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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 10:14 am 

The Hague Metalfest, feat. Bodyfarm, Het Paard Den Haag, April 28th

This festival is the follow-up to Musicon Metalfest, it’s just a tiny hint bigger than that as Het Paard is about double the size of Musicon. Even Paard’s small hall is bigger than Musicon. I’ve only been to Het Paard once (see http://metal-tavern.proboards.com/threa ... d-oct-2012 see remark below) but that was by train; now I drive. So, oggole that damned place, there’s a city park center nearby. I soon got three tickets, as I thought Bryan would join Wanda and me, but he hesitated. Alex did want to join me, but as I can’t find my phone I couldn’t contact him so easily. Wanda brought help via FB. Would King’s Day’s Mess have evaporated? The Hague is The Residency, you know. Biggest city in Holland without city rights haha, don’t push the venom when Koen or Ariaan is nearby ;) I guess they’d be present, even though Koen was totally underimpressed by Bodyfarm two weeks ago. At first I thought Gorefunest would start the day, so we’d drive early. That wasn’t the case at all, Bodyfarm headlined and Gorefunest was the afterparty. More party to be seen, but that’s of later worry. So, with only two pronounceable or legible logos I wasn’t in a rush anymore. I had bought an e-Bay copy of Fleshcrawl – Impurity before I knew Bryan got me an original, so I wanted to know if I had a genuine or a fake. It’s fake, it’s Russian; well done but you can see mistakes and the pictures are vague. OK, now I know where to look :) Thanks Bryan for the tips AND the original Impurity ;) Alex treated the CD with the dignity required (on the way home) and broke the too-thin CD tray >< He sat on it…

We picked up Alex and already had a great time driving. But as Alex had not eaten much, we decided to ditch the first couple of illegibles and got ourselves some chicken, showarma, fries and mushrooms (not the psilocin ones :) ) Alex’beer tasted so good I got him a big one ;) First band we got to see was Apophys. That was a short gig, even Daniel (hey!) got out before the first song was ended. He said something like ‘that singer should have stuck with Erebus alone’ and we’re off. We soon indulged ourselves in merch hunting, as Alwin Roes and his lovely assistant were present too. I think Wanda bought some 22 CDs and let me pick out two \m/ Thanks, you’re too kind. I got Escutcheon – Battle Order (Alwin Zuur’s old band, cool death metal) and Eternal Solstice (a split with Mourning, ES feat. Phil van Nugteren of Xerpentor). I got some patches for my Dutch Denim, coupled Brother Alex to Bassist Alex :) and the second band (to us; Daniel said he’d seen all bands so far and loved them all, except Apophys) got to stage: The Modern Age Slavery. This gig lasted some longer to us (two songs instead of a half one), the band has groove, the band slams and the band blasts. There was a guest singer present, but as there was so much smoke I don’t know which one was the original and which the guest… Daniel freaked out and his meter long hairs made friends ;)

The beers, waters and sodas flew and the other party got started as well, soon the foyer was filled with training pants, too fashionate baseball caps and loads of scruffy hiphoppers, most looked alike… uhm when Daniel asked one of them what played the dick growled ‘we’re not here for you’ and moved on, irritated. Turned out it was some huge Polish hip hop star, no idea which, don’t care, not interested. Not with such an attitude, losers! There even was a hipster training pants shop :o Third band to us was an error, as Human Error makes music I’m too simple for: slams, karate kids, pig squeals, deep gutter and gravelike silence in one song… that’s too much. OK, to Alex it’s new, Daniel likes slam to a degree, but to Wanda and me it’s plain annoying. CDs to the locker, festival shirt, Alex’ blouse (as usual ;) ) and back inside, no need for my Firing Squad mentioned two weeks ago, here’s Bodyfarm! During the sound check some man with a high Kiss-pitch (like Koen often does, but it wasn’t my big friend, haven’t seen him nor Ariaan at all) wanted to subscribe for background singer in Bodyfarm, Thomas reacted ‘fucking fout’ hahaha. The band did half of Tombstone Crusher as final all-instrument check and this already sounded 10 times better than in Amersfoort. Was it nerves, was it over-eagerness, I don’t know what the difference was with the Amersfoort show, but this was great! This comes off my picture of the set list (I was getting tired and a headache turned up after an unscheduled burst of frustration/anger from Daniel (...), I tried as hard as I could to fulfill the set)
- The Dark Age
- Tombstone Crusher
- Charlatan Messiah
- The Well of Decay (haven’t seen it, but Thomas got a beer cup to his head and reacted ‘if I find out who did this, I’ll kick your fucking head off’; Alex got all loose and started the pit himself. That was highly appreciated later on by nearly the entire band, happy Alex!!)
- Saxon Victory (the pit got thicker \m/)
- Der Landkreuzer
- Heartraped
- The Coming Scourge (yup, Bram and Thomas solo near me ^^)
- Malevolence (now nearly the entire venue joins the pit, hard to keep standing to the stage :) )
- Firing Squad (tribute to a recent deceased aunt of one of the band members, the cremation was apparently this day. Kudos!)
- Death by Fire (so lovely doomy start \m/)
- Unbroken (my neck cracks)
- Slaves of War (my esophagus cracks and I have some little guitar battle with Bram :lol: )

My 18th show of Bodyfarm was great, my body is dehydrated but my mind wants more; headache or not. What a killer show. Even with the little shitty things of today I must say this show evened it all out. No need to remember bands you don’t appreciate or people that are poepheads, get me some Bodyfarm and I’ll friggin’ survive anything! As Daniel had said he’d leave early if the show wasn’t up to his standards, I looked around and saw Wanda and Alex ecstatic, sweaty and over the top satisfied; Daniel just smiled widely and asked if he could join us back to Enkhuizen, so he could see some of Gorefunest with us. He’d enjoyed Bodyfarm nearly as much as I had. I found the next edition of The Hague Metalfest already mentioned Bleeding Gods. Missed the date...

Time for Gorefunest. I told my company I was getting out of it, but I just had to hear at least three, possibly four songs of one of the bands that gave death metal such a boost in my collection, my need to travel for metal and other likings, Gorefest. I had been discussing some of my Gorefest experiences with Wanda and she was all into it. I told her about the times I met Jan-Chris, spoke to Ed, got my nose broken, the winding career of the band and the side projects of both Boudewijn and Frank. The band, young as they are, made a party which brought back a lot of memories, again! I think the band played a set as if it were amongst the last shows of the False tour in 1992, where the song Erase was already put in the set list.
- The Glorious Dead (sooo tight!! *cool* )
- State of Mind
- Get-a-Life (I just had to do the pitch haha)
- Mental Misery
- From Ignorance to Oblivion (Quint enjoying himself greatly too, bro time!)
- Reality-When You Die (I couldn’t do it anymore, we left. With a broken heart, look at the rest)
- The Mass Insanity
- Confessions of a Serial Killer
- For the Masses (hey, my remark on 1992 is a flaw, that’s from the 2005 comeback album La Muerte) 8-)
- Erase

This band is police, advocate, registrar, judge and executioner in one. No it’s not Judge Dredd, but you get what I mean. The five piece is young, eager, tight, accurate, well trained, well-oiled and has clearly fun doing this tribute to one of Hollands most loved death metal bands, near-seventies-rock-album-Chapter-13-or-not-return-to-blistering-death-metal-as-they-do-best. It was that my head was impaled and the 1,000 μg paracetamol finally worked, but I couldn’t do the entire set. I needed some fresh air and luckily the car was a bit further away than I remembered (…) I was the one sober, right? :) Water and fresh shirt in the car, stroopwafel and fruit biscuit, out for something warm and out to Hoorn, Enkhuizen and then bedtime. I did not need an alarm clock, I’d sleep in at least twice, listen to my new CDs, maybe swim (too cold for Alex :) ), shave, Chinese, voetbal and enhappy the metal world with a review. Yeah, I’m a dick. A metal dick. Fanboy metal dick.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 2:11 am 

RockHard 2018, feat. Saxon, Overkill, Sodom

It’s been quite a while since I last did something more than just some one-day-fest with Stip and/or Daan. With Stip it was Bloodstock & Scotland in 2011, with Daan we had Graspop, some years ago. At my birthday I suggested I’d love to go on a road trip with Stip once more, as he’d been travelling with Daan on several occasions. Not that I wanted to see Manowar together ;) but still. I had been feeding them information about RockHard, as it’s one of my favorite festival grounds for quite some time. I know for sure it’s not only the line up they’re gonna love, it’s Gelsenkirchen as well, Veltins, the atmosphere, the cheery mood that usually surrounds this fest and… yeah what more do you need? The first bands were a bit of a letdown, but I kept positive: I have never seen Cirith Ungol and the return of Night Demon to the Amphitheater would wind me up. Forget about Diamond Head’s Sean Harris’ whine about Mecrappica, I just think. Oh, he’s no longer in the band? Ah, fine. End of October the second batch was announced, but also a fourth visitor: Saxon, Marduk, Tiamat, Uli Jon Roth doing Scorpions tribute, the return of Attic to the dome and… Wanda. She’d been fishing for a way to a foreign festival for a while, this suits her, I think. I wonder if my former colleague Sander and his lovely travelling companions would show up too. Third batch of bands brought Sodom, first show in the new line up, Armored Saint and a very special set by Overkill!! Would the tradition being broken [first band cool German, second band shit] for once? Time table said: YES! First band Dawn of Disease, second Attic!
We travel early and we tend to travel light. Uhm no, as I have so many denims now, I can choose so I choose 4: newie, Dutch, Neckwreckers and my ‘normal’one. I won’t bring in any beer as Stip is still totally off alcohol and to be honest, only good non-alcoholic beers are hardly sold in tin! At first I thought I wouldn’t even have space to bring in any beer at all, 4 people, four tents, four sleeping bags in a VW Golf Mk II diesel... But, as so often it didn’t turn out as planned: Daan had to work on Friday and Stip had an exam first!! By the time I got to know about this, there wasn’t any time left to get beer in cans anymore, but as Wanda hardly drinks alcohol, I wouldn’t need as much beer as that. I had brought my brother Theo’s old tent but it wasn’t so clear how to put it up, we got help (and beers) in seconds from our German neighbors Stef and Martin. Thanks a lot!! More help came, as I wandered to the metal bar and was pushed a plate of maccheroni and ham into my hands by Richard of Riff’s Merchandising! Whaoh, thanks, appreciated and needed! We got in time to see the metal bar being opened, but no metal karaoke this time, just a metal DJ. Wanda got me a RockHard shirt and I got her another one. Goddess of Desire claimed they had out-of-print-vintage shirts in big sizes, but I couldn’t find anything in 3XL as thank you to Martin for his help and beers… Soon I found the Brabo’s Tim, Eric and Maarten so no one needed to bring any fridges anymore ;)
During the days it was pretty warm and dry, but as the festival is along a river and the open sky evaporates heat fast, it was pretty cold in the morning. We got excellent bread and coffee at the parking lot of the festival and we were nicely on time for the first band: Dawn of Disease. The sound is insanely good and the band has a sharp mix. The music is of course fast, vile old school death metal, so we enjoyed it greatly. Knife vs. Flesh early in the set, let the carnage begin. Not much of a pit going on, but hey, that’s Germany, if German deathheads don’t wanna pit, they don’t pit. A mass of headbangers is what the band got and that suited. I felt my knees prickle and got back to the tent for a sec to get sun tan lotion, so I missed the first Attic song. I should have known better, but only one song missed is small price for not getting sunburnt. The falsetto is awesome and the band has fun on stage, interaction between band members and fans, no matter in what combination, is cool to watch. I had not written anything yet, but of course Funeral in the Woods and The Headless Rider were played last. Add to that I met Nina and Michael again and I wouldn’t want to break the lovely conversation we had, so you’ll have to do with only two song titles of this great set. Of anything else but great was Dool today. The band clearly hasn’t the support they had in Munich (?) and the band sounds dull. I didn’t even make pictures, it was over before I really realized it WAS Dool. We roamed the venues again, hunting for patches, noting a very poor quality cod in disputable sauce… this is the first time in my five RockHards I’ve had bad food! Back to the Amphitheater for Diamond Head. The band was announced as in ‘Ulrich and Mustaine sure knew what they supported when they wore their shirts’ or some bull like that. At least their nowadays singer Rasmus Dom Anderson sound OK to me, but I don’t really like it. Never understood this band, I guess, we leave after two songs. Turned out, we also missed Tiamat do their special Clouds – Wildhoney set. Uhm, I am no lover of Tiamat whatsoever… we wanted to be near the front for MY band of the day: Sodom. Wanda had seen pictures of me in my Westwoudse AC/DC Fans shirt so she wanted an AC/DC shirt to this gig. I mailed her a picture of three random AC/DC shirts I own, but of course, she chose the one not on the picture: Highway to Hell. Haha, she wore the shirt the entire weekend ;) Seeing Angelripper do a sound check is fun. It seems he’s nervous, even though he’s played with Blackfire for quite some time before and he knows Tormentor is a great drummer. The band starts off with a wobbly version of My Atonement/Conqueror, but that feeling of wobbliness is gone after that. Here’s the entire set:
- My Atonement/Conqueror
- Sodomy and Lust
- Nuclear Winter (Angelripper: ‘hallo Heimat, Hallo Freunde, Hallo RockHard!’ :) )
- Outbreak of Evil (Blackfire already handing out guitar picks haha)
- Christ Passion (hey, there’s Stip, finally)
- The Saw is the Law (… and that’s Stip’s favorite Wodos song :) )
- City of God
- Blasphemer
- One Step over the Line
- Agent Orange (OK, herrieman joins the pit and stays there *cool* )
- Strange Lost World
- Tired and Red
- Lifeline (a… cover… of… OK, I later read it was Sacrilege)
- Remember the Fallen (remember the documentary Lords of Depravity? So cool to see Blackfire freak out once more \m/ )
- Silence is Consent (indeed, this is a song of an album Sodom hasn’t played in years!)
- Ausgebombt / Bombenhagel
So, the Westfriesians unite under a clear sky, with huge grins, during Stip’s favorite thrash song (or something), band in blazing form, sound awesome, friends around (hey Marcel III-IV-V ;) ) all expectations made true. The show was announced as the first gig of the 2018-and-beyond line up and the band did a great job. This is quite an opposite set list than, for instance, Eindhoven Metal Meeting or Into the Grave or that tour they did with Kreator and it proves the band does improve with a second guitarist. Not a hint of blame to anyone playing guitar in this band before, but this was one of the best Sodom shows I’ve seen over the years (minus the one lying drunk in the grass on D.O.A >< ) and we head out for a nightcap in the Biergarten. I changed between beer and water quite often; as I knew it would be a long weekend if I didn’t, so the last beer tasted just as good as the first. When I brought Wanda home on Monday, Bryan said of this show he’d enjoyed the livestream a lot. I hinted ‘see them yourself’ but he didn’t take the bait yet :) He then said he might join me to PartySan, so who knows which band members we meet ;)

Saturday started with a few ice cold HJs from Maarten, as he thought he’d brought too much beer for his own good. A breakfast with coffee after a few HJs is still a good idea, as it would take until half past noon to see the first band. We also walked to the car, a. to see if it still was there (not the normal parking spot, this area is secluded with a swinging pole. Uhm, place it near the industrial area / church area / garden with a tiny sign ‘to be towed away’ >< ) , b. to get rid of things I wouldn’t use again (one denim down, three to go ;) ) and c. to keep walking to show the village, the grocery, the bank, the pizzeria and whatnot. Traitor opened the Saturday and I was eager for it. I had seen the logo and instantly thought ‘thrash!’ and that turned out true. The band clearly likes the adagio ‘hakkuh en saagguh’ or ‘from thick woods excellent planking’ (word joke of course ;) ) and are energetic to begin with, a great drummer and a nice guitar split. A lot of headbanging, fistbanging and running on stage AND still be tight! That’s what I like about thrash: GO FOR IT! Mental note to self: Get the album Knee Deep in the Dead! With the annunciation of a guest a spontaneous 6 man pit starts, but I’m not sure who the guest was. Fun fact: there was an actual crowd surfer, as he literaaly surfed on a man planking! Most crowd surfers just want to be thrown over the little fence, but these men really added a new sight to a metal show.

