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This was the second day of the grind/death Bulldozer fest, an “underground meeting with brutal death and bestial grind”, organised by Fred(eric) Driessens. The poster announces ‘Mastic Scum’, ‘Agathocles’, ‘Cornucopia’, ‘Suppository’, ‘Pleurisy’, ‘Judgement Day’, etc. The V.V. notes also mention ‘Mangled’ (Nl), ‘Necrophagist’ (Ger), ‘Disjunction’ (‘Disjunctor’) (Bel), but no ‘Agathocles’ or ‘Judgement Day’. ‘Cornucopia’ didn’t get to play because the cops shut down the concert.

[First day: Last Days Of Humanity (Nl), Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition (Fra), Catafalque (Nl), In-quest (Bel), Ectopia (Bel)]

‘Mastic Scum’ (from Vienna) was described as an “in-your-face” grindcore bands. The guys in the band: Harry Gandler (guitar), Man Gandler (drums), Steff Moser (bass) and Linga & Jesus (vocals; Will Schett joined later). The bands still exists (masticscum.com)… Thijs Van Der Spank from Katwijk-aan-Zee (The Netherlands) contacted me to arrange a gig for these Austrians. He was involved with Eurodusnie, a collective set up in 1997 (Koppenhinksteeg squat, Leiden) to organise protests against the Euro-summit in Amsterdam… The band didn’t wanna play the Hogepont-squat in Gent so I guess they ended up at the V.V. Thijs came along with them.

‘Mangled’ was a Dutch death-metal band (from Horst) with Erwin Hermsen (guitar), Floris de Jonge (drums), Harold Gielen (guitar), Loek Peeters (bass; also ‘Insult’) and Pepijn Houwen (vocals). Their album Ancient Times was recorded January 1997.

‘Necrophagist’ – a German technical death-metal band – consisted of (at that time) Muhammed Suiçmez (guitar/vocals), Daniel Silva (drums) and Jochen Bittmann on bass. They had 2 self-released tapes out.

‘Pleurisy’ (from Amersfoort, The Netherlands’) also played death-metal. They had a few tapes out and had released a split-12” (with the Germans of ‘Asgaia’) in ’96. Guitarist Alex Seegers had recorded the latter with bassist Bas van den Boogaard, drummer Edwin Nederkoorn, guitarist Axel Becker and “grunter” Mathieu van Hamersveld (or was it Johan Wesdijk mentioned in the guestbook?).

‘Suppository’ played the V.V. already half a year before this (97-05-31). They were a grindcore band from Dutch Limburg. Boris ‘Bastard’ Cornelissen (vocals), Max ‘Goulash’ Duys (bass), Rutger ‘Ragout’ Noij (drums; also ‘Catafalque’) and René (guitar) recorded their first efforts in March ‘97 (released on a split-7” with the Greek ‘Rakitis’ in ’98). The same year there was a CD with ‘Agathocles’ where Matty replaced René on guitar. More releases followed… They also did a German tour that year with ‘Cornucopia’.

‘Judgement Day’ was Dutch metal band with guitarist Theo van Eekelen. Don’t think they actually played here…

No idea who ‘Disjunction’/‘Disjunctor’ were…

In April 1998 ‘Agathocles’ recorded the tracks for the split-LP with the Brazilian ‘Deadmocracy’ in their rehearsalroom in Zichem, Belgium. During that session Vince(nt) Morre played bass, Burt Beyens hit the drums, Matías ‘Matty’ Dupont played guitar and Jan Frederickx growled. The recordings for the split-7” with ‘Abstain’ were done in September 1997 with the same line-up. If the band performed here, it must’ve been with them…

‘Cornucopia’ had already played the V.V. on 96-02-24 & 97-02-28

Brob

As far as I can remember: no ‘Agathocles’, ‘Cornucopia’ and ‘Judgement Day’, but definitely ‘Necrophagist’ and ‘Pleurisy’!

