And so they came..
We have been waiting for this for so long, we’ve been told it would be the gig of the year.
And so we went…
Hyped and overexcited the creme de la creme of metalheads, all there, on a thursday night.
The greek black/thrash metal band RavenCult opened the show and they were brilliant. Electric, morbid and unpolished as promised.
This was my first time being exposed to them, never having heard their work before, which was quite unusual for me. I tend to reseach everything before-hand and form a strong opinion way too soon, but this time I was completely unbiased and completely floored by how good they actually were.
And then came De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.
Majestic and executed seamlessly the whole album was performed by the band that once formed the Norwegian black metal scene.
Except there was something missing.
The sound was cohesive, the atmosphere was heavy, the guitars flowed perfectly and the general concept was typical of Mayhem, minus the actual pig heads and and bags full of dead birds ( much appreciated, thank you very much ). The drums bled to their full potential and the vocals unveiled a slow-ish hell in our heads, in all respects there was nothing wrong with anything.
But there was something missing.
Perhaps there was a weary, tired, worn-out feeling lingering in the air, and maybe that was intentional but not necessarily rewarding.
I’m happy I was there. I would go again. No regrets. There was just something missing…