If you were sick to death of pink hearts and kissy faces during the Valentine’s season, there is no better cure than moshing like an animal or having your ears sandblasted by some good ol’ heavy music. And lucky you, the good people at Tvibit provided just such an occasion. The 18th of February saw a trio of bands come together to offer a refreshingly heavy and diverse concert for the headbangers of Tromsø.
Text: George Stoica
Now since Tvibit is a venue for the younger ones, their policy of not serving alcohol might come as a disappointment for some, but by the gods, it would have been risky to be carrying an open cup anywhere near the stage, and here’s why.
The three bands were, in order of appearance, LÜT, Adjentist and Heave Blood & Die. Heavy punk (I’m completely unfamiliar with the terminology of punk genres to be honest), djent and heavy stoner. Three flavors all in one, and what a beautiful mess it was!
LÜT brought out the energy from the get-go, with the raw power and wild moves you’d expect from a Dillinger Escape Plan show. It’s great to see musicians walking out into the crowd and setting the example for just how energetic one can get at such a show. The songs were very short, as they tend to be, but raw and powerful. Energy is the only word I can think about to describe their performance.
Adjentist, by virtue of their name, seem to want to poke fun and celebrate the endearing scene that has grown around the genre, with djent djokes made by djentlemen who expect more from metal. But enough djoking around the djuniper bush, these guys were serious about their playing. Their set began nice and aggressive, two-handed tapping duos and everything you could wish for. The minus points go to the actual sound coming out of the PA. It’s either the small size of the venue or the inexperience of the person at the soundboard, but the guitar was lost in the mix waaaaaay too many times, especially considering they had two vocalists which dominated the output most of the time. It’s not their fault, but it’s still a shame that the heavy poundings of the instruments didn’t come through as they should have.
The last band, Heave Blood & Die, was the complete opposite. The modus operandi here was “low and slow”, and I didn’t realize how much I had missed heavy psych until they started playing. A very doom-like species of stoner metal is what they are all about, different from the crunchy yet boring seventh-to-octave sound that a lot of European stoner bands seem to worship. No lights, just movie projections (respect!), and a filthy distorted journey ripped apart by great guitar noise (kudos on the use of slap-back delay, a rare choice). Once again I have to complain about the sound – I wish it was louder! Heavy stuff like this would have crushed if they had just unleashed those big ol’ speakers by the side of the stage to their full extent.
All in all, a great show, a lot of energy and despite the short runtime it felt like a well-rounded evening. People had the chance to mosh, to jump and to have their eardrums pounded by the beauty of the mighty all-powerful riff. I do want to advise concertgoers to loosen up a bit and to not be afraid of jumping and headbanging all through a show, not just for two or three songs. Bands feed off the energy of the public; it can make a huge difference. They give a lot, and we should give back!