Westwoud (and back to Hoorn/Medemblik) was a logistical puzzle I gladly cut through:
a. build a drum stage with Ed,
b. get the drum kit and bass amp by Dave and his musical dad *cool*
c. get Ed to arrange a vocal installation,
d. get Nick and Ed to Westwoud with the rest of the cabinets,
e. get the boys and their guitars,
f. set up without rain,
g. fire up the barbecue and
h. get them all drunk.
i. could be: let some of them sleep at my place. At least the i. part was tricky, as I knew Andrée and Käthe sure as hell wanted the party they had to miss last year [HUGE birthday cake!!] and Jordi and Kimberly might stay as well. Add Wanda and Bryan not wanting to miss this, my family eager to meet my friends and here ya go: PARTY!

Whoah, what a long intro to a single band gig haha. But I’m not finished by far. During the week I had my Epilepsies fund raiser, normal work to be done, swim some, some therapy, some other shit I’m not going to bother you with. So, yeah, this was a more than busy week. Add the preparations… band in threes and fours, catering meant a full fridge even without beer in it, walking in blazing sun to raise a fund for my bosom friend, spreading sun tan lotion instead of beer… The catering came Friday, but that fridge was nearly full with the meat alone. It was beautifully dressed, but my priority was beer so I unscrupulously threw all meat in fridge bags and stuffed that in my normal fridge. In total I got 9 and a half crate of HJ and half a crate of Amstel (for Toon and Ed) inside, I needed my electric cooling box for the non-alcoholic stuff. And it’s stuffed haha. At the office, during backup service I had made a flyer of all my denims and the lines ‘Celebrating Herman’s 40th metal anniversary, BBQ at 5 PM, Mutator at 7 PM’ and my address. For my neighbors I had made the extra lines: ‘there’s going to be some noise inconvenience, but you’re not invited. This is part of my bucket list, it won’t take long but I have to do it. Sorry beforehand’. *cool* My longest known neighbors gave me a celebration card with ‘enjoy your party, we’re going to love what you and your friends do’. Look, that’s another 40-year-understanding!! Highly appreciated, Frans and Ria!! Say hello to your Maiden- and Sick of it All-loving sons from me!! An evening of food and equipment was justified by playing The Art of Partying by Municipal Waste, as I opened my first beer when the fridge was nearly full of beer. And huzarensalade. The peanut sauce is friggin’excellent, but the pan no longer fitted my fridge so I had to scoop it in smaller boxes to fit as much beer as I could… hope it gets cold enough :o

Saturday began with searching for my milk, as I had to reorganize my own fridge twice to fit all I got from the catering company… ouch I forgot the fruit salad… Man I hate wasting food. But this would be a long day, so I didn’t complain long. I had people to pick up, equipment to place, be host, mow some more grass (more room, jay!) and get some German wheat beer for Andrée and Wanda. IMe and Ed got to Hoorn Station and unscrupulously I parked my car on a zebra crossing. A car nearly hit me from behind and I shouted ‘I’m already committing a foul, don’t make me get another one *cool* Setting up the band was already fun. Nick, the drummer, kept moving his bass drum to fit the mini stage (I’ve asked all family, band and friends if they had a 2x2 m rug or carpet, none reacted…) being watched by Wanda, Bryan, Andrée and Käthe; neighbor kids interested in the drum sounds, guitar mash, cables and so on ;) The BBQ was greatly appreciated by band, family and friends and it was getting busier and busier in the backyard. Barbecue Meister Kees Bloemkool to the rescue! Thanks!

Full anticipation grew, as my rules were clear: start early, no fuss with the bedtime of neighbor kids, not too long. MUTATOR... (the Alkmaar thrash one)... And THEY WERE OFF!! The band got headbangers, my brothers Alex and Theo (!) in the pit, a circle pit around the table I was put behind :) a great sound, blisters on Nick’s fingers for hitting so hard (and of course, he had to do it acoustically). The gear that the band hired for vocals was well used! The band did the normal set (Revenge, Sick Society, Curse the Gods, Manipulation, Karma, Turned Inside Out as extra cover and a hint of a new track before Crystal Mountain ended the gig. The EP is still not available, but beware! I’m gonna send as much copies as needed to promote this band. I had a set list with another fun fact: they called the gig @Hermansmith Odeon, got it signed, but lost it in the mess that was! The band is fucking awesome, you should check out FB (you know I can’t) for friggin’photos and videos. I know Bryan taped most of the show, so I eagerly await an USB stick or disc ;) All set lists were signed and were well put in bedrooms and practice bins, but I can’t find mine… One thing I surely did not expect was the fact that nearly all neighbors did show up, curious about the noise, BYOB AND having fun doing so or seeing me, Alex, Wanda, Theo and the kids go insane. The band and me even signed one of Nick’s sticks, Liebe für Käthe und Andrée :)

Some 10 crates of beer later, some 15 kg meat later, some 9,851 conversations later it was done. Everybody happy as a kitten, shaven like a flatulent duck, drunk as a mole above ground, fed like a tulip bulb before the harvester, Andrée and Käthe took the cab back to their mobile home, Jordi and Kimberly drove home, Nick was brought home by Dave and I had another house full. Peter (Lord Belial) decided after the first 0,0 Radler he’d stay at my place, Ed on the couch, Bryan and Wanda upstairs and I’m in metal heaven once more. This was, according to Nick, probably the best day in 2018 and maybe even for 2017… I was spoiled beyond belief, Ellen did show up ;) Tanja & Johannes were there, as were Tijmen and Thea, Jossel, nearly my entire family as well. I got a framed picture of me, Tom, Andrée and Käthe, a very special Incantation patch, shitload of money (some put to a card, saying ‘coincidentally this is the amount needed for the European Apocalypse Tour’ (Kreator, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, Bloodbath), a ticket for this gig ;) a coupon for a photobook (time to organize 20,000 pictures ;) ) koetjesreep, a miniset Havana Club/Beefeater/Absolut/Malibu, Andrée’s favorite German beer, beers with a story to it, a Grand Supreme Blood Court guitar pick, cards from the neighbors with cute or even lovely writings on it, a bull horn pendant, a Deen gift card and more, way more. This was pure metal heaven to me and the band. This was an unique setting for me, the band, the family, friends and neighbors. I smile when I look at my 388 (!) pictures and movies (I refused to make pictures myself, or the birthday boy wouldn’t be on them ;) so I gave two cameras to use at their own will… loads of niece-pictures LOL and funny pictures of the neighbor kids with WAY too big ear muffs ;) ) and all the stuff I get through mail and WhatsApp.

The night was short, but it was good this way. We ate the remainder of the fruit- and huzar salad, I loaded the car with Ed’s cabinet and other stuff, drive through Westfriesland twice, took a look at my pictures and my cheeks explode smiling so hard. This was a night never to forget. Not just for me, but also for an ecstatic band in top shape, good sound, excited family/friends/neighbors, good food, plenty of drinks and nice pits;)
All and all it wasn't that expensive at all, I just got the catering bill. Everybody knows the cost for a crate of beer, add some € 300 for vega stuff, non-alcoholic stuff and beer, one mini-Jack (for Käthe, of course ;) ). Return the crates/bottles brings me a little less than € 50 back... the band got a little bit more than they planned *cool* 'Friend fee', Alex said ;)

Add a relaxing dish wash + dry, Peter relaxed at some fruit cocktail and huzar salad/not wanting to leave so soon ;) , coffee with Bram and his mom Joke, driving thru West-Friesland picking details with Ed, laugh-out-loud about some people's clumsiness, still great weather, garden clean again, drum kit still at home, neighbors with huge grins, thumbs-ups all over the village, great Chinese and you know why I'm fucking relaxed now ;)
Here’s the band’s EP: https://youtu.be/peM3exwx_tY
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:20 am 

Metal Manifesto June 2018
Brutal Unrest, Insurrection @ Metal Manifesto: Hoorn, June 23rd

This show was announced as ‘just Insurrection’ first, but I knew somehow it wouldn’t be just one band. What Metal Manifesto would bring as support or headlining acts was a guess, but Douwe (drummer of Enraged, Insurrection and some more Friesian metal bands) mailed me about this second band tonight: German Brutal Unrest. They had been playing together in Germany a while ago and he told me these guys are pretty good. OK, I told Douwe to alert all metal buddies around me, but the reactions weren’t top notch: birthdays, barbecues, other plans. Fine, I get four tickets, bring in Alex, Wanda and Bryan and have a nice metal evening. I’d go by bike anyway, pick up Alex and walk there. I had thought Bryan would drive, but he was so sour (Coven + Amstelveen detours, work shit, long days, what else ><) but Wanda texted me she’d go by bike. We met at my place, water for a dehydrated Wanda, off to Alex, first beer, walk on. In Manifesto we were nicely on time, DJ played everything he thought we needed to hear, along with some Pantera to commemorate Vinny Paul. By then we met Mutator Alex and Jane and the Groen brothers, metal triplets ;) and waited for Insurrection to start. Their sound check was super short but I think they should have balanced the guitars a bit better. Already in the first song I hardly heard one guitar, but it could have been a bit of introversion by that guitarist… The band clearly has a soft spot for Slaughter of the Soul-and-beyond At the Gates, but played with enough fire to keep me watching delightedly. I just did not need singer Pieter to take off his shirt and shout something like ‘no titties remarks needed’, but then again he doesn’t know Wanda yet ;) I liked their version of Pull the Plug, but with adjusted guitar (better!) and a slightly less volume on the vocals (worse..) the overall sound could have been a hint better in this tribute. Imo, Pull the Plug needs to ANNIHILATE! OK, point taken. The band played two more songs, set lists were gone in seconds even though there weren’t even 20 people present… of those twenty there were some barflies and us, the headbangers… ;) little pit between Alex, Wanda and Peter while I was getting drinks ;)

When Brutal Unrest got to stage, the Insurrection banner still hung, but that did not bother the Germans much. The band doesn’t wear Cryptopsy shirts, but the overall feel was Cryptopsy – None so Vile, the sound was like None so Live, the volume was like a YT-thingie of Urgentle Exhumation but the band lacked that And Then You’ll Beg-ferocity. By that time the band was halfway in the set, I got Douwe to spell out the set list on my notes (thanks a lot, highly appreciated :) )
- Enigma Machine
- Dawn of Defeat
- Origin
- Comrades in White
- Deity
- Non Existent Fall
- On Circles of Despair
- Futile Existence
- Pull the Plug
- Apotheosis
- Moribund (no German to be seen ;) )

Getting Brutal Unrest’s set list was a lot easier, I have two now ;) but only one signed by the band (heh heh fanboy :lol: )
- Death to All
- Direktive 7
- Pandemic Wings
- Hellcatraz
- Systematic Torture
- Existence in Obscurity
- No Light No Hope Eternal
- Medley (of what? I was so deeply in conversation with Alex and Alex, I forgot to write it down)
- Postmortal Enslavement
- Sarcophagus Aftermath
- Priest of Profanation
This band is for the technical deathhead, but as I’m no big Cryptopsy fan I won’t do much effort for them. I’d rather have a band that developed more of a feeling of their own, instead of trying to sound exactly like a band that’s in a niche of their own (imho). I can think of some other bands that influenced them (old Suffocation comes to mind, hinting to Morbid Angel too) but it’s not so clear as their Cryptopsy sound. I did get myself the Mortuary I.O.D. – Damnation EP, as I cherish some Friesian moments of death metal ;) Anyway, it’s not that I had any less fun than usual, but I think the overall mix could have been sharper. We had some good conversations, a friendly little pit and live music. I do hope Insurrection gets some more shows planned (and hopefully with bands that offer a little wider palette in style, maybe a festival with a little sharper sound man ;) ) but those three full lengths of Brutal Unrest are not going to end up in my collection. Douwe told me the band is working on patches and other merch, so I think we meet again, wallet in one hand, beer in the other :)

It had gotten a little colder and the air was moist, so we rushed back to Alex for an egg on a bun (thanks! Brings back a lot of memories ;) ) and decided Wanda could kip at my couch. It kept dry until I parked my bike in my shed, so Wanda accepted the blanket with a smile. Some sleep, koffie verkeerd and some 450 pictures of my 40 Year Metalhead Anniversary later it rained, so I threw her bike in my car and delivered her to Enkhuizen. No sign of Bryan, but voetbal, Chinese and more voetbal ended my weekend. Mutiny or Metal!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:10 am 

Dynamo Metalfest 2018, feat. Evil Invaders (pre-party), Overkill, Ghost; July 14th Kunstijsbaan Eindhoven

Nice to know you’re getting a good time a year beforehand. At the third edition of Dynamo Metalfest the first name (and date) was already announced: Annihilator returns to Eindhoven once more. I had seen the 1993 show on the military airport of Eindhoven (I missed the Eindhoven Insanity of Gorefest by a minute so I still refuse to buy that album, even though I have EVERYTHING else Gorefest ever released) and of course, I know Kunstijsbaan. I hoped there would be some changes to the festival: more bars, less waiting, leave the possibility to head back to the car if you really have to. Like last year, I had my Credit Cracker on me, not my bank card so Jordi had to help me out. The loveable volunteer. And I didn’t want to hassle who’d drive home, so I booked Sandton the same day I got my early bird tickets… one day after DMF2017 :) For long I’d thought Tom and me would head out to the ice skating ring, but no. Zwarte Cross threw dust in that engine. I wondered.. would I bring Alex? Wanda? One of the Bovenkarspel Boys? One of the Enkhuizen Metal Matties? It took a while to find out Belinda (indeed, one of the Enkhuizen Metal Matties) wanted to go, but had not bought a ticket yet. She apped me on the day Vader would celebrate ‘35 years of Blitz’ in Leiden, if I’d join her. At first I said yes, I have no problem driving for one hour and back, especially for a special Vader show, but I forgot my other appointment. You get it, 17 apps later I offered her Tom’s ticket for the loneliness of her going to Leiden on her own and I… to the Blood Bank. She was a bit reluctant, but accepted the ticket nonetheless. Good. By then the line up had been complete: Ghost, Ministry, STD (joke on SOA *cool* ; Sons of Apollo ><), Overkill, I Am Morbid, Leprous and Iron Reagan (replacing Havok). Be on time! The pre-party was announced a lot later and could be even cooler than the actual fest: Evil Invaders! Sons of Apollo was replaced by Vuur… couldn’t that have been another band, bring in Alkmaar Thrash Talent or something? As a thank you for the DMF ticket Belinda got me a ticket to the pre-party, her boyfriend had arranged another hotel. OK fine, I have the room all to myself and I had no more spare ticket.

We’d meet in the pizzeria I knew they served HJ, so when I got there Dave (Mutator) and his buddy Remi would join us. The pizza was good, but the bill was over €130,-! For two margarita pizzas, two quatro stagiones, four Italian beers, two Dutch beers and two colas? Uhm, no, milady, we’re not paying that: I saw the bill and suddenly we had minestrone, lasagna and more beers? Uh uh, when we’d pay some € 70, that’s more like it. We got out and headed for Dynamo club, where people did not really believe Belinda was 19 years old and they did not believe me when I said I was 46?? OK, the latter was a joke, but gladly Belinda had her ID on her, no problem anymore. Skeletonwitch was already on stage, bashing their doomy deathy thrashy… heavy metal onto an eager crowd. The sound was pretty good, but the light man was not too sharp tonight, blasting full light when the band is announcing a song? Uhm, time for the third brand of beer tonight :-/ I did not watch the entire Skeletonwitch show, as I wanted a good look at (at least) Evil Invaders patches and whatnot. I also found Marcel III and Marsha, Laurens of Distillator and Remco of Soulburn, so the beers spread ;-) Thrashcan was up next, but as I had such good conversations I missed the first songs. Thrashcan is a Dutch Tribute to (mostly American) Thrash so headbanging and moshing is a must:
- March of the S.O.D.
- Sargeant D. and the SOD
- King of the Kill (doesn’t Annihilator play tomorrow? Oh well it was fun ;) )
- Mistress of Pain
- Caught in a Mosh (which DID get caught ;) )
- Surf Nicaragua (no surfers allowed in Dynamo? Uhm… )
- Into the Pit
- Innerself (yeah, spelling…)
- Raining Blood
- Fight Fire with Fire

I kept shouting ‘Agent Orange, Agent Orange, Agent Orange’ but saw no German thrash title AT ALL! Gladly the DJ of the venue did pick up my hint, but it was M-16 instead of the napalm, yeah!! Thrashcan is plain fun, Fun, FUN! Not to forget, the band is pretty sharp themselves 8-) Dave got his plectrum, as did Belinda; I got the set list. Somehow I thought Evil Invaders would play a won game, as they demolished Dynamo in April lately, so I took a picture of the set list. Here’s what the band played:
- As Life Slowly Fades
- Pulses of Pleasure
- Tortured by the Beast
- Broken Dreams in Isolation
- Mental Penitentiary
- Stairway to Insanity
- Feed me Violence
- Oblivion
- Venom (it was Witching Hour ;) )
- Raising Hell
- Victim of Sacrifice (no, it’s not an Exciter cover)

The band went full throttle, but the mix was pretty bad: sometimes we couldn’t hear Joe sing, sometimes we couldn’t decipher who actually played a solo. The volume was good, light wasn’t bad but pity no one heard our remarks about the sound. The set list in front of me was already gone three songs before the end and Joe threw his set list to me, but some doof with longer tentacles grabbed it just before I could close my fingers… but it was good. Nice preview to the Evil Invaders – Distillator tour next November ;) I got Max Mayhem’s guitar pick, I bought a patch indeed and got a copy of Feed me Violence. Ahh nice to thrash all night! But it wasn’t over yet, as I heard Gorefunest would do an after-party of the pre-party… in The Jack! Damned, that’s another brand of beer, hello pizza puke tomorrow! Friggin’Bavarioooaaaggghhh vies’. Google Maps IS NOT my friend, as I did not notice it’s near my hotel… I rushed in when I saw a few metalheads through the window (there wasn’t one on the street left) and saw Gorefunest start their pre-last song: For the Masses. Quick pictures, shout my lungs to my balls… or my balls to my lungs, I don’t remember. The fourth mark beer finally got me down, as I heard only one more song: Erase. I grabbed a set list and thanked the band for a quick smile to my face ;)
- The Glorious Dead
- State of Mind
- Get-a-Life
- Mental Misery
- From Ignorance to Oblivion
- Reality-When you Die
- The Mass Insanity (man, would I have loved to hear it!)
- Confessions of a Serial Killer
- For the Masses
- Erase.

It wasn’t long but it was worth it to grunt to Google, keep walking and finding the venue in the end. I have no idea who I met there, as I was gone in seconds afterwards. I slept without dreams, maybe some dreams could be fulfilled on the Saturday: Overkill, Annihilator, Iron Reagan and no STD: they were replaced by Anneke van Giersbergen’s VUUR. People were furious about this choice, as VUUR already played last year/why didn’t another Dutch band (other than DOOL ><) get the chance to play there? I didn’t mind too much, as it’s always (at least to the eyes) a pleasure to see Mrs. Van Giersbergen, I hardly care in what form she plays. We agreed to get some bread and flesh filling and smoothies… I just had to get myself another toothbrush and paste, as I walked I did paint the street with pizza :-S and brushed with Dave’s warm Jupiler… get a cab and get to the stage. Ahh good, the bars are wider now, the merch is placed in the Icehockey Ring, food divided between the bars, some ‘older’ bar personnel than before. Pity the coins had to be more expensive than last year. First band was Elephant from Belgium. Would they have survived the surrogate World Cup final game against England? Oh no, that’s tonight ;) I could make heads nor tails from this band, sifting between stoner, hardcore and … beertime. I don’t care about this. I wasn’t far away, as I knew I’d be near the stage for Iron Reagan. The Richmond Crossers Overs started off laid back, but the audience exploded when the first acceleration occurred: Eat Shit and Live [; so that’s about 20 seconds in :) ]. Or should I say Eat Dirt and Mosh? Vice versa of course, it’s been dry for weeks and the grass in front of the stage is totally dead. First moshers soon found the merch men had bandanas, so they could keep breathing. I kept my energy, made pictures, shouted, raised my beer, banged my head, bent my back to help crowdsurfers and just had a great time. Eat Shit early in the set, Crossover Ministry, Fuck the Neighbors, did they play Your Kid’s an Asshole twice? Biggest pit of the Day: Skull Full of Maggots :) Tony and LandPhil made a lot of fun with the audience, that reacted by an enormous pit and more dust to be exploded into the air *cool* Killer set!! 45 minutes, a 44 minute pit ;) The band thanked the audience several times, telling us they had not expected to get such a full pit so early on the day. Thankfulness all the way, bipolar, Urbi et Orbi, AC and DC, band and audience, it’s this close. So cool to have been part of that, Dave moshing his bald head wet, Belinda fired up for a round of pushes (and as she later said: pinches to her arms? Huh?) and even more bandanas to be sold *cool* I made my first round on the merch stands, but the festival shirts aren’t of my liking, but the patch for the Neckwrecker Denim is bought instantly! One band I’m not going to put on my Neckwrecker Denim is VUUR, nonetheless. My goodness, was that shrill, loud and false or what! False, in one sentence with Anneke? Yeah, it was false. The resonance was incredible and it seemed her voice was the only thing that reached the doof sound man… no guitar to be found, no drums, nothing. Exit please! Please put on Distillator or Mutator next time, bring in Thanatos, I couldn’t care less. No need for matches anymore, I’d rather emerge to the Netherworlds ;)

Time for a fish snack, but the kibbeling was totally abysmal. I ate it, as I hate wasting food, but it wasn’t good. Sauce sloppy, fish cheap, wrong race of fish, but protein and carbs… and they kept down. Fish needs to swim, but I couldn’t find the Langharig Tuig beer they sold. So, more Grolsch Crownut ;) to be shed. No shedding nor shredding for Leprous, what the hell does such an electronic shit band do on a metal festival? Oh, the leaflet tells us it’s progressive metal? Pfff, what a bull. Time for another band, with another man with a history on Dynamo Open Air: David Vincent and his tribute to his own first four albums: I Am Morbid. With Morbid Angel he played D.O.A. 1991, but I was near my exams back then. Vincent does acknowledge he knows the venue and that’s about it. I am not a big Morbid Angel fan, but those first four albums are, of course, death metal classics. I witness the band from quite a distance, crèpe in hand to forget the kibbeling, nodding to Chapel of Ghouls, Maze of Torment and the rest. I could care but I don’t. Simple. I’d rather waste my breath to Torty and Bernd, the German Skullcrushers. Thorsten gave himself a face palm, as he’d forgotten to bring the Neckwrecker set that wasn’t used so far. We watch Annihilator together. Jeff Waters is in a good mood, makes jokes, does his singing the way he likes it best, but I find good conversation with a nice beer more important than this D.O.A. classic (1993). Alison Hell, that’s about the only song I remember, along with King of the Kill (hey, oh, yeah, I’ve heard that this weekend ;) ) [Sunday I found out I’d lost my notes, so my pictures are the remaining hints to what I’ve seen. No pictures of VUUR, Leprous, Ministry, hardly any Annihilator and loads of friends, even more Overkill and Iron Reagan *evil* ]. We were waiting for The New Jersey Explosion: O.V.E.R.K.I.L.L. Spell it again: Over Kill. Spell it again: Overkill. I loved this set so much, one hour show, 59 minutes in the raging, raging pit. Of course, Bobby, DD and the dudes have played The Netherlands often, so they know what to expect, what to do: build a friggin’party!! The band does another awesome set, sharp sound, extreme smiles, a monstrous pit, fun on stage and off. This is what setlist.fm tells me about the show the night before:
- Mean, Green, Killing Machine
- Rotten to the Core
- Electric Rattlesnake
- Hello From the Dustpit
- In Union We Mosh
- Coma (the pit CERTAINLY IS NOT IN A COMA, godddddddammmnnit!!)
- Infectious
- Goddamn Dust Trouble
- There's No Tomorrow without Mosh
- Ironbound Sweat
- Elimination of the Karate kid *evil*
- Fuck You

So, as you can imagine, with me bashing all tiredness, hangover, stress, bad fish, bad VUUR, other shit out of my system I could not write anything. Dikke Pim even made me surf the crowd and I’m no small bellied guy ;) but I managed to spread my smile, my sweat, my fists, my shouts, the dust :o to as much people as I could muster… We now call this edition of DMF “Dynamo Dust Fest” :) Plenty of pictures, on my camera and my phone, as Wanda had asked me to get her an idea of Overkill on Dynamo Metalfest… she wasn’t the only one pleased with these bits and bytes ;) Thirza also commented on my pictures and little movies to the family app :) Clearly, this show (and Iron Reagan) can’t be beaten and Ministry sure as oil can burn doesn’t satisfy me at all. Jourgensen gets the initial fire out of his own performance, braying about politics as he usually does, only setting Kevin on fire hahaha. In the meantime I was so happy with my locker, as I found a shop for charity with real, real vintage shirts: I’ve never worn polo shirts, but for Overkill I gladly make an exception. I also found some D.O.A. shirts I had not had before (1992, 1993) and a 1993 Overkill tour shirt. And they are whole, they are clean, (they are dry! Yay!) they are brought together by fans, they serve a good cause: an orphanage in Thailand. Shirts for € 5 to 10, some sweaters/LS shirts for € 25 to 50 and some really special ones (Motörhead tour bomber) for € 100. Literally boxes of shirts were present AND sold. I surely wasn’t the only one happy with those gems! I even bought Christian (hey Jasmin, thank you for buying Bryan’s PartySan ticket) an ancient Primordial shirt (Imrama!) for fun and good conversation. One of the vendors wasn’t much good conversation, as I spotted another vintage thing: a Horrorscope patch for € 25! Ridiculous price for, OK, a cool patch, but I’m no fool dude! Yeah, he had some cool stuff, but not with those walletwreckers! I did get some other patches for the various denims: Autopsy, D.R.I., said Evil Invaders and Dynamo Metalfest. Can’t stitch it at the moment, as the denim was so sweaty I had to wash it. As did the German Metal Pants, the second rinsing still gave grey water ;) But it wasn’t all fun and patches, as Ministry still was on stage when I got back to the grass and the dust. I thought we’d leave during Ministry, but then there weren’t much taxis yet and the boys would love to get their hands on even more guitar picks. It seems the boys have an obsession with guitar picks: they choose one side of the stage and keep whining to guitarists to get them some. Belinda and me rather have set lists, but we don’t whine for them ;) At first I thought I’d surprise Dave by buying him a set of Evil Invaders picks, but now I’m happy I have not… I wouldn’t like it if I notice my little present was traded for other picks…

But, as it later turned out, anyone in my vicinity wanted to see Ghost, the headliner. Or should I say maskliner? I can’t listen to those vocals for very long but hordes of (younger?) metalheads shout their guts out when Papa Whatever calls them to do so. Musically it’s not that bad as I expected, but I won’t ever buy another ticket “just” for Ghost. I simply can’t keep up with the line up changes, the vocals annoy me but the band is OK. And that poof about anonymity is gone for good with those law suits all around the band, just for a friggin’buck. I just don’t get it, but nonetheless I keep it up to the end of the show before I exchange my hard plastic cup for a soft plastic one, my original DMF 2018 hard plastic one is in the pocket. Uhm, is the bar already closed? Or is it just inside? Ohhh, the coin exchange is closed? Huh, already five minutes after Ghost ends? OK, if you WANT fuss on such a festival, you can GET it for acting this strange. Many people even want to drink more, or want their hard earned cash back for coins that are obsolete the moment you pass the venue doors… I’ve got yellow Loud Noise coins, green Loud Noise coins, grey Metal Horn coins and I can’t use them ever again! But the taxi didn't take long, so we headed out from Eindhoven Central Station to our three hotels: Rick and Belinda to Crown hotel, Dave and Remi to Crown Inn and me to Sandton. Belinda and me agreed to drive around 11.30, but I was awake before 7 AM and did not want to drive the entire 200+ km (we’d bring Rick to Lelijkstad station) in a hot (and hot ;) ) and loved VW Golf Mk II diesel. All and all we drove out of Eindhoven around 9.45. But it was a day to forget things, as Belinda could no longer find her Korpse shirt, Dave still had Belinda’s Skeletonwitch guitar pick and I was called by the hotel they’d found a Nokia 6310i with my sister as ICE… My brother in law Fred turned 59 today, so I had pie and coffee, but my voice was so weak I did not stay long. Of course there was the World Cup final to watch, but typing this I only know a 4 – 2 final score for France. No, Overkill hasn’t played France this week, it seemed the French were overexcited to play Croatia ;) My VHS has ran, but I haven’t got time this week to see it. I’d rather swim or wait for my Nokia to be sent to me ;) Cool thing though: Martijn (in a former life known on MRU as EvilTwin*Eddy*martijn or something) told me Legion of the Damned is a. working on new material (bound to, as it’s been 4 years since Ravenous Plague) and b. they have begun to brew beer of their own, only one hundred beers + shirt + beer mats + glass + beer opener to be sold in a special kit and c. he did not think I’d order it ;) and d. one of a hundred! Fits my Legion of the Damned cheese set *cool*

So, Dynamo Metalfest 2018 is immortalized by now and DMF 2019 date is known: July 20th. No band known, first 1,000 tickets are early birds. I’ve got tickets and after being called by the Sandton I also have a hotel confirmed and my lost Nokia is being sent to me :) . Metal to the Core! Your Asshole is a Metal Kid!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:02 pm 

Stonehenge 2018, feat. Pestilence, Asphyx, Suffocation, July 28th, near NS station Steenwijk

My eighth Stonehenge in a row started the day after the previous edition, simply by mentioning the date of the next edition. Within a month the first four bands were announced: Firespawn, Melechesh, Cliteater and Rectal Smegma. No discussion, the B&B Blitterswijk was already booked. All I needed to know who’d join, as if I never did so before ;) Peter (formerly known as Lord Belial), Terrorthirzje, Tom and me, that’s for sure. With Wanda I’d been mailing about Stonehenge too, as she thought it might be fun to bring Bryan in as well. The second batch of bands was delivered to me through several canals: ASPHYX, Suffocation, Pestilence, Avulsed and as Melechesh had to cancel: D.R.I.!!! Käthe texted me about D.R.I., she was sorry she wouldn’t see Melechesh but she was happy with my reaction to Spike & Co.: Party hard!! I got Alex a Secret Satan, but needed Wanda (a bit) to make him join us :) Alex could be in a problem, as his wife stated high and low she wanted to go abroad again, Denmark or Norway at least, to get out of Holland’s heat. It’s been a heat wave for three weeks now, but as she needed cool his car did not: broken axel, not even beyond Heerenveen. So his holiday wasn’t a problem anymore, he’d be home by Friday afternoon, pick up Peter and off. I’d get Bram, Bryan and Wanda, but as I’ve been texting for weeks what to do, where, whom and whatnot, it wasn’t until last Tuesday Bram found out it’s friggin’sold out! So, damned, I have to rearrange my Blitterswijk booking again! No worries, Mirjam explained, rather call me in time than on the day itself. Pfoei. Belinda and Rick would head out to the camping on their own, as did Lars and his gf, Tom would drive to the festival and the car be picked up on Sunday. Easy. But one thing I don’t like is that organizer Brugmans keeps bragging about ‘most bands per euro’, why the fuck does Dead End has to play at 10 fucking 20 AM already?! After Dead End, yeah you get it, some unknown crap band before the biggies turn up. We don’t bother too much, as we ‘promised’ Alwin to show up anyway ;)

We got to Blitterswijk well in time, I only had two zips of coffee when Alex’ car already turned onto Woldlakeweg. Chattering we got out of the cab and don’t hesitate! Dead End was already playing and as they only got 20 minutes, each song could be the last! It sounded killer, looked great with all men on stage smeared in black; all I missed was the song title of the one song we got in the end. I liked it a lot and I knew Alwin had spotted us ;) fanboy, fangirl! :cool: Later on we got to talk to the entire band, first time for a beer ;) I had not had time to get my coins, turns out I do have coins of previous years, but not the right ones on me ><. I could have spared myself the walk to the other stage for Persistence, it’s not even metalcore but it’s meh core. Back to the first stage for FAAL, but that turned out to failing doom. I had nothing with this band, it seemed Bryan did like it. Oh well, time for a bit of pork belly (thanks Alex!) and move out to Voltumna. That also didn’t last long, as I called this ‘forced black metal’, too eager to sound evil but in this bright sunlight? Uhm, bit of ‘wrong band on the wrong time, wrong attempts to play shrill, wrong idea overall’. When are we going to see a band that DOES deliver? Would it be Sepiroth? Yeah, you bet. Their Morbid Angel-like speed and technique work good for this time of day, the band also has a touch of grind in them which I liked a lot. Later on the day, when we met Terrance Hobbs he seemed to have liked it as well, as he wore a Sepiroth shirt :lol: Well done Sonia & Co.!

