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Laurus Nobilis Música Famalicão 2015 – metal day

Posted in Festival, Gig with tags , , , , , , , , , on 28th July 2015 by Pieni

Mão Morta, R.A.M.P., More Than A Thousand, Éden
Louro, Famalicão (PT)
24th July 2015

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Laurus Nobilis is a new 3-day festival in the north of Portugal. Each day is dedicated to a different genre of music – in fact, the alternative name of the fest is “Festa da Música” (Music Party) – the first being “heavy metal”, so off I went last Friday.

“Heavy Metal” in its general meaning, that is, as none of the four bands had such a traditional sound.

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The first band, Éden, was supposed to get on stage at 19:30 but the show was delayed for about an hour. It wasn’t the band’s fault, not even the promoter’s. It’s just that it was a week-day, and despite being summer, a lot of people are still at work. Even at 20:30 there was only a fraction of the big crowd that would later pack nicely the area in front of the stage.

Éden is local band that’s been around for 20 years – although I confess it was the first time I’ve heard of them. Metal sung in Portuguese, with an alternative vibe and a very expressive singer. Despite the long career, it seems they only have two albums out – “Kaos” (1999) and “Ciclo Fechado” (2012) – but they’ve always been active, either playing live or working in other musical projects, so there wasn’t any hint of rustiness in their  photo _DSC0540_zpsqecnubjo.jpgperformance. Some people in the audience engaged in their sound right away but others – especially the kids who were already at the front row waiting for More Than A Thousand – were a little harder to convince. But in the song “Voa” (which means “fly”), frontman AguiarS smiled and said “you’re not flying… but we are!”. And that was amusing enough to make the more skeptical let themselves go to Éden’s sound.
For the last song, AguiarS left the stage while a couch was placed in front of the drumkit. He’d soon return wearing a white tunic and holding a staff, which automatically made me think of St. Peter. But since they have a song named “S.º Sinfrónio”, I believe that was the song that closed the gig.

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Then More Than A Thousand stormed the stage with “Feed The Caskets”. Like I’ve said before, they had a legion of fans eager to see them – including me. MTAT announced early this month that they’re going into a hiatus, one with no foreseen expiration date, so I tip my hat to Laurus Nobilis promoters for recognizing the band’s talent (trust me – that’s not always the case around here, in their own home country) and giving them one more chance to say goodbye to their fans – some of them who were seeing MTAT for the first time and whom singer Vasco Ramos “welcomed to the family”.  photo _DSC0091 copy_zpspnkefaho.jpgI’ve seen MTAT a couple of times before (a lot less than I’d like to, sadly) and the interaction between the band and the crowd feels indeed as if you’re among good friends. Vasco keeps the spirits up constantly, asking for screams, jumps, fists in the air and mosh pits, and the other members, even without a microphone, encourage the crowd just the same by clapping their hands or simply with their lively posture. So what if Vasco went out of tune once or twice? Their music is top-notch metalcore and the way they give themselves to it is a match. I was just hoping for a somewhat longer gig, but that understandable delay messed with every band’s schedule (except for the headliners, that is). Still we heard a fair share of their mandatory songs, the last being the usual “No Bad Blood”.

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I’m not sure how famous R.A.M.P. are outside of Portugal, but here they’re close to legends – after all, they were the first metal band to enter the Portuguese music charts, back in 1998. And more than 25 years after their formation, and despite their latest album (“Visions”) being six years old already, they still stir crowds – because they’re one of those bands that always deliver a tremendous show, new material or not.
Also, they’re proof that metal can be as aggressive as amusing – that flood of heavy riffs and sharp beats always hand-in-hand with funny faces and teasing one another (bass player Sales, being the youngest and the shortest, is their favorite target…). Let’s not forget singer Rui Duarte’s remarks. I believe my favorite from this show was when there was a little misunderstanding  photo ricardo_zpszmwjojjh.jpgregarding the next song to play. As I’ve said before, the schedules suffered some changes and it seems that Rui thought they’d be playing even less than they actually would. So he started introducing the ballad “Alone”, which he always dedicates to his mother, but drummer Paulinho called him, telling him there was still one song before that. “Okay, so this one is not for my mother, is for an ex-girlfriend”, was how he amended the introduction to “Clear”.
There were a lot of classics missing from this setlist, but since their last tour was a best-of one, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, it was refreshing listening to songs that I hadn’t heard live in a while. And by the crowd’s response, they were happy too.

