Suma, Chang Ffos - Dooming Thursday
Recently I got my hands on a record of Swedish doomsters Suma, a record that I like pretty much because of its droning heaviness. So when I accidentally stumbled upon their concert in 013, I just had to be there.
Opening act for tonight was Chang Ffos, a band hailing from Croatia. Already before they entered the stage, it was obvious they were extremely stoned. Perhaps itís not such a good advantage that itís possible in The Netherlands to just buy it from a shop, because it sure influenced their performance. Immediately in the first track some big mistakes were made, which gave them a pretty bad start already. They pulled themselves together a bit, asking for lights that werenít moving so that they could see what they were doing. Their music was a sort of doom-rock, with obvious comparisons to The Melvins and Big Bussiness and such. Some parts were pretty cool, others really failed to convince me. The vocalist had a pretty nice scream, but his clean vocals just basically sucked. Best musicians in the band were definitely the bassist and the drummer (who I saw drop a stick twiceÖ). Probably not their best day.
Suma took the level of performance up immediately. Their dronish doom guitar sound blew everything away, displaying extremely slow grooves and some more up-tempo stoner-rock passages. This drummer is actually the first guy Iíve seen that gets near to the level of Justin Greavesí doom drumming. The immense power and groove he packed was enough to make this an awesome experience, I mean every time a drumstick touched a part of his kit it had turned 180 degrees, with speed. BASH, BASH, BASH, BASH!!!!! Unfortunately they had a vocalist, who seemed like a guy into sports (and that doesnít mix with doom metal for me). His vocals had immense echoes on them, making them slightly bearable because he isnít exactly the best singer Iíve ever seen. And his stage performance made it even more ridiculous. Too bad, because the rest of the band was awesome. If I had anything to say about it, I would make this band an instrumental trio, because the riffs and rhythms pack enough power and conviction to make it a success. Great band, bad singer, good show is my conclusion for today.