Aalborg Metal Festival 2019

author RUB date 27/11/19

Aalborg Metal Festival is a relatively small festival taking place in the university town of Aalborg in Northern Denmark since 2002. The festival may be one of the smaller ones in a country with most festivals per capita but they manage an impressive pedigree and draw big and interesting acts year after year while intensely focusing on smaller, unknown, esoteric artists.

The festival takes place at the volunteer-run Studenterhuset, a hang-out for local students which doubles as a concert venue. The venue is located smack down in the middle of the city, in close proximity to transport, hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Studenterhuset was given an overhaul a few years ago and appears as a no-frills venue. Unlike a legendary and beautiful venue like Vega in Copenhagen, Studenterhuset presents as a large and black-painted rectangular room in which the focus is on the stage and little else. Sound and lighting set-up seems to be modern and adequate

This is my third year in a row visiting the festival and everything is just as it was last year and the year before that. Wisely the organizers have chosen not to make changes just to make changes.

There is little in the way of food at the festival itself. Actually, there is only one food stand selling barbeque sausages, known in the local dialect as Mæd’l pøller and they are almost worth the price of admission alone. There are no vegan options. If you tire of the simple menu, the surrounding area is littered with restaurants and eateries in every price range.

There is a decent beer selection with Albani beers on tap and five or six other beers in bottles sold at reasonable prices. TK

All photos courtesy of Michael Løgtholt

THURSDAY

Nocturnal Graves

Nocturnal Graves @ 21:10

Unfortunately, my friends and I missed Inconsessus Lux Lucis almost entirely, so first show this year is Nocturnal Graves. The versatile underground band has come all the way from Australia and I think it is my first Australian metal band.

I know very little about Nocturnal Graves. In classic metal style, they start off with their backs to the crowd during the intro and when they do turn to face the crowd we are met with scowling hard looks and then the madness begins. After a few minutes, it is abundantly clear that it would be easy to pull out all the clichés to describe this band; “Like a bat outta hell”, “balls to the walls”, etc., etc. but it really would be a cop-out when it comes to this band as they are so much more. If I were to describe them with just one word, it would be, eclectic. They span several genres black, death and thrash, even throwing in a bit of doom for good measure, sometimes all within the same song. And they somehow make it work.

Bassplayer and lead vocalist J.R.’s is tatted-up and in his black leather vest he is the embodiment of a heavy metal lead singer and his vocals are raspy and well-suited to their style and energy they bring to the table. To mix it up he shares vocal duties with one the guitarist, sometimes singing the same piece, at other times they take turns or sing back-up to each other. The swapping of vocal duties embodies the musical complexity of this band as we are treated to a barrage of guitars, bass, and drums for half an hour in which the band manages to cram in seven blindingly fast tracks.

The sheer energy and unwillingness to comprise leaves me unable to put a finger on this show. There isn’t much in the way of gimmicks and light but the authenticity Nocturnal Graves displays leaves you wanting more and I hope to see the band visit us again on a future tour. [7] TK

Davide “BrutalDave” Billia of Hour Of Penance

Hour Of Penance @ 22:10

After a short break (Maybe too short, as it turns out later) Hour of Penance, hailing from Rome, Italy gets ready to regale us with some proper death metal. Hour of Penance is a true no-nonsense band with no gimmicks and get-ups. It is all about the black metal.

Lead singer and guitarist, Paolo Pieri is almost statuesque and has a perfect voice for this particular genre. Even without moving around on stage he still commands your attention with his sheer charisma and intensity.

Bass player Marco Mastrobuono wields his bass like there is no tomorrow and his sound is ever-present in this impressive soundscape of darkness. One cannot help being transfixed by his passion and once again, the intensity is a word that fully describes this amazing band.

In this wall of noise, we are treated to an almost electric charge as Hour of Penance takes us through 11 tracks in an all-too-short time span. The Italians deliver some of their finest outputs, including Blight and Conquer, Ascension and particularly closer Misconception comes across as an outstanding song in a deluge of masterful songs. Even though their performance was somewhat marred by technical problems this band came across as extremely professional and consummate.

Hour of Penance is not an easy séance to endure. It is dark and brutal but it leaves me elated and wanting much, much more. [8] TK

Deströyer 666 @ 23:30

The final show of the first night of Aalborg Metal Festival 2019 are legendary Deströyer 666 which may be a band in the sense that there are several people on stage but it is really original founder K.K. Warslut’s show all the way through even though he is no longer singing leaving vocal duties to other band members. This doesn’t stop him from addressing the crowd a few times, once during some technical difficulties.

