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Laurus Nobilis Music Famalicão 2018 – 2nd day

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2nd August 2018 by Pieni

Web, Mata-Ratos, SepticFlesh, Equaleft, Hills Have Eyes, Nine O Nine, In Vein, Sotz’
Louro, Famalicão (PT)
Promoted by Associação Ecos Culturais do Louro
27th July 2018

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sotzlnmf18The second day started at mid-afternoon, with Sotz’ doing the honors. Here’s a band that’s been improving their performance at every show, and consequently winning over more fans – 4:30 p.m. and a large number of people ready to shout out and mosh around their support. Without any kind of disrespect for previous line-ups, I believe the current one is the most efficient in living up to the aggressive impact the band yearns for their sound.
I’m not sure if the crowd was singing along – Dan Vesca is pretty hard to follow up – but they clearly recognized the tracks off the EP “Tzak’ Sotz’” and the recent single “Baak’”.

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INVEINLNMF18Another band that’s grown a lot since the first time I’ve seen them a couple of years ago is In Vein. Raising Legends has been doing a hell of a job managing them, getting them to play practically everywhere, to the point where I confess I rolled my eyes when seeing their name on this bill. My sincere apologies – it was well deserved. Songs such as “S.A.T.A.N.”, “Paranoia” or “Infinite Night” fueled the headbanging and the horns in the air – singer António Rocha tried to convince the firemen to join the latter at some point, but they just smiled.

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Representing a rockier side of metal, we got Nine O Nine, guitarist Tó Pica’s new band. Introducing their debut “The Time Is Now”, released in February, Louro was filled with the enthralling melodies of “Big Event”, “Beauty Femme” and “Sofia” – dedicated not just to all Sofias but to every woman in the audience. Singer/bassist Sérgio Duarte didn’t want us to get the idea that NON were mellow, so they finished their set with the brisker “The Rush”.

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The Estrella Galicia stage closed for the moment and the spotlight turned to the main stage, Porminho, with Hills Have Eyes spreading their usual vitality. Fábio Batista’s voice was a bit worn down but he himself was jumping all around, so it made no real difference in the intensity of the music. Plus bassist Luís Silva backed him up, making sure all lines were sung. Splitting their setlist between the two most recent albums, but visiting “Black Book” through “Unneurotic” and the new single “Never Quit”, Fábio thanked the people that probably weren’t much into their sound but still were there, watching them and showing them respect. This and the little speech that always goes along “Anyway It’s Gone”, about music being music, no matter the label, hence they’d never decline an invitation for a “metal festival”.

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From metalcore to groove, Equaleft was the epitome of the “may the force be with you” slogan which their singer Miguel Inglês loves so much. They’ve been recording the successor to “Adapt & Survive” and even if the title or release date weren’t revealed yet, a live promotion is running already: “We Defy”, “Once Upon A Failure”, “Strive”, “Endless” and “Overcoming” made part of the band’s set and were tremendously cherished. Still, the highlight was “the lightsabre song” – the classic “Invigorate” – where Sotz’-Dan Vesca was a spontaneous guest. During the last song, “Maniac”, Miguel crowdsurfed while singing and then rewarded the fans with cookies. As usual.

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When promoter Aguiar Silva got on stage to address the audience, I thought he was going to introduce the headliners; it was something much more noble than that. In case you don’t know, SepticFlesh come from Greece, where several wildfires have taken about a hundred lives. Portugal went through a similar tragedy last summer, so more than sympathetic with the situation, we related. Therefor when Aguiar asked not for a minute of silence but half a minute of applause for the souls lost in those fires, Louro trembled. Singer/bassist Spiros Antoniou himself would dedicate “Prometheus” to the same souls – after all, in Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the humans. But before that, songs such “Martyr”, “The Vampire Of Nazareth” or “Prototype” had already left the crowd in total rapture. Spiros dislocated his shoulder a few weeks ago, and even if everything’s okay now, he still couldn’t raise his arm/fist as high as he wished to, so he wanted our help to do it for him. We obviously complied. 10-year-old “Anubis” and last year’s “Dark Art” built the encore of a stellar show.

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Mata-Ratos spent almost a decade without any new material but their life on the road rarely took a break – that being the reason why their original schedule on Saturday was anticipated to Friday (something about a show in Spain). “Banda Sonora do Apocalipse Anunciado” was released in 2016, but needless to say that it was songs from almost 20 years ago – “A Minha Sogra É Um Boi”, “Amor Eterno” or “CCM” – that brought out the inner punk in all of us. Singer Miguel Newton still paces the stage through and through like a lion in a cage, but I’ve managed to frame him more clearly – he’s either slowed down a bit with age or I’m just getting more skilled.