So, at noon we already had seen six bands, as Saille gave another reason to move out… the melodic black metal worked on my nerves in no time… Hey Brugmans, why the hell did you put in these crap bands? Can’t you get more bands like Dead End instead of ‘talent’? It only can get better after the Belgians were succeeded by Cliteater, only a few miles away from Saille in distance but mostly on fun, speed, love for your own music and whatnot. Cliteater played a won game, especially as singer Joost had not expected me to show up with an Inhume CD and a marker pen ;) A nice pit, nicely circling around a few headbangers, fist in the air and be doofy. I liked this set a lot, even though I don’t know any song titles and did not expect setlist.fm to hold this hahaha. I do know they played Camel Fucker again. Man, I love this madness (once in a while ;) ) and Stonehenge surely was happy to doof off on this music. In the meantime we tried to persuade Peter to buy any Cliteater merch, but he didn’t take the bait :) Alex, Wanda, Bryan and me kept walking; I got myself a Stonehenge 2018 shirt, a ticket to the final Lemmy Tribute (December 22nd, Nozem & De Non), Wanda got me a D.R.I. patch; Alex got me a Wodos patch :) I got a Dismember CD, bought a Dead End shirt from a not so sober Alwin ;) and Alex Zwaert got me and Bryan a remake tape of Agathocles. More fun facts: Bryan had some company make wooden Mutator beer mats, which nearly brought Shredded Ed to tears!! Dave and Alex were there too, they loved what ‘our little fan club’ (as Alex rightfully describes us) had done for that one, small, regional but ohfucksake good band :lol: THANK YOU ALL!! I got Wanda a 2018 Asphyx tour shirt and my wallet was nearly empty ;) Just enough left for the taxi home? ;) Merch hunting is so much fun, we missed a few bands, but according to our first 6 bands we had not missed much. Or else they come again. I have seen some band banners, but wasn’t into Yaotzin, Martyrium and Pestlegion (all black metal. Bryan only thought it funny when the black metal bands with gory paint that started dripping in the bright sunlight ;) ) nor Sodomized Cadaver, Man Must Die and Skinned (all death/grind). We got to Mordbrand and from a distance the death metal was OK to follow. Time for a snack, it had been 5 hours on the terrain already! 15 bands… finally a band I knew beforehand, knew what to expect and knew I wanted more: Skeletonwitch! The band went in hard, had a great sound and got plenty of attention by the now nearly full festival: merch sold, pit built, people happy ;) [why the hell has the pamphlet info on Morbid Angel instead of Skeletonwitch?? Including a remark about headlining 2017?? Uhm, wakey wakey Brugmans ><] More happiness, as Rectal Smegma was on next. The band built another party, beach balls and plastic Donald Ducks were accompanied by a plastic Donald Trump. He who quacks loudest, wins hihihi.

My encounter with the smegma didn’t last long, as I wanted to see Firespawn whatever way I could. The band, with LG Petrov in roaring form, got the guts NOT to play any Entombed stuff. Not necessary too, as the band has two pretty good full lengths and a demo at hand, most of it has a sound of it’s own. LG has humor too, as the beach balls from Rectal Smegma were instantly christened as ‘our pyro show’ :) It’s still cool to see such an experienced band go nuts on their own, not-too-close-to-their-home-bands-music. Strangely enough, it wasn’t hard to get to front row at all? Uhm, OK, nice of the audience to let me pass to the stage for my pictures, but I had expected a little more fury in this part of the audience. Best song: Serpent of the Ocean. Cool to have seen this, tame audience or not. A band that got some people nuts was Avulsed, but you can safely leave that to Dave Rotten and his friends. The band went in like a hacksaw through warm butter, spitting blood and banging their heads till some tists of hair fell off :cool: Tom had finally arrived and yeah, first thing he did was make some pushes, he’d remembered Way of Darkness all too well ;) I gave him his first beer and I headed out to the other stage, as I wanted a nice place in the sun, near the gates of the Underworld… Thanatos was next! Funny to see Stephan’s sun glasses drip off his head, as he’s in full sun light and he wasn’t going to keep calm all the show! The band played sharper than Avulsed’s hacksaw, louder than the party-poopers from Rectal Smegma, heavier than nearly every band so far. I made a picture of Paul’s set list before I gave it away:
- Global Purification
- Outward of the Inward
- Dawn of the Dead
- Feeding the War Machine
- Destruction. Chaos. Creation.
- Ordered Eastward (with a smiling widely Martin van Drunen, it wasn’t all goo between the former HoB band members after all :) KILLER SONG, GREAT RENDITION!!)
- And Jesus Wept
- War

This band is simply in blood shape today! It was that I wasn’t high on cash anymore, or else I would have bought some Thanatos to share! One of Stephan’s remarks was that, other than he liked playing Stonehenge, that the band is working on new material. Ahhh, that’s welcome news! I pity that Gruesome was to play on the other stage, as me and Tom surely wouldn’t like to miss the chance to push over as many Dutchies, Belgians and Germans away during D.R.I.! From the other stage I could see Matt Harvey and company bash a lot of fans out there, but we stayed near the stage. OK, I have some pictures from far away, but I have no idea if the band sounded good or not. D.R.I. made my day so far. It is so much fun to bash people’s backs and arms in, running around like the streets of Pamplona, being shouted towards by smiling people on stage and off that I didn’t make any notes. Just gave my camera to Thirza, who also smiled widely, next to Alex and Alex and Alex, all big grins and thumbs up to D.R.I. and their raging crowd. This band surely fits this type of festival, albeit without Harold Oimoen this time. Oh, I see on MA that he’s totally out of the band? Uhm, OK, pity, but the new guy Gregg Orr also has played in Attitude Adjustment for over 10 years, so at least he’s experienced. Apart from not seeing Harold’s big smile and fun talk, this was a great set. The band changes the set list nearly every show, so don’t ask for song titles as I have none. OK, the known ones of course, Violent Pacification, Who Am I, Dead in a Ditch and the rest, I don’t care too much now. Tom and me ruled the pit, my brother in crime and me did everything to break as much conversation near stage as possible. No lul-niet-lollie for me or Tom, but RAMMENNNNNNNN!! Hit and hit hard! Hit and be hit. No shit. Hit. Hey, Sabiendas Jan loves D.R.I. too :cool: Great to see Alexandra as well, haven’t seen Christian ;) More Germans nearby, as I caught Käthe going nuts as well :lol: Lovely! She's also part of the Mutator fan club, so I made her and Andrée two Mutator patches :)

With Asphyx on the loose I have the same feel with Grave as I had with Gruesome. I am a fan of Grave, yeah, but if I have to choose between seeing a Grave show or be on front row for Asphyx, I probably always will head out to Martin instead of Ola. I’m sorry for the fanatics, I’ve seen great footage with amongst others Patrick going nuts, but I was on first row for Paul, Huskey, Alwin and Martin. And I got served:
- The Quest of Absurdity
- Vermin
- Candiru
- Division Brandenburg
- Wardroid
- Death the Brutal Way
- M.S. Bismarck
- Deathhammer
- Scorbutics
- The Last One on Earth

It could have been a longer set and the songs could be in different order, but as all set lists blew away, I did not make notes, apart from ‘FUCKGAAFFF. Alweer!’ So, it could have been another song or two, scrap that. I had a great time and I wasn’t the only one. Of course, it’s not the first time Asphyx played Stonehenge, it’s certainly not the first time I was on front row, it wasn’t even the first time I stood on front row with family AND friends, it was simply fucking awesome! Violently sharp, great material, loud as a gong on three centimeter, no irritating lights and a band in full schwung, KILLER AWESOME FANTASTIC ASPHYX SHOW!! Even my 27th Asphyx show, Wanda her second (she refuses to count Baroeg Open Air ><), Alex’ second Asphyx show, Thirza her fourth (fifth?) Stonehenge going nuts, some blows to the back and some boots in my neck, great! I had seen the band has 2018 tour shirts in different prints, so I got my ninth Asphyx shirt, Wanda her third and whatnot. I can’t explain enough how much I love this band and the excellence of this gig. Great picture, where’s Herrieman, Wanda, Thirza, Alex :grin: www.facebook.com/officialasphyx :lol:

All of us, maybe not Alex so much, were thrilled Pestilence would play after Asphyx. Would this Asphyx show be equaled by Mameli & Co. or not? OK, the band was in good shape, sound was good, set list really a greatest hit show but no, this wasn’t as special as January’s Pestilence show; this was an OK show, nothing more, nothing less. No one dared to ask whether Martin would enter stage and he didn't. Wise. It was getting dark a bit, but as our full group met Terrance Hobbs and Charlie Errigo we didn’t even make Pestilence pictures. Such a funny man haha. Good to know there’s room to avoid Carnifex, because I totally lacked to need to check them out. Bit of a strange duckling between the (more) old school bands like Asphyx, Pestilence and headliner Suffocation. Suffocation is just Suffocation, also not the first time they waltzed Stonehenge to dust, pounded every friggin’brick in twos and threes, great ending to a tame beginning, but cool ending 2018 edition of Stonehenge. Newsflash: new bands already confirmed for 2019. I will also call Toon and Mirjam (great breakfast once more, excellent beds, no need to kip in a big shed anymore, but still some privacy and great beers with Toon ;) ). Bryan needed to see Tom drive off on his new motorcycle, he did not need to drive my beloved VW Golf Diesel Mk II and especially not after I got hauled over by a motorcycle cop… I never wear my safety belt in my own car, but the officer was friendly: there are problems with the new collective workers agreement so he only warned me. That’s a € 149 warning hahaha. He did look a bit strange when I explained: ‘if this car goes down, I’d rather go down with her’ and ‘even though I love this Golf to bits, I’m chanceless in a collision and I’d rather be thrown out of her than survive without her’ Am I cool or am I doof? I don’t care. There are a few things I have a weird opinion on and this is the most outspoken one. Home, sow patches, Chinese, pictures, long for more more metal to come, MT/MA review, no voetbal, bed, work. I’m exhausted but also sooo happy. I’ve met so many friends again, seen pretty cool stuff and one of the best Asphyx shows ever…

Oh yeah, if you can find them, check out Ronald van der Baan’s photos of this festival. He’s befriended by Wanda on FB and he’s put on really cool stuff. Including fanboy herrieman haha (boing! On the opening of his Stonehenge 2018 directory, first picture! YEAH!). My ninth Stonehenge in a row will take place with Aborted, Rotten Sound, Soulburn, Inhume, Birdflesh and Cirith Gorgor on July 27, 2019. I already have the earlybirds; Give Away my Soul for Burning Metalllll!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:21 am 

PartySan 2018, Toxic Holocaust, Unleashed, Deserted Fear, Flughafen Obermehler, Schlotheim, August 8th-10th [headliners: Emperor, Venom, Watain]

Ever since 2013 I’m a huge Deserted Fear fan. I got the debut My Empire from Tijmen, who bought 5 copies to celebrate ‘one of the best death metal shows I’ve ever seen’ and he’s friggin’right. I knew the PartySan weekend would intercross with Into the Grave, Alcatraz, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault and two more festivals. I had not made a choice yet for this summer. I even tried my buddy Frank to organize an Anti-Wacken-BBQ for the sake of doing a thumbs-down to Wacken, as other festival organizers are scared shitless they won’t sell enough tickets if they organize anything in the Wacken weekend. Wacken 2018 wasn’t even sold out >< But it was Deserted Fear that took my attention; it’d be my third PartySan and my and their third Deserted Fear show on PartySan. David (drummer of Enjoy the Torture and The Contradictions) texted me if I’d go, he’d had such a great time on PartySan 2017 he wanted to return. I first thought we’d go with the two of us, but Wanda had seen Tankard and Brujeria on the bill, showed it to Bryan and he spotted Emperor, Venom and Master’s Hammer. OK, second, third ticket bought and appointment set with David to prepare for the festival. Who’d drive, who’d bring what and so on. But Bryan’s boss didn’t agree with him taking off in August so I used WhatsApp to get rid of his ticket. Beats calling 54 times, increasing stress and still a spare… it was Jasmin (see Eistnaflug 2017 and Dynamo Metalfest 2018 reviews) that helped: she wanted my ticket. It meant I’d bought way more than I budgeted for on DMF, but who cares… it had been paid before, fine.

Without a pre-party announced, it was David’s buddy Dennis that made us leave Thursday early and not Wednesday. Fine with me, as long as we don’t procrastinate too much. OK 6 AM is too early, but as it’s a seven hour drive and the forecast is hot, hot, hot I’d rather drive in the morning cool. The trip itself wasn’t much of a hassle, but finding David’s German friends and putting up tents was. David had been in contact with a German dude since PSOA17, but did not quite remember how he looked. And when my tent stood, it was Wanda’s that busted its sutures… nothing compared to the uprising wind, as Dennis has quite a high tent it started floating in the wind and we nearly lost it… an actual whirlwind happened on the field next to us!!! All party tents blew to pieces and away, dust like a chainsaw through tents and people. We heard Gruesome play but they couldn’t even end their set! We decided not to fulfill Dennis’ tent yet, stuff it in the car and get to the terrain. Wrist bands OK, entrance no. The wind had softened up, but the organization couldn’t ensure band and audience safety. We waited for nearly an hour and a half, thirsty, but the bars outside were also shut. First band we got to see was Anaal Nathrakh. I can’t say we enjoyed it, as the grind now had some DTP influences and vocal melody lines? Uhhgg. Dikke Pim and friends were there too and lead us to the tent for Gutrectomy. Uhm, more grind when we’re clearly not in the mood for grind? We want thrash and let some toxicity reign: Toxic Holocaust! The band played mostly new material, but sharp as a whirlwind and with more teeth than a chainsaw on maximum speed. I wrote War is Hell (Joel explaining about the whirlwind hell ;) ), Wild Dogs, In the Name of Science, two more recent ones before Nuke the Cross and Bitch ended this good gig. We got some chicken on a bread bun and watched Revenge. The Canadians seemed to think they owned the place, but their blackened death metal did not meet up with their own likings… tired of the trip + wind + dust + whatever I called it a day, to see what happened to our camping site: the German partytent was busted, my zipper was split, Dennis tried to sleep in David’s pre tent and some chick needed my car key to sleep in my car? I was so tired I agreed, on one condition: Dennis, get that chick or repair my tent. It flapped like hell and with Wanda in my compartment it wasn’t really comfortable. Hey, I won’t let her sleep outside, you know! My air bed went flat as well, so I ended up on the ground. Aching I awoke, desperately needing coffee and a good bun, so I got out asap and got all of us in the car asap to get to Schlotheim. Eat, coffee, groceries, hey they have fold up matrasses! Good, at least the second night will be off ground. The ladies in the bakery knew: ‘bis Morgen!’ and they were right. Of course. Bring in some German beer for the long Westwoud nights haha. Any sign of any chick in my beloved VW Golf Mk II? Nope. Another nope: yesterday nope Master’s Hammer, nope Emperor for me. From my tent they sounded even weirder than usual.

As for yesterday, all scheduled bands did play. I think that’s what I underestimated, as all bands simply were shooed on stage an hour and a half later than planned. David also mentioned that he’s totally freaked out when the winter time is replaced by summer time and vice versa; he was totally off his rocker drunk and disoriented. Dennis spent about a roll and a half of Duct tape, but it was still a hole.. that’s of later worry. Thanks for trying, buddy! Today was the best line up, for me at least: Benighted, Coffins, Deserted Fear, Exhorder, Unleashed, Venom. What I’d see in the tent was a mystery; get to Blood Incantation if possible, the rest was unknown to me. The first band on main stage was Guineapig, the Italian grind one. The band had a sort of Obscene Extreme crowd, so all confetti, blow up T-rex, glow sticks, leek, toilet brush and the unavoidable beach ball flew. The music was OK. What wasn’t OK was The Committee, totally chanceless atmospheric black metal in plague hoods. ‘We are better than you, we bring you plague’ was their favorite scent, fine, fuck off. We went on merch hunt. Secretly I bought a Deserted Fear tour shirt, Wanda was happy to get me a festival shirt. Patches also went in both directions, but kept a good look on her watch, as she sure did not want to miss one single second of Coffins. We ended up on first row and that was a wise decision. The band played some combination of ultradeep doom (singer in Asphyx shirt haha) and hard hitting death, some cross Axegrinder – Autopsy – Celtic Frost. Guitarist Ushino had thrice technical problems, but the band ploughed on as if nothing happened. I like that, it kept the flow in the gig. To put it in a one-liner: ‘Winter on 78 RPM’ *cool* Hello Lisa, nice to see your camera and smile again ;)

For the next band we went walking again. Grab some garlic bread, grab a curry sausage, have some coffee as RAM is on stage. I didn’t really like the first time I’d seen them, if you want to play like Judas Priest you’d better practice your licks instead of your looks. But this time it was different, as the band brought in much more variance and, to be honest, King Diamond influence. More melodic, less shredding, higher vocals, but the highest parts are still too much for this singer. We had fun nonetheless, as I ran into Ushino and Jun Tokita of Coffins. Ushino is nearly a head smaller than Wanda LOL but he was happy we enjoyed his set. Walking into Coffins was fun, we were heading fo the tent anyway. New band, beer, shade; it had been stingingly sunny all day. The band on stage was called Goath, they play blackened grind put taking pictures was useless: smoke, smoke, smoke. OK does it have to be atmospheric in that way then? I think I could listen to this band, but not in the car. It would interfere too much with my beloved engine sound HA HA HA. I returned to the main stage during the last songs of The Black Dahlia Murder, as I wanted a front row place for Deserted Fear. Of course. DF was and is my main reason to drive to Thüringen, their home ground. But TBDM did well, they had a good sound and a nice pit in front of them.

I asked whether anyone would accept my money so I wouldn’t have to leave front row and get me at least two beers. Deserted Fear plays a home game and from the sound check on, it’s a won game. The band is tight like an iceberg before the industrial revolution, sharp as the bough of the Titanic, blunt as the ice that hit it and the whale-like smiles do the rest. THIS IS ANOTHER FRIGGIN’GOOD DESERTED FEAR SHOW! I didn’t write it all, as there was plenty interaction between me, Fabian and Mahne… here’s what ended up on my paper:
- Intro
- The Fall of Leaden Skies (problem with the pyro)
- My Empire (the main pyro pipe bursts! Fire on stage! No one concerned, the band hacked on! *cool* )
- Kingdom of Worms (stage manager is now band mascot as he swiftly ends the fire haha)
- Wrath on Your Wound
- Dead Shores Rising
- Field of Death (WHAT A GOOSE BUMP SONG!)
- Fabian thanks the organization and the crowd they kept up during the storm. It seemed the entire band was on the festival ground all weekend and were scared shitless of the whirlwind. Kudos to thanking the organization NOT to blow off the entire fest!)
- For the crew: Spit on Your Grave. Whiplash cover? Could be. It could have been Forging Delusions as well. Fine.
- Bury Your Dead (Wanda and me compare goose bumps, neck thrills, smiles, amount of beer spoiled by banging so hard, overall feeling of joy!)
Haha, typing this, I think I managed to remember the entire set after all. I’d seen the band would do a full signing session at 9 PM, so I got my leaflets of My Empire and Kingdom of Worms (for Wanda) out of the tent. The rest is already signed, of course *cool* In the tent there was Skelethal playing, I liked the blunt music a lot but again, the smoke machine made over hours and obscured all sight in the blazing hot tent. On main stage I’d “finally” see Exhorder, I always liked their first album to a certain decree, but never got to listen to latter stuff and I keep it that way. The band walked on stage as if we were unholy disciples of their ground breaking stuff; I rather thought it was boring as fuck. Stop moping about Pantera now!! I was surprised I walked around totally and utterly BORED for a band that had been around for so long and almost did nothing worth mentioning on stage apart from showing off. We were on the move again, it never bores to find stuff none of us expected to find. Wanda wanted to buy me an Albert Fish Brooklyn Fried Children shirt, but I didn’t like the colour… and I have an Albert Fish shirt by Macabre already. You know, with Ride the Lightning as theme. The Dahmer shirt was like a Jägermeister logo, Je Suis Charlie (Manson) and there were other obscenities haha. I got Wanda an Aileen Wuornos shirt stating ‘No Woman no Crime’ :) Back to the bands, not the least one: Unleashed! Johnny and the men built a friggin’death metal party, Bajen Death Cult style, loud, beery, awesome sound and a great set list. I was banging my head so hard I didn’t write anything down, I only clearly remember the Death Metal Victory- ending… three times longer than usual and every chant became louder. This band has played PartySan often and it’s only just. The band is in great shape, even though I quit buying their albums. Also just: Unleashed is booked as headliner for Heidelberg Deathfest!!

A band that wouldn’t be a miss on Heidelberg is Dying Fetus, but not for us, not today. We heard some two, three songs as Wanda commented ‘douche drain gurgle band’ and she’s right. I was getting tired as well, so also another nope to a headliner: Venom. The band played Welcome to Hell- and Black Metal-songs along more recent material, but two gears too slow. Cronos also sounded like a throat infected crow and the surrounding noises weren’t of my liking much: from the left David and Dennis squabble about Dennis’black out.. he’d been in the wrong tent and was surprised how he got there; from the right some wrong eighties disco and the stage sound…

Thanks to the neighbors I had a short night. I looked at my phone, saw 05:23 and the sun already got up… then it finally got silent. Talk evaporated like vampires into sunlight. Uhgg. Add a failing ATM in the village to bad coffee on the terrain and the day started cringingly. We did manage to pull up Dennis’ tent with the help of the (same?) neighbors, the poles of the busted party tent and the joke that Dennis had lost his sleeping bag. Turned out David had placed Dennis sleeping bag under his mat HA HA HA. Priceless, that face. I was spotted by Michael and Nina again, they told me I just HAD to watch Gorilla Monsoon. I couldn’t, they played at 11 AM already and we were still out of cash. I drove on to Mühlhausen to use an ATM. Time for a beer and a band, whether we’d missed Razorrape was not of our interest. We also missed Graveyard, I had to look them up in the leaflet to know which one. The Spanish death metal one. Fine. First band we got to see was Wolfheart. I had a good time, Wanda wasn’t impressed by this ‘quicker little brother of Alcest and At the Gates’, as I referred to them. What Harakiri for the Hangovers did on PartySan is a big question mark to me. I hated it. As I did with Carpathian Forest, especially the Cure cover they did. Time to eat. Better be in time for Exciter in ‘Originalbesetzung’: Beehler, Ricci, Johnson. Beehler sounded agitated in his vocals, but that aggravation seemed to dampen his drum capacities a bit. Add a set list to that which mainly held songs of the same speed and the actual enthusiasm got out soon. Too soon, I guess, but that’s not of my doing. Vieze Pim eating egg didn’t excite me too, the yellow goo soon got into his hair and stayed there. Hence my remark to Coen, Jelmer and Dikke Pim: Vieze Pim. The boys laughed out loud, Voormeulen got sourer than his own egg. We got Violence And Force, Victim of Sacrifice, Thrash/Speed/Burn (including guitar masturbation :-S ), Cry of the Banshee, Heavy Metal Maniac, Pounding Metal and Long Live the Loud. For the statistics.

Looking for a place to sit can be horrendous, as some people are so drunk they don’t notice they take up half a bench, some making out, smoking like hell, or not knowing they face the camping instead of the stage. I wanted to have some sight on Sadistic Intent, albeit from a great distance it was pretty good until the wind got hold of the vocals once more. The band greeted Pentacle for long lasting friendship (haven’t seen Wannes at all). They also played a new song ‘Numbered with the Dead’-or something and as I’d found a Cliteater patch I secured in the tent; I needed a sec alone as well. All and all I got some 8 patches, two shirts and a PartySan key chord, as it seems the festival patches are sold out. I wasn’t entirely in time for Pestilence, but saw the band do a great set. None of older problems seem to arouse the band anymore, just pure death metal Pestilence style. So, at least I heard:
- Commandments
- Dehydrated (Patrick referring to the whirlwind, the dust and the beers haha)
- Chronic Infection
- Newbie
- Secrecies of Horror
- Twisted Truth
- Land of Tears
- Out of the Body
So, according to setlist.fm I missed the first three songs, but with one new song, Antropomorphia and possibly Subordinate to the Domination I can’t be negative at all. With a band in good shape and with fun on stage and off it‘s simply pleasant to see Pestilence. I even got out to the tent stage (for a dehydrating beer of course) and a band: Obscenity, I think it was the German one: blunt, heavy and sometimes fast death metal. Not bad for now.

On a previous edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting I concluded ‘too much atmospheric black metal and they’re all alike’ or something like that. Now I have the same sentiment when Tribulation got on stage. In blazing sun the mystique soon drips into sweaty corpse paint; when you add a ton of resound to vocals and bass and I’m easily done with this performance. Move out once more. We ended up in the tent with Essenz, filthy, vile, dirty, dark death metal Wanda likes so much. The band clearly has doom and stoner in their sound too, but death metal is their main dish. Wanda also wanted to see Brujeria, but without Shane Embury I have even less interest in the gangsters than before. Out of courtesy to her I stuck around for a bit, but get beers soon and smaller: quicker to return to the bar haha. I was waiting for Tankard anyway. I had explained about Tankard on Extremefest, Tankard twice in Hoorn, being robbed at Graspop during Tankard so Wanda was all over it. Four man pit on 150 m from the stage, nobody cared ^^ The band does what they always do: start a beer party and play as long as the organizers let them. They extended their fun to 55 minutes instead of 50, as the toddlers of Watain ‘weren’t ready yet’. I could have seen Possession, as I had not done that before but was more interested in my newly bought matrass and a nice bit of sleep. I thought I’d be the one to drive most, as David had been tanking quite a lot and I was ‘only slightly dazed’ when I left the terrain. No more neighbor eighties-music-to-screw-herrieman-up but Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd and Paul Simon late at night. I slept like a baby and dreamt of returning to Obermehler, Thüringen, Deserted Fear in my backyard and ‘bis morgen vom Backerie Nettomarkt’ :) We might. We probably will. First bands for 2019 already announced: Testament, Vomitory, Belphegor, Solstice (UK) and Gutalax; date: August 8th – 10th, same place, different visitors… new tents, as mine is totally torn out by the sutures, the sticks are all bent and whatnot. Wanda’s tent is gone too. New airbed as well. The organization can fill part of their budget with all the aluminum and steel blown to bits and left behind HA HA HA. I didn’t want to be an ass, so I brought my tent, my airbed and the partytent to the nearest container.

The ride home was a smooth one, as I wanted to bring the matrasses home but decided not to when I saw David and Dennis all curled up on my back seat… Plenty of water, yoghurt drinks, cookies, Bifi, another stop at Am Biggenkopf, then missing the fuel station near the border (David drove >< ) and cruising between motorcycle gangs, tourists, metalheads and families in way too small cars hahaha. PartySan is over for 2018, 2019 is debatable of course. If I go, I bring in David, Dennis,Bryan and Wanda; Bart, Rob, Pim and the likes will be there already. Metal Thuringia Style!!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:09 am 

Municipal Waste, Dynamo Eindhoven, Aug. 17th

It’s always a pleasure to see Municipal Waste. Period. Tom and I have seen them 5 times now, he couldn’t join me to Dynamo Outdoor 2009 and one other Waste show. We had tickets to see The Waste on Jera on Air 2016, but never got there. And, as they play Dynamo again, it’s one of those places The Waste does their best shows: a small, dark, sweaty venue somewhere in the red district of a dirty city haha. We brought Ellen to D.R.I., so she wanted to join us pronto. Three tickets for less than € 50, no hint of commercialism :) that’s what we like! Add a fourth ticket for Wanda, as I’d been pointing out the band time after time the last times we met…yeah another VW Golf Mk II diesel well loved and well filled. We had a little problem with timing, as I had forgotten a previous remark on when to leave and Ellen needed to find replacement (she works as a doctor’s assistant, only a team of two, if she’s not there half the practice can’t function and Tom mentioned later the Fridays and Mondays the clinic is always busiest). All and all Tom and me decided to travel apart, them by train and I’d pick up Wanda by car, head back home together. Uhm, not really, as the day of the gig Tom texted me Ellen had gotten an infection and wasn’t really happy sitting in a train for two hours straight, let alone getting worse during the show AND have to abort the show? Damned, a spare ticket. Turned out Ellen is familiar to that little infection, so she decided to skip the show and plant her behind on the couch. Tom texted this late I was already on my way to Enkhuizen and spotted his message just in time not to have to drive through ENTIRE West-Friesland again to pick him up. At first I thought we’d sell Ellen’s ticket to Bryan, but he was so minimal in energy I never asked.

Uhm, driving the wrong route is my hobby, not knowing my way in Eindhoven is one as well. I parked near the train station, only to walk in the wrong direction once more. Tom moaped ‘this costs me drinking time :) ‘ but we found Dynamo after all. The ticket was gone in a minute, as Tom didn’t need top dollar for it. Entering the attic of the venue was sobering: we were literally the first ones to enter and in the foyer it wasn’t really crowded, a band doing a rabid sound check for just us and bar personnel… Tom turned upside for a smoke and when we re-entered, the band had already begun. I said before ‘you’re not going to like the support acts, as I’ve seen them both’ but boy oh boy was I wrong in that: Nuclear Devastation no longer makes thin thrash, now they grind and kill! Death metal on barbiturates, black like a saw mill and a great sound accompany this band these days. The band members resemble Tom G. Warrior in his Hellhammer days (bassist) and the rest looks like Nifelheim without the twins. Clearly corpse paint isn’t their biggest issue :) In music I’d say ‘find a cross between Deströyer 666, Demonical and Celtic Frost and be happy about it’. Nice Wolves of Hades backdrop too! It seemed the band only did two songs, but Wanda got the set list and wasn’t sure if it was for this band :)
- Rotting in Guilt
- Baptized in Hellfire
- Genocidal Sacrament
- Bestial Tyranny
- Inferno
- Abandon all Hopes
Yeah, these can be interpreted both death and black metal-ish, hardly thrash ;)

Bryan had sent Wanda on a quest: find a Municipal Waste shirt of one of the album covers, preferably The Art of Partying. She couldn’t choose between a vague rendition of The Fatal Feast and a ‘rare tour shirt’ without tour dates. I kinda liked the Fatal Feast one, but there’s only one size left, after an entire European summer of Iron Reagan and The Waste shows; it was an M and Bryan would never fit it. Not being able to choose I later bought an AoP patch and the (white, that’s especially rare for Wanda) rare tour shirt without tour dates. Let’s say it’s a variance on Beer Pressure ;) The second band was Collision, of which I wasn’t overly impressed on a Stonehenge festival once… how biased can I be? What followed was a band not really needing to choose between hardcore and grindcore, imagine Terror vs. Napalm Death/Extreme Noise Terror. Hardcore breakdowns, triple vocal lines grunt vs. squeal vs. shout. Gladly, not in one song at the time ;) Tom busted my shoulder a couple of times stating “ ‘we did not need to see the support acts, as I’ve seen them’; yeah right dude” :p Tom was Pit Meister, of course; we just enjoyed the company… Maarten (see RockHard HJ at 10 AM), Dave (Mutator), Rutger & Johan (of the picture with Tony Foresta on Stonehenge 2012) and Vieze Pim. Where’s Dikke Pim when you expect him?? ;) Plenty of 2009 tour shirts; when The Waste made Eindhoven City Center explode, along with a raging Asphyx and superfun Mucky Pup ;) . I always say ‘why the hell bother to wear a shirt of the band performing, unless you bought the shirt the same day?’ but I understand it was sort of statement to organize a Dynamo Outdoor once again? Fine with me, as long as it’s free as it should be and some remarkable bands can be announced?? Time for the one and only Richmond, VA, Crossover Thrash Machine: Municipal Waste! The sound check was done by their roadie, but the crowd already moved… anxious or excited, wanting to PITTTTT!!! Hard as possible, as you please! Tom was already gone when Ryan pulled his first chord… PITTTTT it became. Here’s the set list (Wanda obtained it stealthily, but somewhere between a berehap met sate saus and the car she lost it…) :
- Breathe Grease [madhouse!]
- Mind Eraser [madhouse!]
- Youre Cut Off [madhouse!]
- Unleash the Bastards [madhouse!]
- Bourbon Discipline [madhouse!]
- Sadistic Magician [madhouse!]
- Beer Pressure [madhouse!]
- Thrashin’ is my Business [madhouse!]
- Wrong Answer [madhouse!]
- I Want to Kill the President [madhouse!]
- Black Ice [madhouse!]
- Poison the Preacher (referring to Canadian ministers :o ) [madhouse!]
- Amateur Sketch [madhouse!]
- Intro [quiet, finally a time to get Tom a much needed beer ;)]
- Slime and Punishment [madhouse!]
- Thrashin’of the Christ [madhouse!]
- Dingy Situation [madhouse!]
- Inebriator [madhouse!]
- Hunted Junkyard [madhouse!] [my goodness, is this old stuff or what? :cool:
- Terror Shark [madhouse!]
- Art of Partying [madhouse!]
- Born to Party [madhouse!]
- Parole Violation (not on the set list, their own version of a Spermbirds song)
- Guilty of Being Tight [NOT ON THE SET LIST!!] MORE MADHOUSE than I’ve ever seen in Dynamo!
The band thanked not only today’s support acts, but also the ones from previous madhouses in Dynamo/little hall Effenaar: Milkman was called to stage but didn’t show up (?). After The Art of Partying everybody thought it was over, but before the band got ready Tony came back on stage with a double cartwheel! I know most band members have gained a few pounds over the years, but I was surprised to see Tony’s belly didn’t interfere :p , so: mine isn’t that bad after all HA HA HA. Even if someone offered me AC/DC to perform in my backyard, I can’t do a cartwheel… Tony also has a shoe fetish, as any stage diver that had problems getting away from the stage lost at least one shoe!! :) Vieze Pim even lost both, as he dived quite often. Gladly the floor was filled with beer and plastic, not glass ;) Women flying as easy as Pim did, a thin line at the front of the stage was mostly enough to let any diver land safely ;) Without spoiling any more fun, I think this show was (with the Stonehenge one) the best you’d ever see of this band. The sound was amazingly sharp, the need for the second guitarist no longer needs to be expressed, as the mix was clear as a beer bottle as well. Note to self: show Wanda that special edition DVD that came along The Art of Partying ;) It was such fun to see man three times Wanda’s size being pushed away by her, followed by a tripping Tom and a dancing Dave… I had to enter, but as I was getting hungry halfway the set (chicory escarole mash only lasts, what? Five hours? Six?) I couldn’t risk getting out of energy totally. Wanda had the solution afterwards: Dutch snacks, I’d rather have a berehap than a wizzy American named burger…, source water, fries. The band kept repeating they’d be getting drunk tonight with the fans, but we were so excited and tired we didn’t last long. This is what the merch man had on a plate: ‘Hello, we’re lost on the way to the koffe shop. Can you give to us a little bit of weed to smoke? Thank you, smoke cannabis, save the world. Love, The Waste’ Yeah right, we’re in Holland again.

