Torture, Kill - that’s the weighty title of the
brand new SUICIDE COMMANDO album mastermind Johan
van Roy tops the charts again. This time Johan deals with serial
killers, getting in their minds for thoughts and motives and delivers
again a great and hard EBM album that should fill every dance
floor. Supported by a tour he put his Belgian Industrial friends
INSEKT – I was really looking forward to
– and the techno-tribal-trio THIS MORN’ OMINA
on the bill. As German back-up Saxon PAINBASTARD
joined the trek, altogether a very agile and sweaty billing…
~ kicked off very on time and didn’t take
any prisoners right from the first second on. Mastermind Alex
P. didn’t stand still for any second; he rather aggressively
rampaged on the stage and tried to enthusiast every single attendee.
Unfortunately his voice was so distorted by his vocoder that he
couldn’t talk any sense to the fans. What was really amusing
were his devilish lenses glowing thru the dark atmosphere of the
stage. His mate Alex K. again stood almost motionless behind his
keys being a starkly contrast to the fidget in the forground ;)
With songs such as Nervenkrieg and Todesengel
PAINBASTARD made the crowd dancing. 30 minutes
of pounding electro beats. Great! By the way… Alex P. was
the one afterwards heavily rooting for the following bands.
OMINA ~ as for is a quite strange project.
This Belgian trio blends Techno, Trance and Ambient with tribal
drums, mostly on an instrumental level. There was only one track
with singing (at least I remember). Also the stage setting looked
quite different: to the right and to the left each a drummer and
in the middle Mika Goedrijk behind his mixer, most time ear heads
on one ear hanging. As long as the music followed ambient direction
I really liked it a lot. But that techno stuff I couldn’t
stand. Nevertheless, interesting show though.
~ switched off the light completely and scurried
over the stage by the light of a reading lamp above the text board
(doesn’t the singer know his lyrics???). This dark ambience
didn’t keep key wiz Eric Van Wonterghem (played in The Klinik
too) from wearing sun glasses, as singer Mario Vaerewijck did
too, additionally hooded and haunting the stage. Created sound
cascades weren’t less dark, partly cold, harsh and clinical
EBM/Industrial sounds made the crowd fidget in pleasure. Again
singing was distorted, but not that extreme. In between Mario
sat down behind his (real) drum kit maltreating it like a maniac.
Energy, power and the urge to move were high. A rubber ball couldn’t
have jumped faster over the stage. That again made Mario to strip
off his hoody, revealing his body and charismatic facial expression.
All songs – except D.O.A. – came from the
upcoming album entitled Teenmachine,
to be released soon. Fantastic show, all expectations got fulfilled.
Can hardly await to get me hands on the new album ;)
Setlist: Isolated, Teenmachine, Pain Inside,
D.O.A., Instrumental, Damage Done, Bambi Fucker, Personal Jesus
COMMANDO ~ already entered the stage on 11pm
and got in with the title track of their new album Bind, Torture,
Kill, underlaid by videos on a big screen that were quite
bloody. As expected live performance was aggressive, energetic
and – regarding the lyrical content – very dark. As
it’s known also a Johan van Roy cannot stand still for a
second, using the entire area of the stage to assuage his urge
to move. Besides tracks from the current album club crusher such
as One Nation Under God, Raise Your God weren’t
missed out, also a cover version of Tommy Stumpf’s Massaker
and the SUICIDE COMMANDO hit par excellence:
Hellraiser. SUICIDE COMMANDO delivered a solid
show, predictable and unspectacular that was quite short. 50 minutes
incl. two encores.
A great show
and an event to dance your souls off. All of these singing fidgets
were pure powerhouses, enthusing the fans on its own style. Just
taking photos wasn’t that easy. Not enough lights. And did
you ever try to get a jumpin’ rubber ball sharp on a photo???