Malta Doom Fest Day 1 @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT)

NOMAD SON / HANDS OF ORLAC / DAWN OF ANGUISH / THRASHACRE

Date: 19th October, 2010
Venue: Buskett Roadhouse
Ticket First day €12 , Second day €14, 2-day €20
Promoter: www.MaltaDoom.com
Photos by: the camera of doom Erika

For more Day 1 photos click HERE.


Two days of Doom in the Malta wilderness and since the temperature is always very decent this was a really nice break from the ordinary Swedish winter days. As a promoter you always need to be prepared for everything.

On ‘Malta Doom Metal Festival’ they were really put to the test when OBLIQUE VISIONS were forced to cancel few days before the festival. Instead we got a massive doze of kick ass Thrash Metal to shake us awake at the start of the Friday. THRASHACRE started off tough and just swelled from there. Ok, it’s easy to rock out when you have your supporter’s right in front of stage but I doubt if it would have been any difference on-stage without the mosh-pit. Well, sometimes it was a mosh-pit, most of the time it was bulldozer running from side to side just sweeping everything in their way off their feet. It was a lot of fun to see when 2 dudes at +100kg running like crazy and the smaller guys bouncing off the floor like rubber balls. The impression TRASHACRE gave was like the new wave of Spoof Thrash that ANTHRAX started ages ago. You know, either it is a strict dresscode on stage with tight black jeans or the right shirts or it’s everything else. THRASHACRE was the latter but they sounded amazing. Great energy and fun to look at! Not Doom but I had a feeling a serious doze of that was coming later.

THRASHACRE

THRASACRE @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg THRASACRE @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg THRASACRE @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

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DAWN OF ANGUISH was the first Doom band to hit the stage. Just as THRASHACRE, local Malta boys. It’s actually fascinating that a country as small as Malta (it took 40 minutes from the east coast to the west by car, would most probably take the same time on bike too) can produce  this number of high quality Doom bands. Alex Carachi sure is a fantastic singer and really brought life to the already epic songs. DAWN OF ANGUISH represented the Heavy Metal version of Doom, CANDLEMASS or SOLITURE AETURNUS came to mind even if DAWN OF ANGUISH really didn’t sound as neither of them. A cover of the BLACK SABBATH classic “Fairies Wear Boots” got the Buskett Roadhouse grooving. For a first encounter with the band they sure made a strong impression on me.

DAWN OF ANGUISH setlist:

01. “Lest We Forget”
02. “Valley Of Unrest”
03. “Fairies Wear Boots”
04. “Weakness”
05. “Forgotten”
06. “Judah”

DAWN OF ANGUISH

DAWN OF ANGUISH @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg DAWN OF ANGUISH @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg DAWN OF ANGUISH @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

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Sometimes the first impression can set a really odd angle to a band. HANDS OF ORLAC from Italy entered the stage with an executioners mask (or a black KKK hood if you like) worn by the guitar player S and a cape with embroidered patters of weapon shields on it for bass player F. And that’s it… No additional stage outfits for the rest of the band. That to me can seem quite odd but of course, it creates sort of a mystique around the characters too. Musically HANDS OF ORLAC represented the Occult version of Doom. BLACK SABBATH of course but also bands as PENTAGRAM and PAGAN ALTAR could be traced in their music. Vocalist G also played the flute which created a really fateful atmosphere with sometimes the really tonal additions. When the smaller chock over the outfits had settled this became a really pleasant show. Both to watch and to listen to!

 

HANDS OF ORLAC

HANDS OF ORLAC @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg HANDS OF ORLAC @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg HANDS OF ORLAC @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

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But it was clear after only a few seconds in to NOMAD SONS show, there’s not enough competition and not enough places for bands to play here. With the “training” abroad NOMAD SON has had none of the previous bands on the bill really stood a chance. It really matters a lot how a band present their music visually too.

Vocalist Jordan Cutajar stripped over the stage behaving a little like Bruce Dickinson making faces, poses and interacting with the rest of the band. That type of behavior is probably not what comes to mind talking about Doom but, since NOMAD SON really is somewhere between Doom and Heavy Metal it really suites the music. And it sure makes it amazing to watch. Even if all the other bands did really good performances none of them could really measure up to NOMAD SON standard. Of course it takes practice but this band now and compared to when I saw them at the ‘Headbangers Open Air’ warm-up show just a few years ago, it like night and day. They sure has developed and grown fast. NOMAD SON released their second full length “The Eternal Return” a few months prior to the festival but I have to admit I really haven’t found the time to dig into the album. Perhaps a little more ordinary Heavy Metal this new one but it sure sounds awesome. Even if, I was dead tired before NOMAD SON started it felt like the day was over a little too fast, especially this last show. But it was a damn nice ending of the first day.

NOMAD SON setlist:

01. “Empyrean Fade”
02. “Guilty As Sin”
03. “Shallow Grave”
04. “Sigma Draconis”
05. “Winds Of Golgata”
06. “At The Thresholds Of Consciousness
07. “The Wraith”
08. “Forever Twilight”
09. “Comatose Souls”
10. “Vigil”
11. “Sign Of The Wolf” (PENTAGRAM cover)
12. “Seven Notes In Black”

NOMAD SON

NOMAD SON @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg NOMAD SON @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg NOMAD SON @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg NOMAD SON @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

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