Malta Doom Fest Day 2 @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT)

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FORSAKEN / SORROWS PATH / LOTHÜS / VICTIMS OF CREATION / DELUGE OF SORROW

Date: 20th 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

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Day two started of quite odd. DELUGE OF SORROW was a real mish-mash of styles; sometimes as psychedelic as the most atmospheric parts of OPETH to switch over to a dead on target FEAR FACTORY riff and then continue in to Gothic female fronted bell like vocals. A little confusing I can admit but the cool thing was that at least DELUGE OF SORROW had everything under control. The really cool thing was that vocalist Teena managed all vocals, from the darkest growls to the clear melodies. Still, this type of music is never easy to get into just like that since there was so much going on all the time. Just to add a percussionist ala SLIPKNOT do a lot for the groove. I still have a hard time to find the doom in DELUGE OF SORROW though.

DELUGE OF SORROW

DELUGE OF SORROW @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg DELUGE OF SORROW @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg DELUGE OF SORROW @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

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VICTIMS OF CREATION represented the Death Metal version of Doom and I must say they impressed me a lot. Sure, every band sounded perfect for their style but this was something else. A bass player / vocalist that looked like a mix of Peter Steele and Schmier, who’s abusing the bass as a mixture of both of them too and managed to sing all registered from Power Metal to the darkest growls really knocked me off my feet. It was really amazing to feel the intensity in their music even if, it was a mixture of styles the music never lost the thread or the drive. A flawless performance from the band helped a lot with the impression too of course! Then to set the band up as biggest first created a wide angle effect just by looking at the stage. VICTIMS OF CREATION put on an absolutely amazing performance and they sure are a really cool band, one of my absolute favorites of the whole festival.

VICTIMS OF CREATION

VICTIMS OF CREATION @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg VICTIMS OF CREATION @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg VICTIMS OF CREATION @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

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LOTHUS, just like HANDS OF ORLAC hailed from Italy. But, apart from nationality they didn’t have much in common with their landsmen. LOTHUS stood for yet another genre within the Doom Metal scene, Groove or Stoner. I admit that this type isn’t my favorite part. Mainly because what it stood for when it broke through in the late 90’s. Skills of playing were a bad thing, and just like in Grunge, style and show was absolutely forbidden. This all resulted in extremely bad bands that kept jamming (if you can call using 5 tones in a minor pentatonic scale for jamming) until the crowd fell asleep or left. But ok, I wouldn’t say LOTHUS represented that bunch of bands. They really sounded good, very bluesy but as long as the music stays creative there’s nothing wrong with that. So, LOTHUS knocked holes in all my preconception of the genre so that mean they must have been really good, still not really my cup of tea.

LOTHUS

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

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Then it was time for some more Epic Gothic Doom. SORROWS PATH sure has a lot of Heavy Metal in their music too but the general feeling over it all was quite alike PARADISE LOST’s “Gothic” era. Ok, SORROWS PATH doesn’t have the harsh vocals but when it comes to the music the similarities are there. It makes such a difference in the show when a band has put some thought into the performance, it is so important for the whole impression. I still expected a little more from SORROWS PATH. I guess the impression of the band off stage, the really nice T-shirts and newly released “The Rough Path Of Nihilism” had boosted my expectations a little too high I suppose.

As a tribute to Ronnie James Dio SORROWS PATH played a medley of songs from his career and brought in Leo Stivala from FORSAKEN to duet with Angelos Ioannidis, unfortunately their voices wasn’t 100% interchangeable so it all came out a little odd sounding. In the total picture I really liked the feeling SORROWS PATH delivered through their music, it wasn’t perfect but actually really impressive.

SORROWS PATH setlist:

01. “Intro”
02. “The Beast (S.P.R)”
03. “Dirty Game”
04. “Land Of Illusions (CHOPAR)”
05. “All Love Is Lost”
06. “Mr. Holy”
07. “Queen Of Doom”
08. “No Possibility”
09. “Holy Diver” / “Children Of The Sea” / “Stargazer” Dio medley
10. “Prostitute”
11. “Empty Eyes And Blackened Hearts”

SORROWS PATH

SORROWS PATH @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

SORROWS PATH @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

SORROWS PATH @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

SORROWS PATH @ Buskett Roadhouse (MT) photos by Erika Wallberg

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Then again it was time to be run over. FORSAKEN has been around for a while so they’re bound to be good. I was ready for it, was looking forward to see them but still FORSAKEN managed to blow me away. Damn, Leo sure is a really impressive singer. He’s such an intense and energetic performer which makes FORSAKEN great to watch. Then, that they sound absolutely super of course helps a lot too. It says a lot about a band if they manage to catch my interest after two days of Metal. And not only that, I felt more awake after an hour plus of FORSAKEN than before the Festival started. It’s really amazing to have a band play with such joy and passion it leaves no one in the venue unaffected. 2010 marked the 5th anniversary of FORSAKEN’s “Dominaeon” album, to celebrate that the entire record was played. It’s always cool with these kinds of special shows. Another really cool feature was a really tough version of SAINT VITUS “Born To Late” and well, it’s not possible to do BLACK SABBATH’s self titled anthem any heavier but it was a very good version.

FORSAKEN

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

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In general the response from the crowd was good for all bands. Of course, it’s easier to support your friends so the Malta bands got a little more of the support, that’s normal. But it’s still cool that all bands had a crowd, had support. NOMAD SON and FORSAKEN got the most support, which they absolutely deserved but the whole reaction says a lot about the scene on this tiny Island. Even if this was a small Festival it felt big in many ways. All bands were really good, all people very cool and friendly. Perhaps the warmth of the sun (all year around) makes people mellow but I could absolutely think of worse things than that. Malta in November sure was nice for a Viking and I certainly wouldn’t mind if this becomes another yearly tradition.