Benighted and Dagoba's Death Cruise Tour in Toulouse - 28/10/10

Event: Dagoba: Death Cruise Tour
Written by: Darkside Momo, Collin
Published: 27.11.2010

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Dagoba - Benighted, Toulouse, 28/10/2010 by Moocher (15)
The Bikini, or one of the best venues in the world. At least, the best I've been to, with a pool (you can't enjoy it, but still), and a great, great sound.
About 500 persons answered the call of this brutal, French-metal-only night. And like Collin said "a few years ago, you couldn't dream about that for a bill with 100% of French bands". Indeed. Change has been for the best!
Forgive us for the scarcity of pictures, because the Metalstorm delegation was pretty busy doing, well, what people do at metal shows (listening to the music, drinking beers, chatting with friends…) while Moocher was still running around organizing the event.



Dwail

Momo: A metalcore band from Toulouse, who play here as much as they can; for example they opened for Gojira. And their stuff is really classical. Well played, with some good riffs and rythmics, but boring.
Sure, they gave all they got, were professional, everything, but... meh.

Collin: "Typical" metalcore is an easy recipe, and Dwail got it all: the dual angsty/clean vocals, the over-melodic At The Gates-rip-off riffs, the fat breakdowns scattered at thoughtful intervals (that is about 2 per song)... it was all there. But their set was actually ok. What is it that saved them? Enthusiasm, professionalism and tightness. For some reason you're much less eager to dismiss a band when they play tight and are obviously having fun onstage. All in all, a decent warm-up.




Destinity

Momo: Dunno why, but I didn't enjoy Destinity as much as I did two years ago, in a little bar (some pictures can be found here).
The set was good anyway, full of fury and energy, with an obnoxious, almost certainly drunk singer (Mick), who ranted about his hate of… well, I don't really remember .

Collin: Well, copy paste Momo's words about Destinity's set and you get my point of view as well. Except that I do remember what Destinity's singer was ranting about, and it's so stupid that I don't want to mention it. Anyhow, this was an energetic, pissed off show, but something just didn't click. Maybe it was those over-the-top rants that killed the flow, I don't know. What I do know is that I left the room about halfway through to go chat with a couple of friends and drink more beer.


Benighted

Momo: I was there for them, for sure ! I expected to get a big kick in the butt again, but not to that scale, really. It was not a "big" kick, it was an enormous, monstrous, god-sized one.
It was a non-stop orgy of violence, with crowdsurfers and people on stage - who, at first, got pushed off-stage by a security guy before Julien told him to stand aside - and a huge mosh pit below. It culminated with a really violent circle-pit that was as large as the scene, and it left the band awed and speechless (apart from those "vous êtes des putains de tarés", which translates as "you are some crazy motherfuckers"). And Eric (bass) played the last two songs off-stage, in the pit. Yeah!
Icing on the cake, they treated us with no less than three new songs, which came across as great as the others on stage, but even more technical, if that is possible.

Collin: Ah, Benighted... This band brings back fond memories from my insanest, most intensest concert experience ever. I've seen them a couple of times since that first encounter and while not as crazy they always delivered the goods, brutal style. This time was no different. A whirlwind of violence, a tornado of brutality, a big-ass tsunami of savagery that tore through the crowd and had people's brains and entrails splattered across the walls, roof, and other people, with circle pits and walls of death all over the place and people slamming and moshing like there was no tomorrow. The band, while playing as tight as ever, seemed to have been taken completely off guard by this display of violent fun and looked completely amazed the whole time, so much so that it took them some time to realize that some security dude, apparently not familiar with a Benighted show, tried to push back the innocent young fellows who tried to climb on stage. And amazed I was, too. A Benighted show is beyond words. It needs to be seen and felt.




Dagoba

Momo: How can one play after Benighted and win? If you ask me, or most old farts (guess I'm one), you just can't. Anyway, Dagoba did something great, powerful and the audience (the younger part, which was there for them) enjoyed it a lot.
And there was nothing to complain about. Technical, aggressive, catchy, it was. The band easily toyed with the audience too, and we even had another huge circle pit. Maybe a bit bigger than Benighted's, but less rough.
Anyway, I wasn't blown away. Had I been 10 years younger I would have enjoyed it immensely, but now… Let's either call this the 'Benighted drawback', or the 'Old-fart effect'.

Collin: The only problem I see with Dagoba's great show is that they played after Benighted wreaked havoc on Toulouse. Because you know, Dagoba actually did blast away the last few ruins that were still standing in the area. Dagoba live is heavy, relentless, powerful, incredibly catchy, tight as the proverbial duck's ass, with a great sound and charisma all around. They have more than enough great material to get the crowd crazy and most old songs feel like you've been sat on repeatedly by a dozen Shaquille O'Neals (but in a good way). It really, really was a fucking great show. But they played after Benighted.




Conclusion

Momo: Depends on whom you asked, but either Benighted or Dagoba owned the day. It's Benighted for me, no doubts about it.
Collin: Well, if you ask me, Benighted owns almost any band that ever dared step on a stage. Dagoba's awesome but really, Benighted.

Many thanks to Les Souffleurs de Têtes (Marge, Julien, Moocher, Guillaume, and all the others), both for the show and the accreditations!


 




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Chainer - 28.11.2010 at 22:17  
Only one question, Collin how do you know how tight a duck's ass is?
Darkside Momo - 28.11.2010 at 22:28  
Written by Chainer on 28.11.2010 at 22:17

Only one question, Collin how do you know how tight a duck's ass is?

You don't want to know
Collin - 28.11.2010 at 23:26  
Written by Chainer on 28.11.2010 at 22:17

Only one question, Collin how do you know how tight a duck's ass is?


When you grow up in the countryside, sometimes you get lonely. I can tell you the average girth of any common farm animal's ass if it's your thing.
Darkside Momo - 29.11.2010 at 00:28  
Written by Collin on 28.11.2010 at 23:26

Written by Chainer on 28.11.2010 at 22:17

Only one question, Collin how do you know how tight a duck's ass is?


When you grow up in the countryside, sometimes you get lonely. I can tell you the average girth of any common farm animal's ass if it's your thing.

I guess it's just revenge because you suffer of anatidaephobia.
Ag Fox - 29.11.2010 at 03:36  
Sounds like you guys had so much fun. I'm really jealous now lol
Thryce - 29.11.2010 at 12:36  
No but really, Benighted.

My poor ass still puckers neck still hurts when I think about the brilliance of their HF show back in 2008...
Darkside Momo - 29.11.2010 at 16:11  
Written by Ag Fox on 29.11.2010 at 03:36

Sounds like you guys had so much fun. I'm really jealous now lol

You can. As Thryce and other can attest, they are fucking awesome live. One of the BEST.LIVE.BANDS.EVER. (and I'm not even a huge fan of their albums)
Nefarious - 31.01.2011 at 12:39  
I was out drinking with Kevin from Benighted last week & have to say he is an insanely nice dude I'm not that familiar with their music but after reading this review i will have to check them out properly & hopefully catch them live sometime
Darkside Momo - 31.01.2011 at 12:47  
Written by Nefarious on 31.01.2011 at 12:39

I was out drinking with Kevin from Benighted last week & have to say he is an insanely nice dude I'm not that familiar with their music but after reading this review i will have to check them out properly & hopefully catch them live sometime

Yeah, do try to catch them live, they're awesome. I'm not a fan of their albums, but that's a totally different story onstage, really.
Also yes, I talked to them a few minutes, and they do seem to be very nice persons

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