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98-12-05 Jaded

Posted: July 14, 2017 in VV 1998
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Davy Bright, an English guy living in Scotland who moved to Copenhagen for a while, was a correspondent of mine. This Danish band, ‘Jaded’ were friends of his but he didn’t travel with them. As they wrote in the V.V. guestbook: they were on their Towards Extinction tour… This gig was probably organised by Lieve Goemaere (Ugly Duckling zine) who was also friends with Davy.

The band consisted of Morgen Van Buren a.k.a. ‘Dan Bishop’ (bass), Diego Mocci (drums), Rene (guitar), Donovan (guitar) and Lars Berndt Jensen (vocals). Their music was described as “brutal metalcore with engaged lyrics”. They had a track on the Copenhardcore Ungergrund compilation double-LP (1998, on Jan Svejstrup’s label Error recs). The same year they released a self-titled 7”. And in 1999 the 10” End Of The Millennium.

The band signed the guestbook on Sunday Dec 6th but according to the notes they played on Saturday the 5th.

Brob

They played in Europe a few times. Did a 7” and a 10”. Good guys. Did a few bands afterwards. One now lives in The Netherlands, was the [Italian] drummer for the popular melodic punk band ‘Bambix’. [Wick ‘Bambix’: “He played for us during a year – around 2010. I’m not in touch with him anymore.”] Kim played bass for a while, he was also in ‘Tourist Trap’ with Lars and Diego [& Emil ‘Sune’ Sunesson?].

Davy Bright

We played Ieper but I’m not sure what other places in Belgium. We did a few gigs in Belgium for every tour we did. Diego probably knows it all a bit better than I do!

Lars Berndt Jensen

We played there both in 98 and 99… Rene and Donovan played guitar, Donovan only played on the first 7”…

Diego Mocci

excerpt from the V.V. guestbook:

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Michael ‘Link’ Maes & Inge Cappoen were listed as ‘shitworkers’ that day… Both of them were in ‘Link’ (guitar & vocals). They were locals so they acted as ‘surprise-act’… See also 97-09-12, 97-12-26 & 98-04-18.

‘Detestation’, an anarcho-punk/crust band (from Portland, Oregon), started in July 1995 with Kelly Halliburton (bass; ex ‘Resist’ [92-06-13], ‘Defiance’ [95-10-14], ‘Masskontrol’ [95-11-05], etc.), Ty Smith (drums; ex ‘Resist’), Adam (guitar) and Saira M. Huff (vocals). Later Andy joined to play the drums and Brian Hopper (also ‘Defiance’) guitar. They were supposed to tour in August-September 1996 but that didn’t happen because of mis-communication between the band and Martin Valasek (Malarie recs). On the 1998 tour (organised by Kelly) the band consisted of Saira, Kelly, Brian and drummer Dominic Nigro (later in ‘War Machine’ with Brian & Kelly).

There is a rare recording of ‘Detestation’ from a gig in Malmö, Sweden (98-09-21). Their set lasts for 29 minutes. It was bootleged by Punk Art Riot on tape… There’s also a live split-tape benefit for the Kopi squat in Berlin with ‘Detestation’ (recorded in Karlsruhe in 1998) and ‘6000 Crazy’ (with ex ‘So Much Hate’ vocalist Gunnar Nuven, recorded in Duisburg in 1998). That was done by Trująca Fala from Poland. The Europe 98 7” on Consensus Reality (Kelly’s own label) contained a live and a studio-recording on one side. It was meant to be a flexi-disc but the company who was supposed the press it, refused because of “blasphemy”.

Kelly – Saira – Dominic – Brian

In 1996 they’d put out (on Consensus Reality) the Unheard Cries tape and a 7” entitled The Inhuman Condition. A bunch more vinyl followed (mostly split’s; some on the A’dam label Wicked Witch recs ran by Edwin Feenstra). In ’98 Skuld releases & Profane Existence released the self-titled LP (recorded June ’97 with Andy) and a 7” called Blood Of The Gods (recorded June ’98 with Dominic)…

Nowadays Saira is a fashion-designer. She played bass in the shock punk band ‘Faggot’ and was in some others. Read this interview with Saira in MRR.

