Terminus was a well oiled machine. Surprised me so much to see something so organized so well. The Venue was good, medium sized with very good sound.
I will talk about the bands that stood out the most to me.
iVardensphere: Holy shit. Stole the show. Lots of living drumming. Huge fat analog sounds. The most wicked sub bass next to Meat Beat Manifesto. There was only 1 or two songs with vocals. Still, wow. This blew me away the way Juno Reactor did back in the day, the way Meat Beat Sounds live… Its up there. It sucks because we had to follow that. I tip my hat to you Scott.
Dive: My first show ever was with Sonar, Blacklung, Suicide Commando, and Pirre Point. So This was like a weird time lapse. Hanging out with Dirk listening to Ivardensphere was like a OMFG moment in my life. Dirk is one of the classiest people I have met on my travels all over the world. During sound check it blew my mind, then when he took the stage it blew my mind. He played Klinik songs, Body Control songs. It was amazing.
V?LH?LL: Very Unique vocals. Evil and dark to, pretty and angelic. This was the most witch house sounding band on the bill. I loved the video work they used. I loved the folk and musicality of it. This was my favorite music of the festival.
Iris: This guy’s voice is amazing. I am not a big synth pop guy, but wow. This blew me away. Sounded Incredible, Emotive. I want to do shows with this band now. He is an amazing human as well, I got to pick his brain for a while at the hotel diner.
Grendel: High energy. Big Rock sound. They rocked. JD is a super cool guy. Mel is amazing as well. I hope to play along side Grendel in the future. I cannot wait to see Mel’s amazing horses…
Aesthetic Perfection: Holy shit, Daniel graves can put on a show. The way he moves, sings. I heard a lot of club hits, and i loved that it sounded very club oriented. I will buy a Necessary Response music if i can. Very cool.
The Seeming: Pure emotion. Man this stuff was heavy. I loved it. Made me feel something. Not many things do these days. You should really check this band out..
Perturbator: Holy shit, it was a dj like show, but man, this music is amazing. Hardcore video game aggro electronic music.. It kinda blew me away big time..
Glass Apple Bonzai: Wow, it was like listening to the end credits of 80s Bmovies.. They had a Sax and everything. Both guys were playing a lot of keys, drums etc… Very fun band.
Ayria: I finally got to see her live. She really puts on a good show, and she is one of the nicest people I have ever met.
Ok before you get angry, i did not see every band on the bill, i had to get ready and eat a few times. so don’t get mad if you are not here.
Because I honestly liked just about everything I heard at this festival, it renewed my faith in the underground. I connected with so many people. I feel like I am part of something again, a movement of lots of new faces and new bands.. before I felt really isolated in many ways, even when i played WGT a few years back, i did not really connect with people much there. That will change, I am much more out going in my old age. I used to be pretty shy, or way to high on drugs to deal with anyone. Sober now… lol. High Functioning Flesh is amazing too, as was Apollyon’s Visage. Decree was so loud and high energy as well. If you did not go to this festival and could of, you really missed something special i think…
I love Chris and Ambor. They are the most amazing show event people I have ever met. I want to support their events in the future any way that I can. I loved everything about the festival, how we were treated, the hotels, everything. So happy..
The fans were amazing as well. People showed us so much respect and praise. VAC is nothing without you. I loved talking to fans in Canada..
Next stop, Arizona, then Aftermath, Then Goth Cruise….. What an interesting year.