When presented with the age old question of which bands would make up a second “Big Four” (and after much yawning, eye-rolling and muttering “Oh God, not this again”), it’s safe to say that a large majority of Thrash fans would include Kreator somewhere on their lists. Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, the band went through a series of name changes (Metal Militia, Tyrant, and Tormentor) before finally settling on the moniker which has seen them become not only one of the most unrelentingly vicious acts on the scene, but also one of the most consistent. Continue reading
Blood Red Throne have been around for some time now, and with Yngve “Bolt” Christiansen they found a vocalist able to bring something more to their shows, as he is able to communicate with the audience in a way that seems sincere and engaging. With a set list comprised of something like fifty percent classics from Altered Genesis, their most celebrated album, the band lay Rockefeller in ruins. Bolt circlebanging, puking, then continuing to circlebang. Not to mention guitarist Ivan Gujic trashing his guitar at the end of the show, then proceeding to down half a bottle of tequila. It seemed like the pep talk backstage had been had. This said, the band could have added some more visual aspects to their show, but as an opening act one couldn’t really expect much more than a backdrop.
Suffocation are veterans by now, and a band that always delivers. However, it’s somewhat disappointing to catch them with only two members from the core lineup, instead bringing replacement musicians for guitarist Guy Marchais and vocalist Frank Mullen. But then again, the stand-ins did a really good job, and we got all the classics like ‘Breeding The Spawn’, ‘Catatonia’, ‘Funeral Inception’, ‘Liege Of Inveracity’, ‘Abomination Reborn’, ‘Pierced from Within’, ‘Effigy Of The Forgotten’, ‘Thrones Of Blood’ and ‘Bind Torture Kill’. It was all delivered with conviction and by a Derek Boyer with his bass literally standing upright on the floor at times, and a Terrance Hobbes looking as he was having the time of his life playing the same songs yet again. Suffocation is indeed always a safe bet, and also grand masters of the brutal death metal genre, even when they are playing far from their own New York scene.
Last band of the night were none other than the proud Egyptophile Americans in Nile. They are usually worth catching for George Kollias jaw-drop inducing drumming on its own. Throw in the fact that they have a solid discography of brutal and truly quality death metal by now, and you can maybe forgive them the fact that they don’t offer especially much in terms of the visual part of the show except their backdrop. But when a band churns out great renditions of ‘Lashed To The Slavestick’, ‘Sacrifice Unto Sebek’, ‘Kafir!’, and’ Sarcophagus’, most are willing to ignore the lack of visual pleasing stimuli – ignoring washed out t-shirts and shorts.
World record holder in leather, spikes, and mullets, Nifelheim, proved themselves once again worthy of being THE black thrash export number one of Sweden. Lead into battle by The hard rock brothers, twins Tyrant on bass and Hellbutcher on vocals, they held Inferno captive for ten songs, including the massively enjoyable ‘Storm of the Reaper’. They proved once again that to get far all you need is some good tunes and the proper attitude.
Craft was the last band out on the John Dee stage, and saw the venue filled up with people eagerly anticipating an onslaught of Swedish black metal. And they got what they wanted, although I must admit, after seeing Craft twice now, that they sound better on record than live. They also look a bit disorganized in their appearance, as if the band members don’t have that extra cohesive interpersonal dynamic going that makes a band stand out. At the very end drummer Uruz announced that he would be leaving the band, and introduced what might be his successor, Trish Kolstad, a local Oslo-based drummer, also recently making an appearance with Gehenna. She joined the band on stage for their last song, ‘I Want To Commit Murder’.
A surprise was had with the Finnish legion of Moonsorrow, whose albums I must say I have passed by pretty much in silence and disinterest, seeing as most folk oriented black metal is rather bland, and usually far too jolly, and fits better with the typical German festival goer who enjoys drawing a dick on their forehead and wear viking helmets – the ones with historically incorrect horns stuck to them. But I stand corrected. Moonsorrow was fully enjoyable, and far darker and balanced than I remembered from earlier. If not a band with a great show to coincide with their music, they at least pulled off the musical part with excellence.
Mayhem. I have caught them a million times by now, and there’s always an element of surprise to their performances. If not in terms of theatrics, then in terms of songs selected, or even how the band has seemed to vary immensely in how well they perform the material. This time around the band not only put on a great show, had good sound, but also played some songs they haven’t played in a while. In addition they had both former vocalist Maniac on stage, as well as Attila, and Messiah, all doing vocals on selected songs from their own eras and albums with the band. First appearing was Maniac doing five songs from 2000’s Grand Declaration Of War. Then Attila did ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’, ‘Life Eternal’, ‘Freezing Moon’ and ‘Illuminate Eliminate’, before Maniac was back on for songs from Deathcrush, which also saw the return of Messiah with the band, probably a byproduct of him appearing earlier on the very same stage with Order. The same band whose drummer Manheim also joined Mayhem on one of the songs he played with them on the Deathcrush EP back in 1987. Basically all in attendance were guided through the bands entire history, pigs’ heads thrown into the audience and all. Wholesome family Easter fun and games in other words. Most definitely a headliner worthy of ending this year’s Inferno festival. The entire Mayhem show is actually on YouTube now it seems, so you know what to do!
