Introduction => 98-08-14&15&16 HardCore – The Next Generation festival

Laurent Chopard (from Besançcon, France) wrote in his zine Co-existence (that he did with his mate Olivier Bresson): >>On Sunday I enjoyed ‘Lifecycle’, which I didn’t really like last year. The female vocals add a lot of extra. ‘Inflexible’ showed that metal-wise things are better in Poland than in Belgium. Style-wise, we can say that it’s successful. The Germans of ‘Caliban’ played slightly metal emo. I found it not bad but I was (like a lot of people) satured with metal. I was afraid that there would be more incidents since it was the Belgians of ‘Arkangel’ hit the stage. Nothing serious happened, except the pitiful hard-dancing duded happy to bust each other’s noses.

On a musical level, we got a long way from HC, it’s more like not too bad death-metal. On the other hand one may wonder if it’s useful to preach veganism in front of an informed and converted audience and if their “vegan revolution” doesn’t sound a bit ridiculous when you see their beautiful brand-clothing. Hopefully they’ll get there while growing up.

Finally emo! Yeah, the elders of ‘Kosjer D’ and ‘Reiziger’ gave a superb emo-rock concert which was a long way from some of the kiddy-play. ‘Eyeball’ disappointed me a bit, the audience loved it, it was very much old-school but I believe there’s much better style-wise. Guess who was closing the festival?… ‘Congress’! Yeah, some cancellations and there you go!: they call upon the local glories that are already playing every year. Well, let’s not be too mean: regarding metal H8000 style, it’s still the best.

We won’t insist too much on the ‘did-you-see-me’ attituded and the consumption at the festival, everybody should know by now; the same goes for the dirtyness of the site (Maybe it takes more SxE bands writing songs explaining how to get rid of trash in a garbage-can!) and and the bad smell in the venue. Well, I’ld better calm down because there’s at least there no cigarette-smoke. I regret (and I’m not the only one) the cancellations (‘Serene’, ‘Grade’ [cancelled for family-matters], ‘Bob Tilton’, ‘As Friends Rust’, etc.) and the absence of Swedish bands this year (let’s not even talk about French!) and on the other hand I’ll remember the good times and the people I met there. I don’t know why but this year almost the entire French scene was in the audience!<<

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‘Reply’ (Lint/Kontich/Wilrijk): Kevin Meylemans (guitar), Jimmy Wouters (drums; replaced Yannick (Muylle?) and after that Brian De Bondt – author of the anti-windmilling flyer for 96-08-16&17&18; Jimmy also did a distro called Petition Of Menes and played in ‘One For Sorrow’) who left the band because of disagreemebts), Sven Roevens (vocals; also did Hoeëmai zine), Dries Verhaert (bass) & Michael Camerlinck (2nd guitar later on but not here). Sven & Yannick also did Constructive zine. Kevin described his band’s music as “solid, intense metallic (emo) HC”. Their split-7” with ‘One For Sorrow’ came to the world in ’99 (Funtime recs, Firestorm recs, Fallen Angel recs). In 2000 they did a CD entitled Nine Batteries To Fuel Our Dying Teenage Love Affair (on Funtime recs).

‘D.S.A.’ was a local band that played the V.V. several times (see 97-06-27, 97-10-25 & 97-12-26). They also had a track on this year’s festival compilation-CD

Sofie – ‘Lifecycle’s singer – wrote me (May ’98) that their bassist Jürgen had quit the band a few weeks earlier (“We did more shows without him than with him.” His last show was May ’98.) and that they were no longer an SxE band. They were gonna try out a girl as bassist but apparently that didn’t work out… They also had gotten the proposal to release a 7” on SoberMind recs. Check out their many other V.V. performances

‘Inflexible’, from Łódź in Poland, were: Maciej ‘Maciek’ Derfel (bass), Piotr ‘Carlos’ Szambelan (vocals), Sebastian Niciński (drums) and ‘Vanila’ Piotr Bujnowski (guitar). Their music was described as mosh-core and they had a tape out entitled Progress By Hatred (Youth Culture, ’97). In ’99 their album Born To Hate was released (Shing recs). The band’s members were the founders of the B.D.H.Crew (or 248 Crew), a group of people from central Poland who wanted to promote HC & straight-edge scene.

The Good Life promo-talk on ‘Ashlar’ went like this: “Limburg metal-core following in ‘Kindred’s footsteps, with a more metal and Cleveland (‘Ringworm’, ‘Integrity’) influenced sound”. They were Rob Moonen (vocals; “a maniac on stage”), Raoul Cuypers (guitar; later ‘Sons Of Irah’), Frank Rogiers (bass; later ‘Ekzeem-A’) and Bert Daemen (drums). That year they released a mini-CD entitled Enthroned In A So-Called Heaven.

‘Ashlar’ (+ Rudi Brans); source unknown

‘Caliban’ are (they still exist and became ‘major’) a metal-core band from the ‘Ruhrpott’ area. The line-up in the beginning was: Engin Güres (bass), Robert Krämer (drums), Marc Görtz (guitar), Claus Wilgenbusch (guitar) & Andreas ‘Andy’ Dörner (vocals). ‎That year they did a self-titled EP on Lifeforce recs (the recording of their 1st demo) and the next year the A Small Boy And A Grey Heaven LP on the same label (from Leipzig).

‘Caliban’; source unknown

‘Firestone’ (Kortrijk) were a H8000-metal band had played at the V.V. already (96-08-16, 97-06-27). Not sure who did vocals here (Thomas Desimpelaere or Alexander Baert or Pieter-Jan or Iris Walgraeve.), Mathieu Storms (drums), Diederik Claes (bass), Matthias Desimpelaere (guitar; later replaced by Ward Dufraimont – who was also in ‘Liar’) and Lennart Bossu (guitar; also ‘Liar’, later ‘Janez Detd’, ‘AmenRa’). They released an EP entitled Element on Sober Mind recs (’98) and an LP Aim For A New Tomorrow on Genet recs (‘00).

