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Black Pyramid, Toner Low - Stoner and Doom on a sunny, sweaty summer night
After an impressive performance at the Afterburner of Roadburn 2011 Black Pyramid returns to Tilburg with their psychedelic war metal as they call it themselves. Since their previous gig in The Netherlands they’ve released two new records, but unfortunately also had to replace singer Andy Beresky. With guitarist/vocalist Darryl Shepard on board they will hopefully prove they can still match or maybe even outshine their previous line-up. But tonight we start with a swampy drone machine from Holland, called Toner Low.

In ’98 Toner Low started as a stoner/spacerock band, but soon their sound developed in the psychedelic doom we’re now familiar with. They just released their third record, simply called III, and in advance many people were doubting whether Black Pyramid would be able to top the show of this heavy three-piece. With their repetitive riffs, minimalistic approach and the heavy sound in general they literally blew us away, but unfortunately their set lasted for approximately 25 minutes. Just when the audience really started to drown in their swampy sounds the lights went on and they left the stage. Just a little bit too short to really make an overwhelming impression, but nonetheless a great performance.
With an outside temperature above the 30 degrees Celsius it was the hottest day so far this year and inside the venue it really felt like a sauna. After Toner Low everyone fled outside to get some fresh air, but after this short break the room felt even more oppressive than before. Black Pyramid however didn’t seem to care. With a lot of passion they fired their mixture of old and new material upon the audience. They did a good job, were very entertaining and especially the new songs, written with Shepard, sounded great. But all in all I couldn’t mind thinking it all was a bit too common though. There were no real surprises and nothing we hadn’t heard before. So looking back it was definitely an entertaining night, but with some remarks for both bands.