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Fear Dark Festival 2002


-Fear Dark Festival "Five Years Of Total Darkness", De Kei, Peppelensteeg, Ede, The Netherlands-


Date: Saturday March 2nd 2002. Photos by André J.C. Bor. Report written by mpo.


The crowd

On Saturday March 2nd it was time for the Five Years Of Total Darkness festival that Fear Dark organized in cooperation with Peacedog. With this festival Fear Dark celebrated the fact that they started their company in 1997. Four bands were scheduled to play for Five Years Of Total Darkness.


Jonathan of Natan

Natan from Belgium was the warm-up band of the festival. Yet my bus was late so I had to miss the first couple of songs. I pushed my way through the crowd to greet the people from Fear Dark first before paying attention to the happenings on stage. Already a huge crowd had gathered to see the maiden enterprise of this young black metal band. As it was their first gig ever so to some of the members it was something to get used to. The show was a bit static. But especially their female singer and keyboard player Claudia seemed to get used to it pretty easily as she moved a bit more on stage than the others. Musically they brought atmospheric black metal with violin solos played by the singer. The crowd responded eager to this band and demanded an encore. The final song was a pretty cool instrumental played initially with violin and drums only. Their singer certainly knows how to play violin! Everyone was impressed.

Yeah, mpo was there too, here in good company with Johan Krans & Ralf van Vliet

In the interval between Natan and the next band there was some time to chat with people. This was going to be the returning ritual in the intervals between concerts. I greeted some familiar faces and met some new ones. Time was too short though to meet and speak with everyone. There were also some booths where you could buy CD's and shirts. I can't remember checking them out properly as I normally would have, browsing through the stacks of CD's. Well, that illustrates that there were too many other things to see and do, hands to shake, people to greet or just to look around to see people enjoy... Time goes too quick on such a night.



Next came Noiz, from Germany. Their set was full of hard hitting old school death metal. The band was roaring on stage, banging their heads as much as some people in the pit did. You might've started wondering when someone's head was going to drop down on the floor... It was heads swinging all over the place, hair floating in mid-air. The songs played by the band were mostly new ones full of blasting rhythms. For someone who likes variety it was a bit of an overdose at the end though. But Noiz enjoyed their playing much and so did many people in the warmed-up crowd.



Morphia, the third band, was presenting their new album called Frozen Dust. They were the only band from The Netherlands. Through previous gigs their atmospheric doom metal has become familiar to many of the metal fans present. As I had seen them a few times last year I was wondering how their new songs would be. Morphia's set consisted of old tracks from their 1998 album Unfulfilled Dreams and half dozen new songs. The old ones sounded as good as ever and so did new songs like The Forrest and When Silence Fell. However, to some of the new material I had to get used as they sounded not as convincing as classics like The Day I Died. Nevertheless a great band!

Seventh Avenue

Seventh Avenue was the last band. Technically this band was the best band on stage. It was also a different band with their melodic power metal and high pitched vocals by Herbie Langhans. Herbie also played guitar while singing and did some classic guitar solos. The rest of the band had fun playing, making some jokes with the crowd. The band-crowd interaction was coolest with Seventh Avenue. They clearly enjoyed their time on stage, being entertainers. The set consisted of songs from the different albums including an oldie like Rest In Peace. In this song, as well as some of the others, the band tried successfully to get the crowd scream along with the chorus. Some of the other classics they played were Southgate, Tale Of Tales, May The Best One Win, Big City Sharks and Time. After the set was over, the crowd started demanding an encore. Seventh Avenue came back and Herbie started introducing the cover song they were going to play, the classic Iron Maiden hit Run To The Hills with its galloping riffs! The crowd enjoyed each single note and so did I. One of the highlights that night!

Seventh Avenue & the crowd.

After the encore it was time to leave. I had to loosen myself from the people I wanted to chat with. Ralf, one of the visitors, had kindly offered me a lift on my way home. Our travel to the west was another highlight for me. We talked about the festival and some other things and it was just nice talking with him a bit more than I could have on the festival itself where there are always people you want to greet and meet. Thanks Ralf!

So, to draw to a conclusion I can say that it was a successful event. I arrived at home satisfied and with a mind full of images, sounds, words and feelings that I need to chew upon.


A whole bunch of photos can be found on the photo page of André J.C. Bor.