‘Arkangel’ (Brussels metalcore) were: Baldur Vildmurdarson (vocals), David Vande Zande (drums), Numa (guitar) & Mehdi Thepegnier (bass; or was it Vince(nt) Meseeuw of ‘Length Of Time’?). Kirby Michel (guitar; ex ‘Mental Disturbance’, ex ‘Deviate’) replaced Numa later on; they became a five-piece with Julien Chanut (guitar). Their EP Prayers Upon Deaf Ears got out on Alain Herszaft’s Released Power Productions (1998) and their LP Dead Man Walking on GoodLife recs (1999). Filip Staes’ girlfriend Adina ‘Storm’ Hepworth was ‘Arkangel’s webmaster and she started working for GoodLife.

‘Reiziger’ evolved from ‘Kosjer D’; their music was described as “post hardcore” and “emocore”. I think they were an ‘indie’ band on the edge of the DIY scene… The band consisted of Sven Gielen (drums), Pascal Hens (guitar), Kristien Hendrix (bass) & Geert Plessers (guitar/vocals). The year before Bruno (Genet recs) had released their 1st (12”) EP Don’t Bind My Hands. And I think now the split-12” with ‘Bob Tilton’ and their LP (Our Kodo) was available from the same label. Tracks for a 7” (Grab And Nailed) on the Czech label Day After were recorded (at Patrick Delabie’s 195 studio) Nov ‘99. Other show of this band at the V.V.: 97-06-14 & 97-08-15.

‘Reiziger’ (photo by Vincent Troplain)

‘Eyeball’ was a German SxE HC band with Daniel Frankowski (guitarist of ‘Spawn’) on vocals. Ingo Engelhardt (the guitarist) also played in ‘Degradation’ & ‘Upright’. The others were Tim (bass), Thorsten (guitar) & Jörn (drums), Peter Hoeren informs me… Christoph (‘Spawn’) used to play bass in the beginning but he soon dropped out of the band. Their slogan ‘Tri-City Straight Edge’ refers to the fact that the members came from different cities. Crucial Response recs released their Talkin’ Straight 7” in 1998 & More Days To Come LP in 1999.

‘Eyeball’; photographed by Philippe Tuffet

1998 was the year of Angry With The Sun (LP on GoodLife recs) for ‘Congress’. It featured the usual gang: ‘U.J.’, Ilja, Pierre, ‘Josh’ and Michael. They also played the Graspop Metal Meeting that year…

Brob

‘Reply’ and my friends always meant a lot to me. We played there – replacing a band – on borrowed equipment (of the guys of ‘Building’, I think). The intensity and charm of that shed behind the original Vort’n Vis has never been surpassed; it was unique, even with all the shortcomings that came with it. We played there another time [???].

Kevin Meylemans, ‘Reply’ guitarist

I don’t have any stuff from that time (flyer etc.) but some good memories… I have been to the V.V. a couple of times…and yes, we played there too… I remember drinking my first Alpro soja choc drink there… And listening to ‘Queen’ in the car outside…and enjoying a lot of great bands there (‘Arkangel’ here, ‘Swing Kids’ & ‘The Locust’ on other occasions, and tons of more) and meeting friends…

Claus Wilgenbusch, ‘Caliban’ guitarist

The ‘Ashlar’ pic was from the infamous set where ‘Spirit Of Youth’ played a few songs – that got ‘Ashlar’ kicked from SoberMind recs even before there CD was released!

Rudi Brans

‘Spirit Of Youth’ (Vincent Theeten & Sim Strike One); source unknown

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

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Introduction => 98-08-14&15&16 HardCore – The Next Generation festival

Laurent Chopard (from Besançcon, France) wrote in his zine Co-existence (that he did with his mate Olivier Bresson): >>Saturday I saw two or three songs by ‘Sad Origin’ who played trite and uninteresting metal. Then the Germans of ‘Highscore’ impressed me with their very successful old-school HC (Olivier would have loved it!), ‘Seein’Red’ didn’t disappoint me musically but also attitude-wise (long explanations between the songs): fantastic! ‘Spineless’ with their unconvincing death-metal, ‘Facedown’ and their personal, technical HC gave a good concert in front of an active and convinced public, and finally ‘Earthmover’ who’d listened and looked too much at ‘Earth Crisis’… a pale copy.<<

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‘Sad Origin’ (from Dendermonde) played metal-core with NYHC influences (style: ‘Facedown’, ‘Chokehold’, ‘Strife’). The line-up was Peter De Bondt, Wim Aerts (drums), Wes(ley) Steels (guitar) & Hans ‘Link’ Teirlinck (vocals). In 1997 they did a first demo Sober & Clean. Window Of Sarcasm (self-releases on Inner Belt recs) followed in 1998. Genet recs would release the LP A Double Edged Sword In A Triangle Of Emotions (reviewed in On Display #3 as “bad death-metal”) in  1999 (presented on the Fest of that year). Alain Herszaft put out the split-CD with ‘Misura’ on Released Power Productions in 2000.

‘Highscore’ were from Münster/Göttingen/Berlin and played energetic and intense old-school SExHC (sometimes compared to ‘Minor Threat’ or ‘Uniform Choice’). Guitarist Jobst Eggert (had been at the V.V. with his old band ‘Peace Of Mind’ on 94-11-05 & 95-03-25); the others were Sebastian Stronzik (vocals; later ‘Short Fuse’), Matthias Volke (guitar), Matthias Borgmann (bass; Chris Fold according the guestbook) and Volker Schlüter (drums). That year they released a demo (It’s For Real) and a self-titled 7” on Sebastian’s label La Familia.