Nocturnal Rites was also a band that I had not seen before. I must have misspelled something, as this band sounded completely different to the stuff I had heard on YT… way worse in a way. With a stand-still-performance, forgettable songs and a shallow sound I call this the most boring band in the world. Wanda, Stip and me chose to do the pizzeria a favor and got into the village. I wasn’t sure which band called The New Roses this would be, but as I was suddenly surrounded by tisted-up hairs, Aerosmith-like handkerchiefs and eyeliner I didn’t want to try it. I fucking hate glamrock, so the pizza was four times the better choice: in the shade, great coffee, good pizza and some Science of Stupid-like video on the huge TV screens next to us. Accidents on highways and kids with animals, strange combination but it worked for us. On the way home I spotted my beloved XG-30-Nocturnal Rites (coincidence, I just saw that :) ) and knew: she’s safe there. German industry is brought to a standstill in the Easter and Pinse weekends, no one will tow my beloved VW Golf Mk II away this time. Of Leatherwolf I have no idea and haven’t checked it before, so be it. We wanted to see Cirith Ungol, as Bryan totally freaks out on their old material and even wanted some stuff signed by the band. Wanda ‘just forgot’ to bring the vinyls to Gelsenkirchen, they would have molten instantly… But I can’t get it and so doesn’t Wanda nor Stip… the mix of the band is terrible, one guitar too loud and one too low and a singer that does his one trick forced like an atom bomb through a sphincter… ouch. Even though the band is hailed on RockHard as ‘inspiring to so many bands’ and ‘anyone seen this on Keep it True?’ we just didn’t like it. At all. We chose to get in line for the Overkill signing session, but when we finally got to the booth the signing session was over?? I had bought a copy of Live in Overhausen but Bobby Blitz was the only one that was still present. And there were some 100 Skullcrushers still waiting! Including Torty and Sandra, some Scottish Overkill freak called Marvin and more… I had met a few Skullcrushers the day before and asked ‘what to do for some Skullcrusher patches, to be sent all over the world to my friends that adore Overkill’ but got vague answers like ‘ask the president of the fan club’ and ‘not every hobo is worthy of being a Skullcrusher’. I said ‘what about Neckwrecker patches sets that Skullcrushers refuse to use?’ and nearly got into a fight as ‘you only wear your Dutch thingie’. Pfff, get lost dude; some of those club people need to stop being such motocycle gang pussies with their way too serious patches, stupid rules and tunnel visions. I know of at least one set of Neckwreckers patches set that someone REFUSES to use, much to dismay and anger to Stach, so get over your own huge shadow and do what you should have done at first. Thorsten later said he would inform if those Neckwreckers patches are still unused and get them to me.
During the wait for the Overkill signing session Marduk was setting stage. No need to think again, as they start off with Panzer Division Marduk and make the Amphitheater tremble on its hinges. Marduk is on the hunt, new Marduk live classic Werwolf early in the set, full power ahead, all guns well oiled and in for the kill. I haven’t seen the entire set, as I wasn’t in for Axel Rudi Pell much and wanted to bring my new CD to the tent. OK, it carries only one Overkill signature, but that can be solved the next Overkill show. I did see about a song and a half of said Axel Rudi Pell, but apart from one picture I have no recollection. People aren’t ‘only’ divided into Pell-lovers and Pell-haters ;) . I could be found in the Biergarten with the Dutchies, shopping with Wanda or drinking with any of the many friends I have in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands present.
Overkill was headliner of the Saturday. The band got a 90 minute set to play Horroscope and Feel the Fire set integrally. The Amphitheater was shivering with excitement; every one of the 8,000 present wore at least one Overkill patch, patch set, shirt or whatnot and could hardly wait. I had totally forgotten which parts I’d know best, but I was helped instantly: some gorgeous chick magically pulled out a copy of Feel the Fire from somewhere warm and dark and I think I know all songs by now :) Daan and Stip called the chanting of Rotten to the Core ‘Blubber in je kop’ but the overall feel was that of, cliché of course, an overkill. The band bashed in, even Derek was spotted with a grin on his face, Bobby running around, DD firing people up (some songs with a double neck bass ;) ). Everybody around me seemed to have a different Overkill tune to freak out to, as Wanda totally lost it during Hammerhead and I lost it to Elimination… pity Derek’s guitar freaked out just in the first verse of Fuck You, otherwise this could have been a totally perfect show. The band got a huge pit in front of them, I think there were at least 250 to 300 people going nuts to each other and on the stairs everybody that didn’t take a zip banged their head. Zip, bang, zip, bang heh heh. Repeat with fist, zip, shout, zip, fist und so weiter :p
After Overkill finished, the Amphitheater and the Biergarten soon got empty, so we all headed towards the tents. Stip and Daan had still not put theirs on, so they suggested we’d kip in my tent as Stip and Daan got hers? Uhm, for an unexperienced camper that doesn’t sound stressless, better not. So we didn’t swap. The boys went to Stip’s Panda and we’d meet again in the morning. Pity some asshole vandals wanted to awake the entire camping by flipping over a full Dixi… in the toilets near the festival area there were some huge posters of shows/tours to come. Which hung in the men’s department: a huge Vixen one, all female present. I wrote on it ‘Don’t stare @ my dick’ much to the likings of my fellows excrementers :p Breakfast was needed in double portions and a long day was awaiting us: Thundermother at noon, Memoriam, Night Demon, Coroner, Backyard Babies, Armored Saint and an extra-long Saxon set to be seen. But Wanda had checked out some bands so at least Thundermother (she hates the sound of high female vocals) and Backyard Babies (too Crüe for her) were scraped off that list. Walking to the stage I met Jonathan and Vincent of Carnation, they’re doing fine but wanted to have seen the entire festival ;) and of course: Memoriam! The band had an overwhelming sound, clear as Barbie in her collector box and soldier Ken is slaughtered for king and country. I soon found Iris and Bernd on their way to the first row ;) so here’s her set list:
- War Rages On
- Dronestrike V3
- Soulless Parasite
- Bleed the Same
- Resistance (K.I.L.L.L.L.L.L.E.D!!)
- No Known Grave
- Nothing Remains (dedicated to Karl’s mom but the set list said ‘ If Time????’)
- Flatline

This is clearly a band that’s got their eyes set on the future. They play their own material and no one complains about Bolt Thrower nor Benediction anymore. Good. OK, it is fun to hear for instance The IVth Crusade or I Bow to None, but we all still have Karl’s grin, Frank’s immortal bass lines, Scott’s razor riffs and Andrew’s poundhammer… I love all three bands mentioned but Memoriam seems to have the brightest future.
I got hailed by Claudia and Ursula, clearly on their way to the front of the stage for Night Demon. I like this band a lot on CD, have seen them twice, was happy with the shade near the stage and my company, but I had no real desire for the band live. OK that may sound double crossed, it’s true. I like their artwork and their CD but now I simply wasn’t ready for heavy metal. Could be the death metal of Memoriam of course ;) Night Demon played one new song, then Curse of the Damned and during the intro to Stranger in the Room I thought ‘oh no, the band is pissing off non-Night Demon fans already?’ as Jarvey called people not into heavy metal ‘Strangers in this room’ uhmm, OK, get out of here. Somehow the band let me down AND I thought it was OK this way. Weird. We went on merch hunt again, Wanda bought a new black denim but the sales man moaned about our Dutch cards? Do we really have to pay the € 20 Mastercard charges for use of their equipment? Per day? I thought ‘with € 45 for a denim the price is right’ and nearly left. He tried to correct himself seeing me hesitate, but as Wanda smiled and said ‘I might come back today’ his strange commercial hint was flamed out. Back to the tent to dump this denim. Of Uli Jon Roth I don’t say much. I am not familiar with his Scorpions-era music and I don’t like all the (too-) high vocals his band gives. Which metalhead is still waiting for a Hendrix cover, All Along the Watchtower is soooo overdone and Uli even plays a second Hendrix cover… time to eat. No need for cod, but pork or beef ;)
When can you choose between a good conversation (Iris, Thorsten, Wanda) or Coroner? I never was a fan of this band and after my second encounter I still won’t support. Thus, I did a little bit of both. I kept talking to Iris and Thorsten and signaled them to the bar near the stage for a beer and two Coroner songs. Uhm, when such an experienced band sounds like medium-era Sodom and shitty-era Metallica in one song I definitely go. We went to the tent again, sprayed some sun tan lotion and relaxed… music coming from four sides but Armored Saint sounded best from those four. Even from this distance you can clearly hear the musicianship, the great mix and above all, John Bush’excellent voice and stamina. But indeed, it’s funny to hear Delirious Nomad combined with ancient U2, human interaction and Fear Factory from the other sides ;)
Wanda surprised me again, as she bought me a special RockHard 2018 Saxon shirt (Thunderbolt cover)! What we didn’t know is that we bought each other 7 patches, most of them were similar. :) I got her the special RockHard 2018 Overkill shirt (with the Horrorscope cover on it). We were in time to hear the last bit of the Saxon sound check, loud, pretty shrill but also full of longing. Saxon played RockHard at least three times and band and audience are in for a nearly two hour example of the ferocity AND the calmness of the band. And as the band uses AC/DC for an intro, I’m all over it as well. Here’s what I wrote:
- Dogs of War
- Thunderbolt
- Sacrifice (whoah, Biff sounds like in his best days, so clear and powerfull)
- The Secret of Flight (mhwhhmm, only one guitar good audible)
- Motorcycle Man (Biff gets the entire Amphitheater jumping \m/ ) )
- Strong Arm of the Law
- Battering Ram (with Biff calling his friend Klaus Meine for his birthday :lol: )
- The Power and the Glory
- new song resembling Killed by Death a lot??)
- Denim and Leather (a denim is thrown onto stage, Biff checks it, turns it on and finishes the show with this denim. Probably some fan is hyper or pissed off now. I don’t know if he returned it ;) )
- Never Surrender
- Predator
- They Played Rock’n’Roll (Saxon’s ode to Motörhead)
- And the Band Played on (hinting towards their country- and genre-mates Judas Priest)
- 747 (Strangers in the Night)
- Crusader
- Princess of the Night (encore)
- Wheels of Steel
With a set list like this, I consider Saxon still a valid and powerful member of the heavy metal family. The band plays with feel, fire and has an excellent status amongst fans and other visitors. To me it’s like my feelings for Motörhead, I am not a huge fan, but I do own some material and my respect for what they’ve achieved is evident. The band also has quite a fuller Amphitheater in front of them than, say, Opeth last year… and must say it: much more fanatic audience than Opeth has had in years. It concurred to me that my previous editions of RockHard the Saturday still is fullest, but this year’s Sunday was by far the best attended RockHard Sunday in many years. I heard loads of people seeing this. Of course Saxon is no Opeth, Down, W.A.S.P (…), King Diamond or Bolt Thrower, but their headlining status is just. Would they have played Saturday and Overkill on Sunday, it would still have been fuller than during the 2011, 2013 and 2017 editions.
When the encore was near, we left to keep our easy pace going. Wanda had been suffering from some big blisters and walked most of the festival on beach slippers. Knowing the stony part of the camping, we moved out silently. Stip and Daan went home during Saxon, no tent seen :) . We had fun. Not much fun was some noise deeper in the night, as there was no more RockHard security personnel left… turning over Dixis, Kliko’s and a few tables full of empty bottles was pure vandalism to us. Add the fact that the night cooled off so hard, we had our tents packed in before 6:30 AM, had a coffee and one bread and were in my VW Golf Mk II around 7:15. Bryan was highly surprised we were at his doorstep around 11, got more coffee and exchanged all stories. Bryan had seen the Tiamat- and Sodom-live streams and was all over it. He was surprised and not surprised we had nothing much with Cirith Ungol. But you can’t have it all, right? What we do know is that the three of us head out to Germany for PartySan. We might head back to RockHard. More live metal. More Westfriesians. But mostly more metal.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:02 am 

Maryland Deathfest XVIII, May 24th – 27th 2018, Ram’s Head + SoundStage Baltimore MD

Of most of my trips I can spit out any information on when/why I got tickets, with whom I’d go and the build up in bands announced. Of this edition of Maryland Deathfest, short MDF, my trail is weaker. I knew I promised at least Nina (Germany, wheel chair, see RockHard + Ruhrpott reviews) I’d help her, but during Ruhrpott 2017 I already knew she and her hubby Michael wouldn’t make it. Bring in Wanda is on her bucket list, but by the time I ordered tickets (an later on flights) I still didn’t know her yet (see Baroeg Open Air 2017 review). The first bands announced were clearer, but not overall exciting: Master’s Hammer, Sinister, Bloodbath. Excuse my language here, I love (early) Bloodbath to bits and I’ve known Sinister for over 20 years, but I’ve seen both bands so often they wouldn’t prioritize this festival over others. Master’s Hammer, yeah, I’ve only seen them once. Until God Dethroned and Pig Destroyer were added, I took the decision to go. With a festival like this I’m more into seeing my Baltimore-, Arizona- and Philadelphia-Metal Tavern friends than the actual line up. Daniel brought in his own bookings, as he said he’d love to go to New York with Mark; I have seen New York and I’ve got other plans this year; I need my days off in October, note ;) And… Daniel flies KLM, I wanted to try a bit cheaper and ended up with Air Canada. Would I work between RockHard and MDF then? Uhm, no. At first I thought I could spare one day off by working at home on Tuesday, but I was glad I didn’t. I was exhausted because of the long night, the vandal noise and the cold in Gelsenkirchen and I still had not packed everything… That I’d miss the pre-party whatsoever was not a biggie. Up to Tuesday I had not even glimpsed who would play at the Ottobar.

