Miles To Perdition insisted on using the small venue of the Kulturfabrik, which turned out to be a smart move. This was a free show, so it was a little surprising that there were only about 200 people, many of whom constantly smoking outside, so that the venue was nicely filled but not necessarily crowded. Which was ok for the older generations who apparently need more space to feel comfortable, and also for the young, energetic kids who did their weird 21st century styled moshpits that are so different from the ones we knew back in the Nineties.
First band of the evening were Kill The Innocent, a young metalcore band that has been around for a couple of years now, and it shows. The band was playing very tight, and the two guitarists shared the work nicely between themselves. One played mostly the rhythms which has sometimes a certain hardcore quality, while the other one was in charge of the solos which occasionally came across rather progressive. The band was unlucky to have a really bad sound at first, like all of a sudden there was way too much bass guitar in the mix, giving me the impression that they guy behind the mixing board had bouts of deafness. Later this improved though, although it was never quite optimal. Kill The Innocent’s metalcore is modern, performed at a professional level, combining aggressive modern metal music with lots of gymnastics on and in front of the stage.
Next up were Cosmogon, whose groovy death metal has much more of an old school flair than the two other bands of the evening. The band didn’t have their best day and again this might have been partly to blame on the sound which in this case was unforgivably muddy. With only one guitar, one bass, one drummer and a vocalist, something clearer should have been possible. It still was good fun though, as the vocalist and the guitarists are really furious on stage, looking like regular wild men, while the drummer is providing them with a clockwork precision rhythmic backbone. With a grittiness not unlike Motörhead, Cosmogon are always able to entertain their audiences.
Miles To Perdition ended the evening with a more modern touch. Coming from a metalcore/deathcore background, the quintet has gradually evolved into a finely tuned melodic death metal band. There are no doubts anymore about their skills and talents, and lately they have started to come up with uniforms and a stage design to emphasise the atmosphere of their music. It might feel a little overdone if done half-heartedly, but in the case of Miles To Perdition, it is obvious that they are willing to go all the way. Everything worked in their favour tonight. The song material is tight and perfect, the musicians played flawlessly despite some or many rum shots earlier in the evening, yet what impressed me the most is the way they handled their audience. Where Kill The Innocent earlier seemed a little pouty when people didn’t move that much, Miles To Perdition had a more positive take on such a situation, and it worked.
Nice evening, and even the half dozen cameramen were not obnoxiously hindering the band or the audience. Free entry was nice too, but I guess a small fee of let’s say 5 euros wouldn’t have deterred people to come. Now we only need to wait and see how the video will turn out.