Well I lied...
Remember when I said I only had one Tech Fest post left two posts ago?
Well I lied...
This might be the most personal of the Tech Fest blogs but I feel like it's needed to tell you how personal, friendly and comfortable the whole festival was so here is my experience along with some of my favorite, non-performance related pictures.
So we've made it to the last day of Tech Fest, emotions are running high and the line-up is as killer as can be. This is the first of two interviews from Sunday which will then be followed by a live review of the bands I saw (which, due to interviews, ended up being the fewest of all the days). I bring you Italy's Destrage:
Saturday's headliners were none other that the mighty Monuments who kicked things off with Origin of Escape of their recently released Amanuensis. Well...Chris kinda kicked it off with I will go the distance from Hercules in the end of the band's soundcheck but Origin of Escape was the first song he let the band join in on.
We here at Daedric Influence recently received our first early copy of an album along with a request to review it. That album was one that I was already hyped for so it is with great joy that I invite you to read my thoughts on No Sin Evades His Gaze's debut album Age of Sedation.
When I got into the arena to see The Algorithm this was what stood between me and a good photo of the stage:
I had arrived too late for a photo opportunity but just in time to have a lot of fun with a packed room, moshing and dancing in quick succession along with a crowd clearly in love with the creation of one Rémi Gallego.
Now, Voyager are a Belgian band I got into pretty hard pretty recently so they were near the top of my "must see at Tech Fest" list and following the live performance of Acoda they had quite a challenge ahead of them. They had some problems before even getting on stage as they had to break into their own van to get their equipment, apparently not the first time they had issues with the van recently but more about that in the interview.
We had three interviews on Saturday and those will all be separate articles along with the bands' respective live reviews but here are the live reviews for a few bands we didn't interview, starting off with Orion:
This interview, funnily enough, wasn't on our schedule at all. While on our way to interview Monuments we ran into Calle (guitar) and talked to him for a while. After mentioning that we wrote for a blog he got Daniel (guitar) and Buster (Humanity's Last Breath, drums) to sit down with us and answer some questions.
While chatting before the actual interview we got confirmation that Buster has indeed replaced David Lindkvist as the band's drummer and is now a full songwriting member of the band which, for people who enjoy screaming Thall, is pretty big news. For those unfamiliar with Humanity's Last Breath they could be described as a slightly more death metal oriented Vildhjarta although that doesn't really do it justice. I really recommend their self-titled debut (I've actually written about it here before), it's heavy as hell, the riffs are glorious and it has one of the best guitar tones I've ever heard.
So "exclusive" scoop aside let's get down to the interview:
We were lucky enough to get an interview with No Consequence but unfortunately we forgot to snap a picture of the group while interviewing them. We talked to Kaan (vocals), Dan (guitar) and Colin (drums) but hopefully you'll enjoy the picture above enough to forgive us for only having a photo of Kaan. Fun fact: If you zoom into his sunglasses you can see me taking the picture. That's some CSI shit right there.