Since ‘Detestation’ did part of their tour with ‘Cress’ (from Lowton/Warrington, south of Wigan), I had the idea they played here too. But no… They played ‘K13’ squat in Ghent (98-10-22). Just to let you know what some missed: The band evolved out of the 80s punk band ‘The Deformed’. Members were: Adrian ‘Joe’ Oakes (vocals), David/Dave Bloor (bass), Nev Shaw (guitar), Pete(r) Bloor (guitar & vocals), Ste(ve) (keyboards & vocals. They used a drum-machine (Hal2000). Chris Kpa did lighting & tapes. ‘Sned’& Alec put some of their stuff out on Flat Earth recs: the Monuments LP (1997) and a split-10” with ‘Doom’ (1998; a benefit for the McLibel campaign). QQRYQ prods also put out a tape with the Polish ‘Post Regiment’ that year… And in August ’98 the band recorded for the From Violence To Consumerism 7” (released on Worried Sheep recs). There’s also a benefit-tape circulating with their demo-recordings and live material from a gig in Leuven (97-10-31).

‘Hellcorn’ (from Poperinge, near Ieper) were Noam Sohier (guitarist; ‘nowadays Netra’), Angelo Santy (drums), Tony Stamper (bass) & Nathan Floor (vocals)… They had been on a V.V. bill already (98-02-28) and also played on 98-04-18.

Brob

I don’t remember if ‘Detestation’ actually played there??? It was so long ago and that ‘98 tour was over 10 weeks long…. I would love to contribute but I can’t recollect the show, sadly (and I wasn’t drinking at the time!!! haha). I think I was just there for a show with ‘Masskontrol’ in ‘95…but maybe we did play there… I honestly don’t remember…

Saira M. Huff, ‘Detestation’ vocalist (also did Diminutive Rage zine)

I think another band, called ‘Link’, played as well that night, according to my records. I remember the gig, mostly because there was almost nobody there! It was totally empty and we were so bored that we actually played an extra set from our side band with our roadie, Frank, called ‘Final Massakre’. That was me playing drums, Hopper playing guitar, Frank singing and Saira playing bass. This was the last show of our 10 week tour in Europe (and the last show that ‘Detestation’ ever did…ever!), so we had a lot of fun just messing around and dancing to the bad disco music that someone put on. The next day Saira and I dropped off the rest of the guys (drummer Dominic + guitarist Brian) at the ferry in Calais to catch their flights home from London, while we went back to Germany. We were planning on traveling in Europe for the next six months but we ended up staying at Köpi squat in Berlin, ending our 5½ years relationship with each other, and I started a new life in Germany…but that’s a history and adventure story for another time! Ha, ha…

‘Cress’ didn’t play. We toured with them from October 12 until October 21, mainly Germany and the Czech Republic, but we took separate ways when we went to Italy/Greece and they went home to England.

Kelly Halliburton, ‘Detestation’ bassist

Yes, it was the last gig of a 10 week tour for ‘Detestation’. We got insanely tight despite our best efforts to play shitty. This one came a couple weeks after a 6 week tour of the US and Canada… Back to the Belgium show. I don’t remember much either: it was dusty ‘n dark, and I didn’t have my glasses. The set was flawless I’m sure.

Frank, Kelly & Saira all had these studded jackets. I remember Frank putting a studded coat on me and I drummed for what?… ‘Atrocious Madness’ or ‘Final Massacre’ or someone’s project. I just faked it. We were goofing around with people who wanted us to keep playing music. We played ‘Black Sabbath’ too. It was loose for some reason

I don’t remember it – being empty but goofy. There were folks but they were spread out. I remember the stage being loose and it was fun ‘cause it was our last show. The last one I wrote about in my journal was Torino, then we played Dijon then Ieper We were all happy to be going home but also extremely grateful for how nice folks were. I learned so much and passed it on. Started doin’ lots of political work after that, did an info-shop/venue that lasted for 14 years. Taught radical hers & history…

My friend [roadie?] Chris Friedman probably has video-footage…

Dominic Nigro, ‘Detestation’ drummer

Yeah… ‘Link’ also played… Unexpectedely… And we were very drunk… What I recall about this gig is that it took place in the ‘barn’. Not too many people but the sets were great. ‘Hellcorn’ played first; followed by ‘Detestation’. There was a high alcohol-consumption that night: by myself and others. And after they pushed us [‘Link’] on stage do play a set. I could hardly hold my guitar. And when that was over, there was an ‘after-party’ where ‘Detestation’s singer played a few tapes with 80s stuff and disco. Everyone was dancing and had fun. Even Kelly (bassist of ‘Detestation’) took a chance on the dance-floor. According to Saira it was the first time he did something like that…

Michael Maes, ‘Link’

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The second day of the Ceaseless Suffocation weekend that Michel ‘Link’ Maes organised (with the help of other V.V. shitworkers of course). Read about the first day (98-04-18 with ‘Oi Polloi’, ‘Concrete’, ‘Link’, ‘Ulrike’s Dream’ & ‘Hellcorn’).

