[Dajana] After getting blown away by the
last weekend’s death/thrash metal massacre with a slight
black metal touch, now the tit-for-tat response this Saturday:
pure black metal with a death-metallic introduction.
After long-lasting four years DARK FUNERAL finally
came up with a new album entitled Attera Totus Sanctus,
and they also didn’t tour longer time, except some festival
appearances and flying visits at X-Mas Festivals and No Mercy
tour anytime in between. So … the time has come! However,
all other participants of this evening’s black mass can
offer new outputs too: NAGLFAR are in support
of their grandiose album Pariah; Germans bastards
ENSTILLE still entertain with Navigator
and AMORAL kick ass with Decrowning.
Latter one delivered the non-BM aspect of this tour package.
III in Georgsmarienhuette was visited well and the
crowd already jostling to get hold of the best place in front
of the stage. To add a maximum of atmosphere the stage was dunk
in blood red light (except a few moments). It all looked quite
cool but can I express some resentment in matter of photography?
~ kicked off the show without making any bones
and were pasting the expectant audience with an aggressive mix
of death metal and metalcore. First words of singer Niko afterwards
were an invitation to the brace-wearing groupie-league in the
first row, to unstring him, if ya know what I mean; while the
girlies answered his request with hysterical screeching. AMORAL
show was short, entertaining and left the crowd banging. Even
black metal purists took to the show.
~ played even a shorter set (can anyone tell me
why?) but were entertaining as hell. You won’t see so evil
faces that often… hehe. Though singer Iblis could hardly
refrain from laughing when already mentioned girlies started to
pet his boots (… and showcased their band knowledge in a
very blonde way. People around at least had lotsa fun). Unfortunately
sound wasn’t that good and Iblis screamings went down quite
often. Musically speaking ENSTILLE offered their
proved best-of setlist though all of three albums. Ya know, songs
such as: Bastard, Bless You God, Ripping Angelflesh, Frühlingserwachen,
Dominanz, Navigator… But the playing time was definitely
way too short! 15 minutes more wouldn’t have done any harm…
~ truly emerged as the highlight of the evening
afterwards! With old singer Kristoffer Olivius behind the micro
and a sensationally great sound NAGLFAR surprisingly
introduced with Blade from 98 album Diabolical.
Besides three songs from current album Pariah,
NAGLFAR also pleased the crowd with a best-of
setlist thru all releases. Especially the two songs from Sheol
album went down extremely well and the fans were freaking out!
I think I can say the band enjoyed the show as the audience did;
it’s not that easy to detect since they totally play with
motionless faces. Just great! But again… way too short!!!
No encore. There are so many other tracks that would belong in
such a best-of list and fans wanted to listen to live. Damnit!
Setlist: Blades, Spoken Words Of Venom, As
The Twilight Gave Birth, I Am Vengeance, The Perpetual Horrors,
Emerging From Her Weepings, Wrath Of The Fallen, Horncrowned Majesty,
A Swarm Of Plagues
~ finally could play a little longer as a headliner.
But sound wasn’t that great anymore and it seemed that the
band performed more half-heartedly, than enthusiastic. Singer
Emperor Magus Caligula (what a name btw…) was most time
busy plucking his pants. I heard there are belts available…
Luckily most of DARK FUNERAL songs are above
everything and you cannot snafu them for no matter what. But in
view of the grandiose last effort Attera Totus Sanctus
fans expected more… verve. However, their fascination they
didn’t lose at all. There surely have been better shows,
but this one wasn’t really bad. The infantry looked satisfied
afterwards and left exhausted but with lucky faces. Well, you
don’t get DARK FUNERAL that often in front
of your nose, do you?
Setlist: (uncomplete and in no order) Vobiscum
Satanas, My Dark Desires, Open The Gates, Attera Totus Sanctus,
Bloodfrozen, Godhate, 666 Voices Inside, Hail Murder, Ravenna
Strigoi Mortii, (An Apprentice Of Satan?)
Short and entertaining evening; time flew quickly. At midnight
the show was over. All bands had great moments but NAGLFAR
definitely was the outstanding act!
[Gunnar] Just in time on my girlfriend’s
birthday, the “Kulturverein Kaltenbach” served a (mainly)
black metallic birthday cake which, one and a half week after
the great evening with Lunar Aurora, was the next part of the
black metal - late winter 2006 in Vienna.
from AMORAL, who had already found some new friends
in Vienna on the tour with Finntroll and NAGLFAR
last year, succeeded again with their melodic death/trash –
mixture (at least with those ones in the audience who weren’t
completely sworn to black metal). Their music is definitely not
made for brainless consumers, but it is something to “actively
listen to”, as colleague Dani once noted appropriately.
Good that they had to go on stage as first band, because (for
many different reasons…) most people’s receptiveness
is best at that time.
As about 25%
of the 300 metalheads that had come to the show, wore some ENDSTILLE
merchandise, one could expect that the crowd’s enthusiasm
would grow further now – and so it did. Therefore it’s
still more annoying that they got the shortest time of all bands
to play. Isn’t there something going wrong? I think that,
at least in the German speaking countries, they should have got
more time than half an hour. Songs like Frühlingserwachen
and Navigator were loudly acclaimed though the sound
wasn’t exactly perfect (the sound specialists of planet
music…..on the other hand, I’ve never seen ENDSTILLE
with good sound). The band could not fulfil the people’s
demands for an encore, and afterwards, many fans were really upset
by the short playing time.
For the third
time in 11 months, NAGLFAR played at planet music,
but obviously, there’s still big interest. Kris Olivius
was a bit more communicative than in earlier shows as NAGLFAR
– front man, and surprisingly, it was especially the songs
from the last album Pariah that got
the best response, first of all of course Spoken Words Of
Venom. They even could afford dropping their hit The
Brimstone Gate this time (as, unfortunately, the tremendous
Diabolical – album was ignored
all over the gig). Among others, we could enjoy I Am Vengeance
and Wrath Of The Fallen from Sheol
and As The Twiligt Gave Birth To The Night from Vittra,
before, after only 40 minutes, they finished with A Swarm
Of Plagues. So, once more I’ve waited for my favorite
songs Black God Aftermath and Into The Cold Voids
Of Eternity, and once more I got disappointed. Apart from
that, I once more have to say that a good part of the special
NAGLFAR atmosphere has got lost together with
Jens Ryden. Nevertheless, the Swedes still blow away most other
bands with their live performances.
But on that
evening they were blown away themselves by their fellow countrymen
DARK FUNERAL. King Antichrist, Diabolis Interium,
Ravenna Strigoi Mortii, after these three opening pieces,
everybody knew who still sits on the black metal throne. The
Arrival Of Satan’s Empire, played as fourth song, left
no questions but unquestioning devotion. Loudmouth Caligula who
had kept himself going with medicaments all day, seemed to be
in top form. He was definitely in a very good mood, praised the
support groups and even a rather un-evil “We love playing
for you!” escaped from his mouth. One hit followed the other,
no matter if old or new, and every song was highly acclaimed:
666 Voices Inside, Vobiscum Satanas, Open The Gates, Attera
Totus Sanctus, Bloodfrozen and Hail Murder (the
last song of the regular part). My personal highlight was the
first encore: Atrum Regina, the steamroller from the
brilliant new album Attera Totus Sanctus,
came with full force over planet music, before My Dark Desires
(which had been loudly demanded by many fans) and An Apprentice
Of Satan spread total happiness everywhere (was this the
purpose of those songs?).
FUNERAL’s return to Vienna after 4 years was more
than impressing; a great evening that was followed by an aftershow
party at Vienna’s best loved metal pub Escape, including
several members of all bands.