We dragged Tom out of the snack venue (horrible Dutch music from the neighbors :-S ), got back to the car and spooned Tom inside… he was gone before the engine started. The ride home was good, but near Purmerend I got so tired I knew I didn’t need afpilzen; not surprisingly Tom didn’t as well. I slept a hole in the Saturday, but I don’t care. I didn’t have any plans for today (except a vague hint to gardening at Alex’, but I “forgot to put my alarm on my phone”) and turned my pillow… but we survived another Waste Clash… and it was FUCKING GREAT!! Born to Party, Born to Metal!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:07 pm 

Doc’s Metal Cruise, feat. Sinister, The Lucifer Principle, Splinter Bomb, some boat from Den Bosch to The Mueze and back; August 25th

After the 2014 edition of 70,000 Tons of Metal I once said I probably will never do that again. It was a trip like no other and an adventure of a life time, but way too expensive to do more often; especially if the bands repeat or are less interesting than the 2014 edition. But I also want to avoid certain days/weekends… especially in my own village. And what happens: Wanda spots this one: Doc’s Metal Cruise, August 25th, on a boat from Den Bosch, feat. 8 Dutch bands and not the least ones! Bryan offered to drive us as I got three tickets. We’d drive to Den Bosch Central Station and be picked up to the river. OK, sunglasses and sun tan oil present, we go. But it wasn’t as simple as that, as Bryan had been buffing his job so much lately, he’d be out of energy. OK, I can arrange a hotel or drive, it’s not that far but the last week… the last hotels were nearly obnoxiously expensive or way, way away from the city center. He did pick up last couple of days, so they picked me up at 9:30 AM. Be on time, was my suggestion, you never know how long it’d take to get where we needed to go…

Bread and water packed, no need for sun tan lotion anymore; even before Bryan had found a parking place we spotted Belinda already! OK, cool! I knew Erwin and Zitla would be present too, first beer is on me, before entering the taxi boat to the 02001343N from Kerkdriel ;) The actual party boat was pretty narrow and the stairs from the merch/food floor were only two meters from the band, but it could be fun anyway. See how The Lucifer Lovers would pit here *cool* but that’s a bit later on the day. We were on the second shipping and after the third had arrived we’d go. I have no idea where we actually went, as Persistense was already blasting its groove and near-thrash metal over us. I’m not too excited about this band, but got a set list nonetheless: (it was on the back side of another set list >< no one was interested in... the band isn’t on MA yet, so this is literally what the paper said)
- Intro
- Further
- The Reality
- Progress
- Useless War
- Doomsday
- Overcome
- Sick World

The band got some heads shaking, but I was more interested in the bami Wanda provided, as thank you for paying the parking ;) Grindpad had a wider and more enthusiast crowd in front of them, even íf there’s only two meters before a stair + hole + crowd surfing Marcel IV; it nearly got dangerous :) The band clearly is in for a joke or two, as nearly every song got its own blow up shark with band logo on it to surf; Marcel in the air or not :) Here’s the set list the Persistense one is nailed to:
- Intro
- Not Fucking Dead
- Poserkiller
- Sharkbite
- Burn the Rapist
- Come in Peace, Go in Pieces (I’d love to say that to my lovely colleague once :lol: )
- Lion’s Strife
- The Knife
- Mature Love
- To Those About to Die
- MK Ultra
- Toxic Terror
- My Name is Violence

I'd have to wreck my brain if I’d ever seen them before, as I have one picture of Jelle in a Grindpad shirt… weren’t they… ah, no matter, it was fun. I bought a festival shirt (Wreck Your Liver on the River ;) ) and that turned out to be the last XL already… the sales lady explained they only had three girlies to begin with.. fine with me though, I might need it later ;) I needed a chair when Erwin was shocked to say he’d made an € 800 mistake… so I made an € 800 mistake… his wedding is in October, NOT NOVEMBER DAMNED!! We instantly decided to do the trip anyway, nice week of boozing in Puerte Vallarte, also book again for the ACTUAL wedding… Zitla was clearly NOT amused… but thanks again for the most lovely invitation to the wedding… time to reset to today’s business: bands! The third band we saw was Splinter Bomb, the band with ex-Legion of the Damned guitarist Hein (live only, also in The Lucifer Principle) and their melodic groovy death/thrash metal. I thought of Amon Amarth and a hit of Destruction or At the Gates when they played. I was pleasantly surprised, Bryan certainly did not agree, as he’d been smoking ever since the second song. During their cover Refuse/Resist Marcel nearly landed on the stairs again… cool band. Pity their patches were so big, I’d never fit such a big patch for my Dutch Denim, as I also have no music to reconsider… Wanda spotted a Splinter Bomb patch the size and form of a kitchen glove ;) [but that one was even bigger ;) ] but also did not make a purchase. Fine with me, I can always try to see this band again, as it was pretty OK. Dead End was next. Bass player Alwin Roest organized this trip, but had not brought his CD shop to the boat. The band went in hard, as if the shores of the river needed re-bricking ;) Blunt, powerful, loud, those are three signs of a death metal band I can clearly refer to. Bryan got the (pretty sick) set list and I got pictures of it:
- Goddess of Fire
- Avarice
- Haze of Lies
- Venture
- Backfire
- Folly of Man
- Dead End (Reborn)
- My Malady

The boat had to be refilled (…) and Disquiet entered the ship. Beer was wasted in a way I hardly can call professional, as the bar tenders kept moaning about carbon dioxyde pressure, too soft or fizzy foam, cooling that was turned off (??) and every glass or pincher had to be refilled… THE. WASTE. OF. PERFECT. BEERS… how can any festival make money to proceed when half the beer is thrown through the drain?? My remarks on pressure and way of tapping certainly were NOT appreciated. Pff, sink in your own ship, I’d say. One brilliant idea though: use buckets not to waste all foam/beer and sell that for 6 coupons and six cups to share it… My last coupons were used like that.

After the fill up it was time for Sepiroth. I only walked by and made new plans for the rest of 2019.. I was saving up for my first The Lucifer Principle gig since 2010; the first TLP gig without main writer Giedo, the first gig I’d see TLP do with Hein (see Splinter Bomb) and my burning carcass, how heavily I’d needed this!! The band still has his great charisma in singer Earik, bass player Sander and guitarist Hein; their energy is omnipresent, their fire edible, their mood murderous and the atmosphere they create is one I certainly are impressionable with: MOSH MOSH MOSH to these great songs:
- Pitch Black Dawn
- Born in Bloodshed (Those. Sing. A. Longs!!! Great!!)
- Razor
- Eaten by the Wolves
- Monster
- Soul Savior Throat Cut
- Play Dead
- Bond of Supremacy (another oldie ;) )
- Feeding the Land of the Dead
- Into Decay (WHAOOOAAHHH! Haven’t heard that on in ages!!)
- I Am The Law

Earik only slightly needed to hint toward pit, circle or normal and all hell broke loose. Of course, as it’s my anniversary TLP show (10th ;) ) I knew what to expect and brought Belinda and Wanda as close to the stage as I could; pity I could hardly find Bryan to impress him with this abnormally cool band and ran my sweat and stench all around the stairs ;) OK, you want a circle pit, here’s your Sherman the Tank, Destroying Circle Pits Near You, at your service!! Salut! KILLER pit! No more room to make Marcel fly again ;) I think I kept panting for at least 20 minutes after the last riff of I Am The Law shimmered over the waves… it was great!! I brought my copy of Play Dead to sign, got three out of five… better bring it again, bro! ;) Bryan offered me a German BBQ’d sausage, but returned with a fricandel topped with the weirdest of weird toppings: dried onion, wet pickle, overdose of mayo and a fork that didn’t budge ;) Enough panting, Disquiet is on, but I hardly notice them. As wide as my interest in this band is, so small was my energy to do more than watch through the stairs and return to Bryan, Wanda and Alex Zwaert to top up my energy. Even though all bands played on the same kits (drums, cabinets, monitors) the overall sound was great; Disquiet was no exception here. Of course, Sinister would also perform, but apart from a nice setting of headbangers I saw nothing. OK, I heard Sadistic Intent and Moralistic Suffering, but that’s about it. Sinister, apart from Dennis, was the only band that kept in their little cavern at the prow. Aad had a special plaque made for a toilet door… barfing :lol: That kind of humor is well appreciated hihihi. Actually it’s sad to describe one of Holland’s oldest extreme music bands this way, but I’ve seen them so often AND not too long ago, I kept it there. The band had an hour to fill and that passed. Fine. I was getting drunk and being so wet from the TLP gig, I got a little cold and wandered round in my new festival shirt, my Dutch Denim hanging lustlessly on my elbow, sweat still dripping, I was done. By the time the taxi boat reappeared, we were on first row to get out. It had been fun to see all those familiar faces, Bettina without Eric for once, Zitla reassured Erwin did book the good dates ><, Alex and his plenty exes, Johnny Amsterdam with his gf (also an Alex Ex :o ;) ) but the day had been long. When Bryan started his car I was gone, only to awaken by the sharp band near the petting zoo in my village. Instantly ordered Bryan to afpils and bunk on my guest bed, along with Wanda and Alex. I probably had found some more energy, as we bunked near 5:30 AM… Coffee and a melon for breakfast, pictures uploaded, story written, now it’s time for the normal after-festival things: voetbal, shave, Chinese. I don’t know if Alwin has recovered financially enough to organize another metal cruise, but big chance I attend! Slash the waves with metal!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:06 am 

Schoonebeek Deathfest II, feat. Entrails, Sept.1st 2018

Schoonebeek Deathfest 2017 was one of the coolest death metal events I’ve ever been. Such a killer line up (Fleshcrawl, Soulburn, Revel in Flesh, Lifeless) we instantly decided to get to Pt. II when we got back to the cabin. Daniel had booked a cabin for the four of us, but I wasn’t sure if Stip would enter again, so I told Wanda she could join us. I shouldn’t. A few angry messages later I sold Wanda’s ticket to Vieze Pim and all was fine. I thought. After the MDF skirmishes with Daniel he sold me the cabin ticket and booked himself a hotel. Not to be rude or anything, now Wanda could join us. The boys didn’t matter, Entrails, here we come! At first only Entrails and Phrenelith were confirmed, along with Remco Kreft’s Graceless. Headliner became General Surgery; latter announcement: ‘Departed Souls Nokt er Met! Wie speult ons letste stuk onsympathikiteit op 1 September’ OK that’s Drents to you: Departed Souls calls it quits! We play our last part uncongeniality on Sept.1st . Haha, that’s a way to announce it! The band had made thirty shirt containing the words ‘Onsympathieke muziek voor onsympathieke mensen’ and no one was allowed to nag as the band refused to put anyone on the want-list for such a shirt.

Bryan is a fanatic collector of tapes and first pressing CDs. He’d been contacted by some of his tapetrading friends and they were outrageous: ‘your girlfriend goes to Schoonebeek and you stay at home? No fffffg way!’ so he was put on the guest list haha. Now we’d drive with two cars, as his friend Sander joins us. The trip to Schoonebeek was a fun one, but took about an hour longer than expected because of roadwork and accessory traffic jams. So, first band missed (German Aeon of Disease), but as we parked my beloved VW Golf Mk II diesel at the cottage Bryan scored two Departed Souls shirts… the last two. One for Wanda, one for himself. I hesitated to buy a festival shirt, as I thought the print was too full and too violent for my likings… To my surprise and Wanda’s question mark, it was Sven Gross that did the annunciation of the bands!! Within a second on the terrain I had my Sven hug again, baffling Bryan too ;) Soon I also found Fleshcrawl’s Bastian and Revel in Flesh’ Magesson!! I got them a few copies of Dead End’s CD and got them to sign my copy… hoping they’d pick up my hint of playing live together. The first band we saw Sweden’s Gravebomb. The HM2 Boss buzzsaw sound surrounded us and the vile old school death metal could be hailed! Nice to notice such a small festival can have a superb sound quality! I love OSDM, but live it has to have a good sound and mix, but both were very good for a band I could only guess their style from the logo ;) We were pleasantly surprised once more! The rebuild time was pretty short; I hardly had time to get a personal HJ from Mutator’s Nick!! Great to see you, but as he’s a volunteer we didn’t have much time to meet up yet (later he was off, sharing shag with Bryan). The second band was already playing when I returned to Bryan and Sander with two cokes and three beers, forgot Stip’s orange soda so my time with Gravestone from Sweden was shorter than planned. There’s even more HM2 Boss buzzsaw sound to be heard and these guys are, just like Gravebomb, are VERY YOUNG DUDES! I like that, as I see it as a hint that death metal isn’t dead by far! The band has one EP and one full length, but fool herrieman did not buy any merch! My Dutch eyes made me buy an Asphyx reissue of On the Wings of Inferno… with a live bonus. I liked the band a lot and I must get my greedy collector hands on some Gravestone or Gravebomb material. Best song: Valley of Coffins.

Wanda can’t stop to tell me how impressed she is with the relaxed mode on metal shows and the eagerness of my metal buddies to welcome her in our midst. So far we met mostly FB buddies of Bryan (tape traders, collectors, posters of shirts and demos, whatever) but Wanda’s friends were abundantly present: Lisette, Astrid, Christel (doing another photo shoot), photographer Ronald, Maurice, Jeroen Z. and more. We were also welcomed by Sven Gross again along with Remco Kreft of Graceless; pleasantly watched by everyone I already mentioned. I think Graceless released one of the more promising debuts in a long time (Shadowlands, end of 2017) and live they certainly stood their ground. The band has a little more doom in the music than previous HM2 Boss lovers and I’m pleasantly surprised by Remco’s stamina singing the dark, evil death metal they do. The band also has a lot of dynamics in between members and clearly gets positive vibes from the bunch of headbangers and fistbangers at the front. After a great set I got Remco’s set list (again, thanks my friend! It probably won’t be the last set list I get from you or your band members in whatever band you play :lol: ) :
- We Will be Gods
- Legions of the Fallen
- Slashed and Served
- Lock Stock (sp? It’s not on the debut CD and I haven’t heard if the band is working on new material yet)
- Shadowlands
- Die on Demand
- Sumerian Flames
- Iron Tears
I hope this band can ever conquer MDF or LVDF, let some Americans/Mexicans/other death heads be shocked by Heroin Filled Thrill ;) uhm Death Metal The Dutch Way. The band does another show with Entrails in Den Haag this weekend, but I won’t head out to ADO country. A band to look out for, yeah, but after such a great festival I travelled enough to bring everybody home… A band we can’t look out for anymore after this day is Departed Souls. The band has been around only for four years, but Schoonebeek will be their swan song. Not without humor, as the shirts and annunciation showed, but also with a Normaal intro that made my hairs on my arms and in my neck rise: A Pens vol Power en een Goeien Zin (from their second album Ojadasawe *cool* ) The band itself ‘plays old school nasty rotting death metal’ as they call it and that’s exactly what happens. Wanda got the set list [and did not lose it ^^ ] :
- Infuckingtro
- Witch Trails
- Barbaric Tortures
- Beyond all Knowledge
- Burn the Evidence
- …Fear
- Cold Deep Waters
- …outfuckingtro
The band goes out with a bang ;) I made pictures, shook my head and drank my beers… it was over. Typing this, searching information on the band, I found out the band had held Jeroen Pomper as bass player as well, but I haven’t seen him nor any God Dethroned member all day. I also made pictures of the cross Fleshcrawl – Houten – Utrecht – Revel in Flesh, as Sven, Lisette and Vieze Pim were joined by Magesson near the stage. More pictures to save Wanda and Nick for eternity, as she had brought two Carpathian Forest shirts from an order that put in those shirts by mistake.. Wanda has nothing with CF and they weren’t her nor Bryan’s sizes… Nick’s happy with his S CF shirt :o Stip got the other one, ‘if you want you can use it as dirt rag’ hahaha. Stip cleans even less than I do :) Later I got Sven to pose with Bryan and Bryan with the Steenwijk Crew (nice teeth, Rob :-S ). We even opted to get Westfries Thrash Genootschap shirts for all friends around today. See what happens ;) Hey Danny Lilker is present too!

Next band today was Phrenelith. The band did a more doom oriented set than on MDF last May, but we liked it nonetheless. I think it was Bryan that opted to get us some of their material, but I had not seen any so we just enjoyed the burger, fries and a band like an ocean liner against an ice berg; building up pressure, building up steam, in for the kill. Or be killed. Wanda got another set list:
- Intro
- Crawling Shadows, Slithering Tongues
- Chrysopeia
- Deluge of Ashes
- Dysmorphism
- Once Fertile Soil
- Conquering Divinity
- Defleshed in Ecstacy
Sooo dirty! Sooo vile! Sooo nice! I took a bite of fries from Kimberly and moved towards the stage for the special Burial (see https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Burial/31495 ) ; they would do an integral set of Relinquished Souls album. Bryan loves this album to bits, but I kept thinking ‘what if you’re not really a Morbid Angel fan? Would you still like it then?’ so I keep it that way. The band even invited a guest singer, which the members hailed with all regards, but I have no idea who it was. I kept my neck in shape for Entrails, my headliner of the day. I have no idea if General Surgery is a bigger band than Entrails, to be honest I hardly think GS should be here to begin with. It was cool to see Gravestone’s Penki Samuelsson on bass and vocals in Entrails. He certainly is no stranger to death metal and his voice is powerful as Jocke Svensson’s and the stage presence is like Tommy Carlson used to have. The band is in full swing and a nice pit occurs, little to the surprise and amusement of Jimmy Lundquist. Fool herrieman did not make pictures, but got the set list:
- In Pieces intro
- In Pieces
- Beyond the Flesh
- World Inferno (such a killer track! Doomy, dangerous, powerful)
- No Cross Left Unturned
- The Morgue
- Serial Murder
- The Tomb Awaits intro
- Unleashed Wrath
- Eaten by the Dead (massive goose bumps!)
- To Live is to Rot
- Crawling Death (bulldozer death metal!)
- Epitome of Death
- Outros: Bonnatwist / Aku / Blood Breed
Smiling like a coroner on his practice period we moved out, pile of Entrails shirts present, an Entrails pin (they had no patches), a set of Schoonebeek Deathfest beer mats (^^) Just Before Dawn patch (I thought it was a German band, so I bought it for the German themed pants, but they are from Sweden and the UK :o ) a Dead End CD signed by Alwin, Herzog and Köchl, said Asphyx reissue and two SDF Post-It memo blocks (the idea itself! Brilliant!) and even more… it was great. The weather was fantastic, not too warm, no need to get Bart’s spare ticket for Stip, next year we return. With Westfries Thrash Genootschap or not, could be Death Genootschap as well ;) but Drenthe hasn’t seen the last of us. Especially not as Venom Inc. is announced for Pitfest, only two villages away from Schoonebeek. We might hook up at the same cottage, had we not had camping tickets already. We want to return anyway, as we’d been told sorry about seven times as there were hardly enough eggs for the four of us, great coffee at the Emmen Camping Cantina (great motivational sign boards! ‘Achter elke succesvolle man staat een stomverbaasde schoonmoeder’) LOL and nearly paid zilch for the uitsmijters… Of course I had to do my hobby again, as a group of some 50 motorcycles and trikes didn’t let me enter A7 exit… but we had so much fun no one bothered. We did drive the Afsluitdijk and were home a lot faster than we came. Add more good coffee on the A32 and you know we got to West-Friesland in blazing shape. I had had some difficulties during the night (barffff) but that feeling evaporated by Joke’s apple cake and eagerness to hear our stories once more. We had plenty. Stories, coffee, plans for the SDF crew and beyond, we had it all. Bryan had driven home after Entrails, but his afpils took till 8 AM and even he was fresh :lol: Schoonebeek, the jaknikker corpses will be hailed again!! Crawling Death Metal!! Slashed and Defleshed Death Metal of Torture!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:17 am 

Baroeg Open Air 2018, Rose Tattoo, God Dethroned; Sept.15th, Zuiderpark Rotterdam

Rose Tattoo is an acquired taste. It took me, huge AC/DC fan, up to Graspop 2001 to finally feel this band, see this band, love this band. Ever since I’ve tried to go to as much TFFT shows/tours I could, since 2001 I only missed the one on Bospop a few years ago and the 3 AM show at Wacken 2006. Tom was all over it when I spotted the Rotterdam date on the tour shirt I got via Toon’s copper and zinc money: Baroeg Open Air! My sixth BOA in succession, never a dull moment! Great location, great atmosphere, usually top notch bands and it’s friggin’free!! I have a ton of respect for the Baroeg volunteers, as they brought such awesome bands to a free fest… Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Destruction, Discharge, Angel Witch, Bodyfarm, Venom Inc., Ryker’s and even Sodom, but I missed that last one. As Sodom played on a Baroeg Open Air I couldn’t go to. Period. God Dethroned was announced pretty early and it got even more interesting on the Blood Brothers tour, as this date was on the tour shirt; annunciation of Angry Anderson and Co. followed the same week. Tom couldn’t make it in the end, as Bryan couldn’t go. OK, I drive Alex’ car and he’d bring Peter, me and Wanda to their baskets… But West-Friesland is on the edge of a huge building project with the deadlines nearing… ffff Heijbuggers for four (!) successive exits in a row blocked… Wognum, Nibbixwoud, De Strip and Westwoud… my plan to drive at 10 was highly interrupted by road signs >< Even in Rotterdam I had to slalom a lot, as the most important city tunnel is rebuilt by… Heijbuggers. Damned. Another detour. Would we miss the first band? No, gladly we didn’t.

On the terrain the usual searches, flyers and petitions (entry, other festivals and the Friends of Baroeg Assocation) before the search for coins began… the first band WAS playing, albeit only in their second song: Rotterdam punk invasion Die Nakse Bananen ruffled the sleep sand out of our eyes with their oi!, street punk and hardcore sung in Dutch. The band got a ‘normal’ punk pit with loads of windmillers and punches, but the sound was pretty good and most of the funny/critical lyrics were understandable. I don’t own/know much punk, especially no oi!, but this was fun to watch. We soon shared beers with Alex Zwaert, Dave (ex-Mutator now ><), Lange Pim, Erwin & Zitla and Rhea’s lot. No need to get to the Electronic Stage yet, as the first artist would be opening way beyond 3 PM we heard Glowsun. The three man stoner-psychedelic rock outfit made music to relax to so we did. Wanda soon found Belinda and I found at least two more Pims (Dikke and Officium Triste). The French band is doing OK, but I was hungry for metal instead of stoner so I got schnitzel… Of the third band we saw I honestly made a misjudgment, as I expected Fleddy Melculy to be fun hardcore or crossover… what we got nearly made me erase my pictures: SlipVayne done Dutch. I looked at Wanda and instantly decided NOT to head out to Manifesto next week, as they do a gig there I’ve got tickets of. Alex agreed. Fun fact: now I have time to visit Laurens’ birthday party in Little Devil that weekend :p Even better: the party is held with a Bon Scott Tribute named Bon Scotch!! Wooweee!! Mudknot easily forgotten!!

Wanda, Belinda and me roamed the merch stands for some more fun stuff, as I found a crazy D.R.I. shirt for Wanda, an Airbourne back patch for Belinda and a HJ one for the man in wheelchair that sold me the D.R.I. shirt ;) I got some repairs to my 2006 shorts recommended :) The following Heidevolk got the Glowsun treatment: listen to music on the grass, having fun with acquaintances, drinking beer and having a good time together. The band sounded OK, but I didn’t feel obliged to watch directly/make pictures. On the entrance terrain a small bunch of speakers and cabinets was placed for the Plee Sessions (Loo Sessions) next to the urinoirs: some garage punk, hardcore and ‘modern’ metal passed, but as I hate (too) modern metal I don’t recall any sightings. At all. I was hoping for a great spot in front of Henri Sattler and Co. but got back too late getting beers… I found Alex and Alex on second row, arms in the air, but not much head movement? Leave that to me, I got to shout as much war themes as I could. God Dethroned played sharp, fast and tight, those songs:
- The World Ablaze
- Villa Vampiria
- Nihilism
- No Man’s Land
- Sigma Enigma (pit is getting ridiculously big so I enter :lol: )
- Poison Fog
- Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
- Annihilation Crusade
- Soul Capture 1562 (the Flying Dutchman surely wasn’t a Rotterdammer haha)
- Boiling Blood
- Soul Sweeper
I got Jeroen Pompe’s set list, for which I thank him, but seeing some 6-year old next to me made me change my mind: it’s his. His dad agreed, but the little fellow was overwhelmed by both the band and my pressing to keep this paper as a reminder of a great set, good band in blazing sound, well-balanced mix and a great pit to thank them. He still hesitated to take the set list haha. On the picture of the set list there was Breathing Through Blood mentioned as well, but as I am an old school God Dethroned fan I know for sure there wasn’t a recent song between Boiling Blood and Soul Sweeper… no worries, I had fun, Alex had fun, Wanda and Belinda had been banging their heads in unison; I’ve seen so many smiling faces I know BOA did a great job inviting the Groninger Drent and his crew to Rotterdam. Let’s say it took a few beers to recuperate from another great God Dethroned show… sweating like a slug on salt… panting… ohhh I was so happy Wanda had gotten Alex a new Amon Amarth shirt I could easily steal his Westwoudse AC/DC fans shirt.. at least that one was dry ;) The rest of the day I also couldn’t wear my denim anymore, but it was so warm no one complained. Especially not me :)

Now it was getting time for the main dish, but something or someone made Wanda feel horrible about something she didn’t want to explain now so we stayed outside as Rose Tattoo took the stage by storm. The band, opening with One of the Boys (of course) and Juice on the Loose, had a sound to feel great to, a light show that was a bit too much for me (even though I love the Tats to bits, I still keep critical about a show, standing outside) and an audience that made every artist smile: banging fists, shouting loud (and a bit false :) ), swirl pits (where’s Thirza when you need her ;) ) and a plain fun party. I can’t explain it any other way, the atmosphere was abundant and the amount of smiles was equal to the entire Rotterdam City gross bill of this year ;) in Venezuelan money ;) . Angry Anderson made friends. Again. Love between Brothers and Sisters. Feeling everybody was part of something great, something special. How many more times can we see the Tats in the future? The band surely has enough energy to do this show, but for how long? Typing this, I feel weary for not really getting close to the stage, but I keep to my original stand: if someone close to me feels bad, I don’t rush to band number 1,986 or festival # 186… turned out Wanda’s father is not doing OK at all, keep up! Get well! But also, broaden your horizon… The only thing we were surprised about, was that the Tats didn’t do any encore at all. We got back to the car and headed out… Wanda near her own problem; Peter, Alex and me talking about the music that passed in the car… No need for afpilzen, get Wanda her couch and I’m out… we had a great time, but a downer ending… Die Nakse Bananen had the FUN of the day, God Dethroned was the METAL of the day, Rose Tattoo had the ATMOSPHERE of the day… We return! Metal.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:50 am 

Way of Darkness 2018, Sodom, Asphyx, Desaster, Messiah; Stadthalle Lichtenfels, Germany, Oct.5th-6th

Way of Darkness 2011 has always been one of my favorite indoor metal festivals, over many years. I’m sorry I had not heard earlier or later of the first editions, of which I could say ‘cool, must go’. Kataklysm, Asphyx, Possessed, what else have we missed there? After a 6 year hiatus there it popped up again: Lichtenfels, October, two days, Sodom, Fleshcrawl. My hairs in my neck instantly rose, would this be as cool as the first time I came to Lichtenfels? How to get there? Bring in Daniel, Tom, Maarten again or would Wanda want to go? The latter. Daniel soon skipped this, as did Tom, so would I have to drive alone (again?)? No, I wouldn’t go if I’d have to do it alone. Over 1,500 km in one weekend, I’m done with that. Wanda suggested: fly. Where? A quick glimpse told me: Nuremberg, only an hour away from Lichtenfels. What happened to Sodom? Tom Angelripper had just kicked out Makka and Bernemann when this gig was announced. Thus, I still hesitated, until the rest of the original flyer (Desaster, Evil Invaders, Soulburn, Witchburner, Revel in Flesh) was accompanied by Asphyx! OK, we go. We might bring in Bryan as well, but thirteen attempts to convince him still said ‘no’. No problem. Easier to book flights as well. Looking at Google Maps made me smile: the venue has a picture online of a merch stand with (probably) a Persistence Tour (Madball, Hatebreed, Born from Pain; hey wasn’t that this year? :lol: ). Early March it even got better as Messiah was announced! Typhusteringtuberculosis, are you sure? The Swiss band that influenced nearly half of early death metal? The band that got us evergreens as Hymn to Abremelin, Extreme Cold Weather and Choir of Horrors? The band that nearly opened Wãldrock 1992? THAT Messiah? Owww fuckgaaf. Yeah, it was this Messiah. There would be a Maarten present also, not Vet but Dijkerman; bring in Vieze Pim as well. The boys drove a day before we flew; we’d have to rush if we wanted to see the first band. Mistake.

The flight to Nuremberg was pretty smooth, but getting the rental car wasn’t. After three rental companies I finally found one: a way too modern Ford, way too much electronics, even reducing speed on full auto, collision alert, but no way to play a simple USB-stick? Damned. I had my work phone on me so that Frod was christened in AC/DC of course ;) Coming to Gasthof Spitzenpfeil held a nice surprise: not only a great room to be in, but also an owner called Hermann ;) We shared a taxi, that costed only € 14 for the five of us; I thanked the boys with my first round of beer there. Ah, at least the beer is better than 7 years ago ;) Wanda had seen Revel in Flesh would have special HM Boss Heavy Metal HM-2 shirts, so she rushed to the merch stand to get one. Ehh get two, as the band already played! So, we’d missed three bands. Revel in Flesh was working on their second part of the set when we got to the stage with a clock running back to zero :) to show how much time a band had left. It turned out that the time remaining was also meant to clean up the stage:
- Emissary of all Plagues
- Casket Ride
- Manifested Darkness
- Avenger
- Fortress of Gloom
- Shadowbreeder
- This Ending in Fire
- In the Name of the Flesh
- Torture Throne
- Doctor Doctor (“The Doctor is in da house” ;) )

This band brings in death metal goose bumps and they get better all the time. We got our set list and promo card signed afterwards. A band that I don’t need set lists nor autographs from is Downfall of Gaia; loads of smoke and noise spill my need to make pictures or write anything positive. Next up is positive to us: Humiliation from Kuala Lumpur. The band plays some dirty, foul grinding death we both like. It made me think of Napalm Death (death metal era of the band) with Terrorizer-hints and some Extreme Noise Terror combined. Meeting Sven Gross was cool again. Time for a great crépe when Soulburn is checking sound. Eric and Twan were delighted to see us, but it seemed the band did not get the appreciation they deserve… the sound is great but the hall is half empty. The band plays an excellent set of old and new and with a strange glitch happening four times some technicalities are mentioned. I got the set list and enjoyed
- Apotheosis Infernali (intro)
- Under the Rise of a Red Moon
- Withering Nights
- Absinthesis
- Claws of Tribulation
- Where Splendid Corpses are Towering Towards the Sun
- I Do Not Bleed From Your Crown of Thorns
- In Suffocating Darkness
- Feeding on Angels
- Outro Al Bowlly + Eden’s Last Sigh
A Lot. Period. Again we got some stuff signed and waited for Bölzer to get to stage. I still don’t have much with this band and as it’s friggin’buzzing I don’t stay really long. Good thing: I met Jurgen and Sylvia once more; they head out to Stonehenge next year :) Our headliner today is Desaster. The band has a great shrill sound and ditto set; the band clearly is in top shape today and the hall explodes with joy, many heads banging, plenty beers flying, loads of esophagus’s torn and masses of stud belts sweeping. Even the pit is joyous :lol: It was only until Sunday I found out Husky is no longer drummer of Desaster, but that made no difference in the overall sound and quality. We don’t want Taake so the taxi is welcome.