Looking at the stage there is no doubt we are witnessing a heavy metal show. There are horns and shit on stage and I am sure it is meant to look menacing but to me, it comes across a caricature of what an old-school heavy metal stage set-up should look like. This mirrors the band's performance which I find too over-the-top but it looks like I am the one in the wrong here. There is sing-along, fist-pumping and hugging among the fans in the front. It is obvious that the band members are extremely competent at what they do and there is good energy on stage as guitarists and the bass player move around among each other while sharing vocal duties. It just doesn’t float my boat or as my friend remarks after the show “It didn’t scratch my itch!”. The Thursday start of a festival is always a little rough. A lot of people have been working or traveled to the festival (in our case, we did both) so the herd is starting to thin out towards the end of the show but there is a dedicated fan base, who is staying and staying fire-up to the very end of this over-the-top thrash performance. Was it a bad show? Probably not but it did nothing for me. [4] TK

FRIDAY

The mysticism of Zaum

Zaum @ 15:00

As a first act I got to see Canadian so-called mantra doom Zaum. My first impression: very mystical and strange. On stage is a blackened, malevolent geisha-like character holding a crystal globe, swaying and dancing to the very, very heavy tunes, as ambiance serves as an intro to the gig. Apart from that, only a bassist and a drummer are present on the opposite side of the stage. Around the stage are placed several Zaum-candles, as well as plenty of red lighting and thick smoke, all to create a soothing atmosphere. The vocals eventually chime in; clean, deep, chanting, monk-like vocals. They do have sections where both the drums and the bass manifest into a sort of bigger being, and the jam created by this really transcends into something quite spectacular. But placing such a gloomy and droning band such as this one as the first of the day seems misplaced to me.

The geisha leaves the duo to themselves, just to return some time later with a pair of freaking sabres. But as she left the focus is now entirely on the band, which I find very captivating as you’re able to truly focus on the music now. The vocals of Kyle Alexander McDonald reminiscence that of Sleep/Om frontman Al Cisneros, but when he truly utilizes it, they are much more violent and sort of powerful; hard to describe. But the whole deal with this band has me puzzled. The idea with the geisha, I sort of get, but to me, not knowing the theme and idea of the band, it draws the attention away from the music, rendering it to mere “background”-music, instead of the other way around. However, it is still difficult to discard the music as the volume is turned up nicely throughout the set. It was a gorgeous spectacle with the geisha, without a doubt, but I would rather let the music speak by itself, instead of relying on theatrical “gimmicks”. Still, though, please do check out their music, as it definitely sounded very interesting and not mirrored in the grade given here. [6] RUB

Grusom @ 16:00

Are they usually this many on stage; seven-man tall with three guitars? Or has it just been that long since I’ve seen this bluesy hard-rocking outfit? Whether the case, this sort of odd thumb out at this year’s festival still brought plenty of their organ-infused hard rock to the venue and is presented in a pretty good manner. The passion and energy are, just as I remember it, still unmistaken. It’s very easy to see that the entire ensemble feels the music and the laidback tunes, and one could only hope that this groove-laden energy would rub off on the somewhat tired Friday audience. After a few songs, this sadly didn’t seem to be the case. This didn’t stop the band giving it their best with their up-beat and groovy rhythms and of course the very powerful vocals courtesy of Nicolaj Hoffmann Jul, whom I still recall the very first time I watched the band; definitely, a singer to check out in case you don’t know this band. It’s not like the crowd obviously dislike the music, they just seem to mellow-out to it, without going too crazy. Yet, people stayed as part of the “warming up” ritual the day after the first one at a festival like this, and Grusom provided a pretty good theme for that. [6½] RUB

Dawn Of Disease

Dawn Of Disease @ 17:00

With Dawn of Disease it was time to kick it up a notch, at least on paper. I have been hearing about Dawn of Disease on and off over the years but never had the chance to catch them live until now.

In true heavy metal fashioned this “Gothenburg scene-influenced German melodic death metal band” starts off with their backs to the audience as they start playing and then lead singer Tomasz roars on stage. There is a lot of craziness right from the start with growling, solos, running around on the small stage and blastbeats.

