Hello WordPress, it’s been a while! I’m currently en route to a hastily arranged trip to Eindhoven to catch some of the bands at this years Eindhoven Metal Meeting, my first time at this particular festival and my first time within the Effenaar venue.
Last weekend was spent battling plummeting temperatures and snow fall trying to getting to a couple of shows. Friday evening was spent in the Rebellion Club in Manchester reliving the early 90’s halcyon days of the UK thrash metal scene. Late additions Xentrix opened up the show just to give their new frontman another workout, only his second show with the band I think. Yorkshire thrashers Re-Animator followed, their first show for some time after their guitarist beat cancer for a second time. Closing the show were Acid Reign and as usual they were superb.
Twenty four hours later I was in Manchester again at the much bigger Academy as I got press ganged into seeing sludge behemoths Mastodon. I’ve caught the band on several occasions over the years, but this was my first experience of a headline show. They were good at what they did. The stage set up gave you something visual to look at, it’s just that I personally found them dull and there was nothing memorable for the casual fan. The songs I know from radio airplay were all absent.
Due to the inclement weather and deteriorating conditions the third show of the weekends trio was cancelled. I was only going to see Scottish thrashers Disposable and they would’ve been the second entry on my European road trip entries. That auspicious accolade now moves from Scotland to Austria and coincidentally the first band I should be seeing in Eindhoven this afternoon.
The winter gathering of the EMM is now in its ninth cycle. Over the years they have put together some stunning line ups and quite often they’ve had multiple tours crisscrossing the continent joining up on the same weekend. When I caught the ThrashFest tour in Berlin 2010 and Hamburg 2011 a more death metal orientated package bolstered the Dutch line up on both occasions.
Highlights for me today are Swiss avant-garde thrashers Coroner, German beer obsessive Tankard – two bands I’ve been listening to for three decades and only seen once previously. Sandwiched between the thrash metal is Swedish death metal band Merciless who I’m intrigued to see. I have a few of their albums from back in the early 90’s, but I’ve not listened to them for a very long time and never seen them live.
Extreme metal pioneers Venom are headlining tonight. I saw them earlier in the year at Bloodstock and they weren’t too impressive. Maybe it was the daylight surroundings, so maybe an indoor setting might be more suitable.
If fatigue doesn’t set in Czech black band Master’s Hammer close the main stage – a weird European festival thing where there are usually bands performing after the main draw. The whole thing goes on until the metal hordes are kicked out into the winter night at 2:30am!
On the second stage prior to Tankard and company I’m hoping there’s room inside for me to squeeze in and see Dutch thrashers Distillator and from Vienna Mortal Strike. 🇦🇹
I have the bands one and only album so far, For the Loud and Aggressive, and it’s a pretty decent 45 minutes of thrash metal. It’s definitely retro thrash, hardly reinventing the wheel, but are many bands doing anything much different in 2017? The album finishes with a cover of Tankard’s Zombie Attack and with the Germans playing later in the day will there be a guest vocal slot if they decide to give it an airing?