On day two of Eindhoven Metal Meeting, a surprising amount of energy has been drained by the inevitable afterparties that spread through Eindhoven, but also to the neighbouring town of Tilburg. Metalheads simply cannot stop a party once they get going, and so the next day starts up a little slower. Thinking I may be able to skip the long line for the pat downs if I arrive a bit later, I’ve decided to arrive between the first and second band. Nope. There is still a line as many more of the partying metalheads had a similar idea, as did many of the day ticket holders. Thankfully the line is a fair bit quicker today though than it was yesterday, and I manage to get the first band of the day.
Every year as people around the world gather to celebrate their own midwinter celebrations, usually focussing around light and warmth, the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven instead celebrates the dark and heavy. Eindhoven Metal Meeting is seen by many as the Christmas party of the Benelux metal family. As in previous years, Ghost Cult Magazine sent me to report, and take some snaps. Continue reading
With just over a month to go, the 2017 Eindhoven Metal Meeting approaches The lined up boasts the likes of Venom, Dark Tranquility, Coroner, Carpathian Forest, Master’s Hammer, Destroyer 666 and many more. The full lineup is listed below and tickets are still available but expected to sell out. As always, the “longest-running indoor extreme metal festival” in the Netherlands will take place Friday 15 & Saturday 16th of December 2017 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven. Continue reading
Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, My Dying Bride has dropped out of this December’s Eindhoven Metal Meeting. Apparently, the cancellation was beyond the control of both the band and the festival. The good news is, Dark Tranquility has been added as an exclusive headliner on December 15th, the first night of the fest. More details, ticket links, and the full lineup so far are listed below Continue reading
Ghost Cult’s dive beneath the crust into the dirty, disgusting and sub-underground is back, as Richie HR returns with a round-up most fetid for your vulgar delectation… Continue reading
Netherlands Deathfest, a new indoor metal festival set to debut next February has added 12 more bands to its already impressive bill. In a post to Facebook, the fest announced that Asphyx, Blasphemy (in an exclusive appearance for Europe), Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Lord Belial, Thanatos, and Wolfbrigade are amongst the newly added bands to a bill that already includes Autopsy (exclusive), Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cripple Bastards, Doom, Dropdead, Gruesome, Razor, Wormed and more. Formed to replace the Neurotic Deathfest, which ceased existence early this year after 12 years, the show is being booked by the brains behind Maryland Deathfest, who are branching out and also booking events such as Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival later this year. 3 Day passes go on sale on August 15th at 10 AM CET here.
12 more bands confirmed for Netherlands Deathfest 2016!
Blasphemy – Exclusive European appearance!
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Agoraphobic Nosebleed *
Autopsy – Exclusive European appearance
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Excruciating Terror *
Flesh Parade (Original line-up) *
Morpheus Descends *
Visceral Disgorge *
* = first time in Europe
This is not the full billing. More bands will be announced SOON!
3-day passes go on sale Saturday, August 15th at 10 am (CET)
Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/netherlands-deathfest-2016-tickets-17988974507
In a post to Facebook tonight, popular American black metal flag bearers, Kvlt ov Azael have announced their break up as a band, and the immediate cancellation of upcoming tour dates. The band was believed to be working on new material that was a follow-up to the bands last full length of original music, 2009’s Destroying the Sacred (Arctic Music Group). In their message to fans, the band cites a lack of passion and drive of some of the members as the cause.
It may not always seem the most sophisticated or progressive of genres, but horrible old Death Metal has been undergoing something of a late renaissance of late. With bands like Portal, Ulcerate and Gorguts (finally no longer alone in a field they’ve ploughed since the mid 90’s) bending the genre into new shapes while old heroes like Autopsy remind us of the strengths of playing it straight. Growling over a blast-beat hasn’t been this exciting in years.
Teitanblood’s latest contribution to this is more subtle and developed than it may initially seem, and opens up over the course of several listens into an album of surprising depth. Mashing old-school Death Metal with touches of Crust, Grind and Black Metal they create a noxious mess that lurches from Blasphemy-style chaos to blackened sludge, referencing classic Carcass and the occasional d-beat on the way.
The most glaring issue with Death (Norma Evangelium Diaboli) – initially a big one – is the sheer length. Weighing in at over 60 minutes, with songs averaging around 10minutes, this seems far too overblown for such an unambitious, chaotic sound. Persevere, though, and it starts to become clear that Teitanblood have got more going on than they initially seem to. Firstly, their sense of dynamics; songs catapult explosively through genuinely well-crafted structures, riffs and beats shifting effortlessly into shapes that prevent them from getting mired in the repetition that one might expect. Secondly, there is their use of ambient noises and samples in the background of many songs, comparable to that of AEvangelist, but deployed with a much lighter hand. Many listeners may not even hear them at first, but they add a depth and atmosphere to Teitanblood’s dense, organic music that genuinely helps the album justify its running time.
Not instantly the easiest of listens, then, and will likely be dismissed by many as too long or too chaotic, but an album of surprising depth which fans of the noisier end of Death Metal should find rewards repeated listens.
8.0 / 10.0