‘Infekcja’ was an anarcho-crust band from Wrocław (Poland) playing passionate, angry, pissed-off scandi-punk. The guestbook-entry mentions: ‘Biały’ (bass), ‘Słoma’ (guitar), ‘Biki’ (drums), ‘Mokry’ (vocals) & ‘Mosiek’ (guitar). I believe their tour was organised by Filip Majchrzakowski from Sopoł. The latter ran the label Trujaca Fala, that did the band’s first releases (Kazdy Robotnik… tape in ’96, a self-titled 7” in ’97 and the split-tape with ‘Juggling Jugulars’ in ’98). If you understand Polish, check infekcja.blogspot.

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‘Enough!’ from Gdansk (Poland) were touring together with ‘Infekcja’. They played “crust ‘Misery’ style”. Band-members were Piotr (bass; replaced by Adam Musiał on the 7”), Beata Stefanowicz (vocals; not on the 7”), Ewa (Eva) Pawlak (guitar), Jacek (drums) & Tomasz ‘Tomek’ Pawlak (vocals/guitar; later ‘Filth Of Mankind’). Michał ‘Flondra’ Jędrejek (later ‘Filth Of Mankind’ aswell) also played in the band at one time… They did a self-released tape – Darkside – in ’96, a split-7” with ‘Juggling Jugulars’ (Trujaca Fala ‘97) and a split-10” with the Croatian ‘Nula’ (Trujaca Fala & Malarie recs ‘98).

‘Sarah’ were from Rennes; Bretons “fighting for their future, their language”. Their address stated “Breizh via France”. Breizh is the Breton name for Brittany (Bretagne, a region in the North-West of France). They wrote: “The French laws are improper for what is going on in Brittany, e.g. concerning water-pollution, agriculture,…” but they didn’t see themselves as nationalists: “We are communists.”. They were also a SxE band…“to show people that it is possible to live without drugs or alcohol”. They played (post-)hardcore (sometimes industrial or metal sounding, also use of accoustic instruments; some compared them with ‘Neurosis’), sang lyrics in Breton, Gaelic & French, and also did a zine named An Eeunded. If I remember well the people in the band were Fabien Lecuyer (vocals/fiddle), Michaël Genevée (drums/accordion/fiddle), Erwan H. (guibasse/mandoline/piano) & Jérôme Bouthier (bass). Thierry Jolivet and Stéphane Hardy (who’re mentioned on the tape-insert) were their friends. They would be back for the Leed festival later that year (98-09-19)… They did 2 demos (Herzelomp Betek An Trec’h & Latcho Drom) and in 1999 they released Ez Eterninmens (4 track CD).

This was supposed to be ‘Cornucopia’s 4th passage at the V.V. (after 96-02-24, 97-02-28 & 97-10-04) but they didn’t get to play. This grindcore band from Mol consisted of Bert Dexters (bass; sometimes Dennis ‘Tyfus’ Faes), Erik ‘Smerik’ Minnen (vocals), Jim Faes (who probably played the drums by then) & the (new?) guitarist Robin. Jim ran the Ear Smear tape-label. Erik and Bert also did a distro and tape-label called Moshi Moshi that released a bunch of ‘Cornucopia’ split-tapes (e.g. with ‘Karma’, ‘Rubbish Heap’, etc.). As for vinyl… In ’96 there was the 7” Lawaat…In De Maat (Liberty Collective, USA) and in ’97 a split-7”s with ‘Intestinal Disease’ (on Moshi Moshi).

‘Muggles’ had played the V.V. already on 95-07-09. The band (from the Mechelen area) played chaos-punk: Frédéric/Fred ‘Baskie’ Vandersype (vocals; Gnome zine & distro) was apparently replaced by Erik Minnen (‘Cornucopia’), Bruno ‘Sloef’ Mastyn (guitar; also ‘Intestinal Disease’), his brother Geert & his partner Manuella ‘Manu’ De Roover (drums). They had released a split-7” with ‘Blindspot A.D.’ (Germany) on T.V.G. recs in 1996, and together with 3 other Belgian bands (‘Les Schtroumpfs Alcooliques’, ‘Hirudo’ and ‘Honey Honey’) they appeared on the Screams From Belgium ‎LP that Tim Leten (Filth-Ear distribution) put out in 1997.

