Saturday, September 21, 2013

...time for the lake session...

9-10.August 2013


This time, the LAKE ON FIRE FESTIVAL started on a cloudy friday afternoon in the land of the mountains. The great stage was ready for some action and the beer was cold, the first visitors came up from the hill and the first tunes were played by...Methadone Skies.
They played a very interesting set full of psychedelic stuff and driving parts, which reminded me sometimes of causa sui...with their great mix of delays,echos,flanger and phaser they created the first creative moments on this festival and spread out a good mood to the people. I think...a great start for the LAKE ON FIRE
 After the first break the sun went down and brought the mighty arctic swedish DEVILLE on stage, with their powerful riffs and cool blues influenced licks they performed a really powerful show. After this classical yellow blue stoner rock performance we all needed a stop for our brains to get new power to rock with the greek dudes from 1000MODS
They started their amps and at the same time it began to rain but with songs like "Vidage" or "Road to burn" there was no reason for the crowd to leave the battlefield. The sad thing was that the rain caused problems for the technical equipment, so the energy supply broke down and the show was hard to play for the band. But the nice crew of the festival did a great job and the last few songs were played fully and raw...
 Without any problems SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT entered the stage and did a magic performance, the light effects, the music together with the the mood of the people was one of the highlights on this first festival Friday. After a great setlist and some new songs of the upcoming album, the stage was ready for the fuzzfull power stoner band COJONES from Croatia.

 ...this guys kicked ass and claimed me the last energy reserves of my neck muscles. A high quality performance with so much great stage moments, also it was wonderful to watch the band having fun on stage. This was definitely the most exciting moment for me and the sign to start the after party with all the nice dudes from the festival, the bands and other friends...


After a fist full of sleep, 4 cups of coffee and a dental cleaning, we started to grin again as we walked down to the festival area to drink more coffee and make the first pics of Saturday. This day was more crowded as the day before and the weather was fine. 

On stage a nice jam session with smooth psychedelic tunes, the first beer in the sun and happy about the decision of the lake on fire people to give the 1000MODS again the possibility to play on stage without any technical problems. And listen to a jam of this beardy greek dudes was a really great experience for all this music enthusiasts, I think. Again a powerful, organic and colourful sound the main program:

Stonecircus started with slot number one with their interesting mix of stoner metal and progressive rock... They were also a nice opener for this wonderful festival Saturday.

From one Austrian band to the next Dirt Deflector  started to play their power sludge/doom combo with a full and bright sound. Only two people and such a huge sound, it  was a really nice performance and screams for a repetition.
  After this performance, the second band from Sweden, Molior Superum, followed. These four young guys rocked my socks off...what an incredible cool sound! Every song had a good vibe and came fat and groovy. Thumbs up for this great band!!! Looking forward to their next album...

Next band on stage TORSO from Vienna, seen before on the VOID Festival and also booked for the October Show in Salzburg with DOCTOR CYCLOPS. Torso have created their own mix of different genres and have very interesting transformations in it. Very varied sound and a whole spectrum in the setlist.
Monsters of the Ordinary inspired by the desert and their stoner gods...they come with down tunes and mangy riffs...a cool classical stoner rock band, also from Austria/Vienna. Perfect to have a beer in the sun.
With the end of the festival coming closer and closer, also some highlights were approaching, The Egocentrics from Romania enchanted us with a beautiful psychedelic sound wall, long and forming song structures, colourful feelings came up and also smokey the bear entered the stage to rock with the guys of the band.
 After this spectacle Been Obscene from my hometown Salzburg entered the stage and let rotate our ears with their great mix of alternative prog rock and desert rock. Meanwhile a well known band with a high quality live sound and a great setlist full of nice great songs.
Monkey 3 did the final show and spoiled us with the finest space rock, every time an unforgettable feeling when they play in front of me...all is perfect and the whole band merges in a tidal sound wave...very demanding musicians and really nice people too.

On the whole it was a great festival, in all points perfect organized and a very friendly and hard-working crew team. Big thanks to the whole crew of the festival, especially to Viktor, Jakob for all the nice supply of the SHLGYBT Team. Special greets to the bands...thank you for the good music and the nice mood you have communicated to all...see you on the road.


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