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I'm disappointed in you as well, son. What gigs have been a let-down? Not surprised if they're black metal bands - often very unpredictable (though not as 50/50 amazing/shit as Deftones).

Of note:

Forest of Stars / Wodensthrone (Cluny, Newcastle) - Tiny little stage. Tech guy was abysmally shit. Sound was so loud it'd put a Boeing taking off to shame - a total bugbearer of mine. Everything was totally indistinguishable. I wonder if he works at the o2 Academy as well? Hmmm!

Marduk (@ The Well, Leeds) - Too many people for such a small space. A load of death metal dickheads turned up for Immolation and decided to stay; they were being overly rowdy and flinging cans about and fuck knows what else (Doesnt even suit the music ffs!). Marduk wernt bad, but by the time they were on I was too annoyed and in agony with my back/foot (Guess that may of jaded it a bit!). Really annoying as I saw them in Leeds last time at Rio's with Anaal Nathrakh and they were amazingsauce.

It's all I've been to this year, and both have been shite. Which was the reason I stopped going so much in the first place. Last decent gig I went to was Turisas and Cthonic at Northumbria Uni.

And unfortunately aye, I've got work coming out my ears. As it stands my entire weekend is booked up with things-to-do. Doesnt help I've got a Industrial Placement and Internship to sort out and apply for as well (one deadline is Nov 5th so have to do that this weekend too!)

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Newcastle has got some ridiculously good gigs coming up because of Bro(UK) Promotions

Aura Noir tomorrow

Angel Witch, Enforcer + Age of Taurus - 7th Nov

Destroyer 666 (!!!!!), Violenter, Vortex + Repulsive Vision - 7th Dec

Cannabis Corpse + Ghoul - 23rd Jan

Deathhammer, Sodomizer, Occvlta - 2nd Feb

:omg:

Hope every one of you fuckers is having a great time at Damnation :coffee:

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Damnation, as the previous 2, was amazing. I ended up being rather squiffy and spending far too much on merch but I remember everything up to Electric Wizard :P

Raven's Creed: There's a massive benefit being the first band of the day on, because you don't clash with anyone, so everyone goes "May as well see the first band." The lead singer looked like a tall, wide eyed Mute/Wintermute (depending on which login he uses) and they played thrash with song names like "Stampede of Skeletons". Good start.

Atrocity Exhibit were next and did nothing for me. Then we went to see Witchsorrow and couldn't see fuck all, because the small stage is in the tiniest room in the university and it's a fucking nightmare if you don't get there early enough. Anyway, doom. They were good for what I saw of them but I got sick of not being able to see owt and went to wait for Hang the Bastard, who were really really good despite the front man looking like Meat Loaf, acting like Kermit the Frog and sounding like James Cordon (afore-mentioned Mute tweeted as much, then got retweeted by the band, then got @'d at by followers of the band and went and apologised at the merch stand)

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Who was next? Winterfylleth? I met Sexpanda/Creedfangirl/Wu-Tang Dan/Dame_vaako with his lovely friend Alice who told me they were massive racists, which kind of took the shine off it. When I told Twinbee this he said it's more like if the Daily Mail played Black Metal, which isn't much better tbh. They played black metal. I think that's all I can say about it. It was enough to pass the time.

I caught the first minute of Extreme Noise Terror before deeming it bollocks and the bloke at the front was far too old to have quill-pig hair, so me and Donk decided to hit the food stand. Took half an hour to get food (for which I had to pay £6 for a burger which I provided my own Gluten Free bun for but it was SO GOOD) which meant I missed the first 2 songs of Gama Bomb, but they took fucking ages to hit their stride anyway. The singer didn't even try to hit any of the high notes for some reason and they sounded like they were trying to play faster than each other, but they got there in the end. New album is due soonish so they'll be on tour. I ended up talking to the bassist and singer about Cthulhu at the merch stand.

After that I went to see Vreid who were VERY good. Especially at singing songs about sunken battleships. And they had someone who looked like Guile from Street Fighter 2 on guest vocals.

Primordial surprised the shit out of me. Whatever I was expecting it wasn't this groovy, heavy stuff with a bald corpsepainted dude on vocals. Unfortunately I left halfway through to go and watch Aura Noir who play excellent black thrash metal and have a band member that looks like he belongs in Arnocorps.

