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Leipzig, Germany
9th - 12th May 2008
Wave Gotik Treffen Day 2: In the Nursery (GB), Reptyle (D), Escape with Romeo (D), Reaper (D), Spectra*Paris (I), Signal Aout 42 (B), Hocico (MEX), Covenant (S), Northern Lite (D)

At Saturday we started the day with a long breakfast in the MORITZBASTEI, met some friends there, visited the medieval market and enjoyed the fancifully styled people in the city centre. Later we did a stop in the KUPPELHALLE - a very nice baroque outfitted old fair hall with chandeliers, balconies and several tables and seats. Here we joined the show of IN THE NURSERY.

In the Nursery (GB) - Kuppelhalle Volkspalast

IN THE NURSERY is the Sheffield-based musical project centred around the nucleus of twin brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone. ITN's musical history spans more than two decades and has constantly expressed their desire for progress and experimentation. Their sublime, cinematic music blends electronica, classical arrangements, orchestral percussion and soundscapes evoking a timeless quality. IN THE NURSERY have released more than two dozen albums since 1981. The creative progress of the band's albums has always consolidated their distinctive sound while taking on board contemporary influences. IN THE NURSERY are Klive Humberstone, Nigel Humberstone, Dolores Marguerite C and David Electrik, the show at WGT was performed only by Klive and Nigel. /

Music & Performance
The show of IN THE NURSERY was a cinema show of the film "The passion of Joan of Arc". The film - a silent movie with French and English subtitles - was projected in full length to the stage background and Klive and Nigel operated live their synthesizer to produce a spherical electronic sound fitting to the film. This was surely a special thing you could experience at the WGT in the wonderful surrounding of the Volkspalast. It was a perfect combination.

Music: 10
Performance: -
Sound: 10
Light: -
Total: 10

Reptyle - Parkbühne

After it we did a stop in the PARKBÜHNE and enjoyed the shows of REPTYLE and ESCAPE WITH ROMEO. When REPTYLE came into being in the second half of 1999, the basic direction was as clear as it is now: To explore the dark side of rock’n’roll, drawing inspiration from the best of three decades of intense, hard, emotional music. The energy and despair of 70s hard rock and punk; from the 80s, the melancholy beauty of the originators of what was eventually called "Goth" and the eclectic approach of the 90s underground: All these left their stamp on the new REPTYLE as it began to crawl. Following three demo CDs, all of which met considerable critical acclaim, REPTYLE released their debut album ‘A high and lonely place’ in 2004. The current album is called ‘Conseuence’ und was released in 2007. REPTYLE are Zulu (vocals), Keule (guitars), Slash (guitars), Dead (bass) and Diesel (drums). /

Music & Performance
REPTYLE opened the stage on this day and they did a good job. Their sound was dominated by guitars and the powerful performance impressed the crowd in the afternoon sunshine. Sound and the voice of the singer remembered me a little bit to the SISTERS OF MERCY. The set ran about 30 minutes and was well received by the audience.

01. Intro: The red unblinking night
02. Lost in 95
03. Just like you
04. Bought me a lie
05. Where I come from
06. Heroes of the working dead
07. (and the devil said) Because

Music: 8
Performance: 8
Sound: 8
Light: daylight
Total: 8

Escape with Romeo - Parkbühne

EWR is a German band, founded in 1989 by guitarist and singer Thomas Elbern after leaving PINK TURNS BLUE. Typical for their music is the distinctive guitar sound of Thomas, combined with electronic elements. The band consists of Thomas Elbern (vocals, guitar), Martin Pott (keyboard), Frenzy (drums) and Ralf (bass). /

Music & Performance
ESCAPE WITH ROMEO entered the stage and were welcomed with applause by the crowd. The pleasing sound and the emotional voice of Thomas, who played guitar too, satisfied the audience very well. The set started with the song that is called like the band - ‘Escape with Romeo’, but highlight of the show was the well-known song ‘Somebody’ with a great guitar solo earning huge applause. The set finished after about 35 minutes with the song ‘Helicopters in the Falling Rain’.

01. Escape with Romeo
02. Anteroom
03. Glitter on the Snow
04. Somebody
05. It’s Loneliness
06. Helicopters in the Falling Rain

Music: 8
Performance: 8
Sound: 8
Light: daylight
Total: 8

We spent the rest of the day at the AGRA area where we got the full electro dose for the day.

