KIT XV Day 1 @ Lauda-Königshofen (DE)

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ / SWORD / SLOUGH FEG / MYSTIC FORCE / OZ / ADRAMELCH / WITCH CROSS / PORTRAIT / CAUCHEMAR

Date: 27th April, 2012
Venue: Tauberfrankenhalle
Ticket: €45 (two days)
Promoter: Keep It True
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Finally the festival season of 2012 had started again. ‘Keep It True’ is the first one out and it’s always a pleasure to be here. This is really the start of summer since the weather normally is super and gives the opportunity to enjoy a beer in the sun between the bands.

Canadian CAUCHEMAR was the first band out this year, a band that has gotten quite much attention with their debut EP “La Vierge Noire” which is a nice piece of music. Of course, Annick Giroux’s book “Hellbent For Cooking” has helped a bit to promote this band as well. Before seeing CAUCHEMAR live I wasn’t particularly impressed by this band. It is a little bit too much standard but when CAUCHEMAR took their music to the stage it got completely different. Sure, the style is of course the same but it felt a lit more varied and sure a lot more interesting. I think in this helped Annick’s performance. She had captured the vibe of the music in a very good way and held it just between Heavy Metal and the mystique of Doom. Sometimes bands in this genre can overdo the dark and gloomy stuff but not in this case and that was the main preservation of CAUCHEMAR’s concert. Well, to do a cover of the CANDLEMASS classic, “Under The Oak” in French too of course, or “Sous Le Chene” as it is titled then. Very well played and a really good performance. A great start of this edition of ‘Keep It True’.

CAUCHEMAR

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PORTRAIT was the next band to hit the stage. There has been many turns around this band lately and for the recent European Tour neither vocalist Per nor drummer Anders were a part of the lineup. I was really glad to see everything back to normal again for ‘Keep It True’ first because I think Per is a fantastic vocalist and also a great frontman and it is always strange to see bands with a new lineup for the first time. But the way Per handles the screams in “Beast of Fire” is awesome and gives me goose bumps ever time, even on record but even more live. I’m not sure if I’ve seen PORTRAIT live since ‘Headbangers Open Air’ a few years ago though, at that time they didn’t really have all luck with the sound.

In ‘KIT’ everything fitted though and PORTRAIT sounded great this time. Their latest release “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae” was one of my favorite albums from last year but I still it is a bit unfortunate that only “The Adversary” was played from the self-titled debut. However, “Beast Of Fire” and “Infinite Descension” really are an amazing opening of a concert so one shouldn’t really complain about the setlist. Of course, it was good to see PORTRAIT perform with the drive they normally use to do and that the performance at ‘Headbangers Open Air’ was a onetime thing. The competition on this festival is hard though but PORTRAIT really delivered, it was really good to see them back in shape again.

PORTRAIT setlist:

01. “Beast Of Fire”
02. “Infinite Descension”
03. “Bloodbath”
04. “The Wilderness Beyond”
05. “Darkness Forever”
06. “The Nightcomers”
07. “The Adversary”

PORTRAIT

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I was actually quite surprised that WITCH CROSS landed at this time on the bill. A cult band of that caliber should have played later I think. Sure, they only have one album released and that one dates more than 25 years back. But “Fit For Fight” is a damned good record and other bands had done less and ended up higher on the bill. Sure, they lacked their original vocalist Alex "Savage" Nyborg Madsen and perhaps a few more but it was a good band and they did a good performance. Sometimes I can’t but wonder where guys like Kevin Moore have spent their years. He sure looks like he’s picked directly from the mid 80’s (without it feels like dressing up in a certain style like many new bands these days) and has that larger than life attitude, still with a humble touch though.

It is very cool to see it and it sure made WITCH CROSS’s performance great even though I was a bit skeptic looking at the band entering the stage. Let’s say that the rest of the guys didn’t look as cool as Kevin. I’m still really fascinated when bands manage to re-create that old school vibe and keep the music alive. WITCH CROSS sure managed all of that. The setlist might not be that big a surprise but who can complain when the album most of it comes from is as good as it really is, and holds today still. Apart from set opener “Axe Dance”, “Night Flight To Tokyo” was the absolute highlight, mainly because I really like these songs. From a performance perspective the whole set was really good. Another thing that was really cool with WITCH CROSS was that they’ve also managed to write a new song in the same quality as the rest. “Demon In The Mirror” closed their set for this festival.

WITCH CROSS setlist:

01. “Axe Dance”
02. “Killer Dog” / “Alien Savage”
03. “Fight The Fire”
04. “No Ange”
05. “Rocking The Night Away”
06. “Light Of A Torch”
07. “Face Of A Clown”
08. “Night Flight To Tokyo”
09. “Are You There”
10. “Demon In The Mirror”

WITCH CROSS

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Italy’s ADRAMELCH didn’t say too much to me, mainly because I hadn’t done my homework as good as I should have. It is very hard to try to dig into something new at a festival like ‘KIT’, mostly because there are too many bands to see all the time. Then some bands will pass by a bit unnoticed. What ADRAMELCH should have some credit for though is that they really sounded amazing. And I have to admit I regret not digging into it before the festival. There is one thing with Italian bands, either they just are very cheesy or they get this mix between Power and Prog perfect. ADRAMELCH sure qualified for the latter since they had a great dynamic sound and rather strong melodies, certainly a band that will grow the more you listen. And that was my problem here; I hadn’t listen at all it is hard to say anything about them. Still they sounded great though.

ADRAMELCH setlist:

01. “Dreams Of A Jester”
02. “Fearful Visions”
03. “Broken History”
04. “Decay (SAVER Comes)”
05. “Was Called Empire “
06. “Zephirus”

ADRAMELCH

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OZ hit the stage next and since the weather was amazing outside the Tauberfrankenhalle got extremely hot very early. Of course, that could have been one of the reasons having a bit of a problem keeping up with ADRAMELCH but a break before OZ was really necessary. Unfortunately, the break got a bit too long and I missed the first part of OZ’s performance (one has to eat). This is pitiful really, since I liked OZ’s performance at ‘Muskelrock’ last year and their 2011 album “Burning Leather” is really good. I absolutely enjoyed the new songs while I find it a bit hard for these old school bands to be able to do remakes of their old tracks. For some reason these tracks tend to loose their charm. Live it is another thing of course. Both “Turn The Cross Upside Down” and “Fire In The Brain” worked extremely well live and OZ sounded just as good as they did at ‘Muskelrock’.

OZ setlist:

01. “Search Lights”
02. “Gambler”
03. “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”
04. “Dominator”
05. “Seasons In The Darkness”
06. “Megalomaniac”
07. “Third Warning”
08. “Turn The Cross Upside Down”
09. “Fire In The Brain”

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