ruled the night.
It was another another warm afternoon of this nice Swiss spring. i set myself on the way to Zürich at 17 hour in order to reach the venue Dynamo for the concert headlined
by.Endstille. Carach Angren, Negator, Atritas and Arshvynd were also part of the bill. Doors
opened at 6pm. I thought it would have been a short jump with my barchetta. More or less 15 minutes from where i
live and it was a Saturday... i was wrong because a traffic jam
which looked like rush hour was expecting me
on the edge of town. Road works at the Hardturm exit and a
programmed manifestation for Spain (Concentracion Democracia Real YA) have put me in a queue
which was lasting more or less an hour, stressed my nerves and
let my mood grow worse. Fortunately i found immediately a place in a car
silo at the Sihlquai but this didnt make me less nervous. I arrived in time anyway, just before the first band took the stage. At the end of the whole evening i was on the contrary very satisfied because my expectations of an interesting evening dedicated to BM -tainted extreme metal generally were not disappointed. All gigs were quite intriguing and each of them was totally different because many aspects of the subgenre were assorted. However the bands which convinced me the most were the Swiss Atritas and
I could say that opener Arshvynd, an unsigned young Swiss band founded in 2007, whose logo is absolutely
unintellegible, was the band that celebrated the most a certain satanic sense of mystery, aggression and hostility, crowned by the raw stage acting of frontman Grievas, which was a mixture of latent violence and general malevolence. Indeed
the "flame bringer- celtic cross set upside down too near to the edge of the stage (thing that was immediately corrected by the stage control of the Meh Suff team) was not the only "blasphemous" sign, because Grievas also
spitted fake blood and ashes, often miming(?) drunkenness and or intoxication.
Whatever... the gig was entertaining and begun to properly warm up the audience. By the way audience, you may think the presence of spectators in rigorous Black Metal outfit. No, thanks all gods those times, the "i know it all"
-times are over. The audience was mainly young, uncomplicated, easy . Wonderful. Everybody just wanted to have fun without
showing any excessive connoisseur- mania. But everybody knew well the bands and Endstille and Carach Angren were awaited with pleasure.
Arshvynd could claim a good guitar technique, a sore efficient drumming and the will to
recreate a typical incandescent and ominous sound. Among the songs
presented Freezing Winds Of Ancient Gods, I am Satam, Endless Fields Of
In my opinion Atritas did a perfect gig.maybe the best i have ever seen from them. And, in average, i was already used to attend good gigs from them. But this time, the chords played were so clear in detail, the beauty of the compositions stand out. Drumming was
faultless, vocals particularly vampyric and inspired, guitars delicious. Atritas hit the stage with a stable line up,
so the guys perfectly work in team. Atritas enchanted with their best compositions expressing a dark melodic BM. Brutal or harmonic or fast, or sorrowful, Atritas
portrayed a Black Metal with classic origins and hunting modernity. The audience is
the prey, slayered in a dark, intelligent and mysterious world.
German Negator from Hamburg...well, yes was the first non Swiss band of the evening. Germans play always very gladly in Switzerland, and the
German speaking zone tends to identify Germany as the "Big Canton", so no wonder if Negator were accepted with the same enthusiasm
normally reserved to the local bands. Negator, that will be part of the Wacken Open Air 2011, calls their fans "soldiers", indeed Negator's music is identified as "Panzermetal" as the title of the 2010 album, but what i didn't expect is a band with almost none of its older BM appearance. Negator
came determined "to destroy Zürich" and actually the gig was powerful, and obviously the rhythm of the music was quite bellicose. The band was compact showing a technical aspect of the subgenre with implacable drumming and erupting guitars. In one word,
Negator was brachial, a brute force, which ran anyway on compositions which involve hooks and loops well bound
together. Of course the song "Panzer Metal" was in the setlist as well Dignity Of War,
Scent of Styrax, Gloomy Sunday, Eisen Wider Siechtum.
Carach Angren (a Tolkien name which means Iron Jaws) represented a further side of Black Metal: the symphonic one.The
Dutch band was so easy and cooperative during the stage preparation as strong and mighty during the
concert. It was more than clear that their albums are focused around a concept and inspired by ghost stories and legends because
the gig was so theatrical, with a total storytelling movement. I can hardly think to another thin, if not skinny, yet energetic person as Seregor
. Unbelievable. The setlist was mainly around the two latest
albums "Lammendamm" and "Death Came Through A Phantom
Ship" with songs like The Sighting Is A Portent Of Doom,
consequence, Haunting Echoes From The Seventeenth Century, Al Betekent
Het Mijn Dood, Departure Towards A Nautical Curse, The Carriage Wheel
Murder, Bloodstains On The Captain's Log.
Finally German Endstille ruled the night going to continue after midnight in a still
enough crowded venue, thing which is bit unusual in Switzerland. Zingultus acted as under obsession, with no moment of pause commanding the mayhem brought real by his band.
Great drums, and much concentration from the guitarists. The band
enjoyed the contact with the fans and 2 songs as encore were
unavoidable. The band too has been very generous bringinga setlist with
many new songs but also much of the band's history. Anomie from the
bright new album "Infektion 1813", Endstilles Reich, Biblist
Burner, Depressive/Abstract/Banished/Despised, Conquest Is Atheism, When
Khataaria Falls (Infektion 1813), Frühlingserwachen, Navigator. In the
encore: Bastard and Satanarchie (Infektion 1813) .
gig, when i reached my car at the silo, i was so satisfied and happy. I
was thinking, ok dalia you got a cool metal evening and now, in 15
minutes or less you are home. Concerning the latter thing ...i was
wrong. A traffic jam which looked like rush hour....Unbelievable.
by dalia di giacomo -