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    Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 7:30am

Temple of Doom: Obscura (d) + Spawn Of Possession (s) + Gorod (fr) + Exivious (hol)

15th of March, Templet, Lyngby, Denmark.

EXIVIOUS (http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/exivious.aspx?ac=exivi):
The Dutch technical/progressive fusion metal act EXIVIOUS started the evening. The band self-released their self-titled debut full-length studio album in 2009. Guitarist Tymon Kruidenier is also known for playing on CYNICīs comeback album "Traced in Air (2008)" and bassist Robin Zielhorst for playing live with CYNIC on the subsequent tour replacing Sean Malone.

The band entered the stage with a nice relaxed attitude and played their incredibly challenging progressive fusion metal with what seemed like ease. The songs were more energetic in a live setting that they are on the more calm album versions, which worked really well for the band. A great performance from what seemed to be a very sympathetic band.

GOROD (http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/gorod.aspx?ac=gorod):
French technical death metal act GOROD entered the stage as the second act this night. GOROD were formed in 1997 under the GORGASM monicker, but to avoid confusion with the US act of the same name they changed their name to GOROD in 2005 and have currently released 4 full-length studio albums under this monicker. The latest being "A Perfect Absolution" from March 2012.

After a couple of minor sound rehearsals, which seemed a bit odd at that point, GOROD started their show. Great energy, tight musicianship and again a band that seemed to have a good time on stage (I swear the bassist was smiling throughout the whole concert). After the more nerdy fusion metal of EXIVIOUS, it was nice to have your head bashed in by some really brutal and technical death metal music.

SPAWN OF POSSESSION (http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/spawn-of-possession.aspx?ac=spawn):
After a short break Swedish technical death metal act SPAWN OF POSSESSION took the stage. The band have released 3 highly technical death metal albums in "Cabinet (2003)", the much praised "Noctambulant (2006)" and this years "Incurso" and are widely considered as one of the Swedish leaders of this particular death metal sub-genre.

SPAWN OF POSSESSION are sligthly more old school than GOROD and my initial assumption that the two acts would sound very similar in a live setting was put to shame. The live sound was a bit more muddy than had been the case with the clear and very good sound during EXIVIOUS and GOROD, but I was still able to hear what was going on. The band were well playing and their music worked well in a live setting. Great energy.

OBSCURA (http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/obscura.aspx?ac=obscur):
Germam technical/progressive death metal act OBSCURA have been on quite a successful ride after they released their 2nd full-length studio album "Cosmogenesis" in 2009. An album that made quite an impact on the technical/progressive death metal scene. The release of "Omnivium" in 2011 have only further strengthened OBSCURAīs position as one of the most successful acts on the technical/progressive death metal scene.

It didnīt take long after SPAWN OF POSSESSION left the stage before OBSCURA, who was headliner this night, entered the stage to play their show. The band were obviously very well playing and delivered their songs with great conviction, but unfortunately the soundman fucked up the sound to a degree where the sound at times was downright painful to the ears. The sound was terribly distorted because he had turned up the volume way too much. Midways through the show he mananged to control the sound to a degree where it was actually pretty good, but towards the end he screwed up again and everything ended in a distorted mess. I donīt blame the band who did their best and seemed like nice guys with a great contact to the audience (and a really nice German accent that reminded me of Mille from KREATOR), but Iīd fire that soundman (or at least give him a kick in the ass or a couple of new ears). I was standing right next to the mixing pult, so he must have heard exactly the same sound as I did, and he didnīt do enough to fix the problem IMO.

...all in all it was a pretty great evening, that unfortunately ended on somewhat of a low. EXIVIOUS was probably the most interesting act and GOROD and SPAWN OF POSSESSION also delivered great shows, so I guess it was one of those rare evenings where the support acts steal the show. Iīm just sorry for OBSCURA because it wasnīt their fault.

(the pics are not from the actual show. If anyone own the rights to the pics and wants them removed, please PM me)


Edited by UMUR - 16 Mar 2012 at 7:36am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Colt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 10:44am
Surprised a friend of the band didn't let the sound engineer know or maybe he was just a complete jerk.
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I donīt know, but he wasnīt able to make the sound better more than momentarily during the show.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Colt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2012 at 1:43pm
Shame, nothing worse than really looking forward to a band only to experience technical issues or the band not performing to their normal levels.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RuneWalsh2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2012 at 9:39am
I saw the same show here is Stockholm last Tuesday and it was truly a blast! Big smile

EXIVIOUS were the events biggest surprise for me since I have completely overlooked them in the past, amazing mix of jazz/fusion and metal. GOROD had great energy and their frontman was quite entertaining to watch. SPAWN OF POSSESSION were a bit disappointing after the great energy kick I've got from GOROD but they soon managed to prove their virtue in the instrumental department. OBSCURA was pretty interesting when they performed songs from the new album. The older material sounded too much like a mash between classic Death Metal bands of the past that I wasn't too keen on.

Wait... are those suspenders?!?
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SO MANY GREAT BANDS ON ONE BILL
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