I dumped my bag at my brother’s so I could easily cycle towards the station. The flights were no problem; Air Canada service is pretty good and the May-holiday-stress/strikes are over. My bookings were changed five times, but it was funny to hear my name pronounced and skipping the line because of that :) One problem though: I had a six-hour-turnover at Toronto or if I booked differently, it would have been only three minutes! So, when I got to the plane to BWI it was already some 2 AM in my Dutch day! First sounds I heard on Canadian soil: Infernäl Mäjesty on MP3 \m/. I was picked up by Scott and Missy and they were exhilarated by the stuff I got them: self made patches (Mutator ;) ) and cheese! Aren’t American customs officers used by now to Dutchies bringing in tightly sealed excellent Gouda or Leiden cheese >< ? Nope ;) But I work with a lot of farmers, I understand. Turned out Mortician played the pre-party, I’ve never seen them before but I couldn’t have flown earlier than I did now. The welcome at Dundalk was warm. Jason, Jason and Miss Kitty were all very happy, Daniel and Mark showed up after my first Yeungling. Gott, what have I missed this particular beer *cool* To fulfill my jetlag I had some four beers and my clock said ‘25 hours awake again’. Turned out Mark had photographed two bands and he said they killed. I ended my night with a guitar pick from About2Crash of the Buddy Holly Remembrance tour he’d done. Off to bed, thanks to Missy for preserving the guest room for me. That room has no air conditioning, so the noise wouldn’t keep me awake. I awoke refreshed, I thought ;)

My first band of the festival was Khemmis. I have some friends that are totally into this band, so I’d be taken into these guys anyway. And they delivered! The band had a near-stadium-full sound and their mix of heavy metal, doom, stoner and two types of vocals really put me on! As promised I bought a shirt for my friends and waited for -(16)- to begin. I thought it was just OK, but compared to Khemmis they have more stoner and more noise. Meeting my pit buddy Chicken Guy was fun as usual. I bought some more stuff and dumped that into Res’bag. Who knew if I’d end up in a pit or something ;) We moved from the Ram’s Head to SoundStage for Gutted; I just had not really seen when they’d start so I only saw two songs death/grind of high standards. Next up was Mortal Decay. Me, Crash and Scott had been hunting for patches and to be honest, that was more fun than see the deathslam/grind/slam happen on stage. I wasn’t so refreshed as I thought, as during Defeated Sanity Daniel tried to explain this band to me and all I did was mumble. I didn’t understand at all, it must have been an aftermath of jetlag and the combination Yeungling-Stella Abortion all day. Scott picked me up and even though he wanted to see Incantation and Broken Hope, he brought me to Dundalk and stayed there. So, some 72 hours later, thanks a million, Scott, I found it awesome you brought me to your home. You also look great (in a God Dethroned shirt ^^) and I hope you stay this way. As expected, I passed out.

Good thing about getting to bed (reasonably) early, is that you have all the time the next day. I made some sausage-mushroom-experimental nosh and offered that to everyone awoke. Uhm, even without hangover that was too early ;) Sorry Mark ;) When everybody was awoken indeed, a great eight-head-discussion followed, featuring politics, genderdiscussion, coffee when sowing patches; three man in a row. How metal can we be? \m/ *cool* Friday’s bands started out with Bound by the Grave in SoundStage. The simple-to-the-ear-but-astute-to-the-brain death metal sounds great. Very blunt as well, there’s a lot of Swedish influence here. And I like Swedish death metal ;) But how big a difference Durian brings to stage… we had no idea even powerviolence could get into overdrive, grindcore mixed with lava pellets. To the trained ear this could be great, I just had problems with the vocals. We were more content with Scorched (from Delaware), the band is some kind of inbred between Incantation and Godflesh but then from down the sewer. These guys have played with Mark’s band before and seem to like what they’re doing a lot. One of the shortest shows I’ve ever seen can be named to Cognisant… by the time I’d found my ear plugs they were already off stage. Uhm, OK, stick around for Gonkulator. The band had brought some Machine of Horror thingie, is this going to be like GWAR or something? Nah, not by far. The band does play with some zombie paint, the singer is brought onto stage in a coffin, but the rest is plain death metal, hand of doom into it, horrorthemed. Not bad, not bad at all.

After a quick bite you could find us at Ram’s Head once more, as Morta Skuld was setting up stage. The band already had a full house in front of them when they checked sound and the audience got what they wanted: extinction eternal caught in death metal! The band played rough as a bread knife and sharp as a grind path ;) Fun to meet Mrs. Baayens once more ;) and some more American friends of Andrée and Käthe showed up, this was very cozy! Beers and shots exchanged easily ;) If there is a band on stage or not is no problem this way, especially as Lord Gore is the one that follows. The singer does pig squeals and deep grunts in one sentence, but it sounds too forced for my likings. Blood Incantation is a band that, as far as I know, is hot in the entire Metal Tavern Team so noticeably, everybody of our group was present to watch this sonic torment. Hey, there’s Darren as well, handing out flyers to the Full Terror Assault Mk III this September. I won’t make it this year, maybe next year! For some $ 100 you can you can see Demolition Hammer, Death Angel, Warbringer, Immolation, Power Trip, Midnight, Birdflesh and way more; September 6th-8th in Illinois! Blood Incantation was friggin’awesome. It’s been a while since such an explosion of sound, hairs and necks combined made so much sense! I heard someone talk about Metal Storm – Face the Slayer, was this about Blood Incantation as well? It must have been a real old school Slayer fan to have Metal Storm as your favorite Slayer song ^^ (but I forgot…)

Next up is one of Daniel’s favorites of the festival: Sinister! He told me his friend Richardo is officially out of the band but agreed to do this show. You can hardly speak of a Dutch band anymore, Daniel said, as Richardo originates from Brazil, Nico lives in Italy now and Stabath used to come from Transylvania, I’ve heard :lol: but I wore my Dutch denim with pride… the band does a varied set of old and new and they play sharp. It was soooo cool to see Scott not only join the pit, but rule it as well!! I don’t think you can have a clearer example how much he’s better now, lighter, sharper in the eyes, right on the tongue and not so goddamn tired anymore… Kudos!! And now… now… in for my treat of the festival? Yeah, God Dethroned played after Sinister and They. Fucking. Grind. Millstones. With. Bullets!!! My Allseeing Blindness, was this a great set or what? The band thanked the audience literally every song and they gave the reason to that themselves! Volume up, SKG all around, rolling bass, monster behind the drums, killer songs and this set list doesn’t need more introduction:
- The World Ablaze (minor technical glitch for Henri)
- Villa Vampiria
- Nihilism (some more technicalities)
- No Man’s Land
- Poison Fog (bro time with Henri about FC Emmen :lol: )
- Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
- Annihilation Crusade
- Boiling Blood (now it was Mike with a cabinet problem)
- Storm of Steel

This might look like a short set, but if all you want is in those songs, why bother? It’s not like God Dethroned is the headliner, that should have been Bloodbath tonight, but they got nearly an hour and filled it with razorsharp death metal; not so much the blackened part anymore, but who cares? The next day I spoke to Henri (about voetbal indeed haha) and he explained he likes to wash around the set lists a bit. Not every gig Into the Lungs of Hell or The Warcult, sometimes Firebreath or Under the Golden Wings of Death is taken out of the attic and why not? With those last three albums I think they can do ‘An Evening with World War One’, but what’s the fun in that? There are already so much bands doing so, not every of those are good gigs, remember? This was a great gig, nuff said.

Just before this gig I met a man called Todd and he was all over the band. He’d bought a vinyl version of The World Ablaze and wanted it signed. As I didn’t know if the band would hang around (I’ve known Henri a bit too long to know that) I gave him the bass pick I got from Jeroen. Just as he drooped off, who’s there, watching Suffocation: yeah right, Henri, Jeroen and Michiel stuck around. I tried to call Todd but he didn’t react no more. Suffocation was called in last minute, as there seemed to be problems with visas of Bloodbath members. Again, a headliner that had to cancel, how often have we heard that on MDF? Of My Dying Bride I knew longer they wouldn’t show up, everybody’s read about replacements and so on, but Bloodbath too? OK, forget about Bloodbath for now. Suffocation has been stirring pits to insanity for years and this wasn’t different. I didn’t write anything, handed my camera and glasses to Jason and off I was! I do remember some song titles being played, but I just wanted to mosh my balls throughout Ram’s Head on these great tunes… No shirt swap ;) but definitely recognition (Dave, Terrance, Charlie) and a band in full swing, full guns packed, blade like butchering once more… Funeral Inception early in the set, I heard Souls to Deny (I think hihihi), Effigy of the Forgotten (bumping into Crash, of course!) Name 15 Suffocation songs, probably 12 of those were played. I didn’t bother. I just had a great technical death metal show and a LOT of Fun!! Pity I got an elbow to my eye socket around halfway in and had to back out again. I saw the rest of the gig from the sideline. What a great band!

But at the end of the Suffocation set list I lost all my friends. I wasn’t overtly drunk but couldn’t find anyone, even walked up and down to SoundStage to find one person I knew. Phoned Scott, phoned Missy, but they were already at home (…) but then you know how welcome you are when suddenly Res showed up and got me to Dundalk! Jason to the Rescue, thanks bud! We did some afpils with pizza at Scott’s and onto the pillows we got. This was a good day. I just should have not left Ram’s Head…

No worries for the Saturday morning. Missy had made excellent chicken chili and the coffee was great too. One pile of dishes done later, some patches and CDs swapped between Jason, Jason and me [THANKS!!], and we’re ready to go once more. This Saturday would be mostly inside Ram’s Head, apart from a peek here and there. I wanted to see Phrenelith, as they play Schoonebeek next September too and liked the stuff I had found on YT. Turned out they were the first band we saw and I was right: this is a great band. The band changes vocal style just like ancient Nile used to do, the one even deeper and fouler than the other. Musically I thought of a freight train on the loose, heavy, fast, uncontrollable but still cool. I think I saw most of the show, but there was rumor about a free Goatwhore show as well, probably in the Angels Rock Bar in the Power Plant. They would play at 4 PM, that was said. But at 4.15 PM there only was a handful of crowd watching a couple fight at the pool table and I headed back in for Pessimist; clearly Scott’s favorite of this edition of MDF. What I heard was some vile blackened death metal, like ancient God Dethroned mixed with nearly as old Kataklysm and a hint of Celtic Frost. I decided to get my head empty a bit by walking up and down the harbor, but what’s the point of a rescue vessel near a bridge that can no longer open :o (22 cm gun included :) ) I returned to Angels Rock Bar and indeed a band was playing, but I found the metalcore-with-Guitar-Hero-guitars so lame I didn’t even make pictures. Uhm they were probably a local band, unexperienced, not tight, no interesting riffs. I went to SoundStage instead where another Danny Lilker band was to be seen: Blurring. With Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., Brutal Truth and Autopsy (hired in for MDF 2010) I think I already miss a band or two I’ve seen The Tall Baysider play in ;) This was plain grindcore, but with Lilker’s characteristic pose I enjoy just the sight. Hasn’t he been on nearly every MDF since a long time? ;) Each time in a different band ;)

On the way back to Ram’s Head I spotted way more activity up the stairs and yeah, here’s Goatwhore for you. They tour with Satyricon these days and they had a day off, as Satyricon was to headline Ram’s Head today. It was so packed I have no idea what they played, but inside the small rock bar there was some pit going on and the safety bars near the ministage were needed too ;) Ross Dolan enjoyed it too, handing out drinks to friends of friends of friends (so, of mine now too, hey Rob, hey Nadine!) was fun. As I’ve said before, I do own a Goatwhore set list, but this paper is so old the recent material is probably not on it, so I have no song titles. Was impossible to make out as well, as the song titles were growled out just like the lyrics :) Indeed, SoundStage time again, now for Cripple Bastards. With a band name and logo like this I expect crust and I got it: a perfect mix of that 1989 show Doom + Concrete Sox. It was insanely hot at that moment, so I didn’t really stay long. What’s the point, apart from an unexpected cover, if you don’t know any music? I walked up and down for Bölzer but didn’t even get the chance to get a water or a beer as I was so easily bored now… I wanted some more action and got… Pig Destroyer! Holy Chip in a Syrian Ass, was this a party or what? The band set up, guitars, check, drums, check and effect board (???), check and insanity commands! Fuck everything I said about grindcore, with was P.A.R.T.Y W.I.T.H.O.U.T C.O.N.F.E.T.T.I T.O. T.H.E M.A.X!! Mark had asked Daniel to take care of his equipment, as he had said ‘I simply have to party hard during Pig Destroyer 8-) ‘ and he did. Whoah, what a swerving mass of limbs, beer, hairs, beards, heads, entire Crash, entire Mark (Crash fits three times in Mark, but both men flew) entire Res, so cool to see. I couldn’t do zilch, as Mark had not found Daniel so I volunteered to keep his stuff. But stashed to the side stage, with movement all around me, such an expensive and heavy sack of gear… I think I sweated nearly as much as Mark did :lol: At the end of the show Chicken Guy got the mic and I thought he was in for a guest spot but no: he cheered for his girlfriend and after a devastating silence he proposed to her! And she said yes! And as a replacement for an engagement ring, they flew hand in hand off stage. Alison was down earlier than Chicken Guy, but so cool of the band to allow that during their show! He got cheered and booed for doing so, but I highly respect him for actually stepping onto stage and ask…

