GRAVE DESECRATOR – Oslo – Unholy
…attention, this article is in hangover English…
Blast and blimey! how this place is packed with people! Not that Unholy is a big place but this crowd is, considering it is Wednesday and Norway. Three Metal bands plays tonight; it seems like Internet finally shows itself useful, making announcements that result this crowd size. Reason can also be the world spreading band name dropping work of tonight’s bearded DJ. Which points to main reason: Visitors from Brazil.
It is the first time I hear War-Head, this Croatian Thrash band, actually not sure I do now neither, because the sound is very hard and voluminous, like, I can’t even hear the drums except for the bass drums. Maybe I have got the Oslo concert syndrom which means "ignorance", but anyway, how about a real soundcheck before starting?; sorry, I’m rather blank about this trio’s concert. More die hard people than me gather up in front of the stage to headbang, and so much can even I hear from the vocals and the aformentioned instruments: War-Head surely doesn’t give away something halfmade, there’s a real anger and hungry energy in their concert and after all I have discovered another dedicated band in the Metal Underground.
Blood Tsunami doesn’t play any long concert neither, concert start was late and Blood Tsunami soon have to go home to their pussies, hehe. But before that they deliver a strong fist of direct, riffy Thrash that you just ahve to feel strongly, if you prefer the old fashioned 80s stuff of this genre. You should. Far better sound now, performance is of the dirty type, which means authentic to me; I really love this band’s resurrection; before, which means to and with the "Grand Feast For Vultures" album, I got the feeling they were sounding too similar their records on stage, they have seen the light and sounds more menancing live now. The play only newer tracks as far as I can hear and celebrates this concert place and pub with the track "Unholy Nights".
Grave Desecrator comes rolling over you, in an dark uptempo heaviness making an suggestive atmosphere here in this basement. Since they are Brazilian I think early Sarcófago done the doomish way, just to give you a confusing picture. Though never typical Death Metal, never typical any kind of Metal, small breaks and changes in their tracks make Grave Desecrator sounding complicated yet with an under ground (also literally speaking) tension. Guitars are deep in the sound, can be heard best in sharp cleansing in breaks, or whenever they get the soundspace, which is seldom because this concert is so ruled by darkened spawnings; fronted by vocalist and guitarist Butcherazor with vocals that sounds like a corpse recently resurrected from tombs. The band lingers on through their long performance without strain or weakness, so does the public; when it all has ended praises are high from fellow attenders. I can even see a grin upon the painted Baphomet on the wall at the back of the stage.