Reaper - Agra

REAPER is the industrial project of Vasi Vallis who is also known for his project FROZEN PLASMA and as a live keyboarder of VNV NATION. REAPER consists of mastermind Vasi Vallis and the two live keyboard players Gregsen Cybernuth and Alex Choucheron. /

Music & Performance
Vasi Vallis and his both keyboard players entered the stage painted with raggery. Quickly the crowd was infected by the rousing performance and was singing and dancing along. The lightshow was pleasing too and the temper in the crowd was very good. Three keyboards were arranged on stage, the third keyboard has been used by Vasi during the song ‘Robuste Machine’. The set consisted of 7 songs and ran about 40 minutes.

01. ???
02. Memento Mori
03. Twisted Trophy Hunter
04. Robuste Machine
05. Execution Of Your Mind
06. X-junkie
07. She Is A Devil And A Whore

Music: 8
Performance: 9
Sound: 8
Light: 8
Total: 8.3

Spectra*Paris - Agra

Elena Alice Fossi, co-leader of KIRLIAN CAMERA, has given life to a brand new entity, SPECTRA*Paris, definitely replacing SIDERARTICA. Elena, with a help from her all girl team and featuring guests Dope Stars Inc. & Punto Omega, came out with her debut album "DEAD MODELS SOCIETY (Young Ladies Homicide Club)" in 2007. The Line-up on stage at WGT was: Elena Alice Fossi (lead vocals), Marianna Alfieri (bass guitar), Cristina Restani (e-guitar, synth, megaphone) and Dalila Bianco (synth, violin, backing vocals).

Music & Performance
During the instrumental intro only Dalila behind her keyboard was present on stage, but quickly she was support by Elena and the other beautiful girls. They performed eight songs in about 35 minutes; outstanding was the nice cover version of ‘Mad World’. The sound level seemed a little bit low to me, but the performance was hunky-dory and the melodic sound bewitched the audience. At some songs the keyboard player additional played a violin what sounded just great.

1. Intro ("Clockwork Orange Attack")
2. Spectra Murder Show
3. Lucky City Oversight
4. Size Zero
5. Glittering Bullet
6. Mad World
7. Falsos Suenos
8. Eight (instrumental break)

Music: 8
Performance: 8
Sound: 7
Light: 7
Total: 7.7

Signal Aout 42 - Agra

SIGNAL AOUT 42 are also known as SA42. The project started in the early 80's under the name SIGNAL; it was an industrial noise act with also Thierry Durnez. It became SIGNAL AOUT 42 in the mid 80's. Jacky Meurisse was making the music and voices, the brothers Vandamme had given their constructive ideas during the creation of the tracks. After a break of 12 years they released a come back album last year which is called ‘Transformations’.

Music & Performance
The music of SIGNAL AOUT 42 was a kind of old-school EBM, hard electro with recitative vocals, mostly in a slower tempo. The keyboard and the e-drum player entered the stage with welding goggles. The singer performed the songs powerful and dedicated and the crowd was pretty satisfied. The set ran about 40 minutes and included 8 songs.

01. Hell gate
02. So beatiful
03. Totalk non sens
04. Dont worry
05. Transformation
06. Dea is calling
07. Live less
08. Waterdome

Music: 8
Performance: 8
Sound: 8
Light: 7
Total: 7.9

Hocico - Agra

HOCICO is a Mexican aggro-tech group. The duo was officially formed in 1993 by Erik Garcia a.k.a Erk Aicrag (lyrics & vocals) and Oscar Mayorga a.k.a. Racso Agroyam (programming), but both cousins had been experimenting with electronic music, mixing Industrial and EBM, since they were fifteen years old. Their music can be described as dark and aggressive electronica or more specifically as aggro-tech. Their lyrics are mostly Spanish although some songs are in English. The Spanish word hocico means snout and is a derogatory term that indicates ugliness (e.g., ugly as a dog's snout), and is used in phrases like cállate el pinche hocico, meaning shut your damn mouth. /

Music & Performance
The music of HOCICO were loud and hard rhythmical electro, quickly the crowd was infected by the pushing and powerful performance and was dancing and clapping hands. At the start of the show additional to the band three figures with big feather-costumes like Incas or sachems were on stage, one of them played a big drum, the other both were dancing - really crazy and impressive. The time went by quickly and after 55 minutes HOCICO left the stage.

