I had the chance to catch the current tour of blackgaze outfit Ghost Bath in Frankfurt. They are currently touring with King Apathy and Heretoir. On Monday, 12th of June, they made stop in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where they performed at the Elfer, a small venue that was filled with quite some people for a pretty warm day!
The evening was opened by King Apathy (fromerly known as Thränenkind), who got little more than 30 minutes of performance to present their songs to the audience. The band had decent parts that stand out with sincere emotionality, but delivered a more hardcore-orientated mix of black metal influences and post rock. Their performance seemed quite distant from the audience and overall very static; likewise did the songs, which kinda lacked proper highlights and negatively flowed into each other. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to see the full set, as the event got rescheduled earlier, so I don’t know the complete setlist. Anyway, the band was very greatful for the audience coming up so early on such a warm summer’s day to watch them perform live!
While guitarist “M.” and bassist “Nathanael” stayed on their respective positions, King Apathy singer “Belial” took over the drums and “Eklatanz” (also a member of Agrypnie) took position as guitarist and singer in Heretoir. At this point it seems like the German post-black metal scene is one big network, even leaving aside the point that half of Agrypnie is also playing in Nocte Obducta. It is no secret that a lot of us within the team (including myself) really enjoyed the band’s sophomore record The Circle, which is being presented on this tour (hooray).
The band started with “Eclipse”, the song with probably the most gritty and heavy break in it that one could start with. Heretoir‘s setlist was mostly comprised of songs off The Circle, which the crowd seemed to really enjoy, as they have been very welcoming, applauding and cheering at the band after each song! Songs like “Inhale” and “Golden Dust” definitely satisfied fans of their new record, but they also played one song off their debut album. Finding its end with their current album closing track “The Circle”, this show definitely stood out in a very positive way! Only “The White” wasn’t played unfortunately…
Old song that I don’t remember
Well, those jokes about ‘Goat Bath’ are not that far away from reality it seems! Even if this might sound unfair, singer WHATEVER truly sounds like this one viral Internet goat sometime, but hey, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, it matches the musical concept pretty well. And if you are into black metal, you might know of bands who are have even stranger vocals; simply take a listen to Aaskereia‘s self-titled record and you will know what I am talking about!
Their setlist featured half of the songs off their brilliant debut Moonlover, as well as a few new songs off Starmourner that also fit well into the band’s performance. Songs like “Happyhouse”, “Thrones” or “Golden Number” made this evening a great experience. Ranging from the heavy black metal blast beat parts to the major chorded post rock vibes, the band managed to deliver a thoroughly tight and convincing set.
One of the fans truly partied hard, which was in turn honored by Ghost Bath guitarist Tim, who went up to him, and hugged him after the show. Said participant started crying, which was on the one hand strange to see, but on the other one awesome, as he those were tears of pure joy; joy that the music brought to him. The ending of the set was in fact rather special: The band finished with “Golden Number” and just left the stage, one after another, while the piano outro was playing. They went through the crowd, out of the room, which looked strange at first, but afterwards it felt so perfect. What a great way to end up a show! Even more convincing was the fact that the crowd waited until the last single note of the outro and then started the applause, while the band has been away for two minutes already.
The Silver Flower, Part 2
Death and the Maiden
Make sure to follow King Apathy, Heretoir and Ghost Bath on their respective Facebook pages. Both Heretoir and Ghost Bath have new records out this year, so check them out of you haven’t yet. All photography in this article is courtesy of myself: Rodney Fuchs.