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.
Here it is. The end of the year. Like every one, every year, I must say that the time flew by way too fast. 2014 was amazing for me, full of new friendships, experiences, and music. So much good music. So many concerts. I would like to share my personal favorites of 2014. Let’s swim a bit in nostalgia before welcoming 2015 with the horns up.
It’s Tuesday night. The weather is cold, maybe it’s even raining. You are home, having dinner after a long day at work. You are tired, and you are reconsidering going to the concert. You like the band, but you do not feel like going outside once again. You are way too comfortable at home. You wish the band could just arrive at your place, and play in your living room.
Well, Munich Overdrive TV is almost there.
Face Paint. Inverted Crosses. Destruction of Crucifix. I could not have asked something more for this Gig. One more step in my journey into Black Metal. I definitely do not want to go back. Let’s go deeper in the Darkness.
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.
I was not sure if I wanted to write something about the Black Sabbath Concert. There are already many articles about this tour, and already reviews about the specific gig of Friday the 13th. What else could I say? It was a very emotional concert to me, on both extreme sides of the feeling scale, so I decided to write it down, even if I doubt I will give you some new informations.
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.
When I think of my Live Music consumption, I sometime think I could be considered like a junkie. It gives me this boost of adrenaline I enjoy. I need this powerful energy of concerts, and I do have symptoms when I am deprived of gigs during lengthy amounts of time. And for the past 3 weeks, I had an involuntary music withdrawal. So when the Death knocked at Munich’s doors on Friday night, I could not contain myself.