When the ‘super group’ consisting of David Vincent, Flo Mournier and Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen released Something Wicked Marches In earlier this year, I wasn’t really convinced of its greatness. I had high expectations. Really high. And the album didn’t really strike the chord I’d hoped for. But as with so many other things here in life, you can get it wrong. I’ve realised over the past few months that I got it wrong back then. I like the album now.
It’s now past midnight, and my first day at Copenhell 2019 has, truth be told, been tame. It started out well with Demons & Wizards, but from then on, it has been a non-event for me. It turns out that VLTIMAS is exactly what I need!
First surprise is to see David Vincent strut onto stage without a bass. The bass has been taken over by a to me unknown bassist. Wearing his gunslinger hat and a long coat, Vincent has the freedom to move around and interact with the audience in a different way than we’re used to.
This is the first live show ever for Vltimas, I’ve been told by one of my good colleagues in the press room before the show. However, due to the fact that these are seasoned musicians there are hardly any signs of lingering caused by nerves. On the contrary. From the first, hard notes of the title track of the album sounds, there is only one way, and that is forward.
Vltimas combine the deadly speed and technicality of the three members’ former and other bands with Vincent’s penchant for groove and rock, and the result is a dark amalgam of rock and death metal with a fair deal of catchiness. The song “Monolilith” is the prime example of this style, and by far my favourite track off the album.
The thought that I had that a Morbid Angel cover might sneak into the setlist is put to shame. Instead, Vltimas surprise by include a cover of “Black Sabbath”. I, for one, hadn’t seen this one coming, but it sounds cool as f*ck.
I couldn’t think of a better way to conclude a day that has otherwise been a bit disappointing for yours truly.
1. Something Wicked Marches In
3. Total Destroy
5. Truth and Consequence
6. Last Ones Alive Win Nothing
8. Diabolus Est Sanguis
9. Black Sabbath + Marching On
Playing Time: 45 minuntes
David Vincent - vocals
Rune Eriksen - guitar
Flo Mounier - drums
Live bass player - ?
Live guitarist - ?