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SESSION: Hexis (Roskilde Rising)

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Trading mostly in sludgy rhythms, rolling percussion, and lots of growling, Hexis have a sense of dynamics that gives their songs real dimension. Amongst the distortion and evil bellowing are countering shouts and unexpected cadences. The Copenhagen-based five-piece black metal outfit released their latest full length album, Abalam, in January. While their songs do have a thick, unsettling, buzzy quality to them, don’t expect endless, formless droning. They speed through most of their songs in quick, vicious succession, and Abalam clocks in at a succinct thirty five minutes — just enough time to rev you up or give you serious indigestion.

Roskilde Rising 2014: Wednesday 2nd July

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Karl William

Smooth, soulful vocals and simple drum loop backing were Karl William’s offering to the Rising Stage, a welcome respite from the rock guitar of the past two days. The fresh faced 19 year old seemed rehearsed, but as teenagers often are, slightly awkward. William’s R&B backtracks carried him through ‘Foruden at Forgude’ and ‘Kostumeramt’, with high synths and low bass, he managed to pack a 2,000+ strong crowd in the Rising field, as the crowd mouthed his lyrics from the front to the back.

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos 

If there’s one thing you can be sure of in life, it’s that bands who describe themselves as “intense, fucked up psychedelic noise rock collapsing into a distorted, rhythmic mindfuck of saxophones, guitars and LSD,” are utterly terrible. Such is Narcosatanicos’ Facebook description. But with an attitude of open mindedness and positivity, I went to see the acid fans perform. The band powered through their 45 minute set with a light mainly shone on their critically acclaimed self titled album. The crowd certainly wasn’t the largest at the Rising stage but those who were in attendance we’re a dedicated fan base they’ve grown from their early days on the psych scene. 

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray) 

Hexis

The extent to my experience with metal music is limited to watching half of the Metallica set at last year’s Roskilde. Consequently, I feel a bit of a fraud reviewing Hexis. But judging by the full crowd of Roskilde Rising’s only black metal band, I would say that a lot of people are quite keen on them. I was stood a fair distance from the crowd in order to prevent all my bones from being crushed in the 30m circle mosh pit of death, but from my totally naïve perspective, I observed: 1) Hexis were totally sick, 2) The moshing was nuts, 3) I could totally get into this and 4) people actually head slam?

Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

The Awesome Welles

Lights, relentless energy, and an incredible amount of power made The Awesome Welles’ performance forceful to the very end. Frontman Adam Nyborg Allen’s unshaking, loud vibrato vocals, and the smashing of the band’s classic rock drum lines made tracks like ‘Out of the Woods’, with a chorus line that falls flat on record, suddenly have the anthemic strength they were always intended to have. As the final act to perform at Roskilde Rising 2014, The Awesome Welles made sure the warm up went out with a bang.

The Awesome Welles (Photo by James Hjertholm)

The Awesome Welles (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Photo by Tom Spray

The Awesome Welles | Roskilde Rising, 02.07.2014

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Photos by James Hjertholm (www.jameshjertholm.com)

The Awesome Welles (Photo by James Hjertholm)

The Awesome Welles (Photo by James Hjertholm)

The Awesome Welles (Photo by James Hjertholm)

The Awesome Welles (Photo by James Hjertholm)

The Awesome Welles (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Hexis | Roskilde Rising, 02.07.2014

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Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Photos by James Hjertholm (www.jameshjertholm.com)

Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Hexis (Photo by James Hjertholm)

Roskilde Rising 2014: Tuesday 1st July

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Communions

Denmark is no stranger to cool Doc Marten wearing punk artists with bowl haircuts instead of mohicans. Whilst Communions have a bit more melody than their studio neighbours Iceage and Lower, the harsh and wailing vocals, (and the upturned skinny jean look) are just the same. The audience, littered among empty nacho pots, are, if a little grubbier, matching the band. However, as the clouds clear and the sun beats down in full throttle, most heads seem to have sunk heavily into their owner’s hands, rather than being used to smash bodies against one another. A few punk loyalists down the front are moshing happily, but the crowd is otherwise relaxed, drinking beers rather than throwing them. From where I’m standing at least, it doesn’t feel much like a post-punk concert. And Communions don’t seem to think so either. The tracks are well executed and confident and the skill of the band members is evident, but their energy is not travelling further than the first row. The atmosphere is markedly flat. I know it’s probably their custom to look moody, but a little more charisma (and a later slot) wouldn’t have gone a miss.

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart the Brave

Three hours later, the fiesta seems to have finally reached the Rising Stage. Producer Caspar Hesselager, the man behind My Heart The Brave, is joined by Aske Bode, Jacob Haubjerg and Ask Bock to allow him total freedom of movement when singing into the mic. He seems slightly awkward in this environment, away from the piano or synth, but his blatant energy and excitement is enough to bring the music to life and generate a genuine party feeling out of his electronic backing. His tracks are impossibly catchy, and even those just stopping by find themselves mouthing words they don’t know and, at the very least, nodding their heads and tapping their feet. 45 minutes of pure, unadulterated, summer fun.

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress

I hate dick rock, prickish behaviour and bad tattoos. Förtress have all of these, and then some, but there’s no denying they put on a fucking good show. “People were moshing to our soundcheck!” says one band member earlier in the day when we meet for an interview. And when you see Förtress in front of their crowd, this comes as no surprise. They seem to have the most solid fan base of all the Rising acts, cheering and chanting before they’ve even entered the stage. The drummer, known as ‘Vildsvinet’ for his somewhat round body shape, walks onstage wearing nothing but a pair of stars and stripes speedos and shoes. Guitarist Simon plays a guitar riff from behind the curtain before filing himself and the other band members in and revving the crowd into a frenzy. The riff gets repeated as the band disappear and return for the encore. These lads are revelling in the experience, like a group of School of Rock graduates. They even copy Get Your Gun’s performance by bringing on a women’s choir for the denouement of the set. They may only be on the Rising Stage, but Förtress perform like they’re facing a crowd of 100,000 on a comeback tour.

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Photo by Tom Spray

Narcosatanicos | Roskilde Rising, 02.07.2014

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Photos by Tom Spray (www.tom-spray.com)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Narcosatanicos (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William | Roskilde Rising, 02.07.2014

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Photos by Tom Spray (www.tom-spray.com)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Karl William (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress | Roskilde Rising, 01.07.2014

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Photos by Tom Spray (www.tom-spray.com)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

Förtress (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave | Roskilde Rising, 01.07.2014

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Photos by Tom Spray (www.tom-spray.com)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

My Heart The Brave (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions | Roskilde Rising, 01.07.2014

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Photos by Tom Spray (www.tom-spray.com)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

Communions (Photo by Tom Spray)

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