Suports: Jesus Martyr, RUA, Db’s, Utrecht (NL)
By: Wouter van de Kamp
A birthday party in town. What?!?!?! A review of a birthday party?!?!?! Yes,
Detonation celebrated their tenth anniversary in their hometown Utrecht, supported
by Jesus Martyr and RUA.
RUA took the opportunity to play their first gig ever, as support act of Jesus Martyr and Detonation. And they did that not wholly without merit. Not wholly surprisingly they gave away quite a professional performance, because I am sure I have seen all of the members in other bands. Unfortunately this band does not have a website. Perhaps a bit more passion while playing could improve the overall performance, but besides that, their mixture of Tool and QOTSA was very pleasing. Keep it going guys!
Jesus Martyr. What’s in a name. At least it is an eye-catcher and that would also be a perfect description of the appearance of this Argentinian band. Muscled drummer and singer/bass player and a guitarist with enormous dreads. That looks promising once again. I remember this band from their last tour through Europe a couple of years ago and they again played a brilliant set. Death metal with a touch of thrash and some South American folk influences a la Soulfly. Great music, great performance, good support act.
As mentioned above Detonation was to celebrate their tenth anniversary. A ridiculously long existence in such a stable line-up. And Detonation seemed to think just that and to underline that they dressed themselves up in outrageous costumes, as you can see on the pictures. After the ‘O Fortuna’ intro singer Koen announced that they will play a chronological set with lots of guest performances. Starting out with their first ever, “true black metal” song from 1997 called Through the Eyes of God. And as promised the set contained a lot of guest performances as you can see on the setlist below. Jorre Jansen (Kutschurft and Engorge), George Oosthoek (Pleurisy, Kutschurft and ex-Orphanage) (the former two in full Kutschurft uniform), Kevin Storm (Soulstitia and Cardamon) to name but a few.It was a good night of melodic death metal with many friends of the band and loads of familiar people. Perhaps a bit spoilt by the many performances in the neighbourhood or was it that many people actually came for the party instead of for their music. Maybe it was the home match problem. The crowd was just not as wild as I have seen them before with Detonation. Nonetheless it was a great performance with lots of songs you will probably not hear live before their fifteenth birthday party (which they will hopefully be able to throw).
The almost completely filled venue seemed happy and cheerful as the show came to an end. And of course Detonation had to do an encore, which was greeted with great enthusiasm. After that Jorre announced a sort of present for the band and that we’d have to wait for it. So everybody went to the bar to get a beer to pass the time. Some friends of the band (amongst whom, I think, at least were Kevin, Jorre and George) made a powerpoint presentation containing a rewritten version of one of Detonation’s songs, with alternate, hilarious lyrics. I could go on mentioning all the funny, hilarious, unique and brilliant events of the night, but that would make this review far too lengthy. I will let the pictures do the talking for me.
A. Intro ‘O Fortuna’
1. Through the Eyes of God
2. Life in Hell
3. Slaying the Serpent (+Jorre)
4. Failure to Commit
5. Euphoric Loss
6. Ten Ton Hammer
B. Prijzenslag theme: Prijsuitreiking Maarten/changeover
C. Batman intro
7. An Epic Defiance (+Kevin, +Patrick)
8. Sword Carved Skin (+George)
9. Forever Buried Pain (+George)
D. Intermezzo sample 1
10. Into Sulphur I Descend
11. Portals to Uphobia (+Jorre)
12. End of Sight (+Michiel)
E. Fallout intro
13. When Stone Turns to Ash
14. Craven Ablaze
15. Modulate (+Danny)
16. Painkiller (+Danny, +Tinus)
Detonation official website
Jesus Martyr official website