Nach einer frühlingshaften Woche, welche die ersten Blüten, warmen Tage und Sonne bescherten, kam der Kälteeinbruch zum War Mass wie bestellt. Grvm, cvld und regnerisch sollte der Tag werden, jedoch blieben die Fans von diesem Wetter unbeeindruckt. Nur wenige Monate nach dem Sinister Howling pilgerten die Menschen wieder zur Halle 101, denn mit DESTRÖYER 666 und URN hatten die „Drohende Schatten“ ein Billing zusammengestellt, das es in sich hatte.
Mosaic from Thuringia saw the light of the day in 2006. A fitting contrast to this phrase is the description of their music: Experimental Black Metal Darkness. Some people might know that the band is linked to Alchemyst, which existed from 2009 to 2013 and enjoyed popularity in the underground.
Der englische Begriff der genre-defying music ist in den letzten Jahren einem ganz gewaltigen Missbrauch durch Überstrapazierung ausgesetzt gewesen. Er zu etwas verkommen, das sich Labels per Aufkleber auf die Hüllen der von ihnen verlegten Alben rotzen und seien sie noch so generisch. Bei Into Nothingness von den Stuttgartern Moribund Mantras, erschienen am 14.1.17, wird das eigentlich schon tote Schlagwort jedoch zu neuem Leben erweckt.
Gorilla Monsoon are around for over 15 years now and have brought mayhem and terror to eastern Germany. With their Doom, Sludge and Redneck infused sound, they fill a gap between oldschool and a style a little bit more „modern“. Yet they evolved into a lot more than the generic standard sound you get to hear at moment from a lot of new Doom bands. It’s aggressive, it’s hard, it’s Gorilla Monsoon!
Since 2010 Firtan from Southern Germany have been combining influences from a variety of musical genres into a raw, driving and yet cinematic sound. Influenced by bands such as Thyrfing, Agalloch and Emperor their music is composed of elements ranging from Black and Pagan Metal to Progressive- and Post-Rock alongside orchestral sounds which are supported by intense vocal performances. Firtan got to play various shows and festivals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the UK and Romania supporting bands like Imperium Dekadenz, Satyricon, Finntroll and Ne Obliviscaris.
Black Metal Doom and Sludge – All these genres are combined by Witch N, Marko Lehtinen and their session musicians, to create a gloomy, raw and unpolished sound. The duo exists since 2012, carrying their songs about the human abyss, melancholy and chaos, spreading the beauty within. „Ilmaasari“, as their debut, was released in June 2015 at Czar Of Bullets, while the release was reissued as a tape by french label Antiq and as a vinyl by Throne Records.
Shibalba‘s music is saturated with the mysticism of the East. It's richly detailed and multidimensional, while layered with chanting and broadly defined elements of traditional ritual and shamanic music. Apart from contemporary synths and guitar drones, the band makes use of bones and skulls as percussion instruments, Tibetan Horns, Tibetan Singing Bowls, bone & horne trumpets, Darbuka's (goblet drums) as well as ceremonial bells and gongs, to name a few. Every ritual oft he band is a transzendental experience, which should definitely be made!
Italy is usually better known for Pizza and Ferrari and you maybe ask now, what’s so special about Whiskey Ritual? Well – Everything! GG Allin would, in pure joy, rotate in his grave if he would see, what this band is up to on stage. Rotten, depraved Rock’n’Roll, bred with raw and pure Black Metal – This is what WR is about and they earned this honor over the years, while they desecrate the stages, in a grasping and spitting manner, in Germany and the world.
Positive music for positive people – This slogan sums up the whole Vanhelga experience. When we asked them what they most dislike about performing in Germany, the answer was: „We aren’t allowed to cut ourselves on stage!“. Writing their new material in mental asylums and solitude, you can expect raw, rotten, melodic and somewhat „happy-despaired“ DSBM, when attending one of their gigs or listening to their songs!
Sometimes the written word is mightier than the music! This saying (I just made up) shows nevertheless, that there are projects beside music, which are very important for the scene and art. Dayal Patterson, founder of Cult Never Dies (which is a publishing house and clothing company) chose a rather unconquered path to support extreme music.