There are glimpses of greatness but the fact that they are all wearing matching band merch and doing choreographed position switching that would make a 90’s boyband envious is off-putting for me. It was simply too polished and conceptualized for my taste. But it is obviously a lot of work and thought process has been dedicated to creating this, whatever it is.

As mentioned, it is music-wise at times great but it tends to become repetitive and monotonous, which is not necessarily a bad thing within many genres of the heavy metal persuasion but in this case I found it off-putting and I actually found myself looking at my watch and wondering when it would be over which is of course never a good sign at a show. [4] TK

The heavy tunes of Dopelord

Dopelord @ 18:00

Dopelord is one of the bands I’ve been looking forward to the most at this festival. Their approach to doom talks to me and I’ve enjoyed listening to them at home but we all know that sludge needs to be played live to really get to you. Even though I have a decent sound system nothing compares to listening to live sludge.

This quartet from Poland is well-versed in doom history and starts with “Children of the Haze” which draws obvious inspiration from Black Sabbath and there is, of course, nothing wrong with that and Dopelord still manage to put their own spin on it.

As Dopelord progress through another 3 songs in their all-too-short set, they just become heavier and groovier and it would have been awesome had they played at least another hour. These seasoned veterans certainly have the back-catalogue to play longer shows and the festival setting with its inherently shorter set does not become Dopelord sadly. But they sure make the best of a bad situation as they finish off strong with new single “Hail Satan” and implores the audience to chant “Hail Satan” with them. I bet a song “Hail Satan” will not make you popular with middle-class Poland but that seems to be of no concern for Dopelord who has constantly challenged religion and catholic beliefs over the years.

This was one hell of a show and I only wish it had been longer. In the future, I hope to see Dopelord as the headliner and hopefully perform longer. [7] TK

Månegram @ 19:00

Having not checked out this band before the festival, my only knowledge is that it has something to do with pagan/folk-ish metal, thanks to the very swirly-looking band logo. After the first song, this is confirmed to be correct, as my initial thoughts are a mixture of Ensiferum and Týr. Just as those bands, Månegram engages in massive backing choirs/singalongs, and this adventurous take on the metal genre serves as a great way to lure in unsuspected spectators. The music is very melodic with some big woo-woo-wooaaa-parts during the many blastbeats, still with plenty of opportunities to bang your head. To me, there’s an honesty to the way they sing and perform, even though I’m not entirely sure of what they sing of, but they have my attention with their folk-ish take on metal, no questions asked. Leadsinger Erik Grawsiö does a great job entertaining the crowd, and the majestic nature of the music (definitely think Ensiferum here) does enough to pique my interest.

Nothing is menacing or gritty about their sound, the way they perform or their songs in general; it’s very clean, clear and crisp. To some, this is not what they came to see. It was too polished and not as the older tracks sounded like. Yet, there were no gimmicks to be seen, just their long hair and the instruments; playing nicely into the honesty mentioned in the first paragraph. For a guy like me, not sure what to expect, the antics of the huge chorus coupled with the majestic melodies like the ones we’re used to from Ensiferum and Týr, was enough to entertain me greatly. They delivered a rock-solid performance, and chances are that if you like your folk metal melodic, you would’ve liked it too. I’m certain this was the definite kick the festival needed to get into gear. [7½] RUB

Einherjer @ 20:15

Full disclosure; I am not a huge fan of Viking Metal in general and thus I am somewhat apprehensive before Einherjer but I am trying to stay open-minded. There is no doubt that they are serious about what they are doing and the crowd is loving it from the get-go but I am not really feeling it. Once again we are witness to lot position switching and soloes within soloes which is working marginally better this time around. Almost every song is an intense and fast-paced experience and it never becomes repetitive but the Viking romance and its metaphorical language rubs me the wrong way it a way that makes it hard for me to enjoy it fully. Every now and again they do slow it down a bit and the crowd seems transfixed by it still. My notes for this show are somewhat sparse and it hasn’t really left of an impression on me. Maybe I ought to leave Viking Metal to smarter people than me in the future.

