Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Festival: Terminus: Impact 2017

Another year, another Terminus (now in it's 6th year)! I have attended every single year... the past years have had many good acts! This year has been no exception! Some of the acts I was looking forward to were Cubanate, PIG, VOWWS, Assemblage 23, and some were surprises (HAEX, Wire Spine, and The Blood Of Others)!

The Blood Of Others: These guy's were a surprise to me, they opened up Terminus, they kinda remind me a little bit of Wumpscut (Dried Blood of Gomorhha era [which is probably my favorite]) but maybe a bit more melodic! I didn't get any pictures of them, but here is their album on bandcamp:

Their live show was much noiser than their album, but was still good!

VOWWS: After VOWWS was announced for Terminus, I immediately went and sought out their music! Excellent stuff! I especially like their song "Heartbreaker"! They put on an excellent performance... and many of you know already, for me I find I prefer the live performances over recorded/albums and shit... I find the live performances add a quality to the sound that recorded albums cannot articulate... VOWWS was no exception... I found I liked their live stuff over their studio recordings!

Cubanate: This was the band I went to primarily see at the festival, and they did not disappoint! They were everything I expected; high energy, screamy, breakbeats and all that shit! Their live drummer was pretty amazing too! We were fortunate that Cubanate was doing a reunion tour! Will they put out a new album in the future... don't think so, but if they do, I'll definitely be purchasing it!

HAEX: This band was screamy with occult themes... Not really into the occult stuff, but still pretty good... from what I can tell, their recorded stuff is not as screamy as the live stuff.

Here's their new song "BLOODTOLL":

Assemblage 23: What can I say, Tom always puts on a good show!

Here's a link to the new album on Bandcamp:

WIRE SPINE: This band really surprised me... they have that old school EBM vibe, but the vocals are very noisy! Their set was very good! Very noisy!

PIG: Unfortunately, PIG had to cancel their set due to VISA issues (not getting them in time for the show), but En Esch and most of the band were already there, so En Esch and the other members stepped in to take PIG's place (Eric Gottesman also stepped in on keys for the show at the last minute, as well)! The show was excellent! It's unbelievable that they could throw something like this together at last minute and still pull off a really good show!

They played songs from KMFDM, En Esch, and I think a PIG song there or two!

That's it, those were the highlights/surprises for me! I think this years Terminus did much better than last years... or well, at least it seemed to! As far as, bands and acts that played this year, I feel this year may not have been as solid as previous years, but over all it was pretty good! It is really quite surprising what Chris Hewitt and Ambor Sheppard pull together each year for Terminus! What do you guy's think? Who were your favorites? Who were your surprises?

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