Being in Spitzenfeil Gasthof is great. The hotel has it’s own butcher shop (‘eigenere Metzgerei’, where’s Fritz Haarmann when you think of him? :) ), the people are super friendly and helpful and it’s the most expensive hotel I’ve ever been in. Wanda stated ‘I follow Way of Darkness on FB now, if there’s a hint of a new festival we return to Michelau’ \m/ We decided to be tourists for a while, needed cash and tooth paste and I drove through wonderful Bavaria Germany. We came back to the Gasthof and found a man that turned out to be a Cudgel worker, organizing gigs all over Europe. He was pleasantly surprised when I talked about Dynamo Metalfest, Stonehenge and Eindhoven, he might even go there as well. Entering the venue parking space was fun too, as Marcel and Masha soon were joined by Pim, Maarten, Sven and us. We could hear Goregonzola do their grind thingie, but coming inside showed no confetti? Huh? We wanted to see Cryptic Brood and like in Aurich, they were pretty good. Dirty Doom Done Dirt Death Cheap, I think ;) As they’re from Wolfsburg I bought a patch for my German pants. Paul Baayens soon found us and we got him beer and matching Messiah shirts ;) Witchburner was up next. The band I discovered in Bamberg, only 35 km from Lichtenfels, wasn’t Warbringer as Wanda mistakenly said; she couldn’t make out the logo haha. Es war Riesenfett, Jungs! The death thrash was fast, swiftly swiping the floor clean with all the hairs sweeping ;) Their guitarist clearly thinks he’s a striker in a voetbal team, he kept sliding on his knees ;) Wanda got the paper
- Ultra Violence
- Sermon of Profanity
- Kill
- Possession
- Blood of Witches
- Blasphemic Assault
- Grave Desecrator
- Never Surrender
- Hexenhammer
- Bloodthirsty Eyes
- Possessed by Hellfire
- Witchburner
- Path of the Sinner (guitar pick for Wanda ;) )

Walking through people waiting for Evil Invaders autographs is only funny when you walk the wrong route haha. During the Asphyx signing session Martin called out to us and made me forget the route AGAIN. But he approved of Wanda; he wrote ‘herrieman gaat zwaar van bil’ meaning something like ‘bring in the big fucks’ haha. Paul wrote ‘Asphyx puts herrieman on The Rack’ hihihi. Wanda told Martin she’d learned about motorboating by the RockHard YT and he laughed out loud. Lovely. I couldn’t wait too long, as Fleshcrawl was about to start. From sound check to the encore, it was a madhouse. Clearly Mike, Oliver, Bastian, Manu and Sven were here for war and they had not forgotten about 2011 too. The band was loud as a cannon, sharp as a guillotine, smiling like executioners in their new boots, full power ahead death metal. We both got sore throats, heavy arms and a set list each:
- Flesh Bloody Flesh (hey, Maarten still stands during a Fleshcrawl gig :lol: and bro time with Oliver/Mike)
- When Life Surrenders / Soulskinner (making pictures for the family App group, Thirza reacted ‘Skin my Soul’ within minutes haha)
- Dark Dimension
- Structures of Death
- Dying Blood
- Slaughter at Dawn
- Kingdom of Skulls
- From the Dead to the Living (whoah, that’s an oldie!!)
- As Blood Rains from the Sky (without intro ;) )
- Made of Flesh
- The Day Man Lost

No offense to any other band that weekend, but this was the best of the best we’d seen all weekend. The joy in their music is tense and nearly sniffable. Sweating like a corpse in a pool of blood we retreat to the Asphyx signing session, see above. *cool* Fleshcrawl later does a signing session and as I like a joke once in a while I made them glorify themselves on a Messiah promo picture ;) I watched two songs of Necros Christos as Wanda has some of their CDs, but I returned to the bar soon. From that place I watched Evil Invaders bash up Lichtenfels. They had fun, even though Joe remarked there wasn’t much speed or thrash this weekend. They did sound excellent though. Of Messiah I must say my expectations were too high. The band had an obnoxious volume but they lack a good sound man. OK, singer Kaina always has had a shrill voice, but this is ridiculous. The band even used a snow machine to wind the audience up, but apart from a slippery floor nothing happened. Of the following Asphyx show I must be a bit shorter than usual, as Wanda was getting tired and felt a migraine popping up. I got The Quest for Absurdity, Vermin, Candiru, Wardroid, Death The Brutal Way but during M.S. Bismarck Wanda lost it. I had to catch her and bring her to calmer and more fresh air so I volunteered to get us a taxi. No need to share for once, as Sodom would still play for 75 minutes and Asphyx still had not finished, but we left. Way of Darkness 2018 is over, apart from another great breakfast and a trip in a brand new Ford, less than 1,000 miles on the clock, with 7 (!) damaged spots already… not my collisions ;) The flight back to Amsterdam was boring, as I had not thought we’d be split inside the plane and we both had boring neighbors. The train ride home was more exciting (motorboating?) and the normal Sunday things passed in a different order… laundry, shave, Feyenoord losing points, Chinese, MT/MA, shower, whatever. Flesh Bloody Metal!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:22 am 

beforehand, I know none of these bands have ever released something, as they are tribute bands. But I think these bands deserve to be mentioned (and Roel Sanders is it, ex-Inhume, ex-Asphyx). Read before deleting, I guess. Herrieman72, Nov 1st

Rockfest Alkmaar, feat. Snaggletoöth, The Unforgiven; Koel310, Alkmaar

For some time now, it seems to be trending that cultural venues no longer book bands that play their own material. As if original art no longer is affordable, I don’t know. Sometimes you can get music from one of your favorite bands in a cheap way, but I just wanted to hear live music. So whenever I found a poster in my village of this gig, I got three tickets. Would I bring Alex, as he’s heavily into old Iron Maiden and some Metallica? Should I bring Jeroen, as I can show him another Maiden tribute but Ironic? Should I/we bring Bryan, to show people can have fun beyond the realms of FB? Is Belinda in West-Friesland or in Ljouwert? OK, my all time favorite band is AC/DC, closely followed by Kreator, Rory Gallagher, Asphyx, old Epica; but my past is so filled with memories about Metallica and Iron Maiden (and to a certain degree Motörhead) so this night could be fun. Featuring one of the best Metallica tributes I know and THE best Motörhead tribute Snaggletoöth, we head out to Alkmaar to find about out about another Maiden tribute. I’d seen Hi-On Maiden once, that was cool. OK, no need to get there early, extra ticket or not, as NBR could piss us off once more. We came to Koel310 and were directed back to the highway for a parking spot? Uhm, prohibited parking area near KFKut? Not my problem ;) I thought AZ played a home game, as the stadium is near Koel310, but only on Sunday I found out they didn’t. At the door I already found Gerrit and his lovely wife Irma, Total Loss bass friend of old and they signaled a man without ticket. Under a nice chat we waited for this Jacco to show up, but he wasn’t the most talkative/contactive/interesting man I’d met. He did buy my spare ticket for more than the original price haha. First round is on me, of course.

Irma told me exactly what I could have expected about NBR, so we had not missed anything. First to us to stage came Defenders of the Beast, the Iron Maiden Tribute without any backdrop or effects. I think they could have been a Judas Priest (Defenders of the Faith already taken as name? ;) ) as their singer hits some notes so high! I think he wouldn’t do bad in a King Diamond/Mercyful Fate tribute as well. The band doesn’t play with the typical Iron Maiden instruments (Charvel instead of Fender, Tama vs. Paiste drums) but they are sure tight! The light show and the smoke cannon are the only show attributes, but these guys don’t need much else with this set list played sharp:
- Churchill’s Speech
- Aces High
- Be Quick or Be Dead (hey, Bruce and Co. hardly play this one, right?)
- Revelations
- The Trooper (without flag? Oh no, halfway the song some homemade cloth enters stage ;) )
- The Number of the Beast (with a totally unique bass sound? OK!)
- Hallowed Be Thy Name (singer missed a strophe or two >< )
- Wasted Goosebumps
- Ides of March (!)
- Wrathchild (hey, Lloyd and John are present and checking the first rows 8-) )
- Two Minutes to Midnight
- Fear of the Dark
- Run to the Hills (how in Bruce’ name can you fffk up these lyrics? O:O TWICE! ><)
So, about an hour of Maiden’s long history packed from my favorite Maiden albums. A bit strange that the band left out the debut totally, but swoah, we had fun. We also agreed the average age of the audience was way higher than a ‘normal’ metal gig, but they drink! I had my orange soda, Wanda switched between water, orange soda and ‘nothing’; Gerrit and Jacco downed them with lust. Not just Gerrit and Jacco of course, as the venue is a lot bigger than that foyer where we saw Mutator, and it’s nearly packed! Wanda had seen on FB the ‘normal’ tickets were sold out, but at the door there still were people paying to get in. I was searching for some Snaggletoöth merch, but no merch, of any band, was to be seen… pity. In the third (?) hall in Koel310 there was some Halloween party, some ‘rock’ visitors wore corpse paint, angel wings or wizard hats. Fine with us, we were waiting for Snaggletoöth. I explained about the previous Lemmy Tribute in Heemskerk to Gerrit, but he looked at me funny ‘we spoke there, doof!’ Hahaha, sorry dude, you’re right. He had even seen me call Roel for an Inhume autograph ;) Did I wear an Asphyx shirt there? :)

Snaggletoöth also didn’t bring a backdrop, but they brought plenty volume! The band played twice as loud as Defenders of the Beast did, and to be honest they played with more fire too. Between John, Lloyd and Roel is a great click and they surely enjoy what they bring about the audience. No matter if there are plain Motörheadbangers, deathheads, bikers, Pinkblehhers, drinkers, moshers, speed freaks; the band goes one hundred per cent Motörbashhhh!! Lloyd Lemmy Koolen opens the gig with ‘We play Motörhead and YOU are Rock’n’Roll!’ and off they go. I only missed one song writing song titles, but Wanda got the set list:
- We Are Motörhead
- Stay Clean
- Irön Fist (‘dedicated to the women, ironing and fisting’ :) )
- Shoöt Yöu in the Back (‘dedicated to Dutch politicians, for shutting down FIVE hospitals this week!’)
- Killed by Death (‘dedicated to… me’ :) )
- In the Name öf Tragedy
- We Are the Röad Crew (audience finally breaks itself loose)
- Damage Case (that’s the one I missed ;) )
- Thunder and Lightning (John startled by the smoke machine ;) )
- Nö Class
- The Hammer (‘this one is for tomorrow morning 6 AM’ haha. Whoah how much stamina Lloyd puts in Hammmmmmmmmmmerrrrr!)
- Burner
- Orgasmatrön (Lloyd looking diabolical! Very cool to watch!)
- Ace öf Spades (the pit consists mainly of a monovular BLS triplet and they DON’T know normal pit rules! ><)
- Bömber (no Abbath around; Roel with air raid siren, the triplets are startled hihihi)
- Ubertot (haha, Overkill of course)
On the set list there is Över the Töp mentioned, but the organizers are strict: NO. Snaggletoöth plays just like Motörhead do, as if the amphetamines were shared with the sound engineer and go full throttle, no matter what. The band is tight as a warpig, loud as a field öf death and stings like a bull with sharpened hörns. Excellent show, no one needs the backdrop haha.

I know Gerrit used to be a huge Metallica fan of the first two albums. He already mentioned he liked the songs of Master and Justice, but couldn’t cope these albums with the energy of Kill ‘m All and Ride the Lightning. Fine with me, but when I looked at the audience I thought ‘Pinkpop bleh bleh’. And I’m not mistaken, I just don’t get this Unforgiven gig AT ALL. The band has copied everything, up to the coiffures of the members, but also the snare drum sound off St. Anger… kut kut kut. What I fear happens: the audience is getting drunk and annoying, already when It’s A Long Way to the Top is played as intro they pit. One two-cubic-meter-man finds it necessary to drag onlookers to the pit, even if they’re making pictures or handing out drinks. Asshole. The mongol triplets bash holes into the audience the size of a Messerschmitt bomber… after three songs I’ve had it, say goodbye to Gerrit even if he can’t hear me at all, he understood. I signal Wanda and we’re off. These three songs already held a too fast version of Hardwired (playing fast for the sake of playing fast ><), a shallow sing-a-long in Creeping Death (second song in, already annoying. I DON’T FREQUENT RADIO VERONICA NOR PINKPOP) and another too fast played For Whom the Bell Tolls :( :( :( In this form I can clearly say my earlier Metallica-fan-ness is fucked and over. Loud as a tornado in a jam jar, shrill like a piece of black board dragged over the nails of a wall of severed fingers ( © Neil Gaiman, thanks for that!) and ffffing people up. Not me. I was out, especially after I took a better look at the opposite wall… a nice contour painting of Lemmy, accompanied by FFFFF HAZEzzzzz, M.Jacksass, Blow Your Head off Cobain and Diana Rootyourrotoff. Uhgggg! I took my hoodie and ran. At the KFKut parking lot I felt a little hungry so I got to Macca’s instead, but had totally forgotten about the Halloween theme there. Who do I meet, dressed as a morbid nun? Joey Ferwerda! I belch out laughing, no need for the wimpy cheeseburger anymore, but I drove out. No hand break needed, not scared away, no Neutral position for my beloved VW Golf Mk II Diesel, just throttle up and eat single handed. It wasn’t until Westwoud itself I had to do my hobby TWICE, as they rebuild Westfrisiaweg over and over again… typing this I noticed a struggling FC Groningen nearly equaled PussVuh and Feyenoord is being called pathetic? For a red card in sixth minute? For an own keeper’s goal? For fight voetbal? My weekend can’t be busted though, as I had a remarkable weekend with Wanda once more, half paid for by Toon’s plumbing waste, beautiful weather at the funeral parlor and a ginger/onion/peach cooked piece of beef, Chinese, shaven clean, two happy people with metal in our hearts, just this time not in the pit. Motörmetal!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:26 pm 

Holland Heavy Festival, feat. Picture, Vandale, Nov. 3rd Iduna Drachten

This festival brings a lot of ancient, the oldest of the old and even older memories to my mind. I clearly remember Westwoud metalhead Hender moaning about Picture in café De Bak, somewhere in 1986, where the band tried their to push their ‘too new’ sound through their throats. The band had gone from pure heavy metal to more American style radio-appreciative music and that landed in ‘boys, everybody give the band the finger’ and the entire bar did… the road crew pulled all the chords out, packed the gear and left… after two songs. Leaving the audience baffled. I wasn’t there but heard the story in awe. ‘How could a band that plays heavy metal do a bad show?’, I thought back then. I do know Picture NEVER returned to West-Friesland anymore. They were headlining Dutch Steel some two years ago, but as I was guest to Final Heiress’ Jan at that time, I never got to see the band that gave The Low Lands Heavy Metal Ears. Sort of the same with Vandale, they were big in the southern parts of my country, but never seemed to find the need to play north of the big rivers… It was Bryan that got me back on my old days… getting tickets, already wandering how to shock the audience most by wearing the most brutal shirts – denim – sloppy trouser – cap. I figured an Iron Maiden-, Metallica- or even Megadeth shirt would be ‘appropriate’ for some gray metalhead there, but not me hahaha. Dutch Denim OK ;) Grindhoven shirt? Mwhoah. PartySan cap? You got it. But the trip itself did not begin without hassle too. Wanda had not been on speaking terms anymore with Bryan and Alex has obligations that overcome even his birthday present… would he go at all? OK, you’re volleyball coach and your team plays, but why do people try to bypass ME so easily? Do I have to cope with two spare tickets now? GODVERDOMME!!! Pff, we agreed we’d pick up Alex from his sports venue and move on… can’t I just have a gig without SHIT someday? Turned out Alex DID drive after all. OK. Cool down.

Sometimes I still pity myself (a bit, I don’t linger too long anymore) I never went to a Very ‘Eavy Festival, other than the Dutch Steel event as Raven played there, Satan, said Vandale, Angel Witch and Night Demon, amongst many others. This year the festival isn’t held in Stadskanaal but in Iduna, Drachten. Two halls or one, I had no idea yet. I got Alex some broodje bal and coffee only a few kilometers from Drachten; we needed petrol badly. Coming to Iduna we were greeted by a smiling Alwin Roes, he’d brought new Dead End merch! Bryan walked by us, totally ignoring us. Fine, I’ll leave you to it. Sad Iron, the band Alex wanted to miss ;) was already playing. The band sounded way sharper than that dreadful night in Hauwert and it’s great not to see the band stumble over high pitched covers. They are about to release their third album soon and as a warm up they played two songs of the new one: Revolution and The Deal. Last song they played was Powerthrash. Hey, isn’t that Marco from Distillator on drums? Heck, now I understand their tightness haha. Marco later told me he’d been hired for a few shows and maybe some drum rolls on the album. Alex later wrote ‘greetings from Alex’ on the merch sell list as his son in law is Marc’s brother ;) Wanda made sure everybody now has at least one Sad Iron patch \m/

Second band we saw (fourth to play) was Burning. The band looks old, but is actually quite new, only formed in 2013. Their appearance is inspired by Saxon (army coat seventeenth century style), their music has a high Diamond Head feel to it. But when the second song (?) is already a tribute to Paul McCartney, we’re out. Alex, Wanda and me have nothing with the Beatles, so it’s time for a CD hunt. Wanda surprised Alex (mostly, me included) by buying three CDs for him and I got The Gathering – Downfall; as she knew my copy is in Daniel’s house somewhere and the one Bryan promised will probably never show up here. Fine, I can deal with such minor issues now. The band I was quite eager to see was next: Emerald. Guitarist Paul had been happy to see us, Final Heiress fans all over. I even got a thumbs-up for the FH lighter attached to my Dutch Denim :) His band clearly has the most fun on stage today. The band interacts with each other and the audience, which gives them a warm welcome in return. I wondered how long Bert Kivits could hold his King Diamond falsetto, it’s so sharp and loud! Now I recall Paul wishing Bert well from the Dutch Steel event! The band plays heavy metal old-Judas Priest style, hint of Mercyful Fate (dúh) and has in Iron on Iron their anthem, which exposes wild enthusiast reactions from the crowd. It’s busier than I expected anyway, the hall is well filled by now. At first you could walk freely from stage to merch to bar to toilet, but from now on you have to evade loads of people to reach your goal, whatever you need in a goal ;) Emerald is MY band of the day, that’s for sure. Wanda agreed and got us all a diamond shaped patch from the band. Somehow she doubted to buy the album, I would have, had I not taken my task to get everyone enough to drink and exchanged my cash money for coins.

It could have been time to eat some more, as Jurassic Park did everything to piss me off. They made me think of the live encounters I had with Diamond Head, maybe a hint faster, hauling for more reaction to the stage, trolling about album sales lost, meeping about bands they played with, voluntarily or not. Vandale was next and I must say I was hardly pleased to see them. They have a Jovink touch to their lyrics, but more cynical. The band plays hard rock, not heavy metal; I clash this with Whitesnake more than, say, Saxon or whatever NWOBHM you can think of. It sounds a bit outdated to me as well, rusty on the strings or something. Made one picture and off to Picture. I like the albums Heavy Metal Ears and Eternal Dark, but don’t hear much known stuff. The audience freaks out, as if it’s a long lost friend; I think that’s a bit overrated, as the band still plays several handpicked shows on not the smallest festivals over Europe. Alex noticed we were getting a bit drunk and helps Wanda into the car. I try to keep Alex focused, but my eyelids are too heavy and before Sneek I’m the Diamond Dreamer. This was a fun day, bothered by Bryan or not. I can’t say I’m surprised by his doom, but don’t piss me off. I like a band live once a week, not be grumpy about it. I’m not going to ignore anybody, it’s not in my ways to keep down about something. Nuff said.

Holland Heavy was a good festival, but I notice I’m too much of a thrasher, deathhead to keep entertained all day. Sad Iron was better than expected, Emerald the best and I had expected more from Vandale. On Picture I can say ‘down with the fingers’ to Hender haha. It’s a hard working band and they show professionalism on stage. It’s just not my favorite style; if they show up on a festival I go to, I’ll wait for my ears to turn heavy :) The lighting of the bands was into the crowd, so I had to duck once in a while. The overall sound was good, as was the atmosphere. Before I’d say I’d be the Benjamin of the festival, but I wasn’t. Let’s say I was in the youngest category ;) Heavy Metal forever! Hangover or not!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:10 pm 

Evil Invaders – Feed Me Violence tour; Dutch part with Distillator, Patronaat, Haarlem, Nov.10th

Ever since The Storm is Coming (2012) I’ve been a big Distillator fan and as of Evil Invaders… I think it was a combination of hearing Razor’s effort on MDF and seeing the Belgian band logo, somewhere end of 2016 that I’ve fallen for these Belgs. Then, what is cooler than those two blood-brother-bands would tour together?? Yeah, get there! That’s cool :lol: Back then I just got three tickets, see who’d join Wanda and me. Tom wasn’t around, nor was Belinda; I soon turned to Alex, as he’d enjoyed Evil Invaders on the Venom Inc. show last March and he’d seen Laurens, Frank and Marco with Izegrim. Pretty detail: the Saturday show of this mini-tour was the closest to home ;) Evil Invaders goes on after these 4 gigs, Distillator will do several solo- and festival-shows coming weeks.

Still being busy getting Wanda her places in the house, we toured West-Friesland before picking up Alex. He’d been touring the volleyball circuit all day and nearly’d forgotten about thrash night… but no worries, I’m not scared of a grumpy sister in law haha. Coming to Haarlem I knew we might have missed Heerhugowaard Thrash Combo Holy Fire or Hallowed Fire or something, that’s for another night. In the main hall of Patronaat there was some singer-songwriter doing a (short?) gig, no one of their visitors was younger than 55 so it seemed. Not hindered by any prejudice we moved between the golden oldies for young bite-your-dog-thrash from Enschede: Distillator! The band went in with a smile, had to double their intro before all hell went withering… Not being hindered by a set list the band raged like Destruction in their old days… at least I heard three songs plus Saturation Bombing, Perceiving Presence, Revolutionary Cells, Summoning the Malicious before Black Magic and Megalomania ended their set. Very cool mic standard as well, it looked like a cross Iron Man-Predator! *cool* The band thanked the audience for showing up, but clearly needed Alex and me to get some thrashing going *cool* ; the band thanked us with thumbs up, thanked their brothers Evil Invaders and the crew. In the pit there were some weirdos as well, as the first man I hit wore a sharp-bullet belt so all my knuckles are busted... one sicko stuck out his leg to make Alex trip (gladly the airhead was corrected by the pit ><) and one clearly over his top on what? Coke? Could be. Speed? Whattheffff. Booze? Probably not. Maybe his stepmom had her period or something, otherwise I can’t explain his grumpiness and gruffness. No guitar picks this time, but an idea brooded my mind… ;) [Secret Satan herrieman72 Style] helped by a nice conversation about Paul Di’Anno and some 0,0 Brand… pretty doable. Alex switched from Heiny on tap to Palm on bottle and Wanda kept to her 0,0 also… it had been a rough week since Drachten :lol:

Evil Invaders also didn’t play with a set list, just played a nice set. One song I scarcely recognized before Mental Penitentiary was played, Feed me Violence was hauled by a much harder pit than I expected so I kept near the stage… as did Alex. ‘Can you give me violence? Can you really give me violence, you mofo?’ was Joe’s call ;) Funny to hear that after a song that ended nearly like a ballad :) But the lights killed it off again, so after some four songs we got upstairs to watch the band from the merch balcony. Nice to see a pit, but not as violent as the first songs. The band runs on stage as fast as they play their solos, interact like crazy on stage and off, sound is blisteringly sharp, not too loud… OFFF with their limbs! Stairway to Insanity was a nice nod to Iron Maiden/Paul Di’Anno era \m/ But those lights… even with a cap covering more than half my head and my eyes closed they hammered inside my brain. I chose to get out, just after seeing the band improvise as one guitar cable snapped: they played Witching Hour, very well done to see the band ‘simply’ does such a cover to keep the momentum going. Chapeau! When I was looking for my jacket I heard Raise Hell and saw hell wàs raised: more violence than before, more reaction to that crackpot cokehead in front… Obliviate him during the song Oblivion… time to eat. We scared off some more silver hairs just thanking them for room to pass :) As Alex only could be satisfied by curly fries we ended up at BK near Westpoort (the industrial area of Amsterdam), near a company I enforced not so long ago… but that’s of later worry. We can look back to a great evening of brothers, not only in family and in bands, but also in minds alike. All over Patronaat, the main hall included; even if they didn’t notice that haha. Brothers of Metal!!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:16 pm 

Death… Is Just the Beginning Tour 2018, Kataklysm, Hypocrisy

Once in a while you get sentimental. Everybody can fill that in on his or her own life, so do I. When this tour was announced I instantly thought ‘Wacken’. It’s been years and years I’ve first seen both Hypocrisy and Kataklysm (not together, though) and both excelled on Wacken, with Jeroen, two bands I’ve seen often before, never a letdown. I thought of putting on every Wacken merch I had, but noticed my (3) festival shirts were overwashed, my presale shirt is torn, too cold for my Wacken shorts and Jeroen nearly wore his LS to bits. What was left was a fumbled Wacken cap, I even had to plaster the inside of the damned thing not to push my head skin in; it’s dirty, foul and smells, but the recollection of those three festivals is vivid. We even contacted Belinda, as she once offered we could kip at her place. I had to turn that offer down as she wasn’t sure she’d make it and I’d bring in Jossel and Tom; we all work on Wednesday so I drove home after the gig.

Coming to Leeuwarden with an old WandaWanda is not much fun, but we managed. Near Neushoorn we parked at the city canal, with a parking machine that told us we’d paid too much? And not give money in return? Oaf of a machine :) It was so close to the venue I didn’t even put on my Deserted Fear hoodie \m/ and got in. The first band already played, they’re called The Spirit, originate from Saarland region in Germany and play some blackened death metal we hinted towards Dissection (but not so melodic) and God Dethroned (but surlier). We ran into Jeroen, Jaap-Jan, David and Belinda; orange soda, 0,0 and regular beers were spread out as people noticed each other’s Westfriesianness :) It wasn’t long before Wanda surprised Belinda with a Kataklysm shirt and I surprised her with a full-on Pitfest ticket. Soo easy to make a youngster happy, she even shone! :lol: To my idea it took only seconds to get rid of The Spirit’s stage stuff and get the death metal spirit Tägtgren & Co. represent: the band Hypocrisy went in like a hurricane through recently planted palm trees with these songs:
- Fractured Millenium
- Valley of the Damned
- End of Disclosure
- Adjusting the Sun
- Eraser
- Pleasure of Molestation – really really old medley follows (Obsculum Obscenum for instance; Peter announced it by saying ‘the first time in Holland we did this a little different, the difference is the same’(?) hihihi)
- Fire in the Sky
- Killing Art
- Born Dead Buried Alive
- Warpath
- Final Chapter
- Roswell 47 (encore, the band is called back but only to hand out picks)

Said hello to Alwin and Christel, soon to see Peter in another Asphyx shirt :) Wanda, small as she is, has a better view on stage than I did, so she asked me to be helped up and grabbed the set list. The band is in blazing form, eager to fight, sharp as a grinder, fun on stage, audience rabid, loud as death metal should be, sharp as blackened thrashened death can be! My memories of earlier shows were weighed amongst each other and I think only the Paradiso show in 2003 was even better… I missed Hypocrisy on Elsrock the year I was so busy getting blue and bleu and Tom told me later this WAS the best he’d seen them; Elsrock 2010 was a killer day in so many ways… (Eva, Napalm Death, Agnostic Front, Hail of Bullets, Pestilence, Onslaught, The Lucifer Principle and Lizzy Borden). Tom couldn’t join the pit due to his renewed problems with his leg and Jos was headbanging as if he was kneading for a huge apple pie and I just smiled all across the hour that was given to us… Wanda ecstatic, Belinda glowing, Jeroen’s appreciative nods, need I go on? :)

Would Kataklysm top this gig like we all know they can? The simple and most truthful answer is NO. The band clearly has grown so much in popularity their sound is reaching Radio Veronica standards nowadays and they sound like plastic. The groove outnumbers the death metal hugely. Jos mentions, three songs in: ‘Dit is KUTTT!’ Tom says ‘this is not the band I gladly snapped my anklet to’ and I silently weep.. where’s the fire of Manifesto, Wacken, Neckbreaker’s Ball, Poppodium Romein and that infamous tour with Behemoth and Aborted?? I don’t need fluff like Narcissist, And Then I Saw Blood nor the Gojira-like backdrop the band uses… Add a blistering stroboscope to a dull, flat sound and I move out after a song or four, maybe five. Crippled and Broken, from the foyer, even dampened my spirit even more and I was baffled to hear Manipulator of Souls being played tinny and too slow!! Come on, do you really want to sound like fucking Disturbed or something? We decided to move out. I even asked if Belinda wouldn’t change her Kataklysm shirt for a Hypocrisy one, but she was happy with the red Grim Reaper one Kataklysm sold her… time for a burger or two. On the road home we were happy with Deserted Fear playing my beloved VW Golf Mk II Diesel so I gave a spare copy of My Empire to a flabbergasted Jos :lol: . No need for afpils, work dudes and dudettes! Death is Just the Beginning? To Kataklysm it’s their death of my liking, but Hypocrisy has restarted! There was FIRE IN THE METALLLLL!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:29 pm 

The European Apocalypse Tour 2018, 013 Tilburg, Nov. 30th: Kreator, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed

What on metal earth could be more brutal than a package Kreator – Dimmu Borgir – Hatebreed – Bloodbath? Sort of the biggest bands in their genre, combined in a 15-gig-tour all over Europe, many friends present in a great venue, this is going to be rad! Insane! Amazing! Awesome! Cool! Whatever, you can guess my reaction to the annunciation of this tour. My friends also thought so, as I got thréé tickets for my birthday, all three friends not knowing that others would do so ;) Jordi got me the money, Tom the paper ticket and Kevin was the one that hunted Ticketswap for me. Bring in Wanda (with the money), get Tom to drive (with the paper) and get Stip along (use the Swap). But I’ve known Stip for quite some years; I’d have to try several times to reach him… nope. Voicemail, text, WhatsApp, oh he doesn’t use those. So, story of my life, I had a spare ticket. Thank some social media for once, Belinda would and could join us from her study in Leeuwarden. I’d sent the TS link from Kevin to her, used this printed ticket for my scribblings there. I even put on ‘Don’t use this’ on the paper to be certain every ticket would be held by the ‘good’ person haha. We’d meet so many friends there it made me think of the Kreator – Celtic Frost – Legion of the Damned tour in 2007, where over one hundred of my acquaintances and friends watched my head concussed… such a great but painful night that was. Or the first time I saw Kreator myself, featuring Dimmu Borgir as well. Jamey Jasta in a Kreator shirt on Graspop. Rad.

On the A58 we nearly did a Stip, by almost buying Normaal-, Iron Maiden- or André Fucker CD, only to lose them through an open car window in a sharp bend :) Coming to the venue we already were passed by an angry Belinda, she’d been buffed out of the venue because of her weekend bag… yeah pay € 5 for a bigger locker in a different part of town, so it seemed. It wasn’t allowed in the ‘normal’ venue of 013?? Thaa ffff? OK, she liked Bloodbath, thought they were pretty brutal, but they mostly played new material and hardly any classics. We were near the lockers when Hatebreed already begun, seeing André Meijer, Ed, René and John for the 3,000th time ;) Hatebreed sounded too bassy for my likings and I’ve heard Jasta sharper before. Some songs:
- As Diehard as they Come (yep, there’s the groove)
- Doomsayer (Jasta telling about welcoming the young audience by older concert visitors ;) )
- Filth (Jasta telling about the line up of this tour, black metal, death metal and thrash metal united by hardcore (…))
- This is Now
- Driven by Suffering (the band’s tribute to Lemmy and Peter Steele)
- Beholder of Justice (telling us about listening to Kreator as a kid, looking forward to seeing the band for the first time and now playing with them. He said ‘if Kreator calls, you answer YES’)
- Empty Promises
- When I Wake Up the Real Nightmare Begins
- Call for Blood (Tom hardly can stand still anymore \m/ but he has to... )
- Destroy Everything (‘come on, one more circle pit, you’re not pit retired yet!’)

But still, we enjoyed it, but the constant groove wasn’t working all the show and the breaks become interchangeable after some song or 4, 5. I think it didn’t really help there weren’t much ‘real’ hardcore kids present, the flame didn’t really light up much; apart from the last few songs. What brought more smoke and light than brilliance was the following Dimmu Borgir. Tom didn’t even enter the hall, but I skipped the band after being set ablaze (from between the corridor doors ><) by light and smoke, having trouble even recognizing Progenies of the Great Apocalypse… which is one of my favorite Dimmu songs. We decided to go merch hunting, my Kreator coffee mug has a busted print now but those weren’t sold anymore… better: Wanda got me, Belinda and herself a special 013-date shirt!! And the best part was: this was the best looking (new) Kreator- or European Apocalypse-shirt of the lot! It turned out I lost Wanda when Belinda and me put the newly bought shirts in her locker and Kreator had already started! Wanda, as it turned out, was on front row!! I looked at Tom and saw he was eager to jump in, but he can’t and he won’t, so I wrote three songs and jumped in: PITTTTTTT, HITTTTTT, KILLLLLLLL!!! Scoop up the fallen brothers! Make room for more pitters! Say hello to an ecstatic Kevin in the pit! Even René showed up there (5 feet tall!) The sound was crystal clear, the band had fire, fireworks, a confetti gun, vertical foggers, (during Phobia) a swirl gun and some hour and a half to SLAYYYYYYY! I think I did some 80 minutes in that pit. In the outro I got beyond happy: I have a friggin’Kreator set list now!!
- The Four Horsemen – Choir of the Damned
- Enemy of God
- Awakening of the Gods (!!)
- People of the Lie
- Gods of Violence (intro + song)
- intro: bells
- Satan is Real
- outro: bells
- intro: Mars Mantra (remark: ‘Theatrical Fire’ (??)
- Phantom Antichrist
- Fallen Brother
- Flag of Hate
- Phobia
- Hordes of Chaos
- intro: The Patriarch
- Violent Revolution
- Pleasure to Kill
- Outro: Apocalypticon
I’ve known the band since 1987 and I’m still impressed by the aggression of the music, the precision, the harshness of Mille and the sharpness of solos and rhythm like a clock. People that think the band ‘only does a trick’, as I’ve read some times in (for instance) Aardschok are fools, imo. Only once have I seen a Kreator show that didn’t really live up to my expectations; heck I was still recuperating from a blazing Exodus show only an hour before haha. That’s a great score in 22 Kreator shows *evil* Wanda made my day again, by bringing three shirts she’d found dangling from the fence near the stage. Ah, at least ONE dry shirt before heading back into the cold [Dave later texted he caught a cold on his way back to England :o ]. My denim could be wrangled, you’d have a full Bavaria brewery filled :) Nice to see Jupiler change through sweat to dirty Bav hahaha.

