Posts Tagged ‘Força Macabra’

97-05-18 Präparation-H - Boycot - Açao Direta

Another gig organised by Fred(eric) Driessens – with practical help from his bro, his girlfriend and Jan Claus…

‘Präparation-H’ was a grindcore (“mince crust”; influenced by ‘Napalm Death’, ‘Sore Throat’, ‘Assück’, ‘Hellnation’, ‘Disrupt’, etc.) band from Cincinnati (Ohio) with Dan ‘H’ Sucio (guitar & vocals), Burke (bass & vocals; in stead of Doug ‘Zombie’) and ‘Agent’ Klaus Grabke (drums). Ash (guitar/ bass/vocals/drums) was in the band until 1996. There was a tape with recordings from ‘94, a split-tape (with ‘Agathocles’) entitled Fair Is Fair! – released by Axioma Promotions (1995) – and a promo-tape for the ’97 tour. They also recorded several 7”s (e.g. with ‘Hellkrusher’, ‘Cripple Bastards’ and ‘Agathocles’) for numerous labels.

97 Präparation-H tour

‘Açao Direta’ came all the way from São Paulo, Brazil. On the ‘97 tour the were: Paulo Gepeto (vocals), Pancho (bass), Alan (guitar) and Marcão (drums). Their (first European) tour was organised by Michael Kopijn and his girlfriend Eva (from Groningen), I believe. It was between the release of the Entre A Benção E O Caos (Between The Blessing And The Chaos) LP and the Intervenção (Intervention) LP. Musically they range from straightforward hardcore to fast crossover.

97-05-18 Açao Direta97-05-18 Açao Direta (courtesy Dan Präparation-H)‘Açao Direta’ (courtesy Paulo Gepeto & Dan ‘Präparation-H’)

‘Boycot’ (from Alkmaar) were Bill(y) Kuiper (vocals), Pim Bakker (vocals; ex ‘C.K.N.), Taco Rietveld (drums), Jeroen (bass) and Lennaert Roomer (guitar; also ‘Distress’; replaced Erik-Jan, who played the first time they were at the V.V. on 96-09-20). I got to know them because of the Only Stupid Bastards Help Epitaph 7” (on Axiome Production, 1995). After that there were several 7”s (together with ‘Distress’, ‘Insane Youth’, ‘Betercore’, ‘Yuppiecrusher’, ‘Fleas And Lice’, …); also a tape with ‘Jobbykrust’‎ with live recordings of ‘Boycot’ (released in 1996)…

‘Bloodsuckers’, from the very South, French-speaking part of Belgium (Arlon area), played grind. Members were Pierre Marchal (drums), Christophe Pels (bass), Gregory Pels (guitar) and Michael Thiry (vocals). They had a few tapes out, one of which was a split-tape with a thrash/metal-HC band with the same name from Slovenia. Later they also did a 3-way split CD with ‘Kisaac’s band ‘Bob’s Bizarre Bazaar’…

After an abonimable set on the fest in September ’94, ‘Força Macabra’ showed up again here. The band with the Portugese name and lyrics are actually from Finland. They ‘worshipped’ Brazilian bands and also did covers of bands such as ‘Ratos De Porão’, ‘Olho Seco’, ‘Cólera’, etc. We got to know them when Bruno (Genet recs) released the split with ‘Corpus Christi’ in ’93. I also hung out with Otto and his mates some time in Ghent when they were staying over at the Genet HQ. The vocalist was ‘Taurus’ (‘Oswaldo’ Otto Luotonen), bassist ‘Chakal’ (‘Jaba’ Jaakko Penttinen), guitarist ‘Porco’ (‘Lalli’ ‘Pedro Anthares’ Petri Niskanen) and drummer ‘Antitese’ (‘Oscar’ Otto Itkonen). Some of them also played in ‘Selfish’. The band did numerous records and tapes. A few days later (97-05-23) they also played the Hogepont squat in Ghent…

