After about two years without playing a single gig, we finally got back on stage with the new line up and it’s been a fucking blast.
Aside from a few fuck-ups, the shows were great and on top of that, the Rosetta and North boys were probably some of the nicest people we’ve ever played with. Would love to play with these fellas again sometime.
Getting ready for these gigs kept me from really working on the upcoming EP this month but I should have more time in August to move forward.
I’m so damn slow… 😀
Playlist / Record shopping
DÄLEK Asphalt For Eden — FILTER Crazy Eyes — KVELERTAK Nattesferd — METALLICA Kill ‘Em All — MOTÖRHEAD Bad Magic
Very cool return from one of my favorite hip-hop artist with MC Dälek and his crew getting back to business after the fantastic Iconaclass interlude. “Asphalt For Eden” is everything you’d expect. Heavy ass beats and pissed off rapping over spacy walls of noise. Maybe a few evolutions would be nice next time but their unique formula is always crushing and this album contains some of Will’s finest work to date.
I must admit I had completely lost track of Richard Patrick and his Filter project after the incredible “Title Of Record”… 17 years ago! And woh… what a fucking surprise to me! The guy approaching his fifties still bullies his vocal chords with class and propels highly unoriginal (but highly efficient) industrial-rock tracks straight into catchiness heaven. Really cool and unexpected.
Kvelertak in their case, delivered exactly the album I expected infusing new found vocal melodies and classic-rock influences in their frantic blackened heavy metal. Their superb guitar work doesn’t hurt either. Awesome record.
I won’t say much more about Metallica‘s reissue of “Kill ‘Em All” other than this is obviously an absolute classic that a very benevolent and respectful remastering has got shining like (n)ever before.
Oh, and I finally got my hands on the Record Store Day limited green edition of Motörhead‘s “Bad Magic” too and it’s hard to believe that Lemmy recorded this beast of an album in such poor physical condition. The man simply kills it all throughout the record on some of the band’s finest material (“Victory Or Die”, “Thunder & Lightning”, “Till The End”). A glorious way to exit.
Live & banging
MUNICIPAL WASTE / GOJIRA, Biarritz (Atabal), July 8th & 10th 2016
I unusually came in late on both nights and missed each and everyone of the opening bands.
Iron Fist, Can Of Worms and Artus, my bad. I hope you guys had a great time.
I know I did watching both Municipal Waste on the Friday and especially Gojira on the Sunday.
First time catching up live with the Virginian thrashers and although I probably expected a bit more intensity in their set, it was a very pleasant moment full of fun, headbangs and circle-pits.
Oh yeah, and their Donal Trump shirt “The only walls we build are walls of death” is quite priceless.
But fucking hell, the true heroes of the week-end were without a doubt the Gojira locals.
Playing hometown shows is always a bit of a tricky thing and although the poor lads went through a bunch of technical difficulties with the stage left side of the PA blowing up a few times during their set, it’s hard to hold anything against them.
Put it this way, after seeing them about a dozen times, one could easily get jaded. Yet, there’s always, ALWAYS, something about their gigs that’s as crushing as it is invigorating.
New tracks shine like a thousand diamonds with their immediacy and the fun the boys are having playing a hometown show is pretty undeniable while their buddies are being brought up on stage to stage dive on bodyboards!
After all these years, Gojira still remain (in my very humble opinion), the best “heavy music” band to ever have emerged of France and one of the best live band around.
As impressive as ever.
Thanks for checking out my monthly blabber.
‘Til next month fellas!