We got to the car, turned onto the highway, got one more pee break and we were in West-Friesland again. I was busted, black and blue, mangled, smelly and sleeping for breath. But we survived. Kreator will keep haunting for my heart and soul, my bodily exercise, my sweat and my eternal grin whenever I can see them again. Hail to the Hordes of Violence!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:58 pm 

Ruhrpott Metal Meeting 2018, Dec. 7-8, Turbinenhallen Oberhausen; Headbangers Ball Tour, special Century Media stage, Venom, Children of Bodom

Successive four: fourth year in a row I visit Ruhrpott Metal Meeting. I had been mailing with Wanda and Peter (Lord Belial) about RMM 2017 and as soon as I returned to their website if there would be an aftermovie, the new dates were set: December 7th en 8th, Oberhausen, wir sind wieder da! Ruhrpott has been a joy ever since its infliction, combining tours of heavy, thrash and death metal from all over the metal community. From Asphyx to Desaster, twice Deserted Fear, Death Angel and Legion of the Damned, Saxon, Sodom, Dutch bands glorified (Izegrim!) with thrilling tours. Would my wish come true and would Kreator be announced? In January I could not say a thing, as there was NO band mentioned at the presale of tickets. None! But I decided to gamble a bit, how different would this RMM be compared to the 2015-2016-2017 editions? One thing I knew that was different, I’d bring Wanda this time. She raved about my Ruhrpott adventures (not just the Metal Meeting ;) ) so she paid in advance! How’s that for a change, not having to whine about returning the money for tickets, hotel, diesel or whatnot? NH booked with a discount, OK! But it was Peter that had to cancel this time, as he broke his clavicle just a few weeks before. In a rush I called Alex if he’d have time, money and eagerness to go… yeah. As always, Alex had a bitch for planning but he went along anyway ;) When the first bands were announced I had a bit of a hard time, as Alekut, Kindergarten Boring and D.A.D. were on… soon to be followed by Venom and the Headbangers Ball tour 2018: Death Angel and Sodom would be present for their second Ruhrpott, bring in Exodus, fine. Of course Kreator already tours, not passing by Oberhausen this year.

The trip to Oberhausen began with work (just a few minor maintenance issues :) ) and coffee for the road. At the hotel we unpacked and got back to the car for the Christmas market. After touring a parking garage for half an hour we heard Amsterdam dialect: it turned out this weekend the personnel trip from my job was this weekend ;) but Wanda hated it… she was completely ignored (…) when Alex and me ordered beef spears… got back to the hotel, blazing… Add a taxi that didn’t want to stop for an ATM and my mood turned grey… for a second or two. No tips given this night :-S Entering Turbinenhalle the first band already had started and they’re called Pripjat. In the main hall it sounded like a nuclear detonation from beneath a cheese bowl ;) I had brought a Mutator CD to be given to Tom Angelripper, but when we got to the table for the signing session Exodus was sitting behind the table, no longer Sodom?? Uhm, OK, I have a picture with Zetro now ;) but as Shredded Ed signed one CD ‘greetings to fellow thrasher Tom Angelripper’ I never gave it away, even though we met Frank Blackfire a few minutes later. Another photo shoot ;) and Death Angel got to stage. The band, as expected, did the same set as last Wednesday, but the joy wasn’t any less ;) I told Alex about MY first encounter with Paradiso Amsterdam… Evil Priest by Death Angel on their Frolic tour; Alex had Venom + Exodus as First Paradiso Moment ;) I also found (German) Vendetta on a poster nearby, so my feeling of utter sentiment was totally fulfilled hahaha. Vendetta had played Troll Hoorn once with my friends of Total Loss \m/ I don’t need to reproduce the set list, as it was the same indeed. One memorable moment was when Mark Osegueda told us just before Mistress of Pain was played: ‘Forget Friday work shit, forget school shit, forget family meetings of shit but enjoy ffffffg metal!’ It wasn’t even 8PM yet haha.

Not forgetting any shit meant Sodom to me. The band had half Oberhausen as their house friend, so it seemed. The audience went totally Stauder, banging fists and heads, shouting all old and new stuff to bits. Still no sound of the Partisan EP, but swoah. Add a great sound and nice pit to a show that will be remembered, I guess. Technically it was a mess, with Blackfire losing his wireless, a busted drum skin and vocals withering around stage, but it was another feel good Sodom moment. More feel good came with Exodus and they also did a similar set like Wednesday. I had the shouters around me again ‘andere Richtung, bitte!’ but all I did was smile. I enjoyed Alex in the pit, as he seemed to walk behind me, going against the grain once again. My arms are clearly marked, but his aren’t. People never know what hit them when I’m around, add a flying Alex to that and you know what confusion can do to a normally thinking dude that want his mileage done HA HA HA. We also met Erik Fleuren of Legion of the Damned, who clearly wasn’t impressed by my Epica cap and ‘warned’ me for the new Legion material to come. Put all filth you heard before, add rawness and the fire of old Legion material, was sort of what to expect in January 2019. Don’t worry, I already ordered two editions \m/ Of which band do you think I won’t order any editions anymore? Venom. The band made their old mistake to play way, way too loud and added some shitty sound and sloppy performance to that, we left after Don’t Burn the Witch and Bloodlust. The band clearly tried to reach 1985 volume but also had 1985 sleaze about it. Pfft. Afpilzen at the hotel, only after seeing Michael and Nina roll by ;)

Saturday began with a foot long and a Vietnamese (?) woman slipping off the wheelchair slope Wanda tried to ignore. As good Samarithan I gave her a coffee against the shock, she asked the Sub worker three times if she had to pay for the coffee or not 8-) hey, there’s the unwilling taxi driver again… we walked the last mile for some head rest and a nice Autumn breeze… pity I have tendovaginitis now so I can hardly move my head, it doesn’t get any better in this breeze… Saturday of Ruhrpott 2018 meant way, way more merch hunting, as the bands weren’t top notch… I don’t need Kids of Boredom, Alejakkes or Doofus After Dada after such a great thrash metal night… Our band list today began with missing Motorjesus and seeing Baest do a fierce death-nearing-grind set. I know Alex can’t do much with this music and as he kept Wanda from buying the entire Goddess- or Riffs-stand I saw three songs. She bought a pile of 6 inches of patches ;) Oh yeah I did wander Motorjesus for about three seconds, but hated the whine. We also didn’t see much of Skalmöld, as it sounds too happy and jumpy for our likings today. Nice to meet Gerre and see him drain the beer Alex got him ;) We gathered around for Angelus Apatrida in Flöz hall, as it was specially set for Century Media’s 30th anniversary. The mood wasn’t cheery nor festive, as the volume was totally over the top and it was totally impossible put any musical part apart… the intro held something grind, something thrash, something hiphop and a shard of Suicidal Tendencies?? Uhm, better head back to Skalmöld, even though their bass player had a beer belly to show and a fagot sound?? Uhm, no. Rather head out to Tankard’s Ruhr Party. I don’t know if Zombie Attack was the first song they played, but it sure as hell was the first party of the day. 3,000 hands in the air, beer flying and to be drunk, Rapid Fire, Chemical Invasion, A Girl Called Cerveza and (Empty) Tankard were masterclasses in beer to us. Alex nearly choked on his Jäger when Cerveza was played, but we made him survive ;) And got him another one ;) He drank that more quietly ;) . But with Century Media’s Birthday it didn’t get much better. I liked Enjoy the Silence played by Lacuna Coil, Alex hated it. He liked the following Heaven’s A Lie, I muttered something about the sound and the overabundance of smoke… Why wasn’t Asphyx present? The band has been under CM flag for nearly their entire career! Oh of course, Husky is touring with Sodom. Fool herrieman.

Fools? Danish D.A.D.. I looked for about two seconds and was done with them. Again. Wtf do these guys want, being sent into German metal festivals and pissing themselves under on stage? We decided Ruhrpott Metal Meeting 2018 was over for us. We needed nutrition, so headed out to a döner shack some 500 m from Turbinenhalle. Funny thing was, after the food we waited in a used-DVD shop and I got my German HP VII and VIII blu rays, asked if the owner could call us a taxi and when he arrived, some drunk whore was thrown out of it to make room for us. Wanda inspected the back seat for spots HA HA HA. Back in the hotel there were some more of my company people, but as I didn’t recognize them (they knew me :-S tell me something new ;) ) during our afpils. A good night’s rest, Wanda for the first time ever in a bath tub and a great welcome by Tecle and Akberet before getting home. In bands it could have been some more interesting (Saturday) but the pits of the first night made me remember this Ruhrpott well. Pity I had to see the goals in the Kohlenpott Derby (FC Schalke 04 lost 2-1 to Dortmund) but seeing Zetro smile, Angelripper directing his friends, Erik’s comment on Within Tempation and Gerre drinking Alex’beer made a great weekend. Ruhrpott, herzlichen DANKE!! Bis next Jahr, wohl! Metall!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:18 am 

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018, Triptykon, Septicflesh, Marduk Dec.13-15, Effenaar

Some people think that any tradition can be broken some day. I say ‘screw that’, but even I have had some double bookings, missed appointments and ‘can’t find my ticket’-events. Work colliding with hobby? Not on Eindhoven Metal Meeting, not for me. I am not sure of course, but apart from organizer Roman Hödl I don’t think there are many people who can say they’ve been to every friggin’day of Eindhoven Metal Meetings, ever since 2009. No exception. No Christmas work drinks for me since a few years, first round of beers or not, as those doofheads keep organizing a drink the third Thursday of December. For four years in a row EMM has had a pre-party and I have also visited all of those. My Elfde Gebod (Elventh Commandment :p ) will be in Eindhoven and not in Amsterdam. The date to EMM 2018 was mentioned on the leaflet of the 2017 edition, albeit without pre-party affirmed. First names: Triptykon, Benediction, Izegrim, Necrophobic, Possession. Second batch: FLESHCRAWL. Pre-party: Aura Noir and Demonical. This is going to slay. Wanda had her ticket and one for Bryan, but we didn’t know if he’d show up. Fine.

The work Thursday was a hectic one, but I got onto the platform of the train way before Wanda rolled in. I noticed that the prize of a train ticket and the parking bill (+diesel) would be almost the same, so I chose the quiet of the train over the traffic jams. Wanda had made pancakes with cheese and salami so we got into Eindhoven well fed. We had no ticket for the pre-party yet, that would be a lot cheaper at the door instead of getting it online and paying triple. The first band soon got to stage and the small hall of Effenaar got a nice batch of shrill thrash, with too high vocals to fit it entirely. I thought it sounded like someone had put a Destruction CD on 78 RPM; Wanda thought Schmier had been grabbed by the balls ;) Halfway the set the band began to play more melodic, put in some twinsolos and add jazzy elements? Oh yeah they’re called Vorbid, come from Norway and the singer wears fluffy pink socks. Wanda liked it more than I did. Need anything else? Yeah, we need a band like Obliteration, see https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Obliteration/31532 for details: suddenly a full hall got steaming death metal, hint of grind, brutal solos and some violence off stage I could use very well. In the meantime Agga, Erwin, Erik, Bettina, Brandon, Tamar, Dave & Dave and Laurens exchanged skeleton grins :lol: and beers ;) in fierce old school Swedish death metal, hinting towards Morbid Angel/Terrorizer and gnawing November’s Doom/Asphyx. Wanda got the set list:
- Goat Skull Crown
- Onto Damnation
- The Spawn of a Dying Kind | ORB|
- Detestation Rite
- Sepulchral Entity
- The Worm that Gnaws in the Night
I couldn’t find what that remark on ORB meant, but to fans it is clear: great death metal is heard! Wanda ran to the merch stand and got a patch, Koen kept me busy inviting us to a triplet birthday gig in Gebr.De Nobel next week. Or a week later, his scribblings weren’t exactly understandable hahaha. More Old School Death Metal to be seen, as Demonical came to bash Eindhoven to appelstroop. The band went in heavy armor, phosphorus bullets present, air raid siren loud, thundering vocals and what happens: a hand in hand swirl pit with Ineke :lol: Again, Wanda grabbed the set list, I got Martin Schulman’s copy:
- Towards Greater Gods
- The Order
- World Serpent
- A Void Most Obscure
- Sung to Possess
- The Arrival of Armageddon
- From Nothing
- Cursed Liberation
- Välkommen Undergång
- Unfold Thy Darkness
- All Will Perish
- Return in Flesh
- Death Metal Darkness
This is such a killer set, I got Wanda a shirt. Dave Ingham in his Aura Noir shirt got me a big beer to be certain I’d stay around for his favorite band of the day. The band did have a nice gig, but as I still don’t have much silverware present of these Norgs, I leave the details to him. We were getting tired as well, Wanda’s back and lower parts of her legs were pressing harder than expected so halfway the set I finished the beer with a too big gulp as Sharon and Wanda were greeted by a beer shower from the balcony >< Thaaaa ffff? Sharon was so pissed off she went out and did not return the entire weekend :( Wanda smelled like foul beer the rest of the days (unless the longsleeve was in the locker, of course ;) ) End of day one to us.

Day two meant remembrance to us both. December 14th is Leonard’s death day and my deceased brother Peter’s birthday. We enjoyed the silence of Catharine church and burned three candles… the third for all the other that were taken from us. Entering the small hall I heard a foul version of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence (again?) and never bothered to get this band. We were more interested in Sisters of Suffocation, leave the glasses on the speaker cabinet and BEUKEN! The band had half an hour to awaken Eindhoven and my unholy femininity, they did! They even played a new track called Humans are Broken and the band thanked us all for showing up so early. It was near 5 PM… oh yeah on a Friday, now I get it. The Hannover Ladies were present and thanked me for conquering Wanda (little did they know she conquered me ;) and were pleasantly surprised by The Sisters and I was given the tip to check out Critical Mess, the new band featuring Cripper’s Britta. Will do later. We got back to see Dikke Pim’s killer whale smile as his favorite band showed up: Gama Bomb! The band went in fully fledged, played Hammer Slammer as second song so a nice pit occurred even before dinner time ;) We hung around a bit, trying to get plectrums or set lists, but only got an assurance I’d get one after the show, during their non-official signing session. My signing session would be Carnation’s, as I had tried to order the new album Chapel of Abhorrence with the remark ‘could you guys sign it? See you guys on EMM’; I got the reply on the confirmation sheet ‘we will gladly sign everything on EMM’ so I brought the sheet as well :) As I know their van driver Erwin too, he signed the leaflet as well ;) Wanda had been playing loads of Desaster lately, so we got on front row again for these beauties:
- Divine Blasphemies
- Sacrilege
- The Cleric’s Arcanum
- Teutonic Steel
- Damnatio Ad Bestias
- Profanation
- Hellbangers
- Black Celebration
- Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate
- Metalized Blood
- Black Magic
The sound was amazing! The band brought in so much smoke my camera was useless, but my grin said it all… like Wanda’s haha. I needed some fresh air and got to talk to Big Thomas, but he was so drunk he nearly fell over. I got help from Koen, but together we still weren’t strong enough to keep him balanced… he did trip over a sidewalk bar and I tripped over him… then the moaning began, his foot was all doubled up… broken ancle! Goddamned, how to get such a big man out of pain, onto a chair or into an ambulance? I agreed to help him to the hospital, but actually I couldn’t do much to nothing. I only knew his (second…) name Robert, how the hell was I supposed to know where exactly he’s from? Region Munster, yeah, Germany, but birth date? >< Social number, are you nuts?? It was hard enough to keep him straight up, he’s so powerful and of course, katjelam. He certainly needed an operation, but that’s his problem… By the time I got back to Effenaar, I did find the Gama Bomb guys, got my promised guitar pick from a baffled John Roche and Wanda instantly calmed down… saw some ten seconds of Urfaust, but hated it and kept near the entrance of the small hall for Carnation. Yeah right, I wait for the signing until Simon is no longer covered in blood :) Carnation got a full house, full sound, obliterating loud, but sharp as a needle on a sand paper ;)
Set: - The Whisperer
- Plaguebreeder
- The Unconquerable Sun
- Disciples of Bloodlust
- Hellfire
- Sermon of the Dead
- Necromancer
- Chapel of Abhorrence
- Fathomless Depths
Apart from not playing my favorite song, it was friggin’awesome to see the band give everything they got, great motion on stage, reactions from crowd were great too. Certainly the band has become even tighter than before and I can hardly wait to see them again. As does Wanda, so she gets them with one of her all time favorite bands Pungent Stench (Schirenc edition, Baroeg, two weeks from now). Strangely enough there was still a Possession set list on stage, but I can’t have seen that… hospital. OK list, no idea how they sounded or whatever
- Intro
- Infestation
- Beast of Prey
- Ablaze
- Interlude Le Démon Existe
- In Vain
- Anneliese
- His Best Deceit
- The Preacher’s Death
- Outro
Uhm, zal wel. Of the following band I will never say ‘zal wel’, as it’s Inhume! The band makes a nice party on stage, I see Ineke’s toilet brush already flying haha. Of the bands in main hall I can only guess. Wanda can’t keep up with all bands unknown to her but she knew Benediction did not perform as I expect. Jürgen and Sylvia fan hunt Solstafir of course, but I haven’t seen them. Clearer, of my EMM 2018 shirt… of all logos present I’ve only seen a hint of Triptykon and a bit of Necrophobic, but those both play on Saturday. Is this an obsolete shirt then? Nah, the fun begins again on Saturday, with visiting Clemens and wandering the merch- and CD-stands. I come home with some 6 new shirts, got two CDs (Kreator – Coma of Souls and Assassin – The Upcoming Terror) and a hand full of patches. But first: bands. At the entrance of the small hall Wanda already said ‘too doomy for me’and turned around even before I had seen which band. They’re called Offerblok, originate from Utrecht and play stoner doom. Oh well. More of interest was, of course, with the news at hand, Izegrim! They would do their first show with new bass player Bas Wijnbergen; leaving Marloes to her vocal duties. And by patches and studs, does she deliver or what?? The band gained in momentum and Marloes, not the scariest of them all, runs on stage, cheers, shouts, directs hands into the air, all along smiling like an alligator near a petting zoo. Her thrill is infective so within minutes after White Walls begins the set, everybody near the stage is smiling, banging, shouting or whatnot. Damned I forgot the EP AGAIN!! Here’s Wanda’s set list:
- White Walls
- Endless Desire (ahh! Bas goes as wild as anyone in the band :) )
- Reclaim my Identity
- Insanity is Freedom
- Celebratory Gunfire (the ‘singalong’ haha. Get it four times out of your mouth fast and your false teeth shatter :) )
- Retraumatized
- Endless Strife
Needless to say this was a great gig, even though Bart’s guitar sound could have been a bit better into the mix. Armed with some Izegrim patches we stayed in the big hall for my treat of the festival: Sven Gross’smile, Olivier’s box, Manu’s twinkling eyes, Bastian’s goose bumps and the new guitar player. I had not had time to figure out his name or where he’s from or what band he played in, but this Slobodan Strupar is a great guitarist. This Croatian man has a feel for the HM2 I had not heard in some time… Fleshcrawl certainly made friends in Arnhem and Schoonebeek, as it’s very crowded (it’s still only 5PM) and most of them go nuts like baboons near an ice cream factory :lol: By the time I’m done writing this review I think I need some building plans to make more wall-room for all the set lists Wanda scores:
- Flesh Bloody Flesh
- When Life Surrenders/Soulskinner (where’s my WhatsApp when you want it :) )
- Dark Dimension
- Structures of Death (my esophagus lands on the parking lot I once had that dreaded ticket)
- Dying Blood (introducing Stupar)
- Slaughter at Dawn
- Into the Fire of Hell
- Kingdom of Skulls
- --Midtro-- (haha, time for a breather)
- From the Dead to the Living (Sven had found some ancient shirts of the demo era, I caught one! Agga agitated, he might fit in it he said, but it’s an M haha. Wanda also wanted it, nope. This one is mine and mine alone)
- As Blood Rains from the Sky
- Made of Flesh
- The Day Man Lost (announced as ‘a cover of the best ever Swedish death metal band’ ;) as if their sound isn’t at least half-Swedish 8-) )
I.Want. A. Fleshcrawl. Tattoo. Or. Something. Else. To. Commemorate. This. Fucking. Great. Gig!!! I felt like a Vietnamese near a dog kennel! So much fun! So much smiles around me! So much sweat pouring out of heads! So many people nearly dehydrated because they shouted to much! What a nuisance to have to see DeadHead after this gig! Old men trying to shred, I never understood why Bryan was so full of this band; it’s the fourth time I’ve seen them and I still don’t like it. Didn’t even make pictures! Couldn’t also, as the small hall was completely grey of the smoke… But don’t worry about smoke too much. I was fed pizza by both Wanda and Sylvia and walking in Dutch Denim meant I was pleasantly surprised by Hans Bijland of Dauthuz, who was ecstatic that I wore a patch of his band :) He and Wanda talked for nearly an hour, so I heard. Pictures, yeah. Hans even let me hear the new Dauthuz material, that’s Year List Material for 2019!! It meant I did not see Harakiri for the Sky do a Dissection cover; Dave and Dave were all over them. Och.. I had my fun anyways. I met Alwin, Paul, Stephan and their ladies, bought two Gods Forsaken shirts but didn’t have any cash any more… PayPal is set, Alwin ;) Merchwise it was good as well, got some Overkill stuff, Gorefest pins, a start to an AC/DC vest, mentioned CDs and whatnot. I don’t think I will put on any Necrophobic stuff on yet, as this show was a disappointment. Not sharp, loads of smoke and lights, not much of previous fire to be found. When I got into the small hall to look for Wanda I got Chris Holmes’Mean Man playing Animal – Fuck Like a Beast. Yeah right, instantly done. Another letdown was the Triptykon tribute to Hellhammer, as they started with Procreation of the Wicked!! Oh no, purists purr but I leave. I was getting tired once again, found my love and got out. A short night was followed by snow, cars covered in Slayer logos written in snow (was that because of their last visit to The Low Lands, last month?) and Wanda already has tickets for EMM 2019. First bands: Taake, BODYFARM, Mörk Gryning and Kampfar. And uHs.
The train ride home was interrupted by work on the rails so we encountered a very friendly and interested bus driver. Chinese, Laundry, forget about my voetbal for a weekend…Metal will never surrender.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:27 pm 

Lemmy Tribute III, Bömbers + Snaggletoöth, Dec.22nd 2018

Some venues never seem to know what their Sword of Damocles is. I think of Atak Enschede, Simplon Groningen or take Nozem en de Non in Heemskerk; the municipality or the owner have been nagging about closing the cozy, comfy cultural center of Heemskerk for years, but the final date has been set in the future at least four times. Next Damocles date: July 1st 2019. Oh. I just buy tickets and get there. The ticket already mentioned ‘Final Chapter’ for the Lemmy Tributes and it would be the third appearance of Snaggletoöth in Heemskerk. I’ve seen both shows, alone or with my colleague Ronald, who lived literally next door to Nozem last year. I had been talking to drummer Roel Sanders about this gig last week in Eindhoven and to him it was the biggest event of the band in quite some time. Wasn’t the Alkmaar Rockfest held in a bigger venue? Yeah, he said, but this is Motörheadbangers only and that was the point. Bring in the most notorious Motörtribute of them all: Bömbers from Bergen Norway, hosted by none other than Abbath Eikemo :cool: I bought my ticket on Dynamo Metalfest, where the ‘boys’ of BadAss Brewery (most of them tower towards 8 ft :) ) sold me one very cool hardcopy ticket; I got Wanda an e-frummelding way later. No need to kip at Ronald’s this time, he’s moved out of Heemskerk by now.

Coming to the venue I soon spotted the same parking space right next to the door so I picked up my car from two blocks away and planted my beloved VW Golf Mk II next to a tourbus :) and got in. My Jack was souped up by Wanda, but she nearly hit Damocles’ Sword doing so… she swung around me for half an hour before water and tea brought her back to earth. Martin Motörhead had lovely stories about Herman Brood to tell and the first beers (0,0 or HJ off tap) spread. Ronald showed up too, no need for work related pizza :lol: The patches and bootleg LPs were overrated, so let the bands begin: the venue was already filled with smoke and Snaggletoöth opened with their air raid siren… here’s what I wrote:
- Bomber
- Stay Clean
- Shoot You in the Back
- Dr.Rock
- In the Name of Tragedy
- Killed by Death (Lloyd mentions ‘for the freaks, this is the fourth track of side A of No Remorse’ ;) )
- We Are the Road Crew
- Brotherhood of Man
- Love Me Like a Reptile (Abbath made a side appearance :cool: )
- Damage Case
- Three (!) songs I didn’t recognize. One was announced as ‘a slower one’, we shouted ‘Speed Freak’ ;) but got a slow one indeed)
- Thunder and Lightning (‘not for the faint Lizzies’)
- ‘maybe you know this, maybe you don’t, that’s not my problem :) ‘ We Are Motörhead
- No Class
- The Cheese Tastes Better in the Snatch :)
- Sucker (‘this song has nothing to do with you guys here’ :p )
- The Hammer
- Burner
- Rock Out
- Orgasmatron
- Ace of Spades
- Overkill
- Over the Top

Good to hear the band doesn’t stick to one set list alone. Motörhead has released over 25 albums, no need to keep up with ‘just the biggies’ or ‘only fan favorites’. Add a straight forward sound and a tight band and we had an hour and a half of pure rock’n’roll goodness. Talk about short support acts? Don’t nag. This was cool, the band and audience, again from all over Europe, had a great time. Wanda got out of her Jack buzz and got a Snaggletoöth shirt. I was tempted to buy the Motörhead Vodka, but found € 45 a bit of an overkill. What we also saw as overkill, was that two 16 year olds needed our room to build immensely large joints… they clearly weren’t rockers nor metalheads but also no longer under daddy’s wings… who probably got drunk as a flunk on the Röadcrew Pale Ale. The RcPA came both on bottle and off a Cameron’s Beer Handle With Warpig :lol: By that time my tendovaginitis started playing up again, so of Bömbers we haven’t seen really that much. The band begun with a whale smile by Abbath and an off-limit sound… huh, what was the difference in sound equipment or –engineer?? Songs we heard: Ace of Spades, Stone Dead Forever, Jailbait… I was the one that broke this show off for us, my neck twanged and twirled without me doing it myself so we went out. On the way to Heemskerk our WandaWanda put us through dark farm lands between Zaandam and Heemskerk, but I had seen the Alkmaar sign in the town and followed that… we were home in a jiffy, cruising the A9 and A8 instead of unknown territory… no need for afpils but a nice afOban… I needed something really tasty and ignored my German and Limburg beers. This was a cool night, short Bömbers set or not, we enjoyed it. Nice to meet a man eager to get me a drink, but by Lemmy, I couldn’t come up with the venue I’d seen him before. Nice to get huge Bömbers patches for the Lemmy Tribute hoodie, nice to evaluate at the dinner table for once. I am Snaggletoöth fan. Rock’n’Roll. Punk. Metal. Cotton. Ale. Blast.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:30 pm 

Metal Experience Fest, 3 birthdays and 7 bands, Gebr.De Nobel, Leiden, Dec.28th (flyer said: Bleeding Gods, Martyr, Graceless and more)

If people turn fifty there are some things that can be done or felt… midlife crisis, new-30-years-younger-bunny-to-screw-around-with, way-too-expensive-Harley-to-show-off, or.. organize a party with people and music you like. I’d nearly say ‘BBQ please’ but it’s December, right? :) Annnndd, of course my party was in June, remember? ;) At first, seeing the bands, I didn’t even care that much, but as Koen invited me to the guest list and I’ve known Eus for years as well, I’d reconsider. Pluck an awesome flyer with the band logos (and you know I’m a sucker for metal band logos :) ) and the trip to Leiden was planned. Get in early, eat in the city center, visit rock bar Lazaru’s again, good. The train ride to Leiden was smooth, but the city wasn’t… a huge circus tent blocked my view so much I never saw Lazaru’s; it was Wanda that helped. Three Grolsch later we went into line for Gebr.deNobel, but my name nor Wanda’s was to be found on the guest list… Wanda got us tickets and we got in after all. First man I met… Koen. He apologized, got me a beer and I’m fine again. His wife Patries held out her hand with (old) red Gebr.coins, those were worthless a year ago. Pity. Wanda got one red coin to sow on her red denim. Fine. I also got a home made guitar pick from Remi, met Alwin, Alwin and Christel, Eus the birthday boy, Michiel from God Dethroned, Vieze Pim on photo duty, Erik, Erik and Bettina (see you on Sunday, thanks for inviting us!) and the near-twins Erwin and Agga. It’s going to be great today. Period.

Both halls of Gebr.deNobel would be used, albeit only two bands in the small hall. In the big hall Kayāmata bit off the beginning, but not much to our liking. We weren’t in for some stoner with an overactive drummer and a bass sound overruling everything. Singer Loek tries hard to sound like Danzig, but he’s too fast for it as well. Uhm, next please. Of Thoughtless I knew just as much as I did of Kayāmata, nearly nothing that is. And it won’t get much if the thrash band with shrill female vocals and a thin sound doesn’t evolve a bit. Add an overcrowded small hall to a nifty atmosphere and we’re out before we could hear an entire song. The Heritance played The Supreme Colony when we reentered the big hall, but again, this wasn’t supreme to us. Playing fast for the sake of playing fast… riffs that don’t get time, horrible lights… go merch shopping again. Wanda found the huge Graceless patch and got me a ‘normal’ one ;) In the small hall we were greeted by George Oosthoek and his new band Shinigami, but I can’t do chips with this modern stuff. Is it death metal, thrash or prog, I don’t know. Coming to the big hall we suddenly heard Canadian Sacrifice over the speakers, finally some music we understand ;) More to understand: Graceless. This is death metal the way I yearn for. Heavy as a Fat Boy, thunderous like a Shovelhead, sharp as a Maxim X, doomy like a pitch black (and beloved) VW Golf Mk II diesel, deathlike silence long forgotten. After a picture Wanda got the set list:
- Slashed and Severed https://youtu.be/-STlFAYHvBo (Den Haag, but swoah)
- Legions of the Fallen (Remco smiling his daughter is so close to the stage ;) )
- Shadowlands (bro time with Jeroen Z ;) )
- Lock and Stock
- We Will be Gods
- Sumerian Flames
- Die on Demand (hinting towards Bolt Thrower a lot)
- Iron Tears

This band has the loudest and most clear, most honest sound of the day. Cross early Celtic Frost, all out Nihilist and Asphyx in optima forma and you get Graceless. Bring in a zip of Sabbath as well. I love this band to bits. Wanda freaked out. The band got a full stack of headbangers in front of them, everybody in my vicinity smiled widely. Great show!! The band is mobile like fish in a tank, but everybody knows his place on stage and in the band. Smiles from backstage to the bar ;) Get this band some more gigs to play, people to conquer and tours to be shattered! Thanks to Jasper for the bass pick too ;) Best band of the day for us.

But as it’s an Experience, bring in experienced bands as well. Martyr is an ancient Dutch metal band, Bleeding Gods has very experienced band members, but with both bands I don’t have much to tell anymore. Wanda was getting tired and I felt my neck as if an anchor was dangling from it. Martyr did some goof heavy metal show, put in some female friends but I didn’t even make pictures. Of Bleeding Gods I can only say the YT thingies worked on my nerves, so we went out during Martyr. Saying goodbye to so many friends, meeting them in a few days again, not to have to travel an hour extra just because I want to see another band… We met Hans Bijland of Dauthuz again, he also thought this festival was cool as a birthday party, but too much bands… he knows the band members of Bleeding Gods but didn’t want to travel two hours to get home; rather get a nice trip to Amsterdam city center and head home by bus. We were just happy the normal train times were still working… Metal Experience was a great idea, but we only came to see Graceless and all friends. Merry Metal Birthday!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:52 am 

Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench, Carnation, Baroeg Rotterdam, Dec. 30th

The first time I ever saw Wanda, she wore a shirt I certainly had not expected in a(ny) woman: Pungent Stench – Dirty Rhymes and Psychotronic Beats, and she’s friggin’proud of it. As they play with Carnation, in Baroeg, on a day between X-mas and NYE, I thought I’d surprise her with a ticket. I bought them when I had to cancel my second trip to Mexico, due to stupidity (my own, booking.com’s) and an overkill of rigidity (Budget?MyAss.com). Having to pay thrice what I intended and not get a penny in return, not even after re-booking three times we decided not to go at all. Instead, arrange something without flying, without hotel, without redoing it, yeah right, ordinary concert tickets! We might even do it by train haha. I tried to ask Ching Hue whether we could kip at his place but his number is overdue. I’ll ask Agga or Erwin if I have to ;) But Eindhoven Metal Meeting showed Bettina has Wanda on FB, so a bed was found easily. Bring in some Westfriesian ‘something for at the coffee’ as a surprise/gift, klaar. Looking at the flyer I could also say Austrian Metal Assault, as three of the four bands tonight are from Vienna. Bettina had said ‘get there early, have a bakkie and be on time’. Her hubby Erik couldn’t join us, he had to work today. We’d meet him at breakfast.

