Torture Pulse had the honour of opening up this evening of death metal to mere amount of ten to twenty people. The quartet plays oldschool scandinavian death metal with no unnecessary gimmicks or technical twists. It's simple, brutal, fast and effective. The main vocals were gruff growls with a dose of delay here and there, and the backing growls added even more aggression and scorn into the songs. The songs weren't particularly innovative, for sure, and the band has work to do in finding ways to warm up the audience and to further tighten the songs. I compliment the band for focusing on the essentials of death metal, and I have to admit that I'm very tempted to buy their debut album "Plague Poetry." The band is currently working on a new EP, too.
I bet the gig would've made an even stronger impact if the stage lighting hadn't been so bright. Luckily Torture Pulse was the only band to suffer from bad lights.
Sadistik Forest followed after a brief pause. I had heard a couple songs from the band prior to this gig, but that was way back. So, the only real notion I had of the band was that their name sucks, even if it reminds me of Evil Dead.
I soon noticed that Sadistik Forest is far from my preferences. Their brand of death metal mixes oldschool death with thrashiness and technical precision. Everything in the songs was seemingly refined and polished to be just on the spot, from the simple comping to the occasional solos and Bolt Thrower-reminiscent bits. All that I could think of was that the band sounds way too tidy and neat, and the "humorous" chats between the songs further disappointed me. There was no personality, just different elements merged together in a technically approvable vein. The deep growls were similarly professional, but didn't really add a lot to the songs. There were some screams too, and whatever caused it, they sounded like someone tried to molest a parrot. No joke. They were loud, sharp and horrible.
The band gathered the biggest and most active audience of the evening, I think, and it's no wonder as they performed with a lot of energy. Their music might be for you, but it certainly isn't for me.
Again, after a brief pause, Winterwolf got on the stage. To me, this was clearly the highlight of the evening and the sole reason I went to the event - and the sole band I was properly acquainted with prior to the gig. The band's music is scandinavian death metal with a rough and heavy soundscape and a surprising amount of personality. The riffs are skilled (which is no wonder as some of the band members are known from bands such as Deathchain, Demilich, De Lirium's Order and Forgotten Horror) and have an in-built feel of darkness and "evil," no matter how cliché that sounds. It's been a while since I've listened to the band's only full-length (reviewed here), so the gig was a welcome reminder of its quality. The harsh, rabid growls, Abomanitor's signature guttural croaks and a couple of samples were the perfect topping for the band's harsh and morbid death metal.
The band's gig didn't focus on wooing the audience: they got on stage, played, and went off. The vocalist's hostile presence made the band interesting to look at as well, so all in all I have no complaints. They could've played one or two songs more, but meh, wolves are more dangerous if they're kept a bit hungry. I am pleased.