Brob

‘Muggles’ & ‘Cornucopia’ didn’t play… [They were indeed nót mentioned in the V.V. notes.] I don’t know why. I was also singing for the ‘Muggles’ aound that time and I just recall that we didn’t play that day…

Erik Minnen

I wasn’t in the band at that time anymore, don’t know if Erik sang or Kurt (‘Noise Reduction’). But I was there when we played with ‘Intestinal Disease’…

Fred Vandersype, ‘Muggles’

In 98 Dennis ‘Tyfus’ took over the bass. I couldn’t combine the band with sport and studies anymore…

Bert Dexters, ex ‘Cornucopia’

I wasn’t there but I travelled with both bands for a part (well, actually 2 parts) of that tour – but not including Ieper. Filip ‘Fala’ booked the tour and drove one of the cars (both bands were split between a van and Filip’s car). At that time it was already the second drummer playing for ‘Enough!’ on that tour: Michał Jędrejek. He was bassist for ‘F.O.M.’ (where he later switched to guitar) but drummer in the last line-up of ‘Enough!’. He had joined the band before that tour and they didn’t last much longer (their second bassplayer left right after the tour and they stopped playing some time later).

Pawel ‘Scream’

I was the drummer of ‘Enough!’ for about a year…

Michał Jędrejek

We were and still are close to the Breton and Basque independence circles. We were and are militant Bretons. Our bassist has also spent 2 years in prison on the accusation of terrorism (he was acquitted). We have done over a hundred concerts in a number of countries (Slovenia, Croatia, etc.).

There was a great atmosphere at the Vort’n Vis. But we felt a bit distant from the usual HC/punk topics (also being SxE). That scene was an amazing, wonderful world but it wasn’t our trip. We were more metal-heads. I don’t remember anything about the other bands. It’s possible that we got there the day before – can’t remember, we toured a lot around that time – but after that we did a memorable Scottish tour with ‘Oi Polloi’ and ‘Bastard Sons Of Fuds’ [?]…

Fabien Lecuyer, ‘Sarah’ vocalist

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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Another “Ceaceless Suffocation festival”… The next day (98-04-19) Infekcja (Pol), Sarah (Fra), Enough! (Pol), Cornucopia (Bel) & Muggles (Bel) were on the bill…

Was the fest organised by Wouter Biesemans (the intern who did 97-02-28&03-01 VV Doe-Wat dagen and can be seen on the photo, on the side of the stage)? Probably not… The poster refers to Michael Maes and the other ‘shitworkers’ that day were Jan Claus & Inge Cappoen.

In ‘Oi Polloi’ were – I thought probably the same line-up as a few months before, 97-12-26 – vocalist Deek Allan (of course) & Calum Mackenzie (bass) (which I recognise on the photo), and guitarist Ricky ‘Zodiac’ Olsen; the drummer is not Chris ‘Wheelchair’ Willsher (Ruptured Ambitions distro; also in ‘The Bus Station Loonies’) – as Calum suggests but Chris denies – so I’m guessing it’s ‘The Love Doctor’ Ade Crawford (ex ‘Satanic Malfunctions’).

98-04-18-oi-polloi-by-michael-m‘Oi Polloi’ (photo by Michael Maes)

Also a second show with the Scots for ‘Link’ in a few months time (97-12-26)… Michael Maes (guitar), Inge Cappoen (vocals), Greg ‘Briko’ (bass) and a ‘Juju’ Julien De Jonckheere (drums).

‘Concrete’, from Rome, had played the V.V. already on 95-08-19. They played aggressive, dark (post-)HC. They were: Cristiano D’Innocenti (drums; also ‘Comrades’, ‘Los Vaticanos’) a.k.a. ‘Capoccia’ or ‘Nerone 666’, ‘Orko’ Cristiano Fini (guitar; also ‘Comrades’), ‘Fucking Bastard’ Giorgio Gregorio ‘Greg’ Luciani (bass; also ‘Comrades’), Matteo Fadighenti (guitar) and Tommaso ‘Tommy’ Garavini (vocals; tommasogaravini.com). This was just a few months before they recorded the Nunc Scio Tenebris Lux CD (out on Paolo Petralia’s SOA recs). They already had a split-tape out with ‘With Love’, a self-titled 7” & the 10” Patior Ergo Sum (SOA recs; ’94), the Sescenti Sexaginta Sex 7” (on Nicola Olivieri’s Halley recs; ‘96) and a split-7” with ‘Antisgammo’…