Coming to Ridderkerk was fun, but no to the first inhabitant we met. Clearly the town idiot waving garbage bags at us, as if we’d pollute the city. Uhm, OK. The fun part was the petting zoo in front of the flat, so I instantly felt at home. Cows of different races, chickens, sheep, good. We got to Baroeg by bus and immediately found Officium Pim and Vieze Pim, beer time! Within half an hour Irdorath came to stage, fully painted corpses but not the most interesting music (melodic black metal with a singer that has no sound of his own. I thought of some copycat but couldnt pin him). We had not eaten much since breakfast and headed out to the snackbar with the hottest marital problems in any horeca business but it tasted good. We met Carnation driver Erwin again and shared a cassis soda with us, as he wore anything Carnation but had not gotten the beanie. Now he does ;) That we missed Theotoxin wasn’t a fuss to us, I didn’t really like the YT thingies I heard so far. We came to see (at least I did) Carnation. Daniel also showed up and let’s be ground to Belgian pulp with the blistering cool Carnation! The band is delighted to play with Schirenc and shows that by wearing the oldest of original Stench shirts :) Let’s see if the set list is any different than on Eindhoven Metal Meeting:
- The Whisperer
- Hellfire
- Plaguebreeder (my favorite track of the new album)
- Hatred Unleashed (announced by Simon as ‘the fastest track we ever wrote’; I instantly thought of fast Grave material :cool: )
- Disciples of Bloodlust (starting a headbanging contest, the song refers to me as Deicide)
- Sermon of the Dead (great Bolt Thrower feel)
- Necromancer (Erwin had explained about missing an opportunity to put this song on a split EP with Pungent Stench)
- Chapel of Abhorrence
- Fathomless Depths

Again, what a great band, so blunt and so much fun on stage… I got Agga a Carnation patch, Wanda a beanie and Pungent Stench patch, myself a patch and so on. This band is gladly supported! Jonathan handed me two guitar picks and a man that was clearly into Master and his camera got the second one. Photo material ;) Wanda’s set list bears the blood drips from Simon :lol: Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench… we were in for a great gig. Wanda does know the band quite well; I keep it to what I know ;) Schirenc himself looks like ‘just deserted from the Foreign Legion’ and Danny Vacuum appears like a son of Tommy Cooper ;) . The set itself consisted of golden oldies, headbang parts, mosh parts, shout parts and loads of beer ;) :
- Fuck Bizarre
- Happy Re-birthday (I asked Wanda ‘is it filthy enough?’, she just smiled. Yeah!)
- Aztec Holiday
- Suspended Animation
- Dead Body Love
- Bonesawer
- Deadly Medley (For God… AWESOME!)
- True Life
- Rip You Without Care
- A Small Lunch
- Extreme Deformity
- Shrunken and Mummified Bitch
- Molecular Disembowelment
- Blood, Pus and Gastric Juice
- Viva La Muerte

Schirenc ended the gig with 'the death of PC is the birth of freedom' and he's fucking right! Another killer gig! Try https://youtu.be/aJ1dC-zOvIk for a hint, even though the set list is different. This was a great ending to a great metal year for us, 53 shows and festivals to me of which 40 with Wanda, new love, new housemate, head so much better organized, less headache, less booze, less stress, more metal, whatever… still it makes Wanda wandering how welcome we are, anywhere we come… lovely. Our plans for 2019 are already abundant, featuring at least seven German shows/festivals, two in Belgium, the Dutch route and whatever we come up with. The after party in Baroeg was cozy, even though ‘Missing Erwin’ posters roamed FB for the entire day >< I had brought my last Mexican money for him, but I surely wasn’t the only one that missed him. Afpilzen with Erik, Bettina and their New Zealand friend Jamie, ordering Maffia Mix and devouring that with taste, fun and HJ. The breakfast was great, coffee even better, but as I had not taken any pain medication for three days, my tendovaginitis nearly made the return trip a harsh one. Och, I made it, brought Wanda home, did not get my normal weekend ending: no voetbal, no Chinese, no need to shave (did that yesterday :) ) but still metal! Listening Schirenc Destroys Graspop :cool: I greet you all and wish you all a very metal new year; stay brutal, find the blunt, torment the strings/toms and explode some vocal chords in 2019! Metalllll!!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:22 am 

CD presentation of Slaves of the Shadow Realm, Turock Essen Germany, Jan.5th: Obscenity, Dawn of Disease and Legion of the Damned

New Years Hangover you say? Don’t worry, Hedon Zwaar Nieuwjaar will obliterate all dead birds from mouth, all buzzing needles out of heads and wipe away all limbs that are too heavy to operate, as God Dethroned is in for a treat! Uhm, not exactly. Wanda had seen on Christmas Eve that Legion of the Damned would do a CD presentation gig in Turock and she had not seen The Legions before. Good thing: the special edition of the album was delivered a day early so I played it at least thrice. This trip was not only for metal, but also to see as much metallic German friends and wish them well, small eyes or not :) . With a little luck we find some more new bands to enjoy, or else get time to eat. She also made pancakes for the road, be tourist in Germany once more ;) . Coming to Essen I didn’t even do my hobby :) Even before entering Nord for a great steak and some sadly burnt onions, we met Lampy and Mario (the organizer of so many metal nights in Little Devil). Of course, we had to sit on the most legendary wobbly table of Nord ;) but the music wasn’t up to par: I can stand some punkrock but not over an hour of it >< I needed some more cash but I nearly lost my card to an ATM that had such a wobbly entrance slit I had to try four times to get it back, people nagging behind me in the small rain…

Entering Turock was a mess as usual. The wardrobe is so small and so close to the entrance, a huge line begins… so Wanda decided to keep the hoodies at the bellies. Good when the distance to the hotel is so small you don’t need a jacket :) Within a couple of minutes Obscenity came to stage, but I was happy to look at my beer and beloved girlfriend instead… the band makes way too nervous music for us. If you’re still not shooed away by this remark, try this https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Obscenity/303 Hello Alexandra, nice to hear Sabiendas is still doing great ;) Time for Dawn of Disease then. I like the fast, but still old school sounding death metal a lot, I have to remind myself to buy myself some more of this band. I found Jürgen and Sylvia and gave them both a Dawn of Disease patch, as Wanda got the set list:
- Perimortal
- Enter the Gates
- The Unrotten
- Leprous Thoughts
- Akephalos
- Alone with the Dead
- Knife Vs. Flesh
- Ashes
- Catacombs

This is a band I think a lot of people will appreciate. It’s dark, fast and ugly death metal played by a band that has the fire present. From the balcony we didn’t really see much, but saw enough to find out Essen also likes this band: some 5 guy pit, 50 headbangers, loads more with arms in the air between songs.

Finding Jürgen and Sylvia also meant we’d be pretty close to the stage for the main dish tonight: the CD presentation of Slaves of the Shadow Realm, Legion of the Damned’s seventh full length. Like said I have the album, heard it several times and am positively surprised by the aggression, the speeds reached, the vileness and the awesome vocals present. The band started off with some minor technical difficulties and Maurice had some troubles finding his own filthy voice for a while (it had been since March 2018 [!] they last played). But the audience did not need everything perfect.. open up your own Styx, sail to Damnation, bury the Doom Priest and shiver by these songs:
- Warhounds of Hades
- The Hand of Darkness (I think, Wanda handed me a beer just as I wanted to write it down ;) )
- Legion of the Damned (now I could not stand still any longer and bashed in. Of course I did :cool: )
- Taste of the Koen (telling me about another secret gig I can’t give details about :) )
- Widows Breed
- Mountain Wolves Under a Crescent Moon
- Bleed For Me (my expression seems to scare off even the most hardened pit visitor :lol: )
- Werewolf Corpse
- Armalite Assassin
- Slaves of the Southern Cross
- Diabolist
- Sermon of Sacrilege / Pray and Suffer
- Doom Priest
- Dark Coronation

[maybe I get a picture of the set list from Sylvia, I’ll add that later]

I now know I missed at least two titles, as Wanda did not find a set list but a lyric sheet containing the new songs ;) Warhounds is on it, as are Slaves of the Southern Cross, Widows Breed, Shadow Realm of the Demonic Kind and Dark Coronation. The new album is widely appreciated, as the band doesn’t seem to be able to end their show the normal way… people keep shouting for more; old or new material, it doesn’t matter. They just want to go crazy even more… Everybody I meet is either smiling, sweaty of rubbing their throat :lol: Add a little after party with the band members, plenty of signatures placed, loads more beer drained, heaps of merch still being sold. Good to see a band does get what they deserve: a nearly sold out venue, kilos of shirts changing owner (we met a woman that had not been able to buy anything of the band so far, got to the booth and returned with three bags full haha) . Legion of the Damned friggin’delivered!!

We got to the hotel for a late snack and found the entire band at breakfast (apart from Twan) and to my delight the Turock brand was an Airbourne logo :) Put in some cheap diesel (from a big brand, over 20 eurocent cheaper than in Holland O:O ) and head out home. We did not feel the need to attend the funeral watch for my sulky neighbor but found Tom, Ellen, Bart and his gf cycling towards him. We had had Sweat under a Crescent Moon, made Widows Bleed for Us and Whipped the Priest to Stauder… Legion of the Damned rules live!!! And Undead!

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Thanks to Sylvia I have:
- Widow’s Breed
- Son of the Jackal
- Palace of Sin
- Cult of the Dead
- Warhounds of Hades
- Taste of the Whip
- Bleed For Me
- Werewolf Corpse
- Armalite Assassin
- Slaves of the Southern Cross
- Shadow Realm of the Demonic
- Diabolist
- Pray and Suffer
- Doom Priest
- Dark Coronation
- Legion of the Damned
And two awesome pictures with Jürgen :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:43 am 

Sinister, Manifesto Hoorn, Jan. 26th

This could be one of the busiest days in a long time. Three, no, four birthdays, some remembrance and a gig in Hoorn… uhm add a hectic week to that and yeah, I’m typing this halfeyed. Still, as I’m a family man and cherish my past and present friends, I did it. We did it of course, it had been as hectic for Wanda as well, now in unknown houses being festive… it’ll work. Fun fact: Jordi had texted me he’d love to come to, but didn’t need to stay overnight. Like us, other businesses on the Sunday. Alex had been to Sinister with Wanda and wanted to join, called in Thirza and I’d pick them up. Birthday two and three meant seeing my old farmer buddy Johannes again, Tanja made sure I’d know that when I returned to Oosterblokker and the lights were still on, we’re still welcome. See about that ;)

I had really no idea how many people would show up, especially after a FB announcement there needed to be more tickets sold. I can’t and I won’t decide for others, so I did nothing to get the venue fuller. Coming to Hoorn it seemed I missed one message by Alex, he’d been to birthday one late and still was eating when I got there (9 PM). Fine, I had not read anything on the Manifesto website about any of the bands, I’ve known Sinister for so long, have seen Seita so often… swhoah. We were greeted by Peter, Tony, Alex Mutator, Jane and Jessica and the first round was on me, a nice leftover from the Fan Halen show ;) I soon spotted the Happyface Sinister brew, that would be my round after some beers. I just couldn’t decide on what to drink myself, I was full of cake, coffee, curly cale and rib chips… Peter suggested Ice Tea, there was 0,0, yeah right. The first band didn’t take long to begin: Onegodless from Breda. The four piece played some metalcore but with a guitarist that preferred stoner? Bring in Anselmo AND Hendrix? Only real fun fact I can spot now is some five- or six-year old kid and his dad totally freaking out, new band shirt present, sulky look at daddy’s beard :) ‘I want a beard too’, I heard the boy cry. Laughs. I couldn’t really laugh when I saw Shredded Ed enter, he was dizzy, at the end of his line but still showed up with Jeffrey. Treatment needed. Damned, I should have taken the Mutator patch I made for him, it’s ready to take along for him. Jeffrey just smiled and said he was honored I made him the patch after all and we’d meet again. To him it was special as well, as it turned out to be his first DEATH METAL gig ever ;) Not really death metal but blinding to ears and eyes was Seita. The band has played Manifesto so often I don’t even keep count anymore and the band does everything to make me forget them. Uhggg, the Machine Head drill, Ektobarf around, the arrogance, the poses, the strobe, the squeaks and highs… not for me; my gang spotted me ducking away and we retreated to the foyer. I was even blinded by the reflection in the glass some five meters away from the screen :-( Lights, lights, lights, lights. Done here. Later on I met Tony (Manifesto metal organizer), who saw me duck and asked about it. Within minutes after Sinister started the lights went to 'doable'.

Still, as I know Alex had a good time during his first Sinister show, we stayed. And with good reason, the band had a lovely creamy and tight sound, great to see the leads and rhythm parts being swapped so swiftly. Add a drummer, as Peter said ‘like a machinegun on those double bass’ I added “and a few light rounds in between” we had fun. Some songs we heard: The Malicious, Blood Ecstacy, The Gray Massacre before Neurophobic made me decide I’d seen enough. Wanda agreed, as she loves the band sound, but doesn’t really appreciate Aad’s pork singing. I bought 5 Happyface Sinister brews as they didn't bring any merch I liked. We said goodbye to René, John, John, Florus, the Wogmeer brothers and my own kin… only to see the lights still on in Oosterblokker ;) . I couldn’t make myself turn onto the farmer’s path and didn’t even took one final afpils to end this crazy week. One rice waffle with salami did it, we were exhausted. And even more birthdays to follow on Sunday and Tuesday… We were there, love Sinister’s music but were too tired in the end to fully appreciate it. Still, metal.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:41 am 

Satan - Cruel Winter Tour 2019, Little Devil Tilburg, Febr. 15th

One of the first patches I ever noticed on Wanda’s old denim was a huge Satan one. I smiled, as I’ve known the so-often-misunderstood-but-well-known-flag-bearers-of-NWOBHM bands for ages. I think I was 14, 15 maybe, when I got Suspended Sentence on a tape that split afterwards… Found an abnormally cheap edition of Court in the Act AND Into the Future on vinyl when I was in college, sent some Satan stuff abroad… they played Wacken 2003 and I was baffled the band still had so much fire about them. I’ve always, more or less, followed the band, listened to Pariah, Blind Fury and to a degree, Skyclad to hear the brothers-in-metal English and Ramsey play. To my surprise Wanda actually hardly knew the music, just thought the logo was cool. I think I drew that logo about 1,000 times on (Catholic-) school stuff, only to retell the story of a band that talks about justice instead of evil. Yeah, precisely why the band had been so misunderstood. I decided to celebrate Wanda’s birthday the way I like it best: with a band that means something to me. Ahh, such a band in Little Devil, maybe bring in Jordi as well… nah. I got two tickets before thinking of him and was too late. A sold out show, as it should be. We agreed Wanda would travel to Amstel by train, I’d pick her up and eat in the city. That she got to Amstel an hour before the actual date, wasn’t a problem; thank you A27…

Coming to Tilburg hungry wasn’t the best idea I had, but it WAS a good idea to get coffee before finding some Chinese/Thai to eat; the venue we sat after parking was an inn! Instantly asked if there was a room for rent and no need to drink orange soda all night ;) Got into the city and we both found another new virginlike denim to fill once more ;) Thank you Salvation Army hihihi. We ate steak and sateh before getting inside Little Devil once more. As part of the birthday gift I got Wanda a nice LD patch ;) and something for one special MT member *cool* The first band started in some minutes, already being hailed by Ursula, Vieze Pim and Erwin: Screamer from Ljungby, Sweden. The band certainly has been influenced by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween and, strangely enough, Night Demon: the vocals are mostly high (and clear!), the guitars (beautiful!) in pairs/harmony/disharmonic, a great sound and tons of fun and interaction on stage. The band has fans from all over The Low Lands, as the accents fly by between the songs ;) Not that I play that much heavy metal, but this is a great band! RAM is also influenced by Judas Priest, but after Screamer they are a downright fringe to the head… oh it’s so overdone we hardly keep up. Face palming we move to the bar, where the entire band Satan clearly has the same opinion on RAM like we do… it’s cozy, comfy and fun at the bar, seeing the band meet up with old friends, long time fans (Satan shirts that used to be black are now really pale :) ) and even old members of the band, so it seems. Singer Brian Ross kept pointing at Wanda’s denim with the huge Satan logo so prominent :lol: and the Screamer members are a lovely bunch too. I had a set list, now it’s covered in silver dots and what seem to be autographs :) Better late list than never:
- Demon Rider
- Phoenix
- Slavegrinder
- Lady of the Night (excellent song!)
- Monte Carlo Nights
- On My Way
- Ride On (certainly NOT an AC/DC cover ;) )
- Can You Hear Me (loud and clear, yeah!)
- Adrenaline Distractions
- Highway of Heroes
Hihi it cost me a huge HJ or two to get them all together, but swoah :) Somewhere in Adrenaline Distractions Screamer guitarist Fingal threw a busted guitar pick, but no one got it… during Satan a lovely lady tapped me on the shoulders and said ‘is this something you were looking for?’ and gave me the guitar pick :lol: Thanks lady! Remi was there too, loss for words HE didn’t get it… ;)

Satan, from Newcastle England, are the headliner tonight. The band has been underrated for so long, but real fans don’t let themselves be fooled. The venue is filled to the max (not that hard, considering the size, but still, the tour has some 10 dates in much bigger venues (Backstage Munich,Turock Essen, a festival in Parma Italy)) with eager metal fans… it doesn’t matter if your favorite band is AC/DC, Demilich or Screamer: Satan gets under your skin with fantastic guitar work, pounding drums and a singer that reaches ALL high and long notes… such a great band. Wanda was smiling wider than a 797F and an A380 combined as she got the set list:
- Intro – Trial by Fire – Blades of Steel
- Doomsday Clock
- 2025
- Devil’s Infantry
- Mouth of Eternity
- Break Free
- Ophidian
- Intro2 – Siege Mentality
- Cruel Magic
- Incantations
- Legions Hellbound
- Testimony
- Fall of Persephone – Alone in the Dock
Typing this, I was happy not to have asked any of the Satan band members whatever happened to their previous singer Michael Jackson, as I just found out on MA he’s a wedding singer now, doing Sinatra & Martin… if it fits, suite yourself ;) Just after the second intro I needed some porcelain, but knew I wouldn’t be able to get back to the front tonight. I stayed in the back of the venue, near a bar, near friends and saw the Satan and Screamer fans and members freak out… so cool. Wanda got herself a shirt and a patch, I got to get friendly to the PM system of MT again ;)

Seeing such a band in such a small venue is a blast. Period. The band has no fluff, no attitude, no nastiness, just pure metalheads loving to play heavy metal. The sound was great, not too much light and loud enough. Never underestimate the power of metal!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:35 pm 

Thrashing Madness I, feat. Radiathor, Hallowed Fire; Musicon Den Haag, Febr.23rd

To me, stressful situations can be best torpedoed with live metal. Simple pimple. I’ve been over the top busy last weeks and I needed a break, if only for a weekend. Over the years I’ve found out I can get pretty grumpy when I don’t have live metal around for longer than two weeks, sometimes live music is just OK too. Last two months I had not had much live metal and a weekend without any plans at all is a no-go for me. Belinda brought help. She’s studying for stage technician (organizing, touring, lights, sound, backstage, whatever) and combining a few of her hobbies is always good: friends, metal, technicalities, beer. She was offered to become light technician for Hallowed Fire, the Heerhugowaard Thrash Combo. After a not-so productive Saturday I had to do my hobby to pick Belinda and Rick up, but the road to Den Haag was non-confronting ;) We ate near the venue, as Belinda had to check in with the band, which was nowhere to be found? Uhm, even a simple phone call wasn’t answered, so we moved to a cafeteria as near as possible. Nice to see Raimon and Jan unpack their gear from behind a chicken nugget ;) I showed the band the free Musicon parking lot, but as I already paid € 10 to park I didn’t follow. My car was in the right spot and stayed there.

Of course, we were way too early inside and needed to wait some 10 minutes to pay the entrance: a whopping € 6 each. Does Onkt have a new bass player? Nah, after looking at my pictures I think I’m mistaken. But that little fact doesn’t make the gig any better. The band screws up the first song, starts all over, the intro went haywire, Isak freaking out, uhm, we keep near the bar and observe. Isak also didn’t fire us up when he took off his shirt in the second song and Jan’s guitar sound was like being played in a rattan box? I will never be a fan this way. At least Raimon does sound sharp. Onkt is off after some 35 minutes and Belinda goes to work. Hallowed Fire’s light installation wasn’t top notch, according to Belinda… if you hit the table it was on she got better lighting than using the machine’s own buttons :lol: The band leaves no chance unused to show their love of American thrash: sometimes I think of Flotsam on a Hayabusa, sometimes Metal Church is hit by their own ton of bricks, hinting towards Fistful of Metal as well. Fast, faster, Hallowed. The band has a new female bass player that isn’t scared of bones; her bass and hairs sweep like a grinder wheel, straight to hell and no need to react to some outcries of longing for engagement hahaha. This was a great set, even though the bands mentioned surely aren’t my favorite American bands ;) pretty amazing to see such speeds with only one guitarist! Belinda later said their second guitarist WAS around, but he brought a guitar with a broken bridge and probably to lazy to bring a spare guitar… where have I heard that before? :) I got Belinda’s set list, only bearing her signature ;)
- Decade of Darkness
- Pillars of Eternity
- Bring Out Your Demons
- Monsters
- Prophecy
- Burn & Destroy
- Hatchett of Destruction
- Fearless
On the set list four songs are switched, I now wrote them as I think they actually played them.

I was surprised to see Mandator shirts hanging near the Radiathor merch stand, as I had not checked MA or anything else before. I should have. Radiathor consists of (ex-) members of Thanatos, Houwitser, DeadHead, Usurper and said Mandator. All good’ol Dutch extreme metal! The band plays hard hitting thrash and is aggressive like fuckkkkkcrushhhhhdestrooooooyyy! If the vocals had been just a little bit more pronounced I would have thought to being watching ffffffg Demolition Hammer! If this band ever is to tour with said Demolition Hammer and Warbringer, I am positively sure NO ONE GETS OUT WITHOUT A DISLOCATED NECK!! Wanda got the set list, I asked guitarist Walter for one pick, got two as he said ‘no, take them both, as one has Bokito on it, the other one the band logo’ He even refused to give me less than two picks hahaha. Songs:
- Hellhounds
- Infinite Hate
- Chaotic Breed
- To Deliver Death
- Capital Punishment (introduced as ‘who’s the killer now, the convict or the man that rammed the syringe in his arm?’) Best song of the night!!
- Coronation of Madness
- Toxic Rain
- Corruption of Innocence
- Nightmare Unforeseen
- Psychic Playground

Halfway the set I bought the CD and a shirt, being surprised a few seconds later when a six-year-old in a similar shirt handed me three Radiathor stickers! :) Without ear muffs :/ I kept an eye out for Wanda as she was dead tired at some point, but refused to miss a single not Radiathor played \m/ that’s my girl!! It got even better for Belinda, as she overheard Isak ‘we would like a light show like the HF one too’ and she was offered the job! Now it’s not solely her practice term at Iduna to give her gig experience anymore! Kudos!

Walking back to my car we congratulated Belinda with her ‘new’ job but also warned her a bit about band politics and band moods…Typing this I had just seen ‘Behind the Music – Motörhead’ about Hawkwind, Fast Eddy Clarke, Philthy Animal and Brian Robertson.. I said ‘it’s a mayor part of your experience as a member of the clan to stand up for yourself’. On the road home we just had fun, talking metal like we always do. One pee break later and speeding up to 145 km/h my beloved VW Golf Mk II diesel we purrrrred home… including another swig at my hobby ;) What a great night it had been, even forgetting Isak’s snide remark on thrash metal… swoah. We surely didn’t come for Onkt tonight, had two killer bands instead. This festival was held for the first time, hence the I on the flyer. It was fun. I do hope this formula will prevail. Deliver Thrash! Bring Out your Metal!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:13 am 

Siegener Metaller Geballer, feat. Bodyfarm, Graceless, Lýz Kulturhaus, Siegen, Germany, March 9th

Somehow I know Bodyfarm is on the hunt, especially after releasing their third full length and not being able to support it properly. The unscheduled sabbatical is over, the band is playing until their fingers bleed. And I’m sure I get as much of the band as I can, as I really love every note the band ever played. OK, it was a bit funny to see Thomas and Quinten the first time (2008, supporting Hail of Bullets in Amersfoort); three bald men doing Bolt Thrower-ish music. Had I been deaf I’d thought they were hardcore skinheads, but oh my, am I happy I got to know them; music wise and personal. Thomas has been a rabid reader of MRUforums concert reviews, but I haven’t had the chance to tell about MA-forum-toursgigsfestivals-live reviews from page 8 on :) Book a hotel, try to round up some friends and go. Siegener Metaller Geballer it became, some 400 km from Westwoud. Drive early (dùh), see something of the city and off.

The horror… a week before the festival FB said Thomas is in the hospital again and can’t perform! The organizer said he’d be working rabidly to get a proper replacement… but we go nonetheless. Who the organizer would book as a replacement we’d take for granted… it was The Spirit. Uhm, OK, second chance for those guys. Like said, drive early, miss a turn near Oberhausen telling about Ruhrpott ><, still be there in time to be shooed out of the hotel lobby as the room wasn’t cleaned yet and be tourist. Some lovely pictures later, huffing and puffing because of the steep climb we made, Wanda reminded Käthe’s hobby to gather fridge magnets from all the places she’d been… we found one in a Christian book store. Typical. The lady behind the counter was shocked to see Wanda’s denim shining… Judas Priest, Overkill – Fuck You and Iron Maiden all too present :) We got excellent pizza nearby and the hotel turned out to be 400 m from the venue: Kulturhaus Lÿz. Who we did NOT expect to see were.. Käthe and Andrée! Big Thomas present too, albeit totally forgetful about the night he broke his ancle… Fun! Bitburger! Metal! Matching denims! First band started some quarter after entrance… it was Sekcrid or something. Vreid-something, old Rotting Christ-ish, some Naglfar-esque but totally lacking a sound of themselves. Ohh, they’re called Sekoria. Fine. Leave ‘m. We’d rather talk to the Graceless band members, explaining about new songs to record, but not to play yet… Remco is bouncing to start recording and release more great OSDM… \m/

We had been swapping Graceless merch for a while, as Remco and Marc noticed. None of us bought one single piece, it all went in twos and fours haha. The matching denims Andrée and Käthe have are now even more filled with Dutch death metal ;) We chose to see the second band, but that didn’t last long too. They’re called Decision to Hate and play some blackened death metal… albeit without a hint of God Dethroned, Dissection or Deströyer 666… Who are you trying to cover? Mayhem? Emperor? Again a band that lacked face, lacked a sound of their own and a NSBM shirt on a singer doesn’t really warm me up at all. Time to explore the venue a bit, as the hallway resembles the Stadthalle of Lichtenfels (high, light, glassy, classy) and even a gallery of pictures is what I remember of Way of Darkness with a smile. Don’t be too late for Graceless, you fool herrieman! The band already had started, but not before I’d gotten some thumbs up for wearing a Bodyfarm shirt… one man even showed me Thomas’FB stating he does have a brain tumor, he does only have one year left… so sorry. But so cool to see Graceless honor him by playing a special version of Sumerian Flames, slower, heavier, blunter… The band has a great, full sound at their hands, play tight like my beloved VW Golf Mk II diesel’s steering wheel :p have a great time on stage, bang their heads as much as Wanda and me do, ooohhh I loved this show so much! Wanda got the set list, I got it signed for her:
- We Will Be Gods
- Legions of the Fallen
- Slashed and Served
- Lock Stock
- Shadowlands
- Die on Demand
- Sumerian Flames
- Iron Tears
Wanda told me in the car she had a headache, she thought because of the drinks, but I know better: we’d been banging vigorously for three quarters of an hour straight hahaha. I do know Wanda has a slight problem with gluten, including beer that is, but tonight we just changed between beers, Radlers and 0,0… all for the better. What wasn’t so good was The Spirit, totally blowing their second chance to get some positive review from me… Goddomme another band without a hint of self-employment… trying too hard to sound like Necrophobic or, again, Dissection… at least make sure you stand for it, not half witted playing with a nitwit sound… uhgg. Time for an early escape, as Andrée starts his treatment this week in Bochum, Käthe no longer influenza-ridden and we’re heading to Holiday Inn… to find the entire band Graceless at the breakfast table again *fanboy*fangirl* and off to a wet drive home… I do hope there’s some miracle at hand for Thomas but I fear… next week we meet Graceless again, I wonder if they do Sumerian Flames again as tribute… Metal Brothers till the End…

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:16 am 

Death Metal Birthday VI, headlined by Dawn of Disease; hypothalamus.de, Rheine, Germany, March 2nd

It is sooo cool to have friends all over the world! Not that I will be able to visit them all in a year’s time, but Germany is doable for me. Rheine, Hannover, Munich, yeah you get it. I’ve met Lampy and Sig many times over the years and I’m sort of a wanted guest at the Death Metal Birthdays. I’ve missed the first edition, but Google said I haven’t missed much: only one familiar logo ;) . Ever since 2014 I’ve been invited to these lovely gigs, getting to know more people from Rheine, Niedersachsen, Germany, Europe, Earth :) every time. This time I would take Wanda; Jeroen Z is already at Andrée’s as we drive, FB said. The trip to Germany started great: at a coffee break I found a 4 pack live CDs from 1977-1979 AC/DC box! Still no need for a pre-sale ticket, Käthe said. Eat at Andrée’s, we need a bigger car haha. Coming to Andreé’s gave twoa nasty surprises: Käthe had a severe influenza and Jeroen didn’t show up. Uhm, now we can take her car and be off; not before being pampered to death by a great meal. Wanda had been fishing for recipes ever since ;)

Andrée offered to drive so I could have a few beers. Wanda used Käthe’s ticket and I got my own, entering swiftly. First order: get Lampy a beer. Fine, the first band soon got to stage. They’re called Inquiring Blood and play gruff, fast death metal we liked at first. Pity the singer used only one chord, it got a bit repetitive after three songs. The guitarist had hair like he’s a brother of Richard Ebisch :) Soon Marcel VI got to stage with his band Bloodmoon. The band plays death metal like Unleashed or latter Bolt Thrower and the first real stage presence is there: Marcel howls, barks, bangs, turns on the crowd, nearly inviting himself for a nice stage dive haha. The band’s logo is a direct hint to Unleashed, but when they play like this I don’t mind. The band has just recorded a demo yet, but it has not been released so far. Keep an eye out for these guys! Here’s their set list:
- Bloodmoon
- 8 Methods to Prevent Being Buried Alive
- Living Incarnation of all Evil
- Death by Diarrhea ;) https://youtu.be/HKi7_03Mddg
- Black Putrefaction
- Religion is War
- La Sayona
- Shrunken Head
- Heaven’s Gate
- Ritual Cannibalism (really cool track!)

Destroy Them has Jerome Reil behind the drum kit, so Ventor is present too ;) Ventor can be proud, the band plays fast thrash some Altenessen group can be scared of *cool* The vile, fast thrash grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let loose until every fiber in my body was moving like a windmill gone astray. The band only has one three-song-EP recorded, but I sure as hell will get my greedy hands on it! I think new material is imminent, as the set list consists of 8 songs; only one cover:
- Intro
- Hatespeech
- Evil in Me
- Use Hate
- Life in Suicide
- Altar of Sacrifice
- Second intro
- They Will be
- Shut the Gates
- Beyond Force

What a refreshing look on thrash these youngsters play!! I loved it! Had I not bought Andrée a Dawn of Disease shirt and an album of theirs, I had enough cash for this EP… Am I forgetting Wanda has a wallet too? Oh darn, I am getting drunk and during Reckless Manslaughter I seem to wander totally lost over the floor of Hypothalamus.de… Wanda grabbed me by the arm… I told Andrée I couldn’t really stay any longer… missing his favorite part of the evening… Supreme Carnage… Dawn of Disease… I’m sorry my friend, but staying and drinking even more I just couldn’t handle it. I was tired, my eyes fell down and my stomach protested… we got into the car, saying goodbye to Jasmin & Michael, Marcel V and VI, Sig and Lampy. I dozed off just before we got onto EschstraBe… dropped my head under a cold stream of water and got Andrée his well-earned beer. A night of pure metal drowned in beer… but the breakfast made everybody shine again. Pity we haven’t seen Käthe at all, but she wouldn’t take the risk. At all. Fine, a such friendship isn’t faltering when we don’t see each other on one occasion… see you well at NDF! Käthe, viel Besserschaft! Andrée, THANKS A MILLION AGAIN!! Metaaaaaaallll!!

