Brandon Newhouse, eclipsed, Jessica Thoth, Jex Thoth, Kagemni, Kult Temple Oberhausen, Luna Moth Speaks, Matt Jacobs, Metal Archives, Nick Johnson, Nico Kain, Nothing Left To Die, Obsidian Night, Psyar, Purify With Pyra Tour, Queen of Doom, Raven Nor The Spirit, Roadtrip To Outta Space, Rock Hard Festival, Ruhr Ritual MMXII, Separated At Birth, Slow Rewind, Stone Evil, Stoned From The Underground, The Places You Walk, Totem, Warrior Woman, Witness
The US-based band surely wins a bunch of new admires and as we get to know a few days later, this day turns out to be one of the most successful shows of their “Purify With Pyra” Tour. Another thing a true fan would have to miss is the notorious ritual burning of sandalwood, vocalist Jessica likes to perform, but it was hot enough anyway! The setlist includes a mixture of older and brand-new songs and my favourite “Warrior Woman”, well done.
Raven Nor The Spirit
Separated At Birth
Nothing Left To Die
One of my very favourite shots – taken at the Purify With Pyra Tour
The former club Saint with its sacred seeming interior is more than just appropriate for tonight, it is perfect. Besides this, the audience has to wait for the band to arrive for about an hour and a half. All musicians appear tired and worn out from touring Europe for almost a month by now. But patience sure is a virtue and worth while: After the mandatory soundcheck and the mistress still missing, lights turn low and from the first tone one can tell we have a bunch of professionals on stage. Burning candles, red&blue light and wooden fumes fulfill the audience and create an almost transcendent atmosphere. Though more heads are moving slowly and wont let the long hair fly high the show is enthusiastically accepted by all. By the time “Separated At Birth” is alluded, the entire hall fully lives in the moment. Just the right moment to leave for a short break before the encore…
This one was even good enough for Brandon – latest addition to the Jex stall back in 2012 – himself handing it in for his profile at the famous Metal Archives – what an honour!
The setlist included songs from the two EPs „Totem“ (2009) and „Witness“(2008), their self-entitled full length debut album (2011) and three new tracks. For those present that have witnessed other rituals the fact that vocalist Jessica likes to light antique sandalwood is not the news, but eating and offering REDISH to the audience was quite a surprise to most of them (including myself). Furthermore she transforms her spirit onto her fellow musicians: Drummer Nick Johnson, Guitarist Matt Jacobs, Bass player Danny Gonzalez and Brandon Newhouse, replacement for the most sympathetic swiss dude Nico Kain.