Harmful, Coliseum, Radio Infinity, The Psyke Project, OTIS - We Rock!
As all the metalheads gathered at the Heineken Music Hall, us dissidents Lex and DemonDust decided to check out the We Rock! show at 013. It was a sort of showcase with for us some awesome bands we wanted to check out. Let us guide you through what you all missed while banging your heads in Amsterdam!
The opening band was OTIS if I remember correctly, which quite clearly isnít my cup of tea. Their music was a sort of mixture between rock, hardcore and screamo or something. The music was pretty much all right from time to time, but the vocals really sucked. They lacked all power and didnít convince me at all. Perhaps it was due to the fact nobody really showed up to see them, but I sure couldnít keep my mind to this show. (DemonDust)
Up next was The Psyke Project, a band that blew me the fuck away when they opened for Textures in my hometown some time ago. I never checked out their music after that, so when I saw that they would be playing in Holland again I made sure I ventured down to one of their shows. Well, their show was in the small but cosy Batcave, where the sound proved to be not so loud. And that is exactly one of the things this band needs to blow me away. Even though they put up an energetic and convincing performance, I wasnít as impressed as I was the first time. I also had the idea there were two guitarists last time, but that could be my sucky memory failing me of course. Also the Ďcleaní vocals, which were more of like talking, sucked ass. If you canít sing, please donít attempt something that looks like it but sounds just as worse as singing false. Anyway, the show was pretty good and intense, but I wasnít completely convinced like last time. Bummer. (DemonDust)
The second band in the Kleine Zaal (the bigger one of the two though) was Radio Infinity , but this proved to be just as horrid as the opening band. Only difference was that there were just two guys that had dragged along some electronics to work with, besides their strings, drums and vocal chords. I didnít like what I heard, and neither did Lex. And as it became clear that our conversation about nothing at all was more interesting than the music on stage, we headed for the Batcave again to watch Coliseum do their soundcheck. (DemonDust)
A fresh sound, this band. Coliseum play a violent form of hardcore with a heavy rock attitude. Where the turnout was a bit dismal throughout the evening, the Batcave seemed busier than during the other gigs. This suggests that Coliseum are well on their way making an underground name for themselves. And just like their Relapse release No Salvation, the live experience is relentless with little rest. Their mix of styles that reminds one of anything from Hatebreed through Napalm Death and Raging Speedhorn is a must-hear for anyone who likes their hardcore punk with an extra edge without getting too mathematical and alien. A band to keep high hopes for in 2008 and beyond. (Lex)