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Cryptopsy, Beneath The Massacre, Ignominious Incarceration, Trigger The Bloodshed - Le Guess Who?
I think that most of the readers who’ve visited this gig didn’t know the following. Just like last year, there’s this festival called ‘Le Guess Who?’, held in the two Tivoli venues and in Ekko in Utrecht, the Netherlands. For the duration of four days, all kinds of Canadian musicians and bands can play in this city. The subtitle of this event is ‘Pop, Underground & Beyond’. That last word is probably referring to the two Canadian acts that appeared on stage tonight: Cryptopsy and Beneath The Massacre! Support came from two young UK bands; Trigger The Bloodshed and Ignominious Incarceration.

It came as a surprise to us all that UK’s Trigger The Bloodshed was the opening band tonight, especially since they’ve just toured Europe with Meshuggah. Yet there they were, the opening band of this trek of ultra brutal and fast death metal bands. We missed the start of the show unfortunately, so we found out that this was Trigger The Bloodshed after a couple of songs. The sound wasn’t too great; especially the gravity blasts were very hard to hear. But the band did their best to perform a good show for only a handful of early visitors and it was quite enjoyable to watch and listen to. I’d like to see them under better circumstances some time. (DemonDust)

The second band of tonight gave itself a lot promotion by its name, since everybody was trying to pronounce Ignominious Incarceration the right way. When the band entered the stage and their singer told us who they were, we finally got to know - so we could now focus on the music. Unfortunately the sound was really fucked up, so that made it harder to fully observe their songs, but what we got to hear gave me mixed feelings. At times they really left me stunned with brutal blastbeats and more powerful passages, but on the other hand they also produced a lot of boring metalcore-ish tunes. What I found out later was that the more melodic songs were earlier demos and that the more brutal material is new and recorded for their upcoming debut record. It made me curious to their next show in which they hopefully play new stuff only! (Mindsaver)

Beneath The Massacre is one of those bands that quickly became known as one of the flag carriers of the technical death metal scene of Canada, led by the headliner of today. Last time when this band was in our country, in February this year, their singer was ill and so they played a shorter set. Nonetheless we were already overwhelmed by their performance back then, but this time it was even better! The broken sound of the previous act was fixed and we were completely blown away by one of the most insane bands of today’s metal scene. Where normal bands occasionally slow down or play a break here and there, Beneath The Massacre accelerates from inhuman to even more inhuman speeds in the form of extreme yet tight drumming and sick guitar play. And if they do insert a breakdown, they are so absurd and heavy, that they almost blow up the speakers. Also great to see is that it’s almost normal not to bang your head ‘cause it’s simply not possible. The singer couldn’t headbang either so he gave an alternative of how to respond to this insane music: blow your cheeks and shake your head as a motherfucker.
Now that is brutal! (Mindsaver)

Cryptopsy. Does this band still need an introduction? I didn’t think so either. This death/grind outfit seems to have lost a lot of old school fans with the release of their last album (for it holds emo vocals, which are not performed live by the way), yet this doesn’t affect their performance one bit. The band always seems to be able to please me more than I expected, especially caused by the drum skills of hyperblaster Flo Mounier. That dude is fucking fast and you goddamn know it. Yet it always makes my jaw drop to the floor when I see it. Tracks from most albums were played and they even got quite some movement going on the floor. Even a wall of death was successfully executed by the enthusiastic crowd. Unfortunately the band only played 45 minutes, so this evening ended even before 22.30 (not for me by the way). Again a great show by a band that always manages to exceed my expectations. (DemonDust)
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