Erik Minnen, ‘Cornucopia’ vocalist

I remember this show at the Vort’n Vis, as we played the night before in Vienna (we did a small tour called ‘Hang Over tour’ with some more gigs in Belgium and the Netherlands) and drove the whole night to Belgium. We arrived in Ieper in the afternoon and then played. It was aweseome but can ‘t recall anything more, hahaha! ‘Suppository’ from the Netherlands also played.

Harry Gandler, ‘Mastic Scum’ guitarist

Quite some alcohol-conumption that night… Playing there also got us a gig in France (organised by the singer of ‘Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition’)…

Harold Gielen, ‘Mangled’ guitarist

We played our first gig outside Germany in Belgium at the Vort‘n Vis. We were headlining the gig but when we were in as 3rd or 4th, the police ended our gig because of complaints from neighbours regarding the noise-level. Details are very fuzzy. The only two things I can recall were that 1) we had to sleep in one room with all the other bands and their members and that this room was not heated/very cold and 2) the room where we played was a former barn or slaughterhouse and that you still could smell the scent of animal-excrements.

the former ‘Necrophagist’ bassist

I believe I was there but I didn’t play for ‘Agathocles’ yet… I was their ‘roadie’ the years before. To long ago to remember anything about the gig but I think Wim De Leersnijder a.k.a. ‘Herrie Kederrie’ was there…

Vincent Morre

Don’t think I was there. Can’t remember….

Wim De Leersnijder

Too long ago to remember. In retrospect, it’s kinda cool that ‘Necrophagist’ played there and later became very big. One of my all-time favourite bands.

Edwin Nederkoorn, ‘Pleurisy’ drummer

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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First day of the grind/death Bulldozer fest, an “underground meeting with brutal death and bestial grind”, organised by Fred(eric) Driessens. The poster announces ‘Catafalque’, ‘Last Days Of Humanity’, ‘In-quest’… The V.V. notes also make mention of ‘Ectopia’, ‘S.C.D.’, but not ‘Catafalque’…

[Second day: Mastic Scum (Öst), Necrophagist (Ger), Suppository (Nl), Pleurisy (Nl), Mangled (Nl)]

‘Last Days Of Humanity’ was a grindcore band from The Netherlands. They formed in 1989 and split-up in 2006 but reformed in 2010. In 1998 their CD The Sound Of Rancid Juices Sloshing Around Your Coffin was released. The recordings (from 1996) were with Hans Smits (vocals), William Van De Ven (guitar), Anne Van De Burgt (guitar), Glenn Jagers (drums) & Erwin De Wit (bass). They came back to the V.V. with 98-09-25 with Bart Boumans as vocalist & (Rutger-)Rogier Kuzee (bass).

‘In-quest’ was a death-metal band from the Antwerp/Turnhout region. At that time probably Gert Monden (drums; ex ‘System Shit’), Jan Geenen (bass/guitar; ex ‘System Shit’), Wim Roelants (guitar), Laurent Swaan (guitar; ex ‘System Shit’), Manu Van Tichelen (bass) & ‘Noisegrinder’ Ben Adams (vocals; ex ‘System Shit’, later ‘Caducity’ and replaced by Sven De Caluwé of ‘Aborted’). In ’97 they released a CD entitled Extrusion-Battlehymns.

‘Ectopia’ was a grindcore band (from Ronse, Belgium) with Steven ‘Roy’ De Rui (bass; later ‘Leprasy’), Guy (guitar), Kurt ‘Monie’ Termonia (vocals; also ‘Serial Butcher’) & ‘Narre’ Bernard Demeulenaere (drums; ex ‘Dreft’). They did a self-released tape (entitled Necronymphomaniac) in 1997 and later a CD (Sickly Private; with Wesley Carrez on guitar, also ‘Caducity’).

‘Ectopia & friends; L => R: ‘Narre’, Steven De Cracker (nowadays vocalist of ‘Putrid Inbred’, back then ‘Serial Butcher’, Nico Veroeven (‘Serial Butcher’ drummer), Kurt

‘S.C.D.’ or ‘Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition’ is (still active) a grindcore band from France. They recorded a bunch of tracks in February 1997 that appeared on a split-tape with ‘Infected Pussy’. The guys playing these were with Yov (drums), Bruno (guitar/vocals) & Seb (vocals). Nowadyas only Seb remains.