‘Highscore’ (photo by Vincent Troplain)

‘Opposite Force’, a vegan SxE band from Rome, played “tough as hell in-your-face old school hardcore”. After a demo (’93), they had done an LP entitled Near on Vacation House recs (label of Rudy Medea, the singer of ‘Indigesti’) in 1994. Their LP History As We Lived It was released by Genet recs in 1999. Performing on that record were Andrea ‘Monster’ Campanelli (guitar), Cristiano Suriano (drums; also ‘Timebomb’), Marco Ciccone (bass; also ‘Timebomb’) and Simone Tripodi (vocals).

‘Pray Silent’ was a vegan straight-edge metalcore band from Switzerland (Sankt-Gallen) who released records on Genet recs (The Golden Flag 7” in ’97 and a split-7” with ‘Andromeda’ in ’99). The people in the band: Andi Grob (guitar), Attila Varga (vocals), Etienne Geyer (guitar; ex ‘Cwill’), Philipp Zimmerman (bass; replaced Jan) & Roger Cadalbert (drums). They came back the next year…

‘Pray Silent’ (photographed by Patrick Federli)

‘Clouded’ (from Kontich) were: Björn Van Loy (bass), Jeroen Verelst (vocals; also did Paradise Regained zine), Serch Carriere (drums) & Wout Bosschaert (guitar). Their 7” Inheritance was done by Genet recs (’98).

‘Clouded’ (courtesy of Steven Anthonis)

1998 was the year of the split-releases for ‘Seein’Red’: they did an LP with ‘MK Ultra’ (recorded October 1997) and with one with ‘The Judas Iscariot’ (recorded April 1998), both released on Coalition recs (Jeroen ‘Beertje’ Vrijhoef & Marcel Palyama). No further introduction for the band necessary I guess… Jos & the brothers had been here already a bunch of times (90-09-15, 95-04-28, 97-03-01)…

‘Seein’Red’ (pictures taken by Vincent Troplain & Philippe Tuffet)

‘Spineless’ (from Kortrijk) played their first gig at the Vort’n Vis on the fest in August ’96 (96-08-18). They band consisted of Kristof Mondy (bass; Yoda zine; later ‘AmenRa’), Colin H. Van Eeckhout (vocals; later ‘AmenRa’), Pedro ‘Fifi’ Fioen (guitar; also ‘Congress’), Mathieu Vandekerckhove (guitar; replaced Koen Sandra in ‘97; later ‘AmenRa’) and Stefaan Buyse (drums). They played brutal sXe H8000 metal-core. After their initial demo (’96) Hans Verbeke of Sober Mind recs released the Painfields 7” (1997) and the album A Talk Between Me And The Stars album (1998) – inspired by their “near-dead-experience” (car-crash on tour)… There’s a video them playing their song Exalt The New God here…

‘Thumbs Down’ (Antwerp) played “youth crew hardcore”. They were Andries Beckers (bass; later ‘Diablo Boulevard’; or was it still Roeland De Keulenaer?), Ken (drums; from ’99 on Benjamin Buschgens – later ‘The Setup’), Raf(aël) Balrak (guitar; later ‘The Setup’) and Steven Tuffin (vocals). They were also signed to Genet recs (Going For Gold 7” – with bassplayer Roeland – in ’97, No Retreat No Surrender 7” and Crossroads LP in ’99). They also played the fest the year before (97-08-16) and earlier that year (98-05-10).

‘Thumbs Down’ (shot by Vincent Troplain & Philippe Tuffet)

‘Facedown’ had been playing at the V.V. various times (96-08-16, 97-08-15 & 97-10-12). The ‘new-school’ (metal-influenced) vegan SE-HC band from Kontich consisted of: Thomas Baeken (bass), Youri Baeken (drums), Daniel Mies (vocals), Niko Poortmans (guitar) and Geert Ceuppens (guitar). Genet recs released the Beyond All Horizons album earlier that year and the Education, Contemplation, Dedication EP in ’99. They changed their name to ‘Calibre’ when they got a record-deal with a major label (Warner Music).

‘Facedown’ (pic by Steve Lammertyn)

‘Earthmover’ (from Detroit) played pounding metal-core and were Andy Dempz (guitar; owner of Ann Arbor based hardcore/punk label +/- recs), Mike Hasty (guitar; also ‘Walls Of Jericho’), Wes Keely (drums; ex ‘Walls Of Jericho’), Chris(tian) Mueller (bass; replaced Nick Bristow), Jason/Jay Clifton (drums) and Len Adams (vocals). Releases: Abuse (7” on Autonomy recs ’95), Themes From Everyday Life (10” on +/- recs ’96), split-7” with ‘Facedown’ (Moo Cow recs ’97) and Death Carved In Every Word (LP on Genet recs ’98).

‘Earthmover’ (photo by Patrick Federli)

Brob

I liked the atmoshere at the festival. Ieper seemed occupied by (straight-edge) HC troops, and the streets surrounding the venue seemed like they were ours, haha. Until today this is my best moment on stage. Memorable line-up too. A quite unique registration of Members Of Futility: the only time we played that song live. Heydays of 90s metalcore. It gives me a lot of pleasure that influences of that 90s metalcore are emerging again with new and old bands. With my new band ‘Royal Jake’ we try to keep doing similar things. Our EP definitely has a number of musical references to my time in ‘S.O.’

