Zwarte Cross,Lichtenvoorde (NL) July 26, 2015
By: Chérie Photography
This year a protest march was held during the Cross on Friday, against the removal of the metal meadow, from the program. The metal meadow was abandoned after 2012, much to the regret of the Dutch metalheads. In 2013 a new venue was introduced: The Meltdown, but despite the attractive show elements there, it could not live up to the standard of its predecessor, the Aardschok Podium.
Metal is concentrated in a small Cafe nowadays, called the Baterbar. For hard and loud rock music the Roadhouse has been erected last year and it’s a big success.
We went to see several performances at The Roadhouse on the last day, Sunday, of the festival.
Daeth Alley is an impressive young Dutch rock / metal band based in Amsterdam, with singer Douwe Truijnes, Dennis (aka Brother D) on bass guitar and drummer Ming (all former Gewapend Beton) plus guitar player Oeds Beydal (ex The Devils Blood). Their debut album ‘Black Magick Boogieland’ was released on May 19th of this year.
From Gent in Belgium Raketkanon brought a mixture of noise rock and heavy sludgerock, which attracted an almost full house.
The Wanton Bishops played Southern American Blues Rock as if they were born and raised in the Bayou country. Nothing is what it seams nowadays, the founders Mansour and Ghossein both rolled out of college in Beiroet, Lebanon, with finance and economics degrees respectively. However, this duo preferred a musical lifestyle over a career in banking business. So fate brought them here, to entertain Dutch farmers in a wooden barn on an infamous festival in the Dutch Achterhoek.
Rain was pouring down heavily against the end of the otherwise sunny Sunday afternoon. Which drove the crowd to seek shelter in The Roadhouse. After the rain slowed down, however, most people stayed to enjoy the talented German band Kadaver from Berlin. Whose drummer played the stars from the sky and more. Kadaver plays Proto-, Stoner,- and Psychedelic-Rock.