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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Live review: DevilDriver, Bliksem, Magnacult at Poppodium Volt, Sittard, The Netherlands, July 31, 2016

On the 31st of July, I went to see one of my favorite bands, DevilDriver. It’s a shame they didn’t play a venue that’s a little closer to the rest of the country, but it was definitely worth the drive and Volt is quite a nice venue, sort of reminded me of Doornroosje in Nijmegen; small but not too cramped, it had quite a personal feel. Anyway…

Magnacult opened up tonight. They’re a 5 headed death/groove band hailing from Amsterdam. It’s really nice to see what our country’s underground has to offer and to be reminded that the Dutch, too, can kick some serious ass. It was a short, but powerful set and they did a great job warming up the crowd; so far I’ve seen way too few moshpits during the opening acts of shows I’ve reviewed. Interested in more? I recommend you look up their song ‘’Disorder’’ on YouTube, for which the footage was shot during live shows!

Bliksem was up next. A band of which many Dutch/Belgians have already heard, but might not have seen live yet. I knew what to expect from their show: heavy female fronted metal. Generally not my thing, but the show was quite enjoyable. Their music is very diverse, scattered across several genres. I know I heard some thrashy stuff in there, some melodic, but overall it’s fast paced heavy fucking metal fronted by a chick with a hell of a set of vocal chords, god damn. Expect lots of energy at their shows!

DevilDriver, the main course of the night, and an event I had waited for a few years to happen around here again. It was a little different from other times when I had seen them (Into The Grave and Graspop Metal Meeting, for example), so there was considerably less space for the crowd to go crazy in. They started their show with one of their classics ‘’End of the Line’’. As soon as the first chorus hit, it was nothing short of a battlefield. Beer was flying everywhere, people were flying everywhere, there was just so much energy in this music! Of course they included another few crowd favorites into their set, such as ‘’I Could Care Less’’, ‘’Nothing’s Wrong’’, ‘’Before the Hangmans Noose’’ and of course ‘’Clouds over California’’. The only album they didn’t include at all is ‘Beast’, but to be honest, I’d much rather listen to ‘The Last Kind Words’ anyway. The show ended in a bang (almost literally). As they played their final song ‘’Meet the Wretched’’, Dez went in and joined the moshpit too, during which someone had supposedly had hit him, leaving the singer angry right at the end of the show, so it ended kind of abruptly. Looking forward to their show on Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic this week. If you want to know everything about this event, make sure to read my next column in a week or 2!

Written by Nino Milillo

Read our review about DevilDriver's latest album "Trust No One" here.
Read an interview we did with DevilDriver vocalist Dez Fafara here.

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