Peter De Bondt, ‘Sad Origin’ bassist

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

On Friday June 23rd, 1989 (at noon) the Vort’n Vis was opened. It was on the day of an ‘Ieper rally’. A month before (Sunday May 21st) the association, that has been operating the Vort’n Vis since then, was founded. It was then called Autonoom Jongeren Centrum (AJC) [autonomous youth centre]. A few years later the name was changed into Autonoom TrefCentrum (ATC) [autonomous meeting centre]. After the turn of the century the name became Autonoom Regionaal Trefcentrum (ART) [autonomous regional meeting centre], which remains until today. A few weeks earlier (op May 2nd) the first cracks had appeared in the Iron Curtain; that was the beginning of a new era in which the Vort’n Vis could blossom.

The drawing on the poster of the opening was designed by Patrick Cherchye; the fishbone-logo by Jan Moerman. On June 17th we spread a combative press-release. A minority that wasn’t welcome anywhere else, would no longer hide for the tourists and wanted to be no longer dependent of others, hence establishing its own independent sanctuary, where they could do their own stuff and be their own selves. The founders didn’t want to wait until others did something but wanted to do it themselves. They challenged the dictatorship of the majority, the monopoly of the existing cultural institutions and political parties of those times, and the imposed bland options. They also wanted more diversity in the cultural spectrum, and a more creative and less unimaginative cultural life in Ieper. Even then they criticized the anti-social aspects of tourism at the expense of a part of the own residents.

The times and circumstances have drastically changed since then. Now there’s a Vort’n Vis generation active that wasn’t even born at the time of the foundation of the association, but the spirit and ideals of the Vort’n Vis are still the same. They are just conceived in a more contemporary manner by the younger generations. Whether some like it or not: 30 years on, the Vort’n Vis and IeperFest became a part of the history, the social fabric, an even the identity of Ieper.’

‘Doomy’ Jan Claus (‘president’ of the association at that time)

 

Introduction => 98-08-14&15&16 HardCore – The Next Generation festival

Laurent Chopard (from Besançcon, France) wrote in his zine Co-existence (that he did with his mate Olivier Bresson): >>We arrived around 18 hours. As usual, I will only give my opinion on the bands that I saw (more or less for a longer time). Know that there were about 25 of them. ‘Driven’ was playing at the time we got there. They’re Dutch and play a new-school HC, unpretentious but not too bad. Then it was up to ‘Stack’ to go loose. A very good powerviolencore gig; spoiled however (as well as the evening) by an individual, fan of windmilling and shouting homophobic slogans. Some people objected and there was a brief confrontation later on. It’s entirely legitimate, in our opinion, to prevent these types of people from spreading their hateful messages in this scene, and it’s even rather surprising to see that very few people in the end reacted to this kind of aggression. The atmosphere was tense from that moment on. The Italians of ‘Timebomb’ unleasehed their devils. I saw them two years ago. There had been some changes in the band; it was less black-metal and very disappointing musically. ‘Liar’ then took over. We see them every year and it seemed a little better than the other times but without convincing me; the nice surprise was that the singer took a stand against homophobia and violent dancing during their set. However, the homophobic individual from Brussels had to get noticed again, on scene. It’s sad to see that this type of people refuses dialogue, has no arguments and hides behind violence. The festival was taking a rather bad turn because of this kind of tension. ‘Culture’ started in difficult conditions (because there were also problems with the material). What could have been a great concert turned into an average one. The band had to stop playing several times. This is where we learned that there was a lot of agitation outside. Guess who was involved? The individual from Brussels in question and his friends who had been at a nearby pub. It’s truly pitiful for a community that claims to be alternative and “better” than society in general. Let’s no longer talk about unity.<<

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‘One X More’ (from Wortel) were Jan Matthé (bass), Tim ‘Petrel’ Van de Plas(-Peeters) (vocals; did Cosy zine), Sis Matthé (guitar) and Krist Torfs (drums). They appeared on a couple of compilations with their “fast, blasting old-school HC with a positive message”. Around the time of this fest Robert Voogt released their debut 7” on his label label Commitment recs. Their 2nd (They Say That You Sold Out) came out in 1999. Needless to say they were a SxE band. The Matthé brothers were also active on the zine-front: Jan & Sis did X Realm X and Pol did Willow Tree.

‘One Fine Day’ (described as a “post-hardcore” band) were Adriano ‘Baulo’ Fontaneto, Alessio Fornasiero (bass), Andrea ‘ics’ Ferraris (guitar; also ‘Burning Defeat’, ‘Permanent Scar’, etc.), Luca ‘Mouth’ Fontaneto (vocals; editor of the zine Outlet) and Stefano Bosso (drums). In 1998 the Vladimir Illich Ulianov’s Failure 7” (with Matteo Masciaga instead of Andrea) came out on Cycle recs (Stefano’s label) & Tough Guy Anthems CD on Impression recs. They did a demo earlier on.

‘One Fine Day’ (pic by Federico Albertini)

‘Driven’ from Amsterdam were: Bas Sondervan (bass), Nickel van Duijvenboden (drums), Joris Oonk (guitar), Rogier Stevens (guitar) & Vincent Hausman (vocals). Their music was described as “political hardcore metal” (quote by GoodLife). They did a demo in 1996or97 and Ed released the Cowardice Consumer Of The West EP on GoodLife recs in1999.

‘Driven’ (photographed by David Pujol)

‘Building’, a “youth-crew style” SxE HC from Antwerp, were: Olivier ‘Paco’ Packolet (vocals; later ‘True Colors’), Jelle De Cremer (guitar), (P)Andy Van Den Wijngaert (bass; later Werner Boes), Bruno (drums; replacing Joris) & Gert (guitar; ex ‘Teamspirit’). They released material on SoberMind recs: In Time We’ll Grow (1998) & split-7” with ‘Up Front’ (1999). There’s also a live-tape of them playing at the GoodLife 1999 summer-fest.

