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   DEATH ANGEL - DARKANE - DISBELIEF - MYSTIC PROPHECY - MNEMIC
Death Angel © Cora Gonser Biebob - Vosselaar (B)
November 8th 2003

http://www.deathangel.com
http://www.darkane.com
http://www.disbelief.de
http://www.mysticprophecy.com
http://www.mnemic.com

If you have a package of 5 bands, the gigs are bound to start early and the opener bands are bound to play for just a few people in most cases. If you realize the conditions are often bad as well (like sound, light, time, food, transportation, the pay-to-pay principle, opening bands being the crew), you wonder what bands still go for a setup like that. I'm not sure what I would do - after all it does get you out there of course and for many bands it's still a good opportunity to tour and get their name out a little bit. When Cora and I arrived at the Biebob, the first band had already started and the small venue was still pretty empty. (Marlies)

Obeast © Marlies Wobben Tonight MNEMIC was the first band (they seemed to alternate with Mystic Prophecy during the tour) - these Danish guys were very enthusiastic and worked hard to try and convince the people who turned up early. They are currently promoting their debut album entitled "Mechanical Spin Phenomena", from the songs they performed I can only name "Ghost". The music is a little hard to categorize, I'd say it's a kind of (modern) metalcore and they also use samples and keys, which is supposed to explain the band's own description: Fusion Future Metal. I find the name a bit silly, but to each his own... it's definitely very heavy, energetic and groovy! Next to singer Michael, especially their bassist whose nick/pseudonym is Obeast is the most prominent member on stage with his posing, headbanging and his very evil and mad grinning. (Marlies)

Gus G. © Marlies Wobben Next up are MYSTIC PROPHECY, a pretty international band around the young Greek guitar-hero Gus G. (also known from Dream Evil and Nightrage and extremely popular in Japan!). Singer Lia and bassist Martin Albrecht you might know from the German band Valley's Eve and Swedish drummer Dennis Ekdahl hails from Raise Hell - what a mix! You get melodic vocals and melodies in an aggressive way, power metal that's melodic but not cheesy, and heavy. As an extra touring guitarist they took Markus Pohl of Symphorce along, who also contributed to the whole energetic stage-presence. Of course Gus G. was in the spotlight the most and he is truly a big talent. I'm not a big fan of the guitar-hero type of players, but Gus G. was a sight for sore eyes and ears ;) Most (if not all) songs played are from their latest CD "Regressus", like e.g. "Night Of The Storm", "Forgotten Soul", "In The Land Of The Dead", "Lords Of Pain", "Eternal Flame" and "Mystic Prophecy". (Marlies)

Jagger © Marlies Wobben Then DISBELIEF entered the stage and particularly in the beginning I liked them quite a bit. They were heavy and their mostly mid-paced death metal invited to headbang. Vocalist Karsten "Jagger" Jäger seemed to live the lyrics when he fell down on his knees and shouted out the words in pain. He also seemed to have forgotten where he was because he started talking German after one song. While he was talking he suddenly realised not everybody might understand him and so he quickly changed to English, hehe. Anyway, I liked those headbang-attacks but after a while I also found them a little boring and repetitive. I missed some dynamics, shortly said. But the band is good at what they do, vocalist Jagger is an awesome growler and I especially enjoyed the tracks "God? Master!" and "It's God Given". (Cora)

Andreas Sydow © Marlies Wobben Finally DARKANE were to enter the stage, the band I've been at the gig for in the first place. The Swedes started with the "Calamitas"-intro and "Third", just like on the "Insanity" album. Fortunately by the time they started playing some more people had gathered in front of the stage to party along. I still had wished for more people that could have given Darkane the response they deserved for their show. I've been carefully watching Klas who had recently underwent a surgery on his back. He had said he wouldn't be able to thrash around like he usually does but I could hardly tell any difference to his "normal" performance. Remarkable. The whole band was constantly moving around (or standing up behind the drumkit in Peter's case) and banging their heads, and us first-rowers gladly joined in. During the instrumental parts especially vocalist Andreas went up and down the stage like he was insane ;) Apart from a very few announcements of songtitles he did not say anything though; if I remember correctly he has been a little more talkative on other shows. It was also a pity that he had to suffer the same problem like Lia from Mystic Prophecy earlier that night: his vocals simply were not loud enough in the mix. Jörgen Löfberg © Marlies WobbenThe rest of the sound was ok though, and so I once again witnessed a great Darkane show. I had only wished for an encore. /mp/\.jpgm/ Note: I saw another gig a few days later in Essen where Darkane again were very energetic (of course), yet they were only allowed a shorter set and were also playing before Disbelief. (Cora)

Setlist Darkane:
Calamitas (intro)
Third
Violence From Within
Chaos Vs Order
Emanation Of Fear
Fatal Impact
July 1999
Innocence Gone
Distress
Convicted

Mark Osegueda © Marlies Wobben Anxiously I waited for one of my alltime faves DEATH ANGEL to come on stage. My favorite Bay-Area band and makers of my #1 favorite metal album "The Ultra-Violence". This was my fourth Death Angel-gig since their reunion and they blew me away, again. The high-energy thrash show in this small venue brought back the Dynamo Club-days, people - awesome!! By now the Biebob was pretty filled up, right from the beginning there was a moshpit and towards the end also some crowdsurfers/stagedivers. Death Angel played songs from all three albums as well as some new ones (new CD coming up in April 2004), and they sound promising! I didn't catch any of the new titles though. From "The Ultra-Violence" they played 6 songs ("Evil Priests", "Voracious Souls", "Mistress Of Pain", "Kill As One", "Thrashers" (sung by Rob and Dennis), and of cooooouuuuuurse the song of all songs.... "Kill As One", as the encore!), from "Frolic In The Parc" only 2 songs ("3rd Floor" and "Bored") and again 6 songs from "Act III" ("Seemingly Endless Time", "Disturbing The Peace", the beautiful "Veil Of Deception", the groovy "Stagnant", Death Angel © Cora Gonser"Stop" and in the end the ballad "Room With A View", dedicated to the audience). Rob Cavestany and Ted Aguilar are vicious as always on guitar, ditto for Dennis Pepa and killer-drummer Andy Galeon for their powerful rhythm-section. Mark Osegueda is crazy as ever and his screams still send chills up and down my spine like no one can! Woah!! They were all very happy to play in "the legendary Biebob" and Mark, a crazy but also very warm and charismatic frontman, repeatedly praised the fanatic crowd, calling us beautiful and amazing a lot of times :) Right back at ya, bro! (Marlies)


submitted by Cora 16.11.2003

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