The annual German festival Kings of Black Metal in the county of Hessen, always takes place in the beginning of April. This year for the first time it was held on two consequent days. Having to travel from far, we only visited on the main day, Saturday. Judging from the more than half empty hall at the start of the afternoon, and the sleepy eyes of our German friends, the night before, with headliners Endstille and Nargaroth, had been a great succes. The first band we saw was Velnias, a rather unknown band, who had come all the way from Boulder, Colorado (USA). They had a hard time warming up for the other bands to come. The sound engineer seemingly had not arrived yet. Which was a pity because this bands sounds very well on recordings. With Svartidaudi on stage, next, the sound was good. Musically speaking we really love this Icelandic quartet. However their stage appearance is, despite their half facemasks, too static to our liking. Impiety from Singapore, with the ergetic frontman Shyaithan, brought more live into the venue with their blackened trash.
The liveliness was gradually increased by the bands Khold from Norway and Seth from France. Organizer Olli (Burning Stage Concerts) surely knows how to build up a Black Metal program. The running order was excellent in this respect. Both bands already have a long tradition in their own countries but only the last few years, they have gained more attraction abroad. As for Seth, this is undoubtedly, at least partly,due to their charismatic singer Black Messiah.
Photography by Chérie, Metalphoto