I had no interest in Prong and replacement-headliner Helmet (even less than Prong ><) so I cued up for Sadistic Intent. Oh my, do you really have to check EVERYTHING by police for entering PowerPlant? Uhg, this way I might miss friggin’Sadistic Intent! Checking every purse, even pulling out patches of pant pockets decreased my amount of Sadistic Intent to only three songs, happily including Ancient Black Earth in those three. But seeing a blackened thrash band do some headbanging and a crowd with a minor pit is a bit of a huge difference with what we just experienced on Pig Destroyer! OK, it was OK, but nothing more than that. I’d had seen Sadistic Intent before and those (also festival-) shows were great, band eager, crowd going nuts, I don’t know. I was getting tired anyway, so I watched Master’s Hammer with only half an eye and then, my readers, you’d better Über yourself home. I nearly missed Scott and Missy again and felt my shoulders sink… what the hell am I doing? I just got upset and thus, upstairs without saying much. Brushed my teeth, didn’t even turn off the light and I was gone. In the morning I found out Maryland Deathfest 2018 was over for me the moment I decided to ditch Satyricon’s headlining show. I awoke a train wreck and stayed in all day, chilling with Missy, Jason, Jason and Scott; Mark and Daniel had to see Wormrot, looking at the band list of Sunday I must say I did the right thing. I’d fly home early on Monday, no need for Violation Wound or Ascended Dead, my only two true interests for the Sunday. We talked, played each other music (from Gouge to Deftones and back to God Dethroned), ate, drank and watched Maryland nearly overflow. Hurricane season started early, images of swimming cars soon were shared… not where we sat. OK, there are some branches Crash can clear out ;) but around Scott’s place there only was minor damage. I hope further victims survive and don’t have to start all over again… on the road to BWI Scott and me talked more, I was literally the second person to arrive in the entire Air Canada/Star Allegiance hall and literally 26 hours later I begin typing. Hence the ittybitty harsh start of this review. But no worries, I will return to the States, whether in 2019 or later or MDF, LVDF, California DF or Full Terror Assault. I will return to metal. Anywhere in the world. Metal.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:31 am 

FortaRock 2018 June 1st, Kreator, Body Count, Death Angel, Suffocation

For once I’d say: why don’t organizers skip all the modern and hip shit for one time? See FortaRock 2018, Nightwish, Opeth, Meshuggah, Parkway Drive, Avatar and what the hell more when all I wanted to see was Kreator, Death Angel and Body Count? At first Kreator was scheduled for the Saturday (main festival day) and Body Count on the Friday… Nah, I won’t go for Body Count alone, even though I’ve known Ice-T, Ernie C and the crazy rest since my early fraternity days, shouting Cop Killer to every dick that stole another bike ;) But luck changed: Kreator was moved from the Saturday to headlining the tent stage on Friday. OK, now it’s getting interesting, as Suffocation, Death Angel, Body Count AND Kreator would be most of this festival day. Texted Tom ‘whaddayathink?’ He responded ‘you drive to Nijmegen, I drive you home’. Best friend in the world ;) We’d pick up Belinda and off we go. But a rainy Friday afternoon traffic jam later we’d nearly miss Death Angel entirely. No problem for me, but as Belinda is a huge, huge Death Angel fan we got in hearing the annunciation of the last song (would it be Evil Priest?) … The Moth. Quickly a few pictures, saying hello to Laurens of Distillator and off to the tent for Suffocation. Of course, they were my main dish at MDF last week, but my strangulationary greatness, this was some great gig. Intimate as such a tent still can be, nice set list but we were sorry the sound man was asleep. When Terrance played a solo you only heard Charlie and vice versa. Pity. A new song I didn’t know was followed by:
- Funeral Inception
- Effigy of the Forgotten
- Pierced from Within
- Clarity through Deprivation
- Return to the Abyss
Stop writing ;) start moshing ;) As the mix was bad we didn’t need this entire set and wanted a nice place for my first viewing ever of Body Count. I’ve kept a sideways interest in the band ever since the infamous Cop Killer (there were some fifteen guys in my college that had the original, not me :-/ ) but like said, I’d never seen them. I knew some band members got killed in weird ways, but this band is really up to it. With Juan Garcia of Agent Steel on guitar I think the metalness of this band needs no introduction and Ernie C still rocks the joint, so let the anti-racism, anti-government and anti-ghetto anthems begin! What I certainly didn’t expect, was that the band started off with an entire version of Raining Blood! To be followed by half of Postmortem!! A nice pit occurred, but as Belinda wanted to go to the Death Angel signing session, we kept quite a distance to the stage. Waiting for autographs, with Dutch band members swarming (hey Alwin, Marco, Marloes, Jeroen ;) ) it’s fun to watch Body Count freak out on themselves during Bowels to the Devil, a long band introduction, Manslaughter, Body Count, There Goes the Neighborhood, DISORDER (!! \m/ !!) and Cop Killer. I might have missed a tune when I got hugged by Simone, René and Anton ;) The Death Angel signing session was hilarious, so even before Watain got to stage in the tent we decided to do the line once more :) now signing her denim. I think I nearly needed a rope to ty Belinda to the ground as exhilarated she was :) :lol:

Belinda was so happy she bought me a pulled pork sandwich and we kept moving to avoid Watain. In the mean time Arch Enemy was building up. I think I could have placed them in the list above, with all hipster and semi-popular shit… it’s so over choreographed, the songs get weaker every album, the band tells themselves they’re what ‘kids want nowadays’… uhgg I’m no friggin’kid anymore, I’m one of many adult metalheads that don’t need rebellion but a nice job… and a nice car to get me from show to festival and home again… I didn’t even note what songs they played, it’s all so intercrossed these days… but when they played a new song they did the best they could think op: BLIEP! One light flash and all you could hear were the monitors on stage. The rest of the show was completely blacked out and the band DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE! HA HA HA suckers! It took them two minutes to finish that half heard song and then the band was off for some 10 minutes, splitting their show time in half. They returned with a half baked version of We Shall Rise and this show is easily forgotten haha.

I decided to grab another sandwich before entering the tent for one of my all time favorite bands: the mighty KREATOR took the stage in almost a church setting, with crosses and silverware (happily no frankincence ;) ), huge mirrors reflecting the band’s video clips and get thrashed:
- Mars Mantra
- Phantom Antichrist
- Hail to the Moshers
- Enemy of God of Mosh
- Satan is Real, so is Mosh
- (Dutch) Civilization Collapse (was that a hint to VVD/PVV up here? Probably!)
- Flag of Mosh
- Phobia for an empty mosh floor
- Gods of Pitting
- Fallen Crowdsurfer
- Hordes of Moshers
- The Patriarch
- Violent Moshing
- Pleasure to Kill all those who don’t mosh

OK, I haven’t seen Tom most of the day and certainly not during this killer Kreator set, but I kept throwing people, pushing people, helping people up, pushing them away again *evil* and in the meantime, kept listening to a razor sharp Kreator set. The sound was incredibly tight, not that loud and the band clearly made their third (!) FortaRock appearance one to remember. I’ve seen all three FortaRock shows Kreator did, I think this is the best one. If I have to choose between an outdoor set early on the day or a tent set as headliner, I’d pick the headliner status and Kreator deserves it. The band got to do a near full set, still most classics present, plenty of good recent songs here. Mille sounded dirty and aggravated, exactly the way I got to know them some 32 years ago. I was 14 when a neighbor of my then best friend held Pleasure to Kill in front of my greedy eyes, I’ll never forget the impact that record made on me. This was my 21st Kreator show, and I think this band still has the power to thrill me hugely. The show was decent, not much annoying lights but with a great atmospheric effect. I was so wet I think I could have made a whale swim deeper ;) Back to the car for a clean shirt, water, Luikse wafels, apple juice and the stories… this was great. Pity the fact that the A73, A15 and the fucking Houtribdijk (Lelykstad – Enkhuizen) were shut, so we had to make a two hour detour to get home. Get the friggin’signs out earlier, so we don’t have to do a near 200 km detour, you Rijksmaggots! This is NOT cool! Then again, because of the rain, now I know what Tom’s getting me for my birthday: windshield wipers :) Oh well, did the outside stage have a headliner as well? Never noticed there was some hipster band performing for sissies… uhm Parksnot Drive. We had the real deal, we saw the Moth fly, were suffocated and refound the desire to kill.. Metal!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:24 pm 

Herrieman 40 years metalhead anniversary
June 9th, my backyard, feat. beer, band, barbecue, buddies, 'bors

This has been on my bucket list for a lonnnngggg time: have a band play for me. For me, myself and I. Screw From the Soul, I wanted to combine it with an anniversary in metal, ever since 2003. My idea back then was to have a party to celebrate 25 years of me being metalhead, but as my father died that year it never got to that point. But the idea stuck. Back then I didn’t have such a big group of metal buddies as I do now, but also my financial state is somewhat better ;) so I opted for a surprise for all my friends other than ‘just get to Forever Young and the first beer is on me’. Jovink & The Voederbietels and Within Temptation were on that festival, as did Alex&Thirza, Marleen&Marco, Jeroen, Clemens and so many others. I had € 150 on me that day and that wasn’t enough. I PIN’ed quite an amount more and even that wasn’t enough. And… people got their beers and were off. So.. no, that’s not another birthday blurred. Nah, I’d have control this time. In secret I gave Alex Metal a serious idea to show up at my place, hush up about the rest. I’ve been doing BBQ’s for my birthday for quite some time, thanks to RockHard I have an Original Deutsche Schwenk Grill haha. I’d celebrate me being metalhead for 40 years straight, as my parents had done. They wanted that anniversary to raise some money for a world tour, but my mother died three weeks later… not that I will die in a couple of weeks from now, but the combination is special to me. But I wasn’t in for all the shopping and wandering if I’d had enough, I’d do it big this time. I got a hint from Frank MACABRE (old friend of Westwoud, still hasn’t seen Macabre :o ) to rent a big horeca fridge and meat combined for a reasonable price. The beers were a give-away, as Appie H had an advertisement on HJ just the right week. I begin with 10 crates. Ellen wasn’t sure if she’d make it, so I wrote ‘Ellen’ on as much pieces of paper a single bottle of HJ has :) and app that picture to her. The band wasn’t a hard choice, as I’ve known Alex Metal for a long time and have seen all line ups the band ever rehearsed in ;) The price wasn’t a big deal, as I instantly doubled the ‘friend fee’ he suggested *cool* But getting all gear in Westwoud (and back to Hoorn/Medemblik) was a logistical puzzle I gladly cut through:
a. build a drum stage with Ed,
b. get the drum kit and bass amp by Dave and his musical dad *cool*
c. get Ed to arrange a vocal installation,
d. get Nick and Ed to Westwoud with the rest of the cabinets,
e. get the boys and their guitars,
f. set up without rain,
g. fire up the barbecue and
h. get them all drunk.
i. could be: let some of them sleep at my place. At least the i. part was tricky, as I knew Andrée and Käthe sure as hell wanted the party they had to miss last year [HUGE birthday cake!!] and Jordi and Kimberly might stay as well. Add Wanda and Bryan not wanting to miss this, my family eager to meet my friends and here ya go: PARTY!

Whoah, what a long intro to a single band gig haha. But I’m not finished by far. During the week I had my Epilepsies fund raiser, normal work to be done, swim some, some therapy, some other shit I’m not going to bother you with. So, yeah, this was a more than busy week. Add the preparations… band in threes and fours, catering meant a full fridge even without beer in it, walking in blazing sun to raise a fund for my bosom friend, spreading sun tan lotion instead of beer… The catering came Friday, but that fridge was nearly full with the meat alone. It was beautifully dressed, but my priority was beer so I unscrupulously threw all meat in fridge bags and stuffed that in my normal fridge. In total I got 9 and a half crate of HJ and half a crate of Amstel (for Toon and Ed) inside, I needed my electric cooling box for the non-alcoholic stuff. And it’s stuffed haha. At the office, during backup service I had made a flyer of all my denims and the lines ‘Celebrating Herman’s 40th metal anniversary, BBQ at 5 PM, Mutator at 7 PM’ and my address. For my neighbors I had made the extra lines: ‘there’s going to be some noise inconvenience, but you’re not invited. This is part of my bucket list, it won’t take long but I have to do it. Sorry beforehand’. *cool* My longest known neighbors gave me a celebration card with ‘enjoy your party, we’re going to love what you and your friends do’. Look, that’s another 40-year-understanding!! Highly appreciated, Frans and Ria!! Say hello to your Maiden- and Sick of it All-loving sons from me!! An evening of food and equipment was justified by playing The Art of Partying by Municipal Waste, as I opened my first beer when the fridge was nearly full of beer. And huzarensalade. The peanut sauce is friggin’excellent, but the pan no longer fitted my fridge so I had to scoop it in smaller boxes to fit as much beer as I could… hope it gets cold enough :o

Saturday began with searching for my milk, as I had to reorganize my own fridge twice to fit all I got from the catering company… ouch I forgot the fruit salad… Man I hate wasting food. But this would be a long day, so I didn’t complain long. I had people to pick up, equipment to place, be host, mow some more grass (more room, jay!) and get some German wheat beer for Andrée and Wanda. IMe and Ed got to Hoorn Station and unscrupulously I parked my car on a zebra crossing. A car nearly hit me from behind and I shouted ‘I’m already committing a foul, don’t make me get another one *cool* Setting up the band was already fun. Nick, the drummer, kept moving his bass drum to fit the mini stage (I’ve asked all family, band and friends if they had a 2x2 m rug or carpet, none reacted…) being watched by Wanda, Bryan, Andrée and Käthe; neighbor kids interested in the drum sounds, guitar mash, cables and so on ;) The BBQ was greatly appreciated by band, family and friends and it was getting busier and busier in the backyard. Barbecue Meister Kees Bloemkool to the rescue! Thanks!