‘Building’ (pic Martijn Wouters)

‘Contrition’ (a “metallic hate-edge” band from Schleiz/Jena, ex East-Germany) released the following: in ’96 a self-titled mCD on Time For Revolt recs (Rico Majchrzak), a demo recorded live 97-07-30 in Jena, a 3-way split ‎-7” on Threesome recs (’97) and the Transitory CD (’98). They were: Eddy Langner (guitar), Lars Ostermann (vocals), Andreas (bass), Alex(ander) Fischer (guitar) & Ulli Walther (drums). Some of them went on as ‘Fall Of Serenity’.

‘Stack’, the powerviolence band from Ludwigshafen, had been at the V.V already (95-04-28). They recorded for the Mondonervaktion 7” in September ‘96 (their former bassist Corey released it on Equality recs in ‘97) with Bernd Bohrmann on vocals, Chris(tophe) Klimmer & Marcel ‘Croissant’ Hanneman playing guitars, Ralf Bock on drums and Michael Bergweiler on bass. This resulted in “deranged pissed-off blasts of total mayhem that threaten to split the ear”… The same sessions served for the Selbstfindungsgruppe 6” (Coalition recs), the split-7” with ‘Carol’ (on Holger Ohst’s label Summersault) and the two songs for the A Tradition Of 7″ compilation (on the US label Fall recs). In January 1998 they entered the studio again to record the songs for the split-7” with ‘Narsaak’ (released by Per Koro). After a 3 weeks tour in the summer of 1998 Marcel left the band and they became a four-piece for a few months before they split up for the first time in November 1998 (due to personal difficulties). In June 1999 they reformed with a new bass-player called Steffen Hinkel (the guitarist of ‘Fear Is The Path To The Dark Side’), Ralf on drums, Chris on guitar and Bernd on vocals. In March 2000 Chris decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. Steffen took over the guitar and Michael returned to bass again. In 20001 The Konkret Lichtgeschwindigkeit 10” – fast blasting manic HC – came out on Bernd’s label Scorched Earth Policy and Ralf’s label Flowerviolence recs. This was recorded with Chris doing the guitar-tracks.

‘Stack’ ([1] by ?; [2 & 3] courtesy of Roel Brals)

‘Timebomb’, from Rome, were a communist, vegan and straight-edge band playing metallic HC. They played at the V.V. on 95-08-20 & 96-08-17 aswell. The band consisted of Marco Ciccone (guitar), Daniele Marini (guitar), Simone Marini (bass; Kill For Love zine), Cristiano Suriano (drums) & Giorgio Fois (vocals; replaced by Emiliano). After releases on Paolo Petralia’s SOA recs they did The Full Wrath Of The Slave on Genet recs in in 1998.

‘Liar’ had been playing the V.V. August fests since 1995. The Invictus album was recorded in Spring ’97 with U.J., Josh, Hans and drummer Bert Guillemont. Don’t know if additional guitarist Lennart Bossu played here already (he was on Deathrow Earth that got out in ’99).

‘Culture’ was a vegan straight-edge band from Gainesville, Florida that was active from 1992-1998. If I’m well informed the band conisted of singer Damien Moyal (also ‘Morning Again’ & ‘As Friends Rust’), Rich Thurston (guitar), Stephen ‘Steve’ Looker (guitar), Jason Dooley (drums) and Gordon Tarpely (bass). They had been over here the year before (97-08-16) to promote the split with ‘Kindred’ and the Oath 7” (both on Good Life recs). The latter was – in the spirit of ‘free enterprise’ – extended to the Hetronome CD. Good’ole chugga chugga HC for the H8000 kids.

Brob

I joined ‘Liar in ‘99 so I didn’t play here.

Lennart Bossu

I remember ‘Culture’ and of course ‘Seein’Red’. I left the band to start ‘Prone’ later that year… [Powerviolence trio with Christophe Klimmer (guitar) and Ralf Bock (drums), all ex ‘Stack’]

Michael Bergweiler, ‘Stack’ bassist

I remember that we played second or third, and that we just got back from our first touring-adventure in Spain (together with ‘Between The lines’). Fantastic and fun times!

Tim ‘Petrel’ Van de Plas(-Peeters), ‘One X More’ vocalist

We played our last show on our European tour with ‘Building’ here.

Jan Matthé, One X More

We got there after a trip of more than 20 hours (problem with IDs, gas and various shit)… It has been a great esperience and we hope someone enjoyed our gig; we thank everyone who was there standing in front of us, waiting for us to play even if we were late…

‘One Fine Day’

In a first version of ‘One Fine Day’ we were called ‘XconsciousnessX’ (with Matteo Masciaga).

The V.V. Fest was like our home away from home. Bruno treated us well…

Let me tell you this: looking in retrospective, let alone few humans and few ideas that stuck in life, HC has been a bunch of white guys preaching to the converted; a toxic heterosexual environment where girls where treated like human hangers. The whole emo sucks. I find it equal to the black-hating and the whole way women are treated nowadays. I find the entire hardcore-movement to be a very conservative and old-thinking component of people that are mostly white and male. What’s so interesting? Also a bit jaded and naïve. As of today… I’m the only PUNK I know, including all the people I met during my punk years. I still live up to it.

Luca Fontaneto

I think we played twice at the V.V. I recall spending the night on the camping. And that the mosh-pit was extremely aggressive. I have a recording of the concert in ’98 … It was one of the better shows we played despite the preaching of our frontman Vincent, who was rather preoccupied with expressing his beliefs. There are still people confused if we were a completely vegan straight-edge band. Looking back a rather childish matter. ‘Driven’ was mainly about the music, we were musicians and for the hardcore scene dependent of the ideological passion of our frontman, who maintained all contacts.