‘Konstrukt’ was a grind/noise-core band (unpredictable, fast, chaotic, noisy, brutal stuff with references to ‘Anal Cunt’, ‘Man Is The Bastard’) with avant-garde/industrial touches. Dietmar Eicher (guitar), Sascha Confus (bass), Pablo (drums) & Ronald (vocals) were from Vienna (Austria). That year they recorded for their Dis-Co LP, that was released on Dietmar’s label Hammerwerk. He had already released their split-7” with ‘Kito’ in ’95. There was also a split-7” with ‘Wasserdicht’ on Jay Walk (Dejan Pozegar from Slovenia) in ’96. And in 1999 the In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni 7” was put out by Hammerwerk again. The band had ties with the local squatted social centre E.K.H.

Not mentioned on the flyer but in the guestbook and the V.V. notes were ‘Real Chaos’ (grindcore from Germany; “the name says it all”) who’d also been on the bill with ‘Präparation-H’ at the in Sint-Niklaas gig a few days earlier.

Brob

We were only there brieflly because the moment we arrived, we were asked if we could play in Lille [France] too later that day. After some negotiating we could plug in immediately and in the evening we played with ‘Unhinged’! I believe that the day before there was a gig planned in Geel or Diest (about the same line-up) [Diest, 97-05-17: ‘Açao Direta’, ‘Präparation-H’, ‘Konstrukt’ & Honey Honey (Bel)] but when we got there, we were told we couldn’t play… That had also happened the day before, in Veldhoven [The Netherlands]. Good bands by the way…

Bill, ‘Boycot’

On this rainy Sunday the public filled the small room. ‘Boycot’ played hardcore and had an ex-member of the old ‘Sore Throat’ [Lennaert Roomer]. The Finnish ‘Força Macabra’ tried singing in Portuguese and played covers of ‘Ratos De Porão, ‘Armageddon’, ‘Cólera’ and ‘Lobotomy’. ‘Açao Direta’s performance was great. We made many friends and the balance was very positive. We were back in Europe in 1999, 2001 & 2004! In 1999 & 2001 things were organised by Michael [Kopijn; drummer of ‘Catweazle’ etc.] & Eva from Bacteria (Groningen)! 1997 we made it with lots of letters and friends spreading the word around Europe…

Paulo Gepeto, vocalist of ‘Açao Direta’

We played that one… ‘Bloodsuckers’ were immensely entertaining in their insanity. Grade-A ‘developing country grind’! We played many shows with ‘Konstrukt’ along the way.

Otto Itkonen, ‘Força Macabra’

>>Five long weeks of touring around Europe. The Spanish/Portuguese and the French legs were cut off as the van seriously broke down in ex-Yugoslavija. A grassroots-organised tour with a shoelace budget can’t always be the best possible way to do things – and ‘Força’ certainly had its ups and downs in the long series of gigs in squats and bars.<<

forcamacabra.net

There was a great atmosphere!

Chris Pels, ‘Bloodsuckers’

It was our bassplayer’s birthday and the guys in ‘Rubbish Heap’ came to the show with a cake that they smashed in his face. It was really, really funny! I don’t recall much about venue or specifics of the show. I do remember that the guys in ‘Konstrukt’ from Vienna were super, super cool and we remained in touch for years after. We played a few shows with ‘Força Macabra’ and I can tell you, they are great drinking partners! I remember I gave my favorite ‘Los Crudos’ T-Shirt to the singer of ‘Boycot’. It was WAY too small for him. I have a photo. Hahaha!