There was a Belgian band named ‘Catafalque’ (from Loppem, near Bruges) that did technical melodic death-metal. Steve Folens (guitar/vocals), Pol Van Tieghem (bass) and Frank Rosseau (drums) recorded the tape Ruins Of A Forgotten Age in 1996. Vocalist Kris Maes (ex ‘Dreft’) joined them for the recording of the Awakening CD (GoodLife recs 1997).

‘Catafalque’ (Nl); courtesy of Kris Maes

Kris tells me that it was probably the Dutch ‘Catafalque’ that played. In 1997: Rutger Noij (drums; also ‘Suppository’, ‘Last Days of Humanity’), Jozef ‘Jupke’ Folkerts (bass/vocals) & Susan Gerl (guitar).

Brob

I was there that friday, it was the first concert of ‘LDOH’ with the new singer, Bart Boumans.

Hans Smits

We were together with the boys of ‘Suppository’… Fantastic times!

Jozef Folkerts

I’m 85% certain that we played there with ‘Catafalque’… An eternity ago!

Rutger Noij

I remember there was a big crowd. We played in the pub, not the barn in the back and that I got of the stage for a moment to release the surplus of beer from my stomach. :-) During our act.

Kurt Termonia, ‘Ectopia’ vocalist

We had already been at the Vort’n Vis to see ‘Dead Infection’ [97-05-31]. There weren’t a lot of grind gigs in France at that time so we used to come to Belgium (the Vort’n Vis in Ieper or the Frontline in Ghent, or the Zichem Open Air of ‘Agathocles’). I recall we came to the V.V. at one time to see bands and that one almost cancelled because of a health-issue so we asked Frederic Driessens to play ‘cause our band was there already. In the end the health-problem wasn’t too bad and it we didn’t get to replace them. But we kept in touch with Fred and soon after he proposed that we would play the Vort’n Vis. We got to play there several times (and slept on upstairs, in the attic). I’m almost sure that the picture of our band in Hard’n’Heavy # 72 was taken at the Vort’n Vis [Brob: Yes, I recognise the V.V. courtyard.]. I also believe we met Nico [Nicolas Foubert] of our first label (Bones Brigade recs) at a gig in the V.V.

L => R: Yov – Bruno – Seb (‘S.C.D.’)

Seb, ‘Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition’ vocalist

I have a recollection of this: 2-day fest and nice weather. I came to the Vort’n Vis often, also when we didn’t play ourselves; always good atmosphere. To me there were a few places that stood out: Groningen, La Zone in Liège and the V.V. Quite far away for us but always worthwhile. Grind or crust or punk, everyone was getting along well (most can learn from that nowadays)…

Erwin De Wit, ‘L.D.O.H.’ bassist

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Another show organised by Michael ‘Mike’ Maes…

‘Hellkrusher’ (anarcho-crust-punk from Newcastle) were touring again… They also played Belgian dates in Deurne (Antwerp), Leuven & Tessenderlo. They played a couple of times earlier (93-04-04 & 93-11-21) but the line-up had changed by then. In December ’96 they had recorded for the Doomsday Hour LP (Skuld releases/Profane Existence) with regulars ‘Scotty’ Ian Scott (guitar) & Alastair ‘Ali’ Lynn  (vocals), the old drummer Ian Curry, second guitarist ‘Scoot Gladok Von Stickleback’ (also in ‘Doom’/‘Extinction Of Mankind’) & Rob on bass.