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Back to the Estrella Galicia stage to watch the final band: only Web to have such a numerous and loud crowd at 2 in the morning. They’ve been somewhat away from the stages, writing the successor to “Everything Ends”, but unlike Equaleft, nothing new was revealed – well, except for the intro, that was a new one. And guitarist Filipe Ferreira’s posture! Web is the band I’ve seen the most in these +20 years of attending metal concerts and this was the first time Filipe made me wonder if they got sponsored by some energy drink. “Vendetta” was the last live song of the night, before António Freitas assumed the role of DJ.

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Text & photos: Renata “Pieni” Lino

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VOA Fest 2016 – 2nd day

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12th August 2016 by Pieni

Kreator, Paradise Lost, Abbath, Schammasch, Equaleft, Soldier
Quinta da Marialva, Corroios (PT)
6th August 2016
Promoted by Prime Artists and PEV Entertainment

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This year saw a new start for Vagos Open Air, now simply known by its acronym VOA – new partnership among the promoters, new venue in a new city… The quality? Same as always. Of course all these changes brought along a lot of complaints (humans…), which I don’t see relevant to talk about; but regarding five out of the twelve bands being “recidivists” in the festival, I will say something. Sure, we live in a little country in the most Southwestern corner of Europe where it’s not always easy for an international band to reach – meaning the list of well-known names that never played here is endless and yes, it would be nice to shorten that list through a fest. But at the same time… if the band’s good, what’s so wrong about seeing it a dozen times? Hell, this was my 10th time seeing Paradise Lost and I loved it!
I’m not sure if this new place is smaller than the previous one. At first glance it seems so, as it’s definitely shorter in length. But it’s considerably larger in width, so… What really matters is that the stage was placed inside a natural amphitheater, surrounded by small hills, and if that prevented the wind to ease up the unholy heat (it’s been said this is the hottest summer since 1931), it also didn’t let the sound wander off beyond the festival zone.

13435327_1189167444435631_4832768569027046350_nBack to its original 2-day format, I sadly could only attend the second day. From what I’ve heard, Dark Oath did pretty well as the opening act. Not in front of the biggest crowd, but everybody knows how unfair playing first can be; still, it seems that a fair share of people enjoyed the symphonic/melodic death metal the national band had to offer, introducing the debut full-length “When Fire Engulfs The Earth”.
Italians Adimiron followed next and apparently also focused just on their latest release “Timelapse” (or so it says on setlist.fm). I confess I had never heard of them before, even if they’ve been around since 1999. Apparently, the same happened with most of the crowd, although eventually they surrendered to the band’s sound and performance.
Mantar’s “Ode To The Flame” has received a good feedback but the duo’s live performance not so much. Or maybe their fusion of black-doom-sludge-rock isn’t the right one for a festival, especially in day light. But then again, so shouldn’t be the depressive metal of Katatonia (I know I’ve seen them live in broad daylight a few years back and didn’t like it, despite being fond enough of the band) but I haven’t heard one single bad comment about the Swede’s performance – by the contrary! But I guess Katatonia will always be Katatonia. Played a few songs from the latest “The Fall Of Hearts” along a bunch of older hits.
When Anathema got on stage it was already dark. They haven’t released anything new in two years, but they’ve got a very special place in the hearts of our metal community – always had, not since Daniel Cardoso joined their ranks. So it’s only natural that I also heard only good things about their gig.
Finally, Opeth. I remember the last time I’ve seen them, precisely at this festival, two years ago, the show was pretty disappointed for the majority of the fans, as the band seemed uninspired. They made up for it now. The title-track of their upcoming album has been rolling on Youtube for over a week but they didn’t play it, sticking to the older stuff their fans love the most.

010Now the second day, that I actually witnessed. I arrived around 15:20, the “Blackhearts” documentary was still playing on the video walls. There were a few people watching it but not many – I’ve mentioned the heat already, haven’t I?
In previous editions, the first band of each day was always Portuguese, so having a Spanish opening act was a first – thrashers Soldier did the honors. VOA is part of their “The Great Western Oligarchy tour 2016”, named after their latest album. Solid riffing, a clear invitation to headbanging, to which the crowd – once again, not that big at that early hour – took pleasure in oblige. Not much talking between songs, as there was only half an hour to play, but one could see how pleased they were for being there, given the constant funny faces and broad smiles. Happy and nice bunch of people, I believe, and competent musicians. “Revolt”, from the debut “Gas Powered Jesus”, closed their set.

