12.45 (PS) NEW BLOOD CEREMONY & OBSCURE SPHINX
After Wednesday’s heat the big rain came at night, yet none of the festivalgoers seemed seriously disappointed. The Pain Stage was already well attended for the NEW BLOOD AWARD ceremony. The jury in full, as well as obviously the band led by frontwoman Zofia, were all on hand for the award presentation. Visibly nervous due to the growing crowd, the band received the award after a short allocution. After a short changeover it was finally showtime. Poland’s OBSCURE SPHINX took to the stage, facing an audience that was still in a good mood from the previous day. With “Nastiez” the band chose the same opener as the day before. Zofia quickly shed her initial reservation, gradually falling into a trance-like state. The charismatic singer moved about the stage with a mixture of ballet-like moves and hypnotic body spasms, accentuating the partly fragile, partly brutal wall of soud with her inimitable voice. Especially as the 8-string guitars came in there were no holds barred in the first rows, and the finale of the 11-minute opener earned loads of applause. Unlike the day before, the band chose to play a different song from their self-produced debut “Anasthetic Inhalation Ritual” second. Even though this track was still completely unknown to the audience, it still managed to light a spark and cause some movement in the crowd. After only 20 minutes this memorable gig was unfortunately over – the Poles had to waste five minutes of stage time, simply because they didn’t have any song this “short”. We will definitely hear more from this band in the future!