Full anticipation grew, as my rules were clear: start early, no fuss with the bedtime of neighbor kids, not too long. MUTATOR... (the Alkmaar thrash one)... And THEY WERE OFF!! The band got headbangers, my brothers Alex and Theo (!) in the pit, a circle pit around the table I was put behind :) a great sound, blisters on Nick’s fingers for hitting so hard (and of course, he had to do it acoustically). The gear that the band hired for vocals was well used! The band did the normal set (Revenge, Sick Society, Curse the Gods, Manipulation, Karma, Turned Inside Out as extra cover and a hint of a new track before Crystal Mountain ended the gig. The EP is still not available, but beware! I’m gonna send as much copies as needed to promote this band. I had a set list with another fun fact: they called the gig @Hermansmith Odeon, got it signed, but lost it in the mess that was! The band is fucking awesome, you should check out FB (you know I can’t) for friggin’photos and videos. I know Bryan taped most of the show, so I eagerly await an USB stick or disc ;) All set lists were signed and were well put in bedrooms and practice bins, but I can’t find mine… One thing I surely did not expect was the fact that nearly all neighbors did show up, curious about the noise, BYOB AND having fun doing so or seeing me, Alex, Wanda, Theo and the kids go insane. The band and me even signed one of Nick’s sticks, Liebe für Käthe und Andrée :)

Some 10 crates of beer later, some 15 kg meat later, some 9,851 conversations later it was done. Everybody happy as a kitten, shaven like a flatulent duck, drunk as a mole above ground, fed like a tulip bulb before the harvester, Andrée and Käthe took the cab back to their mobile home, Jordi and Kimberly drove home, Nick was brought home by Dave and I had another house full. Peter (Lord Belial) decided after the first 0,0 Radler he’d stay at my place, Ed on the couch, Bryan and Wanda upstairs and I’m in metal heaven once more. This was, according to Nick, probably the best day in 2018 and maybe even for 2017… I was spoiled beyond belief, Ellen did show up ;) Tanja & Johannes were there, as were Tijmen and Thea, Jossel, nearly my entire family as well. I got a framed picture of me, Tom, Andrée and Käthe, a very special Incantation patch, shitload of money (some put to a card, saying ‘coincidentally this is the amount needed for the European Apocalypse Tour’ (Kreator, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, Bloodbath), a ticket for this gig ;) a coupon for a photobook (time to organize 20,000 pictures ;) ) koetjesreep, a miniset Havana Club/Beefeater/Absolut/Malibu, Andrée’s favorite German beer, beers with a story to it, a Grand Supreme Blood Court guitar pick, cards from the neighbors with cute or even lovely writings on it, a bull horn pendant, a Deen gift card and more, way more. This was pure metal heaven to me and the band. This was an unique setting for me, the band, the family, friends and neighbors. I smile when I look at my 388 (!) pictures and movies (I refused to make pictures myself, or the birthday boy wouldn’t be on them ;) so I gave two cameras to use at their own will… loads of niece-pictures LOL and funny pictures of the neighbor kids with WAY too big ear muffs ;) ) and all the stuff I get through mail and WhatsApp.

The night was short, but it was good this way. We ate the remainder of the fruit- and huzar salad, I loaded the car with Ed’s cabinet and other stuff, drive through Westfriesland twice, took a look at my pictures and my cheeks explode smiling so hard. This was a night never to forget. Not just for me, but also for an ecstatic band in top shape, good sound, excited family/friends/neighbors, good food, plenty of drinks and nice pits;)
All and all it wasn't that expensive at all, I just got the catering bill. Everybody knows the cost for a crate of beer, add some € 300 for vega stuff, non-alcoholic stuff and beer, one mini-Jack (for Käthe, of course ;) ). Return the crates/bottles brings me a little less than € 50 back... the band got a little bit more than they planned *cool* 'Friend fee', Alex said ;)

Add a relaxing dish wash + dry, Peter relaxed at some fruit cocktail and huzar salad/not wanting to leave so soon ;) , coffee with Bram and his mom Joke, driving thru West-Friesland picking details with Ed, laugh-out-loud about some people's clumsiness, still great weather, garden clean again, drum kit still at home, neighbors with huge grins, thumbs-ups all over the village, great Chinese and you know why I'm fucking relaxed now ;)
Here’s the band’s EP: https://youtu.be/peM3exwx_tY
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:20 am 

Metal Manifesto June 2018
Brutal Unrest, Insurrection @ Metal Manifesto: Hoorn, June 23rd

This show was announced as ‘just Insurrection’ first, but I knew somehow it wouldn’t be just one band. What Metal Manifesto would bring as support or headlining acts was a guess, but Douwe (drummer of Enraged, Insurrection and some more Friesian metal bands) mailed me about this second band tonight: German Brutal Unrest. They had been playing together in Germany a while ago and he told me these guys are pretty good. OK, I told Douwe to alert all metal buddies around me, but the reactions weren’t top notch: birthdays, barbecues, other plans. Fine, I get four tickets, bring in Alex, Wanda and Bryan and have a nice metal evening. I’d go by bike anyway, pick up Alex and walk there. I had thought Bryan would drive, but he was so sour (Coven + Amstelveen detours, work shit, long days, what else ><) but Wanda texted me she’d go by bike. We met at my place, water for a dehydrated Wanda, off to Alex, first beer, walk on. In Manifesto we were nicely on time, DJ played everything he thought we needed to hear, along with some Pantera to commemorate Vinny Paul. By then we met Mutator Alex and Jane and the Groen brothers, metal triplets ;) and waited for Insurrection to start. Their sound check was super short but I think they should have balanced the guitars a bit better. Already in the first song I hardly heard one guitar, but it could have been a bit of introversion by that guitarist… The band clearly has a soft spot for Slaughter of the Soul-and-beyond At the Gates, but played with enough fire to keep me watching delightedly. I just did not need singer Pieter to take off his shirt and shout something like ‘no titties remarks needed’, but then again he doesn’t know Wanda yet ;) I liked their version of Pull the Plug, but with adjusted guitar (better!) and a slightly less volume on the vocals (worse..) the overall sound could have been a hint better in this tribute. Imo, Pull the Plug needs to ANNIHILATE! OK, point taken. The band played two more songs, set lists were gone in seconds even though there weren’t even 20 people present… of those twenty there were some barflies and us, the headbangers… ;) little pit between Alex, Wanda and Peter while I was getting drinks ;)

When Brutal Unrest got to stage, the Insurrection banner still hung, but that did not bother the Germans much. The band doesn’t wear Cryptopsy shirts, but the overall feel was Cryptopsy – None so Vile, the sound was like None so Live, the volume was like a YT-thingie of Urgentle Exhumation but the band lacked that And Then You’ll Beg-ferocity. By that time the band was halfway in the set, I got Douwe to spell out the set list on my notes (thanks a lot, highly appreciated :) )
- Enigma Machine
- Dawn of Defeat
- Origin
- Comrades in White
- Deity
- Non Existent Fall
- On Circles of Despair
- Futile Existence
- Pull the Plug
- Apotheosis
- Moribund (no German to be seen ;) )

Getting Brutal Unrest’s set list was a lot easier, I have two now ;) but only one signed by the band (heh heh fanboy :lol: )
- Death to All
- Direktive 7
- Pandemic Wings
- Hellcatraz
- Systematic Torture
- Existence in Obscurity
- No Light No Hope Eternal
- Medley (of what? I was so deeply in conversation with Alex and Alex, I forgot to write it down)
- Postmortal Enslavement
- Sarcophagus Aftermath
- Priest of Profanation
This band is for the technical deathhead, but as I’m no big Cryptopsy fan I won’t do much effort for them. I’d rather have a band that developed more of a feeling of their own, instead of trying to sound exactly like a band that’s in a niche of their own (imho). I can think of some other bands that influenced them (old Suffocation comes to mind, hinting to Morbid Angel too) but it’s not so clear as their Cryptopsy sound. I did get myself the Mortuary I.O.D. – Damnation EP, as I cherish some Friesian moments of death metal ;) Anyway, it’s not that I had any less fun than usual, but I think the overall mix could have been sharper. We had some good conversations, a friendly little pit and live music. I do hope Insurrection gets some more shows planned (and hopefully with bands that offer a little wider palette in style, maybe a festival with a little sharper sound man ;) ) but those three full lengths of Brutal Unrest are not going to end up in my collection. Douwe told me the band is working on patches and other merch, so I think we meet again, wallet in one hand, beer in the other :)

It had gotten a little colder and the air was moist, so we rushed back to Alex for an egg on a bun (thanks! Brings back a lot of memories ;) ) and decided Wanda could kip at my couch. It kept dry until I parked my bike in my shed, so Wanda accepted the blanket with a smile. Some sleep, koffie verkeerd and some 450 pictures of my 40 Year Metalhead Anniversary later it rained, so I threw her bike in my car and delivered her to Enkhuizen. No sign of Bryan, but voetbal, Chinese and more voetbal ended my weekend. Mutiny or Metal!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:10 am 

Dynamo Metalfest 2018, feat. Evil Invaders (pre-party), Overkill, Ghost; July 14th Kunstijsbaan Eindhoven

Nice to know you’re getting a good time a year beforehand. At the third edition of Dynamo Metalfest the first name (and date) was already announced: Annihilator returns to Eindhoven once more. I had seen the 1993 show on the military airport of Eindhoven (I missed the Eindhoven Insanity of Gorefest by a minute so I still refuse to buy that album, even though I have EVERYTHING else Gorefest ever released) and of course, I know Kunstijsbaan. I hoped there would be some changes to the festival: more bars, less waiting, leave the possibility to head back to the car if you really have to. Like last year, I had my Credit Cracker on me, not my bank card so Jordi had to help me out. The loveable volunteer. And I didn’t want to hassle who’d drive home, so I booked Sandton the same day I got my early bird tickets… one day after DMF2017 :) For long I’d thought Tom and me would head out to the ice skating ring, but no. Zwarte Cross threw dust in that engine. I wondered.. would I bring Alex? Wanda? One of the Bovenkarspel Boys? One of the Enkhuizen Metal Matties? It took a while to find out Belinda (indeed, one of the Enkhuizen Metal Matties) wanted to go, but had not bought a ticket yet. She apped me on the day Vader would celebrate ‘35 years of Blitz’ in Leiden, if I’d join her. At first I said yes, I have no problem driving for one hour and back, especially for a special Vader show, but I forgot my other appointment. You get it, 17 apps later I offered her Tom’s ticket for the loneliness of her going to Leiden on her own and I… to the Blood Bank. She was a bit reluctant, but accepted the ticket nonetheless. Good. By then the line up had been complete: Ghost, Ministry, STD (joke on SOA *cool* ; Sons of Apollo ><), Overkill, I Am Morbid, Leprous and Iron Reagan (replacing Havok). Be on time! The pre-party was announced a lot later and could be even cooler than the actual fest: Evil Invaders! Sons of Apollo was replaced by Vuur… couldn’t that have been another band, bring in Alkmaar Thrash Talent or something? As a thank you for the DMF ticket Belinda got me a ticket to the pre-party, her boyfriend had arranged another hotel. OK fine, I have the room all to myself and I had no more spare ticket.

We’d meet in the pizzeria I knew they served HJ, so when I got there Dave (Mutator) and his buddy Remi would join us. The pizza was good, but the bill was over €130,-! For two margarita pizzas, two quatro stagiones, four Italian beers, two Dutch beers and two colas? Uhm, no, milady, we’re not paying that: I saw the bill and suddenly we had minestrone, lasagna and more beers? Uh uh, when we’d pay some € 70, that’s more like it. We got out and headed for Dynamo club, where people did not really believe Belinda was 19 years old and they did not believe me when I said I was 46?? OK, the latter was a joke, but gladly Belinda had her ID on her, no problem anymore. Skeletonwitch was already on stage, bashing their doomy deathy thrashy… heavy metal onto an eager crowd. The sound was pretty good, but the light man was not too sharp tonight, blasting full light when the band is announcing a song? Uhm, time for the third brand of beer tonight :-/ I did not watch the entire Skeletonwitch show, as I wanted a good look at (at least) Evil Invaders patches and whatnot. I also found Marcel III and Marsha, Laurens of Distillator and Remco of Soulburn, so the beers spread ;-) Thrashcan was up next, but as I had such good conversations I missed the first songs. Thrashcan is a Dutch Tribute to (mostly American) Thrash so headbanging and moshing is a must:
- March of the S.O.D.
- Sargeant D. and the SOD
- King of the Kill (doesn’t Annihilator play tomorrow? Oh well it was fun ;) )
- Mistress of Pain
- Caught in a Mosh (which DID get caught ;) )
- Surf Nicaragua (no surfers allowed in Dynamo? Uhm… )
- Into the Pit
- Innerself (yeah, spelling…)
- Raining Blood
- Fight Fire with Fire

I kept shouting ‘Agent Orange, Agent Orange, Agent Orange’ but saw no German thrash title AT ALL! Gladly the DJ of the venue did pick up my hint, but it was M-16 instead of the napalm, yeah!! Thrashcan is plain fun, Fun, FUN! Not to forget, the band is pretty sharp themselves 8-) Dave got his plectrum, as did Belinda; I got the set list. Somehow I thought Evil Invaders would play a won game, as they demolished Dynamo in April lately, so I took a picture of the set list. Here’s what the band played:
- As Life Slowly Fades
- Pulses of Pleasure
- Tortured by the Beast
- Broken Dreams in Isolation
- Mental Penitentiary
- Stairway to Insanity
- Feed me Violence
- Oblivion
- Venom (it was Witching Hour ;) )
- Raising Hell
- Victim of Sacrifice (no, it’s not an Exciter cover)

The band went full throttle, but the mix was pretty bad: sometimes we couldn’t hear Joe sing, sometimes we couldn’t decipher who actually played a solo. The volume was good, light wasn’t bad but pity no one heard our remarks about the sound. The set list in front of me was already gone three songs before the end and Joe threw his set list to me, but some doof with longer tentacles grabbed it just before I could close my fingers… but it was good. Nice preview to the Evil Invaders – Distillator tour next November ;) I got Max Mayhem’s guitar pick, I bought a patch indeed and got a copy of Feed me Violence. Ahh nice to thrash all night! But it wasn’t over yet, as I heard Gorefunest would do an after-party of the pre-party… in The Jack! Damned, that’s another brand of beer, hello pizza puke tomorrow! Friggin’Bavarioooaaaggghhh vies’. Google Maps IS NOT my friend, as I did not notice it’s near my hotel… I rushed in when I saw a few metalheads through the window (there wasn’t one on the street left) and saw Gorefunest start their pre-last song: For the Masses. Quick pictures, shout my lungs to my balls… or my balls to my lungs, I don’t remember. The fourth mark beer finally got me down, as I heard only one more song: Erase. I grabbed a set list and thanked the band for a quick smile to my face ;)
- The Glorious Dead
- State of Mind
- Get-a-Life
- Mental Misery
- From Ignorance to Oblivion
- Reality-When you Die
- The Mass Insanity (man, would I have loved to hear it!)
- Confessions of a Serial Killer
- For the Masses
- Erase.

