Let Us Row
everybody had a blast on one of those summer open airs this weekend,
and I even had my own one in town, I rather decided to row doomwards
;) An excellent Doom Metal package finished its tour tonight nearby
at • Kulttempel
• Oberhausen: ESOTERIC, AHAB and OPHIS.
No sooner said than done. So I thought anyway…
At the end
it was easier said than done. Fully knowing that the Kulttempel
is the former Saint club behind the mighty Turbinenhalle I for
an indefinable impulse got confused and checked the map again,
just to realize that the club must have been relocated. Okay,
puzzled out a new route and hit the road…
We arrived… at the private address of the club’s owner.
The upshot was that we had a profound sightseeing trip through
Oberhausen, while time flew. Luckily I found the right way quickly
and arrived at 8 o’clock sharp. Of course at the club behind
in and got our stuff out while :: OPHIS
:: already entered the stag... to do their sound-check…
Hmm... okay. Hamburg based metallers apologized for the delay
which was due to some difficulties and kicked off their set, after
advising fans of a sales stall next to the merchandise selling
Nazi shit, suggesting to spend money on better stuff. OPHIS
play a 45 minutes set through last two releases. I actually was
hoping for some new material as their last album Withered
Shades dates back on 2010. In between Ahab’s drummer
Corny appeared on stage fooling around and making the band laugh.
Hehehe. Great show anyway.
Setlist: Intro, Earth Expired, Beneath Sardonic Skies,
Funeral, The Halls Of Sorrow
and a beer. Then lights go out and a bumpy intro tries to introduce
:: They also point to the sales stall and make clear
that they are against that Nazi shit. Then the seller was told
to delete “incompatible” CDs, he seemingly obeyed.
I don’t understand why the seller was not kicked out at
all. I can’t image that the stall fee (if there is any)
is that profitable to make a deal with such shop men.
However… As already said, the intro did not work properly,
never mind, AHAB played an awesome show through their brand
new album The Giant. Its maritime samples created
a dense and intensive atmosphere. I so loved the sound of a rushing
sea and was far away with my thoughts *sighs*. AHAB also
play older songs. Here it is Ophis’ singer Phil up to mischief
Setlist: The Divinity Of Oceans, Further South, Deliverance
(Shouting At The Dead), Old Thunder, Antarctica The Polymorphess,
To top the
evening :: ESOTERIC
:: is next. The Brits made people looking surprised
when they got their effect boards out on stage. I already have
seen them playing live and know what’s coming up: super
dense, super complex and unbelievably intensive funeral doom metal.
Sound isn’t the best, the bass totally over-distorted, because
the PA sucked. The band plays itself into frenzy, best seen in
Eradification (Of Thorns) from the debut album Epistemological
Despondency with its changing dynamics. This song is an
emotional roller coaster. It doesn’t change, when Ahab’s
Daniel and Corny appear again on stage to rag. ESOTERIC
smile and go on playing. I close my eyes and join the frenzy as
well. No lights, no photos. I got caught, thrilled and taken away.
I lose myself anywhere in my imaginary journey. ESOTERIC’s
music is beyond everything.
Setlist: Abandonment, Circle, Beneath This Face, Disconsolate,
Eradification (Of Thorns)
What a great
evening! We got our stuff together and are about to leave, as
another band brings on its equipment. WTF? Ok, it’s Saturday.
Maybe disco and karaoke? No? No! Not at all! It’s another
regular Doom Metal band. :: FAAL
:: from Holland, who - without further ado - invite
to the Esoteric aftershow party. I’m totally surprised,
haven’t heard anything of another band. But Wiebke says
that FAAL were announced on the first tour flyers. Only
a handful of people are still there drinking the last beer or
wanting to talk to the other band members. FAAL start playing
while the change-over music was still playing and the DJ acted
super dumb to switch it off. What a cheek! What disrespectfulness
to the band! Really.
What I could hear out musically was great stuff!
a strange concert evening. As I learnt later FAAL was indeed
booked as local opening act for tonight’s show. Many problems
and difficulties (no one described closer) caused first a cancellation
of FAAL’s show, later they got told they could play
anytime after ESOTERIC. Really odd and actually bad behavior!