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CVLT Nation Captures: AMPLIFEST Day Two

Photos and Text: Nuno Bernardo

If Amplifest’s day one felt like a dark daydream, then day two wasn’t that far off. It’s true that every single act on this line-up deserved to headline a show on their own. People approached James Kelly, Colin H. van Eeckhout and Oathbreaker’s Caro Tanghe all day on Hard Club’s main floor, featureing a Münster Studio exhibition with beautiful work pieces in the likes of Buzzcocks, Russian Circles, Caspian, Baroness and Mono.

Nate Hall from US Christmas played some of his solo works on this second and final day of Amplifest, right before Miguel Béco de Almeida as ATILA crushed the audience with his dark electronics alongside Guida Ribeiro’s amazing visual geometric projections. These dark impressions would thrive with Grave Pleasures, ex-Beastmilk, as the reserved surprise act of this year’s edition. A death rock and post-punk procession would lead an hour and a half of two Church of Ra’s projects – the soundscapes of Syndrome and the new black metal strength Wiegedood.

Some different manners of violence would take care on Amplifest’s final run of the year. Chris Slochar’s amazing bass tone helped the METZ concert feel like a punch in the stomach, while both Alex Edkins and Hayden Menzies delivered everything they got – a typical yet still surprising force shown by the Canadian trio. While my stomach was still hurting, Stephen O’Malley destroyed my hearing with his massive wall of amplification, and Amenra bled every heart in Hard Club’s bigger room. Then the demons of Mories on Gnaw Their Tongues enclosed all these wounds and made everyone yearn for next year’s Amplifest. The motto rings true – Amplifest is not a festival, it’s an experience, both a mental and physical one.

NATE HALL

1. Nate Hall 2. Nate Hall

 

ATILA

3. ATILA (Portrait) 4. ATILA 5. ATILA 6. ATILA

GRAVE PLEASURES

7. Grave Pleasures (Portrait) 8. Grave Pleasures 9. Grave Pleasures 10. Grave Pleasures 11. Grave Pleasures 12. Grave Pleasures 13. Grave Pleasures

SYNDROME & WEIGEDOOD SOUNDCHECK

14. Syndrome & Wiegedood soundcheck 15. Syndrome & Wiegedood soundcheck 16. Syndrome & Wiegedood soundcheck 17. Syndrome & Wiegedood soundcheck 18. Syndrome & Wiegedood soundcheck

SYNDROME

19. Syndrome 20. Syndrome

WEIGEDOOD

21. Wiegedood (Portrait) 22. Wiegedood 23. Wiegedood 24. Wiegedood 25. Wiegedood 26. Wiegedood 27. Wiegedood

METZ

28. METZ 29. METZ (Portrait) 30. METZ 31. METZ 32. METZ 33. METZ 34. METZ 35. METZ 36. METZ 37. METZ 38. METZ 39. METZ 40. METZ

AMENRA

41. Amenra 42. Amenra 43. Amenra 44. Amenra 45. Amenra 46. Amenra 47. Amenra 48. Amenra 49. Amenra

Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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