It wasn’t long but it was worth it to grunt to Google, keep walking and finding the venue in the end. I have no idea who I met there, as I was gone in seconds afterwards. I slept without dreams, maybe some dreams could be fulfilled on the Saturday: Overkill, Annihilator, Iron Reagan and no STD: they were replaced by Anneke van Giersbergen’s VUUR. People were furious about this choice, as VUUR already played last year/why didn’t another Dutch band (other than DOOL ><) get the chance to play there? I didn’t mind too much, as it’s always (at least to the eyes) a pleasure to see Mrs. Van Giersbergen, I hardly care in what form she plays. We agreed to get some bread and flesh filling and smoothies… I just had to get myself another toothbrush and paste, as I walked I did paint the street with pizza :-S and brushed with Dave’s warm Jupiler… get a cab and get to the stage. Ahh good, the bars are wider now, the merch is placed in the Icehockey Ring, food divided between the bars, some ‘older’ bar personnel than before. Pity the coins had to be more expensive than last year. First band was Elephant from Belgium. Would they have survived the surrogate World Cup final game against England? Oh no, that’s tonight ;) I could make heads nor tails from this band, sifting between stoner, hardcore and … beertime. I don’t care about this. I wasn’t far away, as I knew I’d be near the stage for Iron Reagan. The Richmond Crossers Overs started off laid back, but the audience exploded when the first acceleration occurred: Eat Shit and Live [; so that’s about 20 seconds in :) ]. Or should I say Eat Dirt and Mosh? Vice versa of course, it’s been dry for weeks and the grass in front of the stage is totally dead. First moshers soon found the merch men had bandanas, so they could keep breathing. I kept my energy, made pictures, shouted, raised my beer, banged my head, bent my back to help crowdsurfers and just had a great time. Eat Shit early in the set, Crossover Ministry, Fuck the Neighbors, did they play Your Kid’s an Asshole twice? Biggest pit of the Day: Skull Full of Maggots :) Tony and LandPhil made a lot of fun with the audience, that reacted by an enormous pit and more dust to be exploded into the air *cool* Killer set!! 45 minutes, a 44 minute pit ;) The band thanked the audience several times, telling us they had not expected to get such a full pit so early on the day. Thankfulness all the way, bipolar, Urbi et Orbi, AC and DC, band and audience, it’s this close. So cool to have been part of that, Dave moshing his bald head wet, Belinda fired up for a round of pushes (and as she later said: pinches to her arms? Huh?) and even more bandanas to be sold *cool* I made my first round on the merch stands, but the festival shirts aren’t of my liking, but the patch for the Neckwrecker Denim is bought instantly! One band I’m not going to put on my Neckwrecker Denim is VUUR, nonetheless. My goodness, was that shrill, loud and false or what! False, in one sentence with Anneke? Yeah, it was false. The resonance was incredible and it seemed her voice was the only thing that reached the doof sound man… no guitar to be found, no drums, nothing. Exit please! Please put on Distillator or Mutator next time, bring in Thanatos, I couldn’t care less. No need for matches anymore, I’d rather emerge to the Netherworlds ;)

Time for a fish snack, but the kibbeling was totally abysmal. I ate it, as I hate wasting food, but it wasn’t good. Sauce sloppy, fish cheap, wrong race of fish, but protein and carbs… and they kept down. Fish needs to swim, but I couldn’t find the Langharig Tuig beer they sold. So, more Grolsch Crownut ;) to be shed. No shedding nor shredding for Leprous, what the hell does such an electronic shit band do on a metal festival? Oh, the leaflet tells us it’s progressive metal? Pfff, what a bull. Time for another band, with another man with a history on Dynamo Open Air: David Vincent and his tribute to his own first four albums: I Am Morbid. With Morbid Angel he played D.O.A. 1991, but I was near my exams back then. Vincent does acknowledge he knows the venue and that’s about it. I am not a big Morbid Angel fan, but those first four albums are, of course, death metal classics. I witness the band from quite a distance, crèpe in hand to forget the kibbeling, nodding to Chapel of Ghouls, Maze of Torment and the rest. I could care but I don’t. Simple. I’d rather waste my breath to Torty and Bernd, the German Skullcrushers. Thorsten gave himself a face palm, as he’d forgotten to bring the Neckwrecker set that wasn’t used so far. We watch Annihilator together. Jeff Waters is in a good mood, makes jokes, does his singing the way he likes it best, but I find good conversation with a nice beer more important than this D.O.A. classic (1993). Alison Hell, that’s about the only song I remember, along with King of the Kill (hey, oh, yeah, I’ve heard that this weekend ;) ) [Sunday I found out I’d lost my notes, so my pictures are the remaining hints to what I’ve seen. No pictures of VUUR, Leprous, Ministry, hardly any Annihilator and loads of friends, even more Overkill and Iron Reagan *evil* ]. We were waiting for The New Jersey Explosion: O.V.E.R.K.I.L.L. Spell it again: Over Kill. Spell it again: Overkill. I loved this set so much, one hour show, 59 minutes in the raging, raging pit. Of course, Bobby, DD and the dudes have played The Netherlands often, so they know what to expect, what to do: build a friggin’party!! The band does another awesome set, sharp sound, extreme smiles, a monstrous pit, fun on stage and off. This is what setlist.fm tells me about the show the night before:
- Mean, Green, Killing Machine
- Rotten to the Core
- Electric Rattlesnake
- Hello From the Dustpit
- In Union We Mosh
- Coma (the pit CERTAINLY IS NOT IN A COMA, godddddddammmnnit!!)
- Infectious
- Goddamn Dust Trouble
- There's No Tomorrow without Mosh
- Ironbound Sweat
- Elimination of the Karate kid *evil*
- Fuck You

So, as you can imagine, with me bashing all tiredness, hangover, stress, bad fish, bad VUUR, other shit out of my system I could not write anything. Dikke Pim even made me surf the crowd and I’m no small bellied guy ;) but I managed to spread my smile, my sweat, my fists, my shouts, the dust :o to as much people as I could muster… We now call this edition of DMF “Dynamo Dust Fest” :) Plenty of pictures, on my camera and my phone, as Wanda had asked me to get her an idea of Overkill on Dynamo Metalfest… she wasn’t the only one pleased with these bits and bytes ;) Thirza also commented on my pictures and little movies to the family app :) Clearly, this show (and Iron Reagan) can’t be beaten and Ministry sure as oil can burn doesn’t satisfy me at all. Jourgensen gets the initial fire out of his own performance, braying about politics as he usually does, only setting Kevin on fire hahaha. In the meantime I was so happy with my locker, as I found a shop for charity with real, real vintage shirts: I’ve never worn polo shirts, but for Overkill I gladly make an exception. I also found some D.O.A. shirts I had not had before (1992, 1993) and a 1993 Overkill tour shirt. And they are whole, they are clean, (they are dry! Yay!) they are brought together by fans, they serve a good cause: an orphanage in Thailand. Shirts for € 5 to 10, some sweaters/LS shirts for € 25 to 50 and some really special ones (Motörhead tour bomber) for € 100. Literally boxes of shirts were present AND sold. I surely wasn’t the only one happy with those gems! I even bought Christian (hey Jasmin, thank you for buying Bryan’s PartySan ticket) an ancient Primordial shirt (Imrama!) for fun and good conversation. One of the vendors wasn’t much good conversation, as I spotted another vintage thing: a Horrorscope patch for € 25! Ridiculous price for, OK, a cool patch, but I’m no fool dude! Yeah, he had some cool stuff, but not with those walletwreckers! I did get some other patches for the various denims: Autopsy, D.R.I., said Evil Invaders and Dynamo Metalfest. Can’t stitch it at the moment, as the denim was so sweaty I had to wash it. As did the German Metal Pants, the second rinsing still gave grey water ;) But it wasn’t all fun and patches, as Ministry still was on stage when I got back to the grass and the dust. I thought we’d leave during Ministry, but then there weren’t much taxis yet and the boys would love to get their hands on even more guitar picks. It seems the boys have an obsession with guitar picks: they choose one side of the stage and keep whining to guitarists to get them some. Belinda and me rather have set lists, but we don’t whine for them ;) At first I thought I’d surprise Dave by buying him a set of Evil Invaders picks, but now I’m happy I have not… I wouldn’t like it if I notice my little present was traded for other picks…

But, as it later turned out, anyone in my vicinity wanted to see Ghost, the headliner. Or should I say maskliner? I can’t listen to those vocals for very long but hordes of (younger?) metalheads shout their guts out when Papa Whatever calls them to do so. Musically it’s not that bad as I expected, but I won’t ever buy another ticket “just” for Ghost. I simply can’t keep up with the line up changes, the vocals annoy me but the band is OK. And that poof about anonymity is gone for good with those law suits all around the band, just for a friggin’buck. I just don’t get it, but nonetheless I keep it up to the end of the show before I exchange my hard plastic cup for a soft plastic one, my original DMF 2018 hard plastic one is in the pocket. Uhm, is the bar already closed? Or is it just inside? Ohhh, the coin exchange is closed? Huh, already five minutes after Ghost ends? OK, if you WANT fuss on such a festival, you can GET it for acting this strange. Many people even want to drink more, or want their hard earned cash back for coins that are obsolete the moment you pass the venue doors… I’ve got yellow Loud Noise coins, green Loud Noise coins, grey Metal Horn coins and I can’t use them ever again! But the taxi didn't take long, so we headed out from Eindhoven Central Station to our three hotels: Rick and Belinda to Crown hotel, Dave and Remi to Crown Inn and me to Sandton. Belinda and me agreed to drive around 11.30, but I was awake before 7 AM and did not want to drive the entire 200+ km (we’d bring Rick to Lelijkstad station) in a hot (and hot ;) ) and loved VW Golf Mk II diesel. All and all we drove out of Eindhoven around 9.45. But it was a day to forget things, as Belinda could no longer find her Korpse shirt, Dave still had Belinda’s Skeletonwitch guitar pick and I was called by the hotel they’d found a Nokia 6310i with my sister as ICE… My brother in law Fred turned 59 today, so I had pie and coffee, but my voice was so weak I did not stay long. Of course there was the World Cup final to watch, but typing this I only know a 4 – 2 final score for France. No, Overkill hasn’t played France this week, it seemed the French were overexcited to play Croatia ;) My VHS has ran, but I haven’t got time this week to see it. I’d rather swim or wait for my Nokia to be sent to me ;) Cool thing though: Martijn (in a former life known on MRU as EvilTwin*Eddy*martijn or something) told me Legion of the Damned is a. working on new material (bound to, as it’s been 4 years since Ravenous Plague) and b. they have begun to brew beer of their own, only one hundred beers + shirt + beer mats + glass + beer opener to be sold in a special kit and c. he did not think I’d order it ;) and d. one of a hundred! Fits my Legion of the Damned cheese set *cool*

So, Dynamo Metalfest 2018 is immortalized by now and DMF 2019 date is known: July 20th. No band known, first 1,000 tickets are early birds. I’ve got tickets and after being called by the Sandton I also have a hotel confirmed and my lost Nokia is being sent to me :) . Metal to the Core! Your Asshole is a Metal Kid!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:02 pm 

Stonehenge 2018, feat. Pestilence, Asphyx, Suffocation, July 28th, near NS station Steenwijk

My eighth Stonehenge in a row started the day after the previous edition, simply by mentioning the date of the next edition. Within a month the first four bands were announced: Firespawn, Melechesh, Cliteater and Rectal Smegma. No discussion, the B&B Blitterswijk was already booked. All I needed to know who’d join, as if I never did so before ;) Peter (formerly known as Lord Belial), Terrorthirzje, Tom and me, that’s for sure. With Wanda I’d been mailing about Stonehenge too, as she thought it might be fun to bring Bryan in as well. The second batch of bands was delivered to me through several canals: ASPHYX, Suffocation, Pestilence, Avulsed and as Melechesh had to cancel: D.R.I.!!! Käthe texted me about D.R.I., she was sorry she wouldn’t see Melechesh but she was happy with my reaction to Spike & Co.: Party hard!! I got Alex a Secret Satan, but needed Wanda (a bit) to make him join us :) Alex could be in a problem, as his wife stated high and low she wanted to go abroad again, Denmark or Norway at least, to get out of Holland’s heat. It’s been a heat wave for three weeks now, but as she needed cool his car did not: broken axel, not even beyond Heerenveen. So his holiday wasn’t a problem anymore, he’d be home by Friday afternoon, pick up Peter and off. I’d get Bram, Bryan and Wanda, but as I’ve been texting for weeks what to do, where, whom and whatnot, it wasn’t until last Tuesday Bram found out it’s friggin’sold out! So, damned, I have to rearrange my Blitterswijk booking again! No worries, Mirjam explained, rather call me in time than on the day itself. Pfoei. Belinda and Rick would head out to the camping on their own, as did Lars and his gf, Tom would drive to the festival and the car be picked up on Sunday. Easy. But one thing I don’t like is that organizer Brugmans keeps bragging about ‘most bands per euro’, why the fuck does Dead End has to play at 10 fucking 20 AM already?! After Dead End, yeah you get it, some unknown crap band before the biggies turn up. We don’t bother too much, as we ‘promised’ Alwin to show up anyway ;)

We got to Blitterswijk well in time, I only had two zips of coffee when Alex’ car already turned onto Woldlakeweg. Chattering we got out of the cab and don’t hesitate! Dead End was already playing and as they only got 20 minutes, each song could be the last! It sounded killer, looked great with all men on stage smeared in black; all I missed was the song title of the one song we got in the end. I liked it a lot and I knew Alwin had spotted us ;) fanboy, fangirl! :cool: Later on we got to talk to the entire band, first time for a beer ;) I had not had time to get my coins, turns out I do have coins of previous years, but not the right ones on me ><. I could have spared myself the walk to the other stage for Persistence, it’s not even metalcore but it’s meh core. Back to the first stage for FAAL, but that turned out to failing doom. I had nothing with this band, it seemed Bryan did like it. Oh well, time for a bit of pork belly (thanks Alex!) and move out to Voltumna. That also didn’t last long, as I called this ‘forced black metal’, too eager to sound evil but in this bright sunlight? Uhm, bit of ‘wrong band on the wrong time, wrong attempts to play shrill, wrong idea overall’. When are we going to see a band that DOES deliver? Would it be Sepiroth? Yeah, you bet. Their Morbid Angel-like speed and technique work good for this time of day, the band also has a touch of grind in them which I liked a lot. Later on the day, when we met Terrance Hobbs he seemed to have liked it as well, as he wore a Sepiroth shirt :lol: Well done Sonia & Co.!