‘Hellkrusher’ [1 = Scotty & Curry – 2 = Ali, Rob & Scoot – 3 = Ali & Rob – 4 = Rob] (source unkown)

‘Disbeer’, a crusty metal-punk band from Auch (France), were: Fred ‘Utopia’ Jourdan ‘the bomber’ (drums; ex ‘Enola Gay’ & ‘Vomit Yourself’), ‘the hammer’ (bass) and Michel Cebrian ‘the motherfucker’ (guitar/vocals; ex ‘Enola Gay’, also Reality Of War zine). Fred & Michel had been at the V.V. with ‘Enola Gay’ (95-11-05); ‘Vomit Yourself’ played on 95-02-11 an dthey would come back with ‘Disbeer’ once more (99-09-11). They had recorded for the Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers LP a few months before (March ‘97) that would come out on Panx recs…

‘Boycot’ & ‘Insane Youth’ released a split-7” in 1997…

‘Insane Youth’ were from the Sint-Niklaas area but hung out in Ghent a lot so they became mates. I liked what they were doing (musically and attitude-wise) so I did an interview for Profane Existence with them. It wasn’t their first time at the Vort’n Vis: 94-09-16 & 94-10-22 – in the original line-up: Steve ‘Stiv’ Descamps (vocals), Thomas ‘Tomaz’ Van Rumst (bass), Jan ‘Fons’ Wuytack and Tim De Baere (guitar) – and 95-09-16 & 96-05-19 with Stef De Leersnijder (ex ‘Corpus Christi’) on second guitar. They also played 98-02-13 and continued until about 1999. Steve & Stef did their first recordings with their new band ‘Visions Of War’ in December ’98.

‘Boycot’ from Alkmaar (The Netherlands) – Jeroen Maas (bass), Pim Bakker (vocals; ex ‘C.K.N.’), Lennaert Roomer (guitar), Billy Kuiper (vocals) & Taco Rietveld (drums) – had played here a couple of times already too (96-09-20 & 97-05-18)… They gained my repsect for speakin’ out against commerciality in the HC/punk scene (e.g. with the Only Stupid Bastards Help Epitaph 7” that they released through Axiome prods in 1995).

Brob

I think I remember ‘Disbeer’ actually… I have photos from this tour… We played in a cellar somewhere with ‘Chaos Bastard’. [Clockwork, in Leuven]. Someone from ‘Hiatus’ was there. At the V.V. we taught Stef the Newcastle dialect… Geordie…which he still uses whenever I meet him. My wife came with us on this tour and there are photos of myself/my wife/Stef and Annabel.

‘Scotty’ Scott

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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All Belgian bands here…

‘Gwyllions’ (a melodic skate-punk band – in the vein of ‘NoFX’, ‘Lagwagon’, ‘Pennywise’ – from the Lintfabriek scene in Kontich) were Dimi(tri) Vinck (vocals/guitar; ‘Jakke’ sang when they started out as a 5-piece), Kris Willems (bass), Redg(y) Peeters (drums) & Tom(my) Willemijns (guitar). GreenLeaf recs (a subsidiary of GoodLife recs) released two albums of them: Facedown… ‎(’96) & Idiosyncracy ‎(’97).

‘Lunatic Society’ (from Merchtem) started out as an old-school English punk-rock (“beer-punk”) band. They had a demo out and appeared on the compilation On The Streets (We Bite recs ’97). The music evolved into ska-punk (even adding a horn-section). The line-up back then was Erik De Smedt (drums), Mich(ael) De Neve (vocals; later Hans Bogaerts), Herman Bastelé (guitar) and Wim De Neve (bass; later replaced by Ludwig De Wolf). They split up but reformed and did a few albums in the new century.

‘Little White Feet’ was a local outfit (Wervik) that started out as a cover-band. Melodic pop & rock. They mention in the guestbook it was their second show here. No idea when the first one was…

‘Primal Urge’ were also mentioned in the Vort’n Vis notes…

Don’t think there was a big attendance: there were 3 other gigs elsewhere that day (‘State Of Fear’, etc. in Liège; ‘Veil’, etc. in Sint-Niklaas & ‘Deformity’, etc. in Tielt)…

Brob

I recall that I’ve been admitted that night (40°C fever) [see guestbook].