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I’m pretty sure that headliners Mão Morta (dead hand) are unknown to non-Portuguese natives. Here, they are huge. They’re considered avant-garde/death rock, but personally, I think they’re too unique to fit any label. The songwriting is dark, in a creepy kind of way, and then the lyrics address capitalism and politics in general, as well as human rights and basic instincts – sung in Portuguese, in Adolfo Luxúria Canibal’s overly-deep voice, it was almost impossible not being a success around here.
 photo _DSC0690 copy_zpssmo5njlv.jpgWith 16 albums out – the latest, “Pelo Meu Relógio São Horas De Matar” (according to my watch it’s time to kill), released last year – the band delighted the audience with recent tracks just as “Os Ossos De Marcelo Caetano” (Marcelo Caetano’s bones) and “Pássaros A Esvoaçar” (birds flying), and old ones like “Tu Disseste” (you said) or “Anarquista Duval” (Duval the anarchist). It’s not exactly my cup of tea, but one look at all those people swaying to that sound and it was clear that the headlining role had been deserved.

I wasn’t at the other days of the festival, but this first one was convincing enough – a great place, with very welcoming people, diverse food spots and, of course, some of the finest names in our musical scene. See you next year!

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

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1st edition of Laurus Nobilis Music (Famalicão, Portugal) to kick off next week

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 15th July 2015 by Pieni

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Laurus Nobilis is the name of a new Portuguese project whose goal is to celebrate music in general, in the form of a festival suitably called ‘Festa da Música’ (Music Party). So not only the genre of the artists will be diverse – from classic music to heavy metal – but also the level of fame will go from underground newbies to acclaimed international acts. In fact, the headliners are the legendary The Waterboys.

Promoters Ecos Culturais do Louro (which translates to ‘cultural echoes from Louro’) also aim to cement an association, together with Casa do Artista Amador (‘home of the amateur artist’), that will support all kinds of art. Noble indeed.

This first fest will take place in Louro, Famalicão, from 24th to 26th of July, with the following bill:

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We will bring you a full report on the first day, the one dedicated to metal and alternative music (Mão Morta, R.A.M.P., More Than A Thousand and Éden).

www.laurusnobilis.pt/

R.A.M.P. @ Hard Club, Porto (PT)

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , on 29th November 2013 by Pieni

R.A.M.P.
Hard Club, Porto (Portugal)
23rd November 2013

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Since I’ve joined the Valkyrian Music team that I’ve been showing you how much more there is to the Portuguese metal scene than Moonspell. Today I give you another icon of our metal history: R.A.M.P., who have been touring across our country in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

Yes, unlike W.A.S.P., there is a reason for those dots – R.A.M.P. is the combination of the original members’ initials, Ricardo, António, Miguel and Paulo. A few line-up changes have occurred ever since, the latest being new bass player Sales, who brought a new life to the live performances, with his good spirits and talent with the four strings.

The venue wasn’t exactly full, but thankfully they didn’t change the event to the smaller room, so R.A.M.P. had the stage, sound and lights that they deserve. Also the crowd was totally responsive, but just like any other singer, Rui wasn’t satisfied with the first screams he got from us. What was new to me was the way he made us scream louder: not the usual “is that all you’ve got?” or “yesterday we played in City X and they did a lot better”; he said “if we were a German or a Swedish band, this is where we’d say ‘you’re the best crowd in the fucking world!’. But we know that here in Porto you can get louder than that!”. And of course we did.

Among hit songs such as “How”, “Alone”, “Behind The Wall” or “Black Tie”, he told us about how he and his brother were called of junkies by their neighbors just because they wore long hair and black clothes. And then some guy down the street died of AIDS. Another of hepatitis. A third one of overdose. All of them with “good looks”. Almost everybody in that venue could relate to that story.

Except maybe for the really young ones. “Thoughts” was released 21 years ago, and Rui wanted to know if there was anyone just as old or younger than that in the room. A girl raised her hand slowly and Rui told her not to be shy, because everyone else in that room was thinking “I’m jealous”. And then, to those others, he said they should be rejoicing the fact that she was there instead of with all those depressed kids who listen to One Direction. Now this one made me laugh hard.

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Another “urban legend” regarding metalheads was that they couldn’t speak, just grunt, and none of them would go past the 4th grade. Rui mentioned how in 1985 Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider proved them wrong in a Senate hearing defending heavy metal eloquently against the PMRC. The ticket for that night’s show was the buying receipt of the band’s ‘best of’ album, so everybody knew that this story was the introduction to Twisted Sister’s cover “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, that R.A.M.P. recorded for that album. “Fuck You” – a song with a “very deep and philosophical message”… – followed suit and the band left the stage for a while. And “For A While” was precisely the first song of the encore, where all members (except drummer Paulinho, of course) came forward and sat on the edge of the stage to play that ballad. Also most of the audience sat on the floor, creating a pretty magical moment.

The Bangles“Walk Like An Egyptian” sped up the rhythm again and the show ended with a very suitable song for the current hard times we’re all going through, one way or another: “Try Again”.

25 years have passed. May another 25 pass with the same passion and devotion. After all, Rui said that one of the first shows he’d ever attended (AC/DC) had a singer older than his dad, so I guess I’m not asking too much. (5/5)

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino