Bölzer – Amplifier Capitol
Sunday 9 June
Photos by Isabelle Haubrich Photography
On Sunday Night I went down to the Amplfier bar for a night of Extreme Metal featuring Switzerlands own – Bölzer. They’ve been around 11 years now and have been to Australia a few times before, but this time they were doing the tour without opening for a more well known act like previously. I should have brought my ear plugs because this was a recipe for decimated ear drums. This was a LOUD show. My ears are still ringing as I write this.
The evening began with local Blackened Death Metal act Solum, who warmed us up well with a blistering set of heavy metal music. They were constant with their assault, and it was heavy as hell. Their vocalist J.S has some brutal vocals, and they were supremely tight as hell. A great way to open the show, and an assault on the Ear O’ Drum for sure.
Up next was Wardaemonic. A band that has been around for 14 years now. They upped the ante with their set and proved why they have had such longevity in the Perth scene. Their drummer (whos name I do not know) was one of the best performers of the evening. These guys ooze passion, they’re into everything they’re doing and it was impressive as hell.
The two-man Swiss Extreme Metal band Bölzer hit the stage for the main event of the evening shortly after. Band members Okoi Thierry Jones and Fabian Wyrsch were once praised by NPR Music as one of 2014’s biggest extreme metal success stories. The sound they are capable of catapulting to your ear drums with only 2 members is nothing short of phenomenal. They have an unconventional approach to the genre of Extreme Metal. Very doom-esque at times, this was a powerful and strong performance. It’s hard for me to comment on what songs were played because I didn’t know the name of any of them. They have a great presence on stage with the way they light themselves, and the way they carry themselves. They ensure that they are seen as a mysterious, brutal enigma. It was so jarring on the ears that I needed to take a few breaks from the pit area, I really should have worn my ear plugs!
After seeing an ABBA Tribute Act the night before, this was certainly the other side of the spectrum. The audience of metalheads united and were passionate and wild throughout the bands set. Perhaps not the biggest turn out that they could have hoped for, but those that were there showed their appreciation and it was a performance that was felt in the black hearts of all.