Oh yeah, coming home after a comfy ride Wanda handed me the Inquiring Blood set list:
- Deathro
- Three Feet
- Death in Decay
- Suffocation
- Voices
- The Ripper
- Fuck Your God
- Hell Commander
- Blinded by Fear (really? Didn’t notice >< )

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:15 am 

Killfest 2019, Effenaar Eindhoven, March 15th: Overkill, Destruction

Of the six editions worldwide of Killfest I’ve only seen one, possibly two: one tour with Destruction and Heathen, one with 3 Inches of Blood. The latter could have been the Electric Age tour as well, but swoah. The list of bands that have toured with Overkill beneath this moniker is impressive: young talent, old friends, from unknown to nearly bigger than Overkill themselves. Time for another Metal Hammer Road Show, but then without Anthrax? :lol: You could say that with this tour: again Destruction as special guest, when Flotsam plays we eat and an unknown (to me at least) Meshiaak. Meshiaak was soon replaced by Greek band Chronosphere, but no one I know seemed to know who or what. I booked the Sandton with a special edition, but coming to Eindhoven all we got extra was one huge beer and a Lemmy for less than a fiver, instead of.. who knows. Seeing Brandon on the way to Effenaar was great, greetings to parents!

The day itself was a long and windy one, hosting between waste water and a bread fight between two companies in the same street AND nearly the same business. Add ‘old employee’ to that and the municipal worker can cut that business? “Uhm, no sir, sorry, won’t do”. ‘Why not?’ answer: “the other company doesn’t have waste water, like you do”. End of discussion. Pff what a lousy start for a great gig >< I was happy Wanda did take a train earlier than we agreed, so I could cut off the annoying manager a bit ;) We had three tickets, but Belinda had an Onkt gig to light and Dikke Pim said he wanted the ticket, but made no hurry in telling us/me when to meet. Wanda got inside, I waited; he could have the ticket for €20 and a big beer ;) Pim told us he didn’t drink anymore? Oh, now I see it, he was losing weight by not drinking! 15 kilos already! Kudos, still funny to see him eat :) The first band was Chronosphere and we watched in growing delight: these guys are good! They mix old Annihilator with Forbidden and wear matching red pants. Oh. The band gets a little cold welcome, but the headbangers march through the idiots soon enough. The band has a lot of energy. This is a band we’d like to hear more from, so I bought Wanda the full length and she bought me the EP. Cool. The only thing they didn’t need to do was to put Ace of Spades in the end, they might as well play a tune of their own.

Flotsam & Jetsam never made a deep impression on me. I have nothing with the 'classic' and recent albums and live I think they're boring. Wanda said after half a song ‘these guys want to be the American Iron Maiden’ and I fully agree, as their bass sound is exactly like Steve’s, the guitar tandem is overbalanced like the Three Maiden Amigos and AK has the poses Blaze Bayley used to take. Wanda does like the way the music is played, but it’s simply not our genre. I see Metal Mike of Aardschok walking by and think ‘if Aardschok publishes Flotsam is THE band of the day I cancel my subscription’ ;) We’ll see. Nice to see so many Dutch band members enjoy themselves during Destruction. Half of Izegrim is banging their heads, half of Legion of the Damned is drinking beer (with me :lol: ), Graceless/Soulburn passes by, grinning; half of Evil Invaders next to the pit. Wanda asked whether I’d join the pit, but I hesitate. Why? Destruction is a four piece now, Damir Eskic relieving Mike greatly and he’s not afraid to show he’s happy to be part of the German legend… After Curse the Gods, Release from Agony and Nailed to the Cross I stopped hesitating and bash in. My Neckwrecker set is dangling like the wind, my eyes are monstrous, my arms sweep the lands searching for bodies to hit. And they hit me. Wanda is in front banging like a camshaft, thanked by Eskic with a guitar pick. I made a picture of the set list she missed by an inch:
- Intro
- Curse the Gods
- Release from Agony
- Nailed to the Cross
- Mad Butcher
- Dethroned
- Life without Sense
- Total Desaster
- The Butcher Strikes Back
- Thrash till Death
- Outro

The set list consists of the songs and tips to help Damir play the set: solo Mike – riff A and B – certain drum roll – double harmony - start with wammy bar and so on. What a great gig this is! Clearly Destruction doesn’t need to make new friends, it’s the old ones that conquer the hall until the blood stains on the floor get gory… the flying sweat, the ears that bled and the necks that were snapped make a mess out of Effenaar. Again. It’s not the first time I’d seen Destruction in Effenaar, but I sure as hell know this was the best show I’ve seen them do there. OK, Schmier has his temporarily temper about the volume, but he can walk off stage with his head high. I bought Wanda a ‘100 per cent German Old School Thrash’- shirt and she got us two Overkill tour shirts. I found a Killfest pin, which greatly resembles ‘Fuck You’ hahaha.

Overkill is special to both of us. After weeks of e-mailing Overkill brought us together on RockHard, now we celebrate some half year in Westwoud by bashing in hard. Wanda back to her spot on second row, me near the pit. The band got in great, volume was super, sound was awesome but the audience (hardly any Skullcrushers present and the one with a Neckwrecker set on his arm didn’t want to stand in our way??) wasn’t really into it tonight. Strange as it may sound, the band got off great but inside the pit it was violent without sense. People kicking? Thaaa ffff? People wanting revenge? Uhm, go screw yourself… I had to restrain Patrick (who I’d met when Asphyx played Dublin) not to return the injustice he’d become… I got hit on the side of my head again, so I stayed near cold water half the set… I love Overkill live to bits but I need my health a bit more… So far Bobby was sharp as a razor, DD has a dangerous whim about him, to Ron and Derek it is business as usual, but nothing less than cool what they play. Jason is a drum animal, tight, uplifting, brutal for the toms and sticks, what a battery! I chose to get our belongings before the show ended; I wasn’t going back to the hall anyway… Whenever I bought shirts, I usually put them in the sleeve of my pants, not to lose anything. But now I chose to use the three shirts as a scarf… coming to the hotel room I noticed one was missing… Wanda later said she’d seen me put three shirts on my neck, now there were only two… Breakfast meant to eat our own bread and fruit; coffee and yoghurt at the train station, a quick Italian noodle in Amsterdam, and off to Rotterdam for the 35 year anniversary Thanatos show. Pity the Overkill audience, but Destruction was THE band of the night. We travel for metal. We live metal. We love because of metal.

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via Marcel VIII's FB: set list Overkill
- Last Man Standing
- Electric Rattlesnake
- Hello From the Gutter
- Elimination
- Deny the Cross
- Distortion
- Necroshine
- Under one Bastard Nation
- Mean Green Killing Machine
- Feel the Fire
- Rotten to the Core
- Ironbound
- Fuck You
- Welcome to the Garden State

Fun to see he's got three set lists of the night. The Flotsam one even mentions Iron Maiden hihihi. Wanda's right.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:10 am 

Thanatos Alive 35, also feat. Graceless, Soulburn: Baroeg, March 16th

Thanatos is a band that didn’t get above my radar until my first Way of Darkness [2011], I must shamefully admit. I did see a show somewhere in 1994 with Lunatics Without Skateboards, but even Gebédi admits that was a bad show, bad sound, bad atmosphere (uhm, none, as there were only some 15 paying visitors, of which our group didn’t even finish the show). Bad timing back then? I don’t know, Stephan doesn’t know, shwoah. The band did get my full attention during said Way of Darkness and I soon got about all their silverware I could find. Including a patch that was nearly the size of a backpatch, but it’s on my Dutch denim, prominently placed, nonetheless. I’ve met the band several times, agreeing sometimes with them, disagreeing is fun too when Baayens or Gebédi is near. Ever since 2011 I’ve seen the band in Germany, Belgium and across my own country, never to be let down anymore. What we agree on is D.B.C., we disagree on Kiss :lol: At least the flyer showed Gebédi’s first trip into heavier music, as the logo of Kiss Alive 35 shines through… don’t show Alex hahaha. Firstly, Bodyfarm was announced as support, but due to illness… I’ve said that. Busy weekend, Friday Killfest, Saturday Soulburn, Graceless, Thanatos with all members… I’d need more time off I guess ;) Recuperate? A municipal worker can sleep in the job, right? Uhm, no.

We came from Eindhoven by train to Hoogkarspel, to Rotterdam it’s my trusted and beloved VW Golf Mk II diesel again. I was tired but wanted, wanted to go on so eagerly I nearly forgot my GebédiGebédi :) We even thought we had time to get (more) coffee before entering Rotterdam, but at the gas station I found out I didn’t have tons of cash anymore >< Then again, before we could leave the coats at the wardrobe I was already deafened by Maarten MSD and Lange Robert ;) It was crowded, yeah, understandable. But don’t screw me up when I want to look at the special patches the bands brought.. I saw a split 7” Bodyfarm – Carnation, hey, are the Bodyboys present too? Yeah, at least Alex and Bram, soon scribbling their signatures onto the vinyl. Patch to be delivered later ;) as Graceless was already checking sound. I got to the stage, got the thumbs up for another Bodyfarm shirt (by Jeroen Z, Marc V and Jasper A 8-) ) and soon saw Graceless would do the same set as last week. I love those songs, but an annoying hum pared the songs… a Bodyfarm shirt hung over the first stack of speakers… Remco stating ‘it’s a party, yeah, but shitty things happen as well, Sumerian Flames is for our brothers in Bodyfarm; especially Thomas’ \m/ *cool* \m/

Wanda was the one that made me less scrupulous about not having so much cash, we got home with literally a square meter of goodies: a Thanatos backpatch, 5 CDs, Thanatos Angelic Purified Brew, a bottle opener Paul didn’t even have himself ;) , several guitar picks, vinyl and about a foot thick of patches of all bands mentioned in this review. The CDs came from a box with a Cancer Fund logo on it, most stuff was sold in favor of the fund. Soulburn had already begun and it seems Twan has lost the battle with the retreating hairline… as he mentioned in the Slaves of the Shadow Realm interview >< It was Dave I that mentioned ‘that guitar player is a quickie, change shirt, change guitar and into the next band’ :) He meant Remco of course. Soulburn has a full and dirty sound today, most emphasis lies on the latter material:
- Intro: Apotheosis Infernali
- Under the Rise of a Red Moon
- Withering Nights
- Absinthesis
- Claws of Tribulation
- Abyssica
- Where Splendid Corpses art Towering Towards the Sun
- I do Not Bleed From Your Crown of Thorns
- As Cold as Heavens Slain
- Outro – Al Bowlley – Eden’s Last Sigh

With so much goodies on our hands [pity the Thanatology box got sold out], I zigzagged through band members (Bob Bachgus was present too), wives (Alicia), friends (Bettina, Vieze Pim, Erwin, Agga, name them) to my car to keep all the stuff in one piece… only to be just in time for the birthday boys: Thanatos. The now-line up did the first three songs, then the big changes would appear:
- Intro (Halloween)
- Dawn of the Dead
- The Murder of Innocence (Paul does some cool vocals as well)
- Feeding the War Machine (Stephan announcing ‘a nice chaotic party, with as much old members as we could find. Really old people’ :) )
- Destruction. Chaos. Creation (with Yuri behind the drums, two songs. Now-bassist Marco has a great thrash voice, resembling Robert Gonnella a lot)
- Undead. Unholy. Divine
- Angelic Encounters (with Theo van Eekelen, also two songs. The set list also mentioned Aad Kloosterwaard as singer, with a question mark, but he didn’t show up in the end)
- Outward of the Inward (with Erwin and Ed of the 1992 line up I’d seen myself; Martin on drums)
- War (Stephan’s wanted chaos hangs in his own guitar :lol: nice reference to Robbie Woning of Aardschok and DeadHead, also present, not playing, nice to see old guitarist Erwin shout out all the lyrics)
- Blind Obedience (from the Speed Kills demo, a song never played live before; with original member Remco on guitars, Marco de Groot on drums [Radiathor now]
- Thanatos (NEW SONG, Stephan announcing the band signed a new record contract, we’re surely not finished with these Rotterdam fuckers and they’re gonna get a hell of a bone to write new material that’s up for it)
- The Silent War
- And Jesus Wept
- Global Purification
- Outro

What a fire! Mean, sharp, aggressive... that’s the way to describe Thanatos tonight. Forgotten are the lame Sunday matinée shows for 13 visitors, forgotten are the lousy tour vans, bad production or negative reviews, this is friggin’awesome! The last three songs were dedicated to Bodyfarm and a storm of applause rises… Baroeg also held the after party and that was pretty cool too. I urged Stephan to keep doing this for about 20 years more, thanking Paul for the Siege of Power pick, getting Bob Bachgus to become FB friend of Wanda ;) So many friends from old, meeting fans of new (Wanda ;) ), boxes of shirts being sold, hands full of patches exchanged ownership, pens broken with signatures scribbled, beer around, water for me, great. So much pleasure, so much fun, so much warmth.. metal. Metal. METAL. METALL! METALLL!!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:02 pm 

Heidelberg Deathfest IV, March 23rd, Halle 02, Germany, Unleashed, Vomitory, Fleshcrawl

When Asphyx got off stage last year in Heidelberg, the three of us looked at each other and without hesitation, we all said ‘we return’. At the bar there were some big posters for the 2019 edition with Fleshcrawl on it… yeah we go. Add Prostitute Disfigurement, Spasm and Vomitory, Wanda and Jossel; we no longer fit in my beloved VW Golf Mk II diesel. So, I thought it would be fun to start the new year in style: get the five of us together for a beer. I already knew we could not stay in Altstadtblick anymore, this room can hold three, maybe four, not five. But January 4th Bram came in, coffee for Vok, beer for me but no Jossel, no Kevin. Jos later texted ‘I did not react to your first call’ but communication goes two ways, I told him. Kevin simply had to work and forgotten to text. OK, now it’s my turn to choose, we travel by train. Could be even cheaper than renting a van and take less time. The bands made it more interesting as well, as Unleashed, Rectal Smegma and others were confirmed. But, again some things interfered… but not the least. Jossel had a severe burn out and Bram’s friend Siebe had been lost for some time and as it turned out, he’d been dead in the water for three weeks before he’s found. So, not only is this review for Siebe, I knew Bram wouldn’t be with us. Any reference to him was answered by Fallen Brother…

The train ride to Germany wasn’t all fun and flowers as well. It turned out Deutsche Bahn also has some planning issues, as well as last minute changes of platform >< and reservations weren't really visible >< And it wasn’t really shorter… we got onto the train at 8 AM in Hoogkarpsel, got out after a missed connection, bad food and a sudden stop in Mannheim near 6 PM. We chose to eat at the hotel and that idea was more clever… a comfy family owned hotel with a good cook provided real German food. You know, Rösti, Bratkartoffeln, Schnitzel und so weiter. Beer was local too. Another local, but not such a hit was pianist Rudi, with a false piano and a face just like Carrell’s >< Where’s Ed when you need a piano tuned? Ouch. We got out for another drink and Kevin got his wish: we’d made it to the PopStore where he could buy his POP dolls ;) Many references to Lindemann’s Mathematik too ;) We decided to hit the sack in time, as I wanted to show Wanda some more of lovely old Heidelberg. Find fridge magnets, and so on ;) Saturday would be the funeral of Siebe so Kevin bought a boerenzakdoek (red bandana) as Siebe used one all the time. Pity the taxi driver was a douche first class, as he referred to my German as ‘Honolulu Deutsch’ :roll: Coming near Halle 02 also meant ‘stay sharp’, as I had my Sven bear hug and we had two spare tickets to sell. I managed to spot a man, already wearing a grey Halle 02 wrist band that tickets were ’50, something’ and before I could react the swap was made. OK, first spare gone, first band too? Zombie Slut was working on their last song already and that sounded OK to us. Strange to see one man get off stage, drop the Slut back drop and another band was playing, just for one song? Uhm, OK. Second band soon: Deathrite! The Germans did a great job, the death/grind was harsh, fast and loud. Hey, Jürgen and Silvia present, a message from Iris and Bernd they’re stuck in traffic, Agga handing beers, whoah! As Kevin knows the guys from Rectal Smegma very well he got backstage once in a while and could tell he’d had his birthday yesterday… the band prompted him road manager and sang him a Happy Birthday on stage, as well as a tribute to Siebe! Kudos! Respect!

The time to eat shortened my stay at Prostitute Disfigurement or was it the other way round? The band had a bad sound to begin with, too shrill and not really tight… I managed to sell the last spare so we’d have beer money! I got Marcel IV another Fleshcrawl shirt ‘it’s him and his grin again’ haha. Kevin has a double birthday present, as he already got half the ticket and now a Fleshcrawl shirt to show \m/ Wanda got a hand full of patches, Descend Into the Absurd x4, Vomitory x2, Heidelberg and a Dead Infection CD box set I’d never seen before. Luckily the wardrobe people weren’t fussy about getting our stuff in our jackets again, as I needed to speed up: Fleshcrawl was checking sound! What do I need more in an anniversary show (10 times Fleshcrawl) than a blistering sound, a band in full axe swing, tight as hell and loud as cannons… Leave it to Wanda for a set list \m/
- Flesh Bloody Flesh
- When Life Surrenders
- Soulskinner
- Dark Dimension
- Structures of Death
- Into the Fire of Hell
- Hellspawn (!)
- From the Dead to the Living
- Written in Blood
- As Blood Rains from the Sky
- Made of Flesh
- The Day Man Lost

And I got Olivier’s guitar pick, a smile beyond the twinkling of the sun, arms like tree logs, neck like a sailor’s knot, throat like a sand vortex and both Kevin and Wanda ecstatic. Kevin managed to get backstage again with Rectal Smegma and instantly made friends with Fleshcrawl during a table voetbal game :) I was so happy I could have sworn to float a bit. Of Illdisposed I haven’t expected much, but this was way cooler than the last time I’d seen them. Tighter, mostly. I haven’t seen much as I felt I could use some more food and missed Spasm altogether, biting Curry Gewürz… Kevin did see them, as he did see Vomitory but we were getting out of it. I couldn’t be surprised Misery Index actually did a great job, but we were done for tonight. Vomitory will play more often coming months and I’ve seen Unleashed so often I left it at the cab… why the hell do you seem scared of a tipsy metalhead and his coughing girlfriend? Are more muslims or hindoos like that? Wanda did manage to surprise me with two early birds for Heidelberg 2020! Tickets 10 and 11, so to speak :lol: Kevin wanted to stay around and he got 5 women to accompany him to HauptstraBe (not 221 like we were, but you get the point hihihi, no harm done \m/ ) Later I heard Iris and Bernd left before Vomitory, Jürgen and Sylvia left before Unleashed and Big Thomas didn’t break another ankle ;)

I knew we didn’t have too much time in the morning, so I asked for a taxi at nine, no need to bring extra lunch bags as we had plenty to eat already. The train ride home was hell. Period. One missed connection in Dusseldorf, another whine about a reserved spot, an accident near Venlo but also a MAYOR power cut near Eindhoven. No Exodus, but get AN EXTRA BUS!! Stop those useless and ill-informed announcements! We could get into Eindhoven, but couldn’t get out for at least 6 hours! The lines in the foyer of the station were so long, railroad police had to wear bullet proof vests, coffee venders that were supposed to deliver free coffee got out at 5 instead of 9 PM >< and when finally a detour was planned, it would take another 3 hours more to get to Utrecht. But we survived, albeit with Wanda’s throat ache beyond her lungs, my head like a battering ram and Kevin’s night way, way too short (he had to start at 3 AM already :roll: Wanda knew ‘when we return home it’ll be light again’ and she was nearly right… Agga later said he was home at 7 PM >< Next year we diesel again!! Next year already known: March 21st, Disbelief, Blood, Severe Torture, Birdflesh and at least three Westfriesians… nice to see the poster and the three of us spot a different band at the same time… METAL!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:08 pm 

Acid Mothers Temple was without question the greatest show I've ever had the pleasure of attending. I was 100% convinced my skeleton was gonna disassemble. Pretty sure there were tears in my eyes at one point. In all honesty I haven't a clue how it's actually even humanly possible to go that hard. Like, so many times came along that made me think ight, there's no physical way to rock harder than this, but they did, harder and harder and harder. I was in a constant state of physical awe that I couldn't even keep my composure if I tried. it was like some state of existence that I wish I would die right then, not for misery, but it was simply the whole of the cosmos and its own ultra heavy voids all channeled into an infinite euphoria and the feeling that there is nothing more that could ever be done because my worldly person had achieved all that can be achieved on both physical and metaphysical planes. I could liken the experience to any number of explosive astral phenomena such as supernovas and the like, but in a these earthly dimensions the whole experience was unreal.

They didn't waste a second getting instantly into maximum detonation and from there on they never let up, even when they did. Unbelievable drums and guitar. The kinda show that is outrageous enough to rock you on a molecular level, scattering your neurons about and rearranging DNA sequences until you're quite literally a new person that didn't exist before.

It's almost disappointing knowing that nothing will ever quite again live up to that moment in time.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:49 pm 

Hell yeah, I've seen AMT a bunch of times since they tour constantly and they're always 10/10 live. It shouldn't be hard to catch them again soon as they're literally always touring.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:52 am 

Ben’s Metalfest III, Mevrouw Latenstaan, Zoetermeer, April 20th, feat. Mutator, Deem Index

About this gig, don’t ask too much about when and how I got to know about it. What I do know is that Mutator would perform there and it might be a kind of metal battle or the likes. Up to a week before the show I had no idea where it would be except ‘Zoetermeer’. As Zoetermeer is quite a bit bigger than Hoorn, I followed Wanda in her quest to see as many Mutator gigs she could. Uhm, how we got to Bijdorplaan as street for the venue, I don’t know, but as my EdEd is getting older (or now I know was it was soooo cheap on Marktplaats :S ) we lost contact with the satellites quite often. The doors would open at 5 PM, first band at 5:30 already? Speed up, eat the ice cream in the car! We had to ask twice where to go, but we got there and as there wasn’t any live music yet, we assumed we’d be in time. First man I ran into was Haroen, a former colleague of mine. Nice to see him again, I knew he was in a band but had no idea which or what he’d do. Before it ran awkward, company talk, you know… I saw Alex Metal walk in the venue so we said goodbye to Haroen, knowing we’d get Jäger shots if we’d moshed hardest. Uhm, I drive, thanks dude ;) The venue itself is double, one sort of living room with large sofa’s and a bar, the other: same size, no sofa’s but stage attics. If there needed to fit +100 people… no. This must be in my top 5 of smallest venues ever! I gave Jeffrey the Mutator patch in the colors of the band: pitch black and poison green. He was so happy he wanted to share his beer with me, uhm, I drive, you’re OK dude ;)

The band soon started checking sound and got off Mutator style: hard, heavy, loud, sharp. Pity Nick’s sticks weren’t that sharp, as the first drum stick landed at my feet when Karma was only seconds old... Manipulation was next, Vishnu be thanked for Shredded Ed’s rise up the last weeks: he’s vile like in his Verderf days, he makes loads of eye contact (not only to me \m/ ) and is ready for any bozo, boozo or numbhead getting too close… Kill and kill now! It wasn’t long before I could translate :) ‘dit nummer gaat over wraak…’ “REVENGE” haha. Jeffrey sure feels at home in this band as his additional vocals sound great, they have some kind of dirt and nasty about them, but still greatly pronounced. ‘Hit’ wasn’t really a hit as the monitors kept moaping, on, off, on, off… Jeffrey and Ed make a ‘see, tell and answer’-game of the next song: ‘Any believers left?’ ‘Anyone seen The Passion yesterday?’ ‘This song is still timely in +100 years… Curse the Gods!’ Sick Society follows, but during World War Ten Jeffrey’s bass seems to shut it. He DOES have a second instrument on him, but as it’s tuned differently it just takes some time. Alex, Nick and Ed aren’t bothered by it and still the song sounds great. Turns out, after retuning his second bass, it wasn’t the bass after all but the chord. OK, don’t put it away so soon ;) The organizers, some 10 aging rockers, metalheads and their better halfs, try to be helpful any way they can: make food for the band, arrange beers and waters, get some ventilation in the bin, get some shade against the sun, but also in handling (faulty?) instruments… hence ‘don’t put it away so soon’ ;) lovely to see though. Ruined for Life didn’t have a problem, as Jeffrey’s on his original bass again but during Crystal Mountain Alex’gear makes a drop… no effects anymore, no electrical connection left, hardly any distortion [I wore my HM2Boss Revel in Flesh shirt *cool* but that didn’t help :) ]. To make time for the retuning, Nick gets his drum solo but has to cut it short with a watery mouth… he had his mouth full with vomit and needs some room. Not too long though, he’s cheered back onto stage in half a minute. So, conclusion: it was one of the smallest gigs Mutator ever did, but apart from the performance itself it also was the messiest one. Note to readers: this is the set list Wanda got:
- intro
- Karma
- Manipulation
- Revenge
- Hit
- Curse the Gods
- Sick Society
- World War Ten
- Ruined for Life
- Drum solo, barf solo :lol:
- Crystal Mountain

Ed got some headbangers active, got some Hallowed Fire participation, but surely it was too early for Zoetermeer mosh pits… Fine with me though, I just wanted to bang my head and shout, the rest is for later ;) Hallowed Fire was next but their technical status also held some challenges.. namely an overvibrating bass, the monitor still didn’t work and the lights were in contradiction to the band’s moves. Stood the band still, the lights moved and vice versa. Odd. The band did get the first pit of the day though, even though it was only half of Mutator and singer Rob fistbanging in between ;) The band has taken some of the nicer Exodus riffs as example and some near-Maiden riffing near solos, but I’m not too impressed. Mainly because I don’t really like the cross power metal – metalcore in vocals. Wanda still stood outside with Mutator, so she hardly saw the band too ;) Time for a small stroll around the building + garden, find a ‘children’s movie theatre every Wednesday’ just like in Emsdetten last week ‘Überraschung Kino am Mittwoch’ :) Add frikandellen, cheese sandwiches, beer in different drafts, sun tan oil and you have… a mini Brutal Assault HA HA HA.

Time to eat, even though The Hangman’s Lament is making their stage. It was nice to see Haroen again, but thinking of his promise about Jäger I’m totally NOT in the mood to mosh to their cross DevilDriver – Soulfly. DevilDriver’s death metal approach is one I like a lot, but not combined with groove, pots and pans, and… oh you get it. I spoke to the Mutator guys about the other bands, but none (me included) seemed to have had time or lust to seek out information about the other bands. OK, they’ve played with Hallowed Fire on several occasions, Haroen is known to me but of the last two bands no one seemed to know what to expect. Ben, one of the organizers, tried to get us out of the garden and to the band, but seeing only half a song I knew ‘this is overdone heavy metal with an Izegrim touch. In band set up, not in music'. The band, 4 men and a female on bass + vocals don’t get any closer than Izegrim than their live setting. They are called Downcast Collision, have one full length and are Dutch. They just try too hard to be more like latter Arch Enemy than an original band in several ways. Black angel wings? Ughhh. Heavy metal played as if it’s ffffffg schlager? Come on and get out of the closet, six stringer!

Nick was aware he’d thrown one drum stick to me, one slipped out his hands and landed near me, he had to give Wanda a signed one. One condition: I get him pictures of the three (!) Mutator CDs he’d signed, WITH the drum sticks on it ;) That will do nicely on FB, don’t you think? We were getting tired and had no intention to seek out anything related to Deem Index (in capitols on the website of Ben’s) but seeing a third Marloes wannabe on stage wouldn’t have made it worth it. There’s only one Marloes and she’s hotter and more brutal than all females holding a bass tonight (Hallowed Fire’s Maxime is new to the band) ; see Marloes, Jeroen and the guys next week anyway. Oh chipsletten, she no longer plays bass in Izegrim anymore ;) The road home was smoother and a lot faster than the trip to Zoetermeer. As we had water, apple juice and mini salami to devour we were home in little over an hour. One afpils, see Feyenoord win and FC Groningen nearly deciding against an Ajakkes championship, we doze off. On Sunday we meet half of Mutator again for a nice BBQ. Time for more to-do-lists like today: matrass, f**k, eat, cash, f**k, taxes, CD player, Zoetermeer, BBQ. Metal.

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 2:08 pm 

Willemsfest 2019: Izegrim, Thrashcan, Bloodmoon, 4 more bands, Willemeen Arnhem April 27th

Had I known before what would happen after Willemsfest 2018 I don’t know what I’d do different. It may sound strangely formulated, but when Wanda kipped on my couch last year I had no idea she was totally interested in me ;) What happened later… you know :lol: So, as a sort of anniversary treat to ourselves, we went to Willemsfest again. Again by bike, grab a beer with Toon and see some live metal. At first Bodyfarm was scheduled to perform, but we all know about Thomas’ illness but maybe the band isn’t ready to perform with Remco yet. OK, I know, it’s just my wild guess, but hey, what else? Izegrim was booked as replacement, so we didn’t hesitate to go whatsoever. On the train station we already met Robin (see Grand Supreme Blood Court in Manifesto review) and Kees Bloemkool and Alicia were heading for Alkmaar with Tijmen. In Hoorn I saw Jeroen walking by and called out for him. I knew alcohol was prohibited on station and in the train, so I brought 0,0 instead. Not that any of the Amsterdam visitors held anything back regarding their Heiny and Amsy; they even brought a blow up doll to keep their beer hot? Uhm, children, children… Let’s say we were happy to enter Amsterdam once, as the train emptied mostly there ;) Including Jeroen, he went out to meet his old house mate/band mate Joost (ex-Kowai).

We got to Arnhem and the train filled again… off to Willemeen. We soon met Inken, the first band hadn’t started yet. Sitting in the sun the HJ’s flew by nicely. FB exchanged, first band did show up in time: Brutal Assault. MA couldn’t help me here, as the band is split up according to the site? Uhm, it wasn’t that bad, maybe it was a reunion show? The blunt old school death metal was ear candy to us, including a cool version of Ridden With Disease and a small tribute to Thomas called Perpetual Social Isolation. Nice band, I even thought I’d recognize their singer from Insane Mind, but his Dutch is too good ;) Out for a quick Oi! fix? Nah, The Positives (what’s in a name??) shooed me away with too happy tunes, ploinky bass, blazers, bow ties… no. We got in Arnhem for Bloodmoon and Bloodmoon delivered greatly! I saw the set list before the sound check was over and said to Marcel: ‘only 16 songs, you can easily do without’. Laughs. The band got some movement in front of them, but not as Marcel really wanted: people lining out for a wall of death, but nothing happened? Not when I’m around :cool: Wanda soon heard her favorite track of the day: Death by Diarrhea ;) During the last song Marcel did hand me the set list :) [thanks!]
- Hellsmouth Cliff (every song has a hint of the lyrics on it ;) )
- Bloodmoon
- 8 Methods to Prevent Being Buried Alive
- Killer Clown
- The Draugr
- Living Incarnation of all Evil
- Death by Diarrhea
- Black Putrefaction
- Religion is War
- Waterboarding
- Shrunken Head
- Heaven’s Gate
- Bathory Countess of Blood
- Letting the Blood
- La Sayona
- Ritual Cannibalism

During Ritual Cannibalism Marcel invited everybody on stage and my oh my what a nice mess that was ;) I love death metal the brutal way! Marcel sang his last lines balancing above the crowd :) The band has plenty energy, a vile sound and more than enough decibels to shed… Wanda wanted to buy a shirt but the only one left was an L-sized one… shwoah, she said, time for another denim project :) We had to recuperate a bit, but doing that during a stoner show isn’t the best idea of the day… the band was called Dreckneck and play heavy, heavy stoner… Rather meet up with Nikky of Stormram, a new Dutch thrash band to rise soon (no material yet, but she’s working hard on it :) Izegrim was next. I did buy a copy of the Beheaded by Trust EP, so I heard that the morning after. A morning after with Izegrim is always cool, the band is professional as hell, tight as a shark fin, bloody sharp and have tons of fun on stage. Wanda got the set list from Marloes, I got Ivo’s drum stick to my head:
- White Walls
- Deathstrip
- Endless Desire
- The Legion
- Insanity is Freedom
- Celebratory Gunfire
- Warmonger
- Retraumatized
- Time to Run
- Endless Strife
Still, this band is getting better every time. I don’t know how they do that, but it’s cool and bands and fans share a great time. The band got a huge pit as thank you, ruled by Benji, Alex Zwaert, Jeroen Z and me 8-) crowd surfers and all. We got our share of goodies too, patches, a poster, said EP and what seems to be a good friendship. Thrashcan is the bouncer band tonight. We agreed beforehand, that if the covers were too obvious, we’d catch an early train home. We got out after Annihilator, Slayer and Motörhead, if I’m correct; I didn’t write anymore since Dreckneck ^^ The train ride home was as obnoxious as the ride to Amsterdam, now it took to Kersenboogerd to get the loudest nitrous oxide user off the train, a huge Briard dog that wasn’t too used to sound, drunk or stoned horny chicks… but we had a good day of beer, friends and metal!

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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 5:02 am 

Netherlands Deathfest IV, May 3rd-5th, 013 Tilburg. First bookings: Pestilence, Vomitory, Anaal Nathrakh, Gutalax. Headliners: Electric Wizard, Deicide, Tormentor

The fourth edition of Netherlands Deathfest started, of course, at NDF III. The first bands were announced already (Vomitory, Pestilence) but do we need certain bands to get to NDF once more? Tom didn’t, he said, he said it was time for something different. He’d been to every Neurotic and Netherlands Deathfest ever since 2010, but NDF III in March toppled his decision not to return so easily. May, yeah, warmer, yeah, no snow, yeah, but with a new house to rebuild (barn empty, kitchen in it, bedroom, house empty, one wall out, everything inside out of it, rebuild from scratch) I understood him. Add the closure of our favorite tosti joint at the Kerkplein (lovely waitresses, HJ on tap) and you too understand. The closer the real festival came, the more I got the feeling it’s going to be cool anyway: Deicide returning to Holland (if they show up :roll: ), Kevin freaking out when Electric Wizard was announced, Rippikoulu being hailed from MT, probably my first Mgla and Phlebotomized shows… METAL! We exchanged one B. for another, much more lovely and positive ;) Belinda had brought Belgian sugar waffles, potato chips and I had HJ to share on Bredaseweg \m/.