Then it starts to get hazy. I somehow ended up in the small room with Donk to see Maybeshewill who are one of the best bands I've seen in years, and are consistently so. I think I've seen them 3 times now and they're just so, so fucking good . They deserve to be massive and to be on at least the middle stage next year. Or the year after, but still, they deserve to be HYOOOOOOGE. I ended up buying all 3 CDs and telling the bassist how amazing they were, at length.

That's pretty much the last band I saw. I don't care for Pig Destroyer (who weren't that great and suffered from technical difficulties apparently) and Electric Wizard are the anti-fun when you're pissed up. Mute kept telling me "But...but...the riffs, man!" but all I could hear was plod. I'm sure they're great but not what I wanted from a headliner, especially seeing as last year we had the bonkers amaze of Devin Townsend.

Basically, if you're in this thread, and you have any inclination towards vaguely (and I say vaguely because there's always something for everyone) extreme metal, and are more than happy to see bands you've never heard of, Damnation is one of the best festivals going. It's one day, it's compact, and everybody is fucking lovely.

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I'm super busy and don't have time to write up a review right now, but suffice to say it was a fantastic day - the best yet from my point of view.

And, contrary to Moose, Extreme Noise Terror were my band of the day (equal first place with Primordial) :D

In other news, this is a good article about that guy who punched Glenn Danzig in the face.

I hate violence, but if you watch the vid (which I'd seen years ago), it's hard to say he didn't have it coming.

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I'm super busy and don't have time to write up a review right now, but suffice to say it was a fantastic day - the best yet from my point of view.

And, contrary to Moose, Extreme Noise Terror were my band of the day (equal first place with Primordial) :D

In other news, this is a good article about that guy who punched Glenn Danzig in the face.

I hate violence, but if you watch the vid (which I'd seen years ago), it's hard to say he didn't have it coming.

I particularly like the mouthy cow at the back telling him it was a cheap shot, when he got him fair and square.

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Right then, so Damnation was fantastic, not least because it was the first I'd attended while not been crippled due to child-induced sleep deprivation. So I had a lot more stamina throughout the day. Yay.

Raven's Creed were a good kick-off. Uncomplicated, stomping Venom-esque thrash. Fun.

Atrocity Exhibit were gnarly grindcore, with yelpy, Discordance Axis style vocals. Mute and I were digging it, although I don't think the rest of the gang were. The sound was mud for the first half of the set though, meaning you couldn't hear any double bass drums. They fixed this halfway through though, and they mixed it up a bit with some Iron Monkey style slow sludge. Nice.

Stuck around for a bit of Hang The Bastard, which were a curious proposition. Put me in mind of Raging Speedhorn a bit. The singer was odd, but in a good way. No OTT machismo, but he *did* sound about 12 years old when he was speaking in between songs.

Back into the smallest room to see Witchsorrow - seemed to be a real buzz about the band, and the place was RAMMED. I managed to jostle my way to a decent vantage point. The bass sound was MARVELLOUS. A huge, beefy, warm sound, which really made their music hit home. Kind of like a slightly more upbeat Electric Wizard, with some proper Children of the Grave style upbeat stomping doom, with even a sprinkling of late 60s MC5 style garage rock. Fucking ace.

Wodensthrone next, and it's becoming increasingly clear that putting any doom or BM bands in the smallest room was a bad idea, as it seemed like everyone wants some Wodensthrone. Luckily I got to a decent spot, and they didn't disappoint. Three songs in half an hour, really powerful, although I do miss the imposing presence of their ex-vocalist, now vocal duties are shared by the musician members.

Took so long to empty out of there, that Winterfylleth were well into their set on the second stage. To be honest, I didn't see much, as I spent most of their set trying to find a decent vantage point. Place was packed. Shame, as that's now two times I've tried to see them, and been foiled by circumstance.

Anyway, onto Extreme Noise Terror. One of the first bands to change my understanding of what the human throat is capable of. I'd not seen them in 15 years, so was v excited. They were outstanding. Phil Vane's now replaced by one of the Speedhorn singers, but it's all about Dean, really. He was really fucking drunk, and clearly loving it. It was an ugly, fast, sloppy set, and every song sounded the same. Just as crust punk should be. Joint first band of the day for me. Oh, and they were really fucking loud, like Godflesh last year.

Was really looking forward to some comic relief from Gama Bomb, but they were quite disappointing, mainly because you realise the singer doesn't bother doing the high notes which characterise their sound. Also, for such a razor-sharp band on record, they weren't very tight at all. They got better throughout, but they were nowhere near as good as I was hoping.

