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Roadburn day 2: WINTER!

After a good night’s sleep, a refreshing shower and some errands in the morning it was time to go to Tilburg again for day 2 of Roadburn. It was the day of Winter. I cannot remember how many times we listened to their album late at night in the bar we always went to. But since they had been broken up for about 20 years i never imagined we would be able to seem them play it live. Needless to say expectations were high, maybe a bit too high. But more on that later.

The first band we went to see was Mamiffer, recently discovered them and i really like their album. We were a bit late to the venue so the Batcave (smallest room in 013) was pretty much full, during the concert though we managed to get in and move a bit forward. Mamiffer was a bit hard to get into, especially them being the first band of the day we saw but i enjoyed their gig a lot. After that we wandered around the venue a bit, seeing bits and pieces of Trap Them and Void of Voices who both didn’t really appeal to me.

Winter

Rise!

Then it was time for the reason we went to Roadburn in the first place. Winter. I was really anticipating their gig and was actually a little nervous, which makes no sense but was rather funny. We were a bit worried that they wouldn’t be able to live up to the expectations, but boy were we wrong. Visually it was all rather boring to be honest but the thing that matters, the music, was amazing. The last time i had goosebumps during a gig was in 2007 when Neurosis played Roadburn. But this was nothing short of amazing. Everything seemed to make sense. The only thing that could be bothering if i want to nitpick is that the massive sound kinda fell flat when a guitarsolo was played. But that’s really all that i can think of. But all in all this was one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen.

Winter

Winter playing Roadburn 2011

Winter playing Roadburn

Winter playing Roadburn

Winter – Destiny from armandb on Vimeo.

After that we decided to get a bite to eat and see how busy the Midi Theatre was were Earth was playing. The Midi was full and the line in front of it grew bigger and bigger so we decided to skip Earth. After a quick stop at the merchandise place (bought the Mamiffer album together with The Ruiner from Made out of Babies) we went back to 013. We chose to see Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter which was completely different from most of the bands playing Roadburn but it was pretty cool. And Jesse seemed to be a really grateful and sweet person.

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter

After that we went to see a bit of Sunn 0))) but that took way too long to my liking so we went to see Grave Miasma after that. Which was something completely different again, old school deathmetal which was enjoyable but a bit monotonous after a while. So we decided to check out a bit of Hooded Menace, who didn’t entertain me as much, which made us go back to Grave Miasma again. Caught the final minutes of Sunn 0))) who re-arranged my intestines nicely. Man, what a sound they had, the entire building seemed to be shaking.

After Sunn 0))) i wanted to wait for Scorn, but unfortunately we had to catch our train and we were getting pretty tired.

Today i’m looking forward to Rwake, Black Math Horseman and Yakuza ao.

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