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Model 101 - Surprising
After a couple of shows in small shitty villages, Model 101, featuring our own DemonDust and Lukie, finally did a show in a more reachable place, Utrecht. In the socialist, squat and political correct centre of the city it was the first time that I saw them perform.
I was pretty damn curious how their complex and multilayered music would hold stand, especially when the circumstances are not ideal. With five band members they had just enough space on the tiny stage and it’s not easy to recreate the fat sound and balanced sound of the demo with the little time they had to check the sound. Nonetheless they managed to come-up as true professional rock stars; some happy Disney samples combined with some stroboscope effects created a sinister vibe. The sound was, as I expected, not optimal but improved during the show and it didn’t stop the massive riffs and attractive soundscapes to come well across. The only real letdown concerning the sound was that guitarist Lukie was barely audible. Model 101 brought their own light engineer and that turned out to be a big plus. Sometimes he had some minor problems with the timing at the Meshuggah-ish riffs, but overall he lifted the show to a more professional level. Favourite and most remarkable song of the show was ‘Liquid Wall’ which starts with some chaotic electronic breakcore samples, that really shakes off the Textures and Meshuggah clone feelings and give them an own identity. This is the path where in my opinion lies a future for them. For that they need to get a guy that handles the electronics live, because it’s tricky for guitarist Peter to do two things at the same time. After the breakcore intro the song gets back to the heavyweight metal with the highly entertaining singer wearing a gasmask now. Props too for the drummer who gives the complex rhythms an excellent jazzy basis. Naturally there are still enough things this young band can work on, but the basis is there. I was really impressed this night and I am curious where all this can lead to.