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The Hatefest tour 2011 hit Markthalle on December 14th and brought in some 950 metalheads -which is actually quite a bit considering how empty the halls have been in the last months. Unfortunately our crew didnīt quite make it on time and this we missed out on Azraeth and Lost Dreams.
Milking the Goatmachine was as it ever was -loads of grind and showmanship. The main problem with the band is that the music is a bit of a mish-mash and doesnīt have too much melody or a steady beat to hold onto. This, however, is more or less a genre-related problem. In the end, their show is fun to watch as an extra goat-faced party animal occasionally came on stage to throw balls and air guitars into the audience.
Marduk itself did not disappoint. The only real minus point I could give them was on account of the light technician, who decided to use red light exclusively during the first three songs -which is when the photos are shot- and only later on brought on the brighter lights. Their performance hit like a sledgehammer; they didnīt just play songs from their latest album -which is also really good- but also brought in their early tracks, like "Black Tormentor of Satan" and "Azrael". Full points to the band!
Trypticon started off fairly strong, but after about 20 minutes their performance waded off into a slightly lethargic state and the fact that their sound got progressively worse (this should really be the other way round). Apart from their actual production of Trypticon, the crowd was treated with some Celtic Frost classics too. They played quite long and towards the end they picked up the pace and the sound engineer woke up.
Kataklysm was as good as ever, even if the audience arrived a bit late. They kicked off with "Let Them Burn" and it didnīt take long for the audience to mosh like madmen. Strangely enough, the Canadians left out "Serenity and Fire", which they normally always play. Due to the long list of performers, they only played for an hour, but this didnīt seem to disturb anyone -it seemed as if Marduk had burned them out and at this stage they were running on fumes.
In the end, the concert was great. The few minus points came from the light and sound personnel, but the bands themselves were good.