FACE YOUR UNDERGROUND 1
Hof Ter Lo, Borgerhout (Antwerpen), Belgium
No doubt, this was the event of 2005, as simple as that. Sure, the
bill might look not too attractive to some (including myself) but it
turned out to be more variated than most No Mercy or x-mass fests with
their all stars, all blastbeat bands and so on. FYU had booked many
bands that weren’t on tour and were treated so well they showed
great enthousiasm onstage.
First, the price was very attractive, then, when I entered the hall,
there were those color-lights on all the band stands and it gave me
a really cool feeling of happiness (despite my hangover) and I understood
it was more than a fest, it was a party.
The other great surprise of the day, except that 600 people showed up,
is concerning the great sound quality I haven’t experienced in
that place for a long while. More and more festivals provide bad sound
and it doesn’t seem to bother anyone except the audience but who
I saw both last songs of LEMURIA and despite I had been warned that
the folk part was coming from boring binary keyboards, I enjoyed those
tunes, having the feeling I was discovering a new band influenced by
FINNTROLL which makes my day of course.
THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN also suffered from a bad reputation in the
sense they’re into Doom Metal. Even if I’m not into Doom
for over a decade, the first song of their set prooved me wrong. I thought
my head was going to be torn off by the huge heaviness of this band,
and once again thanx to the great PA for such a sound. Moreover, the
grunted vocals fits the music very well, thus this band also was a nice
Leng Tch’e were next, and I needed no time to get into their accessible
Grindcore that, unlike many of their contemporaries, was somewhat catchy,
well structured and not too noisy. And the fact is I couldn’t
help staring at the new singer from beginning to end. This guy is «
grimacing » such a sick way (when he doesn’t sing) it’s
hilarious and impressive at the same time. He lived the show 200% and
so did I !
Veterans Suhrim followed with some traditional brutal Death Metal, quite
basic but it worked out really well, I enjoyed it a lot but understood
afterwards (when Severe Torture and Aborted played) that something was
lacking in songwriting to make them a first-class Death Metal band.
Hailing from Spain, Haemorrhage entered the stage a funny way, the singer
being covered in blood and staggering like he had just been stabbed…
It was pretty obvious that the band was pleased to be there, once again
giving the feeling it was a party and not a commercial tour or whatever.
The guy was fun, miming all the time he was cutting his stomach and
was also hilarious when speaking between songs with his high-pitched
voice and weird english. Otherwise, nothing bad to say on the musical
level, often having the feeling to hear some (old) Carcass. Too bad
the drum sound was weak.
If I always considered Severe Torture as being a good second-rate Cannibal
Corpse clone, I’m about to change my mind ! What I heard that
day was first-class brutality with killer riffing and nice growling,
a real delight !
I didn’t see all Pig Destroyer’s show due to the bad musical
tastes of my friends but what I would catch was also cool. The three-piece
offered something different and more original which was the reason a
part of the audience including my stupid friends (hehe) left the hall.
I’m ashamed to admit this, but the last time I’ve seen Aborted
on stage, they were opening (along with Rotten Sound !) for Malevolent
Creation and I was drunk as fuck… Something’s for sure,
they should have been headlining cos that show was like a gift from
a band that has just become one of the leaders of the international
brutal scene offered to their home crowd ! Needless to say they crushed,
they shredded and everyone was pleased to be among the first ones to
enjoy the new stuff from « The Archaic Abattoir » album.
Belgium is finally on the map and let’s hope they will open many
doors for the belgian scene !
Rotten Sound delivered the goods with class ! Fast and tight, great
presence and killer musicianship, what else do you need, uuh ? Playing
after Aborted was challenging and they didn’t miss the point !
When I thought there would be no disappointment on a really perfect
day, came Illdisposed, obviously too drunk and using some recorded clean
vocals and stuff which sounded weird and stupid. Too much has been said
about that gig and it’s really sad they didn’t close this
festival a better way.
I can’t prevent mentioning that even the toilets were free proving
once again the organisation were doing their utmost to create a successful
Something happened that day, and the belgian underground will never
be the same. Thumbs up !