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040Equaleft was up next and the national underground could hardly be better represented. I can’t find the right words to express how proud I am for them and their achievements in these past years. After opening for Gojira last month (see here), I believe playing in a fest like this was one of the few milestones they had to reach yet on Portuguese soil and now it’s done. Go Equaleft!
The follow-up to “Adapt & Survive” is in the making but nothing ready to be shared yet, so they focused on their acclaimed debut. It’s “Maniac” now that closes their sets, not “Invigorate” anymore, but this hit still features singer Miguel, a.k.a. Jedi Mig, wielding a light saber. Soldier’s thrash was entitled to some mosh circles, but it was Equaleft’s groove that made “the dust rise up from the ground”, as I heard someone say.

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057The promo pic of Schammasch on the festival page shows us four guys in bare upper-bodies. I bet they regretted deeply not going on stage like that – 34ᵒC is “a bit” too much to wear long robes. Singer/guitarist C.S.R., with black paint on his face and hands and whose robe included a hood, was probably who suffered the most, even if he barely moved throughout the whole gig. He even admitted at some point that it was “boiling” up there. So kudos for their resistance.
The music itself deserves some applause too, even if their avant-garde black metal cut down the adrenaline that both previous bands rose up. Still, mainly songs from their latest “Triangle” and at least one off “Contradiction” (“Golden Light”, if I’m not mistaken) were cheered by the crowd.

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078It’s always hard to distinguish a solo artist from a band when the latter is named after said artist – and even so when most of the setlist is comprised of songs the artist played with previous projects. That’s what happened with Abbath. With a 75-minute slot, I understand that even if he/they had played the only released album in full, there would still be plenty of time to kill. But playing four Abbath songs among one of I and six of Immortal… I know they’re not seen exactly as covers by the fans, especially when they were thrilled to listen to “Nebular Ravens Winter” (this one’s even recorded in “Abbath”, the album) and “Tyrants” and “All Shall Fall”, but it still felt weird. Apart from the weirdness, it was super. Black metal lovers were offered a great show of the genre – even if the sun was still high up – and those who didn’t like it particularly could always enjoy Abbath and bassist King’s “evil” faces.

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083As aforementioned, Paradise Lost made my day. Nick Holmes acknowledged the “beautiful new venue” of the fest and said how good it was to be back. And with such a rich and diverse setlist, I doubt someone didn’t feel the same way about their return. From recent songs like “No Hope In Sight” to tracks from “a time when most of you weren’t even born” like “Rapture”, we revisited some of Paradise Lost’s highlights through time.
While drinking Super Bock, probably Portugal’s most popular beer, Nick mentioned its alcohol content – 5,6 % – and said that such beer would be banned in the U.K. because it could turn them into animals. When he associated it with football, the laughter was even louder.
As co-headliners, they could afford an encore, which happened after “Say Just Words” – by the way, from the same album they also played the title-track “One Second” that, according to Nick, they hadn’t played in a while (I checked and apparently the last had been two months prior). ”Flesh From Bone” was one of the four songs of said encore, its death-doom nature – so old-school PL in such a recent song – leading Nick to say “it feels like the last 25 years never happened”. “The Last Time” wrapped it up and I really, really hope this was far from the last time that I’ve seen them.

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114When entering the photo-pit for Kreator we were advised to stay somewhat away from the stage during the first song – “Enemy Of God”, as it turned out – so we were hoping for some fireworks. Imagine our disappointment when it was just confetti… Oh well. On the other hand, I’m glad it wasn’t anything dangerous, as staying away meant closer to the barriers and that was nearly impossible – the mosh and crowdsurf began with practically the first riff and the security guys needed space to attend to all of them enthusiastic metalheads. Mille Petrozza did ask more than once for circles and screams “Portuguese style” but he really didn’t need to – he was already getting that from the start.
I hadn’t realized until now that their last studio album was already four years old (review here). But worry not – Mille said they were working on the follow-up to “Phantom Antichrist” and that it should be out next year. The reception of this news was loud, but when Mille said he wanted to come back as headliners of their own tour, the crowd’s roar was thunderous. Say what you will about thrash and all these “dinosaurs” like Kreator doing the same thing over and over – legends are legends and will always be welcomed.
VOA experienced “Extreme Aggression” in a “Violent Revolution” brought up by “Hordes Of Chaos” filled with “Pleasure To Kill”, and this year’s edition finished with the “Flag Of Hate” raised by a “Betrayer”. Looking forward for next year’s experiences!

