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Cradle Of Filth, Gorgoroth, Moonspell, Septic Flesh, Asrai - The Darkest Tour: Filth Fest
In the afternoon and evening of the 3rd of December, The Darkest Tour: Filth Fest made its stop in Holland. With a line-up that consisted of Asrai, Septic Flesh, Moonspell, Gorgoroth and Cradle Of Filth the 013 venue in Tilburg almost sold all their 2200 tickets.
Way too loud bass and kick drums, standard (read: boring) riffing, inaudible backing vocals, annoying lead vocals and over the top looks: did I really wait 45 minutes after entering the venue to see Asrai opening Filth Fest? I definitely am a complete idiot! I never have been so happy to hear Within Temptation and Delain coming through the speakers in the lobby of the venue and that says enough I guess…
Due to interviewing some Cradle Of Filth fans for a video-item for Roadrunner Records I wasn’t able to see Septic Flesh perform. This was a pity, because they really impressed me with their record Communion and their show as a support of Vader back in April.
After an impressing performance at the Zwarte Cross Festival this summer, I was definitely looking forward to see Moonspell live again. Fortunately they didn’t disappoint me at all. Playing a combination between older songs and material from their latest record, Night Eternal, they pampered us with a solid performance. Their gothic, blackened, doomy death metal did a great job and with a lot of cheering, clapping and raised devil horns in the almost sold out venue, it must have been a very pleasant evening for both the band and the audience. Highlight of the show was without a doubt ‘Scorpion Flower’, with a guest performance by Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, Agua de Annique), with their closer ‘Full Moon Madness’ as a great runner-up.
I can say a lot about Gorgoroth, their crosses on stage, their music, Gaahl’s outfit or anything else that has something to do with this band and act, but I won’t. I’m definitely not into their music and I was bored as hell when they were playing. The biggest part of the audience seemed to enjoy it though, so I won’t say they sucked, well… they do backstage, but that’s a totally different story, but I advise you to go and see them once so you can judge for yourself if you like this freak show or not.
Due to the fact I came to Tilburg by public transportation I wasn’t able to see more than three COF songs, so I can’t say much about their show. I could have taken the car when I left home, but I’m glad I didn’t. I definitely wouldn’t have made it through the evening when I had to witness Gorgoroth sober.