So, at noon we already had seen six bands, as Saille gave another reason to move out… the melodic black metal worked on my nerves in no time… Hey Brugmans, why the hell did you put in these crap bands? Can’t you get more bands like Dead End instead of ‘talent’? It only can get better after the Belgians were succeeded by Cliteater, only a few miles away from Saille in distance but mostly on fun, speed, love for your own music and whatnot. Cliteater played a won game, especially as singer Joost had not expected me to show up with an Inhume CD and a marker pen ;) A nice pit, nicely circling around a few headbangers, fist in the air and be doofy. I liked this set a lot, even though I don’t know any song titles and did not expect setlist.fm to hold this hahaha. I do know they played Camel Fucker again. Man, I love this madness (once in a while ;) ) and Stonehenge surely was happy to doof off on this music. In the meantime we tried to persuade Peter to buy any Cliteater merch, but he didn’t take the bait :) Alex, Wanda, Bryan and me kept walking; I got myself a Stonehenge 2018 shirt, a ticket to the final Lemmy Tribute (December 22nd, Nozem & De Non), Wanda got me a D.R.I. patch; Alex got me a Wodos patch :) I got a Dismember CD, bought a Dead End shirt from a not so sober Alwin ;) and Alex Zwaert got me and Bryan a remake tape of Agathocles. More fun facts: Bryan had some company make wooden Mutator beer mats, which nearly brought Shredded Ed to tears!! Dave and Alex were there too, they loved what ‘our little fan club’ (as Alex rightfully describes us) had done for that one, small, regional but ohfucksake good band :lol: THANK YOU ALL!! I got Wanda a 2018 Asphyx tour shirt and my wallet was nearly empty ;) Just enough left for the taxi home? ;) Merch hunting is so much fun, we missed a few bands, but according to our first 6 bands we had not missed much. Or else they come again. I have seen some band banners, but wasn’t into Yaotzin, Martyrium and Pestlegion (all black metal. Bryan only thought it funny when the black metal bands with gory paint that started dripping in the bright sunlight ;) ) nor Sodomized Cadaver, Man Must Die and Skinned (all death/grind). We got to Mordbrand and from a distance the death metal was OK to follow. Time for a snack, it had been 5 hours on the terrain already! 15 bands… finally a band I knew beforehand, knew what to expect and knew I wanted more: Skeletonwitch! The band went in hard, had a great sound and got plenty of attention by the now nearly full festival: merch sold, pit built, people happy ;) [why the hell has the pamphlet info on Morbid Angel instead of Skeletonwitch?? Including a remark about headlining 2017?? Uhm, wakey wakey Brugmans ><] More happiness, as Rectal Smegma was on next. The band built another party, beach balls and plastic Donald Ducks were accompanied by a plastic Donald Trump. He who quacks loudest, wins hihihi.

My encounter with the smegma didn’t last long, as I wanted to see Firespawn whatever way I could. The band, with LG Petrov in roaring form, got the guts NOT to play any Entombed stuff. Not necessary too, as the band has two pretty good full lengths and a demo at hand, most of it has a sound of it’s own. LG has humor too, as the beach balls from Rectal Smegma were instantly christened as ‘our pyro show’ :) It’s still cool to see such an experienced band go nuts on their own, not-too-close-to-their-home-bands-music. Strangely enough, it wasn’t hard to get to front row at all? Uhm, OK, nice of the audience to let me pass to the stage for my pictures, but I had expected a little more fury in this part of the audience. Best song: Serpent of the Ocean. Cool to have seen this, tame audience or not. A band that got some people nuts was Avulsed, but you can safely leave that to Dave Rotten and his friends. The band went in like a hacksaw through warm butter, spitting blood and banging their heads till some tists of hair fell off :cool: Tom had finally arrived and yeah, first thing he did was make some pushes, he’d remembered Way of Darkness all too well ;) I gave him his first beer and I headed out to the other stage, as I wanted a nice place in the sun, near the gates of the Underworld… Thanatos was next! Funny to see Stephan’s sun glasses drip off his head, as he’s in full sun light and he wasn’t going to keep calm all the show! The band played sharper than Avulsed’s hacksaw, louder than the party-poopers from Rectal Smegma, heavier than nearly every band so far. I made a picture of Paul’s set list before I gave it away:
- Global Purification
- Outward of the Inward
- Dawn of the Dead
- Feeding the War Machine
- Destruction. Chaos. Creation.
- Ordered Eastward (with a smiling widely Martin van Drunen, it wasn’t all goo between the former HoB band members after all :) KILLER SONG, GREAT RENDITION!!)
- And Jesus Wept
- War

This band is simply in blood shape today! It was that I wasn’t high on cash anymore, or else I would have bought some Thanatos to share! One of Stephan’s remarks was that, other than he liked playing Stonehenge, that the band is working on new material. Ahhh, that’s welcome news! I pity that Gruesome was to play on the other stage, as me and Tom surely wouldn’t like to miss the chance to push over as many Dutchies, Belgians and Germans away during D.R.I.! From the other stage I could see Matt Harvey and company bash a lot of fans out there, but we stayed near the stage. OK, I have some pictures from far away, but I have no idea if the band sounded good or not. D.R.I. made my day so far. It is so much fun to bash people’s backs and arms in, running around like the streets of Pamplona, being shouted towards by smiling people on stage and off that I didn’t make any notes. Just gave my camera to Thirza, who also smiled widely, next to Alex and Alex and Alex, all big grins and thumbs up to D.R.I. and their raging crowd. This band surely fits this type of festival, albeit without Harold Oimoen this time. Oh, I see on MA that he’s totally out of the band? Uhm, OK, pity, but the new guy Gregg Orr also has played in Attitude Adjustment for over 10 years, so at least he’s experienced. Apart from not seeing Harold’s big smile and fun talk, this was a great set. The band changes the set list nearly every show, so don’t ask for song titles as I have none. OK, the known ones of course, Violent Pacification, Who Am I, Dead in a Ditch and the rest, I don’t care too much now. Tom and me ruled the pit, my brother in crime and me did everything to break as much conversation near stage as possible. No lul-niet-lollie for me or Tom, but RAMMENNNNNNNN!! Hit and hit hard! Hit and be hit. No shit. Hit. Hey, Sabiendas Jan loves D.R.I. too :cool: Great to see Alexandra as well, haven’t seen Christian ;) More Germans nearby, as I caught Käthe going nuts as well :lol: Lovely! She's also part of the Mutator fan club, so I made her and Andrée two Mutator patches :)

With Asphyx on the loose I have the same feel with Grave as I had with Gruesome. I am a fan of Grave, yeah, but if I have to choose between seeing a Grave show or be on front row for Asphyx, I probably always will head out to Martin instead of Ola. I’m sorry for the fanatics, I’ve seen great footage with amongst others Patrick going nuts, but I was on first row for Paul, Huskey, Alwin and Martin. And I got served:
- The Quest of Absurdity
- Vermin
- Candiru
- Division Brandenburg
- Wardroid
- Death the Brutal Way
- M.S. Bismarck
- Deathhammer
- Scorbutics
- The Last One on Earth

It could have been a longer set and the songs could be in different order, but as all set lists blew away, I did not make notes, apart from ‘FUCKGAAFFF. Alweer!’ So, it could have been another song or two, scrap that. I had a great time and I wasn’t the only one. Of course, it’s not the first time Asphyx played Stonehenge, it’s certainly not the first time I was on front row, it wasn’t even the first time I stood on front row with family AND friends, it was simply fucking awesome! Violently sharp, great material, loud as a gong on three centimeter, no irritating lights and a band in full schwung, KILLER AWESOME FANTASTIC ASPHYX SHOW!! Even my 27th Asphyx show, Wanda her second (she refuses to count Baroeg Open Air ><), Alex’ second Asphyx show, Thirza her fourth (fifth?) Stonehenge going nuts, some blows to the back and some boots in my neck, great! I had seen the band has 2018 tour shirts in different prints, so I got my ninth Asphyx shirt, Wanda her third and whatnot. I can’t explain enough how much I love this band and the excellence of this gig. Great picture, where’s Herrieman, Wanda, Thirza, Alex :grin: www.facebook.com/officialasphyx :lol:

All of us, maybe not Alex so much, were thrilled Pestilence would play after Asphyx. Would this Asphyx show be equaled by Mameli & Co. or not? OK, the band was in good shape, sound was good, set list really a greatest hit show but no, this wasn’t as special as January’s Pestilence show; this was an OK show, nothing more, nothing less. No one dared to ask whether Martin would enter stage and he didn't. Wise. It was getting dark a bit, but as our full group met Terrance Hobbs and Charlie Errigo we didn’t even make Pestilence pictures. Such a funny man haha. Good to know there’s room to avoid Carnifex, because I totally lacked to need to check them out. Bit of a strange duckling between the (more) old school bands like Asphyx, Pestilence and headliner Suffocation. Suffocation is just Suffocation, also not the first time they waltzed Stonehenge to dust, pounded every friggin’brick in twos and threes, great ending to a tame beginning, but cool ending 2018 edition of Stonehenge. Newsflash: new bands already confirmed for 2019. I will also call Toon and Mirjam (great breakfast once more, excellent beds, no need to kip in a big shed anymore, but still some privacy and great beers with Toon ;) ). Bryan needed to see Tom drive off on his new motorcycle, he did not need to drive my beloved VW Golf Diesel Mk II and especially not after I got hauled over by a motorcycle cop… I never wear my safety belt in my own car, but the officer was friendly: there are problems with the new collective workers agreement so he only warned me. That’s a € 149 warning hahaha. He did look a bit strange when I explained: ‘if this car goes down, I’d rather go down with her’ and ‘even though I love this Golf to bits, I’m chanceless in a collision and I’d rather be thrown out of her than survive without her’ Am I cool or am I doof? I don’t care. There are a few things I have a weird opinion on and this is the most outspoken one. Home, sow patches, Chinese, pictures, long for more more metal to come, MT/MA review, no voetbal, bed, work. I’m exhausted but also sooo happy. I’ve met so many friends again, seen pretty cool stuff and one of the best Asphyx shows ever…

Oh yeah, if you can find them, check out Ronald van der Baan’s photos of this festival. He’s befriended by Wanda on FB and he’s put on really cool stuff. Including fanboy herrieman haha (boing! On the opening of his Stonehenge 2018 directory, first picture! YEAH!). My ninth Stonehenge in a row will take place with Aborted, Rotten Sound, Soulburn, Inhume, Birdflesh and Cirith Gorgor on July 27, 2019. I already have the earlybirds; Give Away my Soul for Burning Metalllll!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:21 am 

PartySan 2018, Toxic Holocaust, Unleashed, Deserted Fear, Flughafen Obermehler, Schlotheim, August 8th-10th [headliners: Emperor, Venom, Watain]

Ever since 2013 I’m a huge Deserted Fear fan. I got the debut My Empire from Tijmen, who bought 5 copies to celebrate ‘one of the best death metal shows I’ve ever seen’ and he’s friggin’right. I knew the PartySan weekend would intercross with Into the Grave, Alcatraz, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault and two more festivals. I had not made a choice yet for this summer. I even tried my buddy Frank to organize an Anti-Wacken-BBQ for the sake of doing a thumbs-down to Wacken, as other festival organizers are scared shitless they won’t sell enough tickets if they organize anything in the Wacken weekend. Wacken 2018 wasn’t even sold out >< But it was Deserted Fear that took my attention; it’d be my third PartySan and my and their third Deserted Fear show on PartySan. David (drummer of Enjoy the Torture and The Contradictions) texted me if I’d go, he’d had such a great time on PartySan 2017 he wanted to return. I first thought we’d go with the two of us, but Wanda had seen Tankard and Brujeria on the bill, showed it to Bryan and he spotted Emperor, Venom and Master’s Hammer. OK, second, third ticket bought and appointment set with David to prepare for the festival. Who’d drive, who’d bring what and so on. But Bryan’s boss didn’t agree with him taking off in August so I used WhatsApp to get rid of his ticket. Beats calling 54 times, increasing stress and still a spare… it was Jasmin (see Eistnaflug 2017 and Dynamo Metalfest 2018 reviews) that helped: she wanted my ticket. It meant I’d bought way more than I budgeted for on DMF, but who cares… it had been paid before, fine.