Primordial were a revelation. One of those bands that have sat on my Amazon wishlist for infinity, but whom I've never ended up getting into. My god, they were good. The singer has an incredible, throaty and passionate voice, and seriously understands the importance of showmanship. His striking corpsepaint gave him great stage presence, and the whole set was just captivating. Simply brilliant. Hope they tour soon.

Caught the tail-end of Aura Noir, but not enough to form an opinion. But the combination of an office chair and aviator sunglasses is a good one.

Stuck around for Belphegor, who I'd not heard of before. Really impressive Black/Death metal – quite Morbid Angely in places, in a kind of swirling, lock-you-into-a-groove-and-not-let-go kind of way. To be honest, a whole hour began to wear thin, especially after everything we'd seen today, I I was beginning to wish I'd checked out some of the more varied bands, like Textures or Bossk. But that's not Belphegor's fault.

But anyway, today, for me, was all about Pig Destroyer. That's all I really cared about. And of course, the weight of my expectation couldn't hope to be matched, unfortunately. The vocals had a weird mix for the first few songs, and you could hear that maybe JR wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders. Indeed, at one point, he looked like he'd gone faint. He knelt down in front of the drumkit, kind of leaning on his hand and drinking water. Scott Hull went over to check he was ok, then they carried on. Hangover from the previous night in London, maybe? But the music was ace – the sounds Scott Hull could make with his guitar were incredible, almost bass-like at times. And the drummer is lethal. So once the vocal mix was sorted, we were really into things, and they were nothing short of colossal.

But all too quickly, the guitar died, and we had an excruciating 10 minutes where they tried to get it working again, whilst lots of us started to wonder what the Electric Wizard set was currently like. Anyway, things got going eventually, but it definitely knocked the wind out of the sails of the set, and they left prematurely, 10 minutes before their hour-long set was due to finish. So essentially we got 40 minutes of Pig Destroyer, 30 minutes of which were excellent. It doesn't matter how blinding a show is, if at the end, you're left saying, 'is that it?', then it's definitely not mission accomplished.

Still, it was a brilliant day. ENT and Primordial were worth it alone.

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So how's it going?

I got married since I was last here which isn't very metal, but we had a playlist featuring Corrosion of Conformity, Graveyard, Iron Maiden, Dio, Boston, Tenacious D, Europe, GnR, KISS and KVELERTAK, which was pretty metal.

:)

Back O/T: new Parkway Drive is far better than expected, which is nice. Shame about the track with the chick singing. I can just skip that though.

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So how's it going?

I got married since I was last here which isn't very metal, but we had a playlist featuring Corrosion of Conformity, Graveyard, Iron Maiden, Dio, Boston, Tenacious D, Europe, GnR, KISS and KVELERTAK, which was pretty metal.

:)

Back O/T: new Parkway Drive is far better than expected, which is nice. Shame about the track with the chick singing. I can just skip that though.

I meant to reply to this and forgot so CONGRATULATIONS! :D

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So how's it going?

I got married since I was last here which isn't very metal, but we had a playlist featuring Corrosion of Conformity, Graveyard, Iron Maiden, Dio, Boston, Tenacious D, Europe, GnR, KISS and KVELERTAK, which was pretty metal.

:)

Back O/T: new Parkway Drive is far better than expected, which is nice. Shame about the track with the chick singing. I can just skip that though.

Love me some Parkway Drive! Even enjoy the song "with the chick singing". Really liking the ridiculous amount of epicness on some of the tracks as well (ie. the inclusion of an orchestra). They've clearly taken a page out of the 'Metallica and S&M' book (which I'm pretty sure I was the only one in the world who actually liked that performance) which works surprisingly well.

One of my favourite tracks so far:

The build-up from around 2:30 on is pure filth. Love it!

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Oh god! Opeth and Anathema unplugged tonight.

:D

How was this?

I saw Anathema at Damnation a couple of years ago (who was I arguing about them with this year before MDB came on?) and thought they were pretty good.

The couple of times I've seen Opeth I didn't think much of them live, much prefer to listen to their studio stuff.

Only just round to reading all the Damnation comments too.

I should probably say (being I was the only one from our little posse to watch them) I enjoyed MDB. Its the 5th time I've seen them and whilst not their best performance (my choice would be The Dreadful Hours tour supported by Rotting Christ) they pumped out some good tunes and decent riffs.

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