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by Free & Virgin
- Zürich - 28.06.2010
The Roman Eagle of Ex Deo has landed in Zürich together with furious Decapitated and Behemoth
who was (Musically spaeking) tossing blazing fire into the crowd .
After a long, boring , snowy winter and a cold rainy spring (spring? was there a spring time this year in Switzerland?) the
metal scene in the Helvetic city of Zürich welcomes the beginning of
a hot summer, and this concert
was the right thing to attend, the right hot bath of headbanging and sweat,
an first class-experience.
If Behemoth was the star of the show, and we had also to wait a bit long for them due to
an accurate sound check, Ex Deo and Decapitated were also much awaited and i ,obviously, was
very enthralled at the idea to see Ex Deo live for the first time, because it's no every day stuff to attend a group that makes history based epic/death music with songs that
tell about crucial moments of an old civilization. For those two or three people that still don't know Ex Deo i will mention that is a creation of "kataklysmatic" Maurizio
Iacono (yes i invented this adjective half -way between Kataklysm and charismatic) supported of course by complete Kataklysm line up + bassist
Dano Apekian (Ashes Of Eden). By the way bass.... it was great to see bass player Stephane Barbe playing the lead guitar, performing also the passage in Cruor
Nostri Abbas . Songs like Romulus , Cruor Nostri Abbas are simply unmistakable;
thanks to Maurizio Iacono the memory of Rome and of the XII Legion lived again in this
Celtic land too, which at the time was part of the Roman empire. And indeed it's with the song XII Legion that Ex Deo hit the stage. " As we cross the
Rubicon..." ! The XII LEGIO or Twelth Lightning_struck Legion of
Julius Cesar....All this lets me remind the passion for Rome which my mother
had. Never i would have imagined that a metal band could bring on a stage such big
"Homage" to the story of Rome . "Storm The Gates Of Alesia" and Final War took also our
minds, ...yes this brutal epic but with recurrent hook lines and rythmic
upheaval. Splendid was Romulus. I was also impressed how much drummer Max Duhamel was
concentrated and really perfect in this role of tank of the legion.
Decapitated is furious and dissonant in Meshuggah style although
Decapitated gets a technicality of its own, while
Behemoth is obscure adrenaline. It's becoming very hot and the headbangings with these two next bands are almost unstoppable.
After a pause of more than two years due to the terrible incident that took the life of Witold "VItek" Kyeltika and seriously injured singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek (RIP Vitek, get better
soon Covan!) Decapitated is re-activated: in memory of Vitek and for helping Covan
too: Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka has gathered very good musicians that fit into Decapitated.
Decapitated is alive and strong, dissonant, a bit progressive, technical, able to deliver solos
and a solid vocal presence.
After Decapitated, Behemoth disrupt on the stage , but inspite the heat and the draining action of the two previous bands , the crowd resisted and waited for demigods Behemoth with
adrenalinic passion . Blackened Death metal, so it's identified Behemoth's music .
Without a doubt Behemoth maintains a lively connection with Black Metal although
there is a big try to shift it towards Death metal while working on many details like drumming and vocals.
Behemoth showed simply an infernal charge. Few minutes before the beginning of the concert the crowd was calling Be-he-moth, Be-he-moth, Be-he-moth, and Behemoth finally arrive with
hieratic aura that soon will be unleashed into an infernal energy. Behemoth opened with the best song they have ever written
till now, at least in my opinion: Ov Fire And Void; very beautiful the sound. Among the torrid songs, the great percussive LAM and
Conquer All were the hammer. I must say that i don't like everything by Behemoth but i was surprised by the songs from Evangelion because Evangelion has brought Behemoth on a more mature level of composition and at the same time i happened to appreciate some classics of the band, but this no
longer makes me a fan of a music that has much confusion inside.
Nonetheless i got a better impression of Nergal & Co: i must admit that Behemoth in Zürich
seamed to me nearer to the fans, more interested to have fun and make a good show than to pose as
sa tar, and this is f**ing good.