Rated 4 out of
My first black metal show
The show started on time, with the Texas black metal outfit Portrayal of Guilt opening the scene with their short raw in-your-face music which might be more appealing to people already accustomed to the black metal scene than me. I cannot claim that I've "felt" the band's music, but I definitely appreciate their approach and can see how others can consider it kind of innovative. Also, I'm down for the clean passages, some of the vocal phrasing and the emotions they sent out.
Approximately half an hour later, the post-hardcore emo outfit Touche Amore (excuse the lack of accents) entered the stage and began playing a mix of songs from their latest release Stage Four and previous records. The crowd went nuts. As far as the atmosphere is concerned, it might have been the best show I’ve seen: the band were so emotional in their playing and the audience was very engaged. A lot of crowd surfing and the vocalist coming off the stage to sing with the public were amongst the best moments. Back to the music, I wasn’t very impressed with the performance. Unlike the songs off their last record which, the others lacked the clean bits, the intricate vocal patterns and the focus on melody rather than sheer “emo feel”.
Shortly after, the stage was taken over by the black metal gods from Deafheaven who started the show with the heavy B-side from their latest release Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, setting the perfect tone for the rest of the show. Then, they played a combination of songs from the same album and their critically acclaimed “Sunbather”, leaving aside, fortunately for me, the first couple of records. Everything about the performance was outstanding – George’s powerful vocals, the ambient passages, the guitar solos and the cohesiveness of the band. Predictably, the best moment was when Deafheaven ended the show with “Dream House”. The famous lyrics at the end brought a tear to my eyes.
Date published: 2019-10-01