Hexis & Centuries

support Whorls + Parasight
author MIN date 10/07/16 venue UnderWerket, Copenhagen, DEN

Initially a co-headliner tour featuring Centuries and Wrong, the latter unfortunately had to cancel, but luckily supreme Danish live act Hexis responded Centuries’ call-to-arms and joined them on tour. As many know by now, most of Hexis (every member except for primus motor Filip Andersen) disbanded due to internal differences, but earlier this year the band was able to present a new constellation which yours truly haven’t seen in action yet. Needless to say, I’m excited to see how things will go down tonight. The second headliner, Centuries, is from Florida and plays nasty, crusty d-beat hardcore punk with no bullshit. Their debut LP “Taedium Vitae” is the kind of filth that’ll start sparks in the hearts of Oathbreaker and Young and in the Way-fans. Playing together at UnderWerket, how can this show possibly promise anything but blissful chaos?

Parasight

As tonight’s first band Parasight enters the stage almost no one dares go near it. The band’s vocalist quickly uses this to his advantage and decides to take the floor instead, constantly inviting people to come closer. Unfortunately, no one does, but he sure doesn’t let it keep him down. To the sound of the band’s hardcore punk melodies he rages back and forth and tries to engage with several in attendance, but still no one seems to take his bait. It’s a shame, really, as he’s doing an excellent job. However, his yelling quickly becomes homogenous and I find it hard to spot any real variation. The rest of the band keeps things relatively interesting, though, with some tempo-changes and breaks where especially the last two songs offer something new. Although it’s nothing groundbreaking, they display some decent material where a lot of the guitar’s details sadly drown in the murky sound that’s presented in the basement. Parasight honestly did a good job, but their surroundings greatly held them back. Here’s to another try some other day.

Whorls

All dressed in hoodies and with dirty cloths dangling in front of their faces, second band Whorls open up the room to a huge and definitely improved soundscape. Playing a mixture of black- and post-metal, the connotations to Hexis and especially Redwood Hill become even more apparent, but I have to give it to them: They’re doing a really good job at it. Vocalist Thomas is constantly moving, either going back and forth on-stage or kneeling and screaming, creating a great dynamic to the fog that’s cloaked the room. Although neither musically and vocally as impressive nor varied is either of the two aforementioned bands, I can’t help but be just a little taken by Whorls’ presence and skill. When their set abruptly finishes after 20 minutes, both I and several others present are disappointed that it didn’t last longer and also that they didn’t go out with a more climactic ending. Not because the band didn’t deliver, but merely due to the fact that it didn’t feel like there was an ending or a beginning; just a set of great songs that was randomly put together. But I’ll definitely keep an eye on these guys.

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Centuries

Surprisingly, Centuries are the first headliner to take the stage, but I suppose that Hexis is a proper choice for a closer since they’re on familiar ground tonight, quite possibly gathering a larger crowd. The first thing I notice is how thick the bass is and how awesome a drive the band possesses – an excellent kickstarter that ensures to keep the crowd interested. However, the next thing I notice is how the crowd has decreased from 40-something people to less than 30 and how only a few really seem to display any energy – definitely a case of the Sundays. Centuries, however, are great at moving back and forth, vocalist constantly hunching forward to reach the microphone while playing, creating an aggressive tension to the fierce drive. Their sludgy hardcore fills the room nicely, and therefore it’s a shame that the vocals often tend to disappear in the loud mix. Several times during the set the band thanks us for coming and is generally really good at establishing a feeling of appreciation. To my surprise, the show is over way too early as it only lasts for 19 minutes (shorter than any other set tonight), and I can’t help but be a little disappointed; I’d hoped for at least half an hour, and it’s hard to reach beyond just a great concert with such short time.

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Hexis

Hexis’ frontman Filip Andersen’s dedication to the music scene is quite impressive. Not only has he, before most of the band’s previous lineup disbanded, toured almost non-stop, but he’s also constantly put on shows and booked bands for several venues while also managing to handle the Bloated Veins label and distro – plus probably a few things I don’t know about. Bottom line is: This guy is dedicated to the music industry. And once you see him on-stage, you can tell that every fiber of his being wants to be there. The same goes for tonight.

Despite a relatively small crowd where most in attendance seemed to contain nothing more than the energy of a hard hangover, Filip manages to constantly claw himself to the speakers, throw around his microphone, toy with the pedals or force himself into the unaware flock who can do nothing but accept and catch the guy, surrendering to his crowd-surfing. The room is completely bathed in darkness when the epileptic strobe-lights aren’t blaring. If someone opens one of the venue’s doors and lets in a little light, Filip’s quick enough to jump over there and close it without interfering with the show’s intimacy and ferocity. Behind him, the band, too, is doing a stellar job. Constantly, they let Filip take the front while they stand in the back, appearing as unknown, dark creatures performing the darkest, most sinister and chaotic music imaginable; a maelstrom of darkness that takes no prisoners. The guitars are aggressive pieces of dissonant noise that flow seamlessly through the room, the bass pummels heavily through the fog along with the brilliant drumming that shakes the basement. And again, on top of it all, Filip screams and shouts and shrieks until 25 minutes have gone by like nothing. The only few moments we get to catch our breath is between songs when the ambient noises take over before another whiplash kicks the band back into gear. It’s no joke when I say that Hexis is one of the best Danish live bands out there, and thankfully the new members of the band are worthy additions. Although the show never reaches the uncontrolled crowd-interaction witnessed at Loppen last year, one can’t blame the band when the crowd’s so small and inanimate. However, I would’ve liked the show to be just 10 or 15 minutes longer since the band did headline. But you can’t always get what you want.

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