Vader / Belphegor / Requiem
The Purple Turtle, Camden, London, UK
19th June 2007
All Live Pics and Review by HannTu
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To be very very honest, I have not listened to Belphegor before, even though I have a couple of their mp3s. After last night, I intend to check them out and maybe purchase their discography. They play a pretty good mix of death and black metal (slightly more of black to be honest), but the drumming is godly. I’ve always maintained that besides a screaming guitar solo or an emotional singalong, a death metal drummer double kicking is one of the best things to listen to in heavy metal. The double kicking itself last night was quite superb but the variety on the drum rolls and fills, as well as the prerequisite blast beating was also frankly quite astounding. The vocals mix both black and death styles, with the full repertoire of screams, shrieks and growls. I can’t really say much more at this time, again, I intend to get up to speed with this very good band. Those who were there last night who were familiar with the band were happy, those who weren’t familiar were impressed. Not a bad word to be said against them.
1. Crux Voluptatis Bestia
2. The Goatchrist
3. Chants for the Devil 1533
4. Diaboli Virtus in Lumbar Est
5. Belphegor – Hell’s Ambassador
6. Seyn Todt in Schwartz
7. Bluhtsturm Erotika
8. Swarm of Rats
10. Lucifer Incestus
I saw the Polish giants last September at the Underworld, with Severe Torture and God Dethroned opening, and that was quite an incredible show. This year, a smaller venue meant less chance of escape from their extreme brand of death metal tearing your head off.
Most of the time spent in the changeover from Belphegor’s set was in setting up the monster drum kit that Daray would be playing behind. The tiny stage was almost entirely taken up by the drum kit, with Piotr later joking wryly that we in the crowd should be thankful we had more space than them on stage. Once the guitarists’ two effects racks were set up, there was literally only enough space for the non-sitting members of the band to stand. Also, they were having some sound problems with drums being tested extensively and the two guitarists’ and bassist’s settings tweaked over and over again. It could also be that they were just very fussy about their monitor levels and sound. Anyway, it was quite a delay between Belphegor and Vader, but we weren’t going anywhere for the time being.
When the band was finally happy with their sound, they launched into a riproaring rendition of “ShadowFear” off last year’s album IMPRESSIONS IN BLOOD. This progressed quickly into “Sothis” from their classic DE PROFUNDIS. There was very little speaking between songs, a pause for breath and a sip of water, and to let the crowd catch their own breath as well, and then off into another 4 minutes of thrashing madness. However, the tempo never lagged nor even felt like lagging. To be very honest, Vader songs don’t really stand out to me – it’s more the sheer overwhelming experience of the drums pounding and crushing your head and gut, the squealing harmonics pricking your ears and just all round pace and heaviness of the band. However there were a couple of crowd favourites and raise-your-fist-and-shout moments, such as the extremely popular “Hellelujah!!! (God is Dead)” which I have to admit is pretty catchy.
All in all, it was just a headbang/mosh fest, with almost everyone in front getting lost in the hypnotic quality of the music. I know I was. I also noticed that Vader finished well past the curfew hour, playing a good half hour after 11. Very admirable of them to finish the set. I’d definitely go for Vader gigs again and again just to rock out and have a good time.
3. Hellelujah!!! (God is Dead)
5. Silent Empire
6. Blood of Kingu
7. Black to the Blind
8. What Colour is Your Blood?
11. The Book
12. This is War
13. Lead Us!