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The Devil’s Blood & Urfaust

Finally I come to witness a life ceremony of The Devil’s Blood. Tonight they play at Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, along with record label comrades Urfaust. The concert starts around 21.00, when I am still outdoors, standing in a waiting line to get a ticket for the show. Luckily there are still some left and I miss just the first two songs.

Once inside, the location gives a very good impression both regarding sound and atmosphere. Passing the bar in the back, steps lead upwards to the wardrobe and a gallery that can be entered after a photographer has finished taking pictures and removes the cordon. From there I enjoy a splendid view towards the stage where the black metal duo Urfaust, known for their minimalistic yet heavy approach, impress with how a mere two musicians can deliver such  massive sound wall. With Urfaust you should not expect anything spectacular but you might quickly find yourself nodding your head and fascinated by singer-guitarist XI’s charismatic voice. I return to the audience downstairs and move towards the stage in order to get some closer shots when they already finish the last song for tonight. Once in the Urfaust mode the abrupt ending of their playing leaves the listener confused. But that might be Urfaust typical as well, no extras. At least not this evening. [Edit: I learn the short playing time of ca. 35 min is owed to a strict schedule.]

So I move to the bar with the intend to buy a beer only to find myself being sponsored a free one and saying hallo to a familiar face. I meet JP, who has brought his professor along and a couple of other  – new to me – faces. We chat a bit so that the break is over really fast.

Entering the venue again the musty scent emitted by bundles of burning incense sticks immediately is spreading, soon to be followed by the smell of fresh blood. The Devils Blood step on stage and greet with symbolic gestures the spirits that guide them to bestow upon the listener a wonder-work of musical brilliancy. I am glad and honored to be here tonight and to be able to pass on this visual impression. The photos were taken, when not headbanging, from show beginning to show end. The band’s music, composed by Selim Lemouchi, and the singing of his sister Farida Lemouchi are magical and moving. During slower parts fans stand in front of the stage with eyes closed, others seem to be caught in a trance until drums and guitars kick in all the heavier again. There are parts where I drift into contemplation on the lyrics, only to find my thoughts being washed away again by the music, like a stranded token in the sand on the shore of the ocean is taken back again by the waves before one can grab it. I figure I do not want to think thoughts. I just want to enjoy this evening, take photos and perhaps let some of the impressions flow into new artworks of mine.

Urfaust on Van Records

The Devil’s Blood website

Inquisition / Revenge / Corpus Christii

Time for an update, and a legend: InquisitionUS-Columbian Black Metal outfit Inquisition are touring Europe in September. Together with Revenge they hit Dresden, making the best of a day off. Originally scheduled for another venue the concert was moved last minute to Club District, because the owners of the former location had a problem with some of the band’s provocative appearances. Their loss, because this turned out a long concert night absolutely worth seeing.

And since this was an off-day for the bands there was also nothing to lose. The atmosphere was thus pretty relaxed, there was no big stage show to expect but raw music was served.Corpus Christii

Supporting acts were Corpus Christii and The Stone. I missed the latter, so I cannot say anything about them. Corpus Christii played when the club was still empty, but mobilized the audience by serving raw fast black metal.

Canada based band Revenge  were the secret favorite of the night. They played long, over one hour of brutal high-speed black metal. People were headbanging from the start and reactions afterwards were enthusiastic. RevengePerfect timing did not only account for their rapid and über-precise playing, but my clock showed 00.00 when they were finished. (The right time for a break…)

The rest of the night was owned by Inquisition, who played for nearly two hours. It took me a bit to get into the sometimes monotonous and repetitive parts of the songs, but the audience was going for it immediately. It was without a doubt a special atmosphere created by these legends, somehow solemn and sinister, while at the same time most of the audience was headbanging all the way through. In between songs, guitar, micro and drum-sound had to be adjusted several times, but the two musicians went about it in a calm and professional manner, so that the flow of the concert was not effected. Then suddenly the show was over and what felt like an eternity could actually have lasted for at least another two hours. My resume: Inquisition live is actually one of those concert experiences that keep growing on me in retrospective, and I hope to see them live again in the future.

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Wolfszeit

Wolfszeit Pagan and Black Metal Festival @ Crispendorf, Germany, 2-3 September 2011

Photos of Watain and Primordial are online!

Watain played their last festival gig for this season and delivered a massive show spaning over seventy minutes that left everyone impressed, even though we are not used to anything else from this band. So I decide to cut it short and simply leave you with a quote by a fan who repeatedly exclaimed: “Weltklasse! Fucking World Class!”

For more info on Watain upcoming gigs go to   www.templeofwatain.com