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Het Entrepot, Bruges
Boris is an experimental noise/psyche/metal/doom band from Japan named after the Melvin's "Bullhead". Often compared with Sonic Youth but to me it is only true for a couple of their songs. A large variety of genres passing on their way (they released an album with Merzbow, toured with NiN, composed a song for a Jim Jarmusch film...) so fitting them into comparison would be to hard for them. It was a pleasure to see them live altough most of the audience left after 45 min... At the very moment i'm still wondering why... Do i have to doubt my musical taste? I never got bored. Was it to difficult to understand? They only thing i know this show was a killer and the people i talked after the show all agreed. So people who left early: I think you've missed a great opportunity. One minus: never sell your albums on a concert for 30 euro when people can buy for 15 euro on the internet...
Check them at the Dour Festival on July,17th and please confirm me my doubts, + or -!
Russian Circles are a post - rock/metal trio from Chicago, US. Second time i saw them on stage and it was even bettter than the first time. A perfect balanced mixture of stoner / psychedellica dipped in a melancholic inferno. The interaction of guitar and percussions communicate in a more kinda sensitive way without the usual exploding ends that is common to the genre. But that doesn't mean it's flatlined, not at all!
A must check at the Dour festival, July 17th!
The Ocean is an experimental post-metal band from Berlin, Germany. A weird combination of prog - hardcore which they describes as “ambient soundtrack doomrock”. I did not know the band but was pretty surprised, floating between agressive and dreamy passages which made it well captivated. When you're into the genre, check them at Dour festival 17th July!
Red Fang are a stoner/grunge/psych metal band with a touch of sludge from Portland, US. It's hard to fit these beer drinking hellraisers into one style but one thing is clear, they create their own. The hilarious musicvideos directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Jackass, Band of horses, flogging Molly, Turbonegro, the gossip...) are a huge hit on the internet so time to see and hear them live on stage. A nasty, brutish bass-heavy slow burner reminded me of an early Soundgarden, altough the melodic muscular voice fired the set up into more solid stoner. The crowd enjoyed it as much as i did. 30 minutes is way to short, a warming up wich left me with 3 words: "i want more..."
I predict the band a famous future, keep an eye on their calendar somewhere november, Belgium.