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A special thanks to the promoters, to Raising Legends and Equaleft for the ride and Mosher Clothing for keeping an eye on my stuff and letting me enjoy the shade of their merch stand.

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Raising Legends Xmas Special – Porto, Portugal

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 24th December 2015 by Pieni

Equaleft, Gates Of Hell, Tales For The Unspoken, Wrath Sins
Hard Club, Porto (PT)
19th December 2015
Promoted by Raising Legends

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Raising Legends Records, by the hands of its CEO André Matos, gathered its finest bands and put up a 2-day festival, naming it after the current season – after all, Christmas is about love and joy and family, and Raising Legends Xmas Special was full of those, along with the top-notch music.
Sadly, I couldn’t attend the first night, where the alternative/more-rock-oriented bands played. Would have loved to witness Cristovão Siano’s (PROJECTO SEM NOME) on-stage reveries, as well as EQUALEFT-Malone debut as the new BLAME ZEUS bassist, but I had already confirmed my presence at another gig.

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2015 saw the release of the band’s sophomore album, “CO2” (review here), which features EQUALEFT-Miguel Inglês – who went by “Jedi Mig” that night… – in the song “I, Claudius”. He was obviously called on stage and singer Marco Fresco told the crowd that later it would be EQUALEFT’s last show with drummer Marcos, as the band had already found a replacement named Miguel. It was a joke, of course, regarding the recent announcement of new guitarist Miguel, making him the third member in the band with the same name. The singer called it the “Miguelification process”. Fresco, the everlasting amuser.
Other recent songs included “Taken” and “Soul For A Soul” (introduced as “soul for a fucking soul”…) but also oldies, from “Alchemy”, like “Say My Name” or “N’Takuba Wena”, had a major role in this party.
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“My Path” was the only new song performed, everything else came from the debut “Critical Obsession” – the title-track finishing the set – but they also played “happy birthday” to a fan named Jessica. What a great comeback!
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Near the end of the show, for “Hymns Of Obedience” and “Invigorate”, Veggy gave place to Miguel Martins, making this also a welcome party and official introduction of “the new guy”. And while Jedi Mig was wielding his lightsabre in the last song, Veggy stagedived and crowdsurfed.
But there was still one minute and half left, and they wanted to make the best of every second; so they went back to the EP “… The Truth Vnravels” and played “Uncover The Masks” – a song that originally lasts 2:11. Not sure if they simply played it faster or improvised some tweaks – the whole night had been a bliss for me to notice – but whatever it was, it worked wonders.
Before the group pic with the fans in the back, Jedi Mig gave away cookies to the fans in the front. He gives a whole new meaning to “Come to the Dark Side – we have cookies”…
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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Moita Metal Fest 2014 – 2nd day, 2nd part – Moita (PT)

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , on 12th April 2014 by Pieni

Gwydion, Trinta & Um, Primal Attack, Scent Of Death, Viralata, Gates Of Hell
Sociedade Filarmónica Estrela Moitense, Moita (PT)
29th March 2014

The dinner took longer than expected and when I got back to the venue, Gates Of Hell were already playing “Into My Destruction”. I was really pissed as I like them very much and wanted to see the full show. A show that also had to be cut one song short, so I was double pissed. Of course I’ve seen them about a dozen times before, but it’s the kind of band you never get tired of seeing live. Or moshing to, apparently, as the circle was restless. And speaking of mosh, both singer Raça and guitarist Filipe were wearing Mosher t-shirts, and later Primal Attack bassist Miranda would too – I guess their merch is really worth to take a look at.
By the time the gig was halfway played, Raça engaged in the thank-you list. Besides the mandatory gratitude for the crowd and the promoters Switchtense, he also included the staff – the people who were cooking the food and serving the beer. I think he was the only one who did that. And then he introduced “Constructive Misery”.
The title-track of their debut album, “Critical Obsession”, was last, Raça thanking again and saying they would be there the following year, not playing but enjoying the fest as Moita was more than a metal party – it stood for humility and friendship. (4,5 / 5)

