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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » Surprising level…

October 8, 2006

Surprising level…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 2:53 pm

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Hey readers,

it has been some time ago that I have updated this blog, but there was not much to speak about. This has changed now.

During the last two weekends I was able to compare local bands near my hometown Neuss and Berlin, and all in all I have to admit, that Berlin bands seem to be technically spoken in advance. Still trickORtreat (lately added to the blogroll) are my favorites, but the remaining bands on that concert could not really satisfy me last week and on other concerts in general. Mostly because of lack of precision and/or presence on the stage.

After a friend took me to the Midnight Rock yesterday evening I want to give you a short impression of what I’ve seen there.

It started as a usual local concert, only some people were able to arrive in time and therefore the concert hall was pretty empty at that point in time. Beer prices were nice (1.50 for each bottle), so it seems like pre-conditions were perfect for a nice evening.

Following you will get a short review and my personal impression of the bands which tried to catch my attention.

Odyssey of Torture

That band was the main reason for my friend to go to that concert and they got on the band-list only some days before the concert as another band cancelled this gig. Basically they were playing something like Black/Death Metal with some intermediates of other genres. The shouts were ok, the guitar riffs great and mostly solid. The last song including the rap-parts of the shouter seemed to disturb most of the audience, but it was refreshing and well-composed. They had some issues with the slower parts in terms of not being stable timing-wise. Additionally the stage performance was relatively low-profile compared to the other bands. Getting to know after the show, that they are just starting up and do not have much stage experience it was a good show. All in all they were a very good, high-profile opener for a concert.
The drummer: Technically ok, especially short term fast breaks were played fluently and you got the impression, that he knows how to play. His hands were relaxed and the feets made up a good speed. The main job of keeping the band together in time was instable at some points as mentioned above. For my point of view the biggest lack was a missing performance. He was to concentrated on playing than on the gig itself.

Conclusion: Give these guys some more experience on stage and I would bet, that they will be able to establish in the local music scene.

Orphan Hate

In advance this was the best band on that evening. As always when you see a woman on stage with the mic in the hand, you start to analyze much more critical than you would do in other cases. But they disabused. The stage performance was great and they played rock-solid with good laid-back feelings. Song structures were a little bit to basic on some songs, but they knew how to catch the pit, especially with mid-tempo parts. Their ‘Roots bloody roots’ show together with some visitors was an eye-catcher. Definetly worth downloading the songs and await the next show to see wether they are able to keep up this level.

The drummer: Very very solid, nice laid-back grooves, harmonic fills, and a great performance. He knew the set very well and felt comfortable on stage from first note on. His style can be very much compared to my own one, maybe that is the reason I liked it so much :) His bass-drum figures convinced every drummer in the pit I would say.

Conclusion: Rock solid and ready to start up combo. If they manage to keep their line up stable they have really good chances to get attention nationwide.

Requital

To be honest I liked them very much yesterday, but even a day later I have problems remembering a song from them. And this is not beer-related. Their show was quiet ok, although sometimes it seemed like they were on stage to often. Yes this also may happen. Don’t get me wrong, the show was great and as I mentioned I liked their songs, but the presence and performance made the impression that they prepared each headbang in rehearsal room and that the next show will be exactly the same.

The drummer: Solid, like each drummer on this evening. Nothing refreshing or suprising in his style. He knows his genre very well and was able to recall everything needed. But not more. Additionally he was also a drummer sitting behind the drums for playing and not for performing. Finally, if you have longer hairs than me and sit behind the drums on stage, then use them!!!

Conclusion: I am really interested in seeing them again, maybe I was wrong about my impression.

Harvest

Previously to their show I was getting a beer and listened to some people who said, that this is going to be New Metal. So I was interested in watching how a band with that style will fit into this evening. I was quiet impressed that it was not really NewMetal genre music. They were having some more harder and powerful sounds and song-structures. Especially I liked the fun they had on stage. The musicians were really communicating well on stage. They could have been the best band on that evening, which I really did not expect. But they had one big issue:

The drummer: Don’t get me wrong, he was playing very very well. He had some interesting fills and his bass-drum was mostly ok. But: If you are playing on a local concert, never, really really never, try to play a drum-solo. And especially if you play one, then expect other drummers in the crowd. Maybe it was nice to see this for a non-musician, but for a drummer this solo was a big pain in the ass. Nothing special, only combining some senseless parts and laughing during playing like you were the reincarnation of hopefully-still-long-living Mike Portnoy made you really ridiculous.

Conclusion: After watching their page today I got to know, that they were playing with Chimaira, one of my favorite bands forever. And also they had some show experiences with StuckMojo, etc… So this really finished my impression. As they tried to celebrate themself yesterday after the show I was thinking maybe they are just very self-confident, but guys: Calm down. I don’t know wether you bought yourself into these shows (like support acts for Slipknot do), or you really got an offer but if you will stay that ignorant you will fall even before you climbed up.

Blood red angel

It was said they were doing thrash-metal, but it was more or less a powermetal show. It was the last band I was able to see due to missing tram-support in the night at that part of the city, so I was really concentrated on them to get a good final impression. Especially showing the harvest drummer, how it can be done as I did not see him on the Orphan Hate show. Very quick you realized that it was not their first show, they were performing really well, lots of hairs got lost on stage and they had great fun. One big negative attribute was the photographer, because as soon as he tried to take a picture the band focussed on him, not on the pit. Unfortunately after 15-20 minutes it went boring and so I left a little bit earlier to catch my tram in time.

The drummer: Good show, nothing to complain about. A little bit to less presence on stage, but very well keeping the band in timing and greatly communcating with the other guys on stage during the show.

Conclusion: Nice, unfortunately somewhat boring after a certain amount of time. And: Krefeld is NOT next to the Netherlands. Ok, maybe for Berlin people, but then I would be dutch and as far as I know, I am not :)

To summarize all the drummers on this evening, I really learned, that the technical niveau is much higher here in Berlin. And I will accept this challenge. Seems like it is time to perform own stuff here in Berlin. Hopefully there will be some guys escorting me…

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