The Locust, Otto von Schirach, Jakuzi's Attempt - Utter madness
A couple of years ago I thought it was a good idea to visit a concert of The Locust. It proved to be one of the most extreme shows I ever witnessed. So when I saw that they would be playing with Otto von Schirach and the to me unknown Jakuziís Attempt, me and three other Metalragers decided to check it out.
This evening promised me some good old fashioned totally weird noise. The first band of this evening was Jakuziís Attempt. I do not know how to describe this music but some bits and pieces could easily have been from FantŰmas. Weird brakes, tone-shifting and a lot more tricks all compiled in a song. The beginning nor the ending was clear to me, but they really seemed fanatic about it. Well, I must confess that there were a lot of parts that did appeal to me. However, in my personal opinion this music was completely blown away by Otto and The Locust. (Mat-Core)
Ladies and gentlemen: be warned, whenever you see Otto von Schirach on a bill, know that youíll experience some of the strangest music ever. Only the table with its zebra skin, on which his laptop is placed, must say enough. From this laptop he creates the weirdest mix of heavily chaotic and disturbing electronic beats (aka breakcore), hip hop and gore/porn grind. Although his screaming and goofing around are the major live elements of his show he always succeeds in keeping his shows surprising, this time for instance with a remix of his most potential hit-single ĎTeabagging The Deadí, which ended up in a Tekno version. Otto acts on himself but likes to collaborate with different musicians and this time the drummer of The Locust dropped in at the middle of the set. The result was an amazing mix of the ultra extravagant Otto with the enormous technical jazzy rhythms on speed of Gabe Serbian. Previous month Otto was introduced to the bigger European audience when he was on tour with Skinny Puppy, but itís quite unlikely that he will ever gain mainstream acceptance. But that of course isnít what Otto is about; itís a form of art by a weirdo, for the weirdoes! (Sledgehammer Messiah)
The Locust is an experimental mathcore band that produces more noise than any Ďmetalí act Iíve seen, and they do it dressed in grasshopper costumes or something. The power and violence they produce is just plain insane, not too mention utterly over-the-top. Predicting riffs in their songs is basically out of the question, as well as banging your head to the rhythms. Moshing on the other hand is an option, but a tricky one I might add. The band performed extremely tight and noisy, bashing out song structures that most people will never understand. Your brain really undergoes some of the hardest music ever created, which becomes more and more of a burden as the show progresses. Again the drums of Gabe Serbian make your jaw drop, as do the riffs and those extremely sick electronics. The vocals come from three members of the bands (excluding the drummer) and contain just screams. In the end, they left the entire venue flabbergasted, and frankly I canít wait to witness it again at the ZXZW festival this weekend. (DemonDust)