Behemoth, Kataklysm, Aborted - Killer death metalBehemoth, Kataklysm and Aborted on just one tour, wow! Being a fan of all these killer bands I was of course present when they were playing in De Kade in Zaandam. Because I arrived too late on this concert which already commenced at 5.00 PM, I missed German warming-up act Lyfthrasyr.
Due to my late arrival I also missed almost the entire Aborted set. A pity, because I love this band on record, while they're even better live. The two songs I witnessed this Sunday were absolutely great; if I wasn't so brackish of the night before I would've ran into the pit to do some moshing! The sound in the venue was superb and so was new drummer Dan Wilding. I can further on mention that frontman Sven cut his hair off, and that Aborted just played too short, of course.
The Northern hyperblasters of Kataklysm were up next and played absolutely great as well. The sound was still excellent, especially the drum sound which is very important for bands that are build on speed. Singer Maurizio Iacono was just like always encouraging the crowd a lot, and with success because it caused a big pit during the complete show. The songs that were played came mostly from their latest three albums, including 'Face The Face Of War', 'The Ambassador Of Pain', 'The Resurrected', 'As I Slither', 'Let Them Burn' and 'Crippled And Broken'. It somehow looked like a best-of setlist, they only didn't play the mighty 'Stormland" and I believe that 'Blood On The Swans' wasn't played either, but what the hell, Kataklysm fucking rocks and I just need to see them every time I get the chance to.
Headliner of this extreme package was Behemoth. Their show was being filmed for a DVD and so it had to become a great performance. Therefore frontman Nergal didn't await the crowds reaction and so he asked for a lot of screams and violence. That last thing is actually pretty tough, because Behemoth is so overwhelming that it just blows everything away. There is no such rhythm where you can bang year head to. The sound then was a little less then during the previous two bands - the guitars sounded a bit blurry sometimes, making it hard to recognize some of the songs - but overall seen it was still great. Next to a few new songs from their latest record The Apostasy (under which the already very known 'Christgrinding Avenue') we were also treated with a drum solo from Inferno (how sick is that!) while some of us were able to gather a few pages from a bible that was torn to pieces by Nergal. After two extra songs I could conclude that I made the right decision to travel all the way to Zaandam 'cause this was truly a memorable heavy night. Very curious for the DVD too!
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