Dimi Vinck, ‘Gwyllions’

I was in ‘Lunatic Society’ (as 2nd guitarist) from around ‘96 (did a gig with them in Herzele 96-06-29, supporting ‘G.B.H.’ & ‘UK Subs’) and I read in the biography (‘cause I don’t know anymore myself) that in ‘98 a few members quit… The first line-up was Mich(ael) doing vocals, his brother Wim on bass, Herman playing guitar and Erik De Smedt drumming. The demo was still with Mich & Wim De Neve (also ‘Counter-Attack’). I’ve been at the Vort’n Vis but I can’t recall that gig anymore…

Ben Notaert

‘Lunatic Society’ was indeed my first band (I was about 14/15 then). I can’t remember the gig at the Vort’n Vis. Probably I didn’t play for them anymore at that timepoint…

Wim De Neve

1997…is 20 years ago and a lot of beers later, and this makes it impossible to remember and to add extras about this night. I was certainly the drummer and still am after 25 years. This gig was also one of Michaël’s last gigs and Ludwig (bass) had already joined. Nowadays ‘Lunatic Society’ is working on new material with Herman (guitar), Ludwig (bass), Hanske (singer), Sam (2nd guitar) and we hope to record our 5th album soon. One thing I do know is that we had an awesome time in Ieper and I’m very pleased to hear that the V.V. is still kicking ass.

‘Smekke’ Erik De Smedt; ‘Lunatic Society’ drummer

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

‘Primal Urge’?

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‘Fourhundred Years’, an emo/hardcore (references to ‘Rites of Spring’ & ‘Fugazi’) band (originally from Tucson, Arizona) who moved to Richmond, Virginia. There Eric ‘Bull’ Gervasi (bass; ex ‘Policy Of 3’ – see 95-07-02) joined them (replacing Erin Housholder). The others were Ash Bruce (drums), Dave Jackson (guitar/vocals; ex ‘Groundwork’) and Daron Hollowell (guitar/vocals). They had a split-7” out with ‘Sleepytime Trio’ – who they were touring with – besides their own 7” and the Suture LP. Later they would also do a split-7” with ‘Seein’Red’.

On the www one can read: >>Intelligent and intricate with a perfect blend of melody and dissonance in all the right places, ‘Fourhundred Years’ had unparalleled abilities to captivate their listeners and turn them loose on an unsuspecting music world. Combined with the weight of their political views, the tension of ‘Fourhundred Years’ music is simultaneously a catharsis and a call to arms. They toured Europe, Japan, and America numerous times.<<

‘Sleepytime Trio’, from Harrisonburg (Virginia), were Ben Davis (bass/vocals), David Nesmith (guitar/vocals; ex ‘Maximillian Colby’), Drew Ringo (guitar/vocals; ex ‘Maximillian Colby’) and Jonathan Fuller (drums; also ‘Young Pioneers’). They had the split-7” (mentioned above) under their belt, along with the Songs & Stories 7” and the Plus 6000 12” (recorded a few months before this tour). Their discography ‘Memory-Minus’ contains all their recorded tracks as well as live songs from their 1997 Europe tour (Wermelskirchen, Germany). Musically they were described as screamo post-hardcore…

‘Reiziger’ evolved from ‘Kosjer D’ (see 94-05-22, 94-08-19, 95-07-02, 95-08-19, 95-12-03); their music was labeled 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). At this time I think they were about to release their 1st (12”) EP Don’t Bind My Hands (Genet recs)… They would also play the 1997 & ’98 Fests…

Brob

I drove the Americans throughout the complete European tour.

Markus Haas (Per Koro)

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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Another gig organised by Michael Maes… With practical help of Inge Cappoen, Jan Claus & Lieve Goemaere.

