GIG REVIEW: CRIPPER & IZEGRIM Live At the Lux, Hanover
Thrash Metal bulldozers Cripper from Hannover, Germany, and Izegrim from Zutphen, Netherlands, went on a co-headliner tour through Germany and stopped at the Lux in Hanover on 28th October, 2016. The Lux is pretty tight and cozy for concerts in general, but tonight, it wasn’t overfilled at all. I felt that the mood of the people was fairly crazy, and they expected a fine evening. I as a local Hanoverian Metal dude thought: “Cripper in Hanover is fine every time!”, so I went to the concert of course. I never listened to Izegrim intensively myself, but was very curious about their evening together with the local lads (and lady) of Cripper.
They started very early with the bands that evening, since a queer party was announced to take place after that fine metal evening. Nevertheless, Izegrim began to play while I entered, and I could felt the power spread over the venue from the first moment. The venue was full of people and I was delighted about it, because I expected anything else, but not this from the beginning. I was proud of the Hanover Metal people in this fine venue of this fine city. I was proud of the motivation of the audience, too – many, many hairdos began to fly to the Thrash Metal awesomeness! The powerful performance of the whole band gave me the feeling that the audience had a lot of fun with the guys of Izegrim on stage. We hailed with hands and beer, and it was fun to experience Izegrim live on stage!
After a short break, the local matadors Cripper began to play in their hometown. The venue was fuller than ever, and the people cracked up from the first to last song of the evening. Songs like “Tourniquet” and “The Jackhammer” from their latest record ‘Hyëna’ let the audience whip their hair and move around at the front of the stage in a small moshpit. I felt the flow of the Thrash Metal sprit continue while Cripper played. The whole performance of the people on stage was still great, nothing else to say – it was worth it to be there! The last official song of the evening was “FAQU” – well, everyone knows what that means, huehuehue. Cripper frontwoman Britta invited the audience to show their wonderful middle fingers while they played that song, and we as the audience sang “FAQ you” after the call “FAQ me, I FAQ you, too”. This was a powerful part at the end, and after that, a short encore followed to finish that powerful evening!
It was a very nice evening, but way too short. The concert lasted only two hours, because a separate event started after that amazing evening. Okay, too bad, but those two hours were awesome, and motivated the people to go out to the town and get some beers in the rock clubs of Hanover. And at least, I drank some beers afterwards. It was an amazing evening full of mighty Thrash Metal, even if the sound wasn’t optimal. In my opinion, the sound could’ve been a little less on the trebles. It really took away the brutality of the tracks. Nevertheless, I was happy to be there, and I’ll go to Izegrim or Cripper with great pleasure again!