Dan, ‘Präparation-H’ guitarist

I travelled a few days with the guys from ‘Präparation-H’ when they were touring Europe. The were also joined by Scott (the drummer of ‘Blatherskite’ & ‘Ice Nine’) and a Polish guy named Marcin. The German band ‘Real Chaos’ – German crust/grind with really nice (and a bit smelly haha) people – was touring with them aswell. The days before Ieper, the band played in Sint-Niklaas (97-05-15) – with ‘Wojczech’, ‘Cut Your Hair’ & ‘Real Chaos’, Veldhoven [The Netherlands] 97-05-16 – with ‘Boycot’, ‘Distress’, ‘Real Chaos’ and I believ ‘No ID) and Diest (97-05-17) – with ‘Intestinal Disease’, ‘Açao Direta’, ‘Rubbish Heap’, ‘Real Chaos’, etc. The show in Veldhoven was the same weekend as the Dynamo Open Air festival and the guys from ‘Disfear’ were at the show as they were also going to this metal-festival. The morning after the show in Veldhoven we had a quick visit there aswell. The guys from ‘Präp-H’ were super nice and had a great sence of humor. A few weeks later I met some of them in Liège when ‘Dystopia’ played there. I remember getting that really nice “thank you” card afterwards. Still have it somewhere. Their last show was in Ieper. I was pleasantly suprised by ‘Bloodsuckers’ – as I was allready writing with some of them and this was our first actual meeting. ‘Força Macabra’ and ‘Konstrukt’ were nice additions. The next friday I organised a show for ‘Força Macabra’ in Mol.

Erik Minnen, ‘Cornucopia’ vocalist

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 97-05-18 - (book C) Açao DiretaVV 97-05-18 - (book C) Açao Direta'

VV 97-05-18 - (book C) Bloodsuckers

VV 97-05-18 - (book C) Boycot

VV 97-05-18 - (book C) Força Macabra

VV 97-05-18 - (book C) Konstrukt

VV 97-05-18 - (book C) Präparation-H

VV 97-05-18 - (book C) Real ChaosVV 97-05-18 - (book C) Real Chaos'

additions wellcome!…

Intro: 94-09-16&17&18 6th Leed festival

This Leed fest started with an evening in the pub.

Força Macabra (cover CC split) (-)

We knew ‘Força Macabra’ a bit because Bruno (Genet recs) released the split between them & ‘Corpus Christi’ in ’93. I’d hung out with ‘Selfish’s drummer Otto Itkonen in Gent the year before and he was also in this ‘project’: a band with a Portugese name and lyrics, while they’re actually from Finland (Punkaharju, N.E. of Helsinki). The vocalist was ‘Taurus’ (‘Oswaldo’ Otto Luotonen), bassist ‘Chakal’ (‘Jaba’ Jaakko Penttinen), guitarist ‘Porco’ (‘Lalli’ ‘Pedro Anthares’ Petri Niskanen) and Otto was nick-named ‘Antitese’ or ‘Oscar’. The band did numerous records and tapes; too much to mention. Have a look on their website: www.forcamacabra.net. They also did covers of bands such as ‘Ratos De Porão’, ‘Olho Seco’, ‘Cólera’, etc. They would play at the V.V. again in ’97 but I reckon Otto and Petri visited from time to time aswell…

94-09-16 Força Macabra (by Wim DL)‘Força Macabra’; photo by Wim De Leersnijder

‘Insane Youth’, a crust-core band from the Sint-Niklaas area played at the Vort’n Vis for the 1st time here… The were back already a month later (94-10-22). The line-up: Steve ‘Stiv’ Descamps (vocals), Thomas ‘Tomaz’ Van Rumst (bass), Jan ‘Fons’ Wuytack and Tim De Baere (guitar). Vanessa Hoskens was the 2nd vocalist at some timepoint. Stef De Leersnijder would join later.