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There are punk bands that sing about anarchy and/or against the political state of the country/continent/world. And then there are punk bands that sing about trivial stuff… like how fucking beautiful their bikes are or how they miss the silicone boobs of some chick called Ivone (who was also supposed to be gorgeous, although singer Ulisses claimed that guitarist Covas was the most beautiful “girl”). Viralata (mongrel) haven’t been around for long, but their members are quite veterans. And just because their lyrics are funny, don’t think the music is less serious – they play straightforward high-quality punk rock.
Viralata have one album so far, “Vai Buscar!” (“go get it!”), but its follow-up “Doa A Quem Doer” (“no matter who gets hurt”, in the sense of “whatever it takes”) should see the light of day this year. So I think I’m not mistaken when I say I’ve heard Ulisses introducing a new song, although I can’t tell which one.
The Portuguese underground scene is still mourning the loss of João Ribas (R.I.P.), who was much more than a punk icon. In his memory, Viralata played a cover of “Censurados” (censored), a hymn from the band with the same name where Ribas used to sing. It was the cherry on the top of a delicious cake. (5 / 5)

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Scent Of Death is an Iberian death metal band – Iberian as in Iberian Peninsula, meaning Portuguese and Spanish. Both singer Sérgio and drummer Rolando had played the night before with their other bands (Bleeding Display and Switchtense, respectively) but they didn’t seem tired at all – Sérgio warned of how brutal things were about to become and the band did keep that promise.
They have already two albums out, “Woven In The Book Of Hate” and “Of Martyr’s Agony And Hate”, and by their titles you can already imagine the level of aggression. “Feeling The Fear” was quite a highlight. (4 / 5)

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Primal Attack was formed in 2012 and played in last year’s edition of the fest – one of the first bands in the afternoon. They were already talking about an album, which would be released that June (“Humans”). And now they got one of the prime-time slots of the festival’s bill, where they would even record footage for a DVD. Talk about a meteoric rise… But I guess it’s deserved – well, I’m sure it is, given the hell they brought upon and in front of the stage.
Hugo from Switchtense put some vocals on “Despise You All” and the crowd did the same with pretty much the whole setlist. (4,5 / 5)

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Trinta & Um means literally thirty-one, but in Portuguese that’s more than a number. I actually don’t know the origins of the expression, but when it’s said that “you got yourself in a thirty-one”, it means that you’re in big trouble. What better name for a punk-hardcore band?
One of the many stagedivers who climbed up there had his t-shirt tainted red. “I was going to tell him to be careful but it’s red wine after all, not blood” said singer Goblin. “I’ll say it anyway: be careful”. Trinta & Um have been around since 1995 so I’m pretty sure they’ve seen their fair share of blood on the mosh floor. At least Goblin and bass player Metralha, since drummer Rato and guitarist Deris are somewhat recent acquisitions.
“Advogado do Diabo” (Devil’s advocate) would be dedicated to everyone, especially (once again) Hugo from Swithtense for giving them the opportunity of playin there. And the last song, a song about their hometown Linda-A-Velha and suitable called “Linda-A-Velha Hardcore” went to the aforementioned late punk legend João Ribas, for everything he’s done and would still do for punk and music in general in Portugal. (5 / 5)

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There’s a reason why Gwydion is the most popular folk metal band from Portugal and every time I see them live I remember it. And not even when singer Rúben felt sick and had to leave the stage for a while – a “technical problem with my stomach”, he later explained – did the party stop.
Promoting their third full-length album, “Veteran” (released last November), they had lots of fans who I didn’t see up front during the rest of the fest – so I guess it’s not wrong to assume they were there just for Gwydion. Which is another proof that they don’t need Eurovision Song Contest to express their talent – the band won the online poll by 87%, meaning they were the people’s clear choice, but then RTP, the Portuguese channel which is promoting the Portuguese contest, didn’t let them participate (typical prejudiced minds). Other bands could have closed the night, but having Gwydion do it was just as rightful. (5 / 5)

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More pics here.

First part here.

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Moita Metal Fest 2014 – 2nd day, 1st part – Moita (PT)

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , on 6th April 2014 by Pieni

My Enchantment, Equaleft, Tales For The Unspoken, Diabolical Mental State, Kapitalistas Podridão, Burn Damage
Sociedade Filarmónica Estrela Moitense, Moita (PT)
29th March 2014

For the Portuguese metalheads, the last weekend of March means Moita Metal Fest. As I made an introduction to this fest when I wrote about what I’ve seen of last year’s edition, I invite you to read the first two paragraphs of it here https://valkyrianmusic.com/2013/03/27/moita-metal-fest-2nd-day/ instead of writing it all over again (and please don’t mistake my practicality for laziness).