Music: 8
Performance: 10
Sound: 9
Light: 9
Total: 9

Covenant -

COVENANT come from Sweden, formed in the early 1990s by Eskil Simonsson, Joakim Montelius, and Clas Nachmanson. Over the years they released a lot of stuff and well-developed to one of the most successful acts in the electronic music scene. The last studio album is called 'Skyshaper' and was released in 2006. After the last tour, in 2007 they released a Live-CD/DVD 'In Transit'. In 2007, Clas Nachmanson left the band and was replaced by Daniel Myer who is also known for his work in bands like HAUJOBB and DESTROID among other projects. COVENANT are Eskil Simonsson (vocals, lead composition, engineering, lyrics, production, synths), Joakim Montelius (lyrics, composition, production, synths, additional vocals) and Daniel Myer (engineering, production, synths, additional vocals). /

Music & Performance
COVENANT performed a fantastic rousing show, started with the 20Hz-intro of the last tour. The setlist included a lot of hits like ‘Bullet’, ‘Stalker’ or ‘Call The Ships To Port’, the new song ‘Come’ which was played in Duisburg in April too and also is available at the mySpace-site of COVENANT and a nice surprise at the encore. The band and the audience too were in a very good temper, Eskil and Joakim sometimes were dancing hazardous at the stage border and the energy of the band infected the crowd. Daniel again enriched the live performance with additional live drums and some noises.

The excellent lightshow and a good sound perfected the show. The main set finished after about 60 minutes with ‘Call The Ships To Port’. Of course the crowd requested an encore and the band came back to play three more songs and left the stage again after ‘Dead Stars’. But the crowd didn't get tired and got the band back to the stage again. First Eskil sang a Swedish Folk song a capella, after it followed ‘Theremin’ and ‘One World, One Sky’ before COVENANT finally left the stage.

01. 20hz
02. Bullet
03. Come
04. Figurehead
05. Storm
06. Invisible & Silent
07. The Men (longer)
08. We Stand Alone
09. Stalker
10. Call The Ships To Port
11. Ritual Noise
12. Happy Man
13. Dead Stars
14. Swedish Folksong (a capella)
15. Theremin
16. One World, One Sky

Music: 9
Performance: 9
Sound: 9
Light: 10
Total: 9.2

Northern Lite - Agra

NORTHERN LITE is a German band, formed in 1997 by Andreas Kubat and Sebastian Bohn (DJ Boon). Typical for the sound of NORTHERN LITE is a combination of techno, electro-pop and guitars. The last album is called ‘Super Black’ and was released in 2008. NORTHERN LITE are Andreas Kubat (vocals, producer), Sebastian Bohn (co-producer), Frithjof Rödel (guitar, keys) and Valerian Herdam (guitar). /

Music & Performance
NORTHERN LITE entered the stage late in the night at half past 1 as the midnight special in the AGRA-hall. Before their appearance at the WGT, they had played another show not far from Leipzig and now they were here. The AGRA-hall still was well-filled and infected by the danceable sound; quickly the crowd was dancing along. The soulful vocals and the pleasing sound satisfied the audience and I think the show was a worthy finish for a great festival day. The set started with ‘Go With The Flow’, followed by some song from the current album ‘Super Black’ like ‘In Control’, ‘I'm So Glad’ or ‘Girl With A Gun’ completed with older songs like ‘Thousand Year Old Song’ or ‘Reach The Sun’. After about 60 minutes the main set was finished with ‘Reach The Sun’ and NORTHERN LITE left the stage, but they came back for one more song and played at the end ‘Please’.

01. Go With The Flow
02. In Control
03. I'm So Glad
04. Different
05. Alien Girl
06. My Other Self
07. Enough
08. Thousand Year Old Song
09. Girl With A Gun
10. My Pain
11. Reach The Sun
12. Please

Music: 8
Performance: 7
Sound: 8
Light: 7
Total: 7.5

All pictures by Daniela Vorndran ( / /
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