First of the evening are Brutus. This Belgian trio cites bands and artists like The Smiths, Kanye West, Cult of Luna and Slayer among their influences. These wide ranging influences are audible in their wall of sound, with heavy guitars and the harmonic singing of the female singer/drummer on top. Her voice is loud and reverberating and sometimes reminds of Bjork. The elements of post-hardcore, black-metal, shoegaze and pop, make this band original and interesting. While one can ask whether this band fitted this evening, it definitely is a promising band that with a lot of playing will develop into a well-oiled machine. (Astrid Zijl)
After Brutus played their set Metalrage visits a local brewery and pub. On tap the Maximus Brutus is available, coincident? We missed the short set of Snowburner and 20 minutes earlier as planned Torche started their uplifting sonic terror in the smallest venue of the Patronaat. They are the type of band the football club Feyenoord would be proud off. No talking, just playing. In a murderous pace they are running tight as fuck through their songs.
With a positive voice and pretty melodies Torche is sheering up everyone. Not always because in seconds they turn to low running frequencies to shock everyone in the crowd. Due to the small room you feel the bass and guitar tunes all over your body. The first part of the set is mostly filled with fantastic songs of the new album Restarter but there is also room for oldies like ‘Mentor’.
During the first songs of the set, there is a lot of stage light making the singer Steve Brooke joking he will be sunburned after the set. The lights are dimmed and this fits the mix of stonerpop, rock and sludge way better. After a guitar change (Torche is changing the guitar more often tonight) even lower guitar frequencies are set in and the famous bomb string is forcing the café to collapse. Killer! Due to the short songs following quickly in the set you aren’t aware the band already has played for an hour.
In the last two songs the four guys are returning to the heavier stuff. Especially the last song is slow, down tuned and vibrating through the audience. Bomb strings all over the place! The band acts as chameleon and these songs are typically Torche but no way sound like the earlier punky songs in the set. Great night! (Maurosis)
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