The second day has served us another great dose of extreme music. Mentioned highlights go to stoner doom and black metal.
Once again the gates of Brutal Assault Festival located at the Josefov Fortress of Jaroměř and within the heart of Europe, Czech Republic, has opened. The festival took date from August 6th to 10th with the line up of 130 bands. The place and time is kind of sacred to me. Usually, I would be looking forward to about two or three bands. But during the festival I discovered another ten more favourites that I enjoyed and additionally more that I started to like. This is not even mentioning some other stuff that was happening. One starts to think about cosmos games.Continue to read more
The doors of Prague’s club Nová Chmelnice opened at 7 PM and after short break, the first band started.
AEONIAN SORROW of Gogo Malone (also check Luna Obscura) were the openers for the show, but simply, they were on pair with headliners Swallow the Sun and deserved more time on the stage and full set for sure not only five songs … Fourty five minutes were not enough for me.
AEONIAN SORROW is the perfect slow paced funeral doom from Greece/Finland with perfect mix of two vocals (female clean and growling for a man singer), slow downtuned guitar strumming, keyboards and enormous dose of heavy burdened, but so beautiful emotions. The project is sometimes compared to Sweden Draconian due vocals. Especially the vocal of Ville Rutanen had that effect on me and seemd identical. The vocal of Gogo (the heart of the project) is really amazing. It does not matter if it is during parts with lyrics or just lyricless singing. Ending of the song “Forever Misery” and its parts using (probably) some kind of falzetto and magical vibrato, you are just brought to another dimension and it had effect of siren’s singing to a sailors on me. The project has only one full length album but it is astonishingly good thanks the experience of musicians from other projects.
The second band was OCEANS OF SLUMBER. I did not checked this band and wanted to have a little surprise, but it maybe was not the best idea. I have to praise the seductive vocal of other female singer Cammie and showmanship of bass player Semir but I also have to say I enjoyed this band least. I am sure this modern sounding band would be better as the concert opener instead of AEONIAN SORROW, which fit the doom genre of headliner much better and are same with top notch quality. From OCEANS OF SLUMBER musically, I felt many times that parts of songs were kinda glued together. I lacked more emotions in solos, which sounded to me more as some scales practicing. Changing styles or more genres in song is not a problem to me, but it did not work for me here. I enjoyed mostly rough ones with á la black metal approch. Maybe next time its gonna be better. Of course it is just only my opinion and there were lots of fans who enjoyed the band fully.
It is no surpise most of us came for inhaling the magic of Finnish deppresive Sun Swallowers. SWALLOW THE SUN have played songs from all albums apart Ghosts of Loss and Hope with emphasis on the newest one “When a Shadow is Forced into the Light“ where the same named song also opened their concert. As a highlight I mark “Upon the Water” from the newest one and “Lost & Catatonic” from their spectacular trilogy Songs from and its first disk.
The sound was great and pushed it to people hard, tho not with excessive loudness. Bass was also nicely hearable as I like it. For one song Gogo Melone of AEONIAN SORROW borrowed her voice to support the guys. I also like the guys attitude of being calm stoic without an fancy mucho posing… Their music speaks for them. Some fans who also are interested in band members themselves could be in a shock when main member Juha Raivio changed guitar to a Les Paul with a portrait of his passed girlfriend Aleah “Starbridge” of Trees of Eternity. For me, that moment was like a sad stabbing in a heart. If it is only as a memory, or as a motivation to create captivating, dark and sad masterpieces, I do not know. And it does not probably matter anyways…
Whole club was filled with big damn ball of heavy emotions where melancholia dominated. It was enormous and perfect in some way as we realize, there are other with own pain and suffering, so we are not alone in this hard fight. Looking forward to see bands again.
We have about three quarters of the year before all will happen, but here is some preview for Brutal Assault festival in Czech fortress Josefov. Now its gonna be for the twenty fourth time. From the small local one day festival BA evolved into one of the world‘s biggest and the best metal events where people from all the places arrive. Lets see what we got here this year.Click to read more
In Prague, the heart of Europe, in Forum Karlín, the mighty Behemoth of Poland torn the venue apart but let’s take the things one by one as concert started with support band and second headliner. 12.1.2019. Here is the report and full gallery.
European heart, Prague, was exposed to some legendary squads from Scandinavia and closer Germany.
Norwegian (black) metal squad has shown Prague very nice concert while introducing their last album Eonian released this year. Also, we could hear some their older hit songs as Dimmu Borgir or Progenies of The Great Apocalypse. Dimmu’s show was closed by their mighty Mourning Palace from Enthrone Darkness Triumphant.
After Dimmu Borgir, German thrash metal legends played their set with some projection behind themselves and also in the front during the intro. The music was still thrash metal but full of pretty modern sound. To me, it seemed they had more fans in the hall than Norwegians before. Maybe the alcohol in between bands during the pause has helped in this matter a little.
Concert went well and sound was very good. Some fans complained about the sound quality, but I was pleased. There was only small hickup in the entrance regarding some formal stuff, but thankfully it was resolved…
Thanks to the bands for nice performance they have delivered, Nuclear Blast, Pragokoncert Bohemia and staff for making this concert possible and pretty much smooth.
Forum Karlín, Prague, Dec 9th 2018
Photography by Pavel Kovalančík