‘Ulrike’s Dream’, from Leuven, started February ’97 when ‘Het Preekgestoelte’ split up but bassist-changes held them from gigging a lot. I think here they were: Anton Meeus (drums), vocalists ‘Sapé’ Sebastiaan Putseys (Reflex & Wolfpack recs) & Jeroen Verbeeck – later replaced by Magalie & Saar, Hans (guitar), Daan (guitar; nowadays in ‘The League of MentalMen’) and Erik (bass). They recorded a demo (Burn The European Swastika) a month before this gig and did a DIY 7” (If It Leads… It Bleeds) which was recorded by Bruno ‘Sloef’ Mastyn in July 2000. They played grindcore and sung political lyrics; some compared them with ‘Disaffect’ and early ‘Conflict’…

Some more history: “Somewhere in 1997/1998 Anton and Hans were looking for a new bass-player. They asked Erik to join ‘Ulrikes Dream’. Later Johan sung for a while. After three times or so, ‘Sapé’ and Jeroen came on vox. Daan joined the guitar-squad. We played a couple of gigs: some were brilliant, some were awful. Every band has these kinds of moments. We recorded our first demo-tape in 1998. It was called Burn, Burn, Burn the European Swastika!. The sound-quality wasn’t perfect but it had a cool booklet an it sounded grind. [raw and messy] It *had* to sound grind: it was recorded in a sixteenth century basement under a grotty punk-hole [Clockwork] full of drunks and drop-outs. It was great.”

Anton went on to play for ‘The Usual Suspects’ (anarcho ska-dub-reggae-punk; also with Hans) & ‘Cop On Fire’…

‘Hellcorn’ wasn’t announced on the poster but they were mentioned in the V.V. notes… They might’ve replaced ‘Hellkrusher’? They played their first gig at the V.V. a couple of months before (98-02-28). They was a local band (Poperinge) with guitarist Noam Sohier (nowadays in ‘Netra’), Angelo Santy on drums, Tony Stamper playing bass and Nathan Floor singing…

Brob

We didn’t make the all-dayer with ‘Oi Polloi’. The van broke down before we got out of Newcastle…

Scotty, ‘Hellkrusher’

‘Hellcorn’ replaced ‘Hellkrusher’, indeed…

Noam Sohier

I recall ‘Ulrike’s Dream’ played for 20-25 people (a lot of French crusties) because most didn’t have the money and it was early on a Sunday (I think) [18th was a Saturday…]. I remember that there was vanilla-flavoured soy-milk that we got into for a while. We just played the old V.V. this one time. I believe that we played with ‘Link’ on Sunday but it’s too long time ago. I do recall that ‘Link’ sounded like ‘Nausea’ at the time. It was also then that we got the appreciated proposal of Saar (R.I.P.) to come and sing for us.

Oh, and we definitely appreciated the french-fries place nearby that carried a variety of vegetarian products thanks to the V.V. visiters.

I also saw ‘Doom’ and ‘Oi Polloi’ play at the V.V. … most probably in 97 and/or 98. But I also missed some great bills, that’s for sure.

Anton Meeus

I especially remember the fanatstic sleeping-attic. And we befriended the ‘Concrete’ guys there. Erik Minnen [‘Cornucopia’] and myself travelled around with them on their following tour. Phil Merckx must’ve been there too at that festival.

I just had gotten into punk/HC and was often just impressed with the the scene; hanging around, meeting new people, laughing,… Sometimes gigs were just a side-issue to the social aspect.

‘Oi Polloi’ was a true dance-party. Always a good atmosphere, non-violent, ladies and gents together on the dance-floor. ‘Concrete’ was also a fantastic band.

Jeroen Verbeeck

‘Ulrike’s Dream’ is still alive and kicking. The band exists for 20 years in 2017. We recorded an LP – Anarchie In Leuven. Nowadays all our hits are sung in Dutch and when we used to play grindcore, it’s now more of a mix of punk, metal & crust. Our previous record Van 9 Tot 5 came out in 2011. That was still with Kim singing. Nowadays Hans does the vocals.