Besides vocalist and frontman Deek Allan, I believe the band here consisted of bassist Calum Mckenzie (he left to the U.S. in ‘99) and drummer ‘The Love Doctor’ Ade Crawford (ex ‘Satanic Malfunctions’) – see guestbook. Guitarist Ricky ‘Zodiac’ Olsen first appeared on the T.H.C. 7” (Campary recs 1999; with ‘Love Doctor’ – drums, Calum – bass, Deek – vocals, ‘Zodiac’ – guitar), having replaced Matt ‘Keith Chugwin’ Finch in 1997. In 1996 ‘Oi Polloi’ let a French label release their earliest recordings (from ’84) on the Punx’n’Skins EP. They did a lot of touring, which brought them back to the V.V. on 98-04-18 & 98-09-19. And in 1999 a few records – such as the Fuaim Catha LP on Skuld releases (with bassist ‘R. Sole’, drummer Murray Briggs and guitarist ‘Red’ – Brian Tipa ?) & Let the Boots Do the Talking EP (with bassist ‘R. Sole’ drummer ‘Bulbheid’ & guitarist Matt Finch) – came out… Neil Robinson also released the tape It’s Not The Monkey That Need’s It’s Head Examined (Tribal War) to support ‘Oi Polloi’s travels with the Primate Freedom Tour (Summer of ‘99).

‘Accion Mutante’ – from Stuttgart – play aggressive HC/crust-punk (references to ‘Discharge’, ‘Doom’, ‘E.N.T.’). In 1995 they released their 1st 7” (called Fear) on Skuld releases. The line-up on that was Capde (guitar), Jochen (bass), Frosch & Alexander Rossi (vocals), Dominik (drums, replaced Schmier) and Timo (guitar). In 1998 they did another 7” (Y No Hai Remedio) on the same label: ‘Migge’ (Mike/Michael Schwarz) did the drums and Karsten had replaced Frosch by then. A planned split-7“ with ‘Extinction Of Mankind’ didn´t happen. The band still exist (accion-mutante.com)…

‘Link’ had played their first V.V. gig earlier that year (97-09-12). This local band was (at that time) V.V. ‘shitworker’ Michael Maes (guitar) & his partner Inge Cappoen (vocals) – both had been in ‘Carcer Molochi’ – and the French-men Greg ‘Briko’ on bass and a ‘Juju’ Julien De Jonckheere on drums. They played crust-core-punk and hadn’t really released anything yet…

Around this time ‘Holefiller’ (see 97-02-28) recorded a demo (with the help of Michael Maes, in his attic). These mates (from the Ghent squat-scene) played slow, dark, doom-metal mixed with industrial parts. Sometimes they performed as a combo producing industrial noise, then they’ld call themselves ‘Hellfiller’. The core of the band was Karel Busschop (bass), David Stubbe (drums; ex ‘Neuthrone’) & ‘Leffe’ (guitar; ex ‘Chronic Disease’, ‘Private Jesus Detector’). Their mate Billy did the electronics for ‘Hellfiller’.

Local band ‘Sorehead’ had also performed at the Vort’n Vis before (97-06-27, 97-07-12, 97-10-25) were Laurent ‘Lorre’ Peene (vocals; R.I.P.), Dries Verclyte (bass), Pieter Desmyter (guitar), Pieter Derycke (drums) and Jan Lazeure (guitar). Some said their music was metal-influenced, others disagreed. They did a couple more shows at the V.V. after this…

‘D.S.A.’ (see 97-06-27 & 97-10-25) was another local band that played old-school NY Hardcore. The band consited of Nico Synnaeve (drums), Frederik Vanhee (bass), Maarten Verschaeve (vocals) and a guy called Pieter-Jan (PJ; guitar)…

‘G.D.B.’ (or ‘Chargée G.D.B.’) was a punk-rock band from the Maloka (distro) / Les Tanneries (venue) scene (Dijon, France). They had a few tracks on the Autonomy Not Submission compilation-LP (a benefit for Maloka, on Pariah Rules recs). They also did a few tapes… A later gig planned on 98-06-05 got cancelled…. Band-members were ‘NoFun Leouf’ (guitar), ‘Colas’ (vocals/beatbox; and guitar when ‘NoFun’ left) & ‘Kaos Youki’ (bass).