WORDS BY PÅL TEIGLAND LYSTRUP AND JULIA TUOMINEN
THURSDAY, JUNE 11 2015 – KICK OFF SHOWS
CALGARY KICK OFF @ DICKENS PUB
The Difficult Brown – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Sub Atomic Chaos– 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Statue Of Demur– 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
Citizen Rage – 12:00 AM-1:00 AM
EDMONTON KICK OFF @ THE STARLITE ROOM
The Dead Cold – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Korperlose Stemme 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Ironstorm – 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
Bleed (CD RELEASE) – 12:00 AM-1:00 AM
RED DEER KICK OFF @ THE VAT
Wive’s Tail – 8:00 – 8:45 PM
Wraith Risen – 9:00 PM -9:45 PM
Cryptopsis 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Awaken The Abstract – 11:00 PM -11:45 PM
This Monster Won’t Die – 12:00 AM-1:00
NOTE: All holders of HELLRIDER passes are able to attend any of the 3 kick off shows for FREE, by presenting their ticket at the venue!
FARMAGEDDON OPEN AIR 2015 @ FOA Festival Grounds
FRIDAY, JUNE 12 2015
Sleeping in Traffic – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Kyoktys – 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Altars Of Grief– 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Idolatry – 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Villanizer – 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Into Eternity – 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 2015
Cellardor – 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Tyrant– – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
With Malice – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Leave The Living – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Farmageddon Burlesque Performances – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Cryptic Enslavement – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Edmonton “Battle Of The Bands” Winner – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Calgary “Battle Of The Bands” Winner – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
My Own Chaos – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Viathyn – 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Samandriel – 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Noire – 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
Archspire – 11:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Incantation – 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 14 2015
Naraka– 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Valyria – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Ides Of Winter – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Odinfist – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
False Flag – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Gatekeeper – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
The Order Of Chaos – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Xul – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Aggression – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Pallbearer 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Grim Reaper– 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Western Canada’s loudest open air festival Farmageddon has locked in veteran British metal act Grim Reaper, Pallbearer, Incantation, Into Eternity and Archspire as featured acts to perform on the 2015 edition, its third year in Ryley, AB (80 KM East of Edmonton) from June 11-14, 2015.
Watch a video teaser for the event here.
FARMAGEDDON OPEN AIR – Full Line Up: June 11-14, 2015
The Order Of Chaos
Ides Of Winter
This Monster Won’t Die
Statue Of Demur
Sub Atomic Chaos
The Dead Cold
My Own Chaos
Altars Of Grief
Sleeping In Traffic
Awaken The Abstract
Leave The Living
Pinky Eats Brain
The Difficult Brown
Aversions Crown already have a solid recent history of writing some absolutely bone crunching tunes – and throughout Tyrant (Nuclear Blast) they’ve absolutely continued with that form. From the off, the brutal riffs, extreme vocals and the absolute machine like precision of the drumming holds together to make a phenomenal sound. It has been an exceptionally strong couple of years for the Death and Extreme Metal scene, and this album does more than enough to be included in that conversation.
Perhaps the most interesting feature across the album is the band’s ability to slightly tweak their sound here and there with the view of trying to bring something fresh to the sound and introducing a whole new level. The opening track ‘Hollow Planet’ is more of what you’d expect from Aversions Crown, with riffs and solos played out at neck breaking speeds and a passionate vocal delivery, but as second track, ‘The Glass Sentinent’, progresses the band slow it down a notch and instead of the constant barrage of chaos, you get a more technical, heavier sound.
You’ll find yourself comparing some of the more calculated methodical moments to the likes of Meshuggah because it has that same feel to it. There is definitely an Industrial tinge to their approach as well; especially from Jayden behind the kit who delivers some absolutely mind boggling blast beats. What they’re doing isn’t groundbreaking enough to shake up the scene entirely, but they do what they do extremely well and points only to a potentially very bright future for the Aussies.
It often sounds clichéd, but this is also an album which really grows with each listen. It is through repeated listens, you are able to appreciate some of those intricate details in the music but the power of some of these tracks and with reports of excellent recent live shows, Aversions Crown are well and truly on the front line, fighting the cause for Australian Metal at the moment.