I always thought it’d be a half hour walk, but with Wanda around, her throat infection gave her a busted rib… yeah it was an hour to walk there, but the first haircuts were already known: Andrée and Käthe stood next to Bettina and Erik \m/ so we gladly joined. First band was to start just before 4:30 PM and Wanda was quite interested, as she had been asked to get a FB friend to get him a shirt (he’d be there only on Sunday). It was meant to be, I guess, as Rippikoulu already had plenty of headbangers in front of them when they started. I’d better keep it to my Dutch explanation: lomp, bot, stomp. Crude, blunt and rough. The band hardly had any merch on them, so the patches were happily accepted; Wanda got her friend the last L-sized shirt when she got an XXL one. Pity the sound check of coming Anaal Nathrakh was too much for us, as was the Cryptopsy one. Taking a peek inside the small hall was useless, as it was overcrowded already. Dave P (who signed three of my Mutator CD booklets :) ) was highly interested in Extinction of Mankind there, but I have no idea if he got to see them. Same with FUBAR, I saw quite a lot of people with FUBAR shirts/patches but never got to hear/see them. Brujeria on the other hand was a raging mess of flying knives at knee-height, a friggin’brutal sound and quite the volume too. We did not see the entire gig, as Wanda had seen some CDs I might be interested in. We got home with some 20 CDs… loads of Overkill (originals), AC/DC (bootlegs), Sodom (tapes!), Agathocles (not sure which pressing LOL) and whatnot. In the main hall Electric Wizard was playing, accompanied by loads of German friends (hey Brigitte, Anna) and a wall of images behind them. Mostly disturbing sights of executions, I guess, but the band plays something quite different than I expected… not the doom I thought, but stoner, Stoner, SABBATH. Sorry for Morta Skuld, but we head out. I don’t think we’d gotten inside the small hall anyway… No Kevin to be seen, though ;)

Belinda texted she had had a little thing, but as I didn’t press any information I found out at the breakfast table she’d slipped inside the bath tub and had a black eye overnight. Gladly the Auberge staff had ice to disperse, so the swelling/wound/blood letting wasn’t too bad. During the breakfast it started hailing stones bigger than marbles, happily my beloved VW Golf Mk II diesel stood under a large tree… but taxi is what we needed and got… a Tesla (?!). We had fun until we couldn’t open the damned thing, but the driver was super friendly and patient. Stupid detail: after the breakfast we were wished ‘a nice day, have fun, see you all tonight again’ and we were hushed by some Bulgarian vlogging doof she’d been in an important recording session?! Go vlog your undies, bitch, or take a room. The Auberge host was bedazzled a bit, as she had to tell her tale the following morning… No need to vlog as much anymore, as the event would be unexpected… I couldn’t PIN my coins anymore? It was Wanda that got so much merch, not me, right? Uhm, you did. I got the festival shirts and hoodie, paid for the Rippikoulu stuff and half the patches were on my bill? Uhm, OK, no need to worry, we find our way. Find our way to the Graveyard from Spain, haha. The band sounds like Benediction, but more livid. We liked it. No need to get in line for the small hall for Jupiterian or Gutalax, it was already way, way too full there. We hung around for Cenotaph from Mexico. It would have been nice to see this band with Erwin AND Zitla, but her brother might have some cancer and she can be donor. Now she’s there, with all Dutch paper work done… still can’t come to Holland. It tore Erwin in two, he’s even put his Graveland tickets (next week) on Ticketswap… No need to feel bad any longer, as Gutalax was playing. Belinda made it into the small hall with her beach ball and Ineke with her toilet brush, but we only saw the band through some mobile screens on the balcony. No one there bothered to adjust the screen a bit, always nice to see people enjoy themselves, but the focus remained on the band only. Back to the big hall for Pestilence once more. Clearly, having this new band around him, great responses to both the new album as the previous tours, Mameli is in great mood and fires his old tunes with as much gusto into the hall as his newer material. We heard Process of Suffocation, Secrecies of Horror, Suspended Animation, The Trauma and Out of the Body before we got back to the balcony for Cliteater. We stood first row at the balcony now, so we could see the entire band quite well, the crazy jumps Joost makes, the mess in front of the stage, name it great! :) Cliteater Fucking Cliteater!! Wanda got a cap… and we got outside for a great tortilla meal. Pity the brand fork was called VEGA, but the food was excellent. On Friday I had two 013 tostis for two coins each, but those never filled me… to be agreed about by Paul, he also didn’t get ‘it’ from those tostis haha

Back inside 013 there was a big exodus going on from the small hall, so no Butcher ABC for us. We got to see Unleashed instead and having missed them on Heidelberg is totally forgotten now. When we got in, Johnny & Co. were doing the shouting contest with Hammer Battalion Unleashed :cool: to be followed by I Don’t Want to be Born and Lead Us Into War. Someone called Unleashed ‘Amon Amarth for grown ups’ but that’s an understatement to Unleashed imo. OK, both bands are Swedish, can be pretty formulaic in songs, but I think Unleashed is way more pure, way more raw and caring less about nifties and nofties than Hegg & Co. do. We didn’t stay long as we wanted front row places to Grave Miasma (with Brigitte and Ramona now; Agga was present too, as was Käthe and half Thanatos). Forget the incense, let yourself be pulled under in blackened occult death metal, bring in the best parts of Mutilator, Krisiun and old Bolt Thrower… this was friggin’awesome. I even think this was THE best show of this NDF, such vibe I haven’t seen the rest of the weekend. Freed of daily bull we look around after a great gig, set list in hand, signed stuff present, we take our time to get back to main hall. Nearly forgot, here’s the list:
- Yama Transforms to the Afterlife
- Arisen Through the Grave Miasma
- Ascension Eye
- Tibetan intro
- This Tomb is my Altar
- Purgative Circumvolution
- New intro
- Pillars
- Exhumation
- Kussa’ u intro
- Full Moon Dawn

Only to be put two feet on the ground again by Tormentor. The ancient cult black metal band from Hungary has mismatching corpse paint, sings like ‘screech’, plays drums like ‘ploink’, guitar sound like ‘gurgel’… all of a nice ugliness. It must have been TrVe and Kvld all the way, fine. It’s a bit like listening to old Impaled Nazarene mixed with Naglfar. Drunk, taxi, nose bleed, cough, bed, OK.

Another excellent breakfast and said talk with the hostess, we got exactly the same taxi and driver back into the city center. We were ‘warned’ that the city would be filled by Willem II fans, as the Dutch cup final (against Ajakkes :o ) would take place. I knew that, my VHS was programmed just in case Ajakkes would lose. Always a good day to see them lose, especially a final. We talked to our German and Rotterdam friends entering the main hall for Possession (Encoffination was already over). Come to think of it, in the sound check the band was better than in the performance :S We looked at the band schedule and decided we probably never could enter the small hall today.. so no Holocausto Canibal, Phlebotomized, Intestine Baalism, maybe do pick some Severe Torture and no Viscera Infest. We chose to stay near the balcony of the big hall, with Andrée and Käthe mostly, when Canadian Revenge got to stage. I never was much impressed by the ‘Militant satanism, Antichrist supremacy, nihilism, anti-humanity’ that is described on MA, but this was OK to us. In another form, speaking about supremacy, was Metalsucks’ pinpoint of this festival: Mgła. In a dark and deep past some lines were said that might have had probably some hint to racism or hatred, but doesn’t everybody once has one problem with one neighbor? Or beyond? In my Hoorn days I probably would have joined Metalsucks to keep my collection clean, but now I think they’re a bunch of pussies that exist to piss people off without hard evidence. Their reviewers even hinted for a ban on the band or even the entire festival if the band would perform. Excuse me? I can think of worse fish in the sea, spelling out wanting to join the Schutzstaffel and not telling it’s about SS? Uhm, back to music. Even with my big friend in a small man present the Polish fog worshippers weren’t special. I don’t even found the need for a picture. I think ‘zal wel’, get René a beer and move out, back to Wanda and her merch hunt. Our haul: 4 shirts, one hoodie, one LS, 20 CDs, three pins, three hands full of patches. Include new ideas for even more denims… you get the point. I looked at our friends, saw fatigue and knew, having seen Glenn Benton and Deicide outside already, in good mood, yeah, but I knew we wouldn’t make it the entire day. Good thing: now we did see the entire Vomitory set and my Swedish Gründlichkeit, was this a good show or what? Killer sound, huge grins, fast and violent music, great set and even better public reaction to:
- The Voyage
- Gore Apocalypse
- Revelation Nausea
- Madness Prevails
- Regorge in the Morgue
- Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize
- Serpents
- Primal Massacre
- Chaos Fury
- Raped in their Own Blood

I am soooo happy Vomitory is back again! The band, clearly refreshed, is on the hunt tonight. I now wonder why and how we managed NOT to see the reborn Swedes… the band is still tight as a duckling, quacks brutally, flies around each other like the Snaterfraters, not on paper but on a Death Metal Stage haha. Only thing that has changed is the length of their beards hahaha. The band got a full mosh pit around them, nearly from stage to stairs… was very cool! It was a bit too much (for me at least) to see Incantation set stage. I have had so many totally different experiences with this band, I didn’t want to spoil my Grave Miasma/Vomitory memories too much and headed out to locker 444… three days in a row the same locker hahaha. Easy peasy, never to forget where our belongings went. In the taxi back to Bredaseweg (440 hihihi) I seem to want to tell about every band, but this fffffr surely wasn’t too helpful. He moaned about the lost game, the lost final, ‘disappointed but proud’… I read on CeeFax it was a walkover… 4-0. No need to feel sorry. Second nosebleed, bummer. In the morning we slept in a bit, not needing the 9 AM breakfast but a 10 o’clock shower instead ;) We delivered Belinda to her mother and were thanked with a box with Dommelsch (…) beer, some peanuts and chocolates, highly appreciated. So lovely… we go back to NDF, as the MDF organizers announced they have a few bands booked for the first anniversary but no names nor dates yet. I know we return, not only to 013 on Veemarktstraat 44, but also Bredaseweg 440 and if so, locker 444 too. We had a killer weekend, could be a hint warmer (we even had hail!) but with so many friends and discussion we spread the warmth that is metal. We breathe metal, we smell like rust afterwards hihi. Metal!!

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 9:56 am 

Graveland Metal Fest - we did not go because of Wanda being ill, in pain and in panic. For Pitfest she wasn't recovered fully, but we went.
Pitfest, feat. Asphyx, Sodom, Venom Inc. May 24th – 25th Evenemententerrein Erica

In 2016’s discussions about Bloodbath I have seen several options, but as I’m no Voldemort, I couldn’t and can’t split myself in seven. 2017 brought me to Tilburg, Iceland and Maryland for Bloodbath, be it the most important reason to travel or not, no Slovenia nor Pitfest for me. The 2017 edition also had Vader, Witchery, Altar (old line up!) and Evil Invaders, but I was at Willemsfest. Now, Wanda had seen a-not-so-concealed-Asphyx logo for the 2019 edition along one I couldn’t recognize. Fine with me, I’d be Van Drunen-fanboy once more, in my own country, not every province covered so far ;) So if any festival in Flevoland or Zeeland has ANY Martin-band I’d gladly get tickets. And on Bloodbath: suddenly the band name is erased off the flyer? Huh? Come to think of it, that’s OK with me, there’s plenty wonderful stuff to be seen, as Herder plays its final show (finally :lol: ), one-off Skit System show, ‘only European ACxDC show’ (dat naaaame ><), 35-year anniversary Thanatos show, first European show ever of 1914 (as if the War to End all Wars had not ended yet? :) ) a Seein’Red reunion and a Gods Forsaken exclusive. So, no need for Bloodbath at all. Pity Onslaught had to cancel due to sickness; I would have loved to show the English thrashers to Wanda to explain how much I dig ‘m. They were replaced by Soulburn. Ook niet verkeerd.

As Belinda had heard it would get very busy at the camping, we decided to pick her up early as possible. Coming to Erica only a half filled camping was facing us, it later turned out the organization did not want complaints about a overfilled place. OK, kudos to that. The first band sound demolished our ear drums, as the sound was great during Toxocara. The technical death metal was good to follow, instruments well placed and the volume was OK. Now we could see the festival ground was outdoor, but all bands played in a tent; the crust-stage had to be entered through an ancient double decker bus? Hihi, funny. It took so long to find that entrance we completely missed Varukers! Wanda had even brought her punk denim, but the first band to follow was old school death metal band from Zwolle Procreation. The members originate from old and recent bands like Altar, Departed Souls and Beyond Belief, so yeah, experienced. The fierce death metal was a lust to the ears. Wanda bought a patch and got a shirt for free? Our little gang got so big there were three beers from all over the country with my name on them, most of us eagerly awaiting the debut show of Gods Forsaken. The international band (Norway, Sweden, Holland) totally grinds my neck, twists my arms, knots my hair in a thunderous way. The sound is near-CD quality but still the little cracks and spots glorify the music; this is music made by fans made for fans. I soon saw Maarten D in a Gods Forsaken shirt; I got the set list from Jonny :cool:
- In a Pitch Black Grave
- By Hate He Comes
- Smells of Death
- From the Insided they Came
- Ashes of the Dead
- Odyssey of Broken Bones
- The Process of Death
- Birth of Insanity

Christel smiled widely when she saw me on the on side asking a set list, Wanda got the double one from Alwin :) Later on Alwin explained Jonny had been really nervous for this gig, but on stage nothing out of the ordinate came over us. This band KILLS! Another new band for me, as 1914 got on stage; singer in Verdun mud, moldy overcoat, as if he just stepped out of the trench himself. This old school, old school, old school death metal deluxe! You can see the post-traumatic stress disorder and trenchfeet, shell shock and bullet holes all over them! The singer got off stage most of the songs, only to get back to his set list and return ;) This was pretty cool! But now it got time for ‘that other AC/DC’, ‘Antichrist Demoncore’ I thought. What do I hear and seein ACxDC: crossover, crosses over hands, that kindacrap. Not for long, so to say. I’d rather beer with Jeroen Z, Jelle and Tijmen and head out to Overruled. Finally I get to see Ronald’s band, finally got a patch for my Dutch Denim, finally more thrash! The pit was hard as a rock, band in great shape and smiles all around the tent. I even tore my German shorts to shreds! Damned, that’s the third pair of shorts I have to replace… the Wacken one is worn out, the Wacken ¾’s was busted and now the orchid one is totally to his grandma >< No one seemed to care my AC/DC boxer was showing, there were so many half finished clothes set there in Erica… crust punks from all over Europe, so it seemed. They clearly weren’t waiting for Venom Inc. like the metalheads were… OK, Discharge was on the other stage (named Punkhol :) , the metal stage was called Skullcrusher and the Crustbus) so I don’t think many punks would be here. Venom Inc. is in a great mood. The band gets an hour and a half and are clearly spreading poisoned beer, scorching headbangers, mow off arms, spitting bile and the likes. Later I saw a picture of Demolition Man being tattooed a Pitfest logo on his back and not the smallest one! :o ‘We are here to have a great time, right?’ Tony yelled several times. I just noticed none of the bands uses a back drop? Uhm, that’s new to me. Venom Inc. doesn’t need a back drop, they just plug in and DESTROY! I’ve heard old stuff, new material and a lot of shouting haha. Tired and worn we head out to the tent, but I soon I recognize Twan van Geel’s lovely smears and slither in my torn shorts and on socks only I head back ;) . I soon found Jonny Petterson going nuts on the heavy, dark tones Eric, Remco, Twan and Marc produce. I had no idea how long Soulburn was playing already, but kept shouting ‘Feeding’, ‘Feeding on Angels’ and ‘Angels’ ;) and got what I wanted: their last song was Feeding on Angels! Twan had enough energy left to give me a set list and vanish..
- Under the Rise of a Red Moon
- Withering Nights
- Absinthesis
- Claws of Tribulation
- Abyssica
- Where Splendid Corpses are Towering Towards the Sun
- I Do Not Bleed From Your Crown of Thorns
- As Cold as Heavens Slain
- Feeding on Angels
- Outro Al Bowlly + Eden’s Last Sigh
Soulburn, as so many other bands this weekend, had an excellent sound and of course it was loud as a bomber in the hangar. Maarten is still right… He Who Plays Loud :) No need for more beer, flatline…

Saturday began with one coffee, but as we needed more the coffee dried out or something? The resort next door provided bread, fruit, yoghurt and the likes, but also two servants who didn’t get what needed done… as it took nearly an hour I thought ‘screw them, I drink beer now’ Gladly we were accompanied by Jelle, Tijmen, Maarten and Brammerman so I didn’t do a George Thorogood (I Drink Alone :lol: ) Three rounds of sixpacks later, not even half past ten yet, the first band appeared before my slitlike eyes… They’re called Hetze, play Pippi Langkous grind and it’s false! False!! OK, they play in the Crustbus, so no bad word about them, but I hated them. Clearly I was the only metalhead there, the torn shirts, dreads and godawful smells and sights shooed me away. At home I heard some crustpunkers had spat a vendor in his face for selling Burzum stuff and they were thrown off the terrain. Good. Opinion, yeah, mindset, zal wel, but spitting is respectless and vile. I rather head out to the Skullcrusher, as Carnation is ready to crush anything on their path. Drop your head in a bucket of blood and slay!!!! Boltbulldozering! It was sooooo cool I just had to buy Jeroen and Belinda a shirt, Wanda got us all patches and my Belgique, was this a great show or what! Sound awesome, mix great, no band member can stand still, no band member messes up anything, this was great. Of course ended with a set list:
- The Whisperer
- Hellfire
- Plaguebreeder
- Disciples of Bloodlust
- Necromancer
- Sermon of the Dead
- Hatred Unleashed
- Chapel of Abhorrence
- Supposed to Rot (yep, an Entombed cover)
- Fathomless Depths

Drained of beer and blood we stuck around for Wombbath. The band had another great set, no need for any worries or nerves anymore, just death metal the blunt way. Still, stay around for my treat of the day: ASPHYX!! Let the smiles burn a hole in your shorts, let the fun seek a way around, let the laughter spread from the crown of the head to the tip of your toe (now on shoes again :) ) and let the band I’ve seen most in my life conquer me and my love again… I made a picture of the set list Martin gave me (thanks!) and gave that one away..
- The Quest for Absurdity
- Vermin
- Brandenburg Division
- Wardroid
- Death the Brutal Way
- Asphyx – Forgotten War
- Deathhammer
- It Came from the Skies
- Wasteland of Terror
- Scorbutics
- Forerunners of the Apocalypse
- The Rack
- Last One on Earth

What shall I explain next? That we are fans for life? Thankful? Friendly to the boys/wives ;) ? In possession of a shitload of merch already? Given away a load, got back so much appreciation, can I go on? This was awesome. Again. Another great show was to come, as Sodom clearly is on the friggin’hunt. The band, sharper than a B-29 Flying Fortress, louder than one too ;) has 75 minutes to bomb us all. Destroy us. Wipe us out. We stood first row, next to a mom and her two kids. I think the boy was about 10 years old, the girl 8 or something and they had fun! It must have been their first show ever, or at least they had not seen much, as they kept looking at the headbangers (me and Wanda), startled because of crowdsurfers (Marcel of course :lol: ) pitters (I ran in and out of the pit ;) ) and the earmuffs were highly needed. I got them the set list, as I know such little gestures can mean a lot to kids and they were over the moon with it! 19 songs, all METALLLL:
- Agent Orange
- Sodomy and Lust
- Outbreak of Evil
- Partisan
- The Saw is the Law
- City of God
- Nuclear Winter
- Blasphemer
- One Step over the Line
- Tired and Red
- Witching Metal
- Conflagration
- The Crippler
- Obsessed by Cruelty
- Die Stumme Urzel
- Remember the Fallen
- Silence is Consent
- Ausgebombt
- Bombenhagel

Still, the party wasn’t over yet! I gave Christel a Mutator CD that was signed for Tom Angelripper and got out. Thanatos still had to do their anniversary set and Gutalax needed to poo so bad we just kept walking. Thanatos was tight as usual, but I think people were getting tired. Jelle was nowhere to be seen, until he got out of the Punkhol with his arm in a sling… had he started the day with a freshly twisted hand, now he seemed to have broken his clavicle… Wanda was the only one sober (opiates, Prozac, you know) so she helped him into the ambulance and was off… Thanatos did this:
- Dawn of the Dead
- Outward of the Inward
- Feeding the War Machine
- Angelic Encounters
- Blind Obedience
- And Jesus Wept
- Global Purification
- War
It’s so good to see the interaction between the guitarists Paul and Stephan and bass player Marco! Don’t forget drummer Martin ;) It results in a sharp, good band that combines skill and pleasure on stage. I keep forgetting how often I’ve seen Gebédi & Co., but that’s no problem. I look at my pictures and smile. Going to Gutalax alone wasn’t my best idea. The band plays for an overfilled tent and apart from some bobbing toilet brush (Ineke of course :) ) I get zilch and nearly fall asleep to the side of the canvas tent. I decide it’s enough and have to wait until Wanda and Jelle return. If she returns :( I felt so distraught I slept bad. She came back near 5:30… so our ride back was a bit of a silent one. Belinda had told that if she’d help breaking down the stage she’d get a free 2020 weekend tickets. But if so, she’d have to work from 10 AM to 4 PM! And that would mean I’d be home at 7 PM or something… I’d rather give her another birthday ticket than get home so late, so exhausted and no time left for MT/MA/voetbal (if..), shave, two Laundromats full, Chinese, och no. We had a super weekend, even if it took three stops and ditto coffee to get Belinda and ourselves home. If next year’s edition of RockHard or MDF doesn’t interfere, we will do all three. Metal! Torn stuff! Great pictures, fuzzy pictures, band pictures, site picture :lol: Glutenfree Sub! Glutenfull beer! But… metal. Deadly metal ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:12 am 

RockHard 2019, June 7th -9th Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Headliners: Watain, Gamma Ray, Anthrax. Interesting bands: Fifth Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Possessed

For once in a long time we head out to a festival and NOT for any bands in particular. When we returned from RockHard 2018, hand in hand, we decided on the parking lot just seconds before our drive home, we’d go again. Yes, regardless of bands performing. My first assumption wasn’t bad, as Cannibal Corpse was announced first and Wanda had missed them/never seen them. It got interesting when Fifth Angel was in the second batch of bands and Possessed in the last. But then it sort of silenced a lot from the website… uhm, The Idiots, Carnivore A.D., Magnum and Watain? Anthrax headlining? Oh, Sunday. By that time we already had our hardcopy tickets and lived Wanda in Westwoud. OK, no worries, we go nonetheless. But my beloved VW Golf Mk II diesel bumped the ride a bit, as she starts with difficulty and has problems keeping gas up… and my garage company chose this week to be off ><. No problem, I rent one, hey that’s a VW Golf too. A VII now, but it’s driveable. Had I missed Dennis’remark on hiring one of his, cheaper than the official rent company? A man a man, a word a word. Sorry Dennis, next time I’ll know what to do.

The work week ended with a nice surveillance round, no need for extra administration to worry about :) Get up at eight, pick the car up at 11, drive at noon. We drove in blazing sun up East, hardly any need to stop for anything and at the gates of An der Rennbahn Birgitte already found us. She’d been texting with Wanda we could camp near them, not only meet her hubby Andreas but also friends (Hans and Anke) and a BBQ steaming as we raised the tent! Not just four pieces of meat, just add two more and be off :) I had brought only one HJ sixpack but it went down with taste. The pre-party was just another metal DJ, doing all obligatory Pantera shit but also reminded me to get me some Atrophy once in my life… Nice thing was, hunting for big and red patches, I stood next to a girl of about 7 in a Motörhead shirt and instantly gave her a Motörhead patch saying ‘if your daddy gets you a denim, this band MUST be on it’ Haha, not only the girl was flabbergasted, but daddy did indeed buy her a denim instantly :lol: Not many acquaintances roamed the pre-party so it was an early kip. In the morning we got into town for cash and very good camembert in the sun… and it was only 9:30 AM haha. Walking back we were greeted by Käthe and with Andrée we helped Erik and Bettina park. Beers and mixes… before one band was present. I did get my ‘first RockHard band is a German one and a cool one’-moment, as Vulture (see https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vulture/3540406738 ) got to stage. I had to cut off Käthe’s story about her night shift by saying ‘now I’m just the aso wanting to see the first band’ ;) The band kicked ass!! Their vile thrash, filthy speed metal and hints to murder, horror and death were greeted by half an Amphitheater. The visitors should have known better than to wail about traffic jams, silly work stories of complaining, this was Hammer Geil! Even Stefan, Stephan and Stefan enjoyed it (the health worker, Thanatos and Asphyx/Sodom) hihi. It’s a band that refers to Judas Priest a lot, in guitar licks and stage attire, but nearly faster than Painkiller :cool:

We hardly had time to recuperate, as Chapel of Disease was on next. The Köln death metal band has a terrible sound, but the first crowdsurfer is seen. Bernd, Iris and Marcel VII present, this was fun. Marcel was over the top when he saw Wanda in her Bloodmoon shirt and even forbade me to enter a picture with him and her haha. Bad thing: The Idiots were third to perform. The leaflet said ‘anarcho punk with metal elements, I just thought ‘why this name, is this to reflect theirmembers or their music or both?’ I later found out Waldemar Sorychta was in the band, but that couldn’t lift these fuckers. I’m not German and I probably don’t even fit their fan description. Uhggg. It had been raining a little bit, so we got back to the tent, our friends and especially our ponchos. Grabbed an Astra Urtyp beer and back for Lizzy Borden. Birgitte was excited, but Mr. Boring-and-not-Borden ruined it, even for her. 20 seconds we headed back to the tent, the weather cleared up and we sat at the cinders for quite some time. None of us was interested in Watain whatsoever.

Had Friday been quite nice, Saturday started with a dirty wind and much colder. We decided to do breakfast in hoodie and denim instead of shirt and had a great time with Maarten and Jordan we met so often, even on Gelsenkirchen ground. Getting into the village meant more coffee, fresh water and buttermilk for the better combustion inside. Andreas had cooked up another BBQ and we ate as long as it took to get pass Tyler Heads (how did I ever get a Tyler Heads-beer?) and The Vintage Caravan. The first band we got to see, the five of us along with a jumping up and down-enthusiastic Alex Seegers was Carnivore A.D. I know Carnivore is sort of a band-thing in Bodyfarm, but I hated it once more. I only thought ‘Venom does better’, ‘Since when is Motörhead from New York?’, just like on Wacken 2006. Then at least Steele was still present… still no good. Heir Apparent wasn’t much better to my likings. I walked by, moved on, NWOBHM band or not. Better have some vodka mixes with Hans, talking Bon Scott and see if Skid Row, without Bach nowadays, would entertain us. Nah. I didn’t hear Slave to the Grind, as that’s somewhat their only familiar tune to me, the sound was abysmal for such an old band and we needed beer. Got into the Biergarten with all the Marcels, Pims, Alexen and whoknowswho. Marcel VII and me had to be in time for Cannibal Corpse though. I have no idea of a set list, combine a few lists from setlist.fm if you like, but this was HAKKEN RAMMEN ZAGEN BEUKEN TIMMEREN. I only remember smiling to Wanda, handing my glasses and cap and bye bye. Oh I am sure Kill or Become [see https://youtu.be/0x8YaKLvJoU me at 1:41 :lol: ] and Hammer Smashed Face were played, I shouted nearly as hard as Corpsegrinder did. He’s better in shouting, of course :) but what a great set. I was so wet I got back to the tent as fast as I could; not to get too cold but return for Gamma Ray. The band did a special NRW-set, whatever RockHard is willing to explain about that… oohh NordRheinWestfalen. As Gamma Ray/Kai Hansen comes from Hamburg, none of this makes any sense to me. Nor did the cold, nor the wind, we skipped Gamma Ray after one and a half song, not wanting any Helloween on our paths. Zelt, vodka, Zahnen brushen, maffenski.

Sunday started a lot better than Saturday: wind was gone, hardly a cloud to be seen, coffee at our favorite parking spot but no Visigoth. Word went around that Wino couldn’t get into Germany, but isn’t he from Saint Vitus? I noticed a lot of Visigoth shirts, but as said, no band. No The Obsessed, but Zodiac from Munster was on stage now. Clearly the schedule of today is on high end, but the stoner Zodiac played fit the weather, at least. Oh there is Visigoth, I’m lost. The twin leads refer to Iron Maiden (again..) and the screeches resemble Judas Priest (again…). Wanda is totally out of energy and leaves me behind between the Dutch in the Biergarten. Armed with two liter buckets of Veltins we have a great time, not minding Long Distance Calling one bit. What happens: I need to take a leak and spot an instrumental prog metal band performing… I hated it. Boring as shit.

When we got back from the tent we were shown a little bit of backstage magic: a Dutch man who'd won a meet&greet with Jeff Beccera showed us he'd seen me and the guitarist from '77, so many years ago. We had to promise to be back in two minutes but the pictures are great! Thanks!

Soon Fifth Angel got to stage. The band had been on the side of my brain for a long time, as their first album is epic (but did I ever buy it?) but the show disappoints. Wanda explained: ‘Zu Amerikänisch’ and all Germans burst out into laughter around us. We make a stroll around the park and over the bridge… between the ‘free rockers’ with great view on the Amphitheater. Best part: finding Jeff Beccera in the backstage area, pointing at my onlookers and showing him my festival wrist band: I’ll be there for you soon! I hear more Maiden riffing and think ‘zal wel’. We need to be in time for Possessed, but got a boring glimpse of Magnum and walk back to the river… Turned out I had the schedule upside down and we still laugh and enjoy our visit to Germany/Ruhrpott/Schalke 04 territory/Sodom state… waiting for THE gig of this festival: Possessed would do an all-exclusive German show, maybe a sort of CD release party or whatnot… I don’t care how they call it, it is FUCKING KILLER to be here, right now. Going down from the stairs to the pit, I found Nina and Michael, so this sweat, this black eye, these goosebumps and twisted arm is for her: 45 minutes of pure furking madness, evil, hell, godverdomme, burning in hell, frying in the pit… [thanks to setlist.fm; I had not written one single song]
- No More Room in Hell
- Pentagram
- Tribulation
- Demon
- Evil Warriors
- The Heretic
- Abandoned
- Storm in my Mind
- The Eyes of Horror
- Graven
- The Excorsist (the Amphitheater trembles!!)
- Fallen Angel (I fell to my knees, got picked up and thrown over the barrier. OK, now it’s time to help some crowdsurfers)
- Death Metal
- Burning in Hell
Jeff is so much more confident than the first time I’d seen him, lost weight, his eyes look sharper than, say, Norway 2008. The new album is great, his band is battle worthy, the sound amazing and the pit violent beyond violence. I’ve not been this wet in so long! Wanda even wanted a picture of the inside of my denim to show the world I’d been around the block. Even before returning to Holland we were sent pictures of us on Rockpalast once more, first in normal shape, then bashing, then gasping for air and thèn black and blue. Coming back to the top layer of the stairs, all Nina could do was smile haha. I’d done it; they’d seen me rule the pit once more, help people up, throw them aside again and hit the next.

What was next? Clean shirt, warm Lemmy tribute hoodie, beer at the tent, and back for Anthrax (?) Oh damned, is this another not-worthy headliner RockHard has put there? Two years ago Blues Pills, Opeth and Behemoth, now Gamma Ray, Anthrax and Watain? Wtf is Anthrax doing there anyway, they haven’t put out anything decent in a decade or so, and the shows are so downright boring, add a few skulls to the back drop, same shorts, predictable, so many covers again, fill’m in:
- Caught in a Mosh
- Got the Time
- Madhouse (OK, Wanda knows this one, so she had fun)
- I am the Law
- Antisocial
I got fed up with Joey’s wig, Frank’s jumps and Scott’s attempt to start a pit… all I could think positive was ‘at least Charlie is back’ and moved out. No more bands, no more energy, no more sweat or dislike to dispatch… the sound wasn’t even that good too! The night came, our younger neighbors trying hard to piss everybody off singing false German schlagers all night and we awoke at 6… just after the singing and obnoxious laughter had died. I was dehydrated, Wanda sore in the feet and still we managed to stay in bed ‘till 9. Now we got our final round of German coffee and breads, said emotionally goodbye to Birgitte, Andreas, Hans and Anke, thanked them a 37th time for the room and food provided and took our tent down. We were able to get the car much closer to the entrance than ever before and drove just before 10.30 out of WallstraBe Gelsenkirchen… one petrol stop later we unloaded the way too new Golf hihi.

After festival conclusion: friends, Gelsenkirchen, Vulture cool, Chapel of Disease OK, rest of Friday meh. Saturday: CANNIBAL CORPSE, friends. Sunday: POSSESSED, friends, Fifth Angel only OK. Was that enough for us? Yes. Definitely. Would it be enough for others? That’s their thing. Do we come back? Only if there are more enjoyable bands. 2018 was awesome with three amazing headliners, this held Possessed. Weather was doable, even in the cold. Not that much rain. Big bummer: the beers went from €3 last year to €5 now. Tickets were the same price. The haul is awesome, with some 12 CDs and three hands full of great patches. Made even more friends and gave everything for one show for one friend, also in a wheel chair. The smile I got in reverse was worth it. All weekend. Not all weekend metal, but we had our RockHard- and our own anniversary. Metal.

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