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Omnivium Europe Tour 2012

When it comes to a dream line up, you cannot say much other than: YES!
It was one of those events that you instantly knew, everyone who was attending this gig was in for a treat and I was right. Ok so the venue isn’t the greatest and the crowd turnout was poor ( This I blame Korn playing five minutes down the road on the same night), but the crowd that did turn up where pumped and ready to show these masters of technical death a good time!
Unfortunately due to interviews and false information I missed the first band and 90% of Gorod’s set, but when speaking to the crowds I got the distinct impression that once again Gorod tore the place apart, the energy was electric the crowd were hungry for more. This didn’t surprise me as I’ve been lucky to be part of a Gorod crowd before and they always leave everyone breathless but wanting more, the Gorod Groove is infectious even if like me you only caught the last track.
Next up was Spawn Of Possession, after a long chat with the front man Dennis, I was eager to see what was about to unveil, and fuck me it was brutal! From start to finish Spawn of Possession didn’t let up, playing new tracks off of Incurso and early tracks spanning their entire history. These guys certainly know how to please the crowd and deafen the poor photographers! For a band that has had a long gap in their history and have restructured they were certainly tight and I fully look forward to seeing them again. Time for a quick beer break before the headlining act take to the stage: Obscura.
For me seeing Obscura is always a highlight of my year, these guys are so laid back and friendly it’s like watching your best friends local band, but the talent they process is at timesunbelievable, especially considering the age of some of the members. Once again the crowd were ready and willing to cause chaos. Without fail a pit broke out with full force. As Obscura started playing. As far as live sound goes, as with every Obscura gig the guitars were flawless but remarkably for such a small venue, Hannes kit was mic’ed to perfection creating a live drum sound that usually only appears at festivals or on well produced albums which allowed his blistering style and speed to be highlighted to perfection, we were even treated to a five minute drum solo during Guitar changes. No Obscura gig would be complete without their crowd pleasing track: Anticosmic Overload, which turned a frenzied crowd into a chorus singing choir. The only complaint I have was the smoke machine which I think should be banned from smaller venues, the price of beer and Korn playing down the road. It was apart from those things mentioned: it was a very enjoyable gig which left us and the crowd with so much to talk about on the journey’s home and all eagerly anticipating the next time these titans of technical death get together!

About Del Preston

So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweet shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me and Keith Moon and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweet shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shop owner and his son, that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business really. But sure enough, I got the M&Ms and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.