Without a pre-party announced, it was David’s buddy Dennis that made us leave Thursday early and not Wednesday. Fine with me, as long as we don’t procrastinate too much. OK 6 AM is too early, but as it’s a seven hour drive and the forecast is hot, hot, hot I’d rather drive in the morning cool. The trip itself wasn’t much of a hassle, but finding David’s German friends and putting up tents was. David had been in contact with a German dude since PSOA17, but did not quite remember how he looked. And when my tent stood, it was Wanda’s that busted its sutures… nothing compared to the uprising wind, as Dennis has quite a high tent it started floating in the wind and we nearly lost it… an actual whirlwind happened on the field next to us!!! All party tents blew to pieces and away, dust like a chainsaw through tents and people. We heard Gruesome play but they couldn’t even end their set! We decided not to fulfill Dennis’ tent yet, stuff it in the car and get to the terrain. Wrist bands OK, entrance no. The wind had softened up, but the organization couldn’t ensure band and audience safety. We waited for nearly an hour and a half, thirsty, but the bars outside were also shut. First band we got to see was Anaal Nathrakh. I can’t say we enjoyed it, as the grind now had some DTP influences and vocal melody lines? Uhhgg. Dikke Pim and friends were there too and lead us to the tent for Gutrectomy. Uhm, more grind when we’re clearly not in the mood for grind? We want thrash and let some toxicity reign: Toxic Holocaust! The band played mostly new material, but sharp as a whirlwind and with more teeth than a chainsaw on maximum speed. I wrote War is Hell (Joel explaining about the whirlwind hell ;) ), Wild Dogs, In the Name of Science, two more recent ones before Nuke the Cross and Bitch ended this good gig. We got some chicken on a bread bun and watched Revenge. The Canadians seemed to think they owned the place, but their blackened death metal did not meet up with their own likings… tired of the trip + wind + dust + whatever I called it a day, to see what happened to our camping site: the German partytent was busted, my zipper was split, Dennis tried to sleep in David’s pre tent and some chick needed my car key to sleep in my car? I was so tired I agreed, on one condition: Dennis, get that chick or repair my tent. It flapped like hell and with Wanda in my compartment it wasn’t really comfortable. Hey, I won’t let her sleep outside, you know! My air bed went flat as well, so I ended up on the ground. Aching I awoke, desperately needing coffee and a good bun, so I got out asap and got all of us in the car asap to get to Schlotheim. Eat, coffee, groceries, hey they have fold up matrasses! Good, at least the second night will be off ground. The ladies in the bakery knew: ‘bis Morgen!’ and they were right. Of course. Bring in some German beer for the long Westwoud nights haha. Any sign of any chick in my beloved VW Golf Mk II? Nope. Another nope: yesterday nope Master’s Hammer, nope Emperor for me. From my tent they sounded even weirder than usual.

As for yesterday, all scheduled bands did play. I think that’s what I underestimated, as all bands simply were shooed on stage an hour and a half later than planned. David also mentioned that he’s totally freaked out when the winter time is replaced by summer time and vice versa; he was totally off his rocker drunk and disoriented. Dennis spent about a roll and a half of Duct tape, but it was still a hole.. that’s of later worry. Thanks for trying, buddy! Today was the best line up, for me at least: Benighted, Coffins, Deserted Fear, Exhorder, Unleashed, Venom. What I’d see in the tent was a mystery; get to Blood Incantation if possible, the rest was unknown to me. The first band on main stage was Guineapig, the Italian grind one. The band had a sort of Obscene Extreme crowd, so all confetti, blow up T-rex, glow sticks, leek, toilet brush and the unavoidable beach ball flew. The music was OK. What wasn’t OK was The Committee, totally chanceless atmospheric black metal in plague hoods. ‘We are better than you, we bring you plague’ was their favorite scent, fine, fuck off. We went on merch hunt. Secretly I bought a Deserted Fear tour shirt, Wanda was happy to get me a festival shirt. Patches also went in both directions, but kept a good look on her watch, as she sure did not want to miss one single second of Coffins. We ended up on first row and that was a wise decision. The band played some combination of ultradeep doom (singer in Asphyx shirt haha) and hard hitting death, some cross Axegrinder – Autopsy – Celtic Frost. Guitarist Ushino had thrice technical problems, but the band ploughed on as if nothing happened. I like that, it kept the flow in the gig. To put it in a one-liner: ‘Winter on 78 RPM’ *cool* Hello Lisa, nice to see your camera and smile again ;)

For the next band we went walking again. Grab some garlic bread, grab a curry sausage, have some coffee as RAM is on stage. I didn’t really like the first time I’d seen them, if you want to play like Judas Priest you’d better practice your licks instead of your looks. But this time it was different, as the band brought in much more variance and, to be honest, King Diamond influence. More melodic, less shredding, higher vocals, but the highest parts are still too much for this singer. We had fun nonetheless, as I ran into Ushino and Jun Tokita of Coffins. Ushino is nearly a head smaller than Wanda LOL but he was happy we enjoyed his set. Walking into Coffins was fun, we were heading fo the tent anyway. New band, beer, shade; it had been stingingly sunny all day. The band on stage was called Goath, they play blackened grind put taking pictures was useless: smoke, smoke, smoke. OK does it have to be atmospheric in that way then? I think I could listen to this band, but not in the car. It would interfere too much with my beloved engine sound HA HA HA. I returned to the main stage during the last songs of The Black Dahlia Murder, as I wanted a front row place for Deserted Fear. Of course. DF was and is my main reason to drive to Thüringen, their home ground. But TBDM did well, they had a good sound and a nice pit in front of them.

I asked whether anyone would accept my money so I wouldn’t have to leave front row and get me at least two beers. Deserted Fear plays a home game and from the sound check on, it’s a won game. The band is tight like an iceberg before the industrial revolution, sharp as the bough of the Titanic, blunt as the ice that hit it and the whale-like smiles do the rest. THIS IS ANOTHER FRIGGIN’GOOD DESERTED FEAR SHOW! I didn’t write it all, as there was plenty interaction between me, Fabian and Mahne… here’s what ended up on my paper:
- Intro
- The Fall of Leaden Skies (problem with the pyro)
- My Empire (the main pyro pipe bursts! Fire on stage! No one concerned, the band hacked on! *cool* )
- Kingdom of Worms (stage manager is now band mascot as he swiftly ends the fire haha)
- Wrath on Your Wound
- Dead Shores Rising
- Field of Death (WHAT A GOOSE BUMP SONG!)
- Fabian thanks the organization and the crowd they kept up during the storm. It seemed the entire band was on the festival ground all weekend and were scared shitless of the whirlwind. Kudos to thanking the organization NOT to blow off the entire fest!)
- For the crew: Spit on Your Grave. Whiplash cover? Could be. It could have been Forging Delusions as well. Fine.
- Bury Your Dead (Wanda and me compare goose bumps, neck thrills, smiles, amount of beer spoiled by banging so hard, overall feeling of joy!)
Haha, typing this, I think I managed to remember the entire set after all. I’d seen the band would do a full signing session at 9 PM, so I got my leaflets of My Empire and Kingdom of Worms (for Wanda) out of the tent. The rest is already signed, of course *cool* In the tent there was Skelethal playing, I liked the blunt music a lot but again, the smoke machine made over hours and obscured all sight in the blazing hot tent. On main stage I’d “finally” see Exhorder, I always liked their first album to a certain decree, but never got to listen to latter stuff and I keep it that way. The band walked on stage as if we were unholy disciples of their ground breaking stuff; I rather thought it was boring as fuck. Stop moping about Pantera now!! I was surprised I walked around totally and utterly BORED for a band that had been around for so long and almost did nothing worth mentioning on stage apart from showing off. We were on the move again, it never bores to find stuff none of us expected to find. Wanda wanted to buy me an Albert Fish Brooklyn Fried Children shirt, but I didn’t like the colour… and I have an Albert Fish shirt by Macabre already. You know, with Ride the Lightning as theme. The Dahmer shirt was like a Jägermeister logo, Je Suis Charlie (Manson) and there were other obscenities haha. I got Wanda an Aileen Wuornos shirt stating ‘No Woman no Crime’ :) Back to the bands, not the least one: Unleashed! Johnny and the men built a friggin’death metal party, Bajen Death Cult style, loud, beery, awesome sound and a great set list. I was banging my head so hard I didn’t write anything down, I only clearly remember the Death Metal Victory- ending… three times longer than usual and every chant became louder. This band has played PartySan often and it’s only just. The band is in great shape, even though I quit buying their albums. Also just: Unleashed is booked as headliner for Heidelberg Deathfest!!

A band that wouldn’t be a miss on Heidelberg is Dying Fetus, but not for us, not today. We heard some two, three songs as Wanda commented ‘douche drain gurgle band’ and she’s right. I was getting tired as well, so also another nope to a headliner: Venom. The band played Welcome to Hell- and Black Metal-songs along more recent material, but two gears too slow. Cronos also sounded like a throat infected crow and the surrounding noises weren’t of my liking much: from the left David and Dennis squabble about Dennis’black out.. he’d been in the wrong tent and was surprised how he got there; from the right some wrong eighties disco and the stage sound…

Thanks to the neighbors I had a short night. I looked at my phone, saw 05:23 and the sun already got up… then it finally got silent. Talk evaporated like vampires into sunlight. Uhgg. Add a failing ATM in the village to bad coffee on the terrain and the day started cringingly. We did manage to pull up Dennis’ tent with the help of the (same?) neighbors, the poles of the busted party tent and the joke that Dennis had lost his sleeping bag. Turned out David had placed Dennis sleeping bag under his mat HA HA HA. Priceless, that face. I was spotted by Michael and Nina again, they told me I just HAD to watch Gorilla Monsoon. I couldn’t, they played at 11 AM already and we were still out of cash. I drove on to Mühlhausen to use an ATM. Time for a beer and a band, whether we’d missed Razorrape was not of our interest. We also missed Graveyard, I had to look them up in the leaflet to know which one. The Spanish death metal one. Fine. First band we got to see was Wolfheart. I had a good time, Wanda wasn’t impressed by this ‘quicker little brother of Alcest and At the Gates’, as I referred to them. What Harakiri for the Hangovers did on PartySan is a big question mark to me. I hated it. As I did with Carpathian Forest, especially the Cure cover they did. Time to eat. Better be in time for Exciter in ‘Originalbesetzung’: Beehler, Ricci, Johnson. Beehler sounded agitated in his vocals, but that aggravation seemed to dampen his drum capacities a bit. Add a set list to that which mainly held songs of the same speed and the actual enthusiasm got out soon. Too soon, I guess, but that’s not of my doing. Vieze Pim eating egg didn’t excite me too, the yellow goo soon got into his hair and stayed there. Hence my remark to Coen, Jelmer and Dikke Pim: Vieze Pim. The boys laughed out loud, Voormeulen got sourer than his own egg. We got Violence And Force, Victim of Sacrifice, Thrash/Speed/Burn (including guitar masturbation :-S ), Cry of the Banshee, Heavy Metal Maniac, Pounding Metal and Long Live the Loud. For the statistics.

Looking for a place to sit can be horrendous, as some people are so drunk they don’t notice they take up half a bench, some making out, smoking like hell, or not knowing they face the camping instead of the stage. I wanted to have some sight on Sadistic Intent, albeit from a great distance it was pretty good until the wind got hold of the vocals once more. The band greeted Pentacle for long lasting friendship (haven’t seen Wannes at all). They also played a new song ‘Numbered with the Dead’-or something and as I’d found a Cliteater patch I secured in the tent; I needed a sec alone as well. All and all I got some 8 patches, two shirts and a PartySan key chord, as it seems the festival patches are sold out. I wasn’t entirely in time for Pestilence, but saw the band do a great set. None of older problems seem to arouse the band anymore, just pure death metal Pestilence style. So, at least I heard:
- Commandments
- Dehydrated (Patrick referring to the whirlwind, the dust and the beers haha)
- Chronic Infection
- Newbie
- Secrecies of Horror
- Twisted Truth
- Land of Tears
- Out of the Body
So, according to setlist.fm I missed the first three songs, but with one new song, Antropomorphia and possibly Subordinate to the Domination I can’t be negative at all. With a band in good shape and with fun on stage and off it‘s simply pleasant to see Pestilence. I even got out to the tent stage (for a dehydrating beer of course) and a band: Obscenity, I think it was the German one: blunt, heavy and sometimes fast death metal. Not bad for now.

On a previous edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting I concluded ‘too much atmospheric black metal and they’re all alike’ or something like that. Now I have the same sentiment when Tribulation got on stage. In blazing sun the mystique soon drips into sweaty corpse paint; when you add a ton of resound to vocals and bass and I’m easily done with this performance. Move out once more. We ended up in the tent with Essenz, filthy, vile, dirty, dark death metal Wanda likes so much. The band clearly has doom and stoner in their sound too, but death metal is their main dish. Wanda also wanted to see Brujeria, but without Shane Embury I have even less interest in the gangsters than before. Out of courtesy to her I stuck around for a bit, but get beers soon and smaller: quicker to return to the bar haha. I was waiting for Tankard anyway. I had explained about Tankard on Extremefest, Tankard twice in Hoorn, being robbed at Graspop during Tankard so Wanda was all over it. Four man pit on 150 m from the stage, nobody cared ^^ The band does what they always do: start a beer party and play as long as the organizers let them. They extended their fun to 55 minutes instead of 50, as the toddlers of Watain ‘weren’t ready yet’. I could have seen Possession, as I had not done that before but was more interested in my newly bought matrass and a nice bit of sleep. I thought I’d be the one to drive most, as David had been tanking quite a lot and I was ‘only slightly dazed’ when I left the terrain. No more neighbor eighties-music-to-screw-herrieman-up but Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd and Paul Simon late at night. I slept like a baby and dreamt of returning to Obermehler, Thüringen, Deserted Fear in my backyard and ‘bis morgen vom Backerie Nettomarkt’ :) We might. We probably will. First bands for 2019 already announced: Testament, Vomitory, Belphegor, Solstice (UK) and Gutalax; date: August 8th – 10th, same place, different visitors… new tents, as mine is totally torn out by the sutures, the sticks are all bent and whatnot. Wanda’s tent is gone too. New airbed as well. The organization can fill part of their budget with all the aluminum and steel blown to bits and left behind HA HA HA. I didn’t want to be an ass, so I brought my tent, my airbed and the partytent to the nearest container.

The ride home was a smooth one, as I wanted to bring the matrasses home but decided not to when I saw David and Dennis all curled up on my back seat… Plenty of water, yoghurt drinks, cookies, Bifi, another stop at Am Biggenkopf, then missing the fuel station near the border (David drove >< ) and cruising between motorcycle gangs, tourists, metalheads and families in way too small cars hahaha. PartySan is over for 2018, 2019 is debatable of course. If I go, I bring in David, Dennis,Bryan and Wanda; Bart, Rob, Pim and the likes will be there already. Metal Thuringia Style!!

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