I have a lot of memories about ‘Driven’ but nothing specific. The musicianship stayed, the political shifts, the adolescent militancy disappears for a big part. I’m not in touch with the other bandmembers anymore (Vincent is the singer of ‘Howl’ (US); Rogier is a lawyer, Joris is a composer, Bas is a journalist, philospher, musician; Max Porcelijn [the first bassist] is a director (won a Gouden Kalf [prize at the Dutch Film Festival]) and I’m a graphic artist, teacher, writer & classical tenor); we share too little to meet up.

The person in the pic singing along with Vincent is Antje Klaster (who’s running a model-agency, I believe)…

It was awesome to be in the band ‘Driven’. We toured 3 times (twice across Europe, all the way to Spain, Slovenia & Hungary; once across the UK with shows in Leeds, Londen & Manchester). People can watch a movie with footage.

Nickel van Duijvenboden, drummer of ‘Driven’

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

 

This gig was first planned for (Saturday) 95-01-28 but got switched over…

Here’s a description of ‘Ambush’s music I read somewhere: “An intense mix of heavy sounds. Imagine combining ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘Neurosis’, ‘Acme’ (the same feeling of despair), ‘Black Flag’ and a spoon of ‘Spazz’… Gloomy, powerful, sludgy intense stuff; mostly on the slow side of things, it just rumbles along but occasionally speeds up. Lots of changes from really quiet passages to really intense, angry, agonizing passages with feedback, etc., heavy riffs all over.”… In the (German) band were (at that time): Gunnar Jakobson (drums), Thomas Schaal (vocals), Tobias Werner (guitar) and Tom Rusnak (bass; also ‘Rorschach’). By that time they had a few 7”s out (Ocean Of Irrelevance & Zebaoth, on Winter recs), a 10” (Amarcord, on André Sieg’s Maximum Voice productions) and 3 albums (Lach!, Pigs & Revue, on Common Cause recs). ‘Ambush’ and ‘Neuthrone’ were touring together but I believe ‘Ambush’ actually didn’t play (they also weren’t mentioned in the V.V. notes)…

‘Neuthrone’ were locals so regulars… This gig here was probably their last ever at the V.V. The next year there was mention of ‘7 Hate Day’ as ex ‘Neuthrone’. Around 1997 David Stubbe started ‘Holefiller’ and later he drummed for several bands (such as ‘Möse’ and nowadays ‘Gura’). Steven W./ Steve McM. ended up in prison for a while…

If ‘Liar’ actually played (they weren’t mentioned in the V.V. notes and in the final newsletter either) it was probably their 1st show at the V.V. They had already been announced (as “new locals”) on 94-12-10 but that whole gig got cancelled… They rose from the ashes of ‘Wheel Of Progress’ (see 93-01-09 & 93-06-13). Hans Verbeke (vocals), Joost ‘Josh Fury’ Noyelle (guitar), Jan ‘UxJx’ Vandekerckhove (bass) and Raf (or Raphael; drums; replaced by Bert Guillemont in ‘96) played socalled edge-metal (straight-edge metallic hardcore). They were to become some of the most ardent H8000 promoters. It was early days for the band so no records yet…

‘Fabric’ had been here before (94-08-20) aswell… The guys were writing for and planning the recordings (May ‘95) of their Lightbringer 12”.

‘Fabric’; photography by Vique Martin

‘Vanilla’ (an emo band from Paris) put out their I Can’t Stop Hating This Empty Space 7” on Olivier Lépine’s label Laissez-Nous Jouer in 1995. On that record Jean Lebrun played bass and brothers Yann & Yves Maisonneuve (both ex ‘Ivich’), guitar and drums. Alain Vidal (also in ‘Symptom Of Isaac’ & ‘El Vidal Sonido’) joined them later. Bruno released an untitled LP of them on Genet recs in 1996. They had been announced already for 94-12-10 but bassplayer Jean had hurt his hand then. They’d also ended up on the bill opf the 94-08-19&20&21 Hardcore Festival and would come back a few times more (96-03-24 & 96-08-18)…

It was ‘Badgewearer’s 2nd visit aswell – though they didn’t get to play the first time (after 93-07-04). The band (from Glasgow, Scotland) played complex jazz-punk with quirky guitars and groovy bass-lines. They released their stuff on Jer Reid of ‘Dawson’s label Gruff Wit recs. The band consisted of Tony Kennedy (bass & bugle), Neil Bateman (guitar & sax), Jim Carstairs (vocals) & Ross Main (drums).

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

 

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Vort’n Vis Kim Lefevre has constructed a few podcasts (only in Dutch unfortunately) on the early days of the Vort’n Vis and its association:

* Trailer

* Vort’n Vis Origin Story

Midden jaren ’80. Enkele tieners zoeken een ruimte om te repeteren met hun bandjes maar worden overal buitengezet. Ze ontmoeten Jan Claus, een iets oudere punk die hen wil helpen en tegelijkertijd een vrijplaats wil creëren in hun thuisstad, wat niet zo simpel is in het oerconservatieve Ieper… /// Mid 80s. A few teenagers are looking for a place to rehearse with their bands but are refused everywhere. They meet Jan Claus, a slightly older punk who wants to help out while at the same time trying to create some kind of sanctuary in their hometown, which wasn’t that simple in the ultra-conservative Ypres …

* Leed [the annual alternative festival in September]

