FESTIVAL REVIEW: EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING 2016 – Day 2 (Saturday)
The second day and the last chance to enjoy this festival. I started with the German black metal band Der Weg Einer Freiheit. A short but awesome setlist with their (in my opinion) best song to the end “Zeichen”. A fine start for the second day of the festival!
Shammash! The hall was filled while the band entered the stage with long robes and hoods to very atmospheric and “evil” music. They began to play and I have to admit the guys didn’t thrill me. The sound in the hall was horrible, what a pity. I couldn’t separate parts of the band and I didn’t heard the voices of the performance. I hope I can enjoy the guys live on stage next time!
Black metallers Harakiri for the Sky went on stage as crazy as the crowf. Songs like “Calling the Rain” or “Funeral Dream” made many people headbang hardly. It was big fun to see them live on stage! In the big hall we had Pro-Pain. A mixture of hardcore and groove metal with a huge moshpit and many, many people began to headbang and dance. At the end of the concert the whole crew of Pro-Pain went on stage with guitars and performed with the band together. A great closing moment!
Moonspell played after Pro-Pain and I wanted to get an impression of the band live on stage. The crowd enjoyed Moonspell and the sound was good. The performance of the guys on stage was fine, too. I left earlier because I had a date with the Swedish deathgrinders General Surgery in the small hall. This guys were a steam machine live on stage! A huge mosh pit and, many headbangers again appeared and we all had great fun. The sound was brutal, loud and blasted my mind completely! After their concert the crowd screamed: “We want more, we want more!” and after a short break we all got an encore.
Last but not least, it was time for the last artist of the evening Batushka. 8-string guitars, a male choir of three people and really groovy for a black metal band, the stage was decorated with many details and maybe this was the reason that they had a delay of around about 30 minutes. They came on with long robes, hidden faces, hoods and an orthodox mass porcupined with some details like candles, skulls and an altar including frankincense smell. Crazy setup! The guys played their debut album ‘Litourgiya’ in its full entirety. The performance of the musicians was very minimalistic but that’s appropriate to the appearance on stage. In general, the guys were minimalistic in movement, full of atmosphere and had a very balanced and clear sound! The delay was completely forgiven!
So, the festival ended. In general, the atmosphere in the venue was always awesome and the sound was mostly amazing in both halls. A few weaknesses in respect to the sound and maybe the atmospheric-dominated music is the reason why. Nevertheless, it was a very awesome festival, the visitors seemed satisfied completely and at least I’ll visit it again next year!