It is not bad by any stretch of the imagination and judging by the roar of the crowd after each song this is one hell of show. If crow roaring were the basis for rating this show they would get a 10. (Maybe even 11). [5] TK

Grand Magus

Grand Magus @ 21:45

Now it was time to grandiose Viking heavy-metal courtesy of the Swedes in Grand Magus. Starting things off with a big theatrical intro, which transcends into the first song “I, the Jury”; off to a very good start. They simply have so much power in the way they perform, and they definitely bring the heavy metal party to Aalborg, although the majority of the crowd looks like they still had some “getting used to”. Only after a few songs, my initial thoughts are that the band delivers a high-powered and very tight metal performance, definitely worthy of the heavy metal name. Without discrediting Amon Amarth the slightest, this is the better, by some margin, Viking metal band of the two. Although it’s impossible to compare the two one to one, as they definitely do things differently, Amon Amarth has gotten sort of stale over the years, but Grand Magus just seems to get better – and this is only the second time I see the band.

I’m quite baffled with how these Swedes aren’t bigger because they should be checking every box of the 80s metal fan. This is as true as it gets in 2019, without resorting to any clichés, and the majority of the audience seems to agree with me, as they are spellbound by the heavy metal. Fists are flying, heads are banging, and when the music is delivered with such force as that from the stage, one can only admire the trio’s prowess. A tiny complaint has to be addressed: the snare drum sounded like a hollow turd throughout the entire show, but that’s just a minor detail, as it wasn’t too audible in the whole soundscape that it completely ruined the show. As they end the set in a grandiose manner with a massive woowoowoooa singalong, one can just nod in approval of how these Swedes delivered. Very impressive. [8] RUB

Primordial

Primordial @ 23:30

One of the main headliners for me this year, these Irishmen were ready to end the Friday with fineness and grandeur. Right from the first track, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen”, the band showcases why they are considered legends in their field. The song is simply so majestic, and as lead singer Alan Averill delivers it with pure passion as he engages with the audience, getting straight in the faces of the crowd, the energy level of him, and the entire band is of top-tire. He’s simply something else on the stage; both vocally and visibly. The way you can tell how he gives so much of himself as he delivers the songs in such a heartfelt manner is truly special and captivating. People are equally engaged as they still have some energy left to spare, and when the sound is as crisp as this one, it all comes together in a way that has you feeling you’re witnessing something truly special.

The floor opens as the show progress, and about half-way through it finally erupts in an explosion of moshing, horns and hair. On several occasions, the band slows down due to the natural progression of the songs, but still manage to maintain the tense, sad and melancholic nature so deeply entwined in them. They visit a total of six different albums, airing classics such as “The Gathering Wilderness”, “Empire Falls” and “Gods to the Godless”, and proves that this very consistent band have not released a bad album. A few tracks from their latest outing “Exile Amongst the Ruins” are aired too, and this has me convinced of the ability of that specific album too; they still got it. When this is coupled with energy and liveliness kept intact throughout the entire set, one can only admire and praise this. Even though the crowd gets thinner towards the end, their prowess and their capability of writing great songs never cease to amaze me. There’s just so much going on in their soundscape, thus making their music a perfect example of majestic and grandiose music, but still containing plenty of sadness and melancholy thanks to the seriousness of the themes they’re engaged with. I have heard of bad performances by Primordial, but luckily, tonight was not one of them. I will continue to be a massive fan of this band, and I cannot for the life of me understand how you can dislike music like this. I’ll leave you with the grade because I could probably continue on and on about why Primordial is one of the best bands in the world, but I’ll let this speak by itself: [9] RUB

SATURDAY

Emesis

Emesis @ 14:50

Sadly, missing the first band of the day, I was sure not to miss the second, even though I do not know what to expect. As it turns out, this local act plays brutal death metal by the books. Deep, guttural growls and very technical death metal; just my kind of music. The already extreme music is mixed with plenty of grind-elements throughout the show, and even though the crowd didn’t look impressed, might still be too tired, I still thought it was worth my while. Vocalist “Morgasm” does his best to get the crowd wired up, but it’s still closer to moving down a grade than up. They do an ok job, but you definitely need something more spectacular to wake up this audience. But are you a fan of either Suffocation or Decrepit Birth, you might want to check these guys out. [7] RUB

Katla

Katla @ 15:40

First band of the day for me is KATLA, as it was time for some much-needed R & R with friends this afternoon after some serious late-night partying in Aalborg’s legendary party street, locally just called “Gaden”/”The Street”.

KATLA is a name that is no longer only whispered on the Copenhagen metal circuit so I was very much looking forward to seeing this doom trio. Word on the street is they play proper doom with a lot of banter and jokes thrown in.

I learned nothing other than that during this show. They play extremely well and they play doom extremely well. And there is much humor and banter which shouldn’t really work at a doom show but somehow they make it work. What is interesting is that none of the humor comes across in their music which is just heavy and relentless. But in between songs drummer, singer, and sprechstallmeister, Marc of this doom circus is cracking jokes and talking to both the other two band members and the crowd.

