- Mount Eerie - Ô Paon • Nekromantheon - Dunderbeist
- Ribozyme • Hellish Outcast - Manifest - Chton •
Execration - Gate To Khaos • Kirkebrann - Vidr • Solstorm
- Magister Templi - Cleaver • Noiser Void/Voices by Attila
Wednesday is the night of the club shows. It’s like a huge
warm-up party for all festival attendees, conquering Oslo to the
good. 17 bands play in 7 clubs all over Oslo, while Nocturno Culto
took over the DJ job at the festival hotel to let an awesome night
fade away with great music.
I first decide
for the show at • Victoria
• with the tour package EARTH - MOUNT EERIE
- Ô PAON. I already heard a lot about these bands but
never saw any of them playing live. Perfect chance to broaden
my horizon ;) Victoria is a wonderful and lovely Jazz club with
a mirrored bar with wood and glasses, brass railings and tufted
leather couches and chairs all around. Balconies above and the
back wall up with seated galleries, little tables in between with
little lamps on it. Very cosy and comfortable if you ask me ;)
The center was emptied out giving room for the fans who mostly
sat down listening with closed eyes.
:: that is French Canadian Geneviève Castrée,
a comic-strip artist and illustrator at first but also able to
impressively express herself in music too. First thoughts drifted
away towards Jordan Reyne, not because she would do the same kind
of music, but for the same approach as singer/songwriter. Geneviève,
a woman and her guitar, armed with a couple of effects and loops
to layer sound, voice and melodies, creating music hauntingly
beautiful and fragile, oddly lost in reverie yet uniquely captivating.
I loved her enchanting French tongue, although she was fighting
a cold and sounding kind of raspy and nasal, but though standing
barefooted on stage. La Plus Puissante Du Monde sent shivers
up and down the spine. Awesome!
Next up is
EERIE :: the counterpart so to say, a man and his
guitar ;) This man is Phil Elverum, a multi instrumentalist, who
has worked with many other artists already, here and now presenting
his own brand of new music from an upcoming double album to be
released in May and October. Honestly, I did not found him that
thrilling as the girl before. Phil Elverum was pretty shy, playing
much introverted and a little bit awkward in his performance and
announcements, though, he was responding witty on a fail, when
suddenly a plug was pulled out of his guitar. His play on this
12-string was amazing, and its sound warm and bright.
the last tone had faded away everybody rushed close to the stage.
People were here to see only one band ::
::, legendary founder of a special Doom/Drone sound.
I missed Angelina on bass and saw her replaced by Karl Blau. There
was a strict ban of all kind of flashes, yet there have been a
few mobile users doing it and cello player Lori Goldston did not
hesitate to give a clap with her bow on the fingers on one of
these users. Was much helpful, no one did it again since then
;) She meanwhile was troubled by some sound and/or monitor problems,
twiddling knobs on amp and pedals while leaving out her cue every
now and then. Much more fascinating it was to watch drummer Adrienne
Davies to force beat upon slowness and using a great many of little
instruments like rattles, bells and stuff to add extra sounds.
My first ever EARTH show and I’m deeply impressed.
Outstanding instrumental music, stunning show!
I had planned to switch over to the Revolver club but since the
EARTH show ended long after midnight, happenings had already
found their final at Revolver too. Besides, KIRKEBRANN
had changed their slot and played first, so I would have missed
them anyway. Okay, then a knock-off pint at the hotel, preparing
equipment for the next day, downloading pictures and writing down
some words while watching The Walking Dead on TV and a Cider leading
me into my dreams…