Hans & Anton gained their first experiences ever regarding the production of noise in ‘Het Preekgestoelte’ [pulpit]. After that they started ‘Ulrike’s Dream’. They also founded ‘The Usual Suspects’. And after that ‘Death Church’, a ‘Rudimentary Peni’ tribute-band. And I have been in ‘Les Baudouins Morts’ and the hiphop-sensation ‘Flahaut’. That covers our side-projects…

Erik, ‘Ulrike’s Dream’ bassist

From the UD20 blog: ‘Concrete’ had played @ JH Clockwork [Leuven] not long before. Some ‘U.D.’ members were big fans and played their 10 inch record on a daily basis. Jeroen had left ‘U.D.’ but he sang a couple of tunes so he could see the other bands for free. Mich came along to sing the ‘Dirt’-cover. People at the entrance noticed the large amount of singers ‘Ulrike’s Dream’ had and told them this was more than enough. The band played over the guitar-amp of Michael, ‘Link’s guitar-player; he was the organiser of this show and the sound-guy. It was the first show with a “big” amplifier. He warned that the guitar was way too loud. But of course the band was convinced that there was no such thing as “too loud” in punk-music. This turned out to be a mistake. The band just blamed the P.A. for the band-sound afterwards but learned from it. ‘Ulrike’s Dream’ line-up here was: ‘Sapé’ (vocals), Jeroen (vocals), Mich (guest-vocals), Hans (guitar), Erik (bass), Anton (drums)

There was a lot of pogoing going on during the ‘Oi Polloi’ set. ‘U.D.’-members demonstrated the art of silly dancing once again.

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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‘Hundred Years Of Forgetting’ was a project of Vincent ‘Pit’ Maes with a few people from Deinze. They only did a few shows. [Brob: They are in the guestbook but not really sure if they played. ‘Pit’ was the singer of ‘Instinct’. ‘Hundred Years Of Forgetting’ also played at the 1999 Ieperfest and their music was described as “rocking slomo emo HC”…]

Pedro Tallieu, ‘Instinct’

According to the V.V. notes this gig was again arranged by ‘xSchmitterSx’ (Stijn Desmyter from Oostnieuwkerke)…

‘Thumbs Down’ had played already on 97-08-17 (The Next Generation festival). They were from Antwerp and played “youth crew hardcore”. I believe in the band at that time were Roeland (bass; later replaced by Andries Beckers of ‘Diablo Blvd’), Ken (drums; since ’99 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 performed at the ’98 & ’99 fests….

‘Clouded’, a metal-core band from Antwerp (Kontich), were: Björn Van Loy (bass), Jeroen Verelst (vocals), Serge ‘Serch’ Carriere (drums) and Wout Bosschaert (guitar; replaced Kurt). Their 7” Inheritance was released by Genet recs in 1998. They also played at the ’97, ’98 & ’99 fests…

‘Rain’ (from Antwerpen/Edegem) played post-rock, emo metalcore, with sluggish guitar-riffs and manic vocals: Mark Kram (vocals), Joris Van Haute (bass), Sven Leys (guitar) & Jeroen Taeymans (drums). They had self-released their album Redeem The Monsters ‎(1997) under the name Redeem The Monsters And Kill The Beast recs…

Locals ‘Lifecycle’ had been on the V.V. stage a bunch of times before and it wouldn’t be their last. In a letter from May ’98, Sofie (‘Lifecycle’s vocalist) mentions that their bassist Jurgen Degryse had quit the band. His last show was May ’98. He was replaced by Maarten Kinet (who later played for ‘AmenRa’)… When he left Peter Leuwers joined… And later there was Céline Delqueux and then Jelle Dobbelaere…

‘Sorehead’ (from Ieper) had already played the V.V. several times. They were Laurent ‘Lorre’ Peene (vocals; R.I.P.), Dries Verclyte (bass), Pieter Derycke (drums), Jan Lazeure (guitar; he’s not in the guestbook and might’ve quit for half a year [According to Dries he’s always been in the band…]) and Pieter Desmyter (guitar). Steve Noyelle describes their music as resembling ‘Sektor’. The music on their demo sounded metal-influenced and the vocals were raw & aggressive.