Het is juni ’89 in Ieper. Op de Kiekenmarkt is een bouwvallig voormalig burgercafé de uitvalsbasis geworden van een bende jonge punks. Ze hebben nu niet enkel hun repetitieruimte maar ook een café inclusief publiek. En zelfs een naam. De Vort’n Vis. Jan Claus kan nu eindelijk zijn droom om in Ieper een autonome vrijplaats te creëeren waar maken. Ze vliegen er meteen in en organiseren van eerste keer een festival, het Leedfestival. Maar dat was buiten het stadsbestuur en de politie gerekend. /// June ’89 in Ypres. On the Kiekenmarkt, a dilapidated former popular pub has become the base of a gang of young punks. Now they not only have their rehearsal-room but also a pub, including an audience. There’s even a name. The Vort’n Vis. Finally Jan Claus can realize his dream of creating an autonomous sanctuary in Ypres. They immediately get started and organize a fest (the Leed Festival) for the first time. But that didn’t take the city-council and the police into account.

* De Zwitsers! [The Swiss!]

Het eerste turbulente jaar van de Vort’n Vis is achter de rug en hun Leed festival blijkt een succes. De café trekt een zeer bijzonder allegaartje van lokaal publiek maar voor de bands die in de Vort’n worden geprogrammeerd komen mensen van heinde en verre. Veel mensen herinneren zich nog legendarische shows en ook de zanger van ‘Green Day’ krijgt in deze aflevering een cameo. De Vort’n trekt ook nieuwe vrijwilligers aan, waaronder een van de organisators van de inmiddels ter ziele gegane Smurfpunx. Er zijn ook twee spijtige voorvallen die nog steeds een diepe indruk nalaten op de mensen die er toen bij waren. /// The first turbulent year of the Vort’n Vis is over and their Leed festival proves to be a success. The pub attracts a very special local mix but people come from far and wide for the bands that are programmed in the Vort’n. Many people still remember legendary shows and the singer of ‘Green Day’ also gets a cameo in this episode. The Vort’n also attracts new volunteers, including one of the organisers of the by then defunct Smurfpunx. There are also two unfortunate incidents that leave a deep impression on the people who were there at the time.

* Sojamelkjes [Soy-milk]

De jaren ’90 was de populairste periode van de Vort’n Vis, zelfs tot in Japan toe kregen ze een soort cultstatus in de Hardcore en Punk. Dat was niet enkel door hun zeer succesvolle Leedfestival, maar ook door een tweede festival: Hardcore ’92. Dit bracht een nieuwe scene naar de Vort’n: de Straight Edge. Hun cleane levensstijl was eventjes wennen voor de Crusties en Punks die tot dan toe de Vortn bevolkten en dat zorgde soms voor ongemakkelijke confrontaties. /// The 90s were the most popular period for the Vort’n Vis; even in places like Japan it developped some kind of cult-status in the hardcore & punk scene. Not only because of the very successful Leed-festival but also because of the other (summer) fest: Hardcore ’92. That brought a new scene to the Vort’n: Straight Edge. Their clean lifestyle was something to get used to for the crusties and punks that had populated the Vort’n until then, and that caused some uncomfortable confrontations.

* Eigen Baas [Boss in Your Own House]

De brouwer wil het gebouw op de Kiekenmarkt voor veel te veel geld verkopen en de Vort’n Vis-ers staan op straat. Ze vinden een pand aan de Sint-Jacobsstraat en kunnen daar een deal sluiten om het te huren. Het gebouw is ideaal qua ligging en heeft zelfs een zaal! Na de verhuis raakt de werking wat in het slop maar er komt nieuw, enthousiast bloed binnen die de boel weer op gang trekt (Bert, Jeroen en Sander). /// The brewer wants to sell the building on the Kiekenmarkt for far too much money and the Vort’n Vis people find themselves on the street. They hit upon a building in the Sint-Jacobsstraat and are able to close a deal to rent it. The building is ideal in terms of location and even has a room that can serve as a venue! After the move, the operation falls a bit into a mess but new, enthusiastic volunteers come in to get things going again (Bert, Jeroen and Sander).

* Tijdelijke Autonome Zone [Temporary Autonomous Zone]

Met een gebouw dat samenhangt met een metalen harnas hebben de Vort’n Vis-ers niet veel keuze, alles moet plat en heropgebouwd. En daarvoor hebben ze twee dingen nodig: geld en vrijwilligers. En beiden zijn schaars. Nieuwe medewerker Siebe is zijn carrière nog maar begonnen in de Vort’n en hij moet al verhuizen. Omdat de Vort’n hun werking niet wil stilleggen krijgen ze van de brouwer een ander pand toegewezen aan de Diksmuidseweg in Ieper. Hun Tijdelijke Autonome Zone, het TAZ. Het pand is een voormalig rendez-vous huis en is naar goede gewoonte een versleten krot. Vooral het zaaltje waar er optredens werden gedaan werd geroemd om zijn mini-afmetingen. Intussen breekt de zwaarste periode in de hele geschiedenis van de Vort’n aan… /// A building held together with a metal armour: the Vort’n people don’t too much choice, everything had to be torn down and rebuilt. And to be able to do that they need two things: money and volunteers. And both are scarce. New collaborator Siebe has just started his ‘career’ in the Vort’n and already has to move. Because the Vort’n does not want to stop their ‘operations’, the brewer gives them another building (on the Diksmuidseweg in Ieper). Their Temporary Autonomous Zone, the TAZ. The building is a former ‘rendez-vous’ house and, as usual, a worn-out shack. Especially the room where the concerts were happening had minute dimensions. In the mean time, the toughest period in the entire history of the Vort’n is coming…

* DIY verdomme! [DIY dammit!]