During songs, all three members perform vocal duties, sometimes singing solo. At other times, they complement each other or simply just sing back-up. This creates an intense energy on stage.

The second song of the show is the first song they ever wrote, simply called “Satan”, which checks all the boxes when it comes to creating a by-the-book doom song and this pattern is patently evident in the few other songs they have the time to perform. Just like Dopelord there simply isn’t time to create the right mood but still, there is much head bobbing as they crank out some outstanding tunes.

Personally, I was blown away by this young band and it is very much looking forward to their January show in Copenhagen with three of my other favorite Danish bands. On the doom circuit, I predict a bright future for KATLA. [8] TK

Thorium @ 17:30

Death ’n’ roll galore! The Danes in Thorium looks pretty ready and excited to be here, but somehow this wasn’t the case with the crowd; at least not at first. Luckily, this didn’t stop Thorium as they kick off the set in a proper manner. The music was on point, which seems to be the gist and spirit of Aalborg Metal Festival lately. However, the more I think about it, it’s very strange that the crowd seems so lackluster, when the band has so much going their way. To be fair, have you seen one Thorium gig, you’ve pretty much seen them all, but when it works for their countrymen in Illdisposed, why wouldn’t it work for them? Speaking of Illdisposed, Thorium’s take on the music is equally jolly and joyous. Even though you can’t compare the music they play, the way they make people laugh is much the same; in a good way, of course. Thorium gives it their best in their usual Entombed-ish manner, but sadly, people don’t quite seem to be present this time around. [6] RUB

Horned Almighty @ 18:45

Another familiar name to the Danish metal crowd is blackened death metal horde Horned Almighty. Being a definite fan favourite around the country, I was ready to get engulfed in darkness, as the four-piece took the stage. Most noticeably, when compared to some of the other more mediocre bands playing this festival, is that this band had the crowd with them from the very first moment. The cranium-filled stage ensured that the menacing and evil-sounding music was taken to the next level, and when it’s performed as dark and heavy as this, it simply has me yearning for more. Last time around, at Royal Metal Festival 2019, they had me feeling sort of disappointed and lukewarm, but with this show of force, to me, they seem to be back on track. They power through in best black metal manner, and as the gig nears the end their brand of black ‘n’ roll truly let rip. This sparks a pretty sizable pit in the front and definitely delivered this evening, without being too spectacular. [8] RUB

Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation @ 20:15

Already from the first track, you just know this is going to be good. A mix of Origin and Aborted in some strange vail of insanity is only topped by the absurd nature that is lead singer Travis Ryan live. He hits every weird, high-pitched, dark-belched and strange sound everyone familiar with their music knows – live! Absolutely stunning. The crowd has, better late than never, finally awoken in a fitting manner, and are ready with crowd surf and everything. The band too seems like there’s no tomorrow (pun intended, again, if you’re familiar with the band), and they’re spinning their heads without end. The heaviness and brutality on the record are perfectly transferred to the live setting and underlines that Cattle Decapitation candidates as one of the most extreme acts out there. To the untrained ear, the music is understandably very hard to keep track of, as the music is so tense and fast; very insane, to be honest. Here, Ryan’s “cleaner” voice (and I emphasize the quotation marks, as I had it pointed out by the man himself, that “clean” was not really what he was going for, so, this is only to give you an idea of which voice of his, I’m referring to) serves as a nice extra melodic piece of the otherwise very chaotic nature of their songs. Also, they do have slower passages where they either let loose on that heavy and grindy style they also excel in, but other than that it’s just so hard to catch your breath. This is of course just fine, as it keeps the density of the atmosphere intact, but as a spectator of several days of metal, it can be rough. Good, nonetheless, but rough.