Koen ‘Siesele’ Lammens (ex ‘Private Jesus Detector’) had joined the ranks of ‘Corpus Christi’ by then. The others were Bram De Cock (drums), ‘Colli’ Peter Vancolen (vocals) & Stef De Leersnijder (guitar). They’d done a wole bunch of gigs at the V.V. (92-11-22, 93-10-31, 93-11-21, 94-02-05) but this was probably their last one here…

94-09-16 Corpus Christi (by Wim DL)94-09-16 Corpus Christi' (by Wim DL)‘Corpus Christi’; photos by Wim De Leersnijder

I don’t remember much about ‘Zabloudil’, except that they were from the Czech Republic (Olomouc area ?) and had a CD out on Malarie recs (self-titled). On the www one can read: “The band had a variable line-up, name and sound but during 23 years of its existence earned a reputation of one of the most open-minded experimental bands in the Czech Republic. They shunned away from the mainstream and they always shocked with their uncompromising approach to music and the business.”. Their sound was “original, moving in a broad range between hardcore, free jazz, improvisation and noise”. Don’t knoww if Fifi, the female singer was in the band then… You can find out more about them on this website: http://mujweb.cz/zabloudila/indexen.html

Brob

I played at the Vort’n Vis with ‘Corpus Christi’ twice. The original ‘Corpus’ (on the EP) was Stef on bass and ‘Goemie’ [Bart Goeminne] on guitar – they didn’t do an awful lot of gigs in that line-up. When the guitarist quit [He stayed until Oct ’93 and was then replaced by Tom Vanlaere for a bit.], Stef [ex ‘Warcry’, later in ‘Insane Youth’, nowadays in ‘Visions Of War’ ‘Chaka’] took over guitar and I played bass. Things got off pretty well then and we did some 20 gigs before splitting (in ’95), only in Belgium.

Corpus Christi started in late 1991 when ‘Goemi’, Bram and ‘Colli’ started talking of forming a band. The first rehearsal was early 1992 but they had no bassist and because Bram was good friends with the guys of the melodic HC band ‘Cry For Change’ he asked their guitarist (Johan) if he could join and play bass. They did 1 gig in October 1992 with Johan. After that gig he decided to leave because it wasn’t his style. After a few months with only 3 members (‘Colli’ bass/vocals), they met Stef and his brother Wim who both played in ‘War Cry’ along with the legendary Pedro, and asked Stef to join the band and play bass. At the same time Bruno from Genet recs asked to record songs for a split-EP with ‘Força Macabra’ from Finland. So they recorded 7 tracks at Cats studio in Bruges in May 1993. 4 for the split and 3 unreleased. After the recordings ‘Goemie’ had too little time continue with ‘C.C.’ and left the band but because the EP did well and several gigs were planned, they tried to find another bassist (Stef decided to play guitar) and found ‘Siesele’ (‘Private Jesus Detector’ had called it a day by then). That was around October 1993. This last line-up was the last and also the most important. New songs were made. There were even plans for a split-LP to be released by a French label ??? other band ???… I fogot. But internal fights between some members when the band was at their peak got the band to split up. But nowadays we drink beer together and make fun again. The past is the past. The first pic in the vid is from the first gig with Johan on bass. At the end of the movie you see Wim who was always ready for the band and saw every gig. We consider him a member of the band.

Here’s 2 ‘videos’ of rehearsals (space in Oostrozebeke of the ‘Cry For Change’ brothers [Johan & Peter Maes]): the unreleased track Teveel Is Teveel and Killing For Pleasure. [Brob: The one of a live gig in Brugge in the last line-up seems to have disappeared from the www.]

Koen ‘Siesele’ Lammens

‘Força Macabra’ didn’t tour. The Euro-tour was cancelled last minute… Our vocalist’s Lada broke down before, or something. I think the guys couldn’t get the wheels fixed. ‘Selfish’ had done a European tour in 92, 93 but probably did just one appearance at V.V. in ‘94. The same weekend as ‘Forca Macabra’. On friday we tried to do a gig with ‘F.M.’ but the set was a mess (almost unrecognizable because of our state of drunkenness…) so we played briefly and did a short yet decent set the following day on a different stage… So both ‘F.M.’ and ‘Selfish’ played at this fest.

Otto Itkonen

I was on the festival with ‘Zabloudil’ (Cze). I remember Brob wanted me to pay entrance and was angry with me. I totally understand now – you were doing your best at running the place. At that time everything was also new for us; how the scene was working… I got lot of experiences and inspiration out of it for doing things over here in a similar way.