Brob

Ricky had taken over guitar-duties for ‘Oi Polloi’ by December 97…

Matt Finch

I think this was during a short tour with ‘Oi Polloi’ and ‘Boycot’ perhaps? [Brob: That was the days after: 97-12-27 in Leuven & 97-12-28 in Opwijk] I remember the kitchen, the stage and the sleeping-place under the roof ( with some holes) haha…

‘Accion Mutante’

My best memory was playing with ‘Accion Mutante’ and ‘Oi Polloi’ at the Vort’n Vis in Ieper.

‘Kaos Youki’ (gdb.kaosyouki.net/english.html)

‘G.D.B.’ was ‘Nofun’ on guitar and vocals, me on bass and a drum-machine. It wasn’t a serious band, it was kind of a joke. We both played in the band ‘20 Minutes de Chaos’ from Dijon and at that time our female singer went to England for a few months. So we did ‘G.D.B.’ as a side-project. We existed only for a few months. If I remember correctly, Michael from ‘Link’ organised this gig. The previous day we played in Liège, so we arrived rather tired. We left the day after to Paris even more tired. I think it was the best gig we did with ‘G.D.B.’, mostly because a lot of friends from Lille showed up. I also met new people at this gig that are still very good friends nowadays. So the atmosphere was fun. I remember ‘Oi Polloi’ did a good gig but I mostly remember enjoying ‘Accion Mutante’s concert. I don’t recall that much of the other bands. Afterwards, I spent time chatting with some people from ‘Accion Mutante’ at the bar; also with friends from Lille and some people playing for ‘Link’ that are really good friends now. I almost didn’t sleep that night.

Jean-Christophe of Maloka was our driver…

About Vort’n Vis in general: I started hearing about it in the very early 90s from a friend who was going there regularly. It was sounding a bit like a myth to me: all these bands that I was really into who played there, the DIY scene, etc. Unfortunately when I started to go there a few years later, there were already these ‘arguments’ between crusties and straight-edgers. Which 20 years later sounds rather childish on both sides to me…

In fact ‘Colas’ was supposed to sing for us in the beginning but in the end never got to it. His only participation in the band has been to help us write some lyrics. So the band has always been just ‘Nofun’ and me.

‘Kaos Youki’

One of our lesser shows… It was very cool that we could play – we were very grateful to Michael for giving us the chance – but if I remember well the crusties were not that fond of us…

Frederik Vanhee, ‘D.S.A.’ bassist

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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Most of these (local) bands had played a month earlier on ‘Spineless’ CD release (97-06-27). Steve Lammertyn and ‘Lifecycle’s Steve Noyelle & Sofie Vantomme organised this one here (see flyer). According to the V.V. notes ‘xSchmitterSx’ (Stijn Desmyter from Oostnieuwkerke) was also involved. Michael Maes & Inge Cappoen attented the bar…

‘Family Of Dog’ were not local (from Deinze) and had already performed at the V.V. on 96-09-22. They played “metal” (Steve Noyelle’s words). The band was: Bert Walgraeve (bass), Stijn Everaert (drums), Peter Staelens & Wim De Taeye (guitar) and Tom Claus (vocals; also sang for ‘Congress’ on their Angry With The Sun CD). They released a promo-tape in ’96, did a split-7” with ‘Liar’ in ’97 (Genet recs) and a self-titled CD (Midas prods, ’98).

‘Sincerity’ was another band (metal-influenced HC) from Deinze. Members: ‘Sjaab’ Frederic Chaboteau (vocals), Maarten Kinet (bass; later ‘Lifecycle’ & ‘AmenRa’), Bram Walgraeve (guitar; brother of ‘Family of Dog’s Bert Walgraeve), Fré(derick) De Vogelaere (drums) & Thomas Hauttekeete (guitar; also ‘Instinct’). Bram & Fré were later in ‘King Creole’… The band played another show a few months later (97-10-12) but they split up somewhere in ‘98…

‘Spirit Of Youth’ had done a show at the V.V. in their new line-up (more new-school metal-HC) already. Guitarist Dominiek ‘Dompi’ Denolf, drummer Frederik ‘Fré’ Denolf and bassist Kris Casier (who had been in ‘Solid’ with the bros), recruited Vincent ‘Vince’ Theeten (also Strike One zine) on second guitar and Vincent ‘Marvel’ Merveillie (also ‘Resist In Pain’, ‘Lifecycle’) on vocals. ‘Dompie’ had tried to reform ‘S.O.Y.’ with originals Hans Verbeke & Jan Maelfait in ’96 but that didn’t work out.

