Berlin / Cassiopeia / Windhand + Pilgrim + DeZafra Ridge

Posted: November 20, 2013 by vals81 in Berlin, Cassiopeia, Doom
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DeZafra Ridge (7/10)
Start 21:10 / End 21:50
The show started with DeZafra Ridge playing in front of a bunch of people, probably because this show could have been defined as the counter-show in Berlin last night, since Arcade Fire also played in Berlin and most people attended that concert. A well executed Post-Metal sound with strong Doom shades, reminding of Neurosis and Cult of Luna, warmed the audience. A very minimal scenic support accompanied the performance, with a yellow light coming from the drums. All the band members offered a convincing performance, starting with the singer whose screams seemed to be vomited directly from the stomach. Take a listen to their work here. DeZafra Ridge deserves it.

Pilgrim (7/10)
Start 22:00 / End 22:50
When Pilgrim got on stage, its fat bass lines made everybody’s inner-self shake. The band is the ABC of Doom, with its slow sound enriched by some melodic riffs, which is also able to accelerate from time to time. The band’s sound could be the perfect soundtrack to a situation where one finds theirselves stuck in mud while a volcano nearby is erupting and its lava is, slowly and yet relentlessly, going to catch them. Unfortunately vocals could hardly be appreciated, since they were almost completely covered by the sound of the instruments. The audience followed the gig packed towards the stage, continuously showing its support to this young Doom band which has something to say. We’ll have high expectations for its future.

Windhand (8/10)
Start 23:15 / End 24:25
Windhand released its latest album “Soma” via Relapse, label by which the band was signed a while ago. The label name is a guarantee of quality; it should be enough to make your ass get up from your couch and go to the concert. The American band pleased its fans with its solid Doom Metal sometimes Sludge flavored, which strongly reminds of the classic Doom performed by Candlemass. The result blew the audience’s mind away: an incredible wall of sound, in which the warm and ethereal voice of Dorthia Cottrell elevates itself finding its dimension. The songs sounded even more powerful live than their studio versions, and led fans to headbang wildly and with no control. Windhand is nowadays one of the top active Doom bands, which hopefully will soon reach the success it deserves.

Venue: Cassiopeia
Price: 11,10€ at Stateless Society´s website
Setlist: Windhand

Berlin, 19.11.2013

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