Martin Valásek, Malarie recs

We played on the Friday of this festival. For us it was the first time we played outside the Czech Republic (arranged by Martin Valásek of Malarie recs).

Zdenek Kobylka Vymlatil, ‘Zabloudil’s “manager”

My memory is hazy but one detail I remember is the ‘Força Macabra’ (or was it ‘Selfish’?) bassist being so drunk he could barely stand on stage [see photo], let alone play his instrument. He eventually gave up trying and the band kept playing without him, if my memory serves me right. That must be the first time I drank ‘Kilju’ too, one of those huge buckets the Finns were carrying around. Kilju kills you, or at least it does kill bassists.

Luk Ardilouze, Scream zine, Bayonne (France)

I guess this was the best gig we ever played at the V.V. but also the best overall. It definitely brings back memories, I wonder if ‘Corpus Christi’ could ever do a reunion ? ;-) It was also fun with the Finnish home-brew brothers, I’ll never forget the friendship we shared. The picture shows Basse, vocalist of ‘Selfish’. I remember he was so drunk, he didn’t even feel that somebody tore out his nipple piercing in front of the stage… It was bleeding like hell but the alcohol was a strong tranquilizer, don’t know if it still was the next day? Thanx Brob, for keeping this in memory alive, even after more than 20 years! Respect dude!

‘Corpus Colli’ Peter Vancolen

94-09-16 Força Macabra Basse passed out (by Wim DL)Q.E.D.

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 94-09-16 - (book B) Força Macabra

VV 94-09-16 - (book B) Insane Youth

VV 94-09-16 - (book B) Zabloudil

additions wellcome!…

VV newsletter 94-09-16&17&18 (a)

VV newsletter 94-09-16&17&18 (b)

VV newsletter 94-09-16&17&18 (c)Evolution of announcements in the Vort’n Vis newsletters

=> the actual ‘bill’ (???) – Accounts of the actual festival-days can be accessed by clicking on the links below…:

16 sep ’94: Força Macabra (Fin), Insane Youth (Bel), Corpus Christi (Bel), Zabloudil (Cze)

17 sep ’94: Citizen Fish (UK), AOS3 (UK), Bender (UK), Inkisiçao (Por), Bad Influence (Bel), Selfish (Fin), Agathocles (Bel), Der Machinisten (Bel)

18 sep ’94: Rain Like The Sound Of Trains (USA), Ivich (Fra), Oi Polloi (UK), X-Acto (Por)

‘Inkisicao’, ‘X-Acto’ & ‘Oi Polloi’ toured together:

94-09 Inkisicao, X-Acto and Oi Polloi - This Is Not Amerikka tourThis Is Not Amerikka tour (somewhere along the road) – ‘Oi Polloi’s Matt Finch, Deek, Chris ‘Wheelie’ Willsher, Calum Mackenzie; plus Joao Barrelas ‘Libelinha’ (‘X-Acto’) & Guilherme Charters

94-09-17 Inkisicao Lena + Chris Oi PolloiHelena (‘Inkisiçao’) & Chris (‘Oi Polloi’) at the Vort’n Vis

‘Citizen Fish’, ‘AOS 3’ & ‘Bender’ were also touring together: the No World Order tour.

