Saturday, 13 January 2018

The Heritance, Deformus & Defazer - Musicon Den Haag 12 January 2017

The year is starting Dutch for me on the concert front. After last week's surprises by Vexation and Moonstruck I was going to Musicon to be surprised again. Well openers Defazer were not much of a surprise as they played a lot in the area the last years. The FB event only said that if you don't know them and are from The Hague you must have been living under a Rock. True that is as they are the best old school thrash metal band from the region (country?). Last year they released their strong EP Order Out Of Chaos, so by now we can recognize some of the songs. To me it seems they are getting tighter every next show and we really were treated on some top class thrash metal. Only during the last song it started as if all four decided on a different closer of the set at first. When this was corrected  they finished in style. For those not knowing them yet, check them out.

After the homematch of Defazer, with a musical style I am fanboy for 35 years it was time for new bands and less introduced styles to me. First one was Deformus a band hard to describe. Now usually this is a good thing and tonight it was partially true as well. Binding factor to me sounded their groove which was omnipresent in all songs. Further there seemed to be a metal blender in place as we got bits that were thrashy, death metal or whatever I could not put a finger on. As we do not live in an ideal world not all was perfect and for me the tempo could have been a bit faster at times and the vocals were both not overly exciting. Still musically some interesting parts mixed in, curious if they develop into a certain direction from here or stay rather wide in styles.

The Heritance closed the evening and although unknown to me, obviously a band with some experience below their belts. During the change over the small stage looked rather busy, but it turned out that one of the two vocalists would sing along on two songs only. Visually he was the mismatch anyway as he was blond, had no beard and seemed much younger than the rest of the band. When The Heritance started it turned out they played a Death/Thrash kind of metal, with the occasional break for twin guitars or good solo's. Their stage presence was good and their songs were as well. They even have a beer brewed by metalworld famous HappyFace beers: The Devil's Draught. This also turned out to be one of their best songs. As I am nearing a cold or fever, I was not bothered to get their merch package CD/Tee/Beer after the show, but rushed off fast. Next time I correct that I guess. Good closers of another fine evening of Dutch metal. Next evening of three Dutch metal bands Thursday in Paardcafe.  

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Moonstruck, Vexation & Daisy-D - Musicon The Hague 5 January 2018

Friday 5 January already so high time for kicking of 2018 gig year. Musicon put on some dutch bands which seemed to vary in style. As I had not been to any show over Christmas- New Year this looked a good start of the year. First band on were Daisy-D from Woerden. Now if you thnk their bandname is somewhat odd on a metal bill, their music was even less pinpointable. Coming on stage and looking at them I expected some sort of Southern rock (helped by the 3 guitars, beards or cap) During the first song I thought we would get a show of dark wave/rock due to the low voice. Than we got to melodic rock and more poppunk like songs of bands that mix rock and accesible heavyness. When their lead guitarist sung music went more towards melodic hardrock and those were my favorites, Finally re-occuring technical issues with one guitar did not help a lot on the speed front.

Second band were Vexation from Amsterdam. As they stated playing since 1758 they managed to stay under my radar for all these years. This is strange twofold, as first I do follow their style on stage 35 years by now and second I did like their music a lot. In fact they play NWOBHM. So we have two guitars, many uptempo work ,a solid base and decent vocals over that. Probably I did not go to enough old-school metal festivals in Holland to catch them earlier. Fact is that with this kind of faster headbanging metal you always have a winner on atmosphere. The band that got best reactions of the evening and one that made me wonder how many good Dutch bands are out their I've never heard of.

The evening was closed by Moonstruck bringing me back some 25 years in time. Their style of music reminded me strongly of Power-Progmetal as it was played in the early nineties. The late eighties brought us some US metal bands with progressive touches, with Heir Apparent and Lethal as two of my all time favorites. In Europe soon a wave followed with bands playing a style not dissimilar to them. Mainly German bands like Ivanhoe, Soul Cages or Richocher. Now Moonstruck reminded me very strong of latter bands. There is some Powermetal base, some Queensryche and instrumentally there is not much wrong either. If you than add the fact that they suddenly have one of Holland's best voices on stage we had a good band. Good songs, good performance and relaxed enough to convince on stage. My only advice to them would be writing two 3-4 minute all out headbangers to add variation in the setlist. I got ther EP Impact afterwards and shall keep an eye on shows of them in the area.

So for a first evening early in the year all was good again. Next week there is more in Musicon, when we go for heavier metal styles. I'll be back.