As the show progress (yes, this is definitely a show), I keep being impressed of how Ryan can keep his vocals rolling as pitch-perfect as he does. I simply do not understand how it’s possible. He is without a doubt currently one of the best ones in metal, and I urge everyone, even none-extreme metal fans to check him out, as he is other-worldly. Even as they perform some of the new tracks from their upcoming album “Death Atlas”, the tightness of the band as a whole is still very unmistaken. The floor remains as electric and ecstatic, just like bassist Olivier Pinard wind-milling without end. After a short encore, they return to the stage just to air “Manufactured Extinct”, as the entire floor once again explodes, before “Dead Set on Suicide” ends the show. Ryan jokes about saying “thank you, Copenhagen”, he makes sure to “thank you, New York City! I mean, Detroit! I mean, Aalborg!!”, with a huge grin, and as they leave the stage, I find myself wanting more. This was pure and simple unreal, and I will definitely be there when this monstrosity of a band graces us with another visit; hopefully sooner than later. [9] RUB

Der Weg Einer Freiheit

Der Weg Einer Freiheit @ 22:00

Originally set to play the slot before this one, this Bavarian, German band had already piqued my interest years before their announcement to the festival. Only knowing a couple of tracks, however, their intense take on black metal could prove to be very good live. Once a duo, they eventually acquired the remaining two members, Nico Ziska on bass and Nicolas Rausch on guitar in 2017, to form a full band in a live setting. Perhaps just reaching their full potential in the coming years, I was uncertain of what to expect, as they eventually took the stage. First impression: Wow, what an atmosphere! The black, smoke-filled room servers as a fitting scene for this insanely fast and very tight ensemble. To give you an idea of how it sounds, it sounds as if Danish Solbrud and møl have combined their two powers, and thus taken their music to a new level of intensity. This is without a doubt courtesy of the man behind the kit, Tobias Schuler, who is an absolute machine! At only 29 years of age, I can say with certainty that we (for the sake of metal in general) will be seeing more to him in the future.

The thick layer of smoke and dark lighting creates the perfect atmosphere for dreary music like this. As “Skepsis” is aired, the strobe lighting absolutely destroys the stage in an impressive, very intense and massive soundscape, which ratifies this performance as one of the best at this year’s festival. The more atmospheric and melodic parts seem to me to be a mix of old and new Alcest, and comes across as an obvious inspiration to them (apart from Wolves in the Throne Room, of course, and as I hear their music, Keep of Kalessin as well). As second guitarist Nicolas Rausch fixes his sound issues, main man Nikita Kamprad holds a constant, high-pitched tone on his guitar. What seems to be an improvised element serves as the perfect intro for the next songs, as the entire band explodes in a vortex of blast beats and tremolo, as the issue is fixed. If you’re into atmospheric black metal, this band is one to watch as their mesmerizing take on the genre is played so tight, the tempo so intense, the atmosphere so perfect, but also master the difficult feature of the breakdown to near-perfection. The skill of each member of the band is only matched by the complexity and song structure of their music, and the few well-placed breakdowns serve as breathers for the otherwise stunningly fast and piercing black metal. The amount of moshing and generally high energy of the crowd shows just how this gig was perceived: one of the best at the festival, judging by the loud cheers by the massive crowd. Hopefully, these Germans would, just like Cattle’ just before them, grace us with a visit sooner than later, because with this performance I have a very hard time picking the one, true headliner between the three 9s I have graded. What a performance! [9] RUB

Bloodbath

Bloodbath @ 00:00

Festival closer this year is Bloodbath and this legendary Swedish super group has everybody with access to the festival trying to find a spot where their shoes won’t remain stuck to the beer covered flood.

This 650-people venue is now packed to the rafters and the place is teeming with anticipation with no sign of festival fatigue at this point.

Finally, Blood Bath enters the stage to roaring applause and almost immediately we are treated to the largest mosh pit of the festival. Right from the start, I am certain I won’t like this very much and I will ascribe all of it to festival fatigue. I am not a huge fan of current vocalist Nick Holmes and that makes it hard for me to like Bloodbath. And I won’t even go into the tumultuous history of this band. That would be like starting to explain the finer points of the events that lead to WWI.

It is huge fun to watch the large mosh pit. The floor is now so sticky that people at literally losing their shoes. Though sadly, it does seem like some people don’t understand the social contract of the mosh pit and a fight almost breaks out in front of us. I will give Bloodbath that they bring a lot of energy to the stage and there is some good banter from Holmes, even though he tends to get a little preachy at times. Also, I find that this is one of those rare bands I enjoy better at home which is weird as almost every band sounds and feels better live.

As this amazing festival comes to an end, people are starting to get their coats and see themselves out but there is still a solid fan base left who are obviously enjoying themselves immensely and that fact alone makes me happy.

I’ll probably never be a huge fan but I appreciate that loads of people have much love for the band and I’ll do my very best to catch them again. Maybe I’ll one day get Bloodbath. [4] TK

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