On Friday night, Metalheads were to be seen on Munich streets. The dark shadows were going to well-known quarters, Sunny Red. They wanted to see the walls shaking, to feel their eardrums vibrating. They were going into the Zone. The Chaos Blast Zone.
The stars. These lights high up in the sky have been a master of fascination since millennia. Their universality around the globe since humanity’s cradle has given them a place of choice in our imagination. They have inspired scientists, philosophers, poets and artists, and have raised questions about beginning and end of times. Their power has transcended limits, and has found a place in the song writing process of a melodic death metal band from Munich, Amplified Memory.
The air is charged with incense smell. The atmosphere is heavy. The candle lights are blurred because of the mist. Where does it come from? You do not know. You walk, slowly, despite the penumbra. Under jewel-coloured veils, you pass next to statues, imperturbable witnesses of vanished Times. A drum, deep and slow. A cymbal. In the middle of this mystical ambience, four shadows stand in front of you. Gods? Mortals? The drum stops. Two seconds of silence. And then?
Like a Kid before Christmas. The eyes full of sparkles thinking of the Holy Morning. He does not know what exactly is going to happen, he just knows it is going to be amazing. This is an accurate description of me the first time someone told me about the Chaos Squad Compilation.
Do you know the Epic of Gilgamesh? It is an epic poem from Mesopotamia. It is considered the first great work of literature in History, the oldest written version dates from the early second millennium before Christ. However, since the ancient societies had an oral collective memory, it is impossible to date the poem itself. The story is about two guys who, after fighting one against the other, become good buddies and travel the world to kill monsters and other divine creatures. One of them dies, and the survivor, the king Gilgamesh, starts a journey to find eternal life. According to some specialists, Gilgamesh and his epic life have influenced the most important books of our times, Homer’ Odysseus and The Bible for example. You know what else this King has inspired? A Blackened Death Metal band from Munich, Gilgamesh.
Ever wanted to visit Scandinavia? This region of the world is often seen as a Holy Land for Metalheads. The extreme scenes were and still are so dynamic, so rich. Unfortunately, a trip over there might no be possible for everyone at the moment. Don’t worry, if you cannot go to the North, the North will come to you. Some Swedish Death Metal will comfort your Metal Spirit until you can visit the Vikings. May I suggest something? Hailstone.
When you receive a flyer with the Chaos Squad logo on it, you write the date down, and you attend the gig. When it is a collaboration between Chaos Squad and Combustion, you don’t even look at the bands. You just go and trust them. I did not check out the bands before going to Sunny Red, I just have been told that the music would be “something like Thrash and Death”. I like not to know. Once again, they did not let me down.
Four days of Concerts for 5 Euros, including a Metal panel every night and inexpensive beers. What do you say to that? Yes. You say Yes. So is StuStaCulum, the biggest Student Music Festival in Germany. It is an amazing opportunity to support the local scenes, to discover new bands and to introduce yourself to new genres of music. There was something for everyone: Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ska, Metal. You bet I was in the first row at almost every Metal nights. Every night, a band I already knew played as well as one I did not know. In this way, I was sure to enjoy at least the half of the night. But at the end, I enjoyed everything I heard.
What is your favorite thing about Summer, and why is it Metal Festivals? Metal Festivals. These two words sound like the sweetest music to my ears. As much as I love them, I have not attended one for the past four years. Four goddamn years. Many things have kept me away from these crazy events, but since I live in Europe, it would be stupid to pass all the great opportunities that are here. Indeed, Europe is overflowing with metal festivals, especially Germany. As a North-American, I find mind blowing the fact that you can go to a Festival every week-end, from end of May until beginning of September. Summer 2014 is the Year.
The first time I saw the announcement for this gig, I quickly checked out the two bands I did not know. I just wanted to know which genre(s) they fell into. My first thought was “What the heck?” Yes, Metal Madness was a mix of Metalcore, Death Metal and Thrash. The curiosity guided my way to Soundcafe and accompanied me all night. I thank my Curiosity regularly. I thanked it on Friday Night.