There’s a record store in Oldenburg that I regularly visit. Not because they have any CDs or Vinyl that I want to buy. No, no, no, young bucky, I go there because they appear to be ‘in the know’ about ‘the haps’ when it comes to gigs. The big concerts everybody knows about, there are posters, there are newspaper write-ups, there are fans with tattoos running around, not believing that their band is finally coming to town. That stuff is of little interest to me. It’s the local shows, the local bands, the bands that aren’t spoken about, except when it’s followed by, “and how do you even hear about these kinds of things? Man you always talk about weird stuff!”
Those are the kinds of gigs that such a man, as myself, can find out about at this particular record store.
I decided that seeing two Turkish metal bands was a bit of a must. I know, I know, you’re thinking “he’s never even heard a Turkish band before”. Oh how wrong you are. My favourite Death Metal band from Turkey is called Cenotaph. That’s right, I know enough about their metal scene to even have a favourite. I thought it was a bit of a must because I like the Turkish style that I’ve heard applied to metal, the rhythmic accents in odd places, the technicality of the musicianship, the sometimes present mistakes in English lyrics.
I conned a friend of mine, from Oldenburg, to come along. He’s not really into metal, but he does enjoy different things. That’s good enough for me!
First up was Hellsodomy. They were kind of death metal with a huge basis in thrash metal, which doesn’t really interest me. They played well, the bald guitarist being the energetic one of the group. I don’t ever really like it when the vocalist also does most or all of the solos, just seems to much to me like they want all the focus, all of the time. His solos should have been boosted though, they didn’t really cut through the mix, which could be what they intended, but the style of playing made me think that it was more of a Slayer style solo, that’s meant to melt your face as opposed to a solo that adds texture to the quick riffs.
The second and final band for the evening was Engulfed. They were following the Left Hand Path in a very strong way, with the same distortion sound as Entombed and similar playing style to those Swedish death metallers. The vocalist/guitarist from Hellsdomoy was the rhythm guitarist in Engulfed. I’m not sure if 2 sets on one night was too much for him, or if, because he didn’t do vocals and solos in this band, he’s not interested, but he really didn’t seem interested at all in playing this second time. There was an interesting moment for me when the 2 guitarists and the bass player/vocalist were all nodding their heads but at different tempos. Seemed odd. Engulfed also played well, this time their solos seemed more in the place they were supposed to me. I thought that they were the better band of the two, although the competition is unnecessary, it just appeared they were a bit more “with it”. They did, however, really kill the atmosphere at least twice by stopping for a very awkward amount of time to discuss what to play… or tune up. That’d be something I’d look to fix, if I were them.
Overall a decent night. Neither of these bands really did what I expected, which shuts me up.