11.00 (MS) BENIGHTED
While the last couple of days the awakening had been delicate, considerate, almost whispered by Second Relation and Unsun respectively, BENIGHTED were the musical equivalent of a bucket of ice-cold water in the face. Just death metal with a touch of grindcore, where the protagonists actually didn’t come across as grim as the music may have suggested. The drummer battered a bright yellow kit, two of the band members went on stage barefoot and bassist Eric Lombard even appeared in a pink T-shirt, small, pale jeans shorts with colorful patches and a big tattoo depicting Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh’s depressive donkey friend!) on his right calf. Strictly judging by appearance, no one would probably have suspected a death metal background! After the intro, “Collapse” started fulminantly, until the funny basist’s lowest string broke and he didn’t have a spare string or bass ready. The incredibly proficient drummer, behind whom a cluster of musicians and stage techs were watching in awe, bridged the time it took his bassist to change tuning with a grooving drum pattern. This had the amusing effect of going from a death metal show into an elevator playing muzak, to get out on a different floor hosting another death metal concert. Despite it being criminally early, a considerable crowd was there to be woken with the BENIGHTED maul. The band focused on the material of their “Icon” album and definitely gave enough reasons to be invited again.