Door het werk en de benefieten van de vele vrijwilligers staat het er, het nieuwe gebouw. Het is een zware periode geweest maar het blijkt nog maar eens: You just can’t kill de Vort’n Vis. De eerste fase van de verbouwingen zijn afgerond, alles om de werking terug te kunnen opstarten en nu komt de tweede fase, de zaal, repetitieruimtes, kunstateliers,… En de ‘shitworkers’ kijken erop terug en beseffen nu pas wat ze allemaal hebben gerealiseerd en dat bijna allemaal DIY verdomme! /// Thanks to the work and benefits of the many volunteers, the new building is a fact. It has been a tough period but once again it shows : You just can’t kill the Vort’n Vis. The first phase of the renovations has been completed, everything is in place to be able to restart the operations and now comes the second phase, the venue, rehearsal-spaces, art-studios,… And the ‘shitworkers’ look back and realize now they’ve accomplished and almost all in a DIY manner damn it!

* Siempre Vort’n Vis!

De allerlaatste aflevering van de saga van de Vort’n Vis want het verhaal is verteld. De Vort’n staat er, na dertig jaar, nog steeds en zal hopelijk altijd een plaats kunnen bieden aan mensen die in de mainstream hun ding niet vinden. Alle verhalen zijn verteld, maar ik wou jullie nog een bonus-aflevering geven. Deze bestaat uit twee delen: Ik vroeg aan iedereen die aan het woord is geweest doorheen de podcast wat zij denken over de toekomst van de Vort’n. Zal het blijven voortbestaan? En in welke hoedanigheid? Het tweede deel is een verslag van ons 30-jarig verjaardagsfeest: het tweedaagse festival. Het zal zijn alsof je er bij was! Ofwel was je erbij en kan je het zo nog eens herbeleven. /// The very last episode of the Vort’n Vis saga. the story is told. The Vort’n is still there, after thirty years, and hopefully will always be (cap)able to offer space to people who don’t find their thing in the mainstream. All stories have been told but we wanted to give people this bonus episode. It consists of two parts… I asked everyone who has shared their thoughts what they think about the future of the Vort’n. Will it continue to exist? And in what capacity? The second part is a report of our 30th birthday party: a two-day festival. It will be as if you were there! Or you were there and you can relive it again…

TO BE CONTINUED …

The third day of the 10 year anniversary weekend of the Vort’n Vis: 99-06-25&26&27 10 years Vort’n Vis

‘Shai Hulud’ (“hardcore with progressive metal influences”) were originally from Pompano Beach, Florida. The line-up of the band changed quite a few times… The people that signed the V.V. guestbook here were Matt Fletcher (originally guitar, but then moved on to bass) & Andrew Gormley (drums; ex ‘Rorschach’) (plus Matt Haraway (?) & Lauren (Gormley ???); probably friends). Matt(hew) Fox was playing guitar and Dave Silber bass, I assume. Damien Moyal, Steve(n) Kleisath (drums) and Chad Gilbert (vocals) had quit the band. The www mentions Matt Fletcher filled in as singer until Geert van der Velde joined the band to do vocals during the tour. In June 1999, the band recorded a cover of Fearless Vampire Killers for a ‘Bad Brains’ tribute-compilation.

‘Intensity’, from Malmö/Lund played “fast, intense old-school HC à la Minor Threat”: Jonas Nilsson (guitar; later Mathias Blixtberg & Andy Dahlström, both also ‘Satanic Surfers’), Rodrigo Alfaro (vocals; also ‘Satanic Surfers’; founder of the Putrid Filth Conspiracy label), Kristoffer Lind (bass), Simon Ricci (drums; replaced by Tommas Svendsen late ‘99). At that time they had 2 10” albums our on Bad Taste recs (The label where Jonas & Rordrigo helped out – Bought And Sold (1996) & Wash Off The Lies (1998).), and a 7” – Battered Soul- on Putrid Filth Conspiracy.

‘Hebriana’, from Merksplas, were described as an emo/post-HC band with references to ‘Reiziger’. Earlier on they had a punkrock band going called ‘Sidewinder’. The guys in the band were Stijn Colson (guitar), Sven Hoskens (bass/vocals; later in ‘Confuse The Cat’ with Geert Plessers from ‘Kosjer D’/‘Reiziger’), Peter Bols (drums) & Vaast Colson (guitar/vocals). They did a split-7” with ‘Leiah’ (from Sweden) ‎on Genet recs in1999.

‘Clouded’, a metal-core band from Kontich/Antwerp, were: Björn Van Loy (bass), Jeroen Verelst (vocals), Serch Carriere (drums; later ‘The Setup’, also toured with ‘Liar’ in 2006, replacing Bert Guillemont) and Wout Bosschaert (guitar). Their 7” Inheritance was released by Genet recs in 1998. They’d already played on the festivals (97-08 & 98-08)

‘Alignment’ was labeled as H8000 but I believe they were from the Deinze-area and Vincent ‘Pit’ Maes (‘Instinct’) was involved… The guestbook mentions Ringo (guitar), Kristof and Liselotte…

Brob

I didn’t play with ‘Shai Hulud’… Actually have never played with them in Europe.

Damien Moyal

I never drummed for ‘Shai Hulud’ overseas, so I had already left the band prior to this show.

Steve Kleisath

I joined ‘Intensity’ on drums in 1999. My first show with them was in December ‘99. I loved that band, one of the best HC/punk bands around at the time in Europe. And I ended up joining them! I haven’t played with them at the Vort’n Vis though. But I attended the festival the year they played there. [‘97] I have a lot of great photos of that.

Tommas Svendsen, ‘Intensity’

I just did vocals during the very first show of ‘Alignment, in Harelbeke (I believe).

Vincent ‘Pit’ Maes

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…