From This Day On (7/10)
Start 20:15/ End 21:00
From This Day On is a band from Berlin which played as evening opener in front of only a bunch of people, even though the band played “at home”. That was a real pity, also because From This Day On offered 45 minutes of not-banal Metalcore. The band, compressed and limited in the movements on stage because surrounded by amplifiers and instruments, played something different from all other thousands of Metalcore bands out there: the band mixed some Post-Metal influences onto songs with a constant crescendo and without final explosion, but which kept a high tension till the end. If you are curious, try to listen to some stuff below:
Start 21:30 / End 22:30
Pelican, from Chicago, IL, is touring Europe just right before the release of its new album “Forever Becoming” due next October. Everyone expected to enjoy the performance of some new material by the American quartet during the evening. Pelican didn’t disappoint and played a couple of new songs, faithful to the band’s typical sound, and increased the excitement about the upcoming album. In many interviews Pelican stated to be very annoyed by the classification of Post-Metal, Metalcore and Instrumental given to its music; nevertheless Pelican has been playing music close to those styles for 10 years, so it’s hard for anyone to describe it differently. Stoner is a clear influence on the band’s sound, as is Doom and Hardcore; the band declared to not use the voice in order to avoid to be classified into some music style category, along with the lack of proper fitting of voice into the band’s tracks. Anyway, it’s not an issue for any Pelican’s fans, since they are great at what they do. The stage saw the drum set in the darkness of the back part, with the bass in the middle surrounded by two guitars: the performance started with a few bass lines turning into a wall of sound, which didn’t leave survivors, after a few seconds.
Acoustics were good, great level of volume (loud enough but not annoying) and a clean and powerful sound, which could embrace you and slap you gently. With its amazing crescendo games, the sound came to the audience like a tsunami, a white avalanche or a giant landslip, starting far away and rapidly increasing running towards your direction. No possibility to escape safe. It doesn’t matter if Pelican doesn’t feature a singer: the riffs were like words, giving the impression that the guitar itself was singing. Impressive was also the Pelican’s ability to create such melodies, which could make its recognizable atmospheric sound. It was something, which will stay stuck on the audience’s mind for a long time.
Venue: Festsaal Kreuzberg
Price: 14,30€ at Trinity Music