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Devildriver - Moshing with Dez
This was the third time that Dez’s Devildriver came to our country and this time it was a headlining tour. Of course I was there again, after witnessing the previous two tours as well.
Opening act was a Dutch band called The Lucifer Principle, a band of whom I reviewed a demo some time ago. I didn’t like it back then so I was curious if they could convince me live. Well, since it was quite hot outside, it was even hotter inside. I mean like 40 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless TLP gave an excellent set of mid-tempo death metal that pleased me more than I had expected. There were some riffs that I could definitely appreciate, but also a lot of riffs that didn’t get to me at all. The most interesting thing about this band is the fact that instead of an electric bass, they use a contrabass, which does give it a special touch. The performance was alright, but due to the heat just a few people got really excited, even though the vocalist had a nice way of communicating with the crowd.
Devildriver is slowly but surely gaining fans that are willing to turn a venue upside down, and that’s exactly what this band wants to see. They still headbanged their asses of on that extremely hot stage, and even before ‘End Of The Line’ had really commenced people were already moving around. They played a nice set of both old and new material, but unfortunately one of my favourites, ‘Driving Down The Darkness’ was not played. A lot of others were, like ‘Sin & Sacrifice’, ‘Meet The Wretched’, The Mountain’ and ‘Hold Back The Day’. Moshpits were a common sight throughout the show, and even circlepits were created without the band even asking for it. Dez himself even jumped in the pit with his microphone (with cable) to mosh it up. You can’t get anymore enthusiastic than that I’d say. The crowd really appreciated everything and they showed it, which reflected in the band’s performance. A very enthusiastic, hot and loud show that satisfied the fans there for sure.