‘Symbiont’ and ‘Mindfist’ were Belgian bands but I’ve got no recollections of them…

Brob

I’ve also played at the V.V. with ‘Before Machine’ (with Serge ‘Serch’ Carriere of ‘Clouded’ / ‘The Setup’ / ‘Bear’)… The excerpt in the guestbook was done by our singer Mark. Our CD was released on the 1997 Ieperfest. [Brob: It was still called HardCore – The Next Generation festival; no trace of ‘Rain playing there…]

‘Mindfist’ was with singer Kevin Heynen, who’s in ‘Shirley’s Locker’ nowadays…

Sven Leys, ‘Rain’ guitarist

I joined ‘Thumbs Down’ in ‘99! I replaced Roeland De Keulenaer.

Andries Beckers

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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98-03-29-stratford-mercenaries-counter-attackThe ‘artist’ must’ve had a beer too many when he was making this flyer… Gig organised  by Michael Maes (‘Link’).

Stratford Mercenaries’ (from London) were vocalist Steve ‘Ignorant’ (Steve Williams; formerly ‘Crass’, ‘Schwartzeneggar’), Gary ‘Gazzer’ Buckley (from ‘Dirt’) on guitar, drummer Phil(ip) Barker (later incarnation of ‘Buzzcocks’) and bassist Ed(ward) Addley (ex ‘Suicidal Supermarket Trolleys’). The band played anarchopunk. They self-released their 7” Live In The U.S.A. 1997 and did 2 albums for Southern recs: No Sighing Strains Of Violins & Sense Of Solitude. This gig was the last of a 3-week European tour…

‘Counter-Attack’ (originally from Alken in Limburg – far East of Belgium – but gradually ‘embedded’ in the anarchist/squat scene in Gent) played anarcho-punk influenced by ‘Crass’, ‘Flux Of Pink Indians’ & ‘Dirt’. In the band at that time: ‘Groovy’ Jochen (vocals; replaced the original female singer), Stef ‘Irritant’ Heeren (guitar/vocals), Wim ‘Simsallabim’ De Neve (bass), Jeroen (drums; later replaced by Yvan Meers who’s now in ‘Visons Of War’). They’d played at the V.V. already on 96-04-27 & 97-02-28. Nowadays Stef is the main man behind ‘Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat’… In autum that year they would record for their Laments & Skulls LP on Prejudice prods (JP Vandestien, Louvain-La-Neuve). The recordings for Masters and Jesters – with Yvan on drums – were done at Michaël ‘Link’ Maes’ studio in December 1999 (LP out on Nabate).

Brob

This was the second gig we did with ‘Counter-Attack’. [Brob: 3rd time at the V.V.] It was in the pub and we supported ‘Stratford Mercenaries’… A ‘dream come true’ for me at that time…to be able to come so close to some of my ‘punk idols’. That whole concert I played on the guitar of Gary (from ‘Dirt’)! Some years before we’d played on a Leed Festival at the Vort’n Vis. [Brob: 96-04-27 or 97-02-28; not Leed…] That was our first concert outside of Limburg then; being very young punks it was an enormous enterprise at that time to travel from Hasselt to Ieper.

Stef ‘Irritant’

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

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additions wellcome!…

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(full posts with photos of some bands playing are planned…)

18 sep ’98: Money Drug (Pol), Hellfiller (Bel), Charlie Don’t Surf (Bel), King Creole (Bel), Lieselotte (Swi)

19 sep ’98: Doom (UK), Oi Polloi (UK), Link (Bel), Outrage (Bel), Sarah (Fra), Alcatraz (Fra), Filth Of Mankind (Pol), Reller (Bel)

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After the prematurely aborted 97 Leed fest, Michael Maes of ‘Link’ took it upon him to organise this one… Bruno was probably too busy running the Pyrrhus record-store in Gent. Of course there was the V.V. crew behind Mike…

Brob

We also played with ‘Reller’… I Recently found back an old demo…trying to digitalise that… I know the ‘Alcatraz’ guys filmed our performance…

Nico Peeters, ‘Outrage’ bassist

The atmosphere was rather relaxed, contrary to HC ’98 in August. Only a few idiotic brawls outside the Vort’n Vis.

Stef Goos; personal communication Oct ‘98

I was proud to be able to play in that fabulous place that was the V.V. I’d already been there as a spectator and I never thought I’ld play there one day. To me the Vort’n Vis was like ABC No Rio. I remember we were wel recieved by everyone. This was a punk festival so there were a lot of people.

Michaël ‘Mike’ Ramounet, ‘Alcatraz’ vocalist

Everything at Vort’n Vis was fine and well organised.

Selim, ‘Money Drug’ vocalist

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