D.S.A.’ were playing old-school NY Hardcore. Nico ‘Sientje’ Sinnaeve (drums; later ‘Retaliate’), Frederik Vanhee (bass; later ‘Retaliate’), Pieter-Jan ‘PJ’ Vandenberghe (guitar) and the singer was Davy Verhoye (on the 1st demo) or Maarten Verschaeve (2nd demo). They did a few more shows at the V.V. (97-10-25, 97-12-26 & 98-04-11)…

‘Fanta’s Farm’ was with Korneel Barbry (bass), Sim Meerseman (guitar; ex ‘Voices At The Front’), Stijn Dequidt (drums) & Jeroen Beyens (vocals). Steve Noyelle labeled them as “melodic pop/rock”. They played again on 97-09-19.

‘Sorehead’, another local (Ieper) band, had also been at the V.V. already (96-12-30 plus the one mentioned above) and would be here again 97-10-25. They were: Laurent ‘Lorre’ Peene (vocals; R.I.P.), Dries Verclyte (bass), Pieter Desmyter (guitar) and Pieter Derycke (drums). According to Steve N. their music resembled that of ‘Sektor’. The music on their demo sounded metal-influenced and the vocals were raw & aggressive. Jan Lazeure (guitar) might’ve quit for half a year… But according to Dries he’s always been in the band

‘Instinct’ already did V.V. shows on 97-03-01 & the one mentioned in the intro, and they would be back for 15/16/17 aug ’97: Hardcore – the Next Generation festival. Alex Dierickx & Thomas Hauttekeete (also ‘Sincerity’) played guitar (both were also playing in the new-school metal band ‘Eulogy’ with Tom of ‘Family Of Dog’), Vincent ‘Pit’ Maes sang (he was also in ‘Hundred Years Of Forgetting’, later ‘Rise And Fall’), Pedro Tallieu did the bass and the drummer was Tuur Delodder.

‘Lifecycle’, a ‘new-school’ HC band from the Ieper/Kortijk region (H8000 but not with that typical sound), had done their first gig at the V.V. a bit before this (97-06-27, the release-party of the ‘Spineless’ CD) and may more would follow. I believe at that time the band consisted of Sofie Vantomme (vocals), Karel Deweerdt (guitar), Steve Noyelle (guitar), Jan Volckaert (drummer of ‘Resist The Pain’; was stand-in a few times for Jan ‘Relle’ Verhelst ex ‘Convict’) and Jurgen Degryse (bass; later there were a few others).

Lifecycle logo

No idea who/what ‘Cult-T’ was…

Brob

I have vague recollections of ‘Sjaab’ writing something in the V.V. guestbook but don’t know if it was this day… We also played there with ‘Catharsis’, ‘Gehenna’, ‘Natural Order’ and some more bands. It’s been a while… We also used to visit the Vort’n Vis quite often. I also rehearsed there with ‘Lifecycle’ when ‘Sincerity’ disbanded. I certainly like to reminisce that show with ‘Sincerity’, a band that I was proud of.

Maarten Kinet, ‘Sincerity’ bassist

I believe that our singer Tom tooted along on a dilapidated clarion during a song and that our bassist put on a blond wig for the occasion… The usual ‘F.O.D.’ silliness.

Peter Staelens, ‘F.O.D.’ guitarist

I’m almost certain that we [Fanta’s Farm] didn’t play…

Korneel Barbry

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 97-07-12 - (book C) Family Of DogVV 97-07-12 - (book C) Family Of Dog'

VV 97-07-12 - (book C) Sincerity

additions wellcome!…