Since 1989 I was running a fanzine-distro-label in my hometown in Italy, Pavia, called AZ – DIY anarcho-punk hardcore crust stuff… In September 1994 I arrived in Belgium (Leuven, on a university-exchange program Erasmus) to stay there 8 months. I was already in contact with Brob (Tilt!, legendary epic mythological ‘zine) and Alain (Nabate, legendary epic mythological label), and I knew that the 2 places in Belgium to go were Vort’n Vis in Ieper and La Zone in Liège. My first gig was this festival in Ieper, and then for the following 8 months I was in Ieper or Liège in the pit at gigs, almost every weekend. At the time the mainstream in the Italian HC/punk-scene was US S.E. (not for me, I didn’t like the music and the stupid macho attitude and I’ve never been S.E.; my religion doesn’t allow me to be S.E. – I’ve always drunk, smoked, etc.) and Californian melo-punk (OK, the first 2 LPs of ‘Bad Religion’ are good but please give me something more powerful and political). I was into English anarcho-punk (‘Conflict’, ‘Amebix’, ‘Antisect’) and crust (‘Doom’, ‘Sore Throat’, ‘Nausea’) and Italian HC (‘Contropotere’, ‘Wretched’, ‘C.C.M.’). So Belgium in 1994 was simply fuckin’ heaven: the best beer of Europe at ridicolously ultra-cheap price, endless pubs with no closing-time, open all night long, just a few kilometers away from the Dutch border coffee-shops with the best weed of Europe and a lot of gigs to go see the best touring bands of Europe and US, and finally – my favourite band at that times – ‘Hiatus’.

I got to the Leed festival by train, it was my first punk-gig outside Italy and I immediatly felt surprised in a positive way: no people asking for money and cigarettes all the time, no drunk people getting aggressive and creating trouble, lots of distros (I remember the ultra big stall John of Active distro did, it was wonderful to find so many things that I could not find in Italy brought to me directly from London!), very good and cheap beer, lots of people to talk with (many of which I was already in contact with by mail; and it was great to talk directly with people!) and, last but not least, a fuckin’ great gig, with a lot of my favourite bands at the time, especially from England: ‘Citizen Fish’, ‘AOS3’ and ‘Oi Polloi’; and then ‘Selfish’ – skandicrust at its best!! Sincerely: after 20 years, I remember mostly the atmosphere – angry but positive, “We’re fuckin’ tired of this shit but we don’t destroy ourselves, we want to create something different and alternative, something better…” And I remember on the way back to Leuven: alone on the train, exhausted and with a hang-over (“kater”, the only word I remember in Dutch…), looking at my new records and reading the Situationist books I got from Active distro, thinking “Holy shit! Great gig! I’ll go back to the next!”.

Piero Majocchi

I was at the ‘Citizen Fish’/’AOS3’ concert! It’s possible that Sammy [‘Soyhead’ Schneider, from Switzerland] was with me on that occasion, although I don’t remember exactly. I was travelling with him to North England and back, and we stopped in Belgium, but I don’t have very clear memories of us going to the Vort’n Vis concert together. What I do remember is being there with you, Brob. I also remember losing my glasses in front of the stage when everyone, me included, went crazy; and finding them while everyone around me was dancing.

Tomaz Trplan, Papermouth zine (Murska Sobota, Slovenia)

I’ll come to Ypres for the concert of ‘Inkisição’ & ‘X-Acto’. I’m so pleased they play at your place. I’m very much looking forward to see them again, especially Helena.

Michèle Marnach, Persons Unknown zine (Lux), personal communication Sep ‘94

Gregor Kanitz (A Jour distro, Düsseldorf) visited…

Was at this gig too, don’t remember too much of it I am afraid.

Bart Jansen, ‘Deconsume’ guitarist

I was there…

Luc Ardilouze, Scream zine (Bayonne, France)

I was there too, already my second Leed Fest at the V.V. Some great bands and amazing atmosphere. I kept coming to this fest for a few more years, always a pleasure!

Pawel, Scream recs (Gdansk, Poland)

I really don’t remenber how long we stayed in Belgium but I can recall that I really loved it and I talk about that tour-experience as the experience of my life :-)))) Unforgettable!

Helena Burbuleta, ‘Inkisiçao’ singer

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 94-09-17 - (book B) Joao PratoSome Portugese stayed the whole weekend…

VV 94-09-17 - (book B) Fun prods???

VV 94-09-17 - (book B) Cross FaderOne of the S.F. movies that were shown?