This year we managed to see the first band. Not from the beginning, but I think we’ve only missed a song or two – brownies for the bus trip promoters. That first band, Burn Damage, was a groove-death-metal one formed in 2008 and which has been female-fronted for the last three years – something for which Inês was very grateful and publicly expressed so, thanking her bandmates for helping her grow so much as a singer.  She’s quite good indeed, her growling brutal and steady. Bass player Sílvia (yes, another girl) uses her fingers instead of a pick, which always deserves my respect, and guitarist Nuno shows how fiercely he is into the music through funny faces. Together with drummer Alex, they put up a heavy and loud gig. Highlights on the title-track of their debut EP “Reborn” and on “Burn ‘Em All”. (4 / 5)

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When I first saw the name Kapitalistas Podridão (kapitalists rot – yes, with a “k” – the Portuguese correct form is also with a “c”, as in English), I immediately assumed it was an anarcho-punk band. I was wrong. The anti-political lyrical theme is pretty much the same, but Kapitalistas Podridão is a death metal band. Or at least I think the lyrical theme is the same, given the song introductions made by singer/guitarist Bixo – you can’t really understand the words in a death metal piece unless you have the lyrics in front of you.
Formed in early 2012, I don’t think they have any recordings yet but they’ve been playing live quite a lot, so songs such as “Podridão Nacional” (national rot), “Epidemia Social” (social epidemic) or “Sanguessugas Esturpadoras” (raping leeches) were recognized by some. And rejoiced by many. (4 / 5)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kapitalistas-Podrid%C3%A3o/206774852779498

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Groovy thrash is Diabolical Mental State flavour, although the groove part gets somewhat undermined live, given the blasting force of their performance. It was the first time I was seeing them, but I’ve heard of them before, and the rumours were true – these kids are great.
Like many bands, they’ve had a few setbacks in the beginning – a.k.a. line-up changes – which delayed (but didn’t stop) their progress. They finally had their live debut last year and have been hitting the stage on a regular basis, in addition to some studio work: the EP “Basic Social Control” should be released shortly, featuring what promise to become big hits “Warfare” and “The Village”. Dice from hardcore band Steal Your Crown got on stage to help Fanã sing a song, but I don’t know which one, sorry. (4,5 / 5)

https://www.facebook.com/diabolicalmentalstate

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A little bit of thrash, a little bit of death, a little bit of ‘core… yeah, “metal” is the most pragmatic choice when it comes to describe Tales For The Unspoken. Also the African and Brazilian heritage of some of the members spice up the writing formula and the outcome is pretty powerful. Especially live.
Their debut and only album so far, “Alchemy”, is already three years old (released through the British label Casket Music) but they’re currently working on its successor, which will have the Portuguese Raising Legends stamp this time. And as MMF is the underground fest they most respect, they chose to play one of those new songs, “Soul For A Soul”, for the first time ever – singer Marco warning that there would probably be lots of slips but “it’s heavy metal, fuck it” (he curses A LOT, by the way).
They finished the set with “N’Takuba Wena” thanking the crowd, Mosher clothing, the promoters (the “brothers” in Switchtense) and Equaleft, for lending them the amps. “Don’t miss them, they’re playing next – that’s why they’re here listening to this shit”. Ha ha! (4,5 / 5)

https://www.facebook.com/talesfortheunspoken

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Equaleft also got a deal with Raising Legends for their upcoming debut album “Adapt & Survive”. The release is scheduled for 31st May, so they thought it was about time to play some new tunes: “New False Horizons” (which kicked off the gig), “Human” and “Maniac”. During the latter, singer Miguel dived into the audience and crowdsurfed to the back of the venue, as if to bring the songtitle to life. But it was probably just a coincidence, as he’s famous for doing this kind of thing. Same with the lightsaber he coordinates the mosh pit with in the beginning of “Invigorate”, a joke that’s become a mandatory tradition now.
The new songs sound stronger than ever, all those strings (6 in the bass, 8 in each guitar) giving a richer meaning to the band’s motto “in groove we trust”. Amazing gig, as alwaays. (5 / 5)

https://www.facebook.com/equaleft

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The last band before the break for dinner was the dark melodic death metal act My Enchantment, who are currently promoting their new EP “The Death Of Silence”. They have a long and somewhat successful career around here, so it was no surprise to see many devoted fans approaching the stage even before the intro echoed. As the fest was running late and I knew the promoters would cut that break shorter, I sadly only stayed for the first three songs. But it was enough to rate it as great (even with the few technical problems that bass player Fernando faced around the second track). (4 / 5)

https://www.facebook.com/My.Enchantment.PT

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino