Who doesn’t know SHINING from Norway, the BlackJazz pioneers. Well a lot of people apparently and not to confuse with equally named Shining, the black metal ensemble from Sweden. In contrary, their Norwegians counterparts bring us BlackJazz which isn’t exactly a style for the faint-hearted. It consists of very technical parts with grungy voices, where there’s a lot of place for organised chaos. They describe themselves more as an extreme avant-garde metal band. This evening in the Kafka was a part of small celebration tour of the ‘BlackJazz’ album.
First up were our Belgian friends from Powerstroke. I guess a lot of people in Belgium have seen or know this band. They were formed in 2007 and have already delivered 5 albums with a mix of groove, death, and thrash metal. While there weren’t many people in the venue during the beginning of the concert, some people there did enjoy the music. They did their best to warm up the audience for SHINING which wasn’t an easy task as the most people who were coming in were there to witness the avant-garde metal of the Norwegians. Even a cover of Faith No More‘s ‘Gentle Art of Making Enemies’ couldn’t change anything about it.