Yeah, my first stint at my second home called Turock
this year and I already got surprised. The Turock is now a smoker
club, but only for attendees 18+. Ok, being an almost militant
non smoker I agreed, dutifully filled out the form and wanted
join the club. But no one wanted to see my form or even a member
card… hmmm… odd.
[Seb] Who cares? Didn’t need fill out or to show
anything either ;)
[Dajana] Ok, Womens Carnival Day (it’s Carnival season
over here), means, time to take flight. What better can happen
to you than an ultra evil package of Norwegian Black Metal bands
with a dash of Black’n’Roll? Right! Nothing!
[Seb] Exactly! Since I can’t completely escape from
this Carnival shit in my area I take rather Black Metal than Black
:: had to be the opening act and kicked off on time
for a half filled location. Though, this band was downright a
surprise to me. Melodic Black Metal with a gooseflesh-causing
atmosphere and wonderful melodies. Sophisticated song structures
and great musicianship convincingly played live. Yes, great show,
but way too short.
Songs came from the band’s sophomore Revelations Of
Reckoning Day, except for Då Gjallarhorn Song,
which was taken from the debut record Shades Of Misery.
[Seb] I have to admit I was likewise surprised. The Norwegians
debut I just caught a glimpse of but I sure, after having seen
them here tonight, ISKALD are ready to gain more attention
by both, fans and media. Those of you who like sophisticated and
well-built Black Metal songs should check out these guys.
Setlist: Intro, Ruin Of Mankind, Warriors Of The Northern
Twilight, Då Gjallarhorn Song, The Orphanage, Dommedag
Afterwards :: KAMPFAR
:: surprisingly brought up their equipment. Seems like
the headlining slot rotates every night. Advantage for KAMPFAR
tonight I say! Men and mice quickly slipped close to the stage,
still reserved regarding feedback, though respectful and cheering.
On the other hand, it wasn’t a difficult task for frontman
Dolk to get a grip on the crowd. This guy is as charismatic as
energetic and knows how to butter the fans up. It didn’t
take a long time and the crowd was under fire.
[Seb] When he wasn’t busy in throwing back beer cups
hitting the wrong one ;) Luckily that dude took it easy. What
I found strange was that Dolk all the time compared the audience
in Essen with the one in Paris. Didn’t they play anywhere
[Dajana] Well, it was just a very short journey with just
one date in every of a handful of countries. Apropos journey…
the set was a nice one, a retrospective through the entire history
back to the very first EP Kampfar released in 1995.
But for that only two songs from the current record Heimgang,
which isn’t a bad one either.
[Seb] Never mind! When it come to KAMPFAR fans want
to hear the old stuff! So I didn’t wonder when Dolk announced:
„Enough of the new shit“, what got responded with
frenetic applause. Though, KAMPFAR didn’t play what
everybody seemed to expect: Norse. C’mon guys, can
there still be people who think that this songs gets played anywhere
in between? *lol* Anyway, instead Troll Død Og Trolldom
followed to introduce the older songs of the set. Really great
show, just wished it would have lasted longer than just 65 minutes
Setlist: Irish Pub Song, Dødens Vee, Ravenheart,
Gaman Av Drømmer, Troll Død Og Trolldom, Troll,
Hat Og Avind, Hymne, Vettekult, Norse
the other hand, that meant that the headline would play even longer
than 65 minutes :) And:: VREID
:: was the band I was here for ;)
[Dajana] Well, when VREID entered the stage many
fans already had left. And the remaining ones appeared to a bit
tired and lethargic. VREID didn’t manage to pick
up the energy Kampfar left off, dunno why, the brand new record
Milorg is really a great one. Seems like it didn’t get around
[Seb] Don’t agree. I found neither band nor crowd
acted that lethargic. There were just significantly less people.
It might be also due to the fact that VREID are not that
typical kind of wood gnome outfit dealing with Satan and stuff.
Since the first record VREID deal with themes from the
World War II, on the new one dealing with the history of Norwegian
resistance against German occupying force.
The set was well-balanced ranging from Windir-touched melodic
songs up to crushing Black’n’Roll tracks. I at least
was convinced by the show ;) Sound was great and most of all the
bass of band leader Hvall came wonderfully into its own. And I
was really happy to see this band again playing live at full length
Setlist: Alarm, Svart, Speak Goddamnit, I Krig, Disciplined,
Eldast Utan Å Gro, Raped By Light, Milorg, Under Isen, Blucher,
Yes, all in all it was a great show and evening ;) ISKALD
was surprising, KAMPFAR have rocked da house and VREID
wasn’t half bad. What was bad was the fact that you so quickly
swept off the club. No time to talk, to meet friends and to have
a beer. And outside it’s still too cold. *grrrr*
Well, I’m back, at Turock, on March 7 :)
Only really bummer was that my beloved chaos car is now fucked
up, completely. I still made it back home, but the white smoke
out of the exhaust told a clear language (cylinder-head gasket).
And now try to buy a new car in Germany… *pffff*
[Seb] Oooooh… poor car. I was off quickly too. Wanted
to escape Carnival-crazy dorks and fools hunting across the city.
I’ll go on with Sarkom - Koldbrann – Shining next
week, extra evil, extra sinister ;)
Oh yeah, right, I’ll be there too. But not at the Turock…