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Freiburg: From The Fire – Terminal Gods – Burning Gates – Aftershow

April 29, 2016 @ Slow Club Freiburg in Freiburg.


From The Fire
Semi acoustic project that covers more than two decades of music . A musical journey through songs of Ordeal by Fire , Burning Gates and Sisters zaus.

Terminal Gods
“Imagine a world in which Andrew Eldritch kept his hair and his leather jacket, and instead of doing crossword puzzles for the last decade, he spent his time cracking skulls in biker bars. Shazam! Terminal Gods
– Classic Rock

Burning Gates
BURNING GATES waren Ende der 1990er Jahre eine der umtriebigsten und dabei eigenständigsten Gothic Rock Bands Europas. Die Turiner Formation um Mastermind Michele Piccolo tourte ausgiebig und veröffentlichte regelmässig Album um Album und begeisterte damit kontinuierlich mehr und mehr Fans vor allem in Deutschland, England und ihrem Heimatland Italien, bis sie sich mit ihrem legendären Auftritt am Herbstnächte-Festival (mit Diary Of Dreams, Faith & The Muse, Cinema Strange, Garden Of Delight, Bloody Dead And Sexy u.a.m.) 2001 auflösten.

Mit ihrem unverwechselbarem Sound und den poetischen, oft aggressiven Vocals Michele Piccolos schlugen BURNING GATES eine musikalische Brücke von fest entschlossenen KILLING JOKE (deren Post-Punk-Klassiker „The Wait” die Turiner seit ihren Anfangstagen als loderndes Cover-Stück im Repertoire hatten) zu düster-atmosphärischen FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM Soundscapes. Der ganz eigene Charme der italienischsprachigen Burner aus Anfangsjahren wie „Il Regno del Vento”, aber auch epischer Meisterwerke wie „Lacrime”, ohne das eine Best-of dieser wunderbaren Band bedauerlich unvollständig wäre, sicherte BURNING GATES von Beginn an ihren festen Platz im zeitlosen Spektrum des Genres. Aber auch die englischsprachigen Songs der Folgealben sorgten für berstende Dancefloors und schweisstreibende Konzerte, wobei „Grain of Sand” und „Dancing in the Mirror” sicherlich zu den erwähnenswertesten zählen dürften.

Nach der Auflösung der Band waren und sind die einzelnen Mitglieder in diversen anderen Bands aktiv, u.a. in ORDEAL BY FIRE, THE FACES OF SARAH u.a.m. und haben sich für 2015 und 2016 dazu entschlossen, für eine handvoll Konzerte die „Schatten der Vergangenheit” wieder aufleben zu lassen.

Terminal Gods
London based machine-beat post-punks, Terminal Gods, have returned with their new 7” single – ‘Road of the Law’. Backed by B-side ‘Movement’, this single showcases a transitionary period between their critically acclaimed cassette single last year and their upcoming debut LP. Ferocious guitars, pounding drums and explosive synths combine to create a newer sound for the band while frontman Robert Cowlin impresses with baritone vocals and expressive, dark lyrics.

‘Road of the Law/Movement’ is out now through the bands own label and promotions company, Heavy Leather Promotions.

On stage, Terminal Gods form an imposing line. Like desperate outlaws facing down an angry mob. Backed by a rack of drum-machine hardware and armed with an arsenal of frantically overdriven pop songs, the band stand in a smoke shrouded musical no man’s land. Finding themselves halfway between the uncompromising, raucous hard rock of the 70s, and the cold, new wave beats of 80s, Terminal Gods are a fearsome live band with something to say.

Since forming in 2011 the band have sold out two 7” singles, a cassette and one 12” EP, ‘Machine Beat Messiah’, of which Absolution claimed to be “the best release of the year”. This is a band passionate about vinyl and the quality of their physical releases with an unrelenting need to write, record and hone their sound. Both Cowlin and guitarist Robert Maisey had very clear ideas of how they wanted the new tracks recorded, and were for the first time allowed to take full control of this process in their own studio in Dalston.

“We wanted to recreate the TG live experience, complete with all the dynamics, drama, and air of a live show. We did this by seriously limiting ourselves in some production areas, such as compression and quantising, but making full use of mic techniques and in studio effects. The aim was to emulate older, analogue style recording technique to get the beautifully flawed feel of some of our favourite old punk singles.”

In their short time together they’ve toured through mainland Europe four times including Norway, Germany, Italy, France and Spain and have kept a considerable following in London, selling out the upstairs Garage and The Camden Barfly respectively on the back of their last release.

On top of this they run live music and club nights in and around North London under Heavy Leather Promotions (the label they run out of their living room) and A New Dusk, which started out as a blog and has since escalated into London’s leading minimal and cold wave club night. They’ve even featured in a comic book by illustrating duo Shart Attack, available in comic shops across the country.

Cowlin’s songwriting craftsmanship deals in the dark imagery and storytelling he acquired growing up fascinated in cult film and literature. With a mixed melting pot of melody, texture and influence, The Gods are classic songwriting personified, with exquisite arrangement and glorious production which harks back to a golden era in British songwriting.

They cite influences from Nick Cave to The Stooges, from The Cult to Automatic era Jesus & Mary Chain, but Terminal Gods are their own runaway freight train of dark, new heavy sounds with a pop sensibility. Their debut album is due out early next year and will coincide with further tour plans.

Address: Haslacher Straße 25, Freiburg
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