After a rather uneventful trainride to Tilburg we arrived at the 013 venue around 3. We exchanged ticket for a wristband, ofcourse we were in the wrong line but besides that everything went smoothly. We got tokens for drinks and foods, got our first beer of the day and went to the main hall as dISEMBOWELMENT was about to start playing.They played their album Transcedence into the Periphal entirely for the first time in Europe if i remember correctly. I am familiar with the album and enjoy it but i tend to get a bit bored with them after a few songs. And this gig was no different. The album is rather dated (released in 1993) and unlike the Winter album released around that same time it’s not really a classic in my opinion. Besides that such an extreme band when you just arrive in the middle of the day is a bit too much. So after about 3 or 4 songs we decided to leave the mainhall for the new Roadburn venue Het Patronaat.
Unfortunately the Midi is closed because of some local bullshit, i really liked the venue and saw some nice bands there last year. I was curious about het Patronaat, being an old church it does have more character than the Midi but other than that i’m not a fan of the place. The stairs get crowded really fast and it’s like a sauna when it’s full. But anyway, Virus played and they did well with their weird metallish sound and lots of dissonant playing. But again after about 3 or 4 songs we got a bit tired of it, plus since we hardly had any time to eat because there were so many bands we wanted to see (first world problems indeed) we decided to get a bite to eat.
We were back right in time for Agalloch, who played a great set despite some technical difficulties. Great drummer as well btw. Hope to see them again sometime soon. Then after Agalloch we tried to get to Stage01 (the smallest room) to see Christian Mistress. But the place was packed. Luckily after about 15-20 minutes people started leaving again so it was possible to get inside and see the last 4 songs. Usually it’s not my cup of tea (or glass of Kriek) as it’s rather old fashioned/retro/heavy metal. But i love this band because of the amazing vocals. Picked up their first album after the gig. And i’m a bit bummed out i decided to skip them when they played here rather nearby yesterday. We walked back into the main hall to see OM play. Not really my thing but it was nice for a couple of songs before we decided to walk back to het Patronaat for Red Fang. Or atleast that was the plan. But there was a line outside and it was full unfortunately, so we went back to the Green Room to see Hammers of Misfortune. Really nice band, i’m a bit familiar with their latest album but the songs they played of their older albums sounded promising as well.
After Hammers of Misfortune ended we walked back again to het Patronaat to see Ancestors. I wasn’t familiar with the band until recently i checked out their latest album In Dreams and Time which appealed to me quite a bit. The place was incredibly hot and sweaty after Red Fang and got even hotter as more and more people came in to check out Ancestors. We saw about 5 songs by them that sounded incredibly heavy and great, nice projections as well. It seemed they adjusted their projections as there were quite a bit of Dutch sceneries (mills, people on bikes, the flood of 1953 etc.) After a while we went back to the 013 venue to check Ancient VVisdom, just to see that that wasn’t something we enjoyed. So we decided to chill a little before Ulver started as we were getting tired from walking around seeing bands all day.
The Ulver build up was promosing with different pianos and even a ‘conga set’ or bongos, not sure what you call them. They announced the gig as a psychedelic journey into the 60’s. Which sounded nice as i do like quite a bit of 60’s music, even though i’m no expert and only scratched the surface when it comes to discovering bands from that era. And that’s probaly why i didn’t recognize any of the songs they did. The gig was nice, they played very well. Garm proved to be a great singer but it just didn’t do much to me as the songs they picked were too unfamiliar for me. I would have preferred if they would have picked one or two more familiar songs. We did stay almost until the end of the gig but wanted to check out Black Tusk in the Stage01. But the place was packed, so we just sat in the hall outside that room for a bit before deciding we would get an early train home. We were missing Chelsea Wolfe anyway as they apparently cancelled the night trains home. Last train would go at 23.55 and she started at 23.45. When i read the reactions on Twitter we did miss something. Hopefully i can catch her play next month in Amsterdam.
So, day 1 was a bit of a warm up. With some nice bands, some disappointments and some things that just didnt interest me. Highlight of the day for me was Agalloch with Christian Mistress and Ancestors coming close after that.
Tomorrow i plan to atleast see Sólstafir, Conan and Yob. Other than that i hope to get surprised.