Mercy 01-04-2002, 013 - Tilburg
the honour to open this edition of No Mercy in 013, in the small area
called "kleine zaal" which has a capacity of about 350 people.
That capacity was used up well by the people present already on this day
and when Sauron entered the stage, thick with paint, full of aggression,
they started with the first tunes of "Sauron Death Squad", which
is one of their older (or should I say Ancient?) songs. There wasn`t any
moshpit action during their show but there was a more than reasonable
response from the audience during songs as for instance "The filth
that breaths". The new songs were received, pretty well and I guess
the combination of multiple ice cold vocal lines, severe Darkthrone style
riffing combined with more new-school up tempo blackmetal in the vein
of Marduk and War is far from bad, especially live with a "ready
to crush mankind" attitude and an atmosphere that completely breaths
out enthusiasm. This all was especially mentionable during the newer,
more variated, songs like "A Cancer Above" and "Compulsion
to Kill". This first satisfying and very promising band of today
ended their set with a song called "Universe turned Necropolis".
High hopes for this bands new material coming out this summer. (RL)
This was one of the Baroeg-Benefit nights to save the future of the Baroeg
and surprisingly or not it was the best visited one of all Benefit nights.
Over 200 people came to the venue.
headlining this evening, since Pyaemia unfortunately had to cancel their
participation. Sauron proved to be one of the growing dutch blackmetal
bands. With good compositions, a brutal appearance and an upcoming full
length on Dark Horizon records I foresee a bright future for these youngsters.
Songs like "Sauron Death Squad", "Universe To Necropolis"
and the encore "Visions of Murder" convinced me pretty well.
The double vocal parts, which work out well, provide the audience audibly
with enough diversity to keep it all interesting.
Oss - Groene Engel (NL)
Kicking off this concert, SauroN experienced some technical problems and
major sound-troubles! To say that their sound sucked is maybe exaggerated,
but it could have been a whole lot better, especially when we heard Satyricon
afterwards with an excellent sound. It was really awkward, that the sound-quality
could differ this much on one evening
But all in all, SauroN ruled!! They played their highly aggressive black
metal under the worst circumstances (I spoke to drummer Ludas after the
show) EVER, no sound check, no food, no dressing room at all, no warming
up, nothing! But still, or maybe because of this all, they played one
hell of an aggressive gig!!
They can keep your attention, because of their aggressive stage-performance
and dynamic songs. Plus, a drummer with only one hand is really remarkable
to look at
Afterwards I received their debutalbum "Universe
Of Filth" from Ludas to review, and I can tell you guys, this rocks!
Then Khold came on to the stage, with their vocalist having THE weirdest
looking corpse paint! Well, that was highly entertaining. Musically it
was practically all in mid-tempo, and their drummer was really trying
to break some sticks. God, he was slamming hard! And why? I sure as hell
didn't see the point in that
They sounded quite atmospherical, and even a tad industrial, so their
songs were quite varied, but not exactly my cup of tea. They obviously
were extremely proud of their new shirts, because the singer kept on pointing
at the merch-stand, mentioning that they still have them!
Sound was considerably good, stage-performance was more or less good,
so all in all it was a reasonably enjoyable show. And to prove that he
also had humour their front man had the following to say at the end of
the gig: "One more time, Merch is that way!"
Next was Satyricon. Well not really, first some annoying gothic/ambient
sounding intro of about three quarters of an hour was played!! Damn! This
was really annoying the shit out of me, and Satyricon had to deliver the
goods to make up for this. And they did. They absolutely did! What a great
sound, what a great musicians, what a great band!!
Their sound was really good, you could hear everything perfectly, and
just as loud as necessary. The musicians, apart from Frost and Satyr,
were all guest-players, but hell, they did their job as if they have never
done anything else, they played terrific!! And the overall feeling was
just splendid, this is a band that has the capability of capturing that
real (I would almost call it true
) black metal-feeling, and make
a concert into a black metal heaven (hell?) with an atmosphere you can't
describe, one can only feel such a thing.
It was just great, they played songs from every album, if I recall correct,
although they played mostly songs of the latest two albums of course.
After the normal set, they played 'Mother North' as an encore, which blew
off the roof !! So Satyricon definitely lived up to all the expectations.
SECRETS OF THE MOON, SAURON AND RAGNAROK
DE BAROEG, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Concert date: 7TH OF MARCH 2004
Reviewed by Manuel on March 16, 2004. (vampire zine)
ago there was a black metal line-up to admire within the confinements
of De Baroeg, R'dam. SECRETS OF THE MOON, SAURON and RAGNAROK were to
blaspheme this bloody Sunday. After doing my shopping at the Metal Market
earlier that day - which was located elsewhere - I went straight away
After arriving just in time, SECRETS OF THE MOON began to play. The band
consist of a classic three-piece and due to this small number on stage,
they took full benefit when judging their sound. The trio displayed some
tight setlist as the instruments were well adjusted to one another. The
snare was way to soft though and not loud enough to keep up with the cymbals
and the overwhelming double bass. Daevas and S. Golden (two vocalists)
shifted duties in every song. Kind of HELLSPELL' "Devil's Might"
when looking at the melodious licks and passages. Afterwards I asked the
gentlemen of SECRETS OF THE MOON why they didn't recruited a second guitar
player to fill the rhythm section. They answered that they kicked him
out quite recently, because of different opinions within the band. Fair
band introduced some serious artillery black metal as they always do.
The quartet that is SAURON left nothing to the imagenation and performed
musical warfare. New songs were unleashed, such as 'Prey For Destruction'.
Somewhere in the middle of their setlist, SAURON played a classic MAYHEM
cover, namely 'Buried By Time And Dust' and this was excellent performed
indeed! The mushroom cloud on top of the bass player resembled the utter
destruction and havoc this Dutch band had to offer that day. Drumming
black metal itself is a feat and even more so when you consider this guy
only has one hand (the drumstick is attached to his wrist with some sort
of duck-tape). Same snare problem occurred as previous band though.
rushed to the stage as the Norwegian RAGNAROK made their entrance. Hoest
microphone was in the beginning way too soft and the same damn snare was
wrecked. Slowly the vocals were reset to a better sound and resembled
to the old shrieks Thyme once sang. Despite few old songs were displayed,
new harsh stuff was revealed from "Blackdoor Miracle", which
was released on March the 26th this year.
ZXZW Festival, 25-09-2005
Little Devil, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Reviewer: Arjan Heijdens
Als de heerser van het kwaad waarnaar de band zich vernoemd heeft, heerst
deze Tilburgse band vanavond. Over het publiek, over de sfeer, over hun
make-up en over hun instrumenten. Sauron is een klassieke black metal
band die vooral heel snel speelt en er enorm lage, akelige grunts uitperst.
Dat de band geen onbekende is bij het publiek blijkt uit hun reactie.
Het intro wordt meegebruld, er wordt stevig geheadbangd en de kroeg staat
bomvol. De zaal lijkt eigenlijk niet echt geschikt voor een band als Sauron,
want het geluid laat af en toe te wensen over. Toch spelen deze gasten
de vlammen uit de hel, beloven ze het publiek rotting en verderf en komen
ze er nog mee